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When Carter is killed in combat, he leaves behind his heartbroken wife, Avery, and his shattered best friend, Remy. Naturally, these two wounded souls gravitate together, irresistibly drawn by the loss of the one they both loved, as well as their deep friendship with each other. But when that friendship starts to turn into something more, new problems arise.

Will Avery be able to move on after losing the love of her life?

Will Remy be able to fill the void left by the loss of his best friend? Or will this new chance at love cost them all they have left?

©2014 Jude Ouvrard (P)2018 Jude Ouvrard

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The audio was just as beautiful as I imagined

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REVIEW - ✯✯✯✯✯

I volunteered to review this book without any promises about the review (the rating or the posting).

I’ve read Jude’s books in the past, including this one. I fell in love with Avery and was so excited to hear her words in her “own” voice. The audio version was just as beautiful as I imagined it would be.

The following is my personal opinion and thoughts about many aspects of this book and its author.

COVER: ✯✯✯✯✯ - I’m unsure if Jude wrote the characters based off the models, but they are exactly how I felt they should look. I’m so happy to see Jude didn’t do the typical 1/2 naked embracing couple as some authors would have for a contemporary romance. This cover matches perfectly due to the emotions and inner thoughts by the main characters. Congrats!

PLOT: ✯✯✯✯✯ - Avery is a retired soldier and newly married woman who deals with the separation from her husband, Carter, and their best friend, Remy. While overseas Carter is killed in action in front of Remy. Both Avery and Remy share the grief and heartache that comes along with the loss. However, Remy harbors a long kept secret that under any other circumstances would’ve gone to his grave. How will they both cope with the loss and the soon to be discovered knowledge that Remy has loved Avery for years?

WRITING STYLE: ✯✯✯✯✯ - Being French Canadian, Jude’s second language is English. However, you would never guess since her style outranks many authors out there. She isn’t overly descriptive in settings, but she definitely makes up for it in the emotional department. She makes it very easy to love and hate her characters.

CHARACTERS: ✯✯✯✯✯ - Avery is so easy to fall in love with. She’s sweet and caring. Having been in the military for years, she’s become more comfortable in army fatigues than in dresses. Through this book Avery is put through a roller coaster of emotions while learning how to live a civilian life. It’s easy to laugh and cry when thinking about her.

NARRATOR: ✯✯✯✯ - I’m only giving Reagan 4 stars because I’ve read the book prior to it being an audio. I had it in my head how the emotions surrounding Carter’s death should sound like. Unfortunately I didn’t truly believe Reagan’s performance. I’m unsure if it was actually her performance or just because I had it so highly built up in my mind. But, unfortunately it did lack for me. Don’t get me wrong...Reagan was awesome in the changing up with the different characters and is truly gifted. And the rest of the book was extremely well executed. I will be looking for more books narrated by her.

Remy is the second main character. He’s been Avery’s best friend for years. He’s loyal and willing to do anything for Avery. After the death of Avery’s husband and his best friend, he helps her to pick up the pieces while also grieving. His strength of character and caring nature is something that Avery needs to help her move past Carter’s death and learn to live again.

OVERALL FLOW: ✯✯✯✯✯ - The overall flow of the book was relaxed and inviting. I loved Reagan’s take on all the characters. She definitely was able to bring them to life as I had always hoped (since the first time I read the book).

If you are looking for a book with heart and soul-breaking emotions...well I highly recommend you grab your own copy. And be ready for a couple ugly cries in there too.

Under no circumstances was I approached by the author to read or review this book. I offered without any agreement or promise for any compensation. I am voluntarily giving my opinion about this book. My only affiliation with the author is that I am a fan and want to support by reading and posting this review of my own free will.

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I am sure my heart was ripped out of my chest. It got put back in by Jude. Carter was deployed only two days after his wedding to Avery. Carter and Remmie and Avery were best of friends. They shared a strong bond. When Carter was shot, he asked Remmie to take care of Avery, then died in his arms. Such a heartwarming story. Narration was great!

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Heartwarming and Heart-wrenching Must Read!

This story is an emotional rollercoaster ride of great love and heartbreaking loss. You'll find it very difficult to put down. The first part deals with the love story of Carter and Avery. We also see how their best friend, Remy, will do whatever he can to protect and take care of them even though he hides a guarded secret I couldn't help but love these three characters and rejoice, grieve, heal, cry,and love with them. Avery and Remy's deep friendship help them heal and eventually move on after Carter's death. Don't miss out on this powerful journey. The narrator will have you experiencing the emotions of these characters and maybe even shed some tears. She is an outstanding storyteller. I highly recommend this Audible book.

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Beautifully Written Story

I had this book in my TBR pile for a little while and now that I've read it I can't understand why I waited so long. It was a very beautifully written book! It had me crying sad and happy tears! I highly recommend reading this story. If you're on the fence about ordering this book give it a shot you won't be disappointed!

Note: As a side note I can see where this book may have a few triggers for some people in regards to having a loved one pass in combat, if that's the case I would suggest to proceed with caution.

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Wonderful military second chance

This was a wonderful listen. The storyline was good and the narrator was enjoyable to listen to.

Deals with military death and second chances and friends to lovers. I would recommend this.

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Hope out of tragedy

Avery and Carter served in the military together for 10 years before marrying. Their new life as husband and wife is just about to begin, when Carter is deployed the night before his wedding. He serves in Special Forces and, for once, he's not excited about an assignment. The worst part is telling Avery that he has to leave two days after their wedding, but the good news is that he'll have his best friend, Jeremy (Remy) beside him. Knowing that their future and their dreams are on the line, Avery can only trust in his experience and abilities. Remy promises her that he will help keep him safe, all the while harboring feelings for this woman who's been his friend as long as she's known his best friend. She chose Carter and he looked on with sad eyes. When the unthinkable happens, Carter's last words to Remy were to please take care of Avery. Her world is shattered and Remy can only watch as she falls apart, but the spark of friendship they've always had, allows him to help her come back to life. Slowly, but not without guilt, Avery begins to understand that Remy could be the person to help restore her happiness. This is a story that begins with love, experiences tragedy, and ends with a new love with hope for the future. The narration is beautifully done by Reagan West. She is able to give the characters a voice and personality that fits them well. Nicely done!  

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Great Story & Narration🎧 Captivating & Heartfelt!

I loved this book, it captivated both my heart and my attention right from the start and held it all the way to the end. Jude Ouvrard is a gifted author, she created a beautiful, heartfelt story with interesting storylines and characters that are realistic and easy to relate to. I adored the characters, Avery, Carter and Remy share a special bond, they had all served together before Avery left the service. Avery & Carter married just before he and Remy were deployed overseas. I loved how well written and plotted this story is, it is told chronologically but each chapter alternates character’s points of view. We are given an inside view of what they are thinking, going thru and what is going on at that moment. A lot goes on in this book and there is never a dull moment. There is plenty of drama and emotional moments, heartfelt ones and loving ones too. I also appreciated how well the author captured the life of a serviceman/woman gave us a glimpse of some of their struggles like being away from loved ones, dealing with PTSD and more. Jude Ouvrard, thank you for this wonderful story and the emotional rollercoaster ride.

Reagan West is a talented narrator and voice artist. She brings the characters to life giving each their own voice and personality, as well as heart and attitude. She does a great job portraying the characters and projecting their emotions into her performance. She is an entertaining storyteller and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for another great listen🎧

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Laughter and tears

Both author Jude Ouvrard and narrator Reagan West are new to me and this was a strong introduction to both.

Lost Dreams was an emotional roller coaster of a listen and I felt that the narrator did a credible job in bringing the story to life for me. It was a raw, gritty read that was at time emotional and certainly had me in tears at times.

Avery is a retired soldier whose husband Carter is killed in the line of duty, leaving behind his shattered wife and best friend Remy, who witnessed his death to try and pick up the pieces of their shattered life.

As Avery and Remy try to come to terms with Carter’s death they are drawn to one another in their grief. It is further complicated that unbeknownst to Avery, Remy has been in love with her for years.

Is the chance for happiness, worth putting their friendship at risk?
Can this new chance at happiness mend both these two shattered hearts?

I spent equal amounts of time laughing and tearing up. This was a sweet romance with plenty of heart and one I enjoyed.

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Heartfelt Listen

Lost Dreams by Jude Ouvard is a heartfelt listen and full of emotions. The storyline is realistic. I felt terrible for Avery in losing Carter, yet got how she and Remi clicked afterwards. The tribute to Carter's memory was well done and compassionate. Reagan West was wonderful bringing the characters to life with her voice. I could hear who was speaking.

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Beautiful Story

This is the sweetest story I have listened to in a while. Once the connection between Avery and Remy starts there is no stopping their relationship. They face a few hardships along the way. They really have the sweetest love story. Starting over with her husbands best friend would be so difficult and think it crosses so many lines. This author makes it so seamless and worry free. I can completely focus on the previous relationship between Carter and Avery. Then transition to the second relationship between Remy and Avery. I love how Carter is still incorporated into their lives since they both loved him so much.

This really is a lovely story. This isn’t my first book by this author. She always amazes me with her stories about humanity and romance. Reagan West did another wonderful job reading this. Even though she doesn’t use voices for the characters she does well with her voice inflictions whenever needed.

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A biter sweet story

Weirdly, I liked the fact that I knew what was going to happen based on the synopsis. I listened to Carter thinking ‘oh crap, I know something you don’t know’ It was a little like a horror film, where the woman screams and runs upstairs where she can’t get away! Haha

However… This was a delicately written story. There is a little touch of forbidden to this story as I’m sure to some this is a no no love. But I found it very heart warming.

Reagan West built the characters brilliantly. I thoroughly enjoyed her performance