Title – A Shattered Moment
Author – Tiffany King
Publication Date – May 5, 2015
Series – Fractured Lives, #1
In the new series by the 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…
A Shattered Moment is a quiet story of healing that managed to sneak up on me, leaving me surprised by the intensity of my emotional ties to this book. Mac and Bentley’s story isn’t plagued with drama or overrun by the typical hang-ups you tend to see in new adult novels. Their story rests in the small triumphs and genuine emotions that come with stepping out into the world for the first time and moving forward after tragedy. Mac was far from perfect, but her fears and limitations were incredibly authentic to her situation, allowing this character to be someone the readers could relate to and root for. I could see how much of her heart and soul Tiffany King poured into A Shattered Moment, giving it that feeling of significance that allows a reader to really lose themselves in the words.
I adored the natural uncertainty of both Mac and Bentley. College is the time where dreams waver and circumstances change; forcing the characters to question the path they’re on. Bentley’s honesty about his issues with his job gave his character undeniable sincerity, capturing the heart of who he is. Bentley’s empathetic nature made him a great match for Mac, giving him the necessary patience, strength, and understanding she would need in order to let him into her life. Tiffany King really did a beautiful job of unraveling her characters and allowing them the room to succeed as well as make mistakes. Successful character development was so essential to Mac and Bentley’s story and Tiffany King definitely didn’t let us down. Both characters had distinctive and easily relatable voices that kept me invested in their journey.
I honestly didn’t know what to expect from the storyline of A Shattered Moment, making it all the more fun to read. The emotions in this book are what really resonated with me, tempting me to follow them wherever they might lead. Tiffany King did an amazing job with the progression of Mac’s relationships over the course of this book. Bentley’s insistent presence in her life spurs her to form new relationships, eventually leading her to a place where she can heal old ones as well. I felt as if I was watching the color being put back into her world with each connection she made or repaired. I couldn’t get enough of Bentley. There were so many moments throughout the story where I wished I could be inside both of their heads at once. A Shattered Moment is a great new standalone from Tiffany King and the perfect start for a potential new series!
A Shattered Moment by Tiffany King is one of those novels that you end up not being able to put down due to just how heartbreakingly beautiful the journey is. There isn’t angst and drama; there isn’t even a whole lot of action throughout the novel. What you do get, however, is a haunting reality burrowed beneath a tale of love, forgiveness, and learning how to move on.
The two main characters, Mac and Bentley, had a special connection from the moment they were introduced and that shone through the words on the page. Mac is a broken character and rightfully so. She’s been through something that nobody should ever have to go through, left to suffer through consequences of someone else’s actions. The thing I appreciated the most was her extreme transformation between the beginning and end of the novel. As the story unfolds, she grows and a beautiful young woman emerges like a phoenix from the ashes
Bentley is one of those heroes that will leave every girl swooning and wanting one of him in their lives! He honestly made the book what it was for me. He was so intuitive and soft, yet incredibly masculine and protective. There was something about his persistence, but knowing when not to push too hard, that struck me. He was able to unintentionally force Mac to confront her demons, even when she didn’t realize that she needed to. His demeanor made it seem almost effortless which helped with the flow of the story.
One of the most remarkable things about A Shattered Moment was that there was no drama for the sake of it. The ups and downs that were present flowed naturally with what I would expect of people in this situation, and with such heavy subject matter, this felt important. However, at times, I wished that Mac’s recovery and turning around would have gone a little bit deeper. Her ability to push through her own walls felt a little on the surface, so we saw it happening but didn’t necessarily understand the emotions she was going through. For example, we knew it was hard for her to go through the boxes, but I would have liked the ability to reach into Mac and pull out more feeling in those moments.
A Shattered Moment is a contemporary romance, but it’s something so much more. The novel is about what happens when we are forced to shine some light on the darkest pieces of ourselves. It’s about allowing ourselves to recover and move on with our lives, even when we don’t think we deserve it. Tiffany King has delivered two unforgettable characters with a hauntingly beautiful back story, and I’m already anxious to see what the next book in the series will bring!
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A Shattered Heart (Fractured Lives #2)
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USA Today Bestselling author Tiffany King is a lifelong reading fanatic who is now living her dream as a writer, weaving Young Adult and New Adult romance tales for others to enjoy. She has a loving husband and two wonderful kids. (Five, if you count her three spoiled cats). Her addictions include: Her iPhone and iPad, chocolate, Diet Coke, chocolate, Harry Potter, chocolate, zombies and her favorite TV shows. Want to know what they are? Just ask.
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