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Broken Dreams (Shattered Lives, Book One) by [Blakeley, Rissa]
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About the Author

Rissa Blakeley is a quirky freelance writer and the author of Broken Dreams, the first book in the Shattered Lives series. She lives a socially awkward life just outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her amazing husband and daughter, three four-legged, furry children, and the many characters poking her brain, looking for more scenes about them in her books. When she isn't writing, she can be found procrastinating on Facebook.

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  • File Size: 1704 KB
  • Print Length: 634 pages
  • Publisher: Rissa Blakeley; Second edition (April 27, 2014)
  • Publication Date: April 27, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K02JWBG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,527 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Henry Daniels went through Hell growing up, but it made him strong and he survived. Nothing could break him. Until he met Elaina. The black haired beauty held his heart and soul in the palm of her hand and held the power to bring him to his knees. And she loved him just as greatly.

Their wedding day should have been perfect, and it would have been....until the zombie apocalypse began.

Yep, you read that right. The zombie-freaking-apocalypse. What starts out as a typical boy meets girl, they fall in love, get married, and live happily ever after, completely jumps the tracks and turns into a horror movie gore fest that strains the bonds of friendship, of family, and love.

This is a massive book to read, but don't let the size scare you away; it's also a fast as hell roller coaster ride that leaves you raging, crying, cheering, and sometimes laughing out loud. Oh and let's not forget the SEX SCENES!!! Holy crap!!! Rissa Blakely sets the pages of Broken Dreams on fire the the heat and passion between Henry and Elaina!!!!

The side characters and storyline are perfect for this book, and Rissa does a fantastic job of really dragging you into the story, even when you're not quite sure you want to ride along as the characters go to some seriously scary, dark places.

I enjoyed this book IMMENSELY, and would recommend it to anyone who needs a break from the 'typical' romance novel!!!
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Just finished last night! I loved it i am a huge zombie post apocalyptic world fan. I was on the edge the whole time reading this story never knowing if a un dead was gonna make one of my favorite characters one of them!!! I will have to say one thing that made me giggle was the Tight pink tee shirt and spiked heels What an amazing roller coaster of emotions. Henry, Elaina, Nick, Sophie, Nate, Claire and Thomas my Zombie crew will make you love them hate them and feel pity for them all at the same time, you will have a love hate relationship thru out the book with all of them. Author Rissa Blakeley did an amazing job with the characters I have so many questions I cant wait to get my hands on the second book so I can find out what happens to my zombie hunting crew and what they face next !

I am excited for Rissa this was her first book and it was amazing so I know that we have many more amazing stories to look forward to from her!! I would write more but it would give to much away I want you to be on the edge of your seat like i was reading this story. If you have questions about this story please feel free to reach me at my blog page on face book
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I'm not sure where to start other than to say, hold on to your socks because they are going to be rocked with this new series!

Broken Dreams is the first book in a new trilogy by Rissa Blakeley and takes you on a journey with Henry, Elaina, Sophie, Nick, Claire and Thomas as they fight to survive what can only be described as the end of the world for them. The book is primarily told in Elaina's point of view, but you will also see things in the third-person as well. Ms. Blakeley also gives the reader flashbacks from both Henry and Elaina's point of views so that you understand both of their stories.

The book begins with Henry. He is in a training facility in England and has been given a task that is to be completed in the US. Henry shows us early in the book that he's a fighter and not afraid to speak his mind or ask questions. He at first refuses the assignment because he's afraid to leave his only friend Sophie behind. Reluctantly he leaves and takes up residence in the US. (I don't want to give a lot away so you'll have to read the book to find out what the assignment is and why he doesn't want to leave Sophie.) Henry meets Elaina at a bookstore where she works and he is instantly drawn to her. He finds a way to meet her and talk to her. Things progress in their relationship and the book then takes you to the day of their wedding (again, you'll have to read to see how this happens).

The day of Elaina and Henry's wedding should have been the happiest day of their lives, but instead it literally becomes a nightmare. One minute Elaina is getting ready to walk down the aisle to her love, but the next there is panic and mayhem. There's blood, gore, screams and scenes from horror films.
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Freaking awesome. It sucks you in and eats at your brain, not letting go until you are emotionally spent and brain dead.
I was blown away at how much I enjoyed it. I'm working on book 2 now. Don't be turned away by the post-apocalyptic or zombie tags, this is more about the romance and the survival story. Henry is so attractive. You feel for him because of the torture that he goes through. His decision to leave the organization is what is the catalyst for the virus being released, but his love for Elaina is his reason for living, so you can understand his motives. At times, I thought he spent too much time crying, but if people were eating each other and you didn't think you were going to survive, you might spend some time crying. His love and unending devotion toward her is so swoon-worthy. Elaina is strong and takes everything in stride. Claire and Nick are great supporting characters. The story is awesome and will be hard to put down, which means leave a day or two to get through all 600+ pages. The story is smart, sassy, snarky, intriguing, and will make you ugly-cry more often than you will want to admit. These books should come with tissues, wine, and a few chocolate bars to help you get through.
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