Broken Dreams : Corinne Michaels

Broken Dreams

Posted on December 9, 2023 by Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading in Reviews / 1 Comment

Broken Dreams is the second book in the Whitlock Family series by Corinne Michaels. I was excited about this book as Corrine Michaels is slowly becoming a favourite of mine. She delivered another riveting tale, which despite the infusion of humour and steamy moments, packed an emotional punch. Michaels takes readers back Sugarloaf with the story of Addison, who was first introduced in Help Me Remember, where she tragically lost her husband. After three years of grieving, she’s now ready to move on with her life and hopes to find love once again. What she never expected was agreeing to a fake relationship and finding herself falling in love with her fake boyfriend. Broken Dreams makes a great addition to the Whitlock Family series. A series which continues to strike the perfect balance between emotion, setting, and plot.


Broken Dreams : Corinne MichaelsTitle: Broken Dreams
Author(s): Corinne Michaels
Series: Whitlock Family #2
Also in this series: Forbidden Hearts , Tempting Promises
Published by BAAE Inc. on December 1, 2023
Pages: 365
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Format: eBook
Purchase: Amazon|Audible
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Series Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Heat Level: One FlameOne FlameOne FlameOne Flame

What could possibly go wrong fake dating the gorgeous single dad in a small town?

The answer, you fall for him.

It started out perfect. Grady Whitlock needed a plus one for his business meetings, and I needed a date for a wedding.

We had a plan. It was a good one.

Until it wasn’t.

I was not supposed to have feelings for him. I was not going to let my heart race when his soulful blue eyes stared into mine. No way should I have noticed his smile or the dimple on his right cheek or his strong arms when he held me close. I especially wasn’t going to melt when I saw him play with my daughter.

Most of all I was not going to sleep with him.

Nope. None of that was supposed to happen, but it does.

Now I find myself dreaming of him every night. Wishing we were really a couple because the way he kisses me doesn’t feel as if it’s pretend.

But we’ve both watched our dreams shatter, and I can’t handle another broken heart.

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This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

This is a story about two single parents who lost their spouses three years earlier. A lost which left them broken-hearted. Now, while Addison feels she’s ready to move on, Grady is not interested in a relationship. His only concern was taking care of his three-year-old son. Now Addison needs a date for a wedding in Sugarloaf, her hometown. Grady is seeking investors to get his business off the ground. However, none were willing to invest unless he had a girlfriend. So they both decided to help each other by entering into a fake relationship. However, a thin line exists between fake and reality. Soon, what started out as a facade became the real thing.

I loved this story. Although not my favourite of the series, it comes a close second to Forbidden Hearts. One could see that Grady and Addison made a great couple. Their chemistry was so intense that not even they could deny it. I loved the fact that their relationship started out in friendship mode and slowly moved to the romantic mode. They thought they were fake dating, but that was far from the truth. Everyone saw what they didn’t. Living in a small town, they came under a lot of scrutiny. Seeing them together, no one would believe they were fake dating.

The moments they shared had me rooting for them. While Addison knew what she wanted, it took Grady sometime to acknowledge his feelings. His reluctance was mostly due to fear. Which is understandable for someone who has experienced loss of a loved one in the past.  Healing came through their love for each other. Seeing their children developed such a beautiful friendship warmed my heart.

Readers who read the Rose Canyon series will be delighted to reunite with characters from the series. This book works as a standalone, however, you will want to read the previous book. Overall, Broken Dreams was a lovely story designed to entertain readers from beginning to end. I am looking forward to reading Rowan’s story. 


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About Corinne Michaels

Corinne Michaels is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of romance novels. Her stories are chock full of emotion, humor, and unrelenting love, and she enjoys putting her characters through intense heartbreak before finding a way to heal them through their struggles. Corinne is a former Navy wife and happily married to the man of her dreams. She began her writing career after spending months away from her husband while he was deployed–reading and writing were her escapes from the loneliness. Corinne now lives in Virginia with her husband and is the emotional, witty, sarcastic, and fun-loving mom of two beautiful children.

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