Broken Love Story by Natasha Madison ~ Sarah A’s Review

Samantha

I had the perfect life; a husband who loved me, and two kids who were my world.

Until someone else answered his phone and my perfect life shattered.

When he died, I was left with answers he couldn’t give me and a box full of lies.

He left me broken.

Blake

I fell in love when I was fifteen, knowing she was the one.

For five years, she was my everything—my every breath, every heartbeat, every thought.

She made me promise to move on, promise to find love again, but I broke those promises because I can’t move on.

 

Two broken souls brought together by tragedy and heartbreak.

Can a broken love story be fixed?

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Broken Love Story may be my favorite novel in this series.  I had been anticipated Samantha and Blake’s story since the epilogue of Perfect Love Story.  This book was beautiful, Samantha and Blake both had so much to overcome, so many broken parts to find a way to piece together.  Theirs was a healing journey, and I loved that they were given the time they deserved to recover before they explored what they could have together.

Unlike most other reviewers, I found Samantha heartbreaking in the first two novels of this series.  For as bad as things were for Hailey, they were a thousand times worse for Sam.  I was so happy to find out we were getting her story and it was with someone as wonderful as Blake.  Sam continually impressed me with her refusal to let all the things crashing down crush her under their weight.  She let herself take a beat to feel the pain, then collected her bearings and showed her girls that she was stronger and better than anything thrown at her.

Blake was the perfect counterpoint to Samantha.  He was equally broken but hadn’t quite let himself learn to feel again, whereas Samantha knew she needed to work through all that pain to come out the other side.  He was such a pillar of strength for her in her weakest moments and in doing that he allowed himself the vulnerability he needed to open his heart again.  It was quite lovely to see him begin to shed the shroud he’d wrapped himself in when his first love died.

Broken Love Story was more of a slow burn than the first two books in this series.   The pacing was perfect though, any faster and it would have felt forced.  They both needed the time they put in getting to know one another and begin to overcome all the trauma they’d faced.  I’m a huge sucker for getting to witness a character’s healing arc, and this book delivered big time in that aspect.  Sam and Blake picked up both their own and each other’s pieces and fit them together to form a connection that was far deeper and stronger than anything they’d experienced before.

I do have some wishes for Broken Love Story.  There were a few places where the dialogue was just bizarre, I think Ms. Madison was going for sweeping statements of love, but they were so out of character they came off stilted and disjointed.  I also had a few moments in the flashbacks where the writing felt forced and awkward like there was a split between making them an aside to the reader and just the character reliving the memories.

Broken Love Story is the third book in Natasha Madison’s Love series.  These books are interconnected standalones and do not need to be read in order.  They share a timeline, and the scenes involving characters from more than one book appear in each book, for the most part.  Broken Love Story is written in dual first-person perspective, narrated by Samantha and Blake.

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When her nose isn’t buried in a book, or her fingers flying across a keyboard writing, she’s in the kitchen creating gourmet meals. You can find her, in four-inch heels no less, in the car chauffeuring kids, or possibly with her husband scheduling his business trips. It’s a good thing her characters do what she says because even her Labrador doesn’t listen to her…

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