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?
My cell phone rang, and I pulled it out of my back pocket.
Whitley. Oh God, I need to talk to her. “Whitley!” I shouted.
“Hey, Lollipop! How’s it going this morning?”
I tried so hard not to start crying, but the moment I heard her voice, I lost it. I walked out onto the back porch and tried to calm down.
“Courtney, no! Oh, please, no. Layton and I thought it would do you and Reed some good to spend time together. Oh, please don’t cry!”
I shook my head. She must think I’m upset about Reed. “No, Whit, it’s not that. Oh God, Whitley…he’s been cheating on me!” I blurted out.
I quickly wiped my tears away. “Santa Claus. Who in the fuck do you think I’m talking about?”
“Yes, Mitch, Whitley. He called me by accident last night, and I heard him talking to that bitch he had been with all night at the wedding, his ex. Then, I heard…I heard…” I couldn’t even get it out.
I could overhear Whitley telling Layton what was happening.
“Court, take a deep breath, sweetheart. What did you hear?”
“I heard him fucking her, Whitley! Oh my God, I sat there, like an idiot, and listened to them having sex while she called out his name.”
I collapsed into the rocking chair and began crying. I was trying to be quiet, so Reed wouldn’t hear me. I could hear Whitley talking to Layton, but I wasn’t paying attention.
“Oh God, Whitley, I knew he wasn’t the one. I knew it! I mean, we’ve barely even slept together in the year we’ve been seeing each other. I knew he wasn’t the one. He just proved it to me, and I sat there, like a fool, and listened.”
“Courtney, honey, I’m so sorry I’m not there,” Whitley said as she let out a sob.
“Oh, for Pete’s sake, Whitley, I’m so sorry! I shouldn’t have told you before you left for your honeymoon today. I wasn’t going to tell you, but I heard your voice, and—”
~~ 5 “Dreams Come True” Stars ~~
I just have to say that I am a HUGE fan of Kelly Elliott’s. I truly believe that her books and writing just gets better with each book. The reason I am such a fan is because she truly knows how to capture feelings in a book. She also isn’t shy about creating a story that is truly like a real life fairytale. Plus throw in her hotter than hot cowboys and you get some panty melting sex scenes 😉 Broken Dreams was no different. I know some people might say the “cheese” factor is over the top, but that is truly what I love about her books. Every girl dreams about their “Prince Charming” coming and sweeping them off their feet, well Kelly puts that down on paper. I also love how Kelly incorporates music into her stories. A song can truly help the reader get the true feel of a scene ( I know I have found a ton of new music just from her books ) She also has a fantastic way of incorporating old characters back into the story. She shows that readers that family and friends are the most essential part of life, as long as you have both a person can overcome anything. What loved about Broken Dreams is that this truly was Reed and Courtney’s HEA story. Yes there were some bumps in the road but we didn’t have that “misunderstanding” and separation period we see in most Contemporary Romance books. I have to say I was holding my breath for most of the book just waiting for that moment and I was so excited when it never came. Now I am not saying that Reed and Courtney didn’t have their ups and downs in this book, but they just learned how to work everything out together. I was glad to see that, because we had so much drama with them in Broken that I was hoping this book wasn’t going to bring in more drama.
Like I said we originally meet Reed and Courtney in book 1 Broken….in that book Courtney and Reed do everything they can to fight their feelings for each other. We do know that both characters are broken in some fashion, from events of the past, but we never found out what. Well in Broken Dreams we find out all about Reed and Courtney’s past. We find out Courtney’s past event right away in the Epilogue and Reed’s comes out later in the story. I loved finding out so early because then we got to watch how they overcame their fears and doubts to become better and stronger people. I loved that Reed and Courtney had such a strong bond and no matter what were willing to work it all out together. Courtney was still that sassy, snarky, gotta love her character, but we also got to see a softer, more vulnerable side to Courtney. What Courtney endured as a sixteen year old girl was just horrible. The only thing I had a problem with when it came to that storyline was that everything she went through I truly believe that she would’ve needed some kind of therapy. (Just my opinion) I did really like that Kelly wasn’t afraid to show a Hero cry. It helped make Reed’s feelings more believable. I know some might think that he is a whimp for crying, but I truly believed his reactions are the same as a real life person when it comes to the truths that were revealed in this story. Plus I just couldn’t stop swooning over Reed. Talk about a man/cowboy who can melt your heart and panties all with one sentence!!!!
As with all of Kelly’s books, I was glad we got to see so much of Layton and Whitley in this book. I love when past characters still play an important part in the next book, because it helps keep the reader up to date with what is going on with them.
I would definitely recommend this book/series to anyone who is looking for that true fairytale love story!!!! This book will truly have you swooning 😉
Who is Kelly Elliott?
Really I’m just a wife to a wonderful Texas cowboy who has a nack for making me laugh almost daily and supports my crazy ideas and dreams for some unknown reason…he claims it’s because he loves me…..so I’ll just go with that one! I’m also a mom to an amazing daughter who constantly is asking me to make her something to eat while she has her fingers moving like mad on her cell phone sending out what I’m sure is another very important text message! Oh…and I like to sit down and write in my spare time! I live in the Texas hill country and one of my favorite things to do is go for hikes around our property with my second favorite man, Gus….my chocolate lab and my sweet girl Rose, our golden retriever. When I’m not outside helping the hubby haul brush or move rocks or whatever fun chore he has in store for me that day, you will find me inside reading, writing or watching HGTV and soaking in a nice hot bubble bath…..yeah that last one I just made up but it sure does sound nice!!!
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