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. This full-length novel can be read as a stand-alone or after Bring Me Home.
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?
Okay, SO, we all know the explosive and strange "relationship" between Senia and Tristan, and we also know where they both left off when we saw them last.. And at the same time, we get a bit more of the other characters that we are ALL oh so missing!
But I gotta say, this wasn't what I was expecting. It was amazing, it was better than I hoped for. It was Tristan as a real person, and Senia vulnerable. It made the both of them that much more real. When we get so used to seeing Tristan as the "I don't give a damn" bad boy, and Senia as this bad ass chick, thats what I expected. But this, this showed a soft side. It showed an open side to both of them. It showed their broken sides, their loving sides, BOTH of their vulnerable sides. It was amazing to read, and watch these two grow.
"The shame morphs into anger and I punch the inside of the door. 'Fuck!' The pain shoots through my knuckles and the burn of broken skin is instantaneous. I am not broken."
I especially loved reading Tristan's side of this. I never expected his bad-ass-ness to have such an underlying terrible past as what we read here. It's sad, and at the same time a beautiful miracle that he came out of it all as well as he did.
"My only wish is that the ones I love never feel the need to abandon hope."
This was absolutely a perfect addition to the series, and I am SO glad that Senia and Tristan got their own story. I wanted more of them the whole time I was reading the Shattered Hearts series, and this was absolutely perfect.
"The day our wires crossed, you were broken, I was lost."
By Cassia Leo
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.”
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cassia Leo grew up in California and has lived in three different countries. She loves to travel and her dream is to one day score a record deal based on her awesome shower singing skills. She is the author of the Shattered Hearts series (Relentless, Pieces of You, Bring Me Home) and the Luke and Chase series.
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This spin-off is being listed as Shattered Hearts #3.5. Links are included below in case you’d like to include them in your post, but it’s not necessary since you don’t need to read the others to understand this one.