Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Beautiful Broken Mess by Kimberly Lauren

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Jace Riley’s close connection with his identical twin brother, Jaxon, is put to the test when he tries to choose between keeping his promises and following his heart. Is this girl that still haunts his dreams, even after four years, really worth it? Jace can’t help but wonder if he made a huge mistake all that time ago when he let her walk into someone else’s arms, especially since that someone was his twin.

Audrey Mills often wonders at what point she should throw her hands up in defeat and allow all of the horrible circumstances of her life to overtake her. Despite the demons she has faced, however, something inside her won’t give in. When she leaves her small town in Texas to attend college in California, Audrey runs into the one guy who could make her or break her. But is the past they share too painful for them to overcome?

This is the second book in the broken series. While each book can stand on its own, it's recommended you read Beautiful Broken Rules before Beautiful Broken Mess.

New Adult/Adult Contemporary Romance - recommended for ages 18 and up.
Clare's Review:
Wow! I was a beautiful broken mess reading this (less emphasis on the beautiful). I never even considered liking Audrey. In fact...I never gave her much thought at all in BBR. She was just an annoyance...and I knew there was an underlying something....but not this. I LOVE Audrey!! She's funny and smart and has a self deprecating humor that is so endearing. And, well, we've always loved Jace, so that's easy.
In BBR, we learn about Jaxon and Emerson and bits of Jaxon's least from Jaxon's perspective. In BBM...we learn WHY. And we learn the whole story. And it's fascinating to see how perceptions and youth can distort things. We get to see the true growth of the characters, especially the boys. And we see the growth and evolution of true love. It was beautiful. Criminy I'm sappy, but I loved it so much!! Totally romantic without being cheesy. Emotionally taxing without being depressing. Wonderfully written; we still get lots of interaction with the main characters from BBR, because this is also a story about friendship and family. Everything is intertwined brilliantly and I can't wait for more. Easily one of the top books and series I've read to date. 6 stars!
Meet the Author
I'm a wanderer, an adventurer, a traveler.
I want to see it all. I haven't been everywhere but it's on my list.
"She travels the world & home is always in her heart."
Lately if I'm not traveling or chasing a toddler, I'm writing. Which is weird because I hated writing in college. Oh wait, that's because that was boring. Who really wants to sit there and cite all your sources into APA format? Not this girl. Writing for yourself is enjoyable and cathartic. Please try it. Then tell me about because I love indie authors.
When I was 19, I packed up and followed my high school sweetheart from Texas to California. We had a blast living it up in San Diego. Four years later we made a crazy decision and packed up again and moved to Germany. What? Yep, you read that right. Guess what? Best decision ever! We OWNED Europe. For three years we saw as much as we possibly could. We lived an hour outside of France, a couple from Switzerland and Italy. Most amazing time of my life. Please go out there and see the world, you won't regret it. After Europe we moved back to California, and for now we're just debating our next adventure.
I earned a degree in Child Development. And now I write novels. Makes perfect sense! I write because I walk around all day with these stories in my head. It's nice to be able to get them out of my head in an organized fashion. I hope that someone out there enjoys them, because I have enjoyed so many others'.
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