Broken Embrace: (Embrace Series, 3)

Broken Embrace: (Embrace Series, 3)

by Dana Mason


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Winner! Best Romance! 2015 Best Indie Books AwardsThe Romance Reviews Top Pick! 5-Star Review"BROKEN EMBRACE is a story that is suspenseful. It has so many twists and turns that I had no idea what would happen, and when they did, I was just speechless. Ms. Mason's characters and scenes are so vividly descriptive. Her writing is clear and focused, and the romance and the passion can be felt in each word, in each look, in each embrace."~The Romance Reviews5-Star Review"As always, the writing is smooth, elegant and engaging. The characters are wonderfully complex, the "good guys" both flawed and lovable and the "bad guys" so subtly chilling they will make your skin crawl."~Lisa Regan, Author of the award-winning thriller, Finding Claire Fletcher and Hold Still5-Star Review"Broken Embrace is a truly heart wrenching, suspenseful, insightful addition to the Embrace Series that will keep you saying 'Just one more chapter' until the book is done."~Katie Mettner, Author of the Sugar Series and The Northern Lights SeriesBROKEN EMBRACE is book three in the EMBRACE SERIESPromises Broken. Secrets Kept. Loved Renewed.The Past...As childhood sweethearts, Brian and Melissa's plans were simple: finish school, get married, and live happily ever after. Unfortunately, life didn't go as planned. Melissa went away to college, and Brian married her best friend.The Present...Seventeen years have passed and Brian's stable family life has come crashing down around him. His wife's a cheater, his teenage daughter is hiding things from him and Melissa is back in town to remind him of what he lost all those years ago.Melissa's returned home, ready to forgive and focus on her future, but that all changes the day she gets a desperate phone call from Brian's daughter, Erin. Thrown back into Brian's tumultuous life, Melissa struggles to move beyond the pain of his broken promise.The Future...While working together to save Erin from the evil web she's caught in, Melissa and Brian fight to fix the past or face losing each other all over again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781499396072
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/07/2014
Series: Embrace Series , #3
Pages: 374
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.77(d)

About the Author

Dana Mason is happily settled in a small valley amongst the California grapevines with her husband and three children. Author of the romantic suspense, Embrace Series, she's written about a group of friends from Northern California who learn just how short life can be when you don't hold on to what's important. Second chances don't come easy...but sometimes love is worth the risk.

When not writing, Dana specializes in professional development and training. She's also a board member on the local Art's Council and does what she can to support the art community.

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Broken Embrace (Embrace, 3) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
HumorMyWay More than 1 year ago
A story of lost love and a second chance to get it right, it has suspense which keeps the story interesting. It was a very complex read for me leaving me torn between Melissa and Brain getting their second chance but what about his family. Yes his wife cheated but for the love they started with that make their children isn’t it work trying to work out. The children always seem to get the worst end. I loved the twists and turn which held my attention as well as how the author played out the plot with the bad guys. The picture I had in my mind was very chilling. What it must be like to love a man with all your heart and him you only to have him marry your best friend. As the years go by you come to forgive the best friends and be there for her and her children but you just can’t bring yourself to reconnect to the man you have only loved. Fast forward a few years to find that friend cheated on her husband and being there for the children when the fall out comes. Brian is a wonderful father and husband he is a cop and that does take a lot of his time. He is devastated when he finds out his wife is cheating. There are only so many choices you can make. With a little help from his ex he knows he must be there for his children. As things happen he finds he still has feeling for his ex. It is truly a heart wrenching read with the reader being torn so many ways. The suspense is great at times I was left holding my breath to see the outcome. I really enjoyed the story and the characters but still feel a little torn over a family breaking up and two old loves coming back together. I did like how the author laid out the plot for Erin and Cody the outcome very much affected them. Erin's struggle is just heartbreaking and really pulls on your heart strings. I thought it was a great story that I enjoyed very much. I thought a lot of thought went into the writing, it was well laid out and a very touching read
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kerliza Foon for Readers' Favorite In Broken Embrace, Dana Mason writes an engaging story about two childhood friends who thought they had what it takes to be together but then mistakes got in the way of their happy ever after. Brian Hammel and Melissa Hayes have loved each other since they were small. When Melissa goes off to college, promising to return after graduating, she gets unexpected news. Brian is now married. The betrayal is so deep that seventeen years go by before she attempts to move on. Brian married Julie knowing it would break Melissa's heart, and was too afraid to tell her what happened. Now a detective in the police force with a wife and two kids, he believed he had everything he could ever want. When disaster strikes, Brian is shocked at how little he really knew about his family and he turns to the only person who really knew him....Melissa. Can Melissa and Brian lean on each other without bringing up the past? Or will they be able to talk about fixing the bridge that has been broken and forge a deeper bond of love and trust? I absolutely loved this book. I did not read the previous two books but after reading this one, I cannot wait to pick them up. Dana Mason wrote a fantastic story that showed a deep knowledge of her characters. As a reader, I was able to connect with Melissa and Brian as they navigated through their trials. I was rooting for the couple even when they wouldn't root for themselves. The plot was so well written that each new twist was connected and flowed in such a way that had you riveted and anxious to turn the pages. I enjoyed the book and look forward to more from Dana Mason.
Book_worms77 More than 1 year ago
This is book 3 in the Embrace Series and can be read as a stand alone, but the characters in the first two books are still in this series in book 3. Also, we are introduced to Brian in book one and Melissa in book 2. I suggest reading all three books.  I gave this book 5 stars.  What do you do when the love of your life marries your best friend? You get angry and hostile and you hate them both. But that only lasts for so long. Melissa was suppose to marry her high school sweetheart, they had it all planned out, but then she goes away to college and leaves Brian alone. He feels like he was betrayed in some way. Why couldn't she have gone to college closer so they could still be together and start a family? They both do things that they are not proud of. Now that is the past. The present-- well she hates them both. BOTH? Brian and her best friend (EX-best friend) Jules. Can she get past this pain she feels towards him and her?  Brian finds out his wife is a cheater and his teenage daughter calls Melissa for help. Can she get past all the pain he has caused her to forgive? And to help his daughter. The daughter of Brian and her best friend?  I love this series, it is fast paced and leaves you on the edge of your seat with each page you turn. This is my second favorite book in the series. I really loved this story, it broke my heart and I could feel her pain. I wanted to cry with her. I definitely felt her hostility I would have done the same. It takes a very strong woman to go through what she did. Dana writes some awesome leading women.  Brian has his reasons for doing what he did. But is that enough to rectify what happened? I love this man and I am so glad I got to know him in the first two book so I wasn't as hard on him as if I just picked up the book and was like this is Brian. He was one of my favorite characters. And Brian loves hard! With his whole heart and his whole soul. These two together are fire and beautiful sparkly fireworks!!! Thank you for another beautiful book Dana! I can't wait to read your next !! <3
BookwormBrandee More than 1 year ago
Oh my goodness! Broken Embrace is every bit as suspenseful as its two predecessors. And the suspense is gut-wrenching and very relevant. But I think it's the romance that gives Broken Embrace a completely different feel. Maybe because I couldn't help but feel Melissa and Brain really deserved their second chance. Maybe because I felt Brian's young family deserved some happiness as well. Whatever it was, I was racing through to see what would happen. Melissa Parker has loved Brian Hammel her whole life. It was supposed to be the two of them forever. So she was understandably devastated when Brian married their best friend, Julie, with no explanation. It's taken a long, long time for Melissa to recover but she finally was able to move on - to open her heart tom someone else. And to reconnect with Julie and her kids - but not quite with Brian. When certain events bring to light Julie's betrayals, Melissa knows she has to be there to support Brian and his children. Brian Hammel, whom I'd met in the two previous installments, is a man dedicated to his job as a cop, and dedicated to his family. So Julie's betrayal comes as quite a shock to him. At first, he wants to wallow in his own pain. But with Melissa's help, he realizes he needs to be present for his children. As Brian works towards rebuilding his family, he realizes he has a rare second chance to put everything right with Melissa as well. Witnessing the turmoil and the joy as these two find their way back to one another was heartbreaking and soul-mending. These two souls, whom fate chose to keep apart for so long, had quite the journey back. And although I wouldn't wish on anyone the events that brought them back together, I was elated that fate gave them a second chance. Brian's kids, Erin and Cody, were big parts in the story - especially Erin. Ms. Mason did an excellent job of developing them. I appreciated that because the relationship between their dad and Melissa affected them and I was glad they were considered. Watching Erin's struggles with the secrets she was hiding broke my heart. It's difficult enough being a teenager, but to add on keeping her mother's secret as well as her own was really challenging. Erin was very brave though and did what she felt she had to in order to protect others from suffering. I think this may be my favorite in the series so far. I can't put my finger on the why - maybe the character growth? - but Broken Embrace resonated differently in me. The story pulled me in and held me in its grip til the end. And I'm quite curious to see who the next installment will focus on.  **I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.**
RipeForReader More than 1 year ago
¿A sharp, chilling and provocative read!¿ My rating: 5 of 5 ¿¿ Seventeen years ago Brian Hammel married his best friend and broke the heart of the love of his life. Since then his job as police detective has started to wear on him, his wife gave up on their family and left him with their two kids and too many questions to manage. On top of that, the woman who has never been far from his mind, Melissa, is back in town and apparently knows more about what goes on with his wife and his daughter than he does. After years of nursing her hurt and anger after getting her heart broken, Melissa Parker had returned to be at her twin sister's side when her little boy had been missing six months ago, and was finally ready to leave the past where it belonged. With her sister finally blessed with the life she deserved, Melissa was ready for her own slice of happiness and she hoped long time boyfriend Chase could provide at least part of the dream. But seeing Brian again only confirmed that her heart had already been given a long time ago. When tragedy leaves Brian's family in turmoil, his daughter Erin seems to be especially troubled and Melissa is the one person she clings to most. Doing her best to be a good friend and not let the feelings of the long ago rejection still affect her, Melissa tries to help Brian keep his family together and his daughter safe. But she is not prepared to find out some truths about their history together, nor is she ready to lose herself to him all over again...... or is she? ***** Another FABULOUS novel by Dana Mason. Her stories so gut-wrenching and emotional, with beautiful but often complex love stories fraught with painful human weakness, mistakes and harsh realities, and always with an element of intrigue and suspense centering around the group of recurring characters who work in law enforcement and security.  In BROKEN EMBRACE we meet Brian whose life is upended from one day to the next. Very little of his perception of reality was how others in his life saw or experienced it. Brian is a very duty bound man, trying to do right by his family, his job, but somewhere along the line losing the real connection. And then suddenly it is too late. He sees everything slowly slipping away, job, children - until Melissa appears, like a hard reality  check, waking him up. Melissa who is not a negative person, struggles with understandable negative feelings of bitterness, jealousy and envy and it clouded her life for a long time. She though she had it all and then lost it, never knowing why or how. With everyone around her finding their place and match, she is ready to find hers, but in her haste to get it, she is too willing to overlook some crucial missing ingredients. Only her renewed proximity to Brian reminds her that missing component is vital. There are some disturbing elements in this book that really hit home in this age of social media and the power it holds. The potential damage in can cause and lives it can ruin. Scary.....and unfortunately very real. One of the reasons this story struck a chord on an entirely different level as well. It illustrates how vulnerable we all are, how difficult it is to truly know, trust, anyone these days. Chilling..... and so very real. I had to sit on this review for a few days, and let it simmer. Ms. Mason writes in a way that is deceptively easy to read, but demands closer scrutiny because the contents and context of her stories are not as simple as they may appear at first sight. Sure, they are romantic, exciting, hot and extremely sexy, and definitely scary and thrilling but you sell them short if you don't appreciate the challenge of the many moral issues touched on as well. Not that simple at all. But damn! So worth the read!! ¿A sharp, chilling and provocative read!¿ **Copy provided in return for an honest review.**
Kmettner1 More than 1 year ago
Broken Embrace, the third installment to the Embrace series is a tumultuous trip down memory lane for Brian and Melissa. Memories neither know how to deal with. When Melissa left for college 17 years ago Brian promised he'd wait for her and they would have a happily ever after. Then circumstances arose and Brian married Melissa's best friend Julie. Now a top detective in the police force, and father to a son and daughter, Brian is living his own happily ever after. That is until he finds his wife with another man. Desperate and distraught Brian confronts his wife, only to lose her in a tragic accident. Melissa returns to town determined to put the past, and Brian behind her and start her future fresh. When she is drawn into a situation with Brian's daughter, Erin, that hope comes crashing down and she finds herself wondering, what if. What if Brian hadn't broken his promise to her and they had spent the last 17 years together. What if Brian could be hers again? What if Erin and Cody were her children? When Erin's situation escalates Brian and Melissa work together to protect her from the grips of evil. Melissa is faced with helping Brian restore peace to his family, a family she wants to be part of. The only question is, can she forgive him for breaking her heart so many years ago, and can she trust him to not do it again? Broken Embrace is a truly heart wrenching, suspenseful, insightful addition to the Embrace series that will keep you saying 'Just one more chapter' until the book is done. Nicely woven into the story are updates on the characters from the previous books and hope for an Embrace #4! Don't miss this well rounded romantic suspense, and find out for yourself if Melissa finds her happily ever after!