Best Kind of Broken by Chelsea Fine
Series: Finding Fate #1
Published by Forever
Publish Date: March 4, 2014
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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 . . .
Pixie is so stubborn. And lonely. And heartbroken. She’s easily frustrated and angered by Levi; he barely has to do anything at all before she is either fussing at him or retaliating for something. The same with Levi – Pixie barely glances at him, and he gets this strained look on his face and he’s stalking off, mad about who-knows-what. The thing about the two of them is that these feelings aren’t what they’re really feeling. They’re both actually angry with themselves over so many unresolved and unspoken things and they don’t know how to even begin to fix it, and neither one will be the first to open up and talk to the other one about it. Pixie and Levi have a walking-on-eggshells relationship for a chunk of the story. There is a certain point though — an event in the story — in which those walls start to come down and the two begin to face those hard things that they feel. It’s tough for them, but it’s lovely to read two people work things out and come out on the upside.
Romance: No triangle. Second-chance. Slow-burn.
Great secondary characters
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.