A BIG CONGRATULATIONS to Christie Corbin for the release of her debut novel, Shattered Pieces. I know that she’s been working on this book a very long time and I’m happy that all her hard work has paid-off. I was fortunate enough to be offered a copy of the book in exchange for a review and I’m happy to report that this novel was a nice change of pace after all the books I had been reading. Although it starts off a little dark, there is that light at the end of the tunnel that we have to remember to hold onto. With time things will eventually get better, but it doesn’t hurt to have amazing friends as your support team and to have an old flame come back into your life.
Nightmares aren’t the only things haunting Tori at night. People can be just as frightening as nightmares – only they’re real. Liam, Tori’s ex-boyfriend is completely head over-heels obsessed and in love with her. He took their relationship too far by being too overprotective and now Tori wants nothing to do with him. Even the restraining order against him wasn’t enough to stop him. She’s stuck in this pit and doesn’t know how to climb out, or if she’ll ever be happy ever again. But with the encouragement from her friends, Tori ventures out again and at a gathering runs into an unexpected man – Chandler Ashby, the one that got away. They were high school sweethearts who thought they’d be together forever, but unfortunate circumstances sent him away. Meeting again years later is finally giving them a chance to get back together and rekindle the flame. But because of Liam, Tori is more than just hesitant to start something with Chandler, even though she knows he’s probably the best thing to ever happen to her.
At first I was alarmed at how dark the book started off. Having someone be that obsessed with you that you had to get a restraining order against them is a very serious thing. It made me wonder what direction the book was going to go. I felt genuinely concerned for Tori but was glad that she had an amazing friends (Josh and Rachel ) to be there for her like a family would. It’s important that they took care of her when she needed it and encouraged her when they felt she was ready. Because if it wasn’t for them she may not have found someone she could be happy with.
The book was very well-written and very simple to understand. It flowed nicely and thankfully has a happily ever after, because you know how I feel about books with cliff-hangers. #nothappy
I wouldn’t say this is the kind of book you take on the beach with you because it does get quite serious at times…but perhaps an easy and quick night-time read.
I don’t find Tori weak at all based off of everything she’s been through, but I do find Chandler a bit too much of a Prince Charming…maybe just a little. It just didn’t seem like he had any flaws that made him more human. I mean the guy WILLINGLY went to the movies to see a click flick with his girlfriend and maybe it’s just me but I don’t know a lot of guys that would willingly go… It just seemed too easy. Maybe women like reading factious characters like that, but I like to read about men and relationships that have a bit more realism to it. Other than that, Chandler was sweet, caring, kind, and the kind of guy you just wanted to cuddle with. I mean he’s a fireman for crying out loud! That’s HOT! No pun intended.
I enjoyed reading Christie Corbin’s debut novel, Shattered Pieces and look forward to any other novels she decides to write. It was a pleasure to read and a nice reminder that even in all the bad there will be a way to find the good if you take a step out and live life again.
3.5/5 Hearts of Love