Friday, June 20, 2014

Broken Embrace by Dana Mason - Blog Tour Book Review


The Past…
As childhood sweethearts, Brian and Melissa's plans were simple: finish school, get married, and live happily ever after. Unfortunately, life didn’t go as planned. Melissa went away to college, and Brian married her best friend.

The Present…
Seventeen years have passed and Brian's stable family life has come crashing down around him. His wife’s a cheater, his teenage daughter is hiding things from him and Melissa is back in town to remind him of what he lost all those years ago.
Melissa's returned home, ready to forgive and focus on her future, but that all changes the day she gets a desperate phone call from Brian’s daughter, Erin. Thrown back into Brian’s tumultuous life, Melissa struggles to move beyond the pain of his broken promise.

The Future…
While working together to save Erin from the evil web she’s caught in, Melissa and Brian fight to fix the past or face losing each other all over again.



                                FIVE STARS

Broken Embrace, book three of the Embrace Series, held my attention from the first page. It follows characters from book two, Brian and Melissa, on their journey for a second chance at love, weaving suspense, romance and betrayal into their journey.

Brian and Melissa wore promise rings sealing their love in high school. Melissa leaves for college and shortly after that hears from her twin sister Ali that Brian has married one of her best friends Julie. Devastated and with no explanation from Brian, Melissa spends the next 17 years away from her family trying to recover.

Melissa finally trusts her heart to another man, Chase, and moves home to be with her twin sister in a time of turmoil. At home again she reunites with her old high school friends Julie and Brian. Melissa vows to mend the damaged relationship with Julie and get to know her children Cody and Erin, but she keeps her distance from the one love of her life who broke her heart, Brian.

Then the roller-coaster ride begins. Brian finds his world turned upside down by the betrayal of his wife and the dangerous secrets kept by his daughter Erin.

Melissa is brought into the family chaos by Erin who turns to her instead of her dad for help when her reputation and her family are threatened. Melissa steps forward to help Brian regain his balance and rebuild his life with his two children at the potential cost of damaging her own relationship with her fiancé.

Melissa realizes she wants to be a part of this shattered family but doesn’t know if she trust Brian to keep her heart safe a second time. 

Dana Mason takes us on a turbulent ride with this love story complete with suspense, broken promises, deceit, and forgiveness. Her fast paced writing kept me turning the pages well past my bedtime. I appreciate Dana's ability to show each character making choices that impacted the outcome of the story and ultimately helped them heal and grow. Hard lessons are learned through some pretty violent situations affecting all the characters. A must read, along with the first two books of the series Dangerous Embrace and Precious Embrace.

Will there be a book #4? How about Matty and Erin? I hope so!!


Dana Mason is happily settled in a small valley amongst the California grapevines with her husband and three children. Author of the romantic suspense, Embrace Series, she's written about a group of friends from Northern California who learn just how short life can be when you don't hold on to what's important. Second chances don't come easy...but sometimes love is worth the risk.

When not writing, Dana specializes in professional development and training. She's also a board member on the local Art's Council and does what she can to support the art community.

Dana Mason Media Links:

Dangerous Embrace (Book #1)

Precious Embrace (Book #2)

Broken Embrace (Book #3)


  1. This definitely goes on my TO READ list!! Thank you, Linda, for the tip.

  2. Thank you so much for joining the tour, Linda, and for the awesome review!