Meet Henry Daniels, aka Liam. He is a product of ‘the program’ from England sent to the USA as an operative. He manages a blood bank in New York City and has an unlimited spending account. Meet Elaina Cooper. She is from New York and cannot keep a job due to her sarcasm. They meet, fall in love, and plan to marry. While he knows everything about her, Henry keeps his past and original mission secret from Elaina.
On their wedding day everything falls apart as a virus breaks out turning those infected into vampire-like zombies or undead. Henry’s training kicks in and he does his best to keep Elaina and a small group of other survivors alive. His actions bring up a number of questions, the answers to which could destroy their relationship.
Blakeley’s first book in the Shattered Lives series, Broken Dreams, is a combination of post-apocalyptic and paranormal fantasy. It’s rather lengthy at over 600 pages and contains strong adult language, multiple sex scenes, and graphic violence.
The main characters are well developed as are some of the supporting characters. The first part of the book starts off rather well. After the virus outbreak the story becomes repetitive – fights within the survivor group, sex, fighting the undead, and repeat. There were several chapters that added nothing to this book and could have easily been cutout, unless they are germane to the novels that follow. 3 out of 5 stars.
I received this book for free from the author for review consideration. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.