Monday, August 24, 2015

Review: Shattered and Shaken by Julie Bailes

Publication Date: 9/18/2013
Series: Shaken #1
Rating: 4 Stars


Official Blurb:

Allie Anderson has encountered more heartache than any one person deserves to experience. She's lost her father to cancer, her brother to war, and the love of her life-Wyatt, took her most prized possession and vanished without notice. Wyatt once held Allie's heart in the palm of his hand-he crushed it.

Blake, Allie's best friend turned lover is everything she needs; he'd give her the moon if she asked for it, but there's one problem-he wants Allie entirely.How can Allie give herself to Blake when she's not sure there's a her to give away? Allie's heart is like a puzzle that's unfinished and missing pieces-it's impossible to put together.

After being MIA the last four years, Wyatt returns home. Allie's forced to make a decision on who she wants or who she believes she needs. No matter who she chooses someone will be devastated.

Allie's life begins to fall into place, her heart begins to heal, and happy is no longer a foreign emotion-until she's betrayed by the two people she trusted most.

Her heart's left shattered into a million pieces, how much pain can one person tolerate? Is her heart permanently damaged? Hearts are like broken glass; you can put it back together again, but it will never be the same.

From chapter 1, I was in tears. Having suffered loss in my personal life, it took me quite a while to be able to finish this book. After finishing this book late last night, my mind is still reeling from the ending.  Bailes from out of nowhere to be continued ending left me staring at my nook in shock. YOU CAN’T END LIKE THAT!!! The story itself was great and the emotional toll it will wreak on you is more than worth the story itself.  My only bug-a-boo about this book was Allie kind of rubbed me the wrong way at the beginning. She has this bit of teenage angst to her when it comes to her mom and dealing with the blossoming romance between her and Blake.  Bailes twist at the end more than made up for my frustrations with Allie as a character. Great book, AMAZING Cliffy ending.  Now, I have to emotionally prepare myself to start the next book, Mended by You. 

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