This week, I am highlighting new releases from some of the fabulous authors I
stalk follow faithfully ever since last summer’s UtopYA conference. Pretty soon I will explain just how UtopYA has ruined me for all other author/reader conventions… but first: let’s talk BOOKS!!
One of my very first blog posts was my declaration of love for Chelsea Fine’s YA paranormal series, Archers of Avalon. It is among my favorite trilogies & if you have not read it, please do! SO GOOD! It’s original and thrilling and much of the dialogue is hysterical. It’s truly a #mustread for fans of YA.
Last month, Chelsea released her first contemporary NA romance, Best Kind of Broken. Here’s the scoop:
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.
The Best Kind of Broken is the best kind of book: well written, perfectly paced, funny, tender, poignant and extraordinary. I would recommend it to fans of contemporary romance who appreciate an original plot, witty banter, entertaining characters and unpredictable action. It has a depth that other NA titles do not, and I love how the light-hearted jokes balance out the raw emotion.
Pixie and Levi are reunited in an unusual way, and their interactions are bittersweet. Obviously there is a history, and the details of the past are slowly revealed throughout the story. The POV alternates between Pixie and Levi, and I love this type of storytelling. You get inside the heads of both main characters, and their private thoughts are honest and hilarious.
I also enjoyed the setting of this book. Pixie’s aunt owns an inn in Arizona, and it has a kind of Gilmore Girls feel to it (I mean that as a compliment). Scenic location, quirky tourists, and an excellent cast of characters on staff. This is the perfect backdrop for Pixie and Levi to co-exist while both are at a crossroads. The inn provides temporary housing and employment; the staff members and guests provide wisdom and comic relief.
This book is a quick read, perfect for a lazy day at home or at the beach. I look forward to the other titles in this Finding Fate series.