Book: The Violet Widow?
Series: The Shattered Heart Series? #1
Author: K E Osborn
Hosted by:Francessca’s Romance Reviews
What would you do if the life you lived, the life you loved, was ripped from you tragically? How could life possibly go on? The only way to function and to continue living is to become
When life breaks you the only thing you can do is fight back. But at what cost? If you become someone else, the polar opposite to everything you stand for, does becoming The Violet Widow make anything better? Or will it make everything a hundred times worse?
Finding love is something The Violet Widow never thought possible, but when an unknown man shows up on the five-year anniversary of her life changing, how can she resist the handsome stranger?
Her walls are up. She is guarded.
So how can one possibly love again after losing so much?
The answer is simple - choose to live!
What path will she take? The path to fade into the darkness, or the path to live?
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The bartender brings me another Cosmo and I pay him with a fifty. He brings my change back and I leave it on the bar. I’ll just have to get it out for my next few drinks again anyway. I start to sip on my cocktail as Danny’s face flashes through my mind. I wince, sigh and close my eyes tight to try to rid myself of the image. The music in here is nice, soothing, gentle, soft music, not too loud, and nothing like the stupid music they play in bars these days. That’s why I like it here. It’s a place to come and unwind from the stressors of life. And people tend to leave you alone as they’re all too busy drowning in their own sorrows. I lean my head up against the bar on my forearms and just breathe. It’s getting late and I should probably head home, but I’ll have one more drink before I catch a cab.
“Looks like you’ve had a rough day,” a man says making me look up.
He is ruggedly handsome, wearing dark jeans, a black shirt, and a leather jacket. He looks a lot like a bad boy and maybe that’s what I need right now. I cock my head to the side and raise an eyebrow as I look at him. His face is half in the shadows so I can’t see his eyes.
“More like a rough five years,” I reply and he nods his head and half-laughs.
“Well, in that case, can I buy you another drink?” he asks leaning in a little closer to me. I can smell his aftershave, and it instantly makes me want him closer. It’s strange, I work with men all day and smell their aftershave, but never has it had this effect on me. I look up at him and he leans in closer out of the shadows and I look into his eyes. Mine open wide as I gaze at the beauty of them. I shake my head slightly while I stare into his gorgeous mesmerizing eyes focusing on the differing colours.
“See something you like?” he asks cockily with a smirk.
I huff, cross my legs and fold my arms over my chest.
“Someone has tickets on himself. No, I was looking at your eyes. I’ve never seen anything like them before, it’s fascinating. Are they contact lenses?” I ask as he pulls up a stool beside me and chuckles.
“The ladies always love my eyes. No, it’s not contacts, just something I’ve had since birth, it’s rare but not impossible. One green eye and one blue isn’t really that weird now is it?” he asks with a smile that lights up the dimly lit room.
I shift in my seat. He really is ridiculously good looking. It’s unnerving.
“Dunno, to me it kind of makes you a bit of a freak,” I reply and he smiles and nods.
“Yeah, I guess it does, but we all have a little freak in us somewhere?” he states and I raise my eyebrows at him.
“Ain’t that the truth,” I declare and take a sip of my Cosmo.
KE Osborn really knows how to get your emotions going, ripping out your heart and wondering how the characters life can turn around.. and that's just the prologue. When were first introduced to Violet, she has experienced something no one should ever have to. In one night, everything she knows and loves is gone. Her life shattered. How can she move on when she has lost so much?
"My racing heart stops beating with a thud and my mouth drops open wide. I shake my head slightly, hoping I haven't heard correctly."
It is five years later, out in a bar drowning her sorrows that she meets Rock. He's handsome, kind yet has a touch of bad boy charisma, Violet can't help but be drawn to him. There's something different about him that has her wondering if she can let any one else in. After what she's been through in the last five years, she doesn't deserve happiness in her eyes. How could this man want her if he knew the truth of how low she got?
These two really hit it off, and with a bit of persistence, Rock aims to break down Violets walls. He wants to know the woman underneath. But what is she hiding? Why won't she answer his questions? Rock was a great character and I really couldn't fault him. I loved how he knew what he wanted and was willing to work for him and Violet. He needs to help her overcome her fears and embrace the love he knows that they could have. But just how far do some wounds run deep? Are some things better left unsaid?
For me, this is one of KE Osborns best books to date. She gets the emotions and tragedy of this book just right, so that you feel everything and really connect with the characters. You suspect you knows whats going on or what will happen, and when everything comes to light, you're left wondering how on earth they're going to get past this new obstacle. It was so nice to watch how both characters grew throughout the book. Each twist leaves you anxious for more and left me eagerly awaiting the next book.
A heartbreaking story about loss and heartache, but the willingness to embrace your fears and move on towards a new future. A truly brilliant read and cannot wait to see how Rock and Violets story continues. Can Rock see past the secrets that Violet holds? Or will it destroy them both? I NEED the next one!
About the Author
Australian author K E Osborn was born and raised in Adelaide, South Australia. Having worked in the optical industry for some time, K E Osborn decided it was time to leave the optical world behind and start on something new. With a background in graphic design and a flair for all things creative, she tried her hand at writing.
K E Osborn hid the fact that she was writing from her family, as she believed her first story was simply something she had to get on paper first and then judge if it was good enough for others to read. It wasn’t until her mother found a printed version of the manuscript that her secret came out. She was a writer, and she loved it. Writing gives her life purpose. It makes her feel, laugh, cry, and get completely enveloped with the characters and their story lines. She feels at home when writing.
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