Jesse Vaughn was never good at letting people in. He’d learned a long time ago that it’s easier that way because people leave, or unfortunately, die. The one person he wanted to let in doesn’t want him anymore. The only problem is he can’t stop thinking about her. Jesse returns to the childhood home he left behind with one goal in mind…to convince her that they should be together.
When Jesse finds Alyssa she’s not the same girl he left behind. She’s wild, reckless and hell-bent on not giving Jesse a second chance. Lucky for Jesse, his stubborn streak has always been a mile-wide and he’s not about to give up on her.
When your life has been shattered can you really pick up all the pieces and move on?
*I was gifted a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*
So, Elizabeth was sweet enough to provide with a copy of Shattered to review on my blog, and then you know what I did? I put off reading it. Not because I was trying to be a dick, or I didn’t have any interest in it; I pride myself on not being a dick and I had it listed on my TR shelf on Goodreads before she gifted me the copy. So what made me hesitant to start this novel? The inevitable feeling of heartache. I mean, the synopsis lets you know that things don’t work out great – she loses both of her best friends. I needed to get myself in the right state of mind for Shattered and thankfully I did, because it is an incredible story of love, loss, letting go, and finding happiness when you feel like you don’t deserve it.
I felt immediately bonded to Alyssa, mainly because I’m a country girl myself. Riding on 4-wheelers, going mudding, “booze cruising” on dirt roads, having a guy put the moves on you in the bed of his pickup truck…check, check, check, AND check. I loved her character and felt so much for her. The scenes where she shut out the world and went into auto-pilot broke my heart, and the overwhelming guilt she battled with over Garrett’s accident just made me want to pull her into a huge hug. When she was picking up glass off the road that night – my heart broke and so did my tear ducts. Sure, she frustrated me at times with her stubbornness towards Jesse, but that’s when I reminded myself that she is only in high school and let’s face it, we were all pretty damn stubborn and stuck in our ways in high school.
Jesse – well, Jesse was a little bit country, a little bit bad boy, and a whole lot of sexy…all rolled into a nice romantic package. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with alpha males; it’s weird, some of them I love, and some of them I hate. Jesse had a bit of an alpha personality, but he was vulnerable at the same time and after everything he had been through, you could easily see why. I absolutely love Jesse and Alyssa, and there is one moment in particular that sticks out in my head as the cutest, sweetest fucking thing ever. Two words: chocolate milkshake. (You didn’t really expect me to tell you the meaning behind that did you?!) Read it and I guarantee you’ll agree with me!
I loved that the story alternated between Alyssa and Jesse’s POVs, and past and present. I think it was necessary for the past and present to see how close these three really were before the accident. I really appreciated it because it gave us time to see just how great of a friend Garrett was…and he sounded pretty damn easy on the eyes, too! I’m convinced Elizabeth somehow read my mind and found out that a huge weakness of mine is a country boy in a flannel button down shirt, jeans, and a baseball cap…whew, so sexy.
Shattered is a wonderful novel that shows the unbreakable bonds of friendship, rekindled romance, and learning how to pick up the pieces of a shattered world and make it whole again. Elizabeth, thank you so much for gifting me a copy of your book and I’m fairly certain you and I are supposed to be best friends or something. Why? Because of this one line: “I’m not sure how good my coordination was at that point, but I knew one thing…when Luke Bryan told you to ‘shake it,’ by God, you shook it.” You said it, girl – you always shake it for Luke Bryan!
PS – For those of you who have never seen sexy Mr. Luke Bryan shake it himself on stage…you’re welcome ;)