This is by far my favorite book in the Finding Fate series, don’t get me wrong—I love all three books but this one really stuck with me and held me in a different place than the others. Chelsea has such a great vision for her characters, and they develop so perfectly within the words of the story. I LOVED this book!
Jenna is a 21 year old artist who works at a bar, and Jack is her long time friend with whom she had a tipsy “encounter” with. It was a one time slip up by her definition and she has no plans on revisiting that night. Jack will always hold a place in her heart but she has no intentions on acting out her feelings. Jenna has a plan for her future and Jack is not a part of it. Jenna is a very feisty, stubborn sometimes infuriating woman. She shares subtle glances with Jack when he comes into her workplace but that’s about all she will allow.
Jenna has a crazy family with a grandmother who claims she’s dying on a yearly basis, so Jenna gets a call from her mother to come home to New Orleans. Jenna’s mother is one of the main reasons why she is so closed off to the thought of being in love with someone. Her mother had the man of her dreams, the child of her dreams and then BAM he up and left. Her mother has done everything in her power to raise Jenna right, but Jenna refuses to believe that being in love leads to anything but heartbreak.
Jenna decides to take the road trip from Arizona to New Orleans by herself, and when Jack catches wind of this plan he isn’t happy. So when his own family problems arise he uses the opportunity to catch a ride to NOLA with Jenna. Coincidentally they are both from the same hometown with only 2 hours separating them. So basically he shows up unannounced and basically hijacks her road trip to her dismay.
This is the beginning of their crazy journey together and I loved every second of it. There is beyond crazy sexual tension between these two, and way Jack is described is HOT to say the very least. I’m talking six foot four tattooed with dark hair and silvery eyes—hello! And damn I just fell in love with his character so much. He’s so chivalrous and sweet while at the same time being honest and straight forward about everything he feels. Jack isn’t afraid like Jenna is and to be honest, at times I just wanted to shake some sense into that girl and say—Look at this man in front of you he’s perfect!
As their story continues you get to learn a little more about Jack’s very disturbing background and the reason for his return home. This was a pivotal turning point in their relationship I believe, because you get to see Jenna’s wall crumble a little. Not because she was willingly falling for him, but because she had actual concern for him. And the few times that she let her emotions slip up, she retracted so fast in order to re erect the walls she had in place. These two don’t play cat and mouse at all. This is all Jenna and her stubborn heart. Which drove me nuts, but also kept me going. I really did like Jenna’s character even though she made me crazy.
So like I said before, this is my favorite with no doubt. I cried that’s how I know I loved it. And I’m even more in love with Chelsea’s writing. Her characters, ALL of them from the MC’s to the family and friends are all just perfect. Chelsea also stepped up the steam in this book, and it was great the way she built up the sexy times. It wasn’t too much and it wasn’t too little, that’s one thing that I believe Chelsea has mastered throughout all 3 books. She doesn’t push stuff on you, she makes you want it and as a reader I totally appreciate that. This book can be read as a standalone, but I totally recommend the whole series. It’s one of my favorites!
Blog Tour: Perfect Kind of Trouble (Finding Fate #2) by Chelsea Fine(@ChelseaFine)~ Stacy's Review, Excerpt & Giveaway
“It creeps up on you and slips inside, and before you know it, love owns you completely. But when it leaves, it rakes your insides, ripping at your soul until you’re shredded and undone. Then, and only then, do you realize you were in love.”
When I read book one of the Finding Fate series I really fell in love with Chelsea’s writing. She has a great way of describing specific things, and really giving you a feel of what her characters are feeling. The storyline is not only creative but so unique and different. She is very specific in her placement of words, and by the time you’re done reading this book every little clue and meaning is revealed perfectly.
This is a cute little quirky love story about Daren Ackwood and Kayla Turner, two people who are brought back into each other’s lives in a rather unconventional way. These two weren’t really in each other’s lives to begin with, it was more of an acquaintance situation from when they were younger. Kayla’s father has passed and has some very unique demands in his will which include both Kayla and Daren. Two people who before this awkward meeting, were virtual strangers.
Both characters start off on this journey having a chip on their shoulder about the other person, both thinking unfavorable things about one another based on assumptions. Kayla and Daren are literally forced together in order to fulfill the wishes in the will. Daren used to work for Kayla’s father and see’s him as a sort of father figure, and this utterly confuses Kayla considering she didn’t have the same sort of admiration for her dad. So when Mr. Turner throws them this curve ball from beyond the grave both Kayla and Daren find it intriguing and infuriating at the same time.
So as their journey starts and unfolds you can’t help but love the chemistry between these two characters. They are both highly attractive people with Darren having quite the reputation, “The Woman Whisperer” or “Legendary Lover,” the latter one being self-proclaimed I believe. Daren’s personality is pretty cute, and actually very infectious and he’s somewhat cocky but not overbearingly so.
“I’m not a stranger. And I’ll have you know, a lot of girls would be happy to be handcuffed to me.” “Some actually have been.”
“Kayla Turner is the hottest almost brat I’ve ever seen.”
Kayla seems a little more reserved than Daren, but she seems to be letting him in, inch by inch very slowly. It’s so obvious that these two want each other but the fact that they are connected through the will just seems to aggravate them throughout this crazy scavenger hunt that they are on. There are definitely some twists and turns throughout the story, and the revelation that Kayla finally learns is so sweet and endearing. I truly believe this book is about hope, and believing in people that they are truly good and capable of change. That was done really well, and I loved it.
This book is told in dual alternating POV’s and can be read as a standalone. You meet Daren in book one and to be honest it was really great to see him evolve throughout the series, but it’s not necessary to the story in book two. Also, this book was quite a bit steamier than the first book. Ok A LOT steamier… It was a great read with some really sweet and beautiful moments, and I won’t hesitate to read anything from this Author in the future, she has a great way with words and I would totally recommend this book, this series actually-- I’m really looking forward to book three.
“It’s hard to see love when you have it, but when it’s gone you’re blind to anything else.”
“His kisses are little pieces of him, laid upon my body.”
I reach Mr. Perkins’s office and quickly park before climbing out of the car in my high heels.
The inheritance really could be only twenty dollars—or less—and spending an afternoon chained to Daren Ackwood to find it could be a complete waste of time, not to mention horribly awkward given our romantic encounter last night, but it’s worth a shot. Because if it turns out to be a substantial amount of money, everything could change.
Not only could I go back to nursing school, but I could afford a decent apartment and buy myself some time to find a new job—one where my boss isn’t demanding I work for free or flash him in order to pay off my mother’s debt.
Ugh. My life can really only go uphill from where I’m at.
I know money can’t buy happiness, and I believe that. But it would be nice to be out from under Big Joe’s threatening thumb. And sleeping in a cockroach-free apartment while eating regular hot meals wouldn’t be bad either.
I hurry down the sidewalk toward Mr. Perkins’s office, tripping a little in my shoes. Maybe wearing the skirt and heels again wasn’t such a great idea. But I wanted to look professional and responsible, and the gray dress is too hot and the only other pair of shoes I own are my beat-up sneakers from last night. I didn’t think a pencil skirt and a pair of dirty sneakers really said I can be trusted with my deceased father’s money. So I went with the pumps.
I wobble as my shoe catches on a small pebble and curse under my breath.
High heels really are a bitch.
Up ahead, I see Daren round a corner and hurry toward the office, now just a few yards down the sidewalk. I relax a little, knowing he’s not there yet. As we near each other, my stomach fills with butterflies. I don’t know what I’m more anxious about—the inheritance or seeing Daren.
We reach Eddie’s door at the same time.
“Good morning.” He smiles broadly.
“Morning,” I respond with a cheerful smile of my own.
Our smiles are exaggerated, like we’re trying to prove just how “okay” we are with the thing that never happened last night. Then our eyes meet in brief a clash of lust, and tension fills the air.
Daren is the first to break it. “So. You ready to do this?”
“I am,” I say.
The tension returns, but this time it’s laced with nervousness. We’re about to lock ourselves together. For money. The morning after we dry humped each other against a bar. It’s nothing less than weird and desperate. Which begs the question, why is Daren doing this?
I know why I’m subjecting myself to this craziness but I’m still not sure why Daren has agreed—especially without knowing how much money is at stake. Is he in it for the thrill? Is he just bored?
Whatever his reasons are, I’m grateful.
We enter the office and Eddie looks up from his messy desk, his glasses perched on his shiny head. Today he’s wearing a yellow button-up shirt with a plaid bow tie to match his plaid pants. The look suits him.
“You’ve returned,” he says brightly, standing to greet us. “I guess this means you’ve come to a decision about Mr. Turner’s letter?”
“We have,” I say.
Daren nods. “Yes.”
“Excellent.” Eddie clasps his hands together. “What have you decided?”
Daren and I exchange an anxious look. My stomach does a flip-flop, afraid he’s going to change his mind, but then he gives me a subtle nod and I nod back.
We turn to face Eddie, hold out our wrists, and at the same time say, “Cuff us.”
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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Praise for Best Kind of Broken:
"By turns humorous and heartbreaking, Best Kind Of Broken has become one of my favorites!"
“Levi Andrews. Hot guy. Handyman. My long–lost…something.”
This book is a true coming of age NA phenomenon. From the very first chapter I was captured and enraptured in to the beauty of these beautifully broken people. Sarah “aka” Pixie is a young aspiring artist with stars in her eyes and an indefinite scar on her heart. Pixie has held the burden of her Mother’s inconsolable wrath for longer than any child should. I’m starting out strong and fierce with this one guys! This “mother” of sorts disgusted me to hell, and I just have to let my feelings fly about this woman now! Why you ask? Because this story is beautiful and sweet, and unbecoming. And I don’t want this MOM bitch to ruin my review! I love Pixie so hard, and this lady that I now call the “Womb Donor” can kiss my ass. Pixie runs my heart and I hate when people mess with my people!
Moving on… Levi decides to take a random job working for Pixie’s Aunt Ellen, and this is the thing. Levi is an athlete, and not your every day run of the mill athlete. He was the star Quarterback in High School, the prized possession of everything juvenile. He was the guy that screamed innocence and reckless abandoned. He was the guy that used to find his Transformers protecting Pixie’s Barbie dolls. He was the perfect hero, the best friend that never quit. He loved Pixie strong and hard, but there was only one thing that kept him from submitting to his desires. Guilt. I can’t spoil why or how this guilt is misplaced. But I can guarantee that it is.
When Pixie decides to work for her aunt Ellen, she comes face to face with the “Love of her something” Levi. They haven’t spoken in forever due to their pure stubbornness and disregard of self loathing towards one another. This, in turn makes for some humorous hate crimes based on showeriffic terms. Yep, I just made up a word! Levi finds it hilarious to sneak in the shower and steal every ounce of hot water. OH! did I forget to mention that Pixie and Levi share the "East Wing" of the Willow Inn? Yep! just those two, alone in the East Wing...I'm sure Ellen is the anti-christ at this point. Levi is clearly avoiding Pixie for fear of becoming what they once were, and Pixie is clearly avoiding Levi because she doesn’t want to assault his nipples. Either way, these two are done. DONE. Pixie wants a hot shower! Just one! Like for real, just ONE! Levi never complies, like ever. His game is his throne and he likes the fight, he needs the pain, and they both continue on with this silly kid game knowing it’s immature, but quite possibly healing both of them subconsciously.
Jenna! Probably the best bestie any girl could hope for!! And Daren—Dirty-trying-too hard Daren, and Mable, sweet as pie Mable, and Ellen. Ahhhh Ellen. ALL of these characters made me smile!! Yes, even Daren.
I can tell you something right now! Chelsea Fine is a magician! She can write a book with HOT sexy time’s scenes with never mentioning nasty words! Like AT ALL. She wrote some of the steamiest stuff without using ANY regular naughty words! And to be honest, it was way hotter (YES I said hotter, sue me) than the typical sexy time novel, no joke!
This story was just plain beautiful, and heart-wrenchingly charismatic. I went into this book thinking I was going to just “sorta like” it. That was so beyond true! This book grounded me, and made me see things from a different perspective. Not an entirely different perspective, but a nice change to the norm.
This story was so amazingly honest, and cutely gritty. And for those of you that need the skin, well holy crap you’re gonna get it in the form of one of the best shower-scenes ever! It’s not nasty or slimy. It’s just… what it is. Perfect. So totally perfect for my “Leaves & Pix”-- *sigh* my perfectly best kind of broken couple… I love them so so soooo, deep! And so will you.
"I mean, you can't just say you love someone and make it true, That's not how it works. Real love doesn't need to be declared or confessed. Real love just...is. You know?"
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.
BEST KIND OF BROKEN Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18360175-best-kind-of-broken?ac=1