SHATTERED HEART #3                               DOROTHY F. SHAW

Shattered Heart by Dorothy F. ShawA crush is just a fantasy. The real thing packs some serious heat.
The Donnellys, Book 3
When Cynthia Donnelly lays eyes on her high school crush at her brother’s wedding rehearsal, she regrets her self-imposed, one-year moratorium on dating. If possible, he’s even hotter now than when they were teens.
Back in school, Shane made a point to ignore his best friend’s cute, sassy little sister. Now that she’s grown into an incredibly sexy woman full of Irish spunk, resisting her is out of the question. Besides, in his book, all “hands-off” rules have expired.
One sizzling night together should have been enough. Instead, the heat rises, tempting Cyn to take a chance on a long-distance relationship and making Shane consider pulling up stakes and moving back to L.A.
Cyn’s recently dumped ex, however, has other ideas. His quest to get her back escalates into violence, shattering Cyn’s faith in herself, and in anyone else of the male persuasion, and leaving Shane with his work cut out for him to repair the damage—or lose his shot at a once-in-a-lifetime love.
Warning: This book contains a physical assault. Buckle up for a bumpy emotional journey with the characters as they fall apart and then slowly find their way to healing, and to each other. You might get angry or tearful along the way, you may even get frustrated, but as is with any good love story, it’ll be worth it in the end.
     What happens when fantasy becomes reality?  Do you embrace it or run from it?  Guess you’ll have to see…
     Cynthia (Cyn) Donnelly was coming to grips that her boyfriend Carlos was pulling away.  They had been dating a year and well it was about the same time with all her exes seemed to go south.  Now she could hear herself begging for his time.  So on a night a few days before her brother’s wedding she was actually glad to be on the couch alone with a chick flick for she had been busy at work.
     You see a few days before Carlos had blown off a dinner with a couple of her siblings.  So as she’s watching the movie her phone rings and it’s Carlos.  She answers says hello but what she hears is rustling material and a woman giggling.  Then she hears Carlos say come here baby let me take care of that. Or at least something to that effect.  Then more material moving around, then the phone goes dead.
     She throws on some shoes on gets her keys and heads to Carlos’s where she catches him off guard.  He’s half undressed and she finds a woman coming from his room she dumps him right there and then!
     A couple of days later is the wedding rehearsal and bachelor and bachelorette parties.  Guess who is in town?  The unofficial brother, Shane Conlon, Cyn’s crush from junior high until 11th grade.  She used to tag along everywhere Shane and Joey her brother went.  Until they scared her off and that was often.  In the 11th grade Shane shipped off to boot camp.  She’d written him a few letters but he never answered them.  By the time she was a senior she had moved on.  Because really all she would ever really be is Joey’s little sister.
     Now seventeen years later he’s just sitting in the pew at the church for her brother’s wedding rehearsal.  Burning a hole in her ass because he’s staring at it so hard.  All those years he almost lived in their house and he never noticed her.  Now…
     Well after the rehearsal the guys and girls split up and all Cyn and Shane can think of is each other.  So when it was time for both parties to merge and the two literally run into each other the sexual chemistry is hotter than dynamite.  One kiss and it’s on like Donkey Kong.  (Think I just dated myself, Oh Well!)  If you have a problem with graphic erotica description then this is not the book for you.  If you have a fear of violence to women this is not the book for you.  I will say I have heard worse on the news and that it is done in the context of the story line and in good taste.  Yet, the emotional rollercoaster it took her on was gut wrenching.
     But if you want to read a story of a fun loving family who says what they mean and means what they say.  Yet, always with and out of love this is the book for you.  You will laugh, cry, feel fear, and a whole lot more.  I give this 5 ++++ stars.
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