A brilliantly monumental and raw second chance love story…
I’ve only ever read one other book (Torrid Affair) by Callie Anderson and on the premise that it was just the book Gods gift to readers I threw myself at the chance to review her newest book, Broken Dreams. I’m not even going to beat around the bush – no one writes dark, sultry, forbidden and love angst like Ms. Anderson. She has this wholly uncanny way in which to make you wish, hope and desire an impossibly happy ending for characters that you may not fully grasp how much you love – until the poop hits the fan and you’re like Whaaaaat?!? Whooooooooa! I’m just going to say it – I looooooooved Broken Dreams. I’m not going to lie and say, that as a mother of two young boys, the whole pre-pubescent boy sneaking into pre-pubescent girl’s room to spend the night thing din’t bug the crippity crap out of me -BUT, given the plot as whole, I understood it. To be quite honest, I found the whole relationship between Leslie and Ethan pretty beautiful – although at times I could’ve just bashed my head against a brick wall over how the pair of them mess things up so bad, but again it all lends to the exquisite character development that sees two kids turn into adults who mature emotionally and mentally. They truly do blossom into characters that I just loved.
I went into this book expecting a short, easy read and I raced through it with my mind running 100 miles a minute trying to pin point the moment where it all fell apart for these childhood sweethearts. It was not an easy read – in terms that it touches on mental, emotional and physical health issues. To her absolute credit Callie Anderson does so with complete regard, feeling, consciousness and delicacy – she doesn’t go overboard with dramatics and frills. Every ounce of emotion is real and raw. Every. Single. Bit. of that feeling hits you right in heart and soul like a punch to the gut. It’s truly a wondrous gift the Anderson possesses in her ability to beguile you with her words in such a way that leaves you depending on the very next. It’s no wonder that her plot development is verging on flawless.
Broken Dreams was the black sheep of my week. Oh, I knew it was going to be brilliant – but in reality, it was monumental. Sure, it’s not the kind of book that will be to every readers delight – but it’s the kind of book that stays with you. My only disappointment is that this is a standalone (within the Fatal series) and that there won’t be more Ethan and Leslie, however, I am more than happy to read and re-read this book in order to satiate my craving for them. This is that book that you probably won’t expect a great deal from, but it will deliver in abundance. I have no doubt that Broken Dreams will be appearing in my 2017 favourites.
Broken Dreams is now available on Kindle Unlimited!
About the Book
Ethan is the boy who climbed into my bedroom every night.
He’s everything I love.
Laced with everything I despise.
He’s every happy memory.
And every shattered dream.
He’s my everything.
But he broke every part of me.
I’m supposed to hate him.
But I can’t.
I don’t know how.
About the Author
Callie Anderson is a wife, mother and writer, who embraces the truth, then weaves it into a magical tale of romance and heartache.