by Tiffany King
Series: Fractured Lives #1
Published by: Penguin
Genres: Contemporary Romance
In the new series by Tiffany King, the USA Today bestselling author of the Woodfalls Girls novels, six friends—fresh from high school graduation—discover that the future can come at you from out of nowhere. This is Mackenzie’s story… Mackenzie Wilson once had hope for what life had to offer, but everything changed on the night of her graduation. A year later, the only way she can find comfort is by keeping her head down and hoping she remains unnoticed at college. When Bentley James discovered Mac in that twisted SUV, he was just a newbie EMT on his first call. It was a gut-wrenching moment that made him realize not everyone can be saved—and sometimes they don’t want to be. A chance encounter on campus brings Bentley back into Mac’s life. Despite her initial resistance, he sets out to discover the girl hiding beneath a shield of seclusion. He evokes painful memories in Mac—but also feelings. As the spark between them grows, Mac must decide if she can let go of the past and believe in something as fragile as love…
Funny story, I never intended to read A Shattered Moment by Tiffany King the first in her Fractured Lives series. I accidentally accepted it for review and thought-here, we go another New Adult with drama. Then I took a closer look at the synopsis, grabbed a box of truffles, a glass of wine and settled in. Guess What! I absolutely adored this touching story of overcoming, pain, loss, love and growth. I could not put it down and tip my hat to King for offering a new adult contemporary with depth and characters who will steal your heart.
My truffle induced coffee dates with A Shattered Moment
- First date: Our date begins with a prologue of Mackenzie Wilson’s graduation night. She is with her best friends, Zack, Kathleen, Dan, Jessica and Tracey. Their parents refer to this group of levelheaded kids as the “Brat Pack.” King immediately grabbed me and I knew instantly I would need those truffles. The scene fades as EMT Bentley James speaks to her, as she lay trapped in a twisted SUV.
- Second date: A year has passed and Mackenzie has changed. She is enrolled in college and living on campus. She prefers to be called Mac now. She moves about trying to be invisible. She spends her days at the library, avoiding her parent’s concerned calls and feigning sleep at night to avoid talking to her roommate. Bentley James also a college student begins to utilize the library as a quiet place to study away from his loud roommates. The two accidentally meet and immediately recognize the other. For Mac he brings back painful memories but she also remembers how he made her feel safe. Bentley is curious and sweetly attempts to get to know her. There is a spark and watching these two create a slow-building relationship was delightful. King does not rush things and allows us to experience it all. Along the way, we learn about Graduation Night and the rest of the Brat Pack. King introduces us to friends on campus and I loved that even the secondary characters were unique and fleshed out.
- Third date: Who says “good guys” cannot be totally swoon-worthy. I am in love with Bentley. Sometimes he is adorkably awkward but he makes up for it with his wonderful patience. Mac is scared. Scared of her developing feelings for Bentley and even more scared of beginning to live again. She is taking chances and making friends but can she risk her heart again. AS much as this is a romance, it also delves into Mac’s healing process as she mends relationships and deals with guilt. A Shattered Moment is low on heat and high on kisses, but the tension and slow-building romance, heated the pages and was laced with humor and sweetness. I am enjoying the slow progression but anxious for the final dance. I really do not want this last date to end.
Final thoughts on my dates with A Shattered Moment: This wonderful, beautifully written story left me with a smile and an empty box of truffles. It had all the feels with realistic issues, fleshed out characters and story that you will want to share with others. If you have abandoned NA or want something refreshing then I encourage you to grab A Shattered Moment. I may have read this by accident, but I fully intend to continue the Fractured Lives series and read more of Tiffany King’s work.
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