Hot, arrogant and life of the party …
I easily transitioned from high school jock to egotistical playboy. And when the chance to leave Blue Ridge presented itself, I signed on, dropping everything without so much as a second thought.
Settling into the lifestyle of a professional athlete, I indulge in the pleasures of my high-profile status. The only nod to my roots is my annual trip for a celebrity spotlight fix, but when I receive a call that forces an impromptu return home, everything I left behind comes barreling to the surface.
Determined, resilient and born of a drug addict …
From the outside, my life was that of a free-spirited girl who grew up in a normal household, yet nothing normal happened behind the doors of a house I came to hate.
Breaking away from the family dysfunction, I embark upon the life I've always wanted in Blue Ridge. But when I fall prey to the charms of a silver-tongued devil, it becomes a life I have to escape.
Will a small town hero be my only chance at survival? Will my broken soul mend his?
Can our Shattered Beginnings become the fragile pieces from which love is made?
**Book One of the No Longer Broken Duet.
From the start of Shattered Beginnings, my heart related to the characters. This book shows how the special relationship between the two can happen against all odds. The connection that they have is so unique it made me not want to put the book down.
I love this book. It will have you emotionally drained but in a good way. Can’t wait for book 2.
Book of the summer!
Shattered Beginnings sets itself apart from the very onset in that it makes no apologies for its emotion, sometimes visceral, connecting to and tugging at your heart. I loved that this is not the typical love story. These characters have been through so much and a glimpse into their childhood experiences shows that they have survived but not without scars. The author doesn’t shy away from the ugliness that life has offered and instead shows their perseverance and survival in such a way that you root for them, even when making mistakes. The story reads with a cinematic feel, allowing the reader to go along for the ride, getting to know each character on a personal level at a real time pace. They’re written so well that even the side character storylines and arcs are engrossing and all consuming.
Ragan is one of the most resilient characters I have encountered in a very long time, her strength is inspiring. I did not like Branch in the beginning, but just as in reality, I got to know him, his ticks and history coloring my opinion and feelings, endearing him to me. I’m rather in love him now. The author peels back layer after layer of their personal truth, hurt and how that created an inability to trust or let people in. You feel as if you know these characters, and they’ve become a part of you. The attraction that emanates from these two is palpable, their banter is witty and the one-liners make you laugh out loud. The journey through their “shattered beginnings” endears these characters to you and you find yourself one hundred percent invested in their outcomes. I laughed, I cried, I got angry and both felt powerless and empowered along the way. I found that I connected on a soul level with this story, these characters. I found myself not wanting it to come to an end; needing more. There are stories you read and enjoy and then there are those rare books that touch your heart and you realize it is special. This is that rare book; it has left its mark and has stayed with me long after the last page was turned.