Wow! I was absolutely wowed by Beautiful Broken Mess. This book had me in tears and dreading the ending only for the fact that that meant the story was done. I could happily continue reading on about Jace and Audrey. This is a beautiful story about a couple finally connecting after so many misconceptions and trying to get it right this time.
Jace has always been and continues to be the one for her and vice versa. Unfortunately, a horrible misunderstanding ends them before they even have the chance to begin. Years pass with neither one of them straying far from the other’s thoughts. But too much damage and not enough communication has been done. It takes a third party to set things on track for them. But, sadly once again, lack of communication can be their downfall.
I have to applaud Kimberly Lauren. When I first met Audrey in Beautiful Broken Rules, book 1 of the Broken series, I thought she was a catty piece of work and wondered what was up with her and Jax’s brother, Jace. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Ms. Lauren, you made me completely connect and feel for a character that I previously ruled out. I was hooked and sucked into Audrey’s story from the first page. By the second paragraph my previous opinions of her completely changed. Audrey’s actions were so misunderstood in book one. Thank you so much for delivering a remarkable character. After all the horrific hardships Audrey has faced, she could have turned into the bitter, spiteful person I formerly thought her to be. Really, after learning her history I wouldn’t blame her. Growing up, life continuously and literally knocked her down. But she held on to hope and persevered. The end result is a strong, beautiful person inside and out. The only weakness that remains is Jace.
Jace. Oh Jace! Let me just take a moment here and let my mind linger on Jace…hang on…bare with me…okay, I think I can continue now. What I completely loved about Jace is he knows who he is. He is confident, caring, protective, observant and yep controlling, but it’s the good kind of controlling. His only flaw is that while he is confident in who he is and what he wants, he cares too damn much about what others think. Had he not tried to spare other’s feelings and been up front with them from the beginning, certain things could have been avoided. But at the same time if he did all that where would the story be? Jace needed to make the mistakes he made. Only then did he have a clear view of his actions and feelings.
I can’t end this review without bringing up the secondary characters. I completely love when an author brings back previous players and shows us how life is continuing for them. Jax and Emerson are going strong. Jax plays a big part in a pretty vital story arc in this book that only makes him and Em stronger as a couple. Quinn and Cole’s bond also strengthens by the end of this book. I can’t say more than that without giving something away. We meet Lane. His book is next in the series and I can’t freaking wait. I absolutely loved him. He is this take charge, protective, tell it like it is guy. He becomes a surrogate big brother to Audrey. I know there is a serious story to be told about his history. I can’t wait to get to know him in the lover category too. And please, Ms. Lauren, please if you happen to read this, can we please get a Max book too? Or a Max novella? Shoot, I’d even settle for some inspiration pictures used for Max. 😉
Alright, go read Beautiful Broken Rules if you haven’t yet. Then dive into Beautiful Broken Mess. Afterwards, you can join me in anxiously awaiting Lane’s story in Beautiful Broken Promises.