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I Belong

Review: Shatter by Erin McCarthy

Shatter EMTitle: Shatter

Author: Erin McCarthy

Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

Series: True Believers (Book #4)

Publication Date: September 2, 2014

Format: Paperback, 304 Pages

ISBN10: 0425275108 (Berkley/Penguin)

ISBN13: 978-0425275108 (Berkley/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Bridget


From the USA Today bestselling author of True, Sweet, andBelieve comes a tantalizing New Adult novel about finding love in the most unexpected ways…

Kylie Warner prides herself on being optimistic, but after finding her best friend in bed with her boyfriend and flunking chemistry, her upbeat attitude has taken a dive. Even an impromptu hook-up with her sexy new chemistry tutor only brightens her mood slightly. After all, it’s not like she’ll ever see the tattooed scholar again…

While he’s a whiz at complex equations, Jonathon Kadisch has trouble when it comes to figuring out women. So when Kylie tells him that she’s pregnant after their night of passion, he’s at a complete loss. He’s prepared to be a good father—unlike his own deadbeat dad—but he’s less prepared to fall for the genuine and alluring blonde bearing his child.

With emotions running high, Kylie wonders if Jonathon’s devotion is out of growing love or looming obligation. And when heartbreak threatens to tear them apart, Jonathon will have to fight for the only girl who’s ever made him feel whole…

Quick & Dirty: Emotional story that delivered a great message. With amazing characters, steamy romance, and beautiful writing, this is sure to be a hit with all new adult contemporary romance fans!

Opening Sentence: I hated living alone.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Kylie has never been categorized as a smart girl. She is pretty, funny, and sweet, so pretty much everyone loves her. So you would think that her life is perfect, but it is actually quite the opposite of perfect at the moment. Her longtime boyfriend recently cheated on her with one of her best friends and now she is failing chemistry. Getting cheated on was a big blow to her confidence, and it has pretty much affected everything else in her life as well. The one highlight of her life is hooking up with her hot new chemistry tutor. It was suppose to only be a one night thing, but Kylie ends up getting pregnant. When it rains it pours, and Kylie’s life is one big rainstorm.

Jonathan is a grad student and chemistry is his life. School has always come easy to him, but he has never been very good at the whole social scene.  Sure he dates, but he tends to date people more because they have a lot in common versus being physically attracted to them. When he meets Kylie he can’t help but notice that she is totally gorgeous and quite honestly out of his league. But to his surprise they actually have pretty amazing chemistry which leads to really amazing sex. Jonathan figured it was a one-time thing, but when he finds out Kylie is pregnant he is prepared to be the best father he can be. He wants to be there for Kylie in any way she needs him, even if it is just as a friend, but secretly he can’t help but want it to be more.

The first thing I noticed about Kylie is her amazing outlook on life. She is a bubbly person and she is always trying to lift others. For obvious reasons she has been pretty down lately and her self confidence took a pretty big hit. It really felt like Kylie was on a journey of self discovery. In a very short period of time she goes through a lot of emotional situations. Watching her learn to cope with everything was really interesting and helped me to develop a deep connection with her character. I haven’t personally been through any of the things she experienced, but I could still relate to her very well. I loved watching her grow and learn that she needs to be true to herself no matter what others think of her. In many ways she is an inspiring character that was easy to love.

Jonathan was totally adorable. I love that he was a cute nerd and in many ways he wasn’t at all Kylie’s type. He is smart, driven, and has his life pretty put together. But at the same time he is the nicest guy that you can’t help but love. For the most part he is very mature about everything that happens to him and I really respected that. The way he treats Kylie is so sweet and as a couple they have some seriously hot chemistry between them. In many ways they are total opposites, but they also complement each other really well. From the first moment I met Jonathan I instantly fell for him and throughout the story my fondness for him just kept growing.

Shatter is a beautifully written story that delivers a great message about being true to yourself. I think the best thing about it was how much I loved the characters. They were so well rounded and easy to relate to. The romance was very steamy but also very sweet. This story is an emotional roller coaster ride and has some slightly clique moments, but overall, it is a really great read. This is by far my favorite book in the series and I am really excited to read more from McCarthy. Each book can easily be read as a standalone, so personally I would suggest you just start with this one. If you are a new adult romance fan this is a book you should pick up.

Notable Scene:

It was a delicious kiss, the kind that started slow and tentative then grew deeper and deeper until I needed to pull back and snag a breath. For a heartbeat, I stared at him, my mouth hovering over his, the light reflecting off his glasses so I couldn’t read what was in his eyes, but he didn’t give me enough time to speak or think any further. He put his hand on the back of my head and erased the space between us, and for some reason it mattered to me that he didn’t pull me to him, he came to me. It wasn’t a lazy kiss, a hey, baby, give daddy some sugar, kind of lame, puckered-lip sloppiness.

This was like when you went tubing on the river and you drifted along, eyes closed, face turned up toward the sun, relaxed, warm and cold at the same time, aware of every sensation, fingers trailing behind in the murky water. Like each moment mattered, time caught in a mental camera roll, captured in sparkling perfection, time slow and easy, yet disappearing faster than you could have ever imagined. Jonathon kissed like that, his tongue teasing the inside of my mouth, his fingers massaging the back of my head, his legs and arms forming a warm circle around me.

It was like he had nowhere to be and nothing to do except this, and he didn’t grind or grab or push my hand onto his junk. It was like he could kiss me indefinitely, and I could hear my breathing grow ragged, could feel my body growing hot, heavy, eager. When he briefly pulled back to study me, smiling a little, I saw that I had fogged up his glasses. I gave a soft laugh.

True Believers Series:

1. True

2. Sweet

3. Believe

4. Shatter


FTC Advisory:  Intermix/Berkley/Penguin provided me with a copy of Shatter.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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