Wednesday, June 10, 2015

ARC Review: The Best Kind of Broken by Chelsea Fine

The Best Kind of Broken 

by Chelsea Fine

** This is a New Adult/Contemporary Romance novel. Mature readers only, please! ** 

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 ashower, 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.
 


Are you guys ready for feels? If you're not don't pick up this book. I mean it, because it's full of feels-inducing chapters, characters, and quotes you'll want to paint across your wall. Best Kind of Broken is told in a dual POV, and I know a lot of you really don't like dual POV, but I'm telling you - you'll like this. Chelsea Fine is a master of the dual point of view. The story follows Sarah (better known as Pixie) and Levi, following a tragedy that not only brought them the loss of a loved one, but also the loss of each other - whether they knew it or not. I'm pretty critical of books that broach the subject of loss on such a tragic scale - only because it has to be done right.. and there is not a single negative thing I can say about how Chelsea dove into the subject matter. 

This book couldn't have been easy to write, because there were times when it wasn't easy to read. Not because I didn't want to keep reading, or because the writing was bad, but just because the subject matter is hard. It's sad, and sometimes it brings back memories that I would rather forget - or that I think I would rather forget. It's books like this that make me realize I don't really want to forget - that even the parts of life that suck, are worth living, and most of all, worth feeling.

 We see a lot of these books in the young adult genre, two of my all time favorite books are about loss and love and life after it all and they're young adult. I think it's hard to broach subjects like this in the ever growing New Adult genre because people have such lame expectations for the genre. Like it's supposed to be some guilty pleasure that you can get lost in and it's supposed to be steamy and sexy and that's all. Chelsea Fine breaks the mold with this book - proving that new adult can be steamy, sexy, and meaningful..without being corny. If you can handle a couple of intense sexual scenes (and let me be clear: these are not gross, raunchy scenes, they're just not for 13 year olds), then definitely pick up this book. It is worth every second you will spend reading it, and worth every dime you will spend buying it (and also on the kleenex you'll need while reading). 

Plus, Levi is really freaking hot. So, I mean.. if you hate things that make you emotional, you'll love it because her characters jump right off the page and make you want to do awesome things with them (and maybe even to them). I absolutely can't wait to read the next in this series (bonus material in the book, by the way: two chapters of the second book, out in June). But most of all, I just can't wait for you to read The Best Kind of Broken. Happy Reading! 
Still not sure? Read the excerpt we posted last week, and if you're still not sold - then you're a lost cause! 





Chelsea lives in Phoenix, Arizona where she spends most of her time writing stories, painting murals, and avoiding housework at all costs. She’s ridiculously bad at doing dishes and claims to be allergic to laundry. Her obsessions include: superheroes, coffee, sleeping-in, and crazy socks. She lives with her husband and two children, who graciously tolerate her inability to resist teenage drama on TV and her complete lack of skill in the kitchen.

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