Saturday, March 19, 2016

Fractured Palace by R.J. Loom

Fractured Palace
by R.J. Loom

My rating: 5 stars

Publication Date: March 22, 2016
Publisher: Dead Bound Publishing
Genre: Coming of Age | Contemporary Romance
Print Length: 233 pages
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They say home is where the heart is.

Ashton Roberts never understood that saying. Heart couldn't be found anywhere in the rundown bungalow she grew up in. It also couldn't be found in the luxury estate she moved into when her mother married her stepfather.

All Ashton wants is to get her degree, meet Mr. Right and find the happy stable life she never had. But when life constantly throws her curve balls, she begins to wonder if it really is just a pipe dream.

Until she runs into her former neighbor, Reed Collins.

As a child, Reed had always been Ashton's silent protector. As an adult, he is everything she has ever dreamed of in a man. If only he didn’t keep her at arms length. But as things heat up, guards drop and secrets are revealed which toss Ash back into the turmoil surrounding a tragic event from her youth.

Will Ashton let her past fracture the perfect picture of her future? Or will the meaning of loyalty, family and love be redefined?

Fractured Palace by R.J. Loom

Fractured PalaceThe first years of Aston’s life were not always happy, but one thing she could count on was that the boy next door would always look out for her. Her mother would parade dozens of new boyfriends through the house, her need for drugs and alcohol more than her need to care for her only child. When she cleaned up and found a wealthy man to lover her, Ashton’s life should have gotten better, but her stepfather was cold, hard and brittle, although he did continue to be responsible for Ashton after her mother died.

An adult now, Ashton crazes someone to hold her, to love her and to vow to always cherish her, a dream, perhaps? Then her past came back in a rush of emotion. That little boy who protected her is all grown up and Reed Collins still made her heart do flips. Reed as a man is different form the boy he once was, sadder, wiser and his life is in turmoil. He doesn’t feel worthy of Ashton’s love, as much as he wants it and he never wants her to know why. It is his burden of guilt to carry and he would do anything to spare her the pain he would bring, but tongues wag and the truth may be revealed, ruining both of their chances for love and a happy ending.

R.J. Loom’s Fractured Palace tells of the dark side of life, of secrets and fears, loneliness and pain, but it also tells of learning to trust, learning to forgive and learning to hope for a brighter future. Powerful writing will seep into your soul as two people attempt to leave the burdens of the past behind, one seeking redemption and the other seeking the joy of feeling wanted.

I received this copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.


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