A Shattered Heart is the story of Kathleen "Kat" Darby who discovers that although you can run away, you can never escape the ghosts from your past.
Physically, Kat Darby walked away relatively unscathed from the tragic car accident on the night of her high school graduation. Emotionally, her scars run much deeper from the loss of two of her best friends and her longtime boyfriend, Dan. Unable to face the constant reminders of the person she thought she would love forever, Kat leaves for twelve months to study art in France before returning home to start her life again.
Life in Florida proves more difficult than Kat anticipated with remnants of the accident still lingering. The only solace she can find is in her love for art until she runs into Brian, the younger brother of her deceased former boyfriend. Finding they can lean on eachother, Kat and Brian find comfort in their emotional common bond. When an unexpected romance develops, Kat must decide if she is willing to face the ghosts from her past in order to love again.
A Shattered Heart is the second book in the Fractured Lives Series, and after finishing the first book, A Shattered Moment I jumped at the chance to get my greedy little hands on this book. I have been quietly rocking myself while waiting to read Kat's story.
Kat had a perfect life, she had amazing friends, and the perfect boyfriend who was also her best friend. That all changed graduation night when a car accident took those she loved away from her, including the love of her life, Dan. She walked away unscathed, at least physically. She escaped abroad but now she's back and nothing seems to have changed for her. She tries everything possible to stay away from anything that brings her memories of the past, and she's drowning in her guilt. She's also angry, so angry, and when it becomes too much she escapes but not in the best way. Suddenly Brian is there to help even if she doesn't want it. It's too much to have him around when all she wants to do is forget, but for some reason he seems to want to spent time with her. After a few heated conversations, Kat finally relents and agrees to have coffee with, Brian. She finds that he is all grown up and not the broken soul she was expecting. He lost his brother on that horrendous night but seems to have moved on in the past two years. Soon there is much more building than a friendship, but he's Dan's brother!
"...It pisses me off that when he was alive he got all those amazing years with you and now in death he still gets a large piece of you. I want that piece for myself. If that means I'm going to hell, I don't care..."
I really enjoyed reading this story. Kat is somewhat feisty in the beginning and it was nice seeing Brian coax out a softer side of her. Seeing her finally grasp a helping hand to overcome some of the guilt and depression that was taking over was so good to see. Brian is so sweet and funny! He's hell bent on pulling Kat out of that dark hole that she has buried herself in. He is the perfect swoon worthy male I love to see in romance stories.
I am very much looking forward to continue on with this series.
A complimentary copy was provided by the author for an honest review.