This was, without a doubt, one of my favorite books of the year. I cried for their heartbreaks and ached for their triumphs and felt so connected to them that I didn’t want it to end. ~ Leigh, Guilty Pleasures
Today is our stop on the blog tour for BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN by Laura Lee! Check out our post and be sure to grab your copy today!
About Beautifully Broken:
I KNEW HE WOULD RUIN ME FROM THE MOMENT WE MET. Everything about the man screamed confidence. Sensuality. Intelligence. Worldliness. But it was how he saved me that ruined me most.
Through him, I learned to end my path of self-destruction. I no longer needed to numb the pain with mindless one-night-stands and drunken blackouts. He made me feel worthy. Treasured. Optimistic about my future.
Here I stand four years later, in a coffee shop a world away, still broken…but beautifully so. My scars no longer hold me back. Instead, they give me strength and enrich my appreciation for the good things in life. I have hopes and dreams…faith that anything is possible. I am no longer the lost little girl fighting for survival. I have direction. I have courage. I am not without possibility.
I’ll always have Gavin to thank for that—Mr. Cooper, I remind myself. That’s who he is to me now: just a former teacher. I know what you’re thinking, but don’t worry. I was eighteen when we first met. Legally, we did nothing wrong. Morally? Well, I guess that depends on how flexible your morals are.
My name is Kat and this is my story.
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This was, without a doubt, one of my favorite books of the year. It was heartbreaking and hopeful and sexy and sweet. It made me ugly cry and smile with its tenderness and I couldn’t put it down.
Beautifully Broken tells Kat’s story. As the daughter of a junkie mother, and as a child that has been bounced though the foster system for most of her life, she is older than her eighteen years. She is thoughtful and smart, too brash for a high school senior. She is confident in herself, yet at the same time devalues her worth.
A chance encounter on her eighteenth birthday introduces her to Gavin Cooper. Gavin is … perfect. There isn’t another word I can use to describe him. He’s handsome, he’s well meaning, he’s sexy and he’s just plain good. But when he starts his new teaching job, his morality is tested when Kat turns up as a student in his second period English Lit class.
This Teacher/Student love story had it all and more. It had the illicit sex of such a relationship, but it was more than just that. I was expecting the thrill of the taboo relationship, but I also fell so hard for both of these characters. I loved the heat and heart of their relationship and the anxiety it caused wondering if they would be caught. I cried for their heartbreaks and ached for their triumphs and felt so connected to them that I didn’t want it to end.
This was my first book by Laura Lee and I am so excited to have discovered a new author. I can only hope that all of her books are as wonderful as this one because I have a lot of reading ahead of me. It truly reached out and touched me with the honesty of these two people that were born to love one another and I can’t recommend it enough.
About Laura Lee:
After working a 9-to-5 gig for many years, she happily traded it for a rewarding career as a self-published author. Laura is the author of the bestselling Karli Lane and Dealing with Love series. She is a proud member of the Romance Writers of America focusing on contemporary, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance.
Laura’s passion has always been storytelling. She spent most of her life with her nose in a book thinking of alternate endings or continuations to the story. She won her first writing contest at the ripe old age of nine, earning a trip to the state capital to showcase her manuscript. Thankfully for her, those early works will never see the light of day again!
Laura lives in the Pacific Northwest with her wonderful husband, two beautiful children, and three of the most poorly behaved cats in existence. She likes her fruit smoothies filled with rum, her cupboards stocked with Cadbury’s chocolate, and her music turned up loud. When she’s not writing or watching HGTV, she’s reading anything she can get her hands on. She’s a sucker for spicy romances, especially those involving vampires or cowboys!
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