Made to be Broken

Nadia Stafford Series

Nadia Stafford owns a lodge in Ontario, Canada. Only that isn’t all she does. She is an ex-cop who keeps her business subsidized by working as a hit man or hit woman for a New York crime family. As a police officer she took the law into her own hands and got penalized for it, now she works for the crime family ridding them of traitors and getting paid handsomely to do so. As one of her employees, a young teenage mother disappears with her baby, Nadia goes searching for her and finds a deadly mystery with a killer bound to strike again.   
To help Nadia solve this mystery she turns, for help, to her mentor Jack and a man she has previously worked with, Quinn. Jack, who is recovering at her lodge after getting injured, is able to delve into the darker side of life through his contacts and Quinn, who is in law enforcement, delves into the investigation from his side. As Nadia discovers her feelings for each of the men run much deeper than they should, she races the clock to keep other young mothers safe.
Made to be Broken is the second book in the series that follows Nadia Stafford. The first book is Exit Strategy. Ms. Armstrong has a wonderful way of writing compelling characters and believable plots. This book was extremely well written and a pleasure to read. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery. 

Book Blurb for Made to be Broken

The author of the acclaimed Women of the Otherworld series returns with her latest novel featuring an exciting heroine with a lethal hidden talent. This time she’s hot on the trail of a young woman no one else cares about—and a killer who’s bound to strike again.

Nadia Stafford isn’t your typical nature lodge owner. An ex-cop with a legal code all her own, she’s known only as “Dee” to her current employer: a New York crime family that pays her handsomely to bump off traitors. But when Nadia discovers that a troubled teenage employee and her baby have vanished in the Canadian woods, the memory of a past loss comes back with a vengeance and her old instincts go into overdrive.

With her enigmatic mentor, Jack, covering her back, Nadia unearths sinister clues that point to an increasingly darker and deadlier mystery. Now, with her obsession over the case deepening, the only way Nadia can right the wrongs of the present is to face her own painful ghosts—and either bury them for good, or die trying. Because in her book everyone deserves a chance. And everyone deserves justice.

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2009 4.75