Series: Finding Fate #2
Publication Date: June 17th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Source: Forever, NetGalley
Sometimes when perfect falls apart, a little trouble fixes everything ...
Twenty-one-year-old Kayla Turner has lost everything. After spending most of her life taking care of her ailing mother, she just wants to spot a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. So when her late father-a man she barely knew-leaves her an inheritance, she finally breathes a sigh of relief ... until she learns the inheritance comes with strings. Strings in the form of handsome playboy Daren Ackwood, her father's protégé. To see any of her inheritance, she's forced to team up with him. From his expensive car to those sexy dimples, Kayla's seen his type before. But Daren isn't who he seems to be ...
Struggling to make amends for his family's mistakes, Daren has a life more Oliver Twist than Richie Rich these days. He's beyond grateful that James Turner included him in his will, but working with Turner's princess of a daughter to fulfill his cryptic last wish is making Daren wonder if being broke is really so bad. Still, she's just as beautiful as she is stubborn, and the more time he spends with Kayla, the less it feels right being without her. Soon Daren and Kayla begin to wonder if maybe the best gift Kayla's dad could have left them ... was each other.
I received this ARC for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
First things firstBest Kind of Broken is by far one of my favorite New Adult novels of 2014 (you can read my review here). That being said, there wasnt a doubt in my mind that I would pick up the next book in the series, Perfect Kind of Broken. Like its predecessor, Perfect Kind of Broken did not fail to enlighten me. Its realistic and honest and just a bit messy and I couldnt get enough of it.
The last thing Kayla Turner wants to do is get handcuffed to Copper Springs resident man-whore, Daren Ackwood. But seeing as shes dead-broke and her fathers left her an inheritance with certain stipulations, shes willing to do whatever it takes even if it kills her. Like Kayla, Darens not looking forward to spending a couple of hours running around town with Old Man Turners spoiled daughtereven if she is sexy as hell. But, also like Kayla, if he wants any chance of making it out beneath the pile of bills smothering him, he has no choice but to suck it up and follow the instructions left on Turners will. The last thing either of them expect is to get alonglet alone, develop feelings for each otherand thats exactly what happens.
Kaylas relationship with her father these last few years havent been all that great. Still, she makes it to his funeral, hoping to (maybe) get closure. What results is a chain of events that leave every little thing shes known about her self and her family, in pieces. I loved the contradiction between Kaylas image issues, and her fiery spirit. Shes used to getting a lot of attention and instead of embracing it like most girls, Kaylas always shied away from that kind of attention. The few guys shes been with have only cared about one thing, and one thing only. Kayla has no intention of being some kind of trophy girlfriend, so shes lost interest in guys. Imagine her surprise when the one guy she shouldnt be thinking about, is the only one shes willing to do more with. A lot more. Regardless, Kaylas didnt agree to being handcuffed to a guy just to play house with himspecially a rich, playboy like Daren. All of Kaylas preconceived notions about Daren make it all that much easier (though not really) to resist his charms. Shes met guys like that and shes not looking forward to getting involved with another one. Yet as she spends more and more time with Daren, she starts realizing that theres a lot more depth beneath the surface. And thats when she realizes she might be in trouble.
Like Kayla, Daren has his fare share of preconceived notions about Old Man Turners trust fund baby. With all the shit hes dealt with the last year, Darens main goal is to use the inheritance Turners left him and build a better life for himself. Easier said than done when Turners daughter keeps surprising him at every second. As the hours (and days) go by, and as Daren gets to know Kayla more and more, he realizes that there are two (and often more) sides to every story. Long gone is the image of a spoiled, rich girl who didnt want anything to do with her father. Instead theres a strong girl who hides her heartbreak behind strained smiles.
One of the things I loved about Daren? He oozed sex appeal with every page. I love the brooding type, but theres also something downright sexy about the charming, self-conscious playboy. Sex is more than fine in Darens book, but relationships? He shies away from those. In his experience, women cant be trusted. Once they get what they want, they leave. Always. So when he starts experiencing and growing feelings for a certain breathtaking blonde, he knows hes in big, big trouble.
At the beginning of Perfect Kind of Trouble, Kayla and Daren appear to be the complete opposite of each other, but as the story goes on, you get the sense that theyre two sides of the same coin. Theyve both found themselves just barely scraping by; they both have issues regarding family members. But theyre both passionate, strong individuals. Together, they were one troubling mess, that manages to be perfect all at the same time. While the sexual attraction is evident from the very beginning, it takes the break down of the walls theyve built around themselves, to truly fall in love. Im always skeptic of insta-love, and while the novel only takes place over the course of a few days, the relationship that develops between Kayla and Daren is realistic and lasting, and I wouldnt change a thing.
Once again, Ms. Fine brings to life two beautiful characters with flaws and scars like anybody else. Told in dual POVs, Perfect Kind of Trouble takes you on a crazy, sexy, heartfelt scavenger hunt filled with depth and serendipity.