Monday, 7 June 2021

Broken Beats - D. Kelly

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Book: Broken Beats
Author: D. Kelly
Series: Illusion
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Musicians/Rockstars
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: 14th May 2019

My Rating: 🌕🌕
Date Finished: 7th June 2021

Description:

Darren

Single father
Widower
Retired
Three things I never thought I’d be by thirty, yet all my daily reality.
This is not the life I would have chosen, but it’s the hand I’ve been dealt.
I love my daughter.
I loved Belle.
I’m not interested in more heartache.
Relationships are a thing of the past.
Until I meet her -
She’s the awakening I desperately need, but one I’m not sure I deserve.

Haddie

Everything happens for a reason.
Time heals all wounds.
You’re too young to give up on love.
They say that, but they’re wrong.
My world crumbled when my fiancé died.
Then I met him –
He’s flawed in the same ways.
Broken in the same places.
Scared of the same things.
He looks at me like I’m his salvation.
And I want to be, but an open heart means risking a broken one.

Review:

I picked this up from World of Books - a seller of pre-loved books - for a couple of pounds. I do love a musician romance and this sounded interesting.

It starts with Darren telling the reader about his past - about his band, his wife, Belle, and his daughter. We then go back to six months ago when Darren was struggling on the anniversary of his wife's death and slept with someone he shouldn't have, which helps to make him realise that maybe he should start dating again. Haddie is also trying to find love again while also still grieving the death of her fiancé and they meet at their mutual friends bar one night and things go from there.

I'm not the biggest fan of reading male POV's sometimes. Guy's don't seem to think as...nicely as women do. There's a lot of sex thinking and general swearing. It puts me off a little. We do see alternate chapters from Haddie's POV so it did get broken up.

I'll admit I struggled with this from the start. I just didn't really enjoy being inside Darren's head - but I also felt like I'd missed a lot of important things with not having read the original series this book branches off from. 

The romance didn't really work for me, either. They met at a mutual friends bar and it was like wham, bam, thank you ma'am. They had one date and suddenly they were an exclusive couple? It just seemed way too fast to be real in my opinion.

I was determined to finish this, though, as the things that Darren kept saying to appease Haddie's body issues were lovely - they both said some really nice, insightful things about themselves and life in general. I just didn't really feel their story. It wasn't for me.

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