When life's always been a mess, can you still turn it into something beautiful?
Jace Riley’s close connection with his identical twin brother, Jaxon, is put to the test when he tries to choose between keeping his promises and following his heart. Is this girl that still haunts his dreams, even after four years, really worth it? Jace can’t help but wonder if he made a huge mistake all that time ago when he let her walk into someone else’s arms, especially since that someone was his twin.
Audrey Mills often wonders at what point she should throw her hands up in defeat and allow all of the horrible circumstances of her life to overtake her. Despite the demons she has faced, however, something inside her won’t give in. When she leaves her small town in Texas to attend college in California, Audrey runs into the one guy who could make her or break her. But is the past they share too painful for them to overcome?
This is the second book in the broken series. While each book can stand on its own, it's recommended you read Beautiful Broken Rules before Beautiful Broken Mess.
New Adult/Adult Contemporary Romance - recommended for ages 18 and up.
Review—Beautiful Broken Mess by Kimberly Lauren
“We sit there staring at one another and shockingly, it isn’t uncomfortable or awkward; it’s as if we’re having a silent conversation. Getting to know one another in this intimate, inaudible way. His eyes seem as if they’re peering into mine, trying to discover all of my secrets that are hidden in the darkest of depths. I hope he never has to know those secrets, although I would love to be comfortable enough with someone to finally divulge all of my thoughts. It sounds quite freeing, to be honest.”
“You would wreck this girl, Jace. She just seems so fragile, yet deep in her eyes I can see fierceness, and damn if I don’t want to unleash that.”
That was then…and so much has happened to change the course of Audrey and Jace’s lives. A classic case of mistaken identity leaves both yearning for something they cannot have. Knowing that all either one has to do is say the words and things could be different…but everything just hurts too much. Jace won’t touch Audrey ever again because she is now with Jaxon. But Jaxon doesn’t really want Audrey, he just wants an excuse…and Audrey, once she realized that she had been with the wrong one, cannot go backwards. All she can do is hope that one day she can move on from Jace Riley, the one that got away.#
“There’s something about knowing how a girl feels, yearning for it, and knowing you can’t have her. I’ve had Audrey; she should be a distant memory at this point. But I still crave every dip and curve of her skin. My body knows where she fits perfectly against me and it won’t be satisfied until it has her again.”
“His eyes are haunted with countless emotions, and I pray to God one of those is not guilt. I want to scream at how irate I am that he never came to me and asked what happened. I want to cry because of everything we could have had. Ever after all that, I want to reassure him that he should never feel guilt, regardless of that he assumes my dad did. This is what Jace does to me. He makes me what to smack him and embrace him, all in the same beat of time.”
Moving on from “the one” is never easy. Both Audrey and Jace are away from home but in the same place…completely coincidental. Audrey wants closure so she can at least move forward; living all these years knowing that she was hated for a mistake that was never clarified has eaten away at her. Being broken from the beginning and having to cope with the numerous amounts of hardship, Audrey (along with the only person she considers family, Lane) move closer to school and decide it’s best to just leave things be…until Audrey comes face to face with Emerson once again. Working together won’t be easy but something has to go right. Thankfully, Em finally gets the story of Jace, Jaxon, and Audrey’s past and a friendship is forged from the honesty of the situation. Now, to just get the boys on board…
“Jace, I’ve always wanted you, and I’ve never pretended otherwise. No one has even come close to making me feel the way I do when I’m with you.”
“I’ve always wanted to be here. I’ve watched my two best friends arrive at this very moment, the one where they realize that the girl they’re with is the one. But now that I’m here, can I handle it? Can I hand myself over, raw and unguarded? But if I don’t give my heart to Audrey, would there ever be anybody else worth it? Hell no.”
So, what do they do now? Can the past be forgotten so a future can be pursued? Life throws some serious curve balls and they have two choices; dodge and run or stand and catch. I love their emotion and how even the slightest outside influence can change the course of someone’s life.
“Lucky to have found you. Blessed to have you.”
Kimberly Lauren is so talented. This book is everything I hoped it would be and I loved every.single.page. After reading Beautiful Broken Rules, I definitely had no love for Audrey, but when she finally gets to speak (because she’s been silenced for so long), it’s amazing. Learning where she came from and what she endured is by far some of the most emotional parts of this story…but the love that started when she and Jace were young, then fizzled out only to be reignited later was beyond awesome. I love love loved Beautiful Broken Mess. I look forward to seeing where we are taken in the last book of the trilogy…SOON!
**5 Actions versus Words Stars**