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When Dawn Breaks

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  374 ratings  ·  135 reviews
Life is hard. There’s no secret in that statement.
Life. Is. Hard.
Simple enough.

But my life hasn’t just been hard…

I’ve gotten used to it over the years—come to expect it really. So when fate hands me yet another big f*ck you, I’m not even a little bit surprised.

Why should I be? I mean, after everything I’ve been through, why not throw my best friend’s ex-boyfriend into t
Paperback, 400 pages
Published November 10th 2017 by Daft Empire
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Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
4 ★'s

This is Anthony (Ant) and Bree's story and they are friends of Sebastian and Tess from Where The Night Ends. I don't think it's necessary to read their story before you read this one although it's always a good idea so you understand everything.

Ant and Bree were friends in high school but life wasn't kind to Bree and she ends up moving to California and making a life for herself.

Then Sebastian shows up and when Tess wants to contact him, Bree takes her over to his house where she's surpr
Mali Mor ❤️ The Romantic Blogger
DNF 60%
To be honest, the story had potential - but it wasn't interesting enough
Dri ✰
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
2,5 stars!
Simply Love Book Reviews
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it

Bree has always been surrounded by darkness; learning to hide things is second nature to her. After surviving a horrid childhood and seeing her life go astray, Bree moves states away to start over. Her life is now very focused on her son and schooling until Ant visits. One look at Ant and her life starts to get a bit rocky. Now she’s in the tough spot of choosing between her best friend and potential love of her life.

Ant has never felt feelings like he has for Bree, he wants to be with her, has
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it

I seriously love Melissa Toppen’s books. I know that when I pick up a book by her, I’m in for a good story. Add to it that this is a friends-to-lovers story, and it was sure to be a hit!

I was a little surprised that Bree and Anthony (aka Ant) were going to get a book together. I didn’t really see that coming (and honestly, I avoid spoilers so I just knew there was going to be a book, not who it was about)…but as soon as I started this book, I was totally on board with this pairing.

I loved seei
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
~Lynzi, ☆☆☆☆☆ stars

Oh my word. Such an emotional ride. This one had a knot in my throat for pretty much most of it. This book was such a sticky one. But oh man was it good. I didn’t expect anything less from Melissa Toppen. Her books are so flipping good. Her characters are strong. Her plots are emotional and gut wrenching. And even though she takes your heart and sometimes stomps on them, she still seems to make you smile and laugh a little. When a book can affect me in such a way, like hers do
Julie Gustafson-Monk
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-reads
When Dawn Breaks is hands down one of the best books Melissa has ever written. This is a standalone!! I absolutely love Melissa's books but this one trumps them all. Beautifully written!!!!

I fell in love with Ant. He is so broken by his past. I loved watching him come out of his shell. And Bree is hands down my favorite character.

Very well written. So well that I couldn't put it down. I thought about this book even when I wasn't reading it.
The Book Junkie Reads . . .
One fantastic read filled with highs and lows, but most of all a real story of life and how it hands you lemons and you must make the choice on what to make of it all. Ant and Bree are from the same high school, the same type of background, the same pain, heartache, abuse. There were so many things that told me to stop reading but at the same time it was a release of sorts. There was so much here that turned my heart strings tight, almost to snapping.

Bree’s life went left of center a long time
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow. Didn't expect to really enjoy this one but I did. Bree finds herself falling in love with her best friend's ex-boyfriend. The whole group has been tight since high school so it is no shocker but Bree has a hard time going against girl code.

I was prepared to hate Bree but her story broke my heart. She and Ant deserved one another. It is like two broken souls becoming one. Nothing happened over night. It is designed to fall into place so perfectly that by the end, I was a teary mess. I loved
Heaven Scheuring
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017, arc
When Dawn Breaks takes you through a powerful and emotion story of Ant and Bree.
This was my first Melissa Toppen book and she has me... hook, line and sinker!
I loved the depth to this book! The background of both of the characters is so heartbreaking, but I think it makes their relationship so much stronger because of that.
I found myself tearing up at their moving journey to love.
Excellent read!

5 Passionate Stars!
Rose David
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When Dawn Breaks is a standalone set in the same world as Where the Night Ends. Where you don't have to read Where the Night Ends first, I'd still recommend to (and not just because it's an amazing book).

Mild spoilers for both When Dawn Breaks and Where the Night Ends to follow...
Bree is a single mother of an amazing little guy, Jackson. And When Dawn Breaks picks up with Bree and her best friend, Tess, right where Where the Night Ends. Tess is trying to right her life and Bree is her supporting
Raveen Vann
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This was definitely one of the best from this author that I have read. Its Bree and Anthony (Ants) story. It was definitely a very intense, emotional, heart felt and heart breaking story between these two. He has been in love with her since high school but kept it quiet, she's also always had a crush on him. At the time though he was with one of her best friends and let it go but developed a very close friendship. Even after 5 years they still have the same feelings but knows it wrong on so ...more
Mónica Hdz
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I just finished my ARC of When Dawn Breaks😍,I love it !!, the story of Bree and Anthony is written in a way that you can not stop reading it until you finish it.
I recommend them extensively, 100%, five stars rating no doubt.
Congratulations Melissa Toppen for this without a doubt is and will be a great success

Lisa Marie Barrera
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
WOW!! STUNNING BEAUTIFUL!! Melissa Toppen Did it Again!!! When Dawn Breaks is a Must READ BOOK & will leave you Speechless!! Anthony aka Ant & Bree story is So Beautifully Broken but has All The FEELS you did Not See Coming! Especially where Their Backstories come to Play in their Lives and they did not even Realized that they have So Much in Common. Bree Kingsley has her Best Friends Tess & Courtney to Bring her Light since she has so much Darkness in her Past. Then One Afternoon, Anthony comes ...more
Sassy Southern
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh Melissa. How you break my heart and slowly piece it together again slowly every time. I’ve been waiting for Bree’s story, since we saw her as Tess’ best friend. It was so worth the wait! My goodness, she’s the girl everyone wants to be best friends with because of her independence and resilience. She’s the definition of a wonderful mom-and we are so hoping for her happy ending. Ant is so dreamy, so it only fits that we’re hoping Bree’s happy ending is with him. The only thing is, Ant is compl ...more
Pelusa Rivera
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Received an ARC at no cost to the author on behalf of Enticement Journey Book Promotions. Can I just say wow!! I have never read this author before, but this is definitely not my last book from her, I already have plans to read "Where the night ends" just to familiarize myself with the characters more. This was an emotional book, and the level of writing from this author blew me away. She was able to make me feel so much, that is someone that knows what they are doing. Bravo Melissa! This was a ...more
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-review
copy received for honest review
I can honestly say this was a story filled with past tragedies, hurts and betrayals. Bree and Anthony were high school friends. they each lived a family life filled with horror. They wore masks everyday to keep the lies going. Anthony was dating Bree's best friend,Courtney. Bree is in an abusive relationship that results in a teen pregnancy. forward 5 years later and the friends reconnect. The attraction is mutual but they try to deny it. Past hurts and relationshi
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love a good second chance romance, but this was not just good, it was GREAT!!

I loved following along with Bree and Anthony. These two both had a rough childhood for very different reasons, but the pasts that once defined them would bring them together. Mending their broken pasts becomes the glue that will hold them together.

Things are not so easy as you will find out. Your heart will go through the ringer.
Childhood trauma, betrayal, and angst will keep those pages flipping in this emotional a
Anita Shofner
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Melissa Toppen has become a pro at torturing the reader with angst. The chemistry is off the charts between the H and h. Both are sweet and so in love but afraid of hurting someone they both care about. Trying to find a way around that pain turns out to be a rough ride.

These characters quickly become a part of the family and your emotions are all over the place for all of them. I actually refused to speak to Melissa Toppen for a chapter or three.

This book is sweet, sexy, angsty and a must read
Kim Shofner
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bree broke the Bro Code! Never date your best friends ex. But seriously these two people needed each other. I feel like they pieced each other back together after everything they’ve been through. Each of them wore masks to cover up who they really are. What will happen when they let their walls down. They both fight the attraction because… yeah. He’s her best friends ex. This book emotional highs and lows. Melissa Toppen definitely knows how to write a good story.
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I always look forward to reading more of this author's work. She always comes up with an interesting and unique plot. Bree intrigued me in Where the Night Ends. I was excited to find out she would get her own story.

Bree didn't have a good home life. She pretends all is well when really she has been hurt. She made her own family with her best friends, Tess and Courtney. She comes face to face with her past when she runs into Anthony, her best friend's ex. It's been five years since she last seen
Sarah Scholz
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Such a great story! I absolutely loved it 💜 This is the second book in a standalone series by Melissa. I read the first book, "Where The Night Ends" and loved it too (See my review for more ☺️). So, I had high hopes for this book. It did not disappoint ❤️ "When Dawn Breaks" is such a beautiful story of survival and second chances 💜 It had elements of it that are heart-breaking 😢 It has amazing aspects too ❤️ Bree is a strong, beautiful soul that deserves a second chance at happiness/love. S ...more
G. K. Malathi
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful emotional rollercoaster that proves that Broken is Beautiful too.
Warning: Too much of tears guaranteed including happy ones.
Crystal Wilke
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When  Dawn Breaks is the first book I have read by Melissa. If I could give this book more than 5 stars then I would. When Dawn Breaks can definitely be read as a standalone but I want to know more of Tess & Sebastian, so I plan on reading their story and I hope Courtney gets a book.

So much raw emotions. This book is not for the faint of heart. Do take the warning seriously. I have worked in a children's home and I have heard the stories. Melissa did a wonderful job on Bree's character. Anthony
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“He pulled me from the shadows and gave me the strength to face the dawn as me, scars and all.”
This book is not only one of romance and finding love when a person feels like they are unworthy of ever receiving it unconditionally, but it is also one about friendships and weathering whatever obstacles come between the truest of friends. I found this book very relatable on multiple levels. The kind where you laugh with the characters, and cry with them too. It was well written and flowed so well t
May 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Christie72 (Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews)
I’m truly at a loss of words…yes, When Dawn Breaks by Melissa Toppen was that good! There were times my heart was broken, and then she deftly put it back together again. I’m AMAZED!

Love…it’s all that really matters at the end of the day. The people you love and the ones who love you. That’s what life is about.”

Unfortunately, Bree has never really known what love really means until the birth of her son Jack when she was just 17. Now, Jack is 5, and she has worked hard to be the mother to Jack th
Bobbi Wagner
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
When Dawn Breaks by Melissa Toppen is a contemporary romance story. This story does have some sexual and physical abuse situations that could be triggers for some. This story can be read as a stand alone but I highly suggest you read the first book as well it will help with some of the background for the story. We also get to see some of the characters from the first book which I love when an author does that. I love see what happens to characters after their story ends. This story will take you ...more
Laura Furuta
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Dawn Breaks
By: Melissa Toppen
5 out of 5 stars

The story When Dawn Breaks by Melissa Toppen is a new adult/contemporary romance book. This is an amazing and wonderful story that I loved reading. It is a story that touched my heart and had my emotions going up and own all the time. There are parts of this story that made me laughing and others that had me misty-eyed. There are parts that had me upset with how the main characters had been treated in the past. Then there are wonderful moments wh
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When Dawn Breaks by Melissa Toppen

5 Stars

I don't even know if I'll be able to find the words to explain how much I love this authors writing. This is my second book by Miss Toppen and I'm a mess after reading it….When I read Where The Night Ends about a month or so ago I remember thinking that it was probably my favorite book of the year. Well I still feel that way but now I must say it was ONE of my favorite books of the year because this one shattered me.

We met Tess in Where The Night Ends, an
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Melissa Toppen is a USA Today Bestselling Author who specializes in New Adult and Contemporary Romance. She is a lover of books and enjoys nothing more than losing herself in a good novel. She has a soft spot for Romance and focuses her writing in that direction; writing what she loves to read.
Melissa resides in Cincinnati Ohio with her husband and two children, where she writes full time.


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