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Broken Lights by [Hardy, Dianna]
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What's really worth fighting for, when one second is all you have left?

Norman Smithson is at the end of the line. His wife left him, women don't look at him, he was made redundant, and at forty, he could be just that little bit slimmer. He would be a has-been if he'd ever been a 'was' in the first place. He's not the Alpha male of the 21st century - or of any century. He was the chubby oddball who used to sit silently at the back of the class so he wouldn't get picked on.

Rosa is a dreadlocked, tattooed and pierced twenty-something, who uses her image as armour to keep everyone away from every broken thing about her. But her past is about to catch up with her ... at the exact moment Norman finds himself in completely the wrong place, at the worst possible time.

One gunshot, one scramble for life, one unlikely couple, one very long night ... can one damaged woman and one ordinary man, find the extraordinary in the very last second they're given?

Broken Lights is a standalone story of what's really worth fighting for, when one second is all you have left.

NOTES: This is a novella at just under 40,000 words, packed with emotion and heat. Contains strong language. Written in British English.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 401 KB
  • Print Length: 158 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Satin Smoke Press; First edition (14 December 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00R1GSQ48
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #484,159 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Kindle Edition
Reviewer: Bex
Disclosure: This ebook was provided by the author in exchange for an HONEST and not necessarily positive review.

'Broken Lights' is an unconventional romance, which has a beautiful rawness and realism to it. Wonderfully written and developed, Dianna Hardy's 40k novella follows the characters Norman and Rosa and their chance meeting, a meeting which changes their lives.

What I loved especially about this read was not only its uniqueness in the genre creating a fresh and bold read, but the strength of the characters. Norman especially was a character who was easy to fall in love with. His brokenness was endearing and his road to discovery was lovely.

'Broken Lights' is a must-read standalone novella for fiction romance fans.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xadfc4780) out of 5 stars 14 reviews
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HASH(0xadebba08) out of 5 stars A must-read standalone novella for fiction romance fans. 17 December 2014
By BEX - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Reviewer: Bex
Disclosure: This ebook was provided by the author in exchange for an HONEST and not necessarily positive review.

'Broken Lights' is an unconventional romance, which has a beautiful rawness and realism to it. Wonderfully written and developed, Dianna Hardy's 40k novella follows the characters Norman and Rosa and their chance meeting, a meeting which changes their lives.

What I loved especially about this read was not only its uniqueness in the genre creating a fresh and bold read, but the strength of the characters. Norman especially was a character who was easy to fall in love with. His brokenness was endearing and his road to discovery was lovely.

'Broken Lights' is a must-read standalone novella for fiction romance fans.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xadebbf0c) out of 5 stars An amazing story of fear, pain, loss and redemption 16 December 2014
By Amanda Rice - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Just finished this story. So very rich in detail and very poignant. I'm normally a paranormal only girl, so this "norm" story isn't my usual but I'm so grateful I took the chance! Each moment I could hear and feel the cold and terror as Rosa and Norman struggle not just to survive a hellish night, but to live, at last. I couldn't put it down.
HASH(0xadebf21c) out of 5 stars A MUST READ! 21 December 2014
By Lynn Worton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a fantastic, dark and gritty contemporary romance, which happens to be a short novel or novella. I absolutely loved it.

Norman Smithson is a fantastic character, although he doesn't see himself in that way. He sees himself as a nobody. However, I didn't see him in that light at all. He has something special in his character which I found charming and appealing. He is steady and dependable, and is genuinely a nice man, who has had a really bad run of luck - he's been made redundant and finds out that his wife has been cheating on him. But, one moment of danger will change his life forever.

Rosa is also a wonderful character. I liked her spunk and determination. She is a waitress in a bar and has not had an easy life; she has been trapped in an abusive situation. When a stranger rescues her from her abuser, will she find her "happily ever after"?

I downloaded a copy of this book as soon as it was released and started to read it as soon as I could. I didn't put it down until I had finished it; I was hooked from the first page!

The story is told from both Norman's and Rosa's points of view, although Norman seems to be the main character. The characters are very lifelike and the situations they find themselves in are quite realistic. The descriptions of the events and situations brought the story to life and I could picture them with ease.

I could relate somewhat to Norman's character; his feelings of inadequacy and impotent rage at the hand that life had dealt him struck a chord in me. However, I have never really been in the same situations as he, so I cannot say whether or not I would have reacted in the same way. I really enjoyed the first scene, where Norman is made redundant. I know that the scene where he was made redundant is not really meant to be comical, or even enjoyable, but it was the juxtaposition of the seriousness of the situation and Norman's thoughts which I found really entertaining. Don't get me wrong, I could feel my heart wrench when his life gets turned upside down, but the way it was written lightened the darkness of the moment wonderfully.

The danger Rosa faces in the alleyway is something that a lot of women who are abused are aware of - they live it every day. Not everyone is lucky enough to have a "Norman" rescue them though, and many end up dead or worse, hooked on drugs and still living in Hell. What surprised me about Rosa's character is that, although she has been living in her own Hell, she still manages to keep her independent and stubborn streak; she is a fighter and a strong survivor. I found myself in awe of her strength of character as she tries to survive one day at a time.

The two main characters both have broken lives, but when they come together and begin to get to know each other, they make each other whole. This story is about loss, hope, love, and finding that one special someone who is worth fighting for. What I love about this story is that these two characters actually rescue each other. It has been a privilege to journey with them as they try to fix their shattered lives.

Dianna Hardy has written a fantastic story that touched me deeply.I loved her fast paced writing style and the flow of the story was wonderful. I love reading this author's books, whether in the contemporary or paranormal genres; she has a way of weaving a story together which makes it not only believable, but extremely entertaining. She is one of my favourite authors and I can't wait to read more of her books in the future.

Due to scenes of physical abuse and a sensual scene which is a little on the explicit side, I do not recommend this book to younger readers or those of a nervous disposition. I do, however, highly recommend this book as a MUST READ if you love dark, gritty contemporary or new adult romances. - Lynn Worton
HASH(0xadebf438) out of 5 stars Two broken people.....can they fix what is wrong and be happy and unbroken 16 December 2014
By Nancy Allen (The Avid Reader) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I received a free copy of the book from the author for my honest opinion.

Norman Smithson had a great life, a wife whom he loved very much and two very beautiful daughters that was his whole life. Norman also had a great job where he was making a comfortable living. It kept his family dressed, food on the table and a nice house. But then one day poor Norman had the worst day ever. He lost his job. The company where he worked didn't someone like him anymore with all of the new technology. Poor Norman is worried about how he is going to take care of his family now and if he will be able to find another job at his age. Losing his job is not the only thing that Norman has to worry about that day or feeling bad about either. His wife leaves him and takes his girls. With losing his wife and job both on the same day put Norman in a bad place. He starts hanging out at bar and trying to lose all of his problems in a bottle.

Rosa is a woman who is all broken up inside. She never had a childhood like most children with a loving mother and father. Her mother was always bringing men home with her and both of them would be flying high on one thing or another. It never really matter to her mother what it was as long as she was high. Rosa had to see and do things that no child should ever have to see or go through.

When Norman meets Rosa he just happens to be in the wrong place at the right time. He meets Rosa and her boyfriend in a dark alley one night on his way home from a bar where he had been trying to drown his troubles in the bottom of a bottle of booze. Rosa is being attacked so Norman hears her screaming and he can't just walk away and pretend he never heard anything. So he decides to step in and help Rosa. But he may have chewed off more than he can handle. He just may have caused him and Rosa their lives.

Norman and Rosa both have been through some hard times in their lives. They may not have been through the same thing but they are both broken people. Can they save each other from becoming someone they don't won't to be or will they become the people they have always wanted to be? Are they both strong enough to fix what is wrong in their lives and make it right so they can be happy and unbroken? Norman and Rosa both had to experience and go through what they did in their lives to be the people they are now so that they could be together and become the person they are today.

I have read both of Dianna's Series The Witching Pen and Eye of the Storm and loved them both. Even though Broken Lights was a different genre it did not matter in the least it was just as good as all of the others that I have read. Dianna knows how to tell each and every one of her character's story as if it was her own life that she is talking about and sometimes you feel as if she has been in your own head as if you are one of the characters.

If you haven't picked up your copy of Broken Lights then I highly recommend that you do. If you have read it or already have your own copy then I am sure that you know a book lover out there that would love receiving Broken Lights as a Christmas present with Christmas just right around the corner.
HASH(0xadebf1b0) out of 5 stars A lot different than I expect from this author. Nice! 19 December 2014
By Autumn Fallen Over Book Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I received this book to give an honest review.

I have to say this was a totally different book than what I was expecting from this author. I have read her other works being as The Witching Pen series and The Eye of The Storm series those were paranormal so this was a different story. It was really really good. But beware there is sex scenes within here so this is a for sure 18 on up book.

We start off the story with Norman he is just your normal middle age working man. He has a wife and children and he provides for them all. But when his bad day at work ends up becoming a bad day all around he sees the unthinkable act in his own home. Which I am surprised he just was calm as I probably would have went crazy. His life does a turn around. He ends up drinking most of the time now a days. Which is what you would expect with what he has been having to deal with.

All of that changes when he meets Rosa in an unexpected way. One magical night for the both of them though it didn't start out that way and it sure didn't end that way. Puts two people who are from different worlds together. Norman believing he isn't worth anything or he isn't dynamic enough. Rosa having a childhood that no child should ever have. It was rough and difficult.

Enjoyable and quick read. It isn't very long but long enough to where you are not left without answers to what will happen to Norman and Rosa.