SOMETIMES MOVING ON MEANS MOVING IN
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.
Have you ever had that person in your life that you know was meant to be there? You can't express it in words but you know in your heart that they own a part of it that no one has ever been able to claim? No matter what happens, they are always there and know what to do. Then tragedy hits, and you feel lost because that connection is broken. Not knowing what to do, you retreat inward trying not to face the source of your pain. The Best Kind of Broken, takes the reader through the lives of two people who became lost through tragedy but fate had another plan. Through an awkward encounter one summer, they find themselves forced to deal with each other and the pain that had silenced their once unbreakable bond.
Sara, or as you get to know her in the book as Pixie, hasn't exactly had the best life. Being raised by a mother that probably is the sibling to mommy dearest, wasn't easy. Resenting what happened in her life, she made Sara pay for that everyday through her insults and unloving environment. All that changed, when she met Charity. Charity was the best friend that changed everything for her. She brought life and love into one that had none. She also brought into her life, "Leaves", better known as her brother Levi, who between the three of them had a bond that would be unbreakable. More than that, there was a special bond that laid their friendship that carried them through their childhood until one day tragedy struck. Their lives were never the same...
A year later, whether coincidence or fate brought their paths together. They hadn't spoken since everything happened, and find themselves in an awkward situation not knowing how to deal with it. While taking a job at her aunt's inn, she learns that not only is Levi working there but their shared living quarters has caused them to do everything to avoid facing their past and each other. Knowing that they care about each other, neither wants to admit it as their growing tensions lead them down a path that force them to face the ghosts of their past and their undeniable connection that seems like an unspoken destiny. As their summer progresses, finding it more difficult to avoid each other, especially in such intimate quarters, a series of events happen that they find themselves discovering much more than they ever knew and felt about about each other.
So, from the first page, I was hooked. There was something about this book that immediately connects you to the characters. You are invited in their lives and you want to stay to see what happens. What I really love about these characters is how well they were written. You really get into them and find yourself emotionally attached to the story to the point where putting down the book isn't an option. The chemistry between the characters made it so enjoyable to read. This was the sort of book where you could just sit back and read. She has you wondering by keeping your interest like a slow simmer to whereas every part of the story fit with an ending that you actually feel complete. There are moments that grab your heart, make you laugh out loud and others that you make you smile. I would definitely recommend adding this to your list!
Reviewed by Michelle Bowles
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 3/4/2014