Publisher: Self-Published (March 2014)
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Adult/New Adult
Format: eBook (Novel length)
Source: Free book from blog tour for honest review
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Rating: ★★★½☆ (3.5 stars)
With Reed determined to have her, Peyton must decide whether to continue to hide behind her apron and baggy clothes or take a chance and share her scars with Reed, a man with a playboy reputation and scars of his own — a dark past he can’t possibly share with Peyton, not after learning the horrors she’s endured. But if they can find a way to trust each other, and themselves, they just might be able to heal, to save each other, to live perfectly broken together.
At A Glance
Awesome slow building romance but the big mystery wasn’t handled well.
If you are reading Perfectly Broken, then you are reading it for the slow but hot romance. Peyton’s past makes her reluctant to let Reed (a self-proclaimed bed hopper) in. But once Reed wins her over, they both change for the better. Peyton opens up and starts to heal, and Reed sees that even though a bunch of bedmates can be fun, one perfect woman is divine. And let’s not beat around the bush, he gets so whipped. hehe. But he needed it.
Obviously, Peyton’s reluctance to let a man romantically into her life is justified. Not many people can come back from what she went through. By she really blossoms once she lowers her guard and starts being honest with herself and with Reed. I love how she still had this passion inside despite her past and how Reed brought it out to its fullest potential. She bantered with him like a champ, even when he intimidated her. Mad respect for that.
The sweetest thing was how Reed was so determined to win Peyton over. He never gave up because he knew she was something special. He let his bad boy ways fall to the wayside as his life became about pleasing Peyton and making her life as perfect as possible. That kind of dedication, just…wow. I want, I want. Reed’s protective nature really worked for their relationship because I think Peyton needed someone who would take care of her, keep her from danger.
The witty dialogue was spot on. The characters evoked a lot of emotions in me. These two both had trouble pasts but they found peace within each other. Such an amazing love story.
There is nothing hugely wrong with this book. It is a great romance. But the mystery aspect with that horrible thing Reed’s father did, the thing we are kept in the dark about the whole time, just didn’t pan out. When revealed, there was no detail given, no story told. Just, “Hey, this happened, so…yeah.”
I think Peyton overreacted over what Reed wasn’t telling her. I wouldn’t have shared that information with many people either. And it wasn’t like it had anything to do with him. I would have seen Peyton’s reaction as over-dramatic and steered clear of her if I were Reed.
The best part of this book was the slow building romance. Peyton takes forever to let Reed in but it so worked for the story. They got to know each other as real people, not just sexual objects, which seems to happen in some romances lately.
The sex takes FOREVER to happen, which I understood with Peyton’s past, but, OMG, I was just as sexual frustrated as Reed was by the end. There is sex in this book though, eventually. Good for a new adult/adult audience.
Overall, Perfectly Broken left me feeling happy. The romance was great and the story flowed well the whole time. I will be keeping my eye on this author from now on. Recommended.
“You can try a whole lot of different kinds of pies and never be satisfied. So you just keep trying them all. Or you can wait for that one special kind of pie that can satisfy you with one bite. So the question is- are you looking for variety, or are you willing to hold out for the real deal?”
“Well I’ve had variety, It left me hungry, unsatisfied, even a bit sick sometimes. But one bite, one nibble of the real deal- of you- leaves me happy, content, wanting more of you, and only you.”
“You can’t fix me,” she said.
“I’m still going to try. And if you can’t, I’ll share your scar with you.”
“But I’ll still be broken.”
“You’re not broken,” he said. “You’re under renovation.”
“I don’t care about the cracks,” he whispered. “Cracks give character.”