Monday, June 22, 2015

Review and Blog Tour for Broken Dreams by Cassidy K O'Connor

Broken Dreams

A twist of fate changes her life forever…
One dream put on hold to honor another…
Do second chances exist? Can dreams be reclaimed?

Twins, Isabelle and Ian are enjoying their senior year of high school with their whole lives ahead of them.

She is auditioning for Julliard and he has offers for soccer scholarships at any school he wants.

Only Isabelle knew he was planning to put off college and join the Army.
Tragedy strikes one day and Ian is killed. In her grief, Isabelle decides to put her dream on hold and honor his.

While deployed tragedy strikes again and she is injured.

Thinking her dreams of dancing again are out of reach she gives up on life. Is she strong enough to overcome her disabilities? Can the love she finds with her brothers best friend Conner be enough to help her reclaim her dreams?

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Her yoga pants stop just below the knee and are loose enough I can pull them up pretty far on her thigh. I freeze; it’s the first time since the hospital that I’ve really gotten to look at her wounds.

“Hideous aren’t they?”

“Every mark, every line tells a story about someone you met over there. Each of these is a memory, this isn’t the way you would have wanted to keep them with you but that wasn’t up to you. They are your hero’s mark and you should be proud to show them off.”

*****5 Stars*****

Amazing read! You'll laugh, you'll cry and at times you'll be cheering Izzy on to pursue her dreams. I gotta find me a Connor, that boy is how all boys/men should be. 

Izzy/Ian are twins, but a twist of fate leaves her alone. Izzy's dream was to be a dancer. Ian's dream (including Connor) was a soccer player. Ian has a change of heart and decides to go to the Army instead of college. That twist of fate leaves the whole family broken and Izzy decides to stop her dreams and pursue her brothers dream of the Army. While pursuing this dream on behalf of her brother, Ian, another twist of fate is brought into this family. Connor (Ian's BF) is there for the family and is actually one of their family. Connor and Izzy both hid feelings for each other due to Ian. This twist of fate brings them together and through all the heartache and pushing away that Izzy does to Connor, he sticks it out no matter what. His love is real and amazing! The amount of stuff Izzy went through would have caused most men to walk away, but not Connor. 

Izzy may have had broken dreams, but those twist of fate brought out old/new dreams for her. She touched so many children's lives and made a difference in that telethon. I'm so glad that Connor and her got their dreams together in the end. The epilogue was totally unexpected, but I loved how it ended and couldn't be more happy that it ended this way. There is definitely a story between, Izzy's sister, Bri and Josh, who is Connor's soccer friend. Hope we see more of Izzy and Connor as well. This should definitely, be made into a movie. So grab those tissues and read on!

Author Bio

I am a born and raised Floridian who loves to travel but never forgets where my roots are. I married my high school sweetheart, have 3 kids and a crazy dog. Travelling and reading are my two favorite hobbies. I love all things Ireland and have been lucky enough to visit twice. I hope to one day watch a Major League Baseball game in every stadium in the country.

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Fun Questions:

1. What's your favorite color? 
I feel most confident in red and it looks best with my coloring. This is also the color I associate with passion so I’m very drawn to it. My bedroom is a very deep red. I also love purple; ironically I rarely wear it though.

2. List 5 facts about yourself.
I played bagpipes all through middle and high school
I have 3 kids who are all musically and athletically talented.
I married my high school sweetheart and we’re still going strong after 15 years.
I love to travel. I’ve been to Canada, Mexico, Ireland, Scotland, England and France.
I’m a terrible homemaker! I work full time plus write on the side so I’m not a true stay at home mom but I still really suck at cooking and cleaning. My husband is much better at taking care of the house than I am.

3. What do you like to do for fun? 
With three kids I rarely have time to consider my own idea of fun. When I do get out it’s for fondue at Melting Pot, music concerts, bowling and mini golf. I used to read incessantly but since I started writing I’ve found there is no time for reading too!

Book Questions:
1. When did you start writing? 
Over the years I’ve written small things but never took it very serious. I met some Indie authors last year and learned so much about this DIY world. It was the first time I thought about writing for publishing. Knowing you don’t have to go through publishing companies and face rejections was eye opening for me.

2. Who are some of you favorite authors? 
What are some of your favorite books? Tessa Dare is by far my favorite and I love all of her books. I recently stumbled upon Barbara Devlin and have enjoyed her Brethren of the Coast series. My daughter is a huge fan of dystopian YA, I read everything she does so we can discuss them. For that genre I really enjoyed the Legend series by Marie Lu.

3. Who inspired you so start writing? 
Last year I was inspired to write a story for my hubby. He hates to read, I’ve tried buying him various genres but he never finished one. I decided to try writing a story I thought he could get through and maybe have it turn him on in the process. Amazingly he finished my story but sadly it didn’t inspire him to read anything else.

4. What genre's do you like to read that most? 
Historical romance is my favorite genre; I am in awe of anyone that can write it.

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