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The Broken Road Cafe (The Broken Road Cafe #1)

The Broken Road Cafe (The Broken Road Cafe #1) [Kindle Edition]

T.A. Webb
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Product Description

What happens when you get everything you've worked for, only to discover it's not what you really want?

Dan O'Leary worked night and day to finish law school, join a top firm, and make partner all before the age of thirty-five. He's found a man who swept him off his feet, and his best friend of twenty years has his back.

His growing discontent with his job has Dan considering a change, but a series of betrayals, professional and personal, lead Dan to reconsider his whole life.

Making a fresh start, Dan meets the people of Blue Ridge, Georgia, including Chief of Police Nick Oliver, and, perhaps, finds a new home. But danger from his old life follows him and puts not only his life, but that of his new friends, at risk.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2817 KB
  • Print Length: 124 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: A Bear on Books (2 Nov 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #231,409 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing! 27 Jan 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This novel promised so much more than it delivered. Whilst the writing wasn't bad at all, the characters and plot were entirely underdeveloped. It was almost as though this was merely the opening chapters to a proper length novel. There was potential here, but at the end of the day I was left feeling short-changed and a bit flat!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Will certainly read this author again 11 Jan 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Not read anything by this author before but I loved this first book and eagerly awaiting the next instalment. Funny and fun, the characters are engaging, well written and sympathetic. Didn't take long to read but I was completely immersed whilst in the book. Nice way to spend some down time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I Feel Robbed 8 Nov 2013
By Andreams - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
This was a great read and if I was rating strictly for quality of writing, characters and storyline, the rating would be *5 but if I rated if by how I felt after I finished it, *1 would be too high.

If you like fantastic stories and love soap operas, by all means, buy this book. It ends on a cliffhanger and not one thread of the story is resolved. Personally, I despise them. At 124 pages there was plenty of room to include the next part of the story.

I really looked forward to this book and grabbed it as soon as it became available but if there had been any indication that the story would end as it did, or more accurately, not end - I would not have bought it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rural intrigue - fine moments ahead for the reader! 8 Dec 2013
By Frank D. Adams - Published on
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A terrific story . . . yes, it was irritating when the story abruptly stopped. I would have liked some warning - SAY LIKE THE FIRST PAGE! Tell me that this is a TRILOGY!

That was my only complaint - yes, there were some problems with editing - I just ignored them and continued reading

Attorney, hunk, and small town - what's not to like!!! The author does a fine job with telling the tale! I love major plot and the subplots; all made the reading so much fun! NOW . . . I want to know what happens next! Drugs, small town, hot small town sheriff ! I can hardly wait for the next in the series; I do hope that the author has a trilogy in mind! TERRIFIC READ!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Broken Road Cafe 7 Dec 2013
By Debra E - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Another winner from Tom Webb. He really has a gift as the writing is simple and straightforward yet manages to convey so many emotions. There is laughter, tears, disgust and hope all intertwined with a mystery that is only beginning to unravel.

I fell in love with Dan in the opening scene. I felt the emotion when Dan is horribly betrayed by his lover and two best friends, the only "family" he has left in the world. I cheered when Dan laced into his partners in disgust and self-preservation, leaving the firm he had worked his ass off at for 10 years, and I was more than happy to watch him try to pick up the pieces and move on.

When Dan decides to purchase a restaurant in a small town outside of Atlanta, he meets a cast of characters and finds a sense of belonging. He also finds the Nick, the closeted chief of police, when he pulls Dan over for speeding on his first visit to town. The two men antagonize each other, but soon that spark heats up and out and proud Dan finds himself wondering if he should even bother with a closet case. Soon it is revealed that the circumstances surrounding Dan's leaving his firm may be connected to other aspects of both his and Nick's lives, putting them and others in danger.

I loved the fact that Dan is emotional yet rational (with a heaping side of snark). Thinking through what is really important to him and deciding what he can and cannot forgive. Some of the more emotional scenes are between Dan and Gary, his best friend of over 20 years. While Dan struggles with the betrayal, he also acknowledges his love for his friend and needs to decide whether or not the friendship is worth saving.

Fair warning that this is a first book in a series and the story is not resolved. I, however, cannot wait for the next installment.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Multi dimensional Characters, Charming Small Town Setting Makes This Marvelous Story a Must Read for All 11 Oct 2014
By Melanie Marshall - Published on
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Rating: 5 stars out of 5
For years Daniel O’Leary worked hard to have it all. Determination and a ruthless focus on his goals saw him through college, law school and a job at a prestigious law firm where he made partner in a meteoric rise to the top. All before the age of 35. Along the way he remained close to his college best friend and found love with an artist. Now 10 years later, Dan has been feeling unsettled, as if having everything he wanted was not enough. The fates heard him and in one day time, Dan lost everything. His lover, his best friend and his job and partnership at the law firm.

Vowing to use the shocking events of the day as a springboard to something new, Dan heads out to a small town near Stone Mountain, Georgia. From the moment Dan steps into the town of Blue Ridge, he feels free and at home. A new life beckons with the purchase of a local cafe, which Dan renamed The Broken Road Cafe. Blue Ridge’s Sheriff, Nick Oliver, is gorgeous, irritating, and also deep in the closet. Surprisingly (or not) Dan finds himself falling for the Sheriff, the town’s people and life lived at a slower pace.

But people and problems have a way of refusing to be left behind as Dan learns to his dismay. Dan wants a new start, a new life and perhaps even a new love. Now If only Dan’s his past will let him go forward into his future.

How do I love this story? Let me count the ways! The outstanding characters, the intimate location and settings, the humor and of course, the wonderful plot…all courtesy of T.A. Webb, a masterful storyteller at it again with this latest release and new series. T.A. Webb is an automatic must read, must have author for me. And this new story, The Broken Road Cafe is a shining example why he should be yours as well.

Starting with one of the main characters, Daniel O’Leary, Webb pulls us into the mind and life of this intelligent, moral, if somewhat ruthless lawyer, a man who worked relentlessly through the years to obtain his law degree, earn a stellar reputation as a lawyer, and partnership by the age of 35 at one of the most prestigious law firms in Atlanta. His support consists of his amazing assistant, Charity, George his best friend of 20 years and George’s partner and not much else. Oh, and his live in love too. The author brings Dan’s emotional and mental state alive on the pages as Dan muses over his recent irritability with his job and life. Still, Dan is going through his normal routine, when a moment of spontaneity and surprises start the avalanche that will destroy Dan’s life in just one day. Webb makes us feel every shocking moment of every minute of the events that break up Dan’s life and perceptions of the people around him. It’s raw, and painful, and sobering.

Then as Dan begins to gather the courage to move away and go forward, we are next to him in the passenger seat of his beloved Mustang as he heads out of Atlanta and finds himself in the small town of Blue Ridge, a place that will change his life as it works itself into our hearts. T.A. Webb knows small town life and its all here, the pluses and the minuses, the intimacy for good and bad. And its exactly what Dan needs. What a believable journey this becomes for Dan and the reader. It’s full of humor, self depreciation, wise cracks and the caring the pops up when you least expect it but need it the most. I heart this town and its people. And it rings with an authenticity that anyone who lives in or is familiar with small towns, especially those in the South will recognize.

Another huge piece of this heartwarming, complex story is town Sheriff Nick Oliver. Nick is the town’s “hero”, that one person who is the town’s moral compass and go to guy no matter what the crisis.He is also just happens to be hiding the fact that he’s gay. From everyone, including his huge and loving family. One initial encounter with Dan upsets Nick’s carefully crafted status quo. As you can imagine, any relationship between a man proud to be out and gay with someone deep in the closet is one strewn with problems, arguments, and adjustments. Especially as each man has erected their own barriers against love and another relationship. It’s a marvelous dance that will ensure that the reader enjoys it almost as much as the men involved.

But it’s not just the dynamics between Nick and Dan, but all the other towns people as well that draws the reader in. The Mayor of Blue Ridge and local real estate goddess, Patsy, is as warm, intelligent and complex character as Charity, the wry, brilliant, and scary personal assistant. I love it when the female characters are as well written and deeply layered as the men. And with these two gems, the reader has two strong women to fall in love with as they add luster and depth to each scene they appear in. In fact, this story and series is chock full of delights, in characters, plot surprises and a dialog that snaps and sizzles with the verbal sparring southerners are so good at.

I highly recommend The Broken Heart Cafe to all readers, lovers of romance, crystalline characterizations and a addicting setting that will have you wanting to make travel arrangements. T.A. Webb’s title came from a well known country song, “God Bless The Broken Road”:

“Others who broke my heart, they were like northern stars

pointing my way into your loving arms” – Robert E. Boyd, Marcus Hummon

Its so perfect for the story, for the characters, and for this series that works its way into heart to stay. Pick it up and begin your journey to Blue Ridge, Georgia and The Broken Road Cafe.

Cover art by Laura E. Harner. Sexy, hot, but I miss a sense of location and characters.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book Review by PizzyGirl 12 Aug 2014
By PrismBookAlliance - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
5 of 5 Stars

For original review see The Prism Book Alliance Blog online

I have had this book on my TBR list for quite some time. I have been passing it over because I knew it was the start of a series and I would eventually get to it one day. It was no big deal because maybe, by the time I read it, the next one would be closer to being published. I am of two minds on my behavior. On the one hand, I am glad I waited because the second book is out and I can jump right in. On the other hand, I am kicking myself in the butt because I have been missing out of the fun for so long! I loved this book.

The Broken Road Cafe is the first installment in the Broken Road Cafe series. It is a great beginning and a fun ride. There is sadness but the overall feel of this book is very light. The snark abounds and steals the show. The characters are so fun together and sarcasm is their native language. I found myself belly laughing out loud almost the entire book. I am so happy that book two is out so that I can read more about these characters.

The plot was also interesting. It was written to keep the reader guessing. Every time I thought I had a handle on where the plot was moving, Mr. Webb would introduce another piece of information that made me question everything I was thinking. I quite enjoyed it.

I do have to warn you. As far as the plot is concerned, there is a cliffhanger ending. However, I felt that the ending was designed to show the end of one stage of the men’s relationship and the beginning of the next. The men have met and have agreed to give it a go. The next book will hopefully pick up where this one leaves off and show the relationship developing between these men. I can’t wait for more.
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