Book Title: Shattered Ties
Date of Publication: November 12, 2013
With a former supermodel mother and a rock-and-roll legend father, Emma Preston has the best of everything. Nothing is as perfect as it seems though. After her parents divorce, she’s forced to live with her mother in a private Santa Monica community. Ignoring their parental roles, her mother becomes more focused on climbing the social ladder while her father is off on tour.
Growing up in a trailer park with his mother, Jesse is used to people looking down on him. When his mother begs him to submit an application for a scholarship to one of Santa Monica’s top private schools, he never expects to actually get it. When he does, he is forced to attend school with a bunch of rich kids. He ignores their stares as they judge him for having tattoos and a less than impressive car. As long as he has his surfboard and the guys at the tattoo shop, he knows he can make it through.
When Jesse shows up on the first day of school, Emma can’t help but be intrigued. Her mother would never approve of Emma talking to someone so poor, but she doesn’t care because something about Jesse draws her to him.
Jesse tries to hate Emma, but he discovers that he can’t resist her. Forced to hide their relationship from Emma’s mother and everyone else around them, things start to fall apart. When Jesse’s friend, Ally, decides to interfere, things go from bad to worse.
Can they survive their first love? Or will they be left with nothing more than shattered ties?
Book 1 of a 2 book series.
“So, what’s your story?” I asked, unable to stop myself.
He looked confused. “What do you mean?”
“I was just wondering where you were from.” I gestured to his tattoos. “You don’t fit the mold for most of the guys around here. Did you just move here or something?”
He hesitated for a split second before I saw determination fill his eyes. “Nope. I attended the public school across town all my life. I’m here on a scholarship. As for my tattoos, I like to be creative, and sometimes, I use my body to do it.”
I felt my cheeks turn red from embarrassment. I was sure he could get very creative with that body of his.
I though Shattered Ties was a sweet love story! We’ve got Emma, the good girl from the right side of town and Jesse, the not so bad bad-boy from the not so right side of town. They meet at school when Jesse is awarded a scholarship to attend the ritzy private school Emma attends…at least that’s where Emma thinks they first met, Jesse knows better. He’s never forgotten their actual first meeting. Their first meeting BTW, had a great message tied into it, children are innocent, they don’t know hate or prejudice unless they’re taught it by someone else. Watch what you say around kids, they’re always listening and repeating…thankfully Emma didn’t grow up to be anything like her mean hateful mother. But I digress…With Emma & Jesse’s story, K.A. had me smiling A LOT while reading, I thoroughly enjoyed every page seeing their relationship evolve little by little into something more. They didn’t have it easy by any means, coming from two different worlds, they had to hide their relationship in public knowing people wouldn’t approve. As I said, Shattered Ties is a sweet love story about discovering your first love (with some added sexy thrown in) but it’s also about losing that love when you allow other people’s opinions and judgement to influence your decisions. As K.A. made me smile, she also made me cry a little bit. She’s also got me wanting book 2 BADLY because I HAVE to know if Emma and Jesse find each other again and if so, can they find that love they once had for each other and make it work. Can they work past their differences and fight for their love. I’m rooting for them 🙂
Shattered Ties gets 4 stars
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