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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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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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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.”
4.0 out of 5 stars Had it's ups and downs, but altogether a beautiful story 31 October 2015
By Mignon Mykel - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

This one was a difficult one to rate, which is why I sat on it for a couple of weeks.

On the one hand, the story was written beautifully. The day Dustin doesn't want to go to church is the day he goes and meets the girl who will steal his heart forever. She's the pastor's daughter, though, and her family wants different for her than him. That doesn't stop these two from falling in love -- but like any Romeo and Juliet story, they were thrown apart.

Dustin proves from the beginning of the story what a gentleman he could be, but Echo, too, proves early on that she has a strong sense of loyalty. Even though she didn't know the outcome, she didn't know how life would play out, she had things in her life she could have kept hidden but allowed the truth to be out there, whether as a rebellion to her parents or as an endowment to her heart.

So... on the other hand...

The time frame of the story is grand -- but I think that actually works for these two. Both have their own battles they have to go through and both had some growing up to do -- and their lives forced them to grow up likely faster than others their ages. However, my biggest disappointment with this story would be the emotion.

There were times the emotion was huge and greatly written. And then there were others that the emotion would build and buildandbuildandBUILD and then? Plummet. It went nowhere. I felt that there could have been more, a little bit more reached for and just a little bit more achieved.


I enjoyed the side characters here, too! And I'm not a side character type gal. I loved the playfulness that is Dustin's brother, Dax, and his lady, Lynsie -- their Magic Mike moment made me laugh, no doubt. Their book is definitely on my to-read pile for when I have a spare 5 hours!
5.0 out of 5 stars Real love lasts forever. 7 October 2015
By Old Dave's Romance Revue - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
There's this famous quote that goes along the lines of "The opposite of Love is not Hate, but indifference".

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. The explanation Echo gives that they were high school sweethearts up until she had to move away suddenly without even the opportunity to say goodbye, might be truthful as far as it goes, but that's clearly not the whole story.

It doesn't fully explain her visceral reaction upon seeing him again ten years later, nor does it explain Dustin's ten year long retreat from his family, and from life in general, into existing for his role in the Army alone.

Brokenness, Author Erika Ashby, gives us the whole story.

It starts by going back to the beginning where we're finally given a clear understanding of what happened between the two of them and why the way the two young lovers were torn apart was enough to leave them both emotionally damaged for years on end.

Then the story jumps back to the present where both are left wondering what, if anything, to do about finally reconnecting with their lost love. After all, Echo is married with a child to consider.

The rest of the novel follows the two of them as they struggle to make sense of their pasts. What's happened to each since they parted ways and how its impacted their relationships with others, particularly their families.

Brokenness is a deeply moving story of healing old wounds and coming to terms with those that simply can't be healed. Learning to let go, move on, and finally start living again. A tale of sacrifice and hope, sadness and joy.

(and it give us another window on to what's been happening with Dax and Lynsie)

I thoroughly enjoyed Brokenness, perhaps even more than its predecessor, but while there were more than a few scenes that caused me to hold by breath or caused my eyes to well up, I didn't shed a single tear ... until the epilogue, and that just was too poignant to hold them in any longer.

Five stars without a doubt.
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

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