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Earlier this year, I read Best Kind of Broken by Chelsea Fine.  As the first book in the Finding Fate series, it explores the relationship of childhood friends Pixie and Levi, who were torn apart after a terrible accident.  It’s a sweet (though angsty) romance that I really enjoyed.  If it sounds like something you’d like, Goodreads First Reads has 15 copies available, ending January 12.

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Right Kind of Wrong is the second book by Chelsea Fine that I’ve had the pleasure of reading this year, and she does not disappoint.

While Right Kind of Wrong is the third book in a series, it is more or less able to be read independently of the others. The couples from books one and two are featured, but very minimally – mostly just being cute as their newly-coupled selves. I read Best Kind of Broken earlier this year, but somehow missed Perfect Kind of Trouble. I didn’t feel like I’d missed anything major by skipping the second book.

In Right Kind of Wrong, we follow Jenna, who was featured in the first book as Pixie’s best friend and roommate. I liked Jenna a lot in the first book. She was really strong, spunky, and independent, and wouldn’t let Pixie put up with anything less than the best. In Right Kind of Wrong, she still has all of those qualities, but she’s also extraordinarily stubborn. She has a life plan, and a man does not fit into it. She needs to be in absolute control at all times, and surrendering her heart to anybody is not going to fly. She fights her attraction to – and feelings for – Jack until the very end of the book, which I found extremely frustrating. I had to lower my rating based on the amount of angst alone – when it’s obvious that two people care for each other, why have them battle their feelings for 300 pages before they finally get together? Especially when they know that the other feels the same way!

I did like Jack’s storyline, surprisingly enough. I was actually pretty surprised about his background; I’d made a few guesses, but that was not one of them. His family was great, and I enjoyed how he and his mom teased each other. Jenna’s family was a nice touch too, especially her grandmother.

All in all, Right Kind of Wrong is a really strong NA novel that I’m sure most NA fans would enjoy.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the free copy.

Final rating: 

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Welcome to Hotel Horny Women, home of scruffy cheese and sensual produce.

Sarah Marshall, otherwise known as Pixie, is at a difficult time in her life. Her best friend Charity was ripped away from her in a tragic car accident, and Charity’s brother, Levi, won’t give her the time of day anymore. They used to be such good friends. The Three Musketeers, they called themselves. Now Pixie and Levi haven’t even spoken in almost a year. She’s happy enough to be avoiding him. After all, she feels a lot of guilt for her involvement in the accident, and a lot of resentment at being abandoned. But as she starts her summer job at her aunt’s bed and breakfast, she finds she’ll be sleeping next door to handyman Levi – and they’ll share a bathroom, so there’s no avoiding him, either. He’d dropped off the face of the earth, and now she can’t get away from him.

Best Kind of Broken is a very well-written novel. Chelsea Fine has a distinct voice, with a unique humor that was right up my alley. The first part of the book in particular has some great inner monologues from Pixie: 

Surprise! You’ll be sharing a sink, a shower, and a daily dose of weird sexual tension with him.

I liked all of the characters, and I liked that all the characters had their own distinct personalities. I liked Jenna, Pixie’s friend, as the constant voice of reason throughout the novel. She was one of my favorite characters, and I found her advice to Pixie (below) very refreshing, especially for a NA novel, which are so often focused on sex:

Sex is not a requirement for a relationship. It’s a perk. And if you don’t want to get perky with Matt, then don’t.

Overall, I really liked this novel, but I had to knock two stars off my rating – one for the sheer amount of angst (my number one pet peeve in a book is too much angst, and this book is bursting at the seams with it), and another for making us wait so long for the characters to finally be happy. I feel bad subtracting two stars since I did like it so much, so I’m going to call this a solid 3.5.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read a free copy of this novel.

Final rating: ★★★☆☆

Sex is not a requirement for a relationship. It’s a perk. And if you don’t want to get perky with Matt, then don’t.

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