Broken Beautiful Hearts by Kami Garcia

I have loved all of Kami Garcia’s books, but her latest – Broken Beautiful Hearts – might be my favorite yet. Here’s more about the book and why I loved it.

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.

I love a good melodramatic contemporary, and Broken Beautiful Hearts delivers – with a story that carries an important message about domestic violence, but also swoony boys and strong girls and charming side characters to round out the romance.

I loved spending time with these characters, so that combined with a page-turning plot made it easy to binge this book in only two days (and a couple of late nights, if we’re being honest).

Kami has written science fiction and paranormal, and she’s great at both – but something about her contemporary romances feel breezy and easy to read, despite the fact that their plots are always thick and loaded with intense topics. The combination makes for a really satisfying read with substance.

Look for Broken Beautiful Hearts in stores February 6th.

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