Rayne Davidson is perfectly happy fading into the background. Her mama’s antics garner enough attention in their small Southern town for the both of them, but when Rayne catches the eye of all-star QB, Preston Howard, she’s enamored with the possibilities. Too bad Preston doesn’t make her heart thump—but his brother does.
Gage Howard doesn’t mind the town’s stares, probably because he doesn’t get them. Growing up in his older brother’s shadow, Gage shrugs off the endless parade of girls Preston brings home—until Rayne.
But there are unwritten rules that shouldn’t be broken, like cheating on your boyfriend or betraying your brother. Rayne and Gage deny their growing attraction, neither willing to hurt Preston—until the town finds out.
They think overcoming the gossip will be the hardest obstacle.
Rayne’s mama has a secret, and its revelation could divide the town, the families, and the new couple.
Can love really exist if it’s all built on a lie?
I received this book through an awesome opportunity offered to me through Filles Vertes Publishing in exchange for an honest review. I love opportunities like these because I get made aware of books that I would necessarily choose for myself or hear about through the normal channels.
Meant to be Broken was a book I was excited to get once I read the synopsis. It definitely caught my interest and was the perfect change of pace that I needed. I’ve been on a fantasy kick for what feels like forever. I flew through this story. I started it last night because I couldn’t sleep and I can read my Kindle without the light bothering my husband trying to sleep.
I got so much more from this story than I expected. I expected a high school drama about a girl falling in love with her boyfriend’s brother. I got so much more. I got a bit of one of my favorite bookish tropes, forbidden love. It sort of alternates between forbidden love and a really dysfunctional love triangle, but I forgive the triangle because the forbidden love part is done so well. I was way more invested in these characters than I thought I would be. I may or may not have cried more than once (but it’s possible that’s just the pregnancy hormones).
I loved the setting that Meant to be Broken takes place in. A small town in the south while it doesn’t have a lot of physical descriptions, most of the things that take place just make it so realistic and believable, one example is the gossip that spreads like wildfire. There are little touches throughout the story, such as certain activities the kids do for fun, that make the setting authentic.
I loved the characters. Rayne was funny and mostly down to earth for a high school girl. She was the nice girl in the group of snotty cheerleaders. So when she hears that the popular boy in school, Preston, is interested in her, her first question is why? I liked that Rayne wasn’t a typical girl who had wicked self-esteem issues. She wondered why Preston liked her because she didn’t look like most of the girls he usually chose to date, not because she thought there was something wrong with her.
As for Preston, I almost felt bad for him. Everyone puts him up on a pedestal. He’s the golden boy, the good boy. But they all make him sounds so shallow and like his whole life is based on pleasing others, specifically his mother. I have many more thoughts on Preston but I’m not going to go into them so I avoid giving any spoilers.
This story is told from two points of view. We alternate chapters between Rayne and Gage. I really liked Gage. He’s definitely swoon-worthy. The boy in school that is indifferent to everything except football and his car. He becomes best friends with Rayne and acts as her number one defender. He sticks up for her when he feels that she’s being treated or talked about in a way that she doesn’t deserve. But he also knows when not to get involved, when to let Rayne learn for herself that she’s trusting the wrong people or making a mistake.
The relationship between Preston and Gage is one that I liked. It was a heartwarming relationship between two brothers that do their best to look out for one another, but not without making sure to poke fun back and forth when the opportunity arose.
So like I said, there was way more drama than I originally expected, way more, and I loved every page of it. I was given characters that I easily fell in love with and became way too invested in and plot twists that completely took me by surprise. This is something I love in a book. I really like being surprised. There’s nothing better than when I’m completely blindsided by the events in a book.
As a whole, I really don’t have anything bad to say about Meant to be Broken. I thought the characters were fabulous. They were likable and realistic and reacted to the situations in the story in ways that made sense. I loved the little town that this book took place. The story was more than I was expecting in every way. I would for sure recommend it to anyone looking for their next contemporary read.
Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.
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