March 11, 2014 | by Stacia | Best Kind of Broken

by Chelsea Fine on 2014-03-04

Genres: Coming Of Age, Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Fiction, Romance



Sometimes moving on means moving in…

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.

Best Kind of Broken follows Sarah (known to her close friends and family as Pixie) and Levi, who grew up together and used to be best friends, but a tragedy changed everything and they pushed each other away. Now they haven’t seen or spoken to each other in over a year; that is until they both end up working at Willow Inn for the summer, with rooms’ right next to each other and they also share a bathroom. Things become very tense and awkward….

“Sexual tension is like a ruthless pigeon. Feed it once and it will follow you around forever. It never tires or goes on vacation. It just lingers. And it’s lingering all over me every time I’m around Pixie.”

This book had sarcastic humor and enough sexual tension to knock you out; which I love- but overall it was just an okay story. I kind of felt like I was missing something (maybe a prologue set in past tense explaining what happened between Levi and Pixie would have helped, instead of waiting until the end of the book to share this information) and every time I thought the story was moving forward, it seemed to take a step back. Also, just on a personal level, I had a real problem with the word “retarded” being used several times in the book.

“There’s no such thing as too broken. Anything can heal”

The positives in this book were that it was a cute, friends to lovers, story. I really enjoyed some of the supporting characters and it had some laugh out loud scenes. Also, I liked Chelsea Fine’s writing and the chemistry between Levi and Pixie was definitely strong.


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