Best Kind of Broken by Chelsea Fine
ebook, 336 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Forever
Age Group: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Source: eARC from NetGalley
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.
March has been the month of epic contemporaries for me so far. Best Kind of Broken is emotional and sad and completely beautiful. It is a story of tragedy and guilt, healing and love. But the love comes very slowly. There is no insta love in this book. In fact if you are anything like me you will be smacking Pixie and Levi in your head over and over again just telling them to open their eyes and go to each other already! It is so easy to see their chemistry. But their past has kept them apart. And a huge part of the story is just figuring out what exactly happened to them in the past. I loved the set up of the book. It was split between Pixie and Levi’s point of views, with some flashes into their past scattered throughout to help you get an even deeper understanding of the two of them.
Pixie and Levi are both so sad and bogged down with over something that has happened in the past. It takes a good bit of the book to figure out just what that something is, but right away there is this big past hinted at. And you know it must have been something big because it puts both of them completely on edge around the other one. But even though there is this big unspoken thing sitting between them, it is so easy to see their chemistry. The book takes place at Pixie’s aunt inn, where Pixie is working for the summer and Levi is the live in handiman. They stay in rooms next to each other so they can’t avoid each other for long. I loved watching them each push the other’s buttons. When Levi uses all the hot water on Pixie, she in turn retaliates by plugging in all of her appliances and shutting off his power while he is in the middle of shaving. The two of them just cracked me up.
Pixie has a boyfriend when the story starts out, but she just never seemed like she was into him. I felt kind of bad for him because he seemed like a decent enough guy but he got the short end of the stick.( He isn’t in the book too much though, so you won’t feel too bad for him.)I did like seeing Levi’s reaction to him though. I just like seeing a guy get slightly protective and jealous- as long as they don’t over do it. On Levi, jealous looked pretty hot.
Best Kind of Broken is the perfect new adult novel. It has plenty of unresolved sexual tension, a great and steamy romance, fantastic fleshed out characters, and a moving plot. You will laugh, you will be sad, you will be happy. This was my first book by Chelsea Fine, but I am super impressed. I loved her writing. I can’t wait for the next book in the Finding Fate series and I am going to check out her other books pronto.
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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