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Brokenness: A Broken Wings Companion Novel by [Ashby, Erika]
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TEN YEARS AGO, I fell in love with a boy.
In the blink of an eye, the boy I loved was ripped from me.
TEN YEARS LATER, I ran into the boy I had lost.
Yet, he's no longer a boy.
He's a man.
A deeply wounded man.

Dustin Adams was once known for his down to earth, care free spirit.
He was the well rounded kid with a promising future.

Until the girl he loved was yanked from his life.

Now, Dustin is known for his distance and the coldness he radiates. He is simply a shell of the boy he once was.

Living the Army life, the close calls he's surrounded by daily have done nothing but further harden his heart.

Until the girl he once loved reappears in his life.

Can what they shared so long ago be restored?
Or is Dustin fated to live a life of brokenness?

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That's what I reckon anyway. There's this famous quote (that I originally assumed came from a novel I read as a teenager, but apparently that was secondhand) that goes along the lines of "The opposite of Love is not Hate, but indifference".

I tend to think there's a rather profound truth hidden in there. Love, or the regard we hold for certain others can morph and change with the passing of time, but for it to stop being love with them, we'd really need to just not care in the slightest, one way of the other about anything to do with them ... at least no more than we might do for the stranger who lives two streets over.

I know in my own experience, that once I've given my regard to another ... its a done deal. Its not something I can take back. I can't stop caring for Kelly whom I met in the third grade anymore than I can for Di, the first girl I ever kissed. Both have moved on with their lives (and I really doubt if Kelly even remembers me) but that has no impact on how I feel.

It certainly has an impact on what I might choose to do about those feelings, but it doesn't change them.

Similarly with those whom I've loved and been hurt by in return. Time can have an impact on how I might feel about the circumstances or actions that precipitated that hurt ... but most times the reason these things hurt so much is because we do care.

There is certainly anything but indifference on the part of either Dustin or Echo when we first witness them meet in the closing chapters of Broken Wings. The tension sizzles around the two of them like electricity, and on Dustin's part, anger rolls off of him in waves. We're left with absolutely no doubt that there's more to their story than either of them are prepared to let on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This story was everything I had hoped it would be!...D+E 4ever 30 September 2015
By Tiffany Williams - Published on
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"When it comes to being selfish in regards to her, it’s a double-edged sword.
It can either slay me, or save me."


I have been *patiently* waiting for this book for over a was soooooo worth the wait!!

I could not have been more pleased with how Dustin and Echo's story turned out! After reading Broken Wings, you get a sense of their story, but you have NO IDEA!

"Dustin is one of the strongest men I’ve ever known, but when it comes to me, he’s fragile. And I’m supposed to be helping rebuild the brokenness, not fracture it even further."

This book is broken into two parts-the past and the present. I loved that aspect!

You find out how their story started as teenagers in love. But because of Echo's controlling father, they couldn't be the couple they truly wanted to be. I don't know who I felt more sorry for. The girl that couldn't break free from her father's hold, or the boy who didn't know how to fight for the love of his life.

My heart was broken when they were ripped apart!! Like I physically wished I could reach into the book and pull them back together by the heartstrings that stayed tied for a decade.

"The love of my life, and the holder of my future, was yanked from my life...and I was forever changed."

Ten years went by before they saw each other again. They weren't the same kids that fell in love over chocolate shakes and French fries or baseball. They each were hit with difficult circumstances and the only cure was each other. To watch them fight their emotions was acually beautiful. You find yourself immersed into this world of Dustin and Echo.

"In this moment, I know the world has it out for me. I’m hated by the stars that are supposed to align for us.
Freaking stars, and universes, and constellations. Freaking astrology. It was all freaking bulls***...
But here’s the thing…she was mine. Always would be. I just couldn’t have her."

You feel the pain they feel, the tears they cry, and you want to fight for them just as hard!

They each have their own story to tell.
Echo has a huge secret that she has kept from Dustin, but it's what has kept her going all these years. She has a strength like no other!
Dustin has come back from overseas with a serious injury and it flips his world upside down. His story is a very powerful one. Stories about soldiers speak on a different level than most--it impacts you to the core.

I honestly can't tell you how many times I got a little misty-eyed throughout this book! The little details that slowly bring them back together are truly wonderful. Erika nailed it with the little tid bits along the way.

"Just like the meaning of her name, a repetition of sound, everything about her ripples through my soul. But unlike her name, the vibrations never cease. To this very day, they’re still very much moving throughout my mind, my heart and every fiber within me."

I could honestly talk about this book all day long!!

Dustin and Echo's story has made my heart so happy. There's something about those Adams men! Oh! Also, you get caught up with all things Dax and Lynsie!! I couldn't stop smiling every time those brothers were together! I'll love their banter!

I want to applaude Erika Ashby on a phenomenal story that left me soooo happy, and yet, I wish there was more!! Thank you for these wonderful characters that will always have a place in my heart<3

"My injury wasn’t a death wish like I had thought. It was fate. It didn’t take my life away. It brought me back to my life.”
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this series 13 October 2015
By AJ Adorkables - Published on
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I got this ARC from the author for an honest opinion.

WOW! JUST FREAKING WOW! I loved this series. I loved how it took them a while to come together. Explained everything that I had been wondering about the two individuals as well. I loved Echo when I met her in Lynsie's story. She was the best friend and of course you wanted to see more of her son. Since it had been mentioned so many times. Dylan was such a wonderful character added this story.

Seeing Lynsie and Dax in this story was wonderful, seeing their dynamics as well. Seeing them move back home to live a life.

In book 1 you see the awkward exchange between Dustin and Echo, in front of Echo's husband, Ben. You wanted to see more and so glad that Erika gave us more. Dustin and Echo at a young age were beautiful. They loved each other so much. You could just tell. When her father and mother forced her to move she lost a huge piece of her in return he did too. Dustin's lost of Echo explains how he turned out. Cold towards his family and so on.

I'm not going to give away any more because it would ruin it all. But I love this story so much. I wonder what else would get me addicted. I found Erika by chance when reading Caught and so glad that I kept "stalking" her to find more books. Keep it up Erika your words are beautiful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Letting go is freeing" 11 October 2015
By Amber- Book It Blog - Published on
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I've waited for this book for right at a year. I first read broken wings a year ago and it became one of my favorite books so I went into Brokenness knowing I'd like it. I knew I'd like the story and the characters but what I didn't know was how much I'd fall in love with everything. Echo was the funny, sweet, go getter who knew exactly what she wanted out of life and never gave up no matter how tough it became. Dustin, sweet, hot, strong, Dustin. He just grabbed onto my heart from the beginning and never let go. I didn't think I'd love him as much as Dax but it must be something about those Adams men! Echo always had a place in his heart but after coming back from war and fighting a war within himself, he just really never thought he'd be able to have her there again. "I will show him that it’s okay to love again—to love me again." She showed and helped him turn back into the man he was keeping hidden, the man he knew deep down he really was. "All I can say is sometimes there’s something bigger in the works." I loved everything about this book, the characters, the messages. I loved how the author worked Dax and Lynsie back into this story as well. The only thing I didn't like were the words "The End"! I could read about the broken gang forever.

D+E 4ever
5.0 out of 5 stars SO GREAT! 1 October 2015
By Hoppie - Published on
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WOW I mean WOW! I think Ms Erika did a fantastic job. Reading some of her FB posts she was worried it might not be long enough and how she struggled to make it happen. Well Ms Erika you did super job!

The book is great book that needs to be read and shared.

I love that she included Lyndsie and Dax from Broken Wings *super book as well* but you don't have to know their story to get into this. I loved that there were 2 parts. You got to see where Echo and Dustin came from to where they are now and why. You got to see their love develop. it had its heavy moments but not overly so. The story flowed. There was the build up there was some drama but there was humor and there was also growth. I was kinda worried that there'd be some cheating involved but there was none of that. And I am grateful. The characters were true and believable.

I think that probably the biggest thing I wished was that there was more time in there w/ Dustin and Dylan. That part seemed rushed to me. But that's the only thing I'd have to say anything negative on just cause I am sucker and wanted to see that more..

I didn't want the story end. It was just that good.
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the wait 7 October 2015
By Boricuagal - Published on
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Loved it! D+E 4ever! Beautiful second chance love, great companion to Broken Wing's. It was nice to read about Dax & Lynsie as well. Hope Peterson gets a book.

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