Summary from Goodreads
What’s really worth fighting for, when one second is all you have left?
Norman Smithson is at the end of the line. His wife left him, women don’t look at him, he was made redundant, and at forty, he could be just that little bit slimmer. He would be a has-been if he’d ever been a ‘was’ in the first place. He’s not the Alpha male of the 21st century – or of any century. He was the chubby oddball who used to sit silently at the back of the class so he wouldn’t get picked on.
Rosa is a dreadlocked, tattooed and pierced twenty-something, who uses her image as armour to keep everyone away from every broken thing about her. But her past is about to catch up with her … at the exact moment Norman finds himself in completely the wrong place, at the worst possible time.
One gunshot, one scramble for life, one unlikely couple, one very long night … can one damaged woman and one ordinary man, find the extraordinary in the very last second they’re given?
Broken Lights is a standalone story of what’s really worth fighting for, when one second is all you have left.
NOTES: This is a novella at just under 40,000 words, packed with emotion and heat. Contains strong language. Written in British English.
Paperback, First, 158 pages
Published December 17th 2014 by Satin Smoke Press
Gosh, I’m always blown away with Dianna Hardy’s unique way with words. She has gone and proved yet again just what a truly talented writer she is. Broken Lights was a super quick read but within those pages told a story so rough and real it made it all the more beautiful.
This story got me thinking a lot about how opposites attract, how everyone out there has someone and anyone…anyone has the ability to be someone’s hero. It doesn’t matter that you aren’t typically tough or think that you don’t have much to offer, someone out there will think that what you have is most unique and love you for it. It’s finding that one person that can be the tricky- this story is about finding that person in a great time of need and falling head over heels in love while the world is falling in around them.
Our two main characters Norman and Rosa are quite different- Norman a straight laced average guy who has had his heart broken and Rosa, a free spirit who is caged by circumstance. The pair are thrown together by a twist of fate that sees Norman stand up for Rosa and have to deal with the deadly fallout. I quite simply adored watching the pair discover each other and seeing them fall was a beautiful thing indeed.
The story itself was a quite simple one, two people crushed by their past finding comfort in each others arms. But within the story were lots of little beads of complexity that made things all the more intriguing. I found Rosa particularly interesting and always wanted to discover more.
The ending was perfect!
Broken Lights is a story that will stick with me for a very long time to come. It’s written in such a wonderful way and as I’ve come to expect with a Hardy book the characters bounce right off the page. I just wanted more of these characters and the book finished all too quickly for my liking! I just can’t wait for my next Hardy fix!!
*Special thanks to Dianna for the review copy*