Beautiful Broken Mess by Kimberly Lauren: Blog Tour, Review, Author Interview, & Giveaway

beautiful broken mess

Synopsis:

Jace Riley’s close connection with his identical twin brother, Jaxon, is put to the test when he tries to choose between keeping his promises and following his heart. Is this girl that still haunts his dreams, even after four years, really worth it? Jace can’t help but wonder if he made a huge mistake all that time ago when he let her walk into someone else’s arms, especially since that someone was his twin.
Audrey Mills often wonders at what point she should throw her hands up in defeat and allow all of the horrible circumstances of her life to overtake her. Despite the demons she has faced, however, something inside her won’t give in. When she leaves her small town in Texas to attend college in California, Audrey runs into the one guy who could make her or break her. But is the past they share too painful for them to overcome?
This is the second book in the broken series. While each book can stand on its own, it’s recommended you read Beautiful Broken Rules before Beautiful Broken Mess.
New Adult/Adult Contemporary Romance – recommended for ages 18 and up.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18307792-beautiful-broken-mess?from_search=true

Alexis says…

So…I kinda cheated before I read the book and found out who Jace’s love interest was.  To say that I was upset at first, is an understatement.  I remember pm’ing Stacia and saying, “WTF?!”  She kept reassuring me that I would be okay with the love interest and surely she was correct, like she always is.
Beautiful Broken Mess is all about Jace (ladies…I assure you that Jaxson has NOTHING on Jace).  Jace is the complete alpha-male package.  Oh my gosh…delish does not even cover it. Four years ago, after a chance meeting with Audrey, Jace’s life is completely thrown off its axis.  Enter in a horrible misunderstanding and Jace and Audrey’s chance encounter does not amount to anything except for longing on both of their parts.  Fast forward to present day and now Audrey is going to school at the same school that Jace, Jaxson, and the whole gang go to.  From the time that Audrey and Jace get together it is pure sexiness across the board…just wait for the seat belt scene!  But, you also get an emotional side  especially when you hear Audrey’s backstory as it relates to what actually went down 4 years ago.  It is absolutely heart-breaking.  Audrey is such a strong character and has overcome such horrible circumstances.  My heart literally hurt for her when she admitted to never actually being told “I love you” by anyone, including her parents. I have to say I was a bit upset with Jace and how he handled their relationship’s “coming out”.  I think it could have been done so much better, but he is also the type of person who really cares about what people think of him (I can relate).
I completely loved their love story, I was torn in between not wanting to finish it in one sitting because it would eventually end or read small bits at a time to prolong the inevitable.  I think the author did such a fantastic job with this sequel which is usually hard.  I always tend to like the first book first. I think the author’s writing and storytelling improved vastly between the two books and cannot wait to see what is next in store. In this book you are introduced to Audrey’s best friend Lane and I cannot wait to read his story which is actually the next book in this series.   Also, I imagine we will hear more about the other members of the core group and what is going on in their lives now.

About the Author:

I’m a wanderer, an adventurer, a traveler. I want to see it all. I haven’t been everywhere but it’s on my list. “She travels the world & home is always in her heart.” Lately if I’m not traveling or chasing a toddler, I’m writing. Which is weird because I hated writing in college. Oh wait, that’s because that was boring. Who really wants to sit there and cite all your sources into APA format? Not this girl. Writing for yourself is enjoyable and cathartic. Please try it. Then tell me about because I love indie authors. When I was 19, I packed up and followed my high school sweetheart from Texas to California. We had a blast living it up in San Diego. Four years later we made a crazy decision and packed up again and moved to Germany. What? Yep, you read that right. Guess what? Best decision ever! We OWNED Europe. For three years we saw as much as we possibly could. We lived an hour outside of France, a couple from Switzerland and Italy. Most amazing time of my life. Please go out there and see the world, you won’t regret it. After Europe we moved back to California, and for now we’re just debating our next adventure. I earned a degree in Child Development. And now I write novels. Makes perfect sense! I write because I walk around all day with these stories in my head. It’s nice to be able to get them out of my head in an organized fashion. I hope that someone out there enjoys them, because I have enjoyed so many others’.

Author Interview:

1.  Is there a specific message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

      I think without realizing it, I wrote about not judging someone without really knowing him or her.  Beautiful Broken Rules is about not automatically hating the so-called promiscuous girl.  She has another side to her.  Then, in Beautiful Broken Mess, it became about not just assuming that what you hear about a certain person may not always be true.  I always try to remind myself that unless I actually know the person I can’t believe what I hear about them from someone else.

2.  What is your favorite part of being a writer?

      The stories that are constantly in my head.  It’s so much fun.  I wish I had all the time in the world to get these character’s stories out.

3.  If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

      Colleen Hoover.  Everything she writes is gold.  I wish I could watch her creative process.

4.  What are your biggest challenges as an author?

      Balancing family and writing.  Being an indie author is all about self-promoting, and blogging, and interacting and then on top of that you have to WRITE!  There aren’t enough hours in the day.

5.  Any current projects you are working on?

      I’m currently working on two different projects.  One is Beautiful Broken Promises in the Broken Series.  While the characters from the first two books will make appearances it will be a standalone.  My other project is more of a secret.  All new characters.  I can’t wait to get them out there.  The guy is amazing.

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