Saturday, May 16, 2015

Book Review: A Shattered Moment (Shattered Lives #1) by Tiffany King

A Shattered Moment

Shattered Lives #1

Tiffany King

May 5, 2015

Berkley Romance

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GR's Summary:

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… 

Lindy's Thoughts:

A Shattered Moment is a tender and touchingly bittersweet story.  At it's heart, are themes of loss, strength, resilience, perseverance, new beginnings, and a journey of self-discovery.  This story and it's characters are real and relatable.

One night shattered Mackenzie's happy and carefree life forever.  It was the day of her high school graduation, a time for celebration with her 5 best friends, that ended in tragedy.  Now, Mackenzie "Mac" is left to pick up the broken pieces of her injured body and devastated psyche.  After one year of living with her parents, Mac decides that it is best to move away for her second year of college and live in the dorms.  However, she doesn't know how to begin anew.  She is living with survivor's guilt, and emotional scars, which result in her social isolation.

Mac finds solace in going to her college library, sitting in the same comfortable chair, and keeping to herself on a daily basis.  One day, she see's "Hunk Worthy" Bentley James, and they recognize each other immediately.  He was the EMT who helped rescue her the day of the tragic car wreck.  Bentley is intrigued by Mac.  He becomes determined to get her out of her shell.  Little by little, with Bentley's charismatic charm, patience, compassion, and sensitivity, he strikes up a friendship with Mac.  However, the more he gets to know Mac and see how special she is, the more he wants a relationship with her.  Is Mac ready for a new beginning?

A Shattered Moment hurt my heart to read.  I empathized with all that Mac had to endure, and more than anything, I wanted her to find a way to be happy living again.  Bentley's character touched me deeply.  He was such an amazing individual, and exactly what Mac needed in her life.  As closed off as Mac was, it took someone special to get her to let her walls down, and Bentley was that person.

For anyone that has endured painful loss, a debilitating physical injury, and has been in an emotionally dark place, this story will resonate deeply within you.  There was a beautiful romance that slowly unfurled between Mac and Bentley, but more than anything, this story centered on Mac's journey, fortitude, healing, and finding the strength to live her life again.  

My Rating:

I give, A Shattered Moment, by Tiffany King, 4 Touching, Romantic, Raw, Emotion Filled Stars.  This was truly a beautiful story... 

Ro's Take on this Journey:

A Shattered Moment, by Tiffany King, was a journey of a lifetime.  A lifetime that not too many people would want to travel.  It was an emotionally charged, tearful, devastating story.  A story filled with friendship, love, loss, and mending.  A Shattered Moment made me feel every emotion possible for this broken girl, Mac.  Mac was filled with so much survivor's guilt, painful memories, PTSD, physical scars and limitations that mentality paralyzed her with uncontrollable fear.

One year after the horrific car accident, that occurred on graduation night with her 5 best friends since elementary school, Mac has finally decided to go off to college to escape her parents and her now non-existent life.  Her parents put her up in the dorm.  What they don't realize is that she won't communicate with her roommate, other students, or anyone else.  She is a shell of the person she once was.  Every day is spent hiding her face and scars from the public.

Mac spends her time in the library studying, hiding in a corner where she is hopeful that no one will notice her.  One day she makes eye contact with a gorgeous guy in the library, and there is instant recognition on her part.  Mac is hopeful that the guy doesn't recognize her.  Unfortunately, he does.  His name is Bentley, and he was the EMT that helped her get through the devastating crash one year ago.

Mac has been pushing people away since her survival from the devastating accident.  Her rude disposition is thrown in Bentley's face, but he doesn't see anything but the beauty of this wonderful girl.  Bentley is drawn to Mac like a magnet, and he isn't going anywhere, till he can make her realize that she still has something to live for.  Though Mac has scattered feelings about this guy who just doesn't take a hint, she really is intrigued by him.

A Shattered Moment is full of life lessons!  I loved this story.  It was heart wrenching, and at the same time filled with compassion, beauty, empathy, patience, and hope.  Ms. King has written a beautiful and tender love story.  Mac grows exponentially in this story.  Bentley is a wonderful, caring, considerate character.  Reader's will fall for him head over heals.

My Rating:

I give, A Shattered Moment, by Tiffany King, 4 Emotionally Charged, Full Circle, Life Changing, Second Chance At Love Stars!  This book was a tear jerker.  Get your kleenex ready ladies, I couldn't stop crying or reading.  The sequel promises to be unforgettable!

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About Tiffany King:

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.


  1. Great review! Thanks for the chance to read this book!! :)

  2. YES ladies..I loved the depth and heart to the back-story was gads!

  3. Tough one to read just based on the blurb and your review thoughts. Life lessons indeed...

  4. Your book sounds amazing! Congratulations on your beautiful book!

  5. Oh wow! This really sounds like an emotional journey. Beautiful reviews ladies!

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

  6. I agree. So sweet and does a great job with the emotional journey.


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