Courtney Will always dreamed of finding her Prince Charming and living happily ever after. However, her dreams were shattered one fateful night when her prince turned out to be her worst nightmare. Reed Moore's past filled his world with guilt and anger. Then, a mistake in college deepened these feelings. Fearing he will one day repeat his father's mistakes with the woman he loves, Reed has vowed to never give his heart to anyone. Reed and Courtney have each spent years building walls to guard their hearts, so when their feelings for each other explode into something unexpected, they argue and throw hurtful words at each other in hopes of avoiding the truth. Can their broken dreams become their happily ever after? Contains mature themes.
©2014 Kelly Elliott (P)2014 Tantor
I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
If you have not read the first book, "Broken," then I suggest you back up and start reading that book first as you will be lost since "Broken Dreams" follows, and starts where "Broken" ended. It has been a while since I read Broken and I really wish I would have listened to it again before venturing into this one. However, after a while I was right on board with the characters & where all the drama had left off.
First of all, be prepared for a fabulous audiobook. Shirl Rae is excellent. She is one of my favorite female narrators. I especially love the southern accent she provided for Reed. And, NELSON Hobbs….OMG…HOT-SOUTHERN-MAN-VOICE-ALERT. What a gorgeous voice Nelson has! I need to find more audiobooks he performs in! The combination of both Shirl and Nelson made this one sumptuous listen!
As far as the story is concerned, the love development between Reed and Courtney is low on the angst and high on the fun and romance. In fact, this is what I consider an indulgence for the helpless romantic. Reed and Courtney do face personal issues and conflicts brought on by outside sources, however, they are resolved or addressed either quickly or within their proper timing in the plot development. But, the romance between Reed and Courtney is fun, sexy, cute and continuous. The best part is that if you liked Layton and Whitely from "Broken," then you will adore this book because not only does it explore Reed & Courtney's love story, but simultaneously gives you more of Layton and Whitely which is awesome! What a perfect combination for two best friends from NYC, Whitely and Courtney, to fall in love with their gorgeous southern gentlemen, Layton and Reed. This is a sweet romance that takes readers into the beautiful landscape of the Texan countryside, to the range riding horses, to the vibe of dancing in hot night clubs, and two-stepping in town circles.
I recommend this listen/read when readers need a break from more ansty, drama-injected reads. It is all smooth sailing and as Reed & Courtney would put it….it passes the "swoon-worthy" test.
I wanted to like this book. There was so much promise in the story but when every other paragraph involves the main characters finding another crazy place to get together it actually becomes boring. Too bad.
Not necessarily. I like the audio version because I have a long commute. But I also like the print version because there are bonus scenes and the song lists are included as well. I'm also a voracious reader and have a tendency to re-read my favorite books/authors over the years.
What didn't I like about this story should be the question? The love between Reed and Courtney was genuine and healed both of them from past pain and trauma. I laughed and cried.
I've not listened to Shirl Rae before, but I've listened to Nelson Hobb's because he's on all of Kelly Elliott's other books.
Now that I've found Kelly Elliott, I'm a dedicated, loyal and slightly obsessed fan :-)
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