Review: Broken Clocks by Danielle Allen

Review: Broken Clocks by Danielle AllenBroken Clocks by Danielle Allen
Published by Amazon Digital Services LLC on January 16, 2018
Genres: African American, Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Love & Romance, Romance
Pages: 271
Format: eBook
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According to my grandma, a broken clock being right twice a day meant that in any given situation, perfect timing only happens twice.

I fell for William Grayson in a matter of minutes. The connection between us was undeniable, but our timing was off. I was dating someone and by the time I was single again, he was taken. And a year later, when we finally got together, it was clear that we were soulmates. But circumstances out of our control cut our time short.

We were a little older, a little wiser, when our paths crossed again. I was entering a new phase of independence in both my career and my life. He was growing professionally and moving to a new city. And even though our timing was off, it was still clear that we were soulmates. But for the second time, circumstances out of our control cut our time short.

My grandma was a wise woman, but my love life taught me that there’s no such thing as perfect timing.

There’s just timing… Because nothing is perfect.
There’s just right now… Because tomorrow isn’t promised.

For as long as we’d known each other, William and I just wanted to be together. It was as simple and as complicated as that

“But when it comes to love, don’t get so hung up on the timing. Just enjoy the time. When you’re with the perfect person, there will never be enough of it.”


Broken Clocks will be on my Best Books of 2018 list, mark it down now.

I didn’t think Danielle Allen could top Nevermore, for my personal favorites, but goddamnit she did!

Broken Clocks takes you on an emotional rollercoaster like no other. It is a story about real life; undeniable love with ‘wrong timing’, unrelenting soul ties, and second chances. It is a story of grabbing life and love by the horns and doing the best you can with what you have in the time that you have it.

William and Layla have a love that is simply undeniable. It’s magnetic, it’s passionate, and their chemistry literally leaps off of the page. Neither time nor inconvenient circumstances nor people can get in the way of the type of love these two have. I literally had my heart in my mouth the whole time I read this book.

The beginning of William and Layla’s love story is one that most are familiar with. They meet, date, fall in love, but break up and decide to be ‘friends’, which we all know doesn’t always work out well especially when the person you decide to be friends with is the love of your life. Layla thought they had bad timing, William’s job was to help convince her that when you feel as strongly about each other as they do, there’s no such thing; you make your own perfect timing.

Danielle Allen pulled me in from the very first page and did not let me get off of this ride with her until she was ready. Her words strung together like the melody of your favorite song. You read along not wanting it to end but knowing it had to.

William and Layla were both fighters, readers’ saw the peaks and valleys. There were a lot of obstacles in their way and every time I (and they) thought they were finally stable, something else would happen that took our breath away. This book was real life; real-life situations, and emotions, and mud they had to wade their way through in their quest to come out on the other side whole and happy. 

By the end of the book my face was covered in tears; basking in their love, celebrating life, and hoping I get to feel at least an ounce of the love these two felt for each other.  Whenever I look at my clock and happen to see 9:27, it will hold a different meaning for me now.

Broken Clocks is a stark reminder that we must live life to the best of our abilities, go after every single thing we want without fear of consequences.  This love story is one that will stay with you. 

I know I didn’t go into as much detail regarding the actual plot with this book review as I normally do but that’s because this is a novel that each reader must experience by themselves without too much knowledge beforehand.


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