Beautifully Broken by Laura Lee
Published by LAN Fiction LLC on November 15th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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I knew he would ruin me from the moment we met. Everything about the man screamed confidence. Sensuality. Intelligence. Worldliness. But it was how he saved me that ruined me most.
Through him, I learned to end my path of self-destruction. I no longer needed to numb the pain with mindless one-night-stands and drunken blackouts. He made me feel worthy. Treasured. Optimistic about my future.
Here I stand four years later, in a coffee shop a world away, still broken…but beautifully so. My scars no longer hold me back. Instead, they give me strength and enrich my appreciation for the good things in life. I have hopes and dreams…faith that anything is possible. I am no longer the lost little girl fighting for survival. I have direction. I have courage. I am not without possibility.
I’ll always have Gavin to thank for that—Mr. Cooper, I remind myself. That’s who he is to me now: just a former teacher. I know what you’re thinking, but don’t worry. I was eighteen when we first met. Legally, we did nothing wrong. Morally? Well, I guess that depends on how flexible your morals are
My name is Kat and this is my story.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Beautifully Broken is a story of a broken young woman who delves into one night stands as she tries to block out her past. Her coping mechanism comes undone at a bar one night when she hooks up with a guy who never assumed for one moment she would be off limits to him. It is soon apparent that one night is not enough for ether of them. They fail to realise how wrong getting together was at the time because of Kat’s determination to remain anonymous.
Kat has been in and out of foster homes for years, but now and then returns home to her mother who is battling her demons. Living at home is better than the foster system, so she puts up with her mother’s behaviour and the company she keeps.
Gavin is a likable character, but it was his role as a teacher that raised my eyebrows. Outside of the classroom, he came across as genuine and a smooth operator. In fact, I had no trouble connecting with any of the main characters. They were the reason I kept reading when I began to feel frustrated with the way the plot was unfolding.
The romance between Gavin and Kat always seemed beyond YA, even when they were in the teacher/student situation. It was the forbidden aspect of their situation and the way they handled it that I found frustrating. The story is set in both a YA and NA environment. As twists in the plot were introduced, there was an increasing sense of predictability. Often I found myself guessing the majority of the changes before they occurred.
Be aware this book has triggers in it that may deter readers including View Spoiler » rape; death of a baby and drug abuse « Hide Spoiler. All situations are dealt with sensitively with help references included at the end of the book.
The first 60% was great, but after that, my initial good reading vibes began to wane. I started to wonder what had happened. Toying with how I should rate this book, I decided to go with a medium. Initially my vibe was a strong 3.5 Stars, but by around 95% it had dropped to 2.5 Stars. The epilogue wraps up the story nicely but a bit too neatly for my liking. I enjoyed the majority of Beautifully Broken, and if you are prepared to overlook the situations I struggled with, this is worth a try!
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