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Blog Tour: Best Kind of Broken by Chelsea Fine {Review, Dream Cast, + Giveaway!}

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Welcome to my stop on the Best Kind of Broken blog tour hosted by InkSlingerPR!
Today I am excited to share my review, Chelsea's dream cast, as well as a giveaway with you all!

Best Kind of Broken (Finding Fate #1)
   by: Chelsea Fine

Publication Date: March 4, 2014
Publisher: Forever
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Source: e-ARC provided by InkSlingerPR and the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Page Count: 336 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N
My Rating: 4/5 stars


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.

"By turns humorous and heartbreaking, Best Kind Of Broken has become one of my favorites!"
--- CORA CARMACKNew York Times bestselling author of Losing It.

"You'll fall for Pixie and Levi, just like I did!"
--- JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT (J. Lynn), #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wait For You

"Tangled with friendship, history and heartbreak--not to mention a huge dose of
humor--Chelsea Fine's New Adult novel is not to be missed! Beyond an
incredibly HOT read, Pixie and Levi's longing for each other will have
you rooting for them till the very end."
--- JAY CROWNOVERNew York Times bestselling author of Rule

"This book destroyed me. Tore me into little tiny pieces. But somehow with
lots of laughs and some very steamy times, Chelsea put me back together
again! Chelsea Fine's style is witty, visceral and fresh. All I wanted
to do was crawl inside this book and live with the characters. And now
all I want is MORE."
--- CHELSEA M. CAMERONNew York Times bestselling author of My Favorite Mistake

"Sandwiched between laugh out loud moments and some serious heat, Best Kind of Broken is an unforgettable story of loss and forgiveness that will leave your heart aching."
--- LISA DESROCHERSUSA Today bestselling author of A Little Too Far

Best Kind of Broken is one of those stories that you read holding your breath. The whole 'will they or won't they' is enough to keep you engaged and will leave you hanging on to every word. Chelsea Fine does an excellent job of slowly unraveling Pixie and Levi's past, only giving bits and pieces at a time, until finally the truth comes out. I liked the anticipation of finding out why these two were so at odds with one another and why they were both so charged with sexual tension. This is definitely an emotional read, as we have two characters who are so filled with such sadness and longing, all while the crushing weight of grief hangs over their heads.

I really liked Pixie and Levi together. They will do anything to piss the other off and while it started off humorous, we quickly realize there is a deeply rooted story there that is filled with pain and heartache. It's easier to hate and express anger, rather than let themselves feel what they have been hiding and holding back which is why we constantly see them at each other's throats. Their relationship is very slow building, as the two have some really heavy issues to work through and a friendship to repair first and foremost. But once their resolve wavers, all bets are off and these two are explosive together.

I felt for Pixie. She has lived a difficult life. Levi's family was her own growing up, and she felt a closeness to them that her relationship with her own mother could even compare. Pixie's mother is a piece of work. Having gotten pregnant at too young of an age, she really resents Pixie and doesn't raise her as a loving, nurturing mother should. Instead, Pixie's mother constantly picks at and puts her down over and over again. She tears Pixie down to make herself feel superior, but even through all of that Pixie turned out ok, because she had Levi's family to love and care for her. After the incident, Pixie is completely lost and hurting because the family that held her together, has come apart at the seams.

Watching Levi battle his own desire and emotions over Pixie really hurt my heart. He cares for her so much, but the incident has changed him and made him hollow inside. He is trapped and suffocated by his own guilt and cannot face Pixie for fear he has done irreparable damage to her. He doesn't realize just how much she needs him to talk to her about what happened or the damage he's doing to her by NOT talking it out.

I really loved Pixie's aunt Ellen. She's a great role model for Pixie and Levi as well. I love that she gives it to them straight and both of them have such respect for her. They are staying with her and working for her in the hotel she runs, for the summer. I also really enjoyed Pixie's friend Jenna. Jenna is one of those friends you just need in your life. She can see through Pixie's crap and isn't afraid to call her on it. She pushes just enough not to break her, but instead gives her someone to trust in.

Finally, I can't NOT talk about Daren, as the next book in the series involves him. Daren has known Pixie and Levi since high school and there is some history between them. Daren comes across as a cocky, self-assured jerk but I actually liked him. With the exception of one scene in particular, that is. Still, he manages to give Levi a push in the right direction when it comes to Pixie and I think that finally resonated with Levi. In fact, Daren reminded me of Garth from Nicole Williams' Lost and Found series!

Overall, I really enjoyed Best Kind of Broken and I feel Fine really did a great job breaking onto the NA contemporary scene and I am looking forward to reading more from her in the future!

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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  1. Seriously--- everyone I know is loving this book so I'm pretty much guaranteed to love it as well. I cannot wait to make time to read this one. Great review Jessica!

  2. I've been on a NA break but I couldn't pass up on this one and I really liked it. Nothing new but that was okay because it didn't follow the typical NA formula. I'm definitely keeping up with the next companion books in this series!

  3. GAHHH....I CAN'T WAIT TO READ THIS!!! Its sounds amazing and I just want to meet Levi! Plus, OMG....STEPHEN AMELL....WOOT WOOT!!!!!! *swoon* If Levi looks anything like that....then this book is bound to be on my favs list! lol ;p Glad you enjoyed this, Jessica! Fab review! :)

    ~ Maida

  4. Excellent review, Jessica. I'm really looking forward to reading this even though it's gonna pull at my heartstrings. Pixie and Levi seem like the kind of characters I love. :)

  5. Amazing review! I so enjoyed this story and your review was spot one!! YES! I loved watching Pixie and Levi grow. And their sexual tension! Oh, girl!! :D

    Loved this review!!

  6. Yes, it was your review that interests me to read the book. I liked when you said "I liked the anticipation of finding out why these two were so at odds with one another and why they were both so charged with sexual tension. This is definitely an emotional read, as we have two characters who are so filled with such sadness and longing, all while the crushing weight of grief hangs over their heads." Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. I'm Impressed! You review is so insightful, and does such a great job of giving readers the essence of the story! My heart broke in two for Pixie and Levi. I wanted them to fix things so badly, and it was hard reading about the guilt, and pain that they were each going through! I loved how these two pushed each other's buttons. They were so passionate, and I agree that Darren pushed Levi in the right direction! I have a feeling that Darren is also in a lot of pain and struggling with the tragedy, and we will see that in his story!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  8. Thank you so much for being part of the BEST KIND OF BROKEN blog tour and for the wonderful review! Jessica, you rock my world. ;) Oh! And thank you for posting my Dream Cast. So much fun! =D


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