Stolen Dreams

Sue Brown
Stolen Dreams
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Silver Publishing
Release Date
March 2012
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

In a moment of madness, Morgan cheated on his best friend and lover, and Shae walked out without looking back. Five years on, and Morgan has a new life. He is engaged to a tempestuous and passionate Hollywood actor, Jase, and his career as an assistant movie director is thriving.

The last thing Morgan expects is for Shae to walk back into his life. It is clear from the start that he is still deeply attracted to Shae, and that feeling is returned. What is also obvious is that everyone else can see it, including his fiancé.

As Morgan and Shae get to know each other again, they discover the extent that friends meddled in their lives to keep them apart five years previously. Morgan finds that he cannot deny the fact he is still in love with Shae, but he is engaged, and Shae has secrets that he is not prepared to share. Morgan has some hard decisions to make as he struggles not to hurt the men that he cares about.

Book Review by Valentina Heart (author,reviewer)
May 26, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
134 people found the following review helpful
Not a lot of books can come close to the phrase ‘With friends like these, who needs enemies?' as much as this book did. While an already familiar, rich writing style did a lot to lift this book, I just had no love in me for any of the characters and my rating reflects the combination of appreciation and dislike.

Morgan is a man who seems to have his life in order. His career is thriving, his coffee shop – a security on the side – is well liked and he has a famous fiancé. It almost looks like it couldn't get better. Then his best friend and ex-lover Shae comes back into the picture, and the past where Morgan cheated and Shae just gave up comes back to smack them in the face.

I didn't really like either of the guys but if I had to choose I'm leaning more toward Morgan. Cheating is a big deal, but for two people who love each other as much the two MCs do, it's not something you just run away from. Shae on the other hand made some choices and ignored some events to the point where I couldn't see him as a nice person at all. But essentially neither of them grew on me, and next to their disturbed friends there wasn't much for me to like in this story.

The basic concept was something I could have really enjoyed and contemporary will always be my first love, but I expect a lot from the characters and solving all of their problems with sex certainly isn't it. A lot of the issues, especially when it came to the MC's lying and backstabbing friends, were never solved and I just couldn't wrap my mind around the attitudes and actions of their families. It seemed as if every single character in this story was a two faced liar and most of them considered that to be perfectly normal.

I truly do like Sue Brown's writing and that was definitely the high point of this experience, but when after reading a book where I get the message that it's acceptable to go through life lying, cheating and not facing any consequences for it, I can't help it but draw a line. This book is well written and it does have all the elements a great book should have, but for me it was something I could have gone without.

Disclaimer: The reviewer is also a published author with Silver Publishing
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