ARC Review….Beautiful Broken by Nazarea Andrews


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She’s been broken by her past. He’s been breaking for as long as he can remember.

Together, they can make each other whole–or destroy each other.

When 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.

There 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.

They 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.


My review:

Beautiful Broken is the second book in Nazarea Andrews’ University of Branton Series.  I absolutely loved the first book in the series, This Love, and was dying to get my hands on this book and it was freaking incredible.

Attorney Dane Guillot is used to taking care of Scout.  She’s his best friend’s sister and has needed him more times than he can count.  He has never taken issue with that…he cares way too much about her to ever let her down.  If he’s being honest with himself he cares way too much about her, period.  He has for as long as he can remember, even though he shouldn’t think of his best friend’s sister that way.  Now she’s back in his life and is just starting her latest attempt at sobriety, something he knows a little something about himself, and his best friend wants her to stay with him.  So wrong on so many levels, and Dane knows having Scout in his house is going to test his resolve to keep her at arm’s length.  Will he be able to ignore his desire for her long enough to help her get on her feet and out from under his roof?

The reasons that led Scout down the road to addiction are reasons she and only one other person know.  Dane has kept her secret for six years and has always been the safe harbor she’s needed in the storm that rages within her.  Now, she’s out of rehab and wants nothing more than to stay clean and give normal life a try.  As always, Dane is there for her and at the request of her brother, Atticus, gives her a place to stay until she can get her bearings and start living again.  But when too many memories come rushing back and the darkness inside threatens to swallow her whole, she leans on the only person who truly understands her….Dane.  Suddenly Scout sees that he’s not just he brother’s best friend.  He’s the reason she wants to be better and clean and whole.  He’s who she wants to start living life with.  Will he ever look at her other than a broken soul?

A shared history and memories, both good and bad, will either be able to being Scout and Dance together as more than friends or end up pushing them apart, keeping them in friend-only zone forever.  Will they both be able to look past the reasons they shouldn’t and take a chance on the reasons they should?  It’s not easy putting a friendship on the line, especially when that friendship has saved you more times than you can remember.

We met Scout and Dane in This Love and I have to say, as excited as I was for this book, I knew it was going to be an emotional story and damn if I didn’t cry my eyes out more than once. But, if you know me, you know I love that!  Dane is the take charge, no mincing words best friend and cares for Scout something fierce.  He’s sexy and charming when he wants to be but also has an uncontrolled and vulnerable side I didn’t see coming.  With his own share of skeletons in his closet, he has a past that is equally as heartbreaking as Scout’s.  Is there anything better than a sexy alpha male with a broken side? Nope!  Scout really surprised me as well.  I wasn’t sure if I could understand her and her reasons for her drug use, but when the truth came out, it broke my heart.  I admired her strength to make sobriety stick this time and I admired that she saw what she wanted most and went for it.  She took chances when it scared her to death and took her future in her own hands and decided enough was enough.  I loved Scout and Dane together…two broken pieces fitting together to make an imperfect whole but a whole nonetheless.

Nazarea just has a way of telling a story that I adore.  She doesn’t give us a whole heaping spoonful of information in the beginning, but instead gives us juicy bites along the way.  Really enjoyable and makes for a great read.

Thank you, Nazarea, for Dane and Scout and for another kick ass read!


Four-and-a-Half Loves


About the author:

photo-11Nazarea Andrews is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. She loves chocolate and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, and overgrown dog.

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