Best Kind of Broken by Chelsea Fine
Pixie Marshall wishes every day she could turn back time and fix the past. But she can't. And the damage is done. She's hoping that a summer of free room and board working with her aunt at the Willow Inn will help her forget. Except there's a problem: the resident handyman is none other than Levi Andrews. The handsome quarterback was once her friend-and maybe more-until everything changed in a life-shattering instant. She was hoping to avoid him, possibly forever. Now he's right down the hall and stirring up feelings Pixie thought she'd long buried . . . Levi can't believe he's living with the one person who holds all his painful memories. More than anything he wants to make things right, but a simple "sorry" won't suffice-not when the tragedy that scarred them was his fault. Levi knows Pixie's better off without him, but every part of him screams to touch her, protect her, wrap her in his arms, and kiss away the pain. Yet even though she's so close, Pixie's heart seems more unreachable than ever. Seeing those stunning green eyes again has made one thing perfectly clear-he can't live without her.
"Tangled with friendship and heartbreak, [BEST KIND OF BROKEN] is not to be missed!" --Jay Crownover, New York Times bestselling author of Rule.
- (70,000 words) - ISBN: 9781455583133 by Forever (Grand Central Publishing).
I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!
What I say: I've seen some pretty mixed reviews doing the rounds for Best Kind of Broken so I wasn't sure what to expect. I'm pretty stubborn when it comes to books and hype, so I alway like to make up my own mind.
Chelsea Fine really puts her characters and readers through it in Best Kind of Broken. For the reader at least, it's the good kind of pain and drama. Sarah 'Pixie' and Levi were best friends up until a year ago: the book tells the story of what happened and looks at how they can move on from the past.
If you like your contemporary romances on the clean side (and there is a LOT of smut currently out there) then you'll be pleased to know that although there are some sex scenes they are not overdone and are pretty clean.
Pixie and Levi are both suffering from a devastating loss and instead of pulling them together their tragedy tore them apart. This aspect of the story was really sad and traumatic. Pixie is back home for the summer after completing her first year at Uni and is unexpectedly faced with Levi: i.e. the guy she was trying to avoid!
The story is something of a slow burn and is not action packed but then I think this is the point; sometimes you have to slow things down to see things clearly and face the past. I was expecting more drama but it was a welcome change from the many angst and drama filled other New Adult books out there. Don't get me wrong, there is a lot of angst and drama in the book, but it just never felt forced or put in just for the sake of it.
I'm giving Best Kind of Broken 4 New Adult Stars in my Sky!