Perfectly Broken by Prescott LanePerfectly Broken by Prescott Lane
Published March 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
three-half-stars
Format: ARC

Note: I was granted an advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my rating or the content of my review.
 

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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 Mayfield is emotionally scarred and afraid to engage into a relationship with men. She’s absolutely content to live a quiet life and putting all her energy into her bakery, which is practically all she had. But thing change as soon as Reed Langston convinced himself to go after her. Yet, even though there is something about this guy that intrigues Peyton, she is reluctant to explore her feelings for him, given his reputation as a bad-boy player.

But in fact, Reed is not the bad-boy he seems to be, and he is actually just as broken as her. Despite Peyton’s more than hostile attempts to drive him away from her, he is intent on getting to know her better. Especially as soon as he discovers that he is not only set on conquering her luscious body, but also her mind and guarded heart.

What I loved about this book:

  • The main characters and their evolution throughout the book
  • The quirky side characters

What I felt needed improvement:

  • The drama-laden interactions
  • The unconducive side-stories

The first thing that I would like to highlight was that Perfectly Broken was a bit hard to get into at the beginning because of the more than peculiar 3rd person writing. I am quite used to 3rd person writing by now, but most of the time, the POV varies between the two main characters and switches about every 2-3 paragraphs, if not only every chapter. But in Perfectly Broken  you get to witness a lot more than just 2 POVs (as the side characters are also involved), and they switch about every two sentences, which can be pretty annoying! It was weird to read the story from so many POVs but thankfully it did add to the story in the end, and gave the very nice side characters a voice of their own.

The beginning of the book was also probably quite predictable. It was one of those insta-love situations where man-ho suddenly turns to a honest and caring lover. There have been very little interactions between the main characters Reed and Peyton (and Peyton was actually quite hostile during those “interactions”) yet at the 7% mark, Reed already knows that she is the one.

“He’d already waited three days to see her – to take her to bed and then hopefully get her out of his mind. But he knew it was more than that. He’d never been able to forget about a girl before.”

The side-stories were not on top of their game and unfortunately dragged a rather interesting main storyline down. Don’t get me wrong – what happened on the side was suspenseful enough. I kept thinking that at the end of the book, we would uncover crazy stuff about Reed’s father and even who was behind Peyton’s assault (the two main side-stories). So many things were kept from the reader but skillfully hinted at, so I was dying to find out what was behind it. But in the end I fell short, and when stuff was uncovered I was like “Oh, so that’s it?”
because it just felt like the author didn’t bother tying the loose ends together where the side stories were concerned.

That made Perfectly Broken a bit of an over-dramatic read sometimes. I felt it was unwarranted how Peyton intensely reacted to Reed’s father’s actions, and how Reed was so flawed by his father’s actions and reputation in the first place. I just don’t understand why you would think your father’s actions would reflect so badly on yourself and act like you were doomed to turn into the same kind of person.

In terms of characters, I really liked Peyton. Even though she had her issues, she was still a strong heroine. She had been through so much pain and lost so much, but still showed the strength to run a successful bakery and put passion into everything she does. She also wouldn’t let anyone fool her: I especially appreciated how she wasn’t all googly-eyed when Reed started courting her, and that she stood her ground in the face of this major player.

“You can try a whole lot of different kinds and pies and never be satisfied. So you just keep trying them all. Or you can wait for that 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?”

But Peyton also demonstrated major issues: in the beginning of the book she made such a deal about Reed’s man-ho past which was part of the reason why she was reluctant to engage with him, but once she does, the whole once over-dramatized thing become a non-issue. Apart from some predictable encounter with Reed’s ex-booty call, Peyton and Reed never actually discuss his past. I was also bit disappointed by the fact that she was so stupid and oblivious to the fact that Griffin was after her. This thing really doesn’t add up with the rest of Peyton’s personality, because she is usually quite perceptive.

However, I liked the fact that Reed and Peyton both grew throughout the book. Reed finally came to see that Peyton was more than just a potential hook-up and therefore became a much better version of himself. And Peyton finally opened herself up to the idea of engaging into a relationship with Reed and actually became much stronger and self-assured than before. Reed actually helped her overcome those terrible things that happened to her in the past.

“You are not broken. You are not dirty. And I’ll spend the rest of my life kissing every inch of you until you believe me.”

Anyway, Perfectly Broken was a nice read in the very nice and metaphoric setting of New Orleans (a city that suffered through a lot after Hurricane Katrina, but still managed to rise from the ashes), but does require a little tweaking here and there, that some of you might be ok to oversee.

Detailed Rating
Storyline
3.5 Stars
Characters
4.5 Stars
Writing
4 Stars
All the feels
3.5 Stars
Overall: three-half-stars