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Review: A Shattered Moment by Tiffany King

A Shattered MomentTitle: A Shattered Moment

Author: Tiffany King

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: Fractured Lives (Book #1)

Publication Date: May 5, 2015

Format: Paperback, 304 Pages

ISBN-10: 0425279502 (Berkley/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0425279502 (Berkley/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Roxanne

Synopsis:

Mackenzie Wilson once had hope for what life had to offer, but everything changed on the night of her graduation. A year later, the only way she can find comfort is by keeping her head down and hoping she remains unnoticed at college.

When Bentley James discovered Mac in that twisted SUV, he was just a newbie EMT on his first call. It was a gut-wrenching moment that made him realize not everyone can be saved—and sometimes they don’t want to be.

A chance encounter on campus brings Bentley back into Mac’s life. Despite her initial resistance, he sets out to discover the girl hiding beneath a shield of seclusion. He evokes painful memories in Mac—but also feelings. As the spark between them grows, Mac must decide if she can let go of the past and believe in something as fragile as love…

Quick & DirtyOne moment, one decision can change everything. On the best day of their lives everything changes for the worst.

Opening Sentence: “The breeze blowing through the open windows of the SUV was hot and sticky thanks to the blankets of humidity that was normal for this time of year.”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Mac is with her best friends, aptly nicknamed the Brat Pack, when an accident involving a semi truck changes everything. Mac is determined to become an adult and despite forcing isolation upon herself she has moved into the dorms and is making some progress with the leg injury she sustained in the accident. When she sits in Bentley’s seat, everything begins to change. She recognizes him instantly as the EMT who helped her the night of the accident.

Bentley knows who Mac is and can’t help but be attracted to her despite her attempts to blow him off. He begins to challenge her, and together they help her move forward. Over the course of their friendship, he helps Mac slowly open up about the accident, and how she is really doing. This helps her to finally begin talking to people again, and start socializing in small steps. Will she be able to face her friend’s mother with all that was left unsaid that fateful night? Will she be able to get over the guilt of surviving?

Wow, what a story and yes, despite having so much more to say, I don’t want to reveal too much about who survives and who doesn’t because it is unveiled in pieces throughout this book. Also, I suggest having a box of Kleenex handy, this is a tear jerker. I am sorry to be so vague, but I really liked the way the author leads to those questions and I think it’s a spoiler if I let some of that out of the bag. I really didn’t have any idea what to expect when I started this, but by the time the prologue was over I was hooked. I literally finished this in one sitting, it was so freaking good! I adore Mac, she really was an amazing MC, and the way she starts opening up really allows us as the reader to connect to her.

Bentley is a total hottie, and so caring and considerate. I just loved the two of them together, it was so believable and I am so loving them!!! The novel opens with the accident so you know right away of course that Mac is a survivor, but you are left in the dark with the others, you kind of know that more than just Mac live, because in the flashbacks in the novel you get hints that if your paying attention will let you know some of that information before the author delivers it.

I adored this book, it made me sad, happy and angry. While at heart it is a romance, it is not a light read, and while initially you aren’t connected to the characters that died, the author brings them to life and you grieve with Mac over the course of the book. It is a realistic portrayal of how in one moment so much can change, and a triumph to the human spirit as we learn to deal with those changes and heal ourselves. You must read this… seriously don’t wait.

Notable Scenes:

“We were high on life and the anticipation of what the future held.”

“Our friendship was unbreakable.”

“Our graduation robes flared out behind us like capes.”

“It would haunt me for the rest of my life.”

“Everything inside me died more than a year ago.”

“I couldn’t remember what it felt like to be whole.”

“I felt it would be the ultimate betrayal to my friends to allow myself to care about anyone else.”

“I moved aside to let her enter, but she remained frozen, looking over my shoulder with obvious uncertainty.”

Fractured Lives Series:

1. A Shattered Moment

2. A Shattered Heart

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

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