Series: Broken #2
on March 12th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Courtney Will always dreamed of finding her Prince Charming and living happily ever after, like in the fairy tales she read as a child. Her dreams were shattered one fateful night when her prince turned out to be her worst nightmare. Burying herself in her job as an editor, Courtney tried to forget her past, and she lost hope of ever finding true love.
Reed Moore's past filled his world with guilt and anger, and 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 one another explode into something unexpected, they argue and throw hurtful words at each other in hopes of avoiding the truth.
Will Reed end up being the Prince Charming Courtney has dreamed of her entire life? Is Courtney the woman who will help Reed move past the guilt and anger, so he can embrace love? Can their broken dreams become their happily ever after?
We have already met Reed and Courtney in ÔÇÿBrokenÔÇÖ, Layton and WhitleyÔÇÖs story, as a couple with immense chemistry since the moment they met, but have been unable and too stubborn to admit their feelings. Their constant fighting and hurting each other with words however shows clearly that they care, because if there are no feelings then there is no reason or need to fight, right?
In ÔÇÿBroken DreamsÔÇÖ we get to know both Reed and Courtney better and learn about their hopes and dreams, but also about the demons that haunt both of them. And finally I was able to understand the reasons behind their behavior and instead of wanting to slap them upside the head, I sympathized with them both, and when it comes to Courtney I even ended up in awe.
Reed grows up with an absentee father and the knowledge that his fatherÔÇÖs leaving deeply hurt his mother and left her in a dire situation with three children and no one to help her. Out of it developed a deep fear of hurting the people he loves most. Throughout the story, we see how he finally puts his past to rest and becomes the man Courtney needs him to be. He is one sweet, loving, and fun character who would do anything for the ones he loves.
Courtney on the other hand grew up in a close and loving family, the one that seems perfect and safe to the outside, where you would never expect anything to happen to anyone. Still, when she turned 16 years old Courtney experiences something devastating that broke her and nearly destroyed her, even though she was very good at hiding it. Despite her experience, she grows into a strong and independent woman, albeit with some trust issues that are understandable.
Throughout the story, we see how the two of them build a solid and strong relationship and overcome their respective demons. They are the perfect example of how having someone at your back and being loves helps you let go of the past and its darkness and move forward.
This story is one sweet, heart-warming story about overcoming your fears and letting love in. This story moved me in more ways than one. It has made me smile, laugh out loud, as well as shed some tears in public. I truly enjoyed this story and would definitely recommend it for every romantic out there.
~Review by Anja
(Previously posted on TBE)