Perfectly Broken by Prescott Lane
Released: March 1, 2014
Genre: Contemporary romance
Reviewed by Sarah
On the flap: 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.
Peyton initially comes across as the frumpy owner of a pie shop in New Orleans. The reality is she comes from old school money but uses her sweats and baggy tees as protection from the world. She’s not had an easy life. She lost her parents at an early age; to then be raised by her grandparents until her grandfather passed too. Now it’s just her and her grandmother. To further compound matters, she had an incident several years prior which seems to be the biggest determining factor to her current behavior. You learn bits and pieces about the attack early on and then will read about the entire thing about halfway through. Even damaged, Peyton is still independent, smart, and feisty.
A playboy now back at home in NOLA, Reed is making his womanizing ways through the ladies. He doesn’t do relationships especially after being raised in what he feels is an unhealthy marriage between his parents. His father was constantly stepping out on his mother and never tried to hide it; this caused Reed great embarrassment in his formative years and after being teased and told he’d be just like his dad, he decided to do so on his own terms.
This is a heartbreakingly beautiful read and is full of emotion. It’s a persistent struggle for Peyton to try to get better and start really living her life. Unfortunately for the most part her mind keeps her a prisoner and is further compounded by a few people outside her group endeavoring to make things worse for her. She meets Reed at her pie shop and immediately shows him her spirited personality which has been dormant. Recognizing the type of man he is and one she doesn’t want, she really makes him work for every bit of progress with her. Little by little she opens herself to him as their relationship grows organically, although the path is cluttered with roadblocks.
Perfectly Broken is a notable journey of two fragmented people who find solace and hope in each other. Mixed with a bit of heat, this is one of the more passionate emotional rollercoasters I’ve read. In the end we get rewarded with a satisfying ending as well as a nice epilogue to unreservedly bring things full circle.
Rating: 4.5 Stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.