#Review: I Cried to Dream Again by Tani Hanes @TaniHanes
If you missed my review of the earlier books in this series I’ve linked to them below. Reviews of the rest of the series are to follow, I will keep these as spoiler free as possible but keep in mind if you haven’t read the earlier book(s) that it’s impossible to keep things completely spoiler free!
Birdie’s life is nearly unrecognizable from what it was when she met the boys of UK Crush. What was once a fairy tale, a love story, a romance worthy of being a movie, has morphed into a nightmare, an unending stream of one trauma blending into another. Her dreams of being a concert pianist, a mother, even a happy person, have been crushed, possibly forever, by the appearance in her life of monsters she didn’t even realize existed in this world. And Teddy, and to a lesser degree the other boys, too, have to deal with the guilt of having brought these people into contact with her.
Birdie has to wake up from the lovely dream which was her life up to this point and deal with the horrible humiliation and publicity of a trial, where even her most private life becomes fodder for the tabloids. The boys, too, have to see their beloved girl through new eyes, and see the real woman she is. Birdie and Teddy have to be strong in ways they never thought they would, and face reality, maybe for the first time ever, and move forward into it together.
Tinker Bell is now facing the realities of her brutal attack, she’s remembered the intricate details and relayed them to the police. With the culprits caught she has to face a trial and this book centres around that trial. This book is quite harrowing in places with the details of the rape not glossed over in any way. It made me pretty uncomfortable to read because of how close to reality the details were.
The trial was harsh and Tinker Bell was definitely put through the ringer, having the support of the band was her only saving grace and one of those times during this series that the bond between the five of them really shone through.
A lot of time was spent on developing those relationships, and especially the one between Tinker Bell and Teddy during this book it showed how something like this affects all involved, but also strengthens the relationships between all involved.
The outcome of the trials were disappointing to say the least, not to mention a little unlikely. I felt a little cheated and feel that the story would have played better if the outcomes had played out differently, but can see why they played out the way they did.
I’m a huge fan of this series and love that Tani Hanes hasn’t been afraid to take these characters to some really dark places. I’m looking forward to digging into book seven soon!
A huge thanks to Tani Hanes for sending me the eBook copy which I have read and reviewed honestly.
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Title: I Cried To Dream Again
Series: UK Crush #6
Author: Tani Hanes
Genre: New Adult | Romance | Erotica | Music
Publication Date: 3 August 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US