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.
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 forever 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.
4 Heart Review by Ashley
Oh my heart. I was so nervous going into Broken Beats. I mean this is Darren. The quiet one. The one in the back. But I shouldn't have worried because D. Kelly gave this man all the goodness and love and understanding that he deserved and then some with Haddie.
When Darren laid eyes on Haddie, he knew this woman was different. And she was. She was more. Both of these characters had been through an unbelievable and unexpected loss. They handled it in vastly different ways. One hiding away. One getting lost. They saw each other for who they were. Flaws, fears and all. When they were together, the pain of their loss wasn't as stifling. They could breathe again. Dream again. Hope again. Love again. And between the sheets, Darren and his dirty mouth were hot!!
They fell for each other hard and fast but they also let each other remember who they had lost. They gave themselves and each other permission to have bad days, sad days. Because grief does that to you- comes out of nowhere and kicks you in the chest. Not to worry, it wasn't all melancholy. There was sweet Cadence (and her best friend Nate), to lighten things up with their innocence.
I think my favorite thing about Broken Beats was the love. It was given so freely and unconditionally. The love Darren and Haddie found with each other in no way diminished what they had with Belle and Richie, respectively, but made them appreciate the gift they found in each other even more. And that ending, oh man, D. Kelly gave me the happy tears. It was swoony and romantic and everything these two deserved.
About the Author
D. Kelly, author of The Acceptance Series, The Illusion Series, and standalone companion novels Chasing Cassidy and Sharing Rylee, was born and raised in Southern California. She’s a wife, mom, dog lover, taxi, problem fixer, and extreme multi-tasker. She married her high school sweetheart and is her kids’ biggest fan.
Kelly has been writing since she was young and took joy in spinning stories to her childhood friends. Margaritas and sarcasm make her smile, she loves the beach but hates the sand, and she believes Starbucks makes any day better.
A contemporary romance writer, D. Kelly’s stories revolve around friendship and the bond it creates, strengthening the love of the people who share it.