Review: Best Kind of Broken (Finding Fate #1) by Chelsea Fine

Pixie and Levi haven't spoken in nearly a year when they find themselves working―and living―at the same inn in the middle of nowhere. Once upon a time, they were childhood friends. But that was before everything went to hell. And now things are... awkward.

All they want to do is avoid each other, and their past, for as long as possible. But now that they're forced to share a bathroom, and therefore a shower, keeping their distance from one another becomes less difficult than keeping their hands off each other. Welcome to the hallway of awkward tension and sexual frustration, folks. Get comfy. It’s going to be a long summer.

*I received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

The first 40% of the book you keep wondering what in the world happened between Pixie and Levi. You get to understand that there is a long history, but now they are acting like they are strangers. After you find out what happened, you then keep wondering what will happen now. Who will make the first move? Will they try to salvage this? Is this something that they want? And you hope they dare to open up their heart again.

Pixie and Levi are miserable apart. Everyone sees and knows it. They haven't talked in a year and now they are pretty much living and working together. The harder they try to ignore this giant elephant in the room, the more obvious it becomes and harder to deny. Pixie and Levi will need to find a way to talk again, because the situation like it is now will only destroy them even further.

Those close living quarters make it hard to avoid each other and seeing one another every day certainly brings back some old memories. Seriously the tension has been building up for years, 'till now when it finally explodes. That shower scene was beyond hot and definitely worth the wait.

Sarah a.k.a. Pixie was never wanted by her mother and still isn't. Her mom is truly awful, like stepmom evil nearly, except it's her real mom. That is why Pixie is staying with her aunt and working at the Inn. The past year though might have been the worst in her life. You can not help but feel for this girl. For me it was easy to relate, because I've been in the same situation and I know everyone deals with it his own way, sometimes forgetting you're not the only one with this pain. Pixie doesn't know how to handle what has happened.

She is broken and doesn't know to fix it all, herself and Levi. She wants to, but there is this fear of getting broken again. As a character she is pretty amazing. Even with what happened, it hasn't stopped her from living and trying. Being confronted with Levi brings back all she ever wanted. While slowly trough summer Pixie finally figures some things out that will help her heal. Now all she needs is her hero back.

At first I thought Levi was a jerk, then I quickly realised he is just acting like a jerk to protect himself from hurting Pixie more. He also does not know how to handle seeing her again, so he uses anger to keep her at a distance. Anger he can handle, hurt not. I really liked how though he tries to keep his distance from Pixie, it was still obvious how much he cared and how protective he feels about her. She is pretty much constantly on his mind and that boy would lay down his life for her. That contradiction of vulnerability and caveman behaviour made my heart beat a little faster.

The whole problem is that they both blame themselves for what has happened and then creating this distance between them because of that. I know they're only human and they can make mistakes, but that was just stupid. If they had talked to each other, a year ago, this hurt would not have been here today. That was definitely a moment that made me curse at them. They nearly threw away the last fifteen years, because they were afraid. Luckily in the end Pixie and Levi could not avoid talking to each other.

The other characters in the book were a blast. Pixie and Levi's best friends are hilarious and definitely add a humorous note to the story, keeping it from getting to dark at certain points. Everyone at the Inn, from the employees to the guests, are all full with advice for Levi and Pixie, to the point where you think these two should really talk just to get these people off their back.

Best Kind Of Broken is such a beautiful read of love, hope, forgiveness and risking your heart. Chelsea Fine has written a story that will make you turn page after page hoping for that happy ending. She makes you feel with the characters, without it being over dramatic or any unnecessary angst. Everything between Pixie and Levi feels very realistic and my heart really went out to these two. It was simply brilliant, everything worked so well together and I can not wait to read Daren's story, Perfect Kind Of Trouble.

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The Author

I love to dance. I suck at dancing, but I love it.

I’m obsessed with brushing my teeth. I always have a toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss in my purse. I’m weird.

Coffee and I have a relationship. I call it true love.

My sister, Cameron, is the funniest person I know. Once, she made me laugh so hard I threw up on her. True story.

I love pretty much all shows on The CW.

My first car was a white ’89 Subaru hatchback with orange towels covering the seats, glow-in-the-dark paint outlining the dashboard, and bumper stickers everywhere. I was super cool.

My grandparents text message me daily. They’re very awesome.

In high school, I had a pair of patent-leather neon orange shoes that I wore shamelessly. <–This probably contributed to my lack of popularity.

I like vampires. And werewolves. And superheroes.

But not clowns. Clowns are creepy.

I have two kids, and I totally let them color on the walls.

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