Review: BEAUTIFUL BROKEN MESS by Kimberly Lauren

beautiful broken messJace 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.


Beautiful Broken Mess is the second book in the Broken series by Kimberly Lauren. Jace Riley (identical twin brother of Jaxon Riley from Beautiful Broken Rules) is torn between his family and the love of his life. Years ago Jace let Audrey go and walk right into the arms of his twin. Now that Jaxon is happily settled with the love of his life, Em..... can Jace make things right with Audrey and find happiness as well?

It's a hard thing to do to make the "villain" of the another book the "heroine". In this case we come to know Audrey and the misconceptions she has dealt with her entire life. She comes from an abusive home and that's only the beginning of her journey through injustice. I was constantly surprised by her strength. She kept getting hit literally and figuratively with one thing after another but she always picked herself up and moved on. I was also happy to see in college she always had Lane (her best guy friend) there to look out for her. Too many men mistreated her and he was one of the only exceptions. Even Jace treated her badly for a good part of the book, choosing his brother first and keeping her his "dirty little secret". It was also great to see her to form friendships with the girls and for them to have her back even when Jace didn't. 

Jace was frustrating in this book. He was very wishy washy about his feelings for Audrey and he was also afraid to tell everyone his feelings about school as well as relationships. It seemed to deviate from his behavior in the first book. In the end though, he stepped up and got the girl so it all worked out.

Overall this was a cute follow up to Beautiful Broken Rules with a lot of interaction with the characters from the first book, making it an enjoyable sequel. Lane's story is up next and I can't wait to see what is in store for this delightful set of characters! 4 stars for Beautiful Broken Mess!

"I like you, Audrey. I plan to take you out and kiss you goodnight over and over until you agree to let me do it all again the next night."

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.


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