Series: True Believers,
Also in this series: True, Sweet, Believe
Published by Intermix on 02 September 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Girls & Women, Health & Daily Living, Love & Romance, New Adult, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues
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Also by this author: True, Sweet, Believe, You Make Me
Place(s) Traveled To: Cincinnati, Ohio
First Line(s): I hated living alone. I was never meant to live alone.
Shatter by Erin McCarthy is the fourth and final book in her True Believers story and involves Kylie, the girl who had a boyfriend for most of the series and then suddenly did not for reasons that you learn in Believe as well as in this story. Kylie is really struggling at the start of this story as there has been so much change in her life and she’s trying to cope with it all as well as deal with her normal course load. Kylie is also the bubbly, friendly girl in the group and as you read the series you see characters describe her as not smart. You even get that from various characters in this story as well, that she’s the pretty girl or the hot one and so that makes up for her lack of a brain. But I find that misleading of who Kylie is for while she may not always grasp Chemistry equations she is smart in other ways. She’s also funny and sweet and your heart just breaks for her at the start of the story as you only want her to be happy. Enter in Darwin (aka Jonathan) her new science tutor and all around sexy geek genius. The two have a spark and get carried away one night and end up with an unplanned pregnancy and that’s where this story really starts to take off.
Kylie and Jonathan are both at a loss as to what to do but try to make the best of things. They are two opposite people and yet they mesh really well. I love how they compliment each other and really felt their relationship was real. Though as with most stories the two characters do some stupid things, make assumptions and there is so much that could have been resolved if they just communicated with each other. There were a few times in which I wanted to shake them but overall I loved their story arc. I also liked how we got to see the characters from the previous books as I missed their stories when I hit the final pages of their books. So I love when a companion series actively incorporates previous characters.
The plot of Shatter was a bit predictable at times but it still managed to make my heart ache. I also found that there were times when the story seemed to drag but overall this was a story that I couldn’t stop reading once it hit my ereader and I read it in a single day. I also could have done without the epilogue and when I do reread these books you can be sure that I will be skipping over those last few pages. It was just too sickeningly sweet and everything just ended up a but too perfect that it broke the realism of the story. This is part of why I am not a fan of epilogues as I think they just try to do too much and be too perfect in its ending that it just loses something for me. Epilogue aside, Shatter, was one of my favorites in this series. It was genuine and touching and a book that I recommend to all looking for a good heart-warming story. A must for all Erin McCarthy fans as well.