Monday, December 8, 2014

Review: Broken Course by Aly Martinez

Seven years ago, my life changed forever. One accident and the person I saw in the mirror no longer resembled the woman I used to be. I was lost and confused inside my own body. I felt alone and disconnected from the world, carrying the incredible weight of guilt and loss that wasn't even mine to harbor.

Then fate led me to Leo James. He taught me that crazy could be perfectly normal and it shouldn't hurt to breathe. Don't get me wrong. Leo isn't perfect. He has his own cross to bear, and the truth is, that might be why I fell for him in the first place. But despite everything he does for me, learning to forgive myself is infinitely harder than overlooking the flaws of another.

Now, the secrets and lies of our past have begun to dictate our future—threatening to ruin us before we get the chance to try. Perhaps we were cursed from the start. Or maybe, just maybe, the remnants of our fractured lives will fit together to form one whole, where love isn’t questioned and being happy is…well, easy.

Can a second broken soul be enough to fill the voids of my own? Or will such scarred pasts prove too much for our love alone to overcome?

4.5 Stellar Stars!
Review by Jen Hagen
At the very end of “Among the Echoes” I was doing a fist pump because even though we learned a lot about Leo, it was evident that his story was going to be continued along with a secondary character from the previous two books.  If someone were to ask “can Broken Course be read as a stand alone?” I would be hesitant to answer that as a yes.  Although it features secondary characters, so much of their back story is portrayed in the previous books and I believe the reader would be missing out on the emotional pull that these characters can make you feel.  My thoughts of Sarah did a complete 180 from the first book and I want others to feel that same sense of pride from a character’s growth.

Sarah’s life was a picture-perfect Norman Rockwell Christmas card when she was married to Brett.  Seven years ago she suffered a traumatic brain injury from a car accident and she hasn’t been she same since.  She has been divorced from Brett for several years.  There is a lot of bitterness and past history between Sarah, Brett, and Sarah’s brother-in-law, Caleb.  This is where knowing the back story would be very helpful.  

Leo is the owner of a security company, having spent years undercover for the DEA.  This is where you will want to have read “Among the Echoes” to know his story and the event that still haunts him.  Leo is a very good guy with a lot to offer a woman – he is funny, sexy, and so capable of love that he will do anything to protect those around him—even if it means walking away from them. 

Sarah and Leo meet as strangers and end up as lovers.  They have to have the worst dates in the history of dating…food poisoning and awkward kneeing the balls during intimacy.  But yet they overcome these moments and find something real exists between them – something neither of them ever expected to find again--  Love.  Leo sees Sarah as the new person she has become and doesn’t hold her past again her, and Sarah sees Leo in the present also.  She doesn’t know what sends Leo into a spiral of darkness and what else he is keeping from her.  Sarah has not come clean about the events that transpired following her accident.  They spend a lot of time with each other, but yet they really don’t know each other that well.  Both of them are keeping secrets and they both seem to be following the “don’t ask, don’t tell” rule.   Most of their time seems to be spent with wordless conversations between the sheets.  And these conversations are HOT HOT HOT!!

But eventually the control you have over how much information you share becomes unmanageable…

It’s suddenly very clear to me that my worlds have officially crossed.

And the option of full disclosure is your only recourse…

“The truth, Leo.  How about, for once in our entire fucking relationship, you give me the entire goddamn truth.”

I have come to place Aly Martinez on my list of authors that I will read anything they write.  She just keeps adding more and more to her writing style and I love it!  These are characters that are more mature in their age (in their 30s) and have experienced a world of pain but manage to persevere through the darkness.  Every single book has an angst factor, which is a must have in my reading requirements, and the road to happiness is not paved but rather laced with boulders.  The male tends to be a little on the alpha side, but the female is strong as well (I do not like a weak female).  All these characteristics make up a series that is not to be missed.   The epilogue in this book was phenomenal and a good epilogue always seals the deal for me.  A perfect ending to this wonderful series.

“As I look around the room today, it’s easy to recognize that we all found the right course eventually.” 

For those of you that have read the entire series and are curious…”I need the vegetable report”  is included.

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