REVIEW – Moonshine by Regina Bartley

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Title: Moonshine
Author: Regina Bartley
Release Date: December 2, 2013
*Standalone Novel*



Innocence taken…
A tragedy happened…
A heart is left broken…
Is love enough to survive?

Shine Craven has to learn this the hard way. One tragic day leaves her questioning her strength and her sanity. She is left fighting an internal battle that she believes can’t be won.

Her best friend thinks that he loves her enough to save her, but sometimes sweet words just aren’t enough. Once he hears her secret, will he still believe that love will heal her or will the truth be too much for him to handle?

Sometimes when we are faced with such horrible events we force ourselves to overcome, but at what cost? Will he stay or will he go? Find out if love is enough.



Moonshine was the first book I’ve read by Regina Bartley. Since I was going in blind, I really had no idea what to expect. I had decided to read the first couple of chapters one night until that plan failed miserably. I couldn’t stop reading. From the moment I met Shine and Ryker I was hooked. I had to keep reading, keep learning more about them and continue to follow their story. There was no lull, no place where things stopped or slowed for a while. There was only their emotional journey and my need to see it through to the end.

I love damaged characters. I really do. Shine was a beautiful disaster of a girl and I couldn’t help but feel that painful tug on my heartstrings every time she hurt. She had been through something terrible and the pain of that experience consumed her. Her emotional distress was incredibly written throughout the story, allowing me to be completely absorbed into her world. As much as she was broken, she was just as determined to keep others from feeling her pain. She loved fiercely and she wanted to shield the people she loved from the reality of what had happened to her. I admired her strength (even when she didn’t know she had any).

Ryker is the guy every girl wants. He lives to make Shine smile. His heart is obviously hers from the beginning. I quickly fell under his spell and I’ll be honest, I was totally ok with never getting out. Ryker’s whole world comes crashing down around him the day that Shine’s life changes forever. Despite his own suffering he fights to be there for Shine, to help her heal and make her see how much she means to him. He is sweet and kind and compassionate, even amongst the chaotic storm of pain that seems to swirl around him. He was a beautiful character and I absolutely enjoyed getting to know him (and I really really hope this isn’t the end of Ryker for us).

Shine’s story was real and painful and at times devastating. I hurt for her and I cried for her. My heart broke and shattered and ached. Regina Bartley did such an amazing job putting to paper the events that haunt Shine and the reality of the inner conflict that developed as a result. The tragic moments of this story were handled with respect and grace. The characters felt honest and vulnerable and their emotions were entirely organic. From beginning to end I was invested in this book and never once felt disconnected from what was happening on the page. Moonshine left my heart raw but filled with love and light. This story was intense, emotionally overwhelming, and hopeful. Regina Bartley took me on a beautiful journey with Moonshine and I will definitely be reading more from this author.



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