Series: Shattered Hearts #3.5
Published by Gloss Publishing, Transworld Digital on 27th January 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Issues, New Adult, Romance
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This gritty spin-off of the New York Times bestselling Shattered Hearts Series follows mysterious and sexy Tristan as he attempts to abandon his demons in the name of love.
A steady stream of meaningless sex is all Tristan has left when he discovers the grandmother who raised him is dying and his best friend is getting married. He is lost; and the dark secrets in his past keep coming back to remind him of this.
Until Tristan has an idea that will change his life and fulfill his dying grandmother’s wishes: Abandon his playboy ways and settle down.
And who better to do it with than Senia, the girl who has occupied his thoughts since their scorching hot tryst in the back of his sports car. The girl who makes him laugh and feel like a kid again.
But when his world begins to crumble around him, the pain Tristan is hiding finds its way to the surface. Will Tristan finally learn to trust again? Or will he abandon Senia when she needs him the most?
REVIEWED BY KELLY
**I received an eARC in exchange for an honest review**
So, I finished this book and I just wanted … MORE. But that’s no surprise, I feel that way about EVERY Cassia Leo book I’ve read! You just get so caught up in the characters and the story that when it comes to an end it’s just not enough!
First things first … I read the blurb before I started reading, like I do with every book I read. It didn’t prepare me, however, for some of the content in it. Some of the chapters were *really* hard to read, and definitely weren’t pleasant. No child should have to endure the things Tristan did. My heart just ached for him so much. I have three boys and this was just tough reading. It was absolutely necessary to the story though so I don’t say this in a negative way, at least I hope it doesn’t sound that way.
I loved Tristan and Senia’s story. I have been a fan of Senia and her take-no-shit attitude since I read Relentless so I couldn’t wait to read more about her. Tristan … I wasn’t so sure of from the other books in the series – I didn’t like how he was with Claire. I am happy to say, though, I am now a Tristan convert!
After years of screwing around Tristan was knocked on his arse when a phone call from Senia, after a brief hookup in the back of his car, changed *everything*. Senia was nursing her delicate heart after a recent breakup. She didn’t want to be one of Tristan’s many conquests, then in a moment of weakness she stopped resisting him and her life was turned upside down.
I really liked how being with Senia brought out a whole new set of feelings for Tristan, feelings he didn’t know what to do with. Given his absolutely shitty life with his mother they weren’t feelings he was used to. As much as this story was filled with heartache, it was a pleasure to see Tristan confront his past, deal with the things that came his way, and ultimately grow as a man. As well as Senia’s unexpected news, he had to deal with his grandmother’s heartbreaking news. His grandmother, Flo, was the one who rescued him from the clutches of his mother, and ultimately saved him with her love.
I don’t think you can go wrong with a book from Cassia Leo. She knows how to pull you in and keep you hooked. She writes hot love scenes, gritty, raw, and emotional scenes that leave you wrung-out, characters that you’re sure you don’t like and then end up loving and characters that are beyond redemption and leave your blood boiling when you’ve done reading about them. She’s a genius and I can’t wait for more from her!
When she steps inside the house, I find myself feeling a bit self-conscious. The house looks fine. It’s pretty tiny, but it’s completely remodeled. I can’t remember if Senia has ever been here, but I don’t want to admit this.
“It looks different,” she says as she looks around. “I guess you and Chris really took care of your families after you hit the big time. What’s that like?”
“What’s what like?”
She turns to me and fixes me with a worried stare. “Having a family to take care of?”
Her words stop me cold. “I never really thought of it that way. I just do it because it’s my job and … and I love them.”
She shakes her head as she looks away. “I’ve never had to take care of anyone. Even when Sophie was a baby, my parents never made me change diapers or babysit. My older sisters did that. I don’t know how to act like a mother, much less be one.”
“You want to take off that coat?” I ask as I shut the front door.
“I’m fine. I can’t stay too long. I just wanted to talk about … you know.”
“Sit down,” I say, placing my hand on her back to guide her toward the sofa. As soon as I feel the coolness of her coat under my hand, a worried thought crosses my mind. “Is this coat warm enough for the snow? Snow season starts in a few weeks. Do you need another coat?”
She takes a seat on the sofa and looks up at me as if I’m an alien. “I have other coats, thanks.”
I sit next to her and chuckle as she scoots a few inches away from me. “Are you afraid of being close to me?”
“I can keep my hands to myself. You sure you don’t want to take that off?” I ask, giving her sleeve a soft tug.
“I thought you said you could keep your hands to yourself.”
“I didn’t touch you. I touched your coat.”
She narrows her eyes at me and leans back to get more comfortable. “Aren’t you going to offer me something to drink?”
“You can’t drink in your condition.”
“Why, yes, I’d love a glass of water. Thank you.”