Brady's Choice

Brady's Choice- Reviews

  • “I have long admired Anne Brooke’s stories, because she is a master of the short form ... (she) has a way of writing a short story with the same effect that another author would use 300 pages to tell. They are effective because they’re highly honed and there are no frivolous scenes, and in a medium where every word counts more than a sentence counts in a novel, the effect is that each scene, each bit of dialogue means more to the reader ... This is a story that I will whole-heartedly recommend to anyone and I hope that those of you who buy this story will get as much or more enjoyment out of it than I did.” [Read the rest of this 5 star review at Reviews by Jessewave]

  • “I think the reason this short story is so powerful is because it causes the reader to ask questions about him/herself. Questions like: What if? What if I had that opportunity? What if I had to make a choice like Brady did?... it is a very powerful and thought-provoking piece, perhaps one of the best I’ve read of “the one that got away” theme. Anne Brooke did it again… she wowed me!” [Read the rest of this 5+ star review at MichelenJeff Reviews]

  • “Although this is only a short it's packed with an emotional intensity and contains a very flawed first person narrator in Brady ... Overall a great read with strong characterisation and fluid writing. Grade: Excellent.” [Read the rest of this review at Well Read Reviews]

  • “Brooke excels in short story format and this offering has all the hallmarks I’ve come to expect: good writing, developed characters, a tense situation, sensuality over explicit sex, and an unusual ending. Basically this short hits all the high points and is very entertaining to read ... Easily recommended for contemporary romance fans.” [Read the rest of this 4 star review at Three Dollar Bill Reviews]

  • “The characters in this well-written, thought-provoking story face an emotional crisis which many readers may recognise. The author is excellent at using setting and dialogue to help the reader engage with the characters immediately, an important strategy when word count is limited. Her trademark skill draws us into Brady’s life, warts and all ... I really like the author’s style for its delicious and sometimes dark mix of mundane domestic details with harsh emotional impact. The prose is clean and clear, a joy to read. It’s a romance, although a large part of the story looks back over a failed relationship. There’s sexiness, too, and a genuine feeling of Brady’s passion and capacity for love.” [Read the rest of this review at Brief Encounters Reviews]

  • “Anne Brooke's ability to pack such a great deal of information in so few words is amazing. Even with the relatively small number of details presented, it was clear that the relationship problems between Brady and Phillip did not involve a lack of love, but of maturity. They were both trying to find something in the other person that should have been within themselves ... Brady's Choice is a short, but intense, story examining the issue of 'the one that got away' and portrays it in an effective, concise manner.” [Read the rest of this review at Queer Magazine Online]

  • “Brooke is a writer that you do not easily forget nor do we often get a chance to read someone who can make us think like she can. She writes with an intensity that I find refreshing and while others write erotica and about sex, Brooke’s writing is sensual which to me is much more interesting ... Brooke builds characters that are deep and not easily forgotten and that is probably because we see a bit of us in the characters she creates.” [Read the rest of this review at Reviews by Amos Lassen]

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