Title: Best Kind of Broken
Author: Chelsea Fine
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Series: Finding Fate (Book #1)
Publication Date: March 4, 2014
Format: eBook, 336 Pages
ISBN-10: 1455583138 (Forever/Hachette)
ISBN-13: 978-1455583133 (Forever/Hachette)
Reviewed by: Bridget
Pixie and Levi haven’t spoken in nearly a year when they find themselves working?and living?at the same inn in the middle of nowhere. Once upon a time, they were childhood friends. But that was before everything went to hell. And now things are… awkward.
All they want to do is avoid each other, and their past, for as long as possible. But now that they’re forced to share a bathroom, and therefore a shower, keeping their distance from one another becomes less difficult than keeping their hands off each other. Welcome to the hallway of awkward tension and sexual frustration, folks. Get comfy. It’s going to be a long summer.
Quick & Dirty: Adorable book full of humor, sexy times, and healing. Even though the plotline isn’t way original, I still loved every minute of this book and would highly recommend it to all new adult fans.
Opening Sentence: If my bastard neighbor uses all the hot water again, I will suffocate him in his sleep.
Sarah Marshall or better known as Pixie, has had a rough year. She just finished her first year of college and there is no way she is going to go home to live with her awful mother. Her only other option is to go work and live at the inn that her aunt runs. Pixie loves her aunt so she is excited to spend the summer with her, but once she moves in she finds out that her neighbor is Levi. They were childhood friends and possibly more but they haven’t spoken since the accident. It was almost a year ago and neither of them have ever been the same since. Pixie was hoping to avoid Levi possibly forever, but now he is back in her life and old feelings start to surface that she thought she had let go long ago.
Levi just wants to hide from the pain and what better way to do that then to work as a handy man at an inn in the middle of nowhere. Then the one girl that can remind him of every painful memory moves down the hall. He doesn’t know how to make things right after what he did. Levi knows that Pixie is much better off without him, but his heart and his head want very different things. Seeing her again has made one thing very clear, he doesn’t want a life without her in it.
I thought that Pixie was just as cute as her name suggests. She has a feisty attitude, at least when it comes to Levi. They spend most of the summer tormenting each other to try and avoid awkward moments. But Pixie also has a very vulnerable side that she tries to hide from others. After the accident she was afraid to let anyone in because she didn’t think she could deal with losing anyone else she loves. I really enjoyed getting to be inside Pixie’s head and watching her heal made her very easy to connect with.
Levi was just drop dead sexy. He basically had me from hello and my adoration for him just grew throughout the book. His life has completely fallen apart in the last year and the only person to blame for it is himself. After what happened, he didn’t know how to move on. He pulled away from everything and everyone he loved because of the guilt he felt. Being inside Levi’s head was entertaining and I honestly thought he was so dreamy. He is a very sweet guy and even though he can be a tease, he is a very good person.
This was just an adorable book full of grief, love, and forgiveness. It wasn’t very unique and honestly this type of story has been told hundreds of times, but that didn’t stop me from completely loving every minute of it. The dynamic relationship between Levi and Pixie was so entertaining. I found myself laughing so much at how they liked to torture each other. They also had lots of delicious sexual tension between them and I just loved their story. I have always been a sucker for the type of romance where long time best friends become something more, so this was just perfect for me. I really enjoyed Fine’s writing style, it flowed wonderfully and kept me very amused for a few hours. I can’t wait for the next book in the series. It is going to be a secondary character story and there was a great set up that left me very intrigued! I would highly recommend this story to anyone that likes romantic new adult books with a lot of humor.
I turn the burner down another notch and take a slow, deep breath. I have a boyfriend. A great boyfriend. So this sexual frustration I feel around Levi is nothing to get my bee-loving panties in a bunch about. I just need to calm down.
Levi lowers his arm for a moment, his eyes still on the alarm, and stretches his neck.
Ah, the neck stretch, the universal sign of stress. Well, at least I’m not alone in my frustration. My hot, distracting pants-are-so-inconvenient frustration.
Who said anything about pants? I am NOT thinking about pants—or lack thereof. Damn you, bell peppers!
I toss the wooden spoon to the side and move back to the counter, where the threat of being turned on by a handyman or, you know, a sautéed vegetable is much less severe.
I stare at the scruffy quiche and bite back a groan. What was I thinking, living under the dame roof as Levi? There’s no way I’ll survive the summer. Hell I can barely survive breakfast.
Finding Fate Series:
2. Perfect Kind of Trouble (June 3, 2014)
FTC Advisory: Forever/Hachette Book Group provided me with a copy of Best Kind of Broken. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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