April 28, 2014

Book Review: Perfectly Broken by Prescott Lane

Perfectly Broken by Prescott Lane
Publication date: March 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Purchase Link:  Amazon

Even after years of trauma therapy, Peyton still believes she’s broken.  She has little desire to date or show off her natural beauty, content simply to hang out with her best friends and run her pie shop in New Orleans.  But her world turns upside-down when a handsome architect and self-confessed player shows up in her shop and thinks she’s perfect, much more than the usual hook-up.  While Peyton does her best to resist his charms, believing she could never be enough for him, she can’t deny the obvious heat between them.

With Reed determined to have her, Peyton must decide whether to continue to hide behind her apron and baggy clothes or take a chance and share her scars with Reed, a man with a playboy reputation and scars of his own — a dark past he can’t possibly share with Peyton, not after learning the horrors she’s endured.  But if they can find a way to trust each other, and themselves, they just might be able to heal, to save each other, to live perfectly broken together.

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book was a pretty good read. It was a little formulaic - as in the same: "Boy and girl meet, both are damaged and have bad baggage from the past. Girl is vulnerable and needs to take it slow, boy is a player who is used to a different woman every night. Can he change his ways for the girl who has stolen his heart? Can the girl overcome her horrible past to be the kind of woman he needs?" You know the kind of book I'm talking about. I feel like I've read it a thousand times in the last year. However, Perfectly Broken featured strong enough characters and a flavorful setting that made it stand apart from all the others in a good way.

Peyton and Reed were great characters. Peyton suffered a horrible attack in her past, and since then has never been able to trust a man enough to date him. Reed is a major horn dog, and has never been able to have a real relationship. Their attraction seems doomed from the start, but they are ultimately both really strong, stubborn people, and are actually perfect for each other. I really loved watching both of them struggle and grow in their relationship, and learn to trust each other.

I enjoyed this book from the start. It moved a little slow for me at times, and didn't really have any surprises or twists that threw me, but overall it was a solid good read. My only semi-complaint was that it was written in third person POV, and sometimes the jumps between characters felt a little awkward. It didn't always transition smoothly and sometimes it was a little confusing.

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Prescott Lane is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, and graduated from Centenary College in 1997 with a degree in sociology. She went on to Tulane University to receive her MSW in 1998, after which she worked with developmentally delayed and disabled children. She currently resides in New Orleans with her husband and two children.

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