Saturday, December 27, 2014

Review: The Broken Path by Cami Checketts

Here's an exciting story by a wonderful author:

The Broken Path 
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Can a determined three-year old inspire them to love again?

Injured in a debilitating accident at age six, Ethan Searle believes women eye him with a mixture of pity and disdain. He's tried love before. He won't again. He meets his match in a precocious three-year old who loves him despite his disability, even while her mother seems bothered by everything about Ethan.

Autumn Reader escaped her abusive marriage with her beautiful daughter and a stack of fear. She can't make the mistake of trusting a man again. Autumn's daughter becomes enraptured by Ethan. Despite Autumn's best intentions, she finds herself following her daughter's example. When her ex-husband reappears, threatening everyone she loves if she won't submit to his demands, Autumn has to learn to trust or lose her chance at real love.

My Thoughts: Cami Checketts really knows how to make her stories unique. I have read a few other of her works and have enjoyed them tremendously because of it. She also knows how to combine clean romance with suspense flawlessly. Though The Broken Path was not perfect, I found myself captivated with the story.

What made this book unique was the male love interest: he was disabled. In many romance stories, the male hero is strong, brave, handsome, and fully functional. Ethan was all of these except that he didn't have working legs. I loved how Cami was able to handle the disability tastefully and make Ethan appear very sexy. I also loved how many women swooned over him despite of his legs. It reminded me that there are many people out there who can see past the physical appearance and really appreciate a person for who he (or she) really is. The fact that our heroine, Autumn, saw Ethan as a strong and attractive hero made me appreciate this book even more.

As much as I loved Ethan, I did have a couple of issues with this book. One, I did not enjoy how Ethan and Autumn acted with each other almost the first half of the book. They were melodramatic. I completely understand that these two characters were hurt and were learning how to trust again, but their repetitive insecurities felt childish. The other thing I was not too keen on was the baby talk from Autumn's daughter, Brittan. Brittan was an adorable little girl but a lot of her dialogue was unbelievable and got on my nerves. Luckily, the second half of the book got better and made me forget about these issues.

The last part of the book was thrilling. Both of Ethan and Autumn's pasts came back to haunt them.  I found myself at the edge of my seat wondering how things were going to develop to a happy ending. I don't want to say too much in fear that I would spoil things, but I have to say that the twist towards the end had my heart thumping. 

Overall, this was another great book. Though it was not perfect, I still loved its uniqueness. I would like to read more unusual love stories like this. I rate it: 

*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*

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