Book & Author Details:
Beautifully Damaged (Shine Design Series #1) by Laura Pavlov
Publication date: July 24th 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Peyton Kroft was his forever, until the unthinkable happened. Walking away all those years ago had been the right thing to do. But, a decade later, he was ready to put the past behind him. Moving to San Francisco and hiring his first love, the city’s top designer, was a good place to start. Seeing her again stirred up feelings he thought he’d long buried. He wanted her. Just one taste of those sweet lips. The girl like a light leading him home. She’d found a way back in somewhere she could never stay. And, the worst part—he liked her there.
Jackson Vance broke her heart. He took half of it with him on his way out of town. Picking up the pieces hadn’t been easy, but more than nine years later, Peyton is living her best life. Coming face to face with her first love is not on the agenda. Emerald green eyes that see straight to her soul. Jackson Vance is beautiful, broken, and everything she’s ever wanted. He’s not a forever guy—but when their lips touch, it feels like forever. History has a way of repeating itself. The past still hovers like a dark cloud. But every dark cloud has a silver-lining.
I found a lot to like in this book. Not necessarily love, because I don’t think that this couple provoked that deep emotional response that pulls a 5* review from me. But don’t let that dissuade you from taking a look.
This is a solid story. The couple are likeable, even if some of the decisions made may frustrate you. The ‘then and now’ narrative style also works really well against the backdrop of this tale and helps to colour in not only the history of the relationship, but sets context for the present.
This is, I think, an ideal holiday read. Not too heavy, but with just enough drama to keep it interesting.
I look forward to the next in the series.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
Laura Pavlov writes sweet and sexy contemporary romance that will make you both laugh and cry. She is happily married to her college sweetheart, mom to two awesome almost-grown kids, and dog-whisperer to a couple crazy yorkies.
Laura resides in Las Vegas where she is living her own happily ever after.
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