Today we are delighted to be sharing Anna’s review for USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde’s all-new angsty second-chance
stand-alone romance in the steamy Record series, BROKEN RECORD
Savannah Maxwell’s life is perfect.
She landed her dream job, is moving to D.C. after graduation, and finally has plans to live with her long-term boyfriend, Easton. Everything is exactly how it should be.
Until the boy next door walks back into her life.
Now, Lucas Atwood is offering her everything she’s ever wanted.
The life she only dreamed of.
How can she choose between the easy love that she thinks she deserves and a second chance with the boy who broke her heart?
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Reviewed by Anna on behalf of KFF
This is my first book by this author, the fifth in the Record series that can be read as a standalone. The series features the Maxwell siblings and this is Savannah’s story.
Although I haven’t read the previous books, I felt that Savannah and Lucas’ story can be read on its own without creating any confusion regarding the main characters. Savannah comes from a well-known family, her father and her brother, both prominent politicians. She just started as a newbie reporter at the Washington Post and moved in with boyfriend Easton.
The Atwood family has a long history with the Maxwell clan and Lucas and Savannah grew up together. His feelings for Savi grew stronger as they got older but there was a chance for them to get together until it was too late. His best friend is now with someone else and his shot at pro basketball will drive them further apart.
There is no denying Lucas’ love for Savi and she was aware of his feelings, but she valued their friendship too much and didn’t want to risk it even though they’d hooked up once. What irked me was Savi being so indecisive about her feelings for Lucas. The secondary characters, Savi’s brothers: Brady and Clay are an integral part in Savannah’s relationship with Lucas. Meanwhile, her boyfriend Easton has a chip on his shoulder regarding her “friendship” with Lucas and I don’t blame him at all. I just felt sorry for the guy. Both the Maxwell and Atwood families seem to be the picture-perfect dynasties but I suspect that there are simmering issues behind the scenes. I guess I have to read the other books to find out if I am right.
This book is written in dual points of view and I really like the author’s writing style: fast-paced with excellent character development, especially Savi having her epiphany in the last quarter of the book. The relationship between the main characters gave me a whiplash during their younger years (the author gave the reader some snippets of their back story), but the latter half of the book made them deal with their trust issues and honesty. Their relationship isn’t perfect and they know they have to make it work, a healthy attitude for any couple; Lucas and Savi’s story made me want to read the rest of the books in the series. All in all, this best-friends-to-frenemies-to-lovers contemporary romance will warm your heart in the cold winter days.
K.A. Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of more than fifteen novels including the Avoiding series and the Record series. She has a Masters degree in political science from the University of Georgia, was the head campaign worker for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as the head coach of the Duke University dance team. She loves reading fantasy novels, geeking out over Star Wars, binge-watching Supernatural, and dancing in her spare time.
She currently lives in Lubbock, Texas, with her husband and two super adorable puppies.
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