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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Broken Heart Apartments by Derek Vaughn is a short story of two weird couples with an impossible love story, but one that is hugely entertaining. Seth is a very jealous lover whose girlfriend breaks up with him in unusual circumstances. He is the epitome of desperation and feels the ache of unrequited love. And while he pines away in his apartment, there is hot action taking place next door and he can hear the orgasmic moans of Miranda and her lover, or is it the human-sized doll with a dildo, an imitation of the man who loves? Miranda has been messed up by men in the past and she has created a powerful wall to keep every man away. But her encounter with Le'Nard, the Waterman, could change everything. Will she have enough courage to open her heart and begin to learn to trust again?
There are few characters in this story, including a life-size sex doll dressed as Le’nard. The language is beautiful, colorful, and vividly descriptive. The dialogue is entertaining and it focuses on character development. I loved the humor, powerfully conveyed through dialogue. For instance, after a moment of intense sex, Miranda asks Le’Nard to leave her apartment. He comes back because the place is on fire and he fears for her, but he finds her with a sex doll dressed to look like him. It is funny when they argue on which Le’Nard she’d want to keep. It is even funnier to hear his lament: “I never had anyone like me so much that they dressed up a doll to look like me, but threw me out when they had the real thing.”
Broken Heart Apartments is a book that explores the dark side of passion, the insanity of love, and the transforming power of friendship. This is not a book for the conservative. Derek Vaughn has done a brilliant job in writing a compelling story, a quick read for anyone who is looking for something sexually stimulating and entertaining.