06 March 2014

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

Best Kind of Broken (Finding Fate #1)
by Chelsea Fine.
Audience/Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance.
Publication: March 4th 2014 by Forever.
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.

Reviewed by Kelly.

Dang it! I hate it when I cry while reading a book! I can’t read anymore until the moisture in my eyes clears up! I loved the inner conversations they had in their heads with themselves, it was so hilarious! I read this book in less than a day, staying up late to read most of it. Then crying my eyes out several times.

This book is about two broken people. Both are grieving from a horrible loss. Both need each other because they are all they each have left. Just about literally. Yet, neither is able to talk to the other and things are awkward. When they are thrown together in Pixie’s aunt’s Inn for the summer, they slowly learn how to heal each other, but it isn’t easy for either so they make a lot of mistakes and do immature things because it’s easier than hurting. And some of the stupid things they did had me laughing! Some of the sweet things that happen needed a Kleenex!

The chemistry is so there!! The relationship grows slowly and I like that it wasn’t jumping in the bed right off. It just made their relationship stronger.

Levi is sweet, sometimes immature, a hard worker, loyal, good looking, is Pixie’s hero, and totally in love with Pixie!
Pixie is forgiving, kind, sometimes immature too, afraid to open up but ends up being the one to do it more often than not, an artist, and also totally in love with Levi!

Now they just need to tell each other! If only it were that simple!

There is this part in the book where Levi is fixing a planter in the garden of the Inn he is working at and an elderly man strikes up a conversation with him that floored me. He asks Levi if he likes to plant things and Levi tells him he is “a “fixing things” kind of guy”. The man says to him “That’s pretty much all planting is, fixing. You grow a flower or a vegetable- you spend months watering it and protecting it from the sun and critters- and then one day it starts to die and you have to fix it.” Then he tells Levi “It’s the damnedest thing, a dying plant, and it makes a man want to give up. But that’s the beauty of gardening, son. You can revive the things that wither.” They say a few more things and then a little silence and then the man tells Levi “They’re stronger, you know.” Levi says “What’s stronger?” “The plants that you revive,” he says. “When you bring something back from the brink of death, it fights harder to thrive. So is the story of life, I guess.” Okay I put bits and pieces from that excerpt there because I couldn’t type a whole page but I wanted you to get the gist of it.

“This is life. This is what we have. We can mourn over the broken pieces or we can cling to what’s left. And we’re clinging like hell.”

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