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Beautifully Broken

4.25  ·  Rating Details ·  309 Ratings  ·  110 Reviews
I knew he would ruin me from the moment we met. Everything about the man screamed confidence. Sensuality. Intelligence. Worldliness. But it was how he saved me that ruined me most.

Through him, I learned to end my path of self-destruction. I no longer needed to numb the pain with mindless one-night-stands and drunken blackouts. He made me feel worthy. Treasured. Optimistic
Paperback, 326 pages
Published November 15th 2016 by LAN Fiction LLC
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    Nov 01, 2016 Maddie rated it it was amazing
    I loved – LOVED – and once more LOVED!

    WHO DID NOT HAVE A CRUSH on a teacher one time or another?

    Well I did *blush*

    This book touched my heart as it was real, the mother is a real piece of art!

    We meet Gavin, or sparkles or Mr. Cooper, Kat went to a bar on her 18th birthday to get away from her mom who is probably in the flat having a new fling or hookup or is stoned!

    Kat was placed in the foster system since a very young age, she only knew hard times, so on this special birthday she meets Gavi
    Shannon Moore
    Dec 16, 2016 Shannon Moore rated it really liked it
    Shelves: arc
    This trope always intrigues me, mostly because I expect a massive angst fest and that just sounds like a party in my little mind. I haven't read many, so in all honesty, I did compare this to the similar stories I've read.

    The first meeting between characters was fantastic, and the first 'real' meeting after that, but then the story lost some steam for me. The middle started to drag, secrets were being revealed at an excruciatingly slow rate and then even when they were, you didn't get all of th
    Oct 27, 2016 Betul rated it liked it
    **ARC provided by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review**


    I don't read a lot of student/teacher romances but the blurb of this book intrigued me to give it a try. There were parts I really liked about this book and parts that didn't work for me. I will start with the things that blocked me from really enjoying this book. First of all I found the two main characters not a great match. Secondly, in my opinion they were not on the same level and that made it really difficult for me to co
    4.5 red & sparkles stars

    My god! This book absolutely slayed me! I really really really loved this book. It was just so damn well written, and the plot was so good.

    The story begins in the present, and then jumps 4 years into the past. You kind of know from the prologue that Kat and Gavin are not going to stay together, there is going to be a split, but I literally couldn't help from praying by the end that they would remain together. Damn near had a stroke thinking and constantly obsessing o
    Dec 23, 2016 Jean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    While this storyline has been somewhat done before, I really did like the book. Teacher/student romance, but lots more behind the scenes drama.

    I was more connected with Kat than Gavin though. For some reason, Gavin made me mad sometimes. He should have definitely used more restraint and control considering the position he was in, but even after he found out their "relationship" to each other, he didn't even really try to be morally correct. I did love their complete honesty with each other in th
    Evelyn Swift (Featherbrained Books)
    When I first saw this book and all the 5 star reviews I was a little skeptical. The premise of a forbidden romance between teacher and student isn’t something I normally find appealing to read but something compelled me to pick this up and I am glad I did! This book definitely goes down as a guilty pleasure read.

    The story begins with Kat, drinking in a seedy bar on her 18th birthday when she meets Gavin. Or “Sparkles” as Kat dubbed him. We learn quickly that Kat has had a tough life. She has b
    Andi (Andi's ABCs)
    Wow. Just wow. That was one heck of a Kitchen Sink book. I don't even know what to say.
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    Leigh's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

    This was, without a doubt, one of my favorite books of the year. It was heartbreaking and hopeful and sexy and sweet. It made me ugly cry and smile with its tenderness and I couldn’t put it down.

    Beautifully Broken tells Kat’s story. As the daughter of a junkie mother, and as a child that has been bounced though the foster system for most of her life, she is older than her eighteen years. She is thoughtful and smart, too brash for a high scho
    Dec 15, 2016 Jan rated it it was amazing
    Wow, I loved Beautifully Broken

    What a rollercoaster of emotions I was taken on.

    First impressions of Kat from her introduction was reserved as she celebrated her 18th birthday alone at a bar with the intentions of getting drunk and getting laid. She was sassy,bold and came across as slutty.

    Those first impressions were so far from the truth, what lay beneath was a girl just needing to be loved.

    Kat has been in the care system most of her life, a drug addict mother and no father on the scene but
    3.5 “Sparkles” stars!

    Kat has had a hard childhood. She’s been in the system several times when her mom chose drugs over her. She experienced a lot of awful things and was made to grow up way too fast. She is broken, lost, and just trying to survive. About to start her senior year in high school, she is determined to do well so that she can get into college and get out of town, away from her past.

    Kat uses sex to escape the problems plaguing her mind, and as she sits in a bar on her eighteenth bir
    Teresa Kennedy Harris
    Sep 26, 2016 Teresa Kennedy Harris rated it it was amazing
    Recommends it for: Everyone
    I received an Advanced Readers Copy from Laura Lee and I am now the proud of owner of her Beautifully Broken world that will not leave my consciousness. I finished her book at 3am last night and laid in bed thinking about this story over and over. I woke up this morning with it on my mind. You know you have a good book when the story won't leave you. This is one of those and it is not a throw away book. There are so many taboo subjects Laura writes about that truly I was blown away. And she wrot ...more
    Books to Liv by
    DNF at 30%. I didn't like it.
    There it is.

    Disclaimer: ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
    Nikki Manzella
    Sep 27, 2016 Nikki Manzella rated it it was amazing
    I received an ARC of Beautifully Broken in exchange for my honest review.

    I was a little skeptical when I started to read, it was not about the age difference between Kat and Gavin, it was more about the student/teacher relationship. I was not sure if I would be able to enoy it fully. I kept reading...
    The two meet under a misleading encounter. It is Kat's birthday and she has gone through a lot of suffering for someone so young.
    There were times when I would stop and think 'hey there buddy, as the
    Dec 29, 2016 Laura rated it it was amazing
    Oh, other Laura, I hate you! This book was perfect! I LOVED IT! I don't do five stars ever and this for me was a five star read. Kat and Gavin are so interesting and the story telling was perfect. It didn't go crazy like some of these stories can do and I'm so glad for that. You kept it real and honest. I love Kat and Gavin and Bree and Dylan. Just perfect!
    Feb 28, 2017 Tissy rated it did not like it
    I was in a dire book slump when I read this. It added to it. 'Nuff said'.
    Summer Wargo
    Oct 04, 2016 Summer Wargo rated it it was amazing
    This book is amazing! Words can't describe how good it is. I love student teacher books but this book is so much more than that. Definitely a top 2016 read and a top read for the month
    Dec 07, 2016 Samantha rated it it was amazing
    Kat has a troubled home life that has led her to be placed in and out of the system since she was a toddler. When her 18th birthday finally arrives she celebrated by going to a dive bar using her fake ID. She lays eyes on the most gorgeous guy she's ever seen and wants to make him her next one night stand, as she uses sex as a way to escape from her past and everyday troubles. The only problem is that Gavin wants more from her and isn't a one night stand type of guy. They can't seem to stay away ...more
    Oct 31, 2016 Diana rated it it was amazing
    What an amazing great book. I just couldn't put it down and read it in one go. I loved how well constructed all the characters were; I loved the chemistry between Kat and Gavin, how real it felt, how "tangible" it was.
    I also loved the "not so sunny" part of the book, which made it all the more memorable: the hard decisions, the pain, the bad experiences... all that which lead to trying to be a better person and raise above adversity.
    This is he first book I read from this author, but I found it
    Nov 19, 2016 Lynn rated it it was amazing
    5+ Beautiful Love Stars

    I absolutely love forbidden teacher/student romances. Beautifully Broken did not disappoint. I loved every word, which was beautifully written. It had some very dark sad moments however without these incidents I don't think Kat would have survived and turned out the way she did! It was refreshing too that it was not a childish love story as Kat was very mature for an 18 year old. Gavin was such a gentle sole who had so much love and respect for Kat and to top it off he wa
    Monica Cervantes
    Sep 28, 2016 Monica Cervantes rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: laura-lee
    Laura Lee doesn't disappoint. This book didn't exactly go where I thought it would, but I enjoyed it. Fast forwarded alot in the end, but after reading it makes sense. I don't write book report length reviews... so at the very least, get a sample and see what you think. ;-)
    Alissa (In Wonderland)✨
    I'd like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book.

    I did not care for this book at all. Check out my honest review of Beautifully Broken here!
    ~*~Brooke's Stripped Down Reviews~*~
    Teacher/ guilty pleasure.
    Loved it!
    Ashley Cameron
    Mar 13, 2017 Ashley Cameron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Kat is eighteen and she's going to be a high school senior. Lucky for her she looks older than she is. She's celebrating her eighteenth birthday alone, in a bar.
    That is until Gavin walks in. After a little flirting, he takes her to the local diner and then to his place. She intends this to be a one night stand, as they usually are. Her heart, however, has other plans. Gavin and Kat continue to see each other for the rest of the summer. But on the first day of school, they realize there is a prob
    Jessica Loves Books
    Beautifully Broken was a fantastic book from start to finish. The characters were amazing, and easy to connect to, and I really was drawn in to their story. This book has definitely become one of my all time favorites.
    Mar 06, 2017 Shermaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    When we first meet Kat, it’s her 18th birthday and she’s sitting in a bar hoping to get drunk and have sex with no strings attached. This is a special birthday for Kat who was placed in the foster system at a young age. Her mother is one messed up character but Kat moves back home with her mom now that she’s legal.

    Gavin happens to walks into the bar where Kat is celebrating her birthday and they locked eyes; instant attraction. Kat lied to Gavin and tells him she’s 22 and tries to get him to ha
    Michaela Catania
    Sep 28, 2016 Michaela Catania rated it it was amazing
    I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

    First let me start by saying that I enjoy a great taboo romance every now and then but the student/teacher trope never attracted me. Until now. This book blew my mind. I think it’s important to point out that both H&H are of legal age and they first meet outside of the school setting. It’s not your typical boy/girl has the hots for teacher story. This is a genuine love story.

    I’ve read all of Laura Lee’s books and I will say that I was caugh
    Mandy Kim
    Nov 30, 2016 Mandy Kim rated it it was amazing
    Beautifully Broken by Laura Lee. I give this book 5/5 stars. The theme of this book is a high school senior falls for a teacher. This is a standalone novel.
    Katherine/Kate aka Red is an eighteen year old high school senior. She has had a bad past and has a hard time committing to anyone. Her life is good until she finds out some bad news after college it gets good again. The first quote I chose for her shows how she is about her grades: “Oh, hush up, you know how important my grades are. I’ll be
    Payton (Payton's Book Thoughts)
    You can find my full review at

    Beautifully Broken was beautifully amazing. I know super cheesy, but seriously this book was so good. The only reason I didn't give it a FULL 5 stars was because it didn't leave me speechless. It left me feeling content and happy, which is still just as good!

    Kat is one of the main characters and the story is told from her perspective. As the title states she is broken in so many ways and once she meets Gavin she becomes beautifu
    Nov 10, 2016 April rated it it was amazing
    ARC received for an honest review.
    Another manic book rambling brought to you by April;
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    5 'Surviving isn't living.' Stars

    Those that know me know I am borderline obsessed with this student/teacher trope. For some it may be a guilty pleasure... but for me, I shout it loud and I shout it proud! I love the taboo-ness! It makes my little black heart pitter-patter unlike any other trope out there. And before the naysayers get their panties in a twist...dun...dun...dun SURPR
    Kelli Delp
    Nov 18, 2016 Kelli Delp rated it it was amazing
    5 Star Review
    From the first page, I devoured Beautifully Broken by Laura Lee in one sitting. I cannot stop thinking about this breathtaking novel about a teacher and student. This standalone is told from Kat’s point of view with an epilogue told by Gavin. Lee delivers witty banter, heart breaking emotions, very steamy moments, and tons of twists and turns. I laughed one moment and was bawling the next.

    Kat Kennedy never met her father and she was given the short end of the stick for a mother. Man
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    Laura Lee is the author of the bestselling Karli Lane and the Dealing With Love series. She is a proud member of the Romance Writers of America focusing on paranormal, urban fantasy, and contemporary romance.

    Laura's passion has always been storytelling. She spent most of her life with her nose in a book thinking of alternate endings or continuations to the story. She won her first writing contest
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