PERFECTLY BROKEN by Prescott Lane
Release Date: March 1, 2014
Format: ARC Ebook
Source: Prescott Lane
Rating: 5 stars!
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.
Last year I was lucky enough to be asked to review Prescott Lane’s first novel, FIRST POSITION, and I absolutely fell in love with it. Now after reading PERFECTLY BROKEN I know without a doubt that Ms. Lane is a very talented author who sucks readers in like no other. (FIRST POSITION review found here). She gives us well developed characters along with a fabulous and intriguing storyline. I was hooked from page one!
Let me start by saying that this isn’t your unicorns and rainbows HEA (happily ever after). These characters are broken and damaged in ways that leave the readers not only sympathizing, but empathizing with them. Prescott Lane has the amazing ability of making readers relate to her characters. . Her characterization is so compelling that readers become entranced in her stories. Peyton has endured so much and you can automatically tell by the synopsis. Please understand that she does relive the violence she suffered through so keep that in mind when reading this. Some people may be put off by that but personally, it helped me connect with this character. Also, Peyton isn’t your typical “I’m beautiful but I pretend that I don’t know it” heroine and this was like a breath of fresh air. She has demons and she goes out of her way to stay unnoticed. She doesn’t want attention drawn to her and readers pick up on this instantly. I loved everything about her as a character.
Reed started out as your typical wealthy player that embraced his reputation but the more you read you come to realize that he has skeletons of his own, and uses his pronounced player persona to shield himself. Once you see that he’s just as broken and damaged as Peyton you realize that even though his reputation proceeds him…he isn’t a jerk, which was very comforting. He’s lost and doesn’t understand why he seems to be wandering around and not getting anywhere. He’s even more at a loss when he can’t help but feel something for Peyton. This character is real and very likable. Prescott Lane really outdid herself with Reed Langston!
Together, Peyton and Reed just…fit. I loved how Reed treated her. He’s gentle and surprisingly patient. He’s never pushy and he’s always putting Peyton’s needs above his own. He also turns out to be fiercely protective of her. I also liked the progression of their relationship as a whole. It progressed at a very good pace and it sort of helped me get into the story better. It made it more “real” for me. It was beautiful to “watch” these two characters who are so different yet so similar take on this journey to find themselves and to find peace together. But can two broken people really make it or will everything collapse around them?
PERFECTLY BROKEN and its delicate subject matter was portrayed amazingly. Prescott Lane, not only gives us a great read, but she also delivers depth and realness to the plot. This story is about two broken people trying to survive their past and create for themselves a better future. This is definitely one of my favorite books of all time!