When Fate Falls Short

Brooke Edwards
When Fate Falls Short
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Dreamspinner Press
Release Date
August 2016
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

Childhood sweethearts Nathan Maxwell and Sean Adams took ten years to realize they belonged together, followed by ten years of bliss. When it is snatched away, Sean is left alone with the aftermath. Lost and grieving in a world that doesn't make sense without Nathan by his side, he struggles to keep himself afloat… until he meets Jesse Lawrence.

The shadow of a congenital heart defect has hung over Jesse like a dark cloud all his life. Nathan's death saves Jesse's life by providing the heart Jesse needs to survive, and a chance encounter between their best friends plants Jesse in Sean's orbit. But how well can a love triangle between a dead man, his grieving lover, and the one with his heart beating in his chest possibly turn out? Real feelings and pure intentions might not be enough.

A Bittersweet Dreams title: It's an unfortunate truth: love doesn't always conquer all. Regardless of its strength, sometimes fate intervenes, tragedy strikes, or forces conspire against it. These stories of romance do not offer a traditional happy ending, but the strong and enduring love will still touch your heart and maybe move you to tears.

Book Review by Ana (reviewer)
Sep 16, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
149 people found the following review helpful
This was a story with a lot of emotions, it was truly a heartbreaking book and yet with such beautiful moments.

Sean and Nathan have known each other since childhood and their friendship begin to grow into a beautiful love story. But tragedy strikes their life and Sean, now alone, has to learn how to cope with loss. Jesse has lived all his life with a heart defect, and Nathan's death has given him a new opportunity to live. When Sean met Jesse, he wasn't expecting to care much for him, but Jesse's good heart soon begin to gain a spot into Sean's mind. Will this new relationship be enough to heal a grieving heart?

From the summary it's easy to see this is not a typical love story, I was intrigued to see how this sort of relationship would work. I wasn't too convinced by it at the beginning because it felt like the story was being told with such a fast pace that I wasn't able to feel anything for any of the characters, but it had some moments when it slows down and strong emotions start to make their way into the heart of the reader.

The things I like the most were the ability to transmit emotions, especially the grieving moments were amazing. It was so easy to get in touch with the character's feelings. I also like how realistic some moments were; the author does a nice job of not trying to force some aspects of the relationship.

What I didn't like was that it felt too rushed at some points and also that in Jesse's case, it was very hard to know him. I felt like he was a little underdeveloped and could have been such an amazing character. It was different for Sean; he was easy to know and to feel empathy for him.

As the summary said, this book doesn't have a traditional happy ending, but I was pleased by how it went. It felt like a realistic ending and I appreciate it but I'm aware not all readers might feel the same.
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