Title: Shattered (Stolen Breaths, #2)
Author: Pamela Sparkman
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 14 2014
Close your eyes for a moment and picture this.
A gorgeous redhead walks into a bar.
No, wait, a wedding reception.
A gorgeous redhead walks into a wedding reception. Poised, polished and flawless - on the outside.
He's tall, dark, and handsome, exactly like a fairytale prince and he won't take no for an answer as he leads her to the dance floor.
But this will be no ordinary dance and theirs is no ordinary story. What begins as rhythmic steps on a dance floor fluidly and beautifully becomes the rhythm of two hearts meant to beat as one.
Until the music stops.
In a moment everything she's put behind her comes crashing down, threatening to destroy what his love has helped repair and rebuild.
Life throws punches and it hits hard when you least expect it.
What they learn is that sometimes, in order to be truly whole, you have to first be shattered to your very core.
Shattered is a sweet and romantic story that will put a smile on your face and melt your heart. It’s a straight up contemporary romance. No unnecessary angst or billionaires, just an everyday story filled with excessive amount of sweetness and lovable characters. It’s a fairytale you wish you could dive into and meet your Prince Charming.
“When you find someone who is willing to sacrifice his own happiness for yours, you’ve found your prince.”
We first met Joe and Maggie in Stolen Breaths. Maggie is Lily’s best friend, and Joe is Cooper’s. Maggie and Joe meet when she comes to town for Lily and Cooper’s wedding. Their attraction to one another is undeniable. There are a few tiny problems though….one, Maggie is only visiting for the wedding…. and, two, she vowed a long time ago that she would never again let anyone hurt her. But, Joe isn’t giving up that easy. What they found together is too good to let distance be a factor, and Joe isn’t about to let a plane ride be a reason not to try. Plus Joe possesses a magic that lets him see the real Maggie, the one that she hides from absolutely everyone including her best friend, Lily. So with both problems solved, all that’s left is for Joe to show Maggie he’s worth stepping out onto the dance floor with. But, dancing can get difficult when the music suddenly changes. How do you keep dancing when the rhythm and pace aren’t something you can keep up with?
So what to say about Shattered? Hmmm. This one’s a bit difficult for me to explain because I really enjoyed it for the sheer fact that it is a simple love story with a hero that stole my heart. Sometimes I just need plain and simple without any unnecessary drama or mountains of emotional baggage piled on top of a horrible past. The way in which Joe and Maggie built their relationship is really refreshing. Determined not to scare Maggie off and to SHOW Maggie how he wants a relationship with her, he takes it slow. They just don’t jump into bed together….well, not really. They actually TALK (and text, which is quite funny and romantic). Yes, talk and take the time to learn about one another. You’d be surprised how interesting and emotional a story can be when the focus isn’t purely on the physical aspect.
Joe. Joe. Joe… Joe is the cornerstone of Shattered. He’s the guy you simply can’t get enough of – sexy, sweet, and charming with a capital C. He can put a smile on your face with his endless arsenal of corny jokes. He can make your heart melt with his sincerity. With a heart is as big as the sky, he’s loyal and caring. He’s the guy that makes everything better with the wink of any eye or just the flash of a smile. And if that wasn’t enough….. HE PLAYS THE GUITAR!
Joe may BE Shattered for me, but once again there’s an entire cast of endearing and lovable characters that warm your heart. From Cooper and Lily to Hayden and Beth, but Ms. Sophie certainly takes the cake. That sweet old woman could sell ice to an Eskimo and convince you that a bikini is proper attire for the ski slopes. If you think Ms. Sophie’s matchmaker meddling stopped at Cooper and Lily, think again.
If you’re looking for a light romantic read or something that will put a smile on your face, the Stolen Breaths series is certainly worth your time.
Stolen Breaths Series Reading Order
“I’ll never get used to this,” Maggie whispered, chopped and breathy, tearing her eyes away from mine.
“Used to what?”
“You.” She stood, took a step back, and extended her arms between us, creating distance I didn’t want. “I’ll never get used to someone treating me the way you do.” She shook her head like she was trying to dislodge a memory or something.
I closed my eyes and tried to pull myself together. “Maggie,” I said, “it kills me to think that anyone would ever get a piece of you without appreciating what they were getting first.” I opened my eyes and pinned her with my stare, daring her to look away from me. “Don’t do it again. Don’t give away pieces of yourself to anyone who hasn’t earned them.”
Setting the guitar down, I stood and took a step forward to close the gap she’d created. “You need to get used to it. I don’t want to be just someone to you. I want to be the only one. And I promise you, Maggie Malone, if you let me, I’ll earn all of the pieces of you before I take a single one.”
“You’re too late.”
My heart felt like it had been dropped kicked across the fucking room. “Don’t say that. Don’t say I’m too late.” I inched closer and cupped her face in my palms.
“I meant that you’ve already earned pieces of me.”
She looked up at me with teary eyes. “All of them.”
About the Author
Fast forward and the older I got the more in love with books I became. So, I'm admitting that I am a huge nerd. The only reading I don't like are those math word problems. And I'm okay with that because no one has ever asked me in real life... "If I give you two bananas and take away six apples, how long will it take the southbound train to collide with the northbound train if Johnny left his house at midnight?" It just doesn't happen.
So, yeah, books are my thing.
Oh and music. All kinds. Love.It.
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