Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Review: Shattered by C.C. Brown


When it rains it pours….

Hard-nosed and self-reliant Dallis O'Brien has had her fair share of devastation. Her father's tragic accident sparked what seemed like a domino effect of heartbreak and loss. Unable to shake the fear of enduring any more pain, she builds walls around her heart, hoping to heal on her own.

Dallis' road to recovery is disrupted when she meets Grayson Rivera, a tattooed, coffee shop owner who, by appearances alone, isn't her typical match. Stubborn and hesitant to let him in, Dallis finally succumbs to Grayson's persistence, where he challenges her to face her loss while also having the walls of her heart broken down.

With Grayson's assistance, Dallis must decide if she is willing to learn how to be weak in order to be strong.

4 star review

Dallis is in love with Colby…at least she thinks it’s love.  Or maybe she isn’t in love with him at all.  Maybe Colby has become somebody that she doesn’t recognize anymore.  Colby is pushing towards marriage and is wanting to buy a house to show their social stature and wealth, but Dallis doesn’t want to feel rushed to make these decisions.   Dallis and Colby are making the trip back home to visit Dallis’s mother.  Dallis’s father was killed in a car accident 3 years ago and Colby was there for Dallis holding her up and getting her through the days of despair.  Now Dallis’s mother has news that will change Dallis’s life.

Upon return to Dallis and Colby’s lives, things aren’t going well.  Colby is annoying Dallis and she finds him to be more condescending than normal.  There is trouble on the home front and after a night out with friends that ends in disaster, both Colby and Dallis say hurtful things to each other, each accusing the other of their faults.  Grayson is caught in the middle of the episode of disaster.

Grayson is a hot, tattooed “Barista Boy” who will try to turn Dallis’s world upside down and get her to face the reality that she has hidden from.  Grayson is very open about his past and tries to get Dallis to speak about her past without the walls she put up.  Grayson wants her to deal with her reality instead of denying it.

“You think that by talking about it, you’ll break down and look weak.  Trust me, Dallis, I’ve been there. I know all about that and I can tell you, it does just the opposite.  It makes you stronger.”

Colby has words for Dallis that throws her heart in a tailspin:  “You complete me Dallis.  You are my other half.  And I know that God put sufferance before me to make me see that I need you – I need you more than I need food, sleep or even my next breath.” 

At the conclusion of the book, Dallis has found peace and solitude in her life.  “…I could feel the tiny specs of my shattered heart beginning to fuse back together…”

This book is not the typical love story that we have all come to enjoy involving a tattooed hero.  Grayson has been hurt before and he is very open to divulging how he was able to heal and he wants Dallis to experience life without sadness.  I enjoyed the storyline as it’s completely different from any other that I have read.  I enjoyed the male being very open about his feelings and able to convey his message of growth and acceptance in his life.  It’s an emotional journey for Dallis and I’m glad that Ms. Brown could capture it well enough to take me along. 


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