Entangled Dreams by Carmen DeSousa is a romantic-suspense that strays a little bit from her normal style, but keeps with the quality that I've come to expect from her as an author. The story follows the life of Alexandra Nicole, a seemingly Cinderella character that lost her mother at a young age, her father to alcohol, and her life to her step-mother. Since then her life has been more a nightmare than a fairytale, until the fateful night that she decides to stop caring and makes a mistake, or does she?
Where usually the suspense takes a very central role in the plot line of Carmen's stories, Entangled Dreams is a love story that has its ups and downs, but lacks the nail biting suspense that the other stories had. I don't mean this in a bad way. There were still troubles to overcome and definite question as to whether or not they could get through it as a couple, but the same element of danger didn't accompany it and that made it a slightly lighter read in my opinion. Once again, not a bad thing.
I loved this story. I loved how the characters were troubled and had a lot of issues to overcome but it didn't weigh them down. I love how it was a mistake, something against the beliefs held to in the story, that starts the whole plot going. Carmen's stories always have deeply flawed and human characters, but Entangled Dreams seems to do it even better.
I'm giving Entangled Dreams 5 out of 5 stars.
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When Alexandra Nicole was eight, she thought she was a princess in a fairytale. But after a tragic accident shatters her magical life, she finds herself in a cold and heartless reality.
As an adult, she once again faces harsh truths and decides to take control of her life. Unfortunately, choices have a way of entangling her dreams and pushing her down a dark and dismal path.
Alexandra must trust her instincts to escape danger, but be able to surrender all to find her happily ever after. Knowing how to decipher the difference, will be her toughest challenge.
About the Author
I love writing. As far back as I can remember I created stories—no, not to my parents—with my best friend. We would sit for hours playing with Barbie dolls, creating new adventures with the iconic toy. Then when I was eight, I actually wrote my first story. A horror story about gigantic fleas of all things, I guess I had a fear of fleas. Who knew I’d grow up to be a romantic-suspense writer?
When I was in college, I wrote my first novella. My professor wanted something that entailed drinking and fishing—he was a huge Hemmingway fan. Well, he sure received a surprise when he read my short story. It did have drinking and fishing, but there was nothing funny about it. It was sad; it was real life. Luckily, he enjoyed it, even admitted I was the first student who ever made him cry and that I had potential.
Unfortunately, it just wasn’t in my future at the time. After all, I needed a roof over my head and food on my plate. At seventeen, I was on my own and a career as an author just wasn’t feasible at that juncture in my life. At that time, if you didn’t live in the mecca—aka New York—you didn’t stand a chance, or at least that is what my peers insisted. So, I set out to conquer the business world, and I did. I spent the last decade and a half in sales, rising to the top of a Fortune 500 company.
Now fifteen years later, I’m back. And guess what, it’s a new world where dreams really do come true. My first novel, She Belongs to Me, will be available December 2011, and from there, I have many stories waiting to share with my wonderful readers. I’ve waited twenty years to share my love of the written word and hope that you will be just as excited as I am.