Wednesday, March 12, 2014

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


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Best Kind of Broken
Finding Fate #1
By:  Chelsea Fine
Published:  March 4, 2014
Publisher:  Forever Romance
Source:  Publisher
Mature Content:  18 & Up

GR's Summary:

New Adult Romance

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 ashower, 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.



Rave Reviews:

"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

 My Thoughts:

Best Kind of Broken, by Chelsea Fine, was a gripping and heart-wrenching story about grief caused by tragedy, and the process of trying to heal and live again.  Sarah (Pixie), and Levi (Leaves) have both suffered a horrific loss that turned their lives upside down.  Levi's parents separated, and moved to different states, because they couldn't deal with their grief, Levi's college grades dropped so low that he was put on probation, and Pixie was left to feel all alone and abandoned.  While this tragedy was neither Pixie nor Levi's fault, they both suffered from guilt, and blamed themselves for what happened.  These two had been incredibly close since childhood, but could not stand to look at one another, because they reminded each other of the loss that they had suffered.  Grief can bring people together or pull them apart.  In this case, Grief tore their relationship apart.  Levi and Pixie suffered great loses.  They lost themselves, their close knit family, and each other.

During the summer, Levi has no place to live.  His family moved away, and he found himself looking for a place to live.  Ellen, Pixie's aunt, offered him a job as a handyman, with free room and board at her inn.  Pixie didn't want to live with her bitter, and angry mother, so when her aunt Ellen offered her a job cooking at the inn with free room and board, she instantly took it.  Pixie and Levi were both shocked when they realized that they would both be working and living together for the summer.  They planned to avoid one another, but soon learned that avoidance was impossible.  Their rooms were located right next to each other, and they were the only people who lived in the East Wing of the inn.  They had to share a small bathroom, and were in close proximity consistently throughout the days. 

The first 30% of the story was a bit slow paced for me, but then things picked up, and the story flew by.  My heart broke for all that Levi and Pixie had to endure.  I wanted them to lean on one another, console each other, and help each other heal.  However, they were both in such a dark hole, that they couldn't let themselves think about, share, or deal with their mutual loss.  I loved the secondary characters in this story as well.  Ellen had a big heart, and it was obvious that she was trying to bring Pixie and Levi back together.  Daren was an interesting character as well.  At first, I thought that he was hitting on Pixie because he was attracted to her, and a scumbag, but then I realized he was suffering from loss too, and was just trying to push Levi's buttons by making him jealous so that he would admit his feelings for Pixie.  I loved Pixie's best friend, Jenna, and Levi's best friend, Zack.  They were both great characters, and amazing friends!  

The sexual chemistry and attraction between Pixie and Levi was intense, yet it was obvious from the beginning that there had been a lot more to their feelings for one another than lust.  We got the dual perspectives of the main characters, and some of the memories that they had of one another before the tragedy occurred.  I loved the sassy and snarky banter that Pixie and Levi engaged in on a daily basis.  These two were hilarious.  Levi would use all the hot water every morning, so that Pixie had to take a cold shower.  In turn, she would overload the electrical circuit whenever Levi needed electricity.  One time she did it when he had only shaved half of his face.  He ended up having to walk around with half a hairy face, which I thought was hilarious.  These two found comfort in fighting with one another.  There were many sexy scenes between Levi and Pixie, as well as a lot of sexual tension, and buildup.  It felt like it took a very long time for anything significant to happen between Pixie and Levi.  I desperately wanted them to communicate with one another, and act off of their emotions.  Yet, I understood that this story was meant to be realistic, and that the healing process takes time.


My Rating:

I give, Best Kind of Broken, by Chelsea Fine 4 Heartbreaking, Grieving, Healing, and Finding Your Way Back Home Filled Stars!  This story had angst, heartache, romance, humor, and a great love story.  I look forward to reading Daren, and Kayla's story, which will be the next book in the series!


My Favorite Quotes:

"I run a finger along my scar, tracing its jagged pattern with my eyes as the damaged-yet-healed skin meets my fingertips.  It's a best friend and a place to call home.  It's a lesson learned and a reminder that life is fragile.  It's my first taste of death and a second chance at life.  It's everything I never want to forget.  And it's beautiful."  (eARC, Loc.3545)

~Pixie

"No, we can't just be friends."  Rain drips down my face as my heart hammers against my rib cage.  "Because we're more than just friends, and we always have been.  And I'm not talking about sex, Pix.  I'm talking about trust and comfort.  I'm talking about home."  Lightening strikes nearby and the wind picks up.  I raise my voice.  "You are not my friend, Pixie."  You are a piece of my heart and a part of who I want to be."  (eARC, Loc. 3595)

~Levi



Mikki's Review:


Best Kind of Broken by Chelsea Fine is the exciting first installment in her New Adult Series, Finding Fate. When I read the synopsis of this book it caught my attention right away. Childhood friends who don’t talk anymore, awkward tension and sexual frustration ??? Yup! Count me in!!! What I never expected was to find a nice dose of humour in this emotional and heartbreaking story. Pixie’s inner monologue had me LOL quite a few times. This book had it all : tender and funny moments, angst, romance, hot chemistry and a beautiful love story. Within a few pages, I knew that I was going to fall hard for Pixie and Leaves <3 

Pixie and Levi have known each other since childhood. Pixie never had a real family at home. Her mom is a cold and heartless person who never showed her any signs of affection. When she meets Levi's family she finally knows what the meaning of the word FAMILY is. With them she feels safe. Growing up together is one of the best things that has happened in her life. When an unexpected tragedy leaves them both broken, they take different paths to try to forget about the heartbreaking outcome of that night. Hours turn into days and days turn into months as they try to forget about that horrible night. When Pixie needs to find an apartment and a job, the doors of  the Willow Inn, which is owned by her aunt Ellen,  open up and she can finally call a place HOME. What she never expected was to find Levi working and living under the same roof has her. As days go by, the tension between grows and they can’t deny that they need to discuss about what happened. But, bringing up the past is painful and heartbreaking for both of them. The journey to finding each other again will be filled with tears, fights and gut-wrenching confessions, but the more they try to stay away from each other, the more the love that lives behind all those layers of pain pulls them back to one another. 

I absolutely LOVED this book!!! The first chapter left me with a huge smile on my face and I knew that this story was going to be memorable. Pixie and Levi are two remarkable characters that captivated me from the start. It’s my first time reading a book from Chelsea Fine so I really had no clue what to expect. I’m pretty much obsessed with the NA genre and I try to discover has many new authors as possible. I’m really happy I added Best Kind of Broken on my TBR list. I will definitely be reading the other books in this series and adding her previous books to my TBR list. I could not put this book down!! Chelsea Fine wrote a real page-turner!!! I was anxious to see what happened in their past that left them so broken. Oh, boy!! When I found out I was an emotional mess! They lived in darkness for so long that my heart was happy when they finally found the light at the end of the tunnel. In every moment of darkness we always have to look for that ray of light that can save us.

Pixie and Levi have AMAZING chemistry together! Woweeee!!!! What goes on in the east wing of the Willow Inn stays in the east wing of the Willow Inn *Ahem* Those two know how to steam up a bathroom! ;) Pixie and Levi are perfect for each other! They have overcomed their fears and insecurities to find their way back to each other. It was beautiful to see their friendship turn into a beautiful love story. We got a little sneak peek about the next book in the series, which will be Perfect Kind of Trouble. This will be a book about Kayla and Daren. We don’t know much about Kayla yet, but Daren hit a level of douchery in Best Kind of Broken. I was really upset with the way he acted. But, I’m still intrigued to find out his story. By the little glimpse we got of these two in BKOB I am positive that this will be another exciting book! I’m ready for my next stay at the Willow Inn! Haley better write down my reservations for a room in the east wing, I’m sure that Levi will have all the renovations done by June ;)   

My Rating:

I give, Best Kind of Broken, by Chelsea Fine 4.5 funny, flirty, touching, fight-for-what-you-want, friends-to-lover stars! This series is off to an amazing start! I can't wait to see what's next  ;)




My Favorite Quotes:


''You are not my friend, Pixie. You are a piece of my heart and a part of who I want to be.'' 

-Levi (eArc Loc. 3590)

''Winning is an effect of trying. You have to want it badly enough to go through pain, discipline, and failure to find it. To comfront it. To claim it. But most of all, you have to fight for it. Everything else-anything else-is absolute surrender.''

-Levi (eArc Loc. 3563)





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About Chelsea Fine:

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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21 comments:

  1. This sounds like such a great read and I really do hope to read it soon. Pixie and Levi sound like wonderful characters. Great reviews!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

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    1. Thanks Teresa! We really enjoyed it!

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  2. It was an excellent book! I really hope you get the chance to read soon ;)

    Thanks, Teresa!

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  3. This is the first NA book I've read in a while and I really liked it. I loved that it didn't have the overly tramatic or dramatic characters. It was just a fun book! Looking forward to the next books :)

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    1. Me too! I'm excited to read Kayla and Daren's story :)

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  4. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on what sounds like a heart-rending yet still somehow uplifting story. I can't wait to "meet" Pixie and Levi!

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    1. Thank You for stopping by Katherine! I hope you get to read this story!

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  5. Wonderful reviews!! I am looking forward to starting this.

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    1. Thanks Ellen! I think you'll enjoy it :)

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  6. Okay, wow! Yeah, I think I need to read this. Awesome reviews.

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  7. Great reviews! I adored this book! I loved watching Pixie and Levi grow and I so enjoyed their sexual tension :D

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    1. Thanks Magen :) Yes, their character growth was one of my favorite things in this story!

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  8. I keep seeing really good reviews for this book. I'm glad the slower beginning didn't stop you from enjoing the story. Nice reviews, ladies!

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  9. Been wondering about this one. Glad to know it's good.

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  10. I've never read this author before but your reviews and comments have intrigued me - will have to check her out - hopefully by winning - LOL - but either way will have to check her out - thank you for the chance!

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    1. Thank You Janice! Good Luck with the giveaway!

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  11. Thank you for being part of the BEST KIND OF BROKEN blog tour and for the wonderful reviews! It was such an honor to be featured on your blog! :)

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  12. It was our pleasure!!! We can't wait to read what's next! ;)

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