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Breaking Lauren (The Lauren Series Book 1) by [Deen, Jordan]
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**Texas Literary Award Finalist 2013**

Falling for a bad boy is a terrible idea, but avoiding him is worse.

Seventeen-year-old Danny Cummings' life is certainly no fairytale, but that's fine by him since he thinks happy endings are a bunch of crap. After spending a year in juvenile hall for maliciously beating his sister's boyfriend, Danny embraces his bad ass image. Spending most nights drinking, fighting, and collecting gambling debts for his Uncle, Danny's life is beyond out of control. Even with his family begging him to go straight for his sake and theirs, Danny's addiction to alcohol and fighting are stronger than his common sense or love for his family. But, when fifteen-year-old Lauren McIntosh stumbles into one of his nightly escapades, the self-proclaimed anti-romantic can't concentrate on anything except Lauren or the fact she's on the same path his sister was on. Danny knows true love happening for the villain is as common as gamblers paying their debts on time, but he's never backed away from a challenge before, plus he has a serious issue with history repeating itself.

Growing old with the man she loves, in her hometown, is the only dream Lauren McIntosh has ever had and ever wanted; that is until her family is run out of town amidst scandalous rumors about her parents. So, when she meets Danny at her new school and hears about his criminal activities and sexual exploits from her friends, she wants nothing to do with him or the negative gossip that seems to follow him everywhere. After a dangerous and ill-fated attempt at sneaking out, she develops unwelcomed feelings for Danny that he mysteriously seems to reciprocate. But, Danny's unrelenting pursuit makes Lauren nervous, especially since he's the only one poking at her family's dark past. Lauren can't tell if Danny's intentions are true or if he has other plans for their newfound- and unlikely- friendship. The only way to figure out is to let him in and that could destroy everything, including the popularity and social acceptance she desperately seeks.

**This book is about high school students, however it is not intended for young audiences. Includes sexual situations, language, graphic violence and illegal activities.**

About the Author

Jordan Deen is a Young Adult and New Adult Fiction writer from a small suburb of East St. Louis, Illinois. Her novels are a mixture of urban fantasy, paranormal and edgy contemporary. In her free time, she loves to read, bake, attend concerts, travel and play with her two-legged and four-legged sons. She is known for her love of quirky clothes, multi-colored hair and has a fondness for tattoos, high heels and cupcakes. In addition, she is a tech junkie that can be found most mornings and early afternoons on her tablet talking to folks on Facebook and Twitter about books, current events and music. Her debut novel, 'The Crescent' was a 2010 Reader's Favorite Award Winner. Her third novel, 'Breaking Lauren' was a Texas Book Association Finalist in 2013.

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HASH(0xa475c018) out of 5 stars wovenmyst.com Review Dec 11 2012
By WovenMyst - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Never have young adult readers been introduced to an edgy series with such an emotional impact! Jordan Deen breaks boundaries in Breaking Lauren, the first book of a new contemporary series.

Danny Cummings lives on the wrong side of the law and shuns emotional ties with everyone except a few choice relatives, and eventually, Lauren McIntosh. Lauren is timid and living in the aftermath of her parents' declining relationship. Yet, she still bases her romantic and future dreams on the perfect, happy life her parents could not maintain. Deen's characterization is exceptional and so complete that just a summary of Danny and Lauren's story will give readers a solid understanding of their motives and ways of thinking. It's so easy to feel as though one is diving into their souls and getting to know them inside and out.

Breaking Lauren is a very well planned novel. The steadily paced plot constantly moves forward and every scene is detailed and purposeful. Deen keeps readers intrigued, and invested, with Lauren and Danny's friendship, interactions, and more. When it comes to say goodbye to these characters, Deen leaves readers with a promise of continuation. The novel ends on a climaxing and emotional turning-point that will have readers eager for the next book of the series!

Deen's writing thrusts readers to a place where Breaking Lauren is the main attraction and all eyes are glued to its turning pages in awe. As an amazing and well written story worth reading, Breaking Lauren captures the essence of realistic teen drama and true romance.

Candace Hawkins
Wovenmyst.com
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa475c06c) out of 5 stars This was a good book. I have read Jordan Deen's The Crescent and this was definitely different. Feb. 27 2015
By Melody BookLover - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
My first impression was - Nothing extraordinary. The first 20% of the book is your everyday young adult read and functions to inform the reader of the main characters. The author's use of semi-colons are questionable but there is nothing wrong with the editing to the point you'll want to stop reading. The author's ability to portray what the characters were feeling kept me interested. For example, "tremors spread through my body like personal earthquakes..."

As I got to the middle, I felt - I was emotionally involved with Lauren. Jordan Deen makes every effort for the reader to fully understand Lauren's decisions and Danny's background. While these interactions may not seem the best thing for each of them, the reader observes changes for the better in both main characters. I'm very curious by now to see how things will end for Lauren.

As I neared the end, I thought - Schucks. Danny and Lauren are heading somewhere but I doubt that I'll find out in this book. The changes in POV reflect that they are both going through emotional rollercoasters and although they love each other, their excess baggage is not easy to deal with. Lauren needs to stand up for herself and Danny needs to say what he really feels. Hmmm, did I just describe every other relationship I know.

My final impression and recommendations - Ugh. Cliffhanger. I was right. So much more to find out in the next book which I hope will be soon. I connected the most with Lauren because she is like every teenage girl who wants to belong. Even if this sense of belonging might emotionally destroy her, she needs to have it. Danny on the other hand is searching - mentally and emotionally. Whether their needs are actually met by each other, I'll just have to wait. This was a good book. I have read Jordan Deen's The Crescent and this was definitely different. The plot, characterisation and story development are proof of a talented author at work. Must read.

Disclosure - As a Quality Reads UK Book Club member, I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation for my book review. This book review is based on my thoughts, opinion and understanding of the book. This book review does not reflect the opinion of other book club members.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa475c4a4) out of 5 stars Love Jordan Deen's work... Sept. 3 2012
By Mandy @ I Read Indie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Lauren is starting her first day off at her new school in Mountain View, CA. Thankfully the popular girls take her in and she instantly falls for the hottest, jockiest guy in high school. Lauren has a goal to be popular and snag the hottie all for her very own. Yep, this is gonna be her year.

Danny is a boozer, a user, and an abuser. He is on a rocky road that leads to nowhere good. Never one for being with the same girl twice has him questioning himself when he lays eyes on Lauren. The innocent girl with the bright green eyes sparks something deep inside him and he has to know her...all of her. Slowly Danny is changing his ways and it's all due to Lauren. Being around her just the little bit he has been has him wanting to be a better person; to be worthy of her.

Lauren has heard things about Danny...how he has been in juvie and a real trouble maker. But there was something about him and those blue eyes that has her tempted to throw caution to the wind and know him...all of him. But her parents, her friends, and her goal of being popular keep her grounded. She cannot chance throwing it all away. She has worked too hard to get where she is at. Not to mention he has one heck of a temper and possibly hates her. But oh lord those eyes....

I absolutely loved Breaking Lauren. It was a great read that kept my interest the entire time and I found I was quickly falling for Danny. He was exactly the type I fell for back in high school. Yep, the bad boy type. Deen, I think I love him more than Brandon from the Crescent series. He kinda reminds me of a younger, YA version of Travis Maddox from Beautiful Disaster. Just adorbs!

And then we have Lauren...poor confused, naive Lauren. Lord help that girl for she knows not what she does...or who she is. Living in the shadows of a sister who could do no wrong...Lauren really needs this time to learn who she is. Good grief she is only 15 and claiming she is in love with a boy she has only known a couple months. Ok, I might have been a little dramatic at that age too. So I will let this one slide. But honestly, Lauren could be a little annoying letting others choose her life for her. Hopefully things get better for her as the series continues.

The one thing I didn't understand was the fact that Lauren wants to marry a guy she loves and have the kind of marriage her parents have. Cute right? Yeah there is only one problem with that little scenario...her parents have one of the worst marriages possible. So my question is...is Lauren wearing blinders when it comes to her parents? Obviously not, since she lets Danny in on the fact that they fight all the time. I guess it's that fairy tale belief that it will all work out in the end. I don't know...I am just grasping for something to make it all make sense.

So then we have the ending. This one definitely goes down as the most irritating ending of 2012 for me. And I mean that in the best way possible. Cause yeah, I loved that it just left us hanging. I understand that others will be furious with it being such a huge cliff hanger but not me. It has me itching, craving for book two (Losing Lauren).

I fell in love with Deen's work (The Crescent) back when I had a myspace and she friended me telling me about her book. And here it is a few years later and I still heart her writing. If you are looking for that angsty-wanna-pull-your-hair-out type of contemporary fiction...Breaking Lauren is perfect. I loved it and hope you will enjoy it too.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa475c864) out of 5 stars Breaking Lauren is what you get when danger and innocence collide creating one intense ride! May 24 2012
By Jen | Jenuine Cupcakes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The sheer brokenness of these characters pulled at my heartstrings from the very beginning and kept me reading until I was finished. Danny and Lauren are each damaged in their own way and at times I wasn't sure either of them could be helped. When they're forced together through unexpected circumstances they discover that they're more similar than different and they might actually be able to help each other.

Danny is caught up in a world of darkness that feeds off of his pain and while he doesn't enjoy it per se, he sees no way out. He's tried playing by the rules in the past, even standing up for what's right but that only ended badly. Still shouldering the guilt, he does whatever necessary to dull the pain, knowing the relief is only temporary. When he meets Lauren, he wants nothing to do with her initially, but can't seem to fight their connection. Her innocence unnerves him because he doesn't feel worthy of her yet she seems to be the one person who understands him. The more time he spends with her, the stronger his need to protect her is. His feelings for Lauren have the potential to save him or send him over the edge.

Lauren has always lived in the shadow of her siblings, but when a series of events forces her family to relocate to California, she gets a chance to reinvent herself. She dreams of a picture perfect life, the kind her mother tries to foster at home but like anything kept under a plane of glass, it can shatter if not handled with care. She's consumed with becoming a cheerleader liker her sister and mother were, and longs to be part of the popular crowd. Josh Miller, the reining "it boy" is the guy all girls are crushing on and Lauren is no exception. When he turns his attention to her she can hardly believe her luck. Josh and Danny are at opposite ends of the social spectrum and she's convinced that by going out with Josh, she'll have the life she wants.

Lauren discovers soon enough that no one is who they seem and everyone has secrets. Despite the feelings she has for Danny, she continues to focus on her warped sense of reality which made me not like her very much sometimes. She gets so caught up in appearances that she fails to see what's right in front of her. Like magnets drawn together by unseen forces, Danny and Lauren continue to find themselves in each other's company. He makes her feel things she's never felt before and "gets" her in ways that Josh doesn't. How long can she fight her feelings for Danny before she loses everything she's trying so desperately to hold onto?

This book is an intense roller coaster of emotions and left me wanting the next book NOW
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa475c948) out of 5 stars An Excellent PG-13 Romance! Dec 30 2014
By Taren Donneaud - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
First, this book is a cliff hanger.
I feel the need to say that upfront because I'm normally not a big fan of cliff hangers, but in this case I am so glad that it's not the end of the story.
I fell in love with Danny right away. I love his type of "bad boy." He's the boy who does bad for all the best reasons. Loyal to a fault and with a dominant streak a mile wide. He is the boy that grows up to be my favorite type of romantic hero.
My love of Lauren is another story entirely. For such a smart girl she makes so many dumb choices, but I love her because I think that she is an accurate depiction of so many girls I knew in high school. She strives to be popular and to live the life of her older sister, but all the while she knows it's not right. There were so many times that I wanted to shake her and yell, but that is what endeared her to me. She is fallible and honest. Having been a high school girl, not that long ago, I understand her struggles with peer pressure and doing the "right thing" versus doing what's right for you.
I loved this series opener and would recommend it to any romance lover. It's a great romance for high school age romance readers as well. There is a little sex, but it is only acknowledged, not described in detail.

Disclosure: I was provided with a free copy of this book so I could give an honest review.