Riley Miller wants nothing more than to leave her past behind and never speak of it again. The damage of what’s happened has made her build walls to keep people out. Starting over isn't easy. After a move to Cape Cod to escape the dark and haunting secrets, she meets Abby and Evan, who instantly become her best friends. Riley is shy and quiet, trying to break out of her shell with her friend’s help. Just when life settles into a comfortable routine, Riley meets Evan's friend Dustin and life as she knows it will never be the same. Looking for love is the last thing on Dustin’s to do list, if it’s even on there at all. Living with some pretty big secrets of his own, Dustin tries to keep from getting in too deep with anyone. But, he finds himself drawn to the timid but stunning Riley. Can they accept the past and develop a relationship? Or will the skeletons in their closet keep them from ever moving on?
"Riley, take a chance with me. I promise I'll treat you right."
Riley Miller didn't trust easily. She had moved to a new town, escaping a past that not only humiliated her, but haunted her. Meeting Dustin was not in her plan, just as falling in love with Riley, wasn't in Dustin's. Riley and Dustin met at Evan and Abby's apartment one night. Since that moment, everything changed for them.
"You have to ask yourself is it worth the risk to chance it?"
They both took a leap of faith... felt that the risk was very much worth it. What they didn't know, was that the journey they decided to take together, was going to be a very bumpy one. To say things were not easy for them along the way, would be putting it mildly. There were a lot of twists and turns along the way as well as secrets that got uncovered. Secondary characters complicated things and caused a lot of drama and some angst throughout the story. Both Riley and Dustin had their secrets and pasts. Facing them together was the hard part, especially when people and certain circumstances kept getting in the way.
Abby and Evan were very cool secondary characters. You could totally tell how much they loved each other. I really enjoyed reading about them and seeing them interact with Dustin and Riley. They all had a great friendship and chemistry that you can't help but want for yourself.
Overall, this was an enjoyable and entertaining read. There's passion, romance, angst, and drama. See? Entertaining. But to be honest, I was originally leaning towards a 3.5 Stars rating. Riley's decision making in several occasions, among other things, kind of threw me off. However, there were a few scenes along the way, that made me change my mind and give it the full 4 Stars. One thing is certain, I never knew what to expect from this book. Like I said earlier, a lot of twists and turns. Of course, by the end, it all wrapped up nicely. A Tattered Love is a book about two people fighting for love and accepting that other person as they are.
"I'm so happy you believed in me and gave me a chance to show you who I am."
About the Author:
Born and raised in the Chicago-land area, Nickie Seidler is a up and coming young author. Her new-found dream of being a writer has led to the completion of her first book "A Lucky Second Chance". Nickie is married, and when not writing, enjoys cooking new recipes for them to try, water aerobics, car racing and spending quality time with family and friends. She is currently writing her second book to be released early 2014.