By: Christie Corbin
Released May 20, 2015
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Struggling to mend a broken soul can be more painful than leaving it shattered. Just ask Tori Blair.
To most people, Tori has the perfect life. She has a great job, great friends. But looks can be deceiving.
Behind closed doors, she battles the demons haunting her from a previous relationship. No matter how hard she tries to break away from the past, it keeps holding her down.
Chandler Ashby thought joining the army to follow in his dad’s footsteps was what he wanted. After realizing military life wasn’t for him, he left and became a firefighter. A new career in a new city was exactly the fresh start he was looking for.
But a chance encounter reunites him with the high school sweetheart he left behind. He soon realizes that the carefree girl he once loved is now a woman fighting to overcome fear and anxiety caused by another man.
Will Chandler be able to save Tori from her demons, or will they both go down in the fight?
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A thin beam of moonlight streaming across the end of my bed is the only thing I can see in the darkness of my bedroom. The light starts to creep up the wall of my room as the door opens wider. I struggle to catch my breath as fear begins to overtake me and adrenaline races through my body. My heart is pounding so hard in my chest and my ears are ringing from the pressure building up in my head. A tall, dark figure is standing in the corner of the room and I immediately start gasping for the air to fill my lungs. I feel like I am suffocating. The figure begins to move closer to the bed. My lungs are frantically working to draw in the air they need to expand and my body begins to shake uncontrollably.
“I told you that I would not let you go,” a deep, raspy voice says. I know the voice. This is a voice that I have heard thousands of times over the last two years. The voice of a man I have loved and trusted with my heart.
“Liam?” I ask breathlessly. “What are you doing? I manage to get out past the lump in my throat.
Liam lets out a deep, throaty laugh as he makes his way over to the bed. He stands over me holding a single red rose. His sinister eyes glare down at me and I realize this is not the man I fell in love with. That man is gone. A total stranger has replaced him.
“I told you I would never leave you alone. I made you a promise and I intend to keep it.” Liam begins pulling something out from behind his back and the unmistakable sound of a gun cocking fills the air.
"Shattered Pieces" by Christie Corbin tells the story of Chandler and Tori. Chandler is yummy! A sexy firefighter whose only desire is Tori and to keep her safe. I liked Tori as well. She is working hard at moving on after a bad relationship. She is strong yet understands the need to lean on others at times. It always bothers me when heroines feel they don't need anyone else and try to do it all on their own. I didn't quite understand some of her decisions, though, especially when it came to the "gifts" she was receiving but still, I admired her willingness to move forward, even if it was difficult. While, at times, I thought the details of some scenes were a bit much, it did help put the reader into the scene and understand the thoughts and actions of the characters. The flow and pace of the story is good, although, a time or two, was a tad bid slow for me. Ms. Corbin covers some serious issues throughout the book and I found she did an admirable job. Being this is Ms. Corbin's debut, I was pleased with the result and will certainly look to read future works by her as she develops and grows as an author. (received copy for honest review)
Books have always been a passion of mine but after going to nursing school and reading way too many textbooks, I quit pleasure reading for a while. I started reading again a few years ago and I haven’t stopped since. After attending an author signing, I became inspired to write my own novel. I’m an author in the Contemporary Romance genre.
I reside in Georgia with my husband and son. Born and raised in Georgia, I consider myself a true southern girl. I love my sweet tea and football! When I am not working as a nurse or writing, I enjoy spending time with family and friends.
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