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Series: University of Branton #2
Published by A&A Literary on 9/24/2013
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, New Adult, Romance
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She's been broken by her past. He's been breaking for as long as he can remember.\r\nTogether, they can make each other whole--or destroy each other.
\r\nWhen his best friend asks for something, Dane rarely says no. But babysitting a newly sober Scout Grimes for three weeks isn't exactly a normal request. And with their history, it's a recipe for disaster. Not to mention, she's drop dead gorgeous and he can't touch her.\r\n\r\nThere are few people Scout trusts as much as Dane Guillot. He's always been her safe place, where nothing can hurt her. He's also been the only man she's never let herself want--screwing up their friendship isn't worth one amazing night together.\r\n\r\nThey have too much history, and too much personal baggage to ever work. But if they are willing to take a chance on love--it might be worth the risk.
Beautiful Broken was highly anticipated for me following Nazarea Andrews first University of Branton novel, THIS LOVE. I did like the follow-up and the story about Scout and Dane, but not as much as the first.
Picking up where THIS LOVE left off, Scout is back from rehab and struggling to stay clean. Atticus has sequestered himself off in a cabin in the woods to finish his novel, leaving Dane, his best friend, to handle Scout and see to it that she doesn’t use again. And maybe get a job. And perhaps go back to school or do something useful with herself.
Dane doesn’t want the responsibility, but man, Attie is his best friend, so what is he supposed to do? And besides he’s always been Scout’s savior.
Ultimately, I liked the story, but didn’t connect with the characters like I did in the first novel. With Atticus and Avery, the taboo relationship was hot hot hot! But I didn’t find anything particularly heady about Dane and Scout, except Dane’s reservations that Scout was his best friend’s sister (which I personally don’t even care about).
Both of them of course come with baggage, because what romance doesn’t have this, amirite? I did feel like their baggage, besides Scout’s drug using and rehab, were side stories and not really that important to the overall plot. Not even their own history with each other. I did like getting to know how Dane came into the family though.
We finally get to meet Dane’s father and he was hit or miss for me. I could have taken him or left him and not really cared either way, honestly. Was he abusive to Dane? I don’t know. It could explain why DANE IS SUCH A GROSS PERVERT THOUGH. Dane, it is not sexy to jerk off while watching a teenaged girl sleep. Not. Sexy. At. All.
I know it happens, but… yuk.
Scout grows a lot through the novel, but it’s too fast for my tastes. I think drug rehabilitation takes much longer than she’s given, and I would have liked to have seen more struggle from her. As it was, it was too perfect for me.
Overall, not a bad book at all, these are just my nitpicky details. I still enjoyed the story, and I will certainly pick up more from Andrews, but of the two, this one is not the strongest. It’s really hard to top awesome.