Book Reviews

Stolen Dreams by Sue Brown at One Hat Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 16-July-2021

Book Blurb

Second chances don’t always come with clean breaks. Sometimes they come with secrets and lies. Are they worth it or should Morgan and Shae walk away forever?

Morgan has a perfect life. A hot actor for a boyfriend. An assistant director’s job he loves. A coffee shop where he can feed his caffeine addiction.

Then Shae Delamere storms back into his life after five years and nothing is the same. Shae was his first love, his only love until Morgan screwed up so badly, they couldn’t recover from it.

Morgan faces his life in turmoil again. He and Shae can’t deny they still love each other, but can they be just friends? Morgan has a boyfriend he cares for, and Shae has a secret which he’s determined to keep from Morgan.

What happens when the secret and lies are exposed to the daylight? Will a second chance become no chance?

 

 

Content Warning: mentions of past cheating

 

First edition published by Silver Publishing, 2012.

Second edition published by Dreamspinner Press, January 2015.

 

Book Review

This is such a heartrending story, mainly because the characters are so engaging, but also because what they go through is entirely possible. Mistakes are easy to make in relationships, and the more you love someone the higher their capacity to hurt you. The story of Morgan and Shae is a perfect illustration that love is not always enough – communication, trust, and the ability to forgive play at least as much of a role as simple physical and emotional attraction.

Morgan has a lot to learn. He made a huge mistake when he cheated on Shae and is still paying for it. He thought he had moved on – even got engaged – but he finds out that relationship wasn’t everything he thought it to be. And not just his part. He also learns all kinds of things about his so-called friends. But, most of all, he finally learns to open up, listen to his partner, and build some trust. Only to have everything almost come apart when it is his turn to forgive – and that is the most important lesson of all. It is far easier to ask for forgiveness than to grant it.

Shae has made as many mistakes as Morgan, even if they were less obvious – initially. He hasn’t had it easy, and what he has done is very understandable, but he too, needs to learn and change before he ever stands a chance of finding happiness. He has to hear the truth of what happened, admit the part he played in it, and face the fact he needs to ask for forgiveness as much as Morgan does. Not an easy fact to accept for someone who has seen himself as the victim all along.

I really liked this story because both main characters are very flawed, very “normal” human beings. What they go through could happen to any of us, and how they deal with it contains a lesson for everyone. The emotional depth Sue Brown has created here is wonderful, and it made me turn the pages, brought me to tears, and let me draw a breath of relief when it was finally over. If you like real-life drama but prefer reading it over living through it, if you’re interested in a story about love found, lost, and found again, and if you’d rather see the main characters suffer for a bit before they get their happy ending, you will probably love this novel.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 240 pages/75885 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 12-July-2021
Price $4.99 ebook, $12.99 paperback
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/Stolen-Dreams-Second-Chance-Romance-ebook/dp/B0999SDVFT