Published: 13th January 2015
Publisher: Little Brown
Pixie Marshall’s freshman year of college ended two weeks ago, as did her residence in the school dorms. Which means she’s in need of a new place to live and, subsequently, a job. She started working at Willow Inn because one of the job perks (and she’d use that term loosely) is free room and board. But what she hadn’t realized is that her free room shares a hallway and a bathroom with the only person she was hoping to avoid for the rest of her life: Levi Andrews. As in: Hot guy. Handyman. Keeper of all her painful memories.
Once upon a time, they were best friends on the brink of being something more, but that was before everything went to hell. All Pixie wants to do now is avoid him completely, which might be more harder than she thought. Because despite everything that happened before, Levi hasn’t let go of his feelings for her either.
Thank you to Little Brown for very kindly sending me a review copy. Please note that Best Kind Of Broken is #1 in the series. I shall be reviewing the next two so keep your eyes peeled for those..
“If my bastard neighbour uses all the hot water again, I will suffocate him in his sleep.”
What a way to begin a love story! Pixie works at her Aunt’s inn where her blast-from-the-past, Levi also works (and lives!).. From the opening chapter, you could feel the sexual tension between the two of them and as they take each chapter in turn, readers are given the chance to get to know them together and separately.
Straight away, I noticed that neither character showed how they felt, the readers were told. That bothered me quite a bit during the first couple of chapters but I really wanted to feel their emotion, but instead, it was printed on the pages. I wanted Pixie to describe her “hatred” for Lexi, rather than just bluntly say it in a random conversation with her friend.
“Don’t talk like Alice In Wonderland. You know that creeps me out.”
There’s something stopping Pixie and Levi giving into one another and at first, it’s her boyfriend Matt, but once he disappears, something far more serious comes across. The little games in which Pixie and Levi play against one another were a brilliant, flirty and cheeky addition to the plot. Levi’s hot shower trick was particularly my favourite as he admitted his reason for doing so and once you read the book, you’ll learn of how sweet is it.
We’re told quite a bit about the past within the first half of the plot, but not too much. The outlook on Pixie and Levi was then much more than sexual tension – it was protection. It allowed me to want them to be together even more. Beneath the history and love, there is a strong message within the plot. I’m unsure if Chelsea did this with intention, but it certainly got my attention.
“That’s what we’re good at: pretending things didn’t happen.”
Overall, I was completely gripped to Pixie and Levi’s world. It’s far more than just a love story, it’s about life, death, grief, memories, hope, family, friends and a yelling goat… Chelsea has an addictive writing style and I could tell that she’d put absolutely everything into Best Kind Of Broken. I have the second book on my bedside table and I can’t wait to read that soon.