09 August 2011

Book Review Number 122: Made to Be Broken by Kelley Armstrong

Made to Be Broken is a re-read for me.  It's the second book in her Nadia Stafford series.  Unlike her Women of the Otherworld and Darkest Powers series', there's nothing supernatural going on in Nadia's world.  She does lead an interesting life, though.  Having to leave the police force after killing a suspect (with some question on whether it was accidental or on purpose), she takes her settlement money and buys a vacationers lodge outside of Petersborough, Ontario, Canada.  Business is okay - some seasons better than others - but it isn't quite enough to keep the Lodge running.  To supplement the income from the lodge, she takes jobs for a crime family in New York.  Yep. She's a hitman.

The first book (Exit Strategy) does a good job of introducing the characters and Nadia's background while she teams with her mentor (a man named Jack) and several other people in the business (including a sexy US Marshall/hitman that is interested in Nadia) to take down a hitman that's turned into a serial killer.  Made to Be Broken begins several months after they finished taking down the serial killer.  And this time, Jack and Quinn (the US Marshall) are helping Nadia with a problem closer to home.

When her Sammi, the teen mother that Nadia hired to try to help the girl out, disappears with her baby, Destiny, Nadia refuses to believe what everyone else in town is saying - that Sammi just took off with Destiny.  With Jack and Quinn's help, she finds that Sammi and Destiny aren't the first teen-mom and child pair that have disappeared.  What they uncover is enough to make Nadia's blood boil.

This is a fairly quick read, and quite enjoyable if you like ladies with guns.  I have to say that, the first time I read it, I never guessed what the ending would be.  It is one of those things that completely caught me off guard.  I don't want to tell too much, because I don't want to spoil it for anyone.  But if you're a fan of Kelley Armstrong's writing in her other series, I think you'll enjoy this as well.  Just don't go into it thinking that it's a supernatural book, and I don't think you'll be disappointed.