The shadows in the dark used to haunt me. Taunt my soul. A forever reminder of what I’ve lost.
I used to live for the thrill of fighting. The blood, sweat and tears, but that seems like a distant memory now. Like it was somebody else’s life.
I exiled myself to Brooklyn, to start a new life. There are no reminders here of my wife and what I lost or what I’ve left behind.
Or so I thought.
Until I met her.
Her soft features and blonde hair are angelic. Her porcelain skin delicate and captivating, giving her full power to bring me to my knees. Her crystal blue eyes beguile me; it’s as if they stare right into my soul and can see everything.
The good. The bad. The ugly.
Reece Dalton is like Aphrodite in disguise; a goddess I should stay away from.
She has the power to undo me, that much I know.
And undo me she will, if I let her.
I used to love the city lights, the bustling of the traffic, the nameless faces in a sea of many, now it just seems like white noise. Like most of New York.
I’ve been living a life of solitude since I lost my husband, nothing has been the same since he died, maybe it never will be.
He stumbles into my life like a stick of dynamite; explosive and dangerous, but alight with sparks and embers that I can’t ignore or put out, not even if I try.
And he shouldn’t; I’m in mourning. Pining for a man I can’t have.
I try to stay away but he’s like a magnet, forcing me closer, like a moth to a flame.
He chases the demons away, almost making me forget, making the darkness brighter.
Gage Brockman is all things forbidden.
Sexy. Wild. A brute.
His warmth, his strength, the way he looks at me, it shouldn’t evoke these feelings. But it does.
And all I want to do is run.
Broken Wings – A New York Love Story is a stand-alone contemporary slow-burn romance. It deals with loss of spouses, has tension, emotional baggage and raunchy adult scenes and coarse language. It has a guaranteed HEA with no cheating. For readers 18+ only.
My Rating: ★★★⋆
I’m a sucker for a story that leaves me absolutely reeling with emotion. There’s something about the angst and the feels that just does it for me.
When Gage Brockman suffers a loss that upends his life, he never thought he could survive it. His life is suddenly bleak and empty, and he sees no way around, or over it. As you do, he looks for solace in women and the bottom of a whiskey bottle. When a friend finally puts her foot down and forces him to address his issues, he finds himself in a group therapy session for those who have suffered a similar loss. Initially, he’s there just to appease his friend. The last things he expected is his heart and body to suddenly experience a revival and a yearning for a woman, least of all at such a place. But he can’t deny that he wants Reece Dalton.
Reece is going through the motions of people that are alive, while really, she’s merely existing. The pain, the sleepless nights, the loneliness, fear, sadness is so intense that some days are so overwhelming it seems there’s no light at the end of the tunnel. For some time she’s been going to group therapy. Is it working? Probably not. But at least she’s not alone, so she thinks. Everything changes when she sets her eyes on Gage. Suddenly she has thoughts and feelings that she never thought she’d have for another man. But is she ready to take the necessary steps and start living again?
I loved that the characters had suffered a similar loss and therefore could really relate. I liked that one of them was further along in the journey of healing that they could take the other along theirs. The subject matter was a heavy one and I thought the authors dealt with it beautifully. And I love Alice. Everyone needs a friend like Alice.
Having said that, the story felt a bit jumpy, so that it felt like something was missed and didn’t live or experience “life” with the characters. What I mean is, the authors will tell you that something happened, after it’s happened rather that it happening while you’re reading it. I don’t like that, but please note this is a personal preference of mine. I want to experience things with the character, rather that it feel like they’re narrating it to me after the fact. I also wish there had been more resistance on Reece’s part especially as she had been the one reluctant and far behind in her journey. She seemed to move on rather quickly from the position she was in when she met Gage. So did Gage to be honest, but his was a bit more believable.
But if you’re looking for a sweet, emotional romance full of heartbreak, healing, second chances and perseverance, then this is for you. I really enjoyed the turmoil, the sex scenes could have been dirtier and hotter (again, personal preference). But make no mistake, I will be reading more of their books especially as for one of them, this is a debut. So I’m expecting great things.