by Prescott Lane
SYNOPSIS: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.
“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.”
Peyton felt broken inside, and I can’t say I blame her. I would feel the same way having gone through at least half of what she endured. She had blocked out the world, especially men, and hid behind baggy clothes and her very successful pie shop. She spent most of her time with her witty best friend, Quinn, whom I absolutely adored. She and Peyton were practically inseparable. Quinn had been there for Peyton every step of the way, helping her heal. They were more than best friends, really, they were sisters.
One chance encounter brought Peyton and Reed Langston face-to-face. See, Reed was Brett’s best friend, and Brett was Quinn’s boyfriend. It only took one meeting to light the fireworks between Peyton and Reed. Despite Peyton’s greatest efforts, she could not resist Reed. He wanted her and so he pursued her. He couldn’t understand why, but he was without an ounce of a doubt, drawn to her. He could see past her baggy clothes and standoffish attitude. He saw her.
“Please don’t let your fear win. I think we’re pretty damn perfect together.”
Reed and Peyton had a very strong connection. They both had their fair share of issues, but together, they just fit perfectly. Unfortunately, not everything came easy for them. Suffice it to say, Reed’s reputation caused some emotional angst throughout the book. You see, he wasn’t a man that was known for having long term relationships, hell, he was a proclaimed player. He had a reputation that followed him everywhere, but he was also a man judged by things that had nothing to do with him. His dad’s reputation, especially, haunted him, tormented him, and threatened his future with Peyton. It resurfaced demons for Peyton that weren’t quite buried yet.
“You can’t fix me.”
“I’m still going to try. And if I can’t, I’ll share your scar with you.”
“But I’ll still be broken.”
“You’re not broken. You’re just under renovation.”
Thankfully, Reed was not a man that gave up easily. Despite his obstacles, he proved to Peyton that he loved her. That he was all in. His protective, alpha side? YU-MMY. Definitely made me love him even more.
Towards the end, I feared this book would end up being a cliffhanger because I was around 98% and things were a bit messy between Reed and Peyton. But rest assured, things ended up working out. The epilogue, especially, was a delight to read. LOVED their #HEA. LOVED it. They truly deserved it.
I recommend this book to all the hopeless romantics out there that enjoy a good love story with a touch of angst and a yummy hero. Go one-click!
“We’re not broken. We’re perfect together.”
***A Review Copy was provided in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!***
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Prescott Lane is the author of First Position and her new release, Perfectly Broken. She is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, and graduated from Centenary College with a degree in sociology. She went on to receive her MSW from Tulane University, after which she worked with developmentally delayed and disabled children. She married her college sweetheart, and they currently live in New Orleans with their two children and two crazy dogs. Prescott started writing at the age of five, and sold her first story about a talking turtle to her father for a quarter. She later turned to writing romance novels because there aren't enough happily ever afters in real life.
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First Position by Prescott Lane
Emory faces life’s challenges at the one place that’s never failed her, the ballet barre. But even the barre can’t steady her when fate brings her face-to-face with her old college flame, Mason, who’s hoping to return to the NFL after a career-threatening injury. Before they can surrender to their sexual desires and find salvation in each other’s arms, they need to come to terms with their past. Mason must confront the demons that have set him on a path of self-destruction, while Emory must decide whether to keep her painful secrets locked away, or expose them and risk losing the love of her life. But nothing can prepare Mason for what Emory has kept hidden, or the possibility that he himself may be to blame for the very secrets she keeps – and why they continue to haunt her.
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