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Broken Beats - An Illusion Series Novel

4.55  ·  Rating details ·  73 ratings  ·  57 reviews

Single father
Three things I never thought I’d be by thirty, yet all my daily reality.
This is not the life I would have chosen, but it’s the hand I’ve been dealt.
I love my daughter.
I loved Belle.
I’m not interested in more heartache.
Relationships are a thing of the past.
Until I meet her -
She’s the awakening I desperately need, but one I’m not sur
Published May 14th 2019
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Danielle ❤️ Pretty Mess Reading ❤️
*****5 STARS*****

I have been waiting for Darren's story since book 3, Just an Illusion - EP . I can't wait to share my thoughts with you guys!

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This is one story I've been anticipating since Just an Illusion EP and yet was afraid to read because I knew it would gut me and bring me to my knees. From the first page I was drawn in to the story and chapter after chapter I was consumed and held captive by one helluva emotional ride that I couldn't put it down. Darren is the gorgeous drummer from Bastards and Dangerous, single father to Cadence and a man trying to survive the heartache of losing the love of his life until he meets the one wom ...more
Heather❀Book and a Blanket❀

Oh my gawwd! Darren! I love this man so much! He was such an amzing hero! Hopelessly romantic, completely swoon worthy, sexy AH and he was the absolute best father too! And yes when this rockstar god fell in love with Haddie who is a plus size heroine, I fell in love with him even more.

Years ago, Darren lost the love of his life in an accident. He is now a single father and he has had lots of hook ups but he has never found a connection wit
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was able to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

WOW!! I don't know how you do it D.Kelly but once again you have written a masterpiece. From the very first pages right till the last you bring about such a realistic group of characters that you can't help thinking of them as real... it's like getting an update from friends that are across the world writing you about changes and developments in their life. It's an amazing skill and I hope you continue to use your
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loss and moving on…

Darren and Haddie knew how life could change in an instant. They had a lot in common. Both suffered huge loss and struggled to find happiness. Enough time had passed that they realized they were lonely. Starved for intimacy and that sense of belonging they had known so briefly. Their meeting may have been random but fate may have had a hand…

This series has been all about family and the tight bonds grown through love and life. I’ve cried more times from reading these emotional
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely Amazing!!

I have loved the BAD guys from that very first book and this book is just added to that list. Sure I’ve read a lot of good books but this stands out because of the emotions this author can pull from me. I hate to cry but this book had me doing it all over again. Darren’s story is heartbreaking after losing the love of his life and having to try to keep going to be the best he could for his daughter Cadence. Time has passed and Darren is just plain lonely …and afraid to give h
D. Kelly
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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B. C. Booklover
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've previously read and loved the 1st three books in D. Kelly's emotional Illusion series but even so, I feel like I really didn't know enough about Darren at all.

Of course, he is a great guy, solid friend, amazing drummer and loved Belle with his whole heart but now, as I hoped he would be, Darren has turned out to be a sweet, amazing dad to the most precious gift Belle left behind, their daughter, Cadance.

On an anniversary that brings Darren to his knees, he makes one gigantic mistake that
Bel McQuillan
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Words cannot express fully how truly prolific Darren’s Story is ♥ I couldn’t even get through the prologue without tissues on hand Dee Kelly has definitely delivered another 5 star read with the story about the drummer of Bastards and Dangerous.

I remember sending a friend a msg saying I’m reading Broken Beats 😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢 her response was is it really sad? Wiping my tears from my face I responded yes, but in the happiest of ways.

Broken Beats is about a man’s journey back from the desolation of a bro
Eileen Robinson
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-reads
Hot Sexy Drummer, Single Dad, and a man struggling to survive the loss of Belle, his soulmate and love of his life.
Life has changed for the whole band after the coach wreck, they have lost people and family they love and their children have lost a parent. How do you move on, how do you still breath and find happiness? Darren's whole world is his little daughter Cadence, he's surviving, just about, when he meets a gorgeous curvacious woman at his brother's bar. Can he begin to date again? Put hi
Sharilyn Dickerson
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful Story!

Broken Beats is an amazingly beautiful story of finding love again after a tremendous loss.

I have loved each and every one of the books in this series (even when they absolutely gutted me) and am dreading the day it all ends. These characters are so authentic and you just wish you could jump into their life with them.

I have been patiently waiting for Darren's story so he could finally have his "happily ever after" and this book did NOT disappoint! Haddie is an amazing character
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Broken Beats by D. Kelly is book five in her Illusion Series and a spin-off to the series. Broken Beats can be read as a standalone. For best reading experience I recommend to read the books in order.
Darren Miller is the bassist from Bastards and Dangerous. He's retired after the horrible accident that cost his best friends and his wifes' lives. He's a single dad to Cadency and while the band is his family, he still grieves Belle's dead and can't move on.
Haddie is a 30 year old child psychologis
Kathy Aronoff
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Marina Skinner
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The sign of a good book is where it brings out your emotions, making you feel like the characters, this story has blown others out of the water!
This incredibly heartfelt story is at the top of my list this year due to the intense emotions I felt whilst reading.
Darrens story is a rather Broken one, any wonder with all he has been through!
Then he meets Haddie, her heart of gold, caring nature, it definitely feels like these two were fated to meet??!!
Despite what they have dealt with in the past t
Patricia Rohrs (words we love by blog)
Broken, scared, sad and lost! Darren doesn’t know what to do to be the man he should be, the father he needs to be! He takes it day by day and just prays he doesn’t keep messing up! He’s existing but not truly living! Haddie is trying to piece her life together and figure out the next step to start the healing process. She find herself face to face with a man who understands her pain!

Darren and Haddie Met when they needed each other the most! It’s not easy to face the harsh reality of life but
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 completely wonderful stars for this latest book in the Illusion series. It is beautifully and thoughtfully written, bringing love, life, loss, grief and hope into play via a cast of well drawn, fabulous characters. My heart was, in turns, wrung, soothed and delighted by the whole story.
I found myself totally invested in the possibilities of healing love and laughter between Darren and Haddie. They both deserve happiness from life after their past experiences. Cadence and Nate are a joy, as is
Reading with 2 book lovers
This is Darren story and boy of boy have I waited for this one. This was a great story, j devoured this in a few hours I couldn't put it down.
☆Tweety ☆
Note: You can read this book as a standalone, but I advise you to read the whole "Just An Illusion" series before you delve into this one, because you'll have a clearer vision of things happening here.

Ever since the events of Just an Illusion - EP, I've been curious as to what would happen to Darren. Somehow, I thought he would end up alone with his daughter Cadence and would hook up with random people for the rest of his life, but then D. Kelly surprised me saying that a book about him would ev
Stephannie Tolitsky- Swoonworthybooks/EnticingJourney

Author: D. Kelly

Series: Illusion Series World

Release Date: May 14, 2019

About the Book

Darren –

Single father



Three things I never thought I’d be by thirty, yet all my daily reality.

This is not the life I would have chosen, but it’s the hand I’ve been dealt.

I love my daughter.

I loved Belle.

I’m not interested in more heartache.

Relationships are a thing of the past.

Until I meet her -

She’s the awakening I desperately need, but one I’m not sure I deserve.

Haddie –

Stefanie Kral
✯✯5 Healing Stars!!!✯✯

Whoah!!!! Where in the world do I begin with this review?!?!?! I’ve been waiting for Darren’s story since the beginning of Just An Illusion . All through Mel and Sawyer’s POV I’d been biting my nails to get to Darren. I fully admit the wait was worth it.

Being the drummer for the band Bastards and Dangerous Darren never had to work hard for a girl. When Mel and Belle walked into him and his brothers lives Darren’s life was never going to be the same.

His connection wit
Broken Beats is a spin-off from the Illusion Series and while you will see secondary characters from this story this book can be read as a standalone. This is the first book that I have read by this author and in this series and I felt like I was part of the family already. Haha. This story will gut you and bring you to your knees a few times. The laughter and joy help to offset those emotions though.
Darren, the drummer from Bastards and Dangerous was on top of the world until it all came crash
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A heart wrenching story of two souls who are brought together through fate. No one but D.Kelly can weave such a beautiful heartwarming story. After the Illusion Series I thought nothing could be as soul touching until I read Darren and Haddie’s story. Darren a sexy, tattooed, drummer with the legendary rock bad BAD has been in a rut since the death of his fiancé six years ago. Since he has been spiraling drinking, screwing one night stands by night and raising his daughter Cadence afraid to feel ...more
Lynn Reynolds
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
The author has written the reader a message so make sure to read it before going on to the story.

Darren Miller gives voice to something I never thought of before. I found it an interesting way to start the book. It’s also a great way to grab your attention right from the start. You can almost feel his pain coming right off the page. Haddie knows first hand what he’s feeling. But the sad part for me was how she felt about herself and she keeps bringing it up.

It’s hard to think of this as Darren’s
Ashley Jasper
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Oh my heart. I was so nervous going into Broken Beats. I mean this is Darren. The quiet one. The one in the back. But I shouldn't have worried because D. Kelly gave this man all the goodness and love and understanding that he deserved and then some with Haddie.

When Darren laid eyes on Haddie, he knew this woman was different. And she was. She was more. Both of these characters had been through an unbelievable and unexpected loss. They handled it in vastly different ways. One hiding away. One get
May 18, 2019 rated it liked it
I want to start by prefacing that this is my first book by this author and in this series. Perhaps if I had read the rest I would have enjoyed this story more. As it is I had a really hard time getting started.

There were many characters on Darren's side that I assume are from the rest of the books in the Illusion series. I did feel a bit lost and like I was playing catch up to try and place everyone and put the back story together. Also there is A LOT about the dead exes and this isn't one of m
Jackie Wright
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow ... where to start and how to do this amazing book justice ......
This was the book I have been waiting for since Just An Illusion EP and it was everything I expected and so much more, a sure sign of a great read is when you experience every emotion throughout the story and this book is certainly an emotional read.
Darren is the drummer from Bastards and Dangerous and he is trying to get his life back on track after losing the love of his life in that tragic accident a few years ago, the last
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Broken Beats
An Illusion Series Spin-off Novel
D Kelly
Darren, the beautifully deep, thoughtful and completely broken single dad. He will do anything for his family, Candence and the boys from the band. He lost so much of his life in the fatal bus crash and struggles through everyday doing his best for Belle.
Haddie lost her fiancé Richie in crash, just like Darren. They are like kindred spirits.
Can they begin to live again either together or apart despite the ghosts and memories of all they lost
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was so good. It talked of stigmas and the feelings that accompany them. D. Kelly had Haddie be plus-sized and it was too good. There were discussions about how the fact was going to affect their relationship and whether or not it was going to affect them at all.

Haddie is a child psychologist and that, I think, helped the relationship with Darren flourish. The manner in which Darren and Haddie handled their relationship in regards to Cadence, Darren’s daughter, was something to be model
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Broken Beats was one of my most anticipated reads of this year. I have absolutely loved this series and these characters and have been dying for Darren's story. I knew going in it would be an extremely emotional journey, and I wished with everything in me that he would get the HEA he so desperately deserved.

I have said it before, but it deserves repeating; D. Kelly has a true gift with words. She has created an amazing set of characters you can't help but love. She makes you feel absolutely eve
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 STARS!!
I've been wanting Darren's story ever since I finished the previous book in the Illusion Series and it did not disappoint. This second chance at finding love story is one I think all romance readers will enjoy. I'll be recommending it to my family, friends and book club. Darren and Haddie's love story is one that is touching, heartfelt, uplifting, sweet and steamy. I love that these characters have flaws and made mistakes, but I love them even more because they showed growth and opene
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