Book Title: Shattered
Author: CC Brown
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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
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 – Seetherft Amy Lee
With a title like Shattered, you expect the worst. I was nervous just from the title. My imagination was going wild with the beginning of the story. Although my heart broke for Dallis in the beginning, I felt like this story was about putting the shattered pieces back together.
Dallis is a young woman that is reeling from some serious loss in her life. She was lucky to have Colby and her best friend Miranda to help her through these terrible times. Colby being so supportive, she developed a more intimate relationship with him upon losing her father. Years later she is back in the same spot having to face the unexpected and soul crushing news. Colby stepping in to help support her in a terrible time… again. Everyone expecting the fall out to be shattering. Only she doesn’t fall apart, she builds walls and becomes an emotionless machine. She can’t grieve. She pushes Colby Away. Is it because she’s grieving or maybe it’s because they’ve grown apart?
“Fine. You want to know why I’m such a dark hearted b*tch?”(I think I got it)
A chance encounter at a coffee shop puts Grayson Rivera on Dallis’s radar. As much as she doesn’t want to admit it, she catches herself thinking of the Barista boy. Grayson, the laid back, tattooed, hottie is just as stubborn as she is hesitant. (Cue his sly smile and sparkling eyes) His persistence pays off and as they spend more time together love blossoms. We start to see Dallis come out of her funk and show more of her TRUE self. Grayson is patient with Dallis but he pushes her to heal. He pushes her to live and grieve. I really enjoyed their banter and water play antics. Finding a common ground, their relationship grows stronger and walls come down.
“That’s the thing. You’re not dealing with it. You forget that I was, and still am, in your shoes.”
“I didn’t want to spend every waking moment with Grayson, but then again, I did.”
I was completely taken back at first by Dallis, I felt she was cold and bitchy. I felt sorry for Colby. I couldn’t understand why she was acting the she was towards him. Yet, I understood that he was a touch arrogant. I wasn’t sure where Dallis’s head was. However, I understood better as the story progressed. I felt the deadness of emotions portrayed in the story. I felt that added to the feeling as the reader. You can’t get hurt anymore, if there’s no one there to hurt you. She kept everyone at a distance. There was a time that I wasn’t sure what was pushing her desire to be or not to be with Colby. I found my heart breaking for all of them. Someone was going to have a broken heart in the end and that’s just sad. I am glad that Dallis found all her pieces and started putting herself back together. She found her home. I believe the author did a wonderful job with this one. I enjoyed taking the journey with Dallis.
I gave this book 4 Stars.
“Babe, wherever I am, as long as I am with you, it’s going to feel like home.”
About the author:
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!
Goodreads Link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17662711-shattered
Author Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6653791.C_C_Brown