Monday, 15 February 2016

Janet A. Mota - Shattered

*Contains adult themes (sexual content/sexual abuse)
**Review by Susan

Haylee was raped in high school. When she identified the rapist to the authorities, it was dismissed for no evidence. She had to live in fear until she graduated high school. Her parents have not been able to deal with what happened to her and have shut her out of their lives. She goes to college and meets Stacey. Stacey and her family become her family. She meets Zander, Stacey’s older brother, and immediately falls for him. She has never dated and he only experience she's had with a man was her rape. Zander feels the same for Haylee but she keeps pushing him away. One thing leads to another and Haylee decides she will not let the rape control her life anymore. Will Haylee allow herself to love Zander freely? Will Zander take those demons out of her head and show her what love is?




Haylee's heartbreak and physical and emotional destruction as she finds herself raped by one of the most popular guys at school, with nothing more than a heavy heart, despite her bravery at coming forward, only to be dismissed and unbelieved about her rape.  A rape survivor's worst nightmare...

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I can't believe this is happening. My rape is being dismissed. I have to go back to that school and face the man that did this every single day until graduation.  
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But after leaving high school, she would meet a girl who would be a lifeline for Haylee and a vital person in her life. Stacey...

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We were more like sisters than friends. She stuck by me through everything and never pushed me to do anything that I was uncomfortable with. I trust her with my life but I never told her my deep dark secret....the idea of being with a man terrifies me.  
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But after a visit home with Stacey to meet the rest of her new friends family, she would truly feel a part of something. A family so strong, so loving, and something she'd felt she hadn't been a part of for a very long time after being so cruelly dismissed by her own parents. But Stacey's brother (Zander) would be the one who captured her heart. Even if she was still reeling over her past, and knew it wouldn't go anywhere. 

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I have been in love with Stacey's older brother, Zander, since I met him.  I never said anything because I am too broken for him.  Why would he want me?  
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But with the three different points of view, Haylee, Zander and Stacey I felt an instant connection with all the characters. Their friendship, compassion and bonds all shone through. Zander is an incredible guy, who with the patience and perseverance would finally get a chance with Haylee?

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Zander - I am at the point in my life where I am ready for a wife and a family. It is the only thing missing in my life. Unfortunately, the only woman I want to do that with isn't interested in me. My heart breaks every time I look at her and know that I might never have her. 
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As Haylee finally finds the strength to push her fears aside in the chance of future happiness, my heart soared for her. Immense pride in this incredible woman for moving forward to see what the next chapter would be....

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I'm in love with him and I need to put my fears aside. It is about time that I make myself happy. I need to put my big panty's on and finally put myself out there.  
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As Zander accepts Haylee for all she is, and she accepts him in and learns to trust him, their relationship flourishes. The love evident and the patience and trust on both sides was incredible....

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"I want a life with you. I want to make you my family. I want to protect you and support you. I promise to never go anywhere even when you push me away. We will do this together, as slow as you need it to be. You are in control and we will do this your way."
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After surviving the terror of rape, the betrayal of family, we see this amazing young woman build herself back up. A successful career, best friend, good support network, and an incredible man in her life....a truly brilliant character that I adored from start to finish. High praise for Janet A. Mota and this incredible read! 

You can keep up with Janet and news about her books on her websiteFacebook, and Goodreads.

Get your copy of Shattered here (UK) or here (US). Add to your Goodreads TBR here.

Disclosure
I purchased this book myself and wasn't asked to write this review. All thoughts & opinions are honest & my own.

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