July 13, 2014
Perfectly Broken by Prescott Lane
Pbulished: March 1, 2014
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.
**Hotness Rating 3 out of 5**
She did it! Prescott Lane has made me a fan of the new adult genre and I swore it couldn’t happen. Perfectly Broken will tug at your heart, bring tears to your eyes, a sigh to your lips and a sweet, sweet feeling in the pit of your stomach. It’s not all rainbows and butterflies, however. There is trauma, pain, and heartache – it wouldn’t be New Adult if there wasn’t. But, the way the characters deal with the trauma and one another is what made me fall in love with this book.
Peyton suffered terribly at the hands of a stranger in college. It changed her life forever and she believes she can never be whole, again. Even with the help of her therapist (an awesome therapist, by the way) Peyton has her doubts that she’ll ever have any kind of “normal” romantic life. Reed makes her want to try and she’s not sure how to deal with that. He’s known for his womanizing ways and it scares her that the first man that’s made her feel anything could end up breaking her very fragile heart.
Reed hates his father and the way he has treated his family. His extracurricular activities have been exposed and caused the family terrible embarrassment. Yet, it hasn’t stopped him from treating women like a human buffet that he helps himself to often. Granted there’s a difference. Reed doesn’t promise forever – he doesn’t even allow an overnight stay and he doesn’t have a wife at home waiting for him. These women go into it knowing the score. Knowing that Reed doesn’t believe in relationships and he’s never felt a bit of remorse for this. And then he meets the beautiful, enigmatic Peyton. He’s never met a girl that he wants to date. Of course, he wants to get her in bed, but he’s willing to wait as long as she needs for this to happen. He just enjoys spending time with her, seeing her, talking to her. For the first time, he regrets and is embarrassed by his past and just prays that it doesn’t ruin the one thing he knows he can’t live without.
The characters in this story ran the spectrum. You have the crazy best friend that is there for you through it all, the fraternity brother that knows you at your worst and has probably joined in, the wonderful doting family members, the embarrassing, hated family member, and the protagonist that makes you want to scream. I loved Peyton’s grandma and Reed’s mom. Every girl or boy should have that kind of love and support. Quinn and Brett were so funny and protective. I loved them both and enjoyed reading a bit about their relationship, as well. Griffin made me want to strangle him on a regular basis and this was hard because I really think deep down he had a big heart he just hid it under an asshole exterior.
I seriously recommend this book to anyone and everyone. Ms. Lane please write more stories like this. I loved it so much!