Best Kind of Broken (Finding Fate Series #1)

Best Kind of Broken (Finding Fate Series #1)

by Chelsea Fine

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Sometimes moving on means moving in...

Pixie Marshall wishes every day she could turn back time and fix the past. But she can't. And the damage is done. She's hoping that a summer of free room and board working with her aunt at the Willow Inn will help her forget. Except there's a problem: the resident handyman is none other than Levi Andrews. The handsome quarterback was once her friend-and maybe more-until everything changed in a life-shattering instant. She was hoping to avoid him, possibly forever. Now he's right down the hall and stirring up feelings Pixie thought she'd long buried . . .

Levi can't believe he's living with the one person who holds all his painful memories. More than anything he wants to make things right, but a simple "sorry" won't suffice-not when the tragedy that scarred them was his fault. Levi knows Pixie's better off without him, but every part of him screams to touch her, protect her, wrap her in his arms, and kiss away the pain. Yet even though she's so close, Pixie's heart seems more unreachable than ever. Seeing those stunning green eyes again has made one thing perfectly clear-he can't live without her.

"By turns humorous and heartbreaking, Best Kind Of Broken has become one of my favorites!" --- CORA CARMACK, New York Times bestselling author

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455583133
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 03/04/2014
Series: Finding Fate Series , #1
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 30,975
File size: 850 KB

About the Author

Chelsea lives in Phoenix, Arizona, where she spends most of her time writing stories, painting murals, and avoiding housework at all costs. She's ridiculously bad at doing dishes and claims to be allergic to laundry. Her obsessions include: superheroes, coffee, sleeping-in, and crazy socks. She lives with her husband and two children, who graciously tolerate her inability to resist teenage drama on TV and her complete lack of skill in the kitchen.

Learn more at:
Twitter, @ChelseaFine

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Best Kind of Broken 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 reviews.
csingh More than 1 year ago
Best Kind of Broken is a phenomenal book.  I can't stress how much I loved it.  I wasn't expecting to, but once I started reading, any preconceived notions I had about this book fell away and all that was left was me immersing myself in the story.  This is one of my top reads from the first half of 2014.  I can't wait until it comes out in paperback in January 2015 so I can add it to my shelves.   Lets talk about Levi and Pixie.  These two are so enraged with each other and I couldn't figure out why especially since the sparks between the two of them were so hot.  I thought I'd be able to guess why or why seeing the scar Pixie had bothered Levi so much, but I wasn't even close.  The truth behind Levi and Pixie's silence and anger broke me.  I'm not ashamed to admit I broke down and cried more than once.  While both of them are broken, they can't see that their barbs and jabs at each other only mask their fears and hurts.   While I cried reading this book, I laughed often too.  Some of it was due to the pranks Levi and Pixie pulled on each other and others were due to their friend's antics. I look forward to reading more books featuring each one of them and hopefully seeing more Levi and Pixie too. I loved everyone in this book except for Sandra, Pixie's mother.  I can honestly say I abhorred her with a passion.   As much as I loved this book, I am beyond impressed with Chelsea Fine.  After all she's the one responsible for both the agony I felt as I learned of the cause of Pixie and Levi's pain and the joy when they finally found a way to divulge the truth to each other. Not to mention the fact I read this book in under three hours, all in one sitting.  I lost sleep and skipped dinner all because I was unable to stop reading.    Every once in a while I'll read a book that tears me apart and puts me back together, changing me in small ways.  Best Kind of Broken is such a book.  It'll stay with you long after you've finished the last page and you'll love it for doing just that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I've read in a long time. I tried putting it down and found myself picking it back up minutes later. This book is an emotional roller coaster. Wish I could add more stars.
Shanrock19 More than 1 year ago
I loved it! It's a nice change in a NA novel to have the main characters stay true to themselves and for them not to fall into complete despair when tragic events happen was excellent; I get tired of main characters going into a complete downward spiral instead of dealing with his/her issues. Pixie and Levi do have some tough times, but I think they handled them with maturity. I loved the heart behind this story; the writing really helped me feel the emotions that the characters were going through. I'm glad "Best Kind of Broken" was more of a positive, hopeful story; rather than a dark, depressing story. It was nice to have a male lead character that doesn't have a tortured mind, and who doesn't use his issues as an excuse to do unsavory things; it's good to see a strong, non bad boy character. I really look forward to the next books in this series; I will definitely be reading them and any others by Chelsea Fine!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! It was serious, but still seriously funny. Can't wait for the rest!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It kept me wondering what was going to happen. Why did they hate each other so much, what was the big secret, why won't they just love each other? Loved it and will definitely read it again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it so much I could not put it down!! Loved Leaves (Levi)...!!!
Daydream-Books More than 1 year ago
From the first scene and the interaction between Pixie and Levi over the hot water I was enthralled with their story. The once close friends have been so lost in their own pain they've closed their hearts off to each other for awhile and this story is about that realisation and overcoming the past so they can live their future together without guilt. The strong emotional reactions between Pixie and Levi are palpable throughout each page - their frustration and wanting to antagonise each other just to get a reaction to their attraction and passion despite denying it out loud. Despite the raw undertone of the storyline there are many laugh out loud moments to lighten the mood especially the opening scene This is my first Chelsea Fine book, but her easy style of words made it a pleasure I will be repeating whenever she releases a new book. 4.5 stars. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
skizzles22 More than 1 year ago
This book was my most highly anticipated 2014 novel, and boy, did it DELIVER! I swear, this woman can do no wrong in her stories. One minute, I'm crying. The next minute, I'm laughing. One minute, my heart is aching for the characters and the next, I'm rejoicing as they find their way out of the black hole of grief and into each other's arms. Chelsea's stories always make me feel. There is not one part of this book that didn't make me feel something, whether it be happiness or sadness or, even anger. I became so invested in Levi's and Pixie's story that I found myself not wanting it to end.  The beginning of this novel was kind of hilarious, and I was immediately hooked on the story. Pixie and Levi have been living together in a strained and tension-filled hallway that only they share. It's awkward, and hard for them, because they used to be best friends. But all that changed when they lost Charity. The result of an accident that ruined lives and gave both the main characters misplaced guilt has left Pixie and Levi just fighting to ignore everything between them. They are the King and Queen of pretending. Usually, I'd find the high school antics in an NA novel annoying, and normally they'd turn me off from the story. But, I don't know. It seemed appropriate for these two; it seemed normal that they'd prank and argue all the time. Because, that's probably what they did growing up together. It made their connection to each other more tangible, and it was honestly kind of hilarious. :) I absolutely loved the double POV, and I loved their voices. It took me a little bit to warm up to Pixie, though, probably because she's a character who can be unreasonable at times. Her personality was a little hard to sympathize with, because she can come off as cold and standoffish. And sometimes childish; hence, all the arguments and pranks. Levi was just as bad with those. But I did grow to love Pixie, and understand where she's coming from. Her mother was emotionally abusive, and Pixie didn't just lose Charity that day. She lost the only family she's ever known. And she lost Levi. She's practically on her own, and is now having to finally face her past and own up to her feelings. It takes her a long time, as it does with Levi, but her character growth was beautiful.  Levi, oh Levi. My poor, tortured love. Ever since his sister died, he's been in a downward spiral of despair, anger, and guilt. But it's easiest for him. It's easier for him to focus on the overwhelming hurt instead of confronting his feelings, both for what happened and with Pixie. Levi is just as bad at pretending as Pixie is, but the feelings are still there after all this time. He'd been living at the inn long before Pixie came back into the picture, but he doesn't know how to even be around her anymore. She's a walking, breathing reminder of the worst day of his life. The guilt eats at him. This boy has been through so much, but all he wants is to be Pixie's hero. His development was also beautiful to watch unfold, and I ended up really loving his character. He has flaws, as we all do. But his flaw is that he takes the blame for all the things he can't control. It takes him a long time to feel like he can breathe again, and his love for Pixie, and her love for him, helps strengthen that feeling. I absolutely loved the development of their relationship. Chelsea Fine certainly knows how to write about two characters who have sizzling chemistry. The bond between the two was so tangible, and the love between them so ingrained into the pages of this novel, that you couldn't doubt their feelings. They had a past, a history, and it was evident in the beginning. The sexual tension between them never felt forced, and steamy scenes weren't overdone or underdeveloped. I thought they fit the relationship between Levi and Pixie. And I just loved watching their relationship grow steadily stronger once the antics died down and they actually started communicating. Their journey back to each other was beautiful, and heartbreaking, and utterly romantic. Not only did I love the main characters, but I also loved the secondary ones! This whole group of cast, from Jenna and Aunt Ellen to Zach and even bad boy, Daren, were amazing additions to the story. They each brought something to the book, brought something to Levi's and Pixie's relationship, and they all had their own personalities. I can't wait to see them again in the next two books! :) The plot unfolded like watching a couple interact in real life. Not much happened, but I never found myself growing bored. It was real life and heartbreak, grief and letting go. It was finding the strength to move on and opening up to make new friends. It was discovering who you are and achieving redemption. But most of all, it was about healing and love. It was about two characters who had battled grief and guilt to unleash feelings that had been dormant for far too long.  Best Kind of Broken tells the story of two childhood sweethearts who find their way back to each other. And those are simply my favorite kinds of stories; the ones that steal their way into my heart with their beautifully broken characters and heartfelt love story.
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Best Kind of Broken so, so very much. I love stories that throw together two characters in ways they can't necessarily escape. It's even more fun when they share a history and a TON of sexual tension like Pixie and Levi do.  Pixie and Levi were childhood friends. Then something happened and they weren't anymore. We spent a good portion of the book finding out exactly what happened to bring these characters to where they currently are. The book is told from both Pixie and Levi's POVs and it was really well done. I felt like I got the full story and they each had a very strong, clear voice. There were feels aplenty and some very sexy scenes. Not only did Pixie and Levi share a ton of chemistry, they both had some very real feelings for the other. They both went through something devastating when they were younger and their guilt led them to distance themselves from the other. It was lovely to watch them try to find their way back to each other. Until they did, there were some hilarious moments between them as well.  "Sexual tension is like a ruthless pigeon. Feed it once and it will follow you around forever. It never tires or goes on vacation. It just lingers. And it's lingering all over me every time I'm around Pixie." Pixie was spunky and sassy and I absolutely loved her. Levi was sexy and protective and a genuine good guy, not the athlete stereotype I see so much in new adult lit. He made me all melty. The two of them together were incredible. They absolutely won my heart. Their chemistry jumped off the page... and so did the sexual tension. Even the side characters in this book were fantastic. Minus Pixie's evil monster of a mother. I'd like to forget she was in the story at all. What a hateful, horrible woman.  "I love you," I yell, thunder echoing my words, rain drenching my clothes. "I love you when you're Pixie and when you're Sarah and when you're messy and when you drive me crazy and when you scare the hell out of me. I love you, Pixie. And I know you're scared." I step closer so I no longer have to shout, and cup her wet face. I look into her eyes. "But you have nothing to be afraid of. I will never leave you again. Never." This book was the total package for me. I connected with the characters. I laughed and cried. It dealt with some heavy issues, but did so in a way that didn't feel too burdensome. I felt all the feels. All of them. It didn't feel cliche and the characters were complex, likable and relatable. I was left with a huge, goofy grin on my face and it was quite welcomed after the tears I shed. I can't wait to read more from Chelsea Fine. The excerpt from Perfect Kind of Trouble was amazing. It doesn't come out until June, so I'll be chomping at the bit until I can get my hands on it.   I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. All quotes come from the review copy and might not be present in the final version. 
Mary_Jean_Adams More than 1 year ago
This was the second book in my foray into the YA romance subgenre. This one was rather sweet (though not a “clean romance”) and had far less of the crudeness about it than the last YA novel I tried. The only downside to this one for me is that the author dragged out the reason behind the conflict between the two main characters just a bit too long, IMO, and the conflict itself was a pretty standard stuff. (Not enough to be cliché, but certainly done before.) That said, I really liked the characters. The older people in the story were a little more cardboard, but the main characters and their friends felt real. (That’s probably the way the average YA sees the world, I suppose!) I enjoyed this one enough to add the sequel to my TBR list.
krein2712 More than 1 year ago
From page one I was hooked and I knew that this was going to be a great read. The story is beautifully written and the characters are really well developed. I laughed out loud, I cried and at times I was angry. I felt some many emotions while reading this book. Levi and Pixie pull at my heart strings and I couldn't help but to love them. What I had expected had tore them apart in the past was nothing to how their story unfolded. The author did a really good job at keeping that hidden until it was revealed. With this book I would have liked to see things come out sooner and I wold have liked to read about Levi and Pixie growing some more together. However as there are other books I can see why the author chose to end it there and I hope in future reads we will see more of Levi and Pixie.
Maria Kieu More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK WAS SOOOOO GOOD! One of the few books that was able to hook me in from the beginning. I finished this book in less than a day and there was never a time that I felt the book dragged. The author wrote the story beautifully.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Two characters that you cant help but root for them and fall in love with.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would definitely recommend this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't usually write reviews but I have to say this was an awesome book!!!! Perfect combination of love and tragedy and two people finding their way back to each other.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The base of the story is just ok. I started this book 3 different times before I forced myself to read it. I can normally read anything and enjoy it. Since it was told from both point of views it was very repetitive and that just gets annoying.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
This story has several stories inside a main story. It keeps you riveted and excited!  I read it so fast and could not put it down - literally stayed up all night finishing it! Sarah (Pixie, to her close friends) has a deep and meaningful history with Levi.  They grew up together, he protected her, and she found a home and family in his house.  Where his sister was the glue that kept it together - until last year - when her tragic death ripped all that was good apart. Sarah and Levi, now work together at the Inn her aunt owns.  Both away from college and both unsure about their return to it.  Levi because he had failed classes, Sarah because she may go to New York instead. This story was so well done. Levi needed every moment with Sarah.  Sarah needed him to breathe the air easier.  Their being friends again is so necessary that when it all comes together - she is willing to give up a future in his arms - just to have that friendship back. So touching, very sincere, and amazingly simple in the fact that this book is explained so that even those who have never felt tragedy will feel with Sarah and Levi.  He is so fierce in his protection of her that his love comes across early on. She runs away from happiness and commitment and you wonder, can she ever get there?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely worth the money. Loved how calculated and well thought out the story was. The characters are just lovely. I actually don't want to read the rest of the series because the bar was set so high with this one.
MySecretBookSpot More than 1 year ago
Best Kind of Broken (Finding Fate Book 1) by Chelsea Fine 5 out of 5 stars I have found a new author to follow!  Ms. Fine is an amazing storyteller who creates true emotion and depth in her characters.  Best Kind of Broken is full of heart breaking sorrow, soul healing love, and the balance we all try to find in life between the two. Sarah, aka Pixie, is so incredibly genuine and personable.  She's brave and quirky, shy and philosophical, eager to love and be loved in return.  And the friendship she found with Charity and Levi, aka Leaves, is something every person dreams of finding.  But when tragedy strikes and Pixie and Levi are left to mourn the loss of Charity, it turns their beautiful world of "rightness" into two separate hells weighted down with guilt, regret, sorrow, loss, and such overwhelming feelings of being "lost".  So when the two come back together it's impossible to ignore the magnetic pull but also exceptionally painful to live life around the "thing you never talk about." I cannot wait to read Fine's next book in the story, although I wish it had been about Jenna and Jack!!  So with that said I would obviously highly recommend this book to NA and more mature YA readers!   Pippa, My Secret Book Spot
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once I started I couldn't put it down. Well-developed characters and engaging story line.
Jeanette_Oglesby More than 1 year ago
5 Romantic Stars The title of this book fits it perfectly. This book left me the best kind of broken and I hated to see it come to an end. I loved it from beginning to end. No, wait, I FLOVED this romantic story from beginning to end. From page one I was hooked and I knew that this was going to be a great read. The story is beautifully written and the characters are really well developed. I laughed out loud, cried, and found a new book boyfriend along the way in this beautiful written love story.  This is a story of tragedy, regrets, and forgiveness. Pixie and Levi have a history together, but you would never know it by the way that they act like strangers toward each other. Both of them are broken and scarred by events that happened in their past.  Pixie and Levi’s attraction to one another is so electrifying and their story is so heartbreaking and heartwarming all in one. This is a must read with humorous characters, romance, and just the right amount of steamy scenes. This story will be forever tattooed in my mind. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have a lot of experiance reading new adult books and I can honestly say this is one of my top favorites!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good book and i enjoyed it very much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago