Beautiful Broken by Nazarea Andrews
Series: University of Branton #2
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: September 24, 2013
Format: eARC, 270 pages
How I got it: From the author
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She's been broken by her past. He's been breaking for as long as he can remember.
Together, they can make each other whole--or destroy each other.
When his best friend asks for something, Dane rarely says no. But babysitting a newly sober Scout Grimes for three weeks isn't exactly a normal request. And with their history, it's a recipe for disaster. Not to mention, she's drop dead gorgeous and he can't touch her.
There are few people Scout trusts as much as Dane Guillot. He's always been her safe place, where nothing can hurt her. He's also been the only man she's never let herself want--screwing up their friendship isn't worth one amazing night together.
They have too much history, and too much personal baggage to ever work. But if they are willing to take a chance on love--it might be worth the risk.
This is one of those series that, with each book I read, the more I kick myself for waiting so long to read it. I love the characters. I love Nazarea’s writing. The books are flirty and sexy, but with a bit of an edge. I find myself simultaneously wanting to devour them in one sitting and wanting to savor them. The devouring most often wins out though. Once I start reading, I can’t walk away… especially when a book starts off the way this one did. It was unexpected and I wanted to know more. Immediately.
Dane intrigued me in This Love. I was ecstatic to find out he was getting his own book. I wanted to know his story. Boy did I get it with this one. He made me a big ball of conflict. In one scene, I found myself wanting to hug him for being so caring and supportive of Scout and then next thing I knew, I wanted to yell at him for thinking with the brain not in his head. But, as the novel went on and I understood more about him, I felt like I “got” him and then I just wanted to hug him all the time. It didn’t take me any time at all to warm up to Scout. The prologue made me empathize with her. No woman should have to go through what I suspected she did… and certainly not at 15 years old. Even though we don’t know all of what happens in the years between the prologue and when Dane picked her up from rehab, it’s easy to tell she has a wreck during that time. When she came back from rehab, I felt like she was really trying to put her life together. I wanted to see her succeed. I wanted to see Dane manage his demons. I wanted them to fix each other.
This book was both sweet and sexy. Super sexy. I loved watching Dane and Scout’s relationship grow. These two beautifully broken people found a way to be whole again, together, and that’s my favorite part of it all. Neither of them were perfect. They both made mistakes, but there’s no doubt in my mind they’re stronger together than they were apart. I hope we get a glimpse of them in the next book in the series.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.