Friday, October 4, 2013

[Blog Tour Review]: "Beautiful Broken" + Giveaway!

Beautiful Broken by Nazarea Andrews

Publisher: A+A Literary (September 20, 2013) [e-book version]
Series: University of Branton, 2
Genre: New Adult Contemporary

She's been broken by her past. He's been breaking for as long as he can remember.
 Together, they can make each other whole--or destroy each other.

 When his best friend asks for something, Dane rarely says no. But babysitting a newly sober Scout Grimes for three weeks isn't exactly a normal request. And with their history, it's a recipe for disaster. Not to mention, she's drop dead gorgeous and he can't touch her.

 There are few people Scout trusts as much as Dane Guillot. He's always been her safe place, where nothing can hurt her. He's also been the only man she's never let herself want--screwing up their friendship isn't worth one amazing night together.

 They have too much history, and too much personal baggage to ever work. But if they are willing to take a chance on love--it might be worth the risk.

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“Shh, Ittybitty,” he murmurs. The name he gave me when we were kids—when I was a little girl tagging along behind him and Atti, and he was a barely tolerant older brother. It's all our history, and all of our present, and a hint of our future, all wrapped up in one affectionate name. “I'm here, I'm not going anywhere.”

Ms. Andrews took me on a roller-coaster ride with Dane and Scout, ripping my heart out, stomping on it a few times, then crushing it with the hope of their future HEA, before putting it neatly back in my body. And yet I loved this crazy ride. I'm battered and worn, tired from all the problems that Dane and Scout have, but extremely happy. Beautiful Broken is an amazing book, telling the twisted tale of two “screw-ups” finding a way to cope, to heal, and to love.

Know this—Beautiful Broken will not be the perfect book for every reader. It's not light, it's not fluffy and carefree. It is gritty, dark and full of angst and serious issues. Many readers may find it hard to read, or may find that some of the emotions and situations are triggers, pulling them out of the story. I almost had that response a few times—but Andrews kept my hooked, made me believe in these two. I'll be honest: I had a hard time with some of Dane's early actions, had a rough time believing in Scout, as her drug use is so different from the choices I have made in my life. But it was all needed to tell this story—and Andrews did a beautiful job at telling their story.

“You aren't the only one with issues, Scout. I've got my own to deal with—maybe it's time you quit deciding what I need and accept that you're what I want.”

Dane....he's complicated, messed up, with a past that drives him to do jerk-ish things. But he's sexy, he's strong enough to make something of his life, he's loyal to his best friend...and to Atticus' little sister, who should be off limits, but instead helps him to heal. I almost didn't want to love him, as his careless screws at the clubs pissed me off, but I soon understood part of the reason why he does these things. Andrews created a tortured hero who is sometimes a total ass, but who wants to be better for Scout, and I soon found myself in love with him. Tattoos, piercings, and all!

“Scout, I need you to understand something.”

I nod, helplessly.

“I'm not staying here with you because I need to. I'm staying because there is literally no place I would rather be than with you.”

As I said, I had a difficult time relating to Scout, but I came to respect her and even understand some of her problems. I was happy to see her stand up and take control of her sobriety, and could see that she was able to help Dane just as he was able to help her. They belonged together, it was as simple as that.

I adored Andrews previous book (This Love), but I absolutely LOVED Beautiful Broken, and I will be rereading this one again and again. Reading this book broke me, but it also put me back together. Sexy as can be (Dane's a dirty talker at times, and so much of an alpha male, I melted with every smexy scene!), yet so beautiful and sweet, this is not your typical romance, but it's easily one of the best NA Romances I have read! Be prepared when you pick up this book. Your insides will be twisted and yanked, your heart broken a few times, but in the end, it's all worth it. WOW!

“It's not worth it,” she mumbles. “One night isn't worth losing you,”

I laugh, pulling back enough that she blinks up at me, at the sexy smirk I'm giving her. “You're wrong. Even if it was just one night, if it's me and you, it'll always be worth it.”


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I received an e-ARC of this book from the author, via the tour company, in exchange for my honest opinion. 

*Note: The quotes used belong to Nazarea Andrews; TBQ's Book Palace do not claim them. (Also, any errors in the quotes are entirely my fault, as I was writing them down while reading and may have been slightly distracted, wanting to read what happened next).

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Really, I  can't stop recommending this book! As I said, it may not work for everyone, but I think some of the most powerfully written romances turn out that way. I loved it, and I cannot wait for Andrews' next release. 

I will leave you with this sexy graphic from Nazarea's Facebook Page---just reading this quote reminds me of the scene and... *shudders* Have you bought this book yet? GOOD! Go, read, NOW! 


Until Next Time,


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1 comment :

Kame said...

What a great review! Love the cover.