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Splintered Dreams: Dare To Love Series is a contemporary romance novel written by Diana Lynn. While it had been only seven months since her husband of thirty years had died of a heart attack, Crisa was not the grief-stricken woman many might have thought her to be. Alan Brant had been fifteen years older than she, and he had engaged in a series of affairs that left her feeling like their marriage was little more than a secure convenience. Now that he was gone, she had tried indulging in some casual affairs herself, but was finding the exercise to be tedious at best. Her fourth one seemed no better than the others, and she found herself waiting for the moment when he would excuse himself and leave. Meaningless sex just wasn’t doing it for her, not at all.
Slade was an attorney where Crisa worked. They had become office friends of a sort over the last sixteen months since she had begun working there. Banter over coffee and pastries came easily, but they never saw each other as more than that. Slade had worked for Harrison & Crowe for over two decades now, and he had never married. His last disastrous attempt at dating had led to his date’s discussing marriage plans after the second date. He should have known better than to continue after that. Rebecca still called, months later, her messages cluttering his office and home phones. Crisa didn’t seem at all like Rebecca, but Slade would never have thought of asking her out but for one of those alarming phone messages that morning. Both Slade and Crisa felt awkward about having dinner together that night, but somehow that first date was more fun than either of them could have imagined.
Diana Lynn’s contemporary romance novel, Splintered Dreams: Dare To Love Series, charts the office romance of Slade and Crisa, one a long-time bachelor, the other a widow whose decades-long marriage had been relatively loveless. This second chance romance has a freshness and sparkle to it. Lynn’s characters seem rejuvenated and so actively in the present as their friendship blossoms into a sweet romance. Splintered Dreams is well written and hard to put down, making the reader feel invested in the outcome of Crisa and Slade’s romance. Splintered Dreams: Dare To Love Series is most highly recommended.