PERFECTLY BROKEN by Prescott Lane
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
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.
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First off let me tell you all that this is a no cliffhanger kind of story! YAY! I know some people dislike cliffhangers with a passion. I on the other hand have a love hate relationship with them. In the case of Perfectly Broken there is room for a sequel…again YAY!
“I don’t care about the cracks,” he whispered. “Cracks give character.”
When I first saw the cover of this book it was initially what pulled me in to read the synopsis and see what exactly the book would be about. A sensitive subject no doubt, but intriguing nonetheless.
“You can’t fix me,” she said.
“I’m still going to try. And if you can’t, I’ll share your scar with you.”
“But I’ll still be broken.”
“You’re not broken,” he said. “You’re under renovation.”
After years of traumatic therapy Peyton is still feeling as though she can’t move on and still very much deals with the incident that changed her life when she was in college. Her main goal is to dress so that she is not noticed by the opposite sex by wearing baggy clothes and a baseball cap and to just keep her focus on her pie shop, Adelaide’s. Her best friend Quinn is the one person Peyton spends most of her time with.
“You can try a whole lot of different kind of pie and never be satisfied. So you just keep trying all of them. Or you can wait for that one special kind of pie that can satisfy you with just one bite. So the question is are you just looking for variety, or are you willing to hold out for the real deal?”
One day Quinn’s fiancé, Brett and his best friend Reed walk into Peyton’s pie shop and immediately there are fireworks in the air and a noticeable attraction between Reed and Peyton. However, being that Peyton is still dealing with her traumatic incident and Reed is a known player, Peyton wants nothing to do with him. However for Reed there is something about Peyton that draws him into her and realizes that she is the only person that he wants to pursue. Peyton after giving him a hard time finally decides to step out of her comfort zone and give Reed a chance, even though she knows there is a chance that she can get hurt.
Peyton realizes that she likes the way that Reed makes her feel and that there maybe be a chance for more between them, but only if they move slow. But like with any relationships, each of their past that come creates problems for the both of them giving them obstacles to manage through.
“Well I’ve had variety, It left me hungry, unsatisfied, even a bit sick sometimes. But one bite,one nibble of the real deal- of you- leaves me happy, content, wanting more of you, and only you.”
“You’re not a buffet to me, you’re a five star meal”
I really enjoyed reading this book and it was refreshing to read a book that is in the third person..you don’t get much of those anymore. It can be hard to stay in that way of reading especially when you are used to other pov’s but this way does make you feel like you are right there with the characters going through everything with them. I believe that anyone that has been through something so traumatic as rape as Peyton did could read this book and take something away from it. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that asks me about it. It is done in a very tasteful and respectful way. I believe any subject such as this can be a great story with writing such as Prescott Lane’s.