When it rains it pours….
Hard-nosed and self-reliant Dallis O'Brien has had her fair share of devastation. Her father's tragic accident sparked what seemed like a domino effect of heartbreak and loss. Unable to shake the fear of enduring any more pain, she builds walls around her heart, hoping to heal on her own.
Dallis' road to recovery is disrupted when she meets Grayson Rivera, a tattooed, coffee shop owner who, by appearances alone, isn't her typical match. Stubborn and hesitant to let him in, Dallis finally succumbs to Grayson's persistence, where he challenges her to face her loss while also having the walls of her heart broken down.
With Grayson's assistance, Dallis must decide if she is willing to learn how to be weak in order to be strong.
"It's a ticking time bomb, and when it explodes, it will take every bit of you with it."
"Shattered" is an emotional book that takes us through the journey of healing a broken soul... Dallis.
Dallis lost her father unexpectedly during her college years. The fact that he was taken from her in such a tragic and unfair way, devastated her. A high school friend, if you can call him that, Colby, helped her through this very tough time. Which is when they developed feelings for each other and started dating. Fast forward to three years later, they are still together, yet something is very much missing. Where Colby can see them getting married, Dallis can't. Yet another tragedy hits Dallis right in the face.. causing her even more pain and for the walls around her heart to really build up.
Her already strained relationship ends up falling completely apart. I know a lot of people probably will hate Colby. I mean, yes he's arrogant and at times a real ass, but I also felt that Dallis had this "it's my way or the high way attitude" with him that brought out his 'bad side'. I don't know.. I just.. *sigh* .. I kinda felt bad for him too. And you wanna know something else?? I strongly disliked Dallis through out the first 20% more or less.. Yes!! there!! I said it!!! I know she was going through something horrible.. yes.. so I really tried to not dislike her.. I swear I did.. but man! She was one stubborn girl! I felt like Colby was trying to make her happy, although yes I'll say it again, I know he was an arrogant ass at times, but Dallis was just over it.. so anything he did, even if it wasn't the smartest thing, he did with good intentions and her reaction??.. it would just blow things up..
I know Dallis was more of a shell than a real person after the second tragedy.. and I don't blame her really.. but she chose to ignore her sadness, making the walls around her heart even stronger. She was just emotionally broken. So, in a way, I do understand her attitude. I'm just happy we got to meet the sexy barista boy ..!!! Enter Grayson.
"These damn boundaries... they're another part of the problem. How can you open up to someone else with imaginary lines drawn in the sand?"
hmm.. what can I say about Grayson other than he's just incredibly HOT, yummy, romantic, confident, patient, and just... perfect!!!! OH! and he has tattoos!!! Kill me now please!!! I LOVED him since he first appeared in the book.. and even more so along the way. I promise you'll definitely swoon over Grayson!
".. the only way you can damage me is through the heart and that's not happening."
"I'm do damn thankful for everything that's happened to me. It's brought me to you."
Having gone through the same experience, Grayson knew what Dallis was doing, or rather, not doing. In a way, he gently forced her to face reality and helped her begin to mend her broken heart.
"You think that hiding from this that you'll be okay, but I know you won't. I need you - all of you."
"I love you Dallis. I love you in a way that I thought I would never love again. But I know that I need one hundred percent of you, and until you face this and open up about your true feelings, there is a part of you that is missing."
I think Grayson was my favorite part of the book.. He was just so damn dreamy..!! The perfect mix of gentle yet rough.. YUM! He definitely brought life into Dallis' heart and soul.
Overall this was a very good book with a great ending. If you're in the mood for an emotional book with a 'light plot' (no angst), this is the book for you.
"In a way, I could feel the tiny specs of my shattered heart beginning to fuse back together..."
See Cover Reveal Post + Book Trailer:
No Hurry – Zac Brown Band
In The Arms of An Angel – Sarah Mclachlan
Tears In Heaven – Eric Clapton
Harder to Breathe – Maroon 5
Over You – Chris Daughtry
Fighter – Christina Aguilera
Waiting on the Sun – Sixpence None The Richer
Paralyzer – Finger Eleven
Disappear – Hoobastank
You Shouldn’t Kiss Me Like This – Toby Keith
Unwritten – Natasha Beddingfield
Like A Star – Corrine Bailey Rae
Rockstar – Nickelback
All Summer Long – Kid Rock
Nothing Else Matters – Metallica
November Rain – Guns N Roses
Something in the Way – Nirvana
Interstate Love Song – Stone Temple Pilots
I Can’t Stop Loving You – Bryan Adams
Broken – Seether ft Amy Lee
Better Days – Goo Goo Dolls
About the Author:
Just a book reading, writing loving, mommy and USMC wife! :)
I love to write, even if it isn't what is conventional and makes everyone feel giddy inside. I usually pull from dreams, or ideas that just thrust themselves into my head. I have what some would describe as a dry sense of humor, and I think its conveyed in my writing. I like to think I am a kick ass chick, but I can also be sensitive. I'm learning to grow thick skin, and in this field, it is definitely needed!
I won't put anything out that I am not absolutely proud of, but like E.L. James said, "I can't own people's reactions to it."
Thanks for reading my work... I do appreciate it!
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A signed paperback of Shattered and swag
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