Thursday, March 21, 2019

Broken Beautiful Hearts by Kami Garcia

Beautiful Broken Hearts
by Kami Garcia
Published by Imprint
February 6, 2018

Plot:  Her heart has to break before it can open.

When star soccer player Peyton Rios receives an offer from her first-choice college, senior year starts off exactly as planned. But when Peyton uncovers her boyfriend’s dark secret, she confronts him―and finds herself falling down a flight of stairs. Peyton’s knee―and maybe her dream of going pro―is shattered. Everyone is talking: Was she pushed, or did she fall? Peyton knows the truth, even if no one believes her.

He has to let someone in before it’s too late.
With her future on the line, Peyton goes to stay with her uncle in a small Tennessee town to focus on her recovery. Dating is the last thing on her mind―until she meets sweet, sexy Owen Law.

But Peyton doesn’t trust her heart, especially when she senses that Owen is hiding something. When their secrets are finally exposed, Peyton has to decide if love is worth fighting for. 

Review:  Beautiful Broken Hearts has all the feels!  It has betrayal, heartbreak, romance, and drama, drama, drama!  After a devastating fall down a flight of stairs, Peyton has not only lost her trust in her boyfriend, but may even lose her soccer scholarship to UNC.   Her mother thinks it's best for her to stay with her Uncle Hawk in the small town of Black Water, Tennessee to heal and avoid the harassing phone calls.   But, Peyton is not someone you can pushover and take advantage of.  She is determined to get through adjusting to a new school and rehabbing her knee so she can get back to soccer season as soon as possible.  

Everything is going according to plan until she meets Owen.  A boy who is determined to steal Peyton's heart.  But Owen has secrets of his own, and Peyton is not ready to deal with any more heartbreak.  I loved the relationship between Peyton and Owen, and the family protectiveness of her twin cousins, Christian and Cameron.  They were fun characters that not only drove Peyton crazy but created a comic relief to the seriousness of Peyton's situation. 

This is a story that reflects a time in the author's life.  Ms. Garcia also dealt with a boyfriend that abused steroids and the effects from it.  This is not your everyday high school love story, but also of about being strong enough to get out of an abusive relationship.  If you loved the Lovely Reckless (also by Kami Garcia), then you'll love this book!  Recommended for 17+

Note: This book has some explicit language and there is one chapter with sexual content.

*A DRC was given for an honest review.

Rating:  4.5 Hearts!

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