Thursday, August 28, 2014

Review: Shatter (True Believers #4) by Erin McCarthy

Shatter (True Believers, #4)
Series: True Believers #4
Genre: Contemp Romance
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Publication Date: 9/2/14
Format: eARC
Pages: 320
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4 stars

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From the USA Today bestselling author of True, Sweet, and Believe comes a tantalizing New Adult novel about finding love in the most unexpected ways…

Kylie Warner prides herself on being optimistic, but after finding her best friend in bed with her boyfriend and flunking chemistry, her upbeat attitude has taken a dive. Even an impromptu hook-up with her sexy new chemistry tutor only brightens her mood slightly. After all, it’s not like she’ll ever see the tattooed scholar again…
While he’s a whiz at complex equations, Jonathon Kadisch has trouble when it comes to figuring out women. So when Kylie tells him that she’s pregnant after their night of passion, he’s at a complete loss. He’s prepared to be a good father—unlike his own deadbeat dad—but he’s less prepared to fall for the genuine and alluring blonde bearing his child.
With emotions running high, Kylie wonders if Jonathon’s devotion is out of growing love or looming obligation. And when heartbreak threatens to tear them apart, Jonathon will have to fight for the only girl who’s ever made him feel whole… 

My Review
Wow! Where do I even begin with Shatter?

If you've read the series, you know Kylie Warner is due for some happiness. Betrayed by her boyfriend who slept with her (black-out drunk, meaning unconscious) friend, Kylie has gone through so much and seems so lost. Her grades stink. Her new apartment kind of sucks, and she's semi-avoiding her best friends. Enter her tutor, Jonathon Kadisch.

So now, if you've read the synopsis-and I'm going to assume you have, Kylie and Jonathon get into more than just some simple chemistry. A moment's misunderstanding leads to a Surprise Baby! Jonathon and Kylie are barely more than strangers and now facing unplanned parenthood together. Now they're facing getting to know each other, facing bringing a new life into the world, how it will affect their futures, and at the heart of it, doing the right thing. Big, big stuff.

But Shatter is so much more than Kylie and Jonathon having a baby together, as if that wasn't enough. Shatter was such an honest, realistic story. We have each character's disappointment with the action that got them into the situation. Trying not to step on the other's toes when it comes to the big decisions, wanting each other, but not knowing if that's the right thing. Jonathon worries being like his own horrible father, and sometimes overcompensates. Kylie worries about work and insurance, how to be the best mom possible. She fears stifling Jonathon's dreams, knowing he will always take full responsibility.

I'm not sure what to say about Shatter without giving too much away! But I can say it went in directions I truly didn't anticipate. Even though it's a surprise baby story, it's truly about Kylie and Jonathon, as individuals and a potential couple. I admired that McCarthy really tackled the issues between them, rather than letting the problems become easily resolved or dismissed. I think I should leave it at that.

I'm so sad the True Believers series has reached its conclusion. But I do believe it was a great conclusion. I loved seeing the former couples together, and the group as a whole. I won't lie, I kind of sobbed a little at the end. So gorgeous.

With it's raw, honest approach to these characters and the issues they face, I truly believe this is a series that stands above many others. From these girls, Rory, Jess, Kiley and Robin, who went through so much together. And the guys, starting with the Mann brothers Tyler and Riley, their cousin Phoenix, then Jonathon, who all fell for the most amazing girl, when they weren't even looking. This is a series tied together by one strong, true, thread of friendship and love.

Ugh, I am so sappy. :-)

Favorite Quotes
  Jessica waved her arms in front of her face like she was overheated. "What the fuck?" she said in a stage whisper. "Girl, I think you hit the baby daddy lottery."
  "I wasn't even planning to play that lottery!" I protested, creeped out by the way that sounded.
  "Which makes it even luckier. He's like the sweetest thing ever. It's disgusting."

  "But I just want you to know that when I'm with you, my glass is full."

True (True Believers, #1)   Sweet (True Believers, #2)   Believe (True Believers, #3)   Shatter (True Believers, #4)
(covers lead to GoodReads pages)

My Reviews
True  |  Sweet  |  Believe

Erin McCarthyUSA Today and New York Times Bestselling author Erin McCarthy sold her first book in 2002 and has since written almost fifty novels and novellas in teen fiction, new adult, and adult romance. Erin has a special weakness for New Orleans, tattoos, high-heeled boots, beaches and martinis. She lives in Ohio with her family, two grumpy cats and a socially awkward dog.

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  1. I'll be picking this up very soon, and I can't wait. As you know, I've loved this series as well, Andrea. I'm wondering about the unexpected directions the story took and I'm a little worried to be honest. I look forward to catching up with the previous couples as well. Wonderful review, Andrea! :)

  2. It really was a great end to the series. I was a bit surprised by this one but gah yeah it was good. Hurt my heart a bit but glad I read it.

  3. First of all, I really want to punch her ex-boyfriend, preferably in the nuts. Secondly, surprise baby? Yikes! That's sure to cause some interesting scenes. It sounds like both characters are well-written. I need to get a start on this series one of these days. It sounds so good! :)
    Lovely review, Andrea and I'm glad this ended on a good note for you.

  4. A baby! Yup I can see how that cancomplicate things, good thing they still found their way back to each other. So cute, truly an HEA story.

  5. I can't wait to start this series and wonderful to hear that you enjoyed the ending

  6. I'm not always a surprise baby plot fan, especially when it forces two people who probably wouldn't have stayed together beyond that first night. But, if it's done right, it's fantastic. I haven't read but the first book (which I enjoyed)...probably should pick up the others! Yay, HEA!

  7. Wow! I'm glad this was such a perfect ending for you, Andrea. I hope to start this series soon!

  8. My TBR shelf is clearing out some so I now I have some room for *fun* reading Shatter & This is falling (in your other post) sound great.

  9. This is a wonderful review Andrea. I've not read anything by by McCarthy before, but this book does sound like something that I would enjoy. I'm definitely going to check out these books soon! :)

  10. I'm not sure how much I'd enjoy this one with surprise baby element. It's just me having some troubles with pregnancies in books. But still it does sound like a really interesting read. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Great review, Andrea :)

  11. This series has been on my list for a while now, but I just never get around to it. I am so glad you have enjoyed this series so much! It sounds so good. Great review!

  12. Oh I'm so glad you loved it. I want to read it very soon.

  13. Great review. I have this and I am reading it soon. I just love this series also and I hate to see it end to.

  14. I think Riley and Jonathon were my favorite guys. Jonathon was just great wasn't he? I'm glad everything worked out for Kylie like I hoped it would although I cried during that rough patch too. So good.

  15. So happy you loved it! I've been missing these characters like no other and Kylie's story definitely intrigues me after reading that excerpt at the end of Believe. Can't wait to explore it :)


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