18 June 2014

Shaken Series Tour Stop!

**Book 1 in the Shaken Series** 

If someone asked me to describe myself using only one word, I’d tell them damaged. I’m completely broken, irreparable. On the outside, I appear beautiful and bright, but on the inside, my soul is black and empty. I haven’t always been this fragile, scared, and heartbroken woman. Nope. I had the life my peers envied; happily married parents, captain of the volleyball team, and a dangerously sexy and loving boyfriend. Then, faster than I could blink, my life went to hell in a gasoline-soaked hand basket. 

Cancer struck. The sting of death pierced my heart, and my so-called ‘loving’ boyfriend left me. Wyatt shattered my heart into a million pieces when he left, but little did he know, it wasn’t just me he walked away from. Four years later, Blake changes everything. Unlike Wyatt, Blake treasures my heart. Blake claims I’m beautifully broken, and that he can fix me, but I know differently. 

How can you put something together without all its pieces? You can’t. When Wyatt left, he took most of my heart away with him. You see, hearts are like broken glass; you can put it back together again, but it will never be the same. While I’m undeserving of Blake’s love, he deserves every bit of mine. My biggest fear is that I’ll crush his heart, just as Wyatt did mine.

I will just warn you now, I can’t say too much about the last half of this book because that is when things really pick up and you won’t want anything spoiled for you.  Just trust me, it is a roller coaster ride full of truths, misunderstandings, forgiveness and over the top drama and suspense this junkie looks for in a book. 
Allie really has a crash course in life sucks, deal with it and move on the best you can.  Her dad dies of cancer; her mom is shattered by his death.  Her big brother promises to take care of her, always be there for her but then he joins the military and never comes back.  So she has Wyatt her boyfriend right? Nope he just leaves her.  Giving up on trusting anyone will ever keep their promises and stay with her she tries to rebuild a life with her BFF Sophie and Blake. 
Blake is this sexy man who would be the best medicine for any hurting female and soon he become just what the doctor prescribes for Allie.  Now you think things are going great, sure it is a novel, they will have their bumps in the road, but how about a total derailment when Wyatt comes back with the truth of why he left and his claims of loving her. 
Wyatt was not my favorite dude till we hear the truth, then it was like, you got yourself in a fine mess now Miss Allie.  So who does she choose?  Before she even gets a chance all hell breaks loose in her world again and we are left with a huge cliff hanger that makes me thankful I already have the next book.  Now I will say this, Allie has a little bit of truth for both Blake and Wyatt that is going to add even more chaos to this mess so stay tuned for my next review………..

**READ after Shattered and Shaken (book 1), and prior to Shattered & Mended (book 2)** 
Mature audience only 

Walking away from her was the hardest decision I ever made. Leaving her without an explanation broke us both. Our hearts have been left shattered. I could make excuses. I could lay the blame on others, but still I made the decision. I had to. It was the only way to protect the both of them. 
After all of Allie’s loss, my thought was only on her and her happiness. On her love and need for her big brother. I was replaceable, Kyle wasn’t. I wouldn’t allow him to crush her heart with his death. I knew I had follow him. I would throw myself on top of bombs, in front of bullets, whatever it took to get him home to her, alive. There are two sides to every story, and you’ve only heard one. Don’t be so quick to judge; I hate myself for what I’ve done. But all that I did, it was all for Allie. 

The author gives us a 1.5 in between the two novels in this series.  All for Allie is Wyatt’s POV, his reasoning for why he left.  We get to witness his complete anguish over his choice and why he decided he needed to follow Kyle. 
We get to go back and see when Kyle broke the news to his sister and mother about joining the Marines and Allie broke my heart with her despair and feelings of being betrayed.  While in the first book I was actually kind of liking Kyle, even though he was already dead, he really ticked me off in this book the way he treated Wyatt. 
Now Wyatt while I thought he was a bit harsh by leaving her, I get his mentality but I still don’t see why he would not think this through more before he acted.  This is a short and easy read, well not easy on the emotions but it doesn’t take long to read it.  I am glad she gave this to us because by the end of the first book I was totally team Blake, now I am just thankful I am not in Allie’s shoes and going to have to pick between two great guys who love her so much.  


**READ Shattered & Shaken and All for Allie prior to Shattered & Mended, as this is the last in the series** 
Mature Audience 
My mind was made up and my decision had been made, but fate felt the need to rear her ugly head and demand control. 
Fate is guaranteed, not to be reckoned with, and she won’t be defeated. You see, she’s the author to our stories that have already been written; there’s no editing them. Try as you might, but all you’ll do is piss her off. 
When you fuck with fate’s masterpiece, tragedy strikes, death occurs, and hearts get shattered. I’ve never been one to follow the rules. So instead, I stood with arms wide open and I challenged her. I knew the possibilities of her kicking my ass were high, but I refused to back down. I invited all the heat she packed, and quickly learned my lesson… 
You don’t fuck with her. 
UGH………kill me, rip my heart out and stomp all over it.  Yes this was a common phrase I was using while finishing the final book in this series.  So now we get down to crunch time for Allie.  She was left in the first book with a head injury, pregnant with Blake’s baby and Wyatt having just broken her heart once again.  Once Wyatt found out why she was at Sophie’s and what she saw he went on a mission to find the pieces of that night he couldn’t remember. 
In the meantime Blake learns he is going to be a daddy and Allie will finally face how he is feeling about the news.  It is once again at this point if I go on you will be getting spoilers and that just isn’t fair.  I can say this last book carried me deeper into an emotional crying fest, where sometimes they were tears of happiness and other times it was tears of heart break. 
While I am not a huge fan of the ending, the epilogue was seriously the final nail in my coffin.  Now with all of the greatness that sucked me into this book, I have to say I ended up being very frustrated with Allie on her running to Wyatt and then to Blake.  There were a few times I was wanting to scream at her that she is causing most of her own angst, but then it appears the author felt that as well and made her suffer with even more trauma and heart break. 
I love this series, I love the writing style, the characters and I am not ready for this story to end.  I have grown to love all three of them and don’t think there will ever be a time to say goodbye.  I really recommend this series; just make sure you are ready for many tears and the use of a lot of tissues.   
Born and raised in Nashville, TN, wife of one, mother of three, and chocolate fanatic! Author of Shattered and Shaken, due to release mid September. I attend nursing school full time, but in my spare time I love spending time with my family watching movies, eating junk food, and every once in a while a girls night out on the town. I enjoy reading, even though I haven’t read much since I’ve began my journey as author. I live by the motto “Live life as if you’re dying, Laugh until your stomach hurts, Love until your heart stops beating, and never judge.” Simple rules to follow. We never know what someone else is going through or what they have been through. Life is too short to be angry, unforgiving, or depressed. Each day is a gift from God that can be taken at any given moment- embrace the gift of life….
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