Shattered Pieces

Noelle Rahn-Johnson
Shattered Pieces
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Release Date
November 2015
Book 2 of Pieces Trilogy
Chick-lit, Contemporary Romance

Betsey Ann

Colton's holding me tight as we slow dance. He tilts my head up and lowers his lips to mine. I'm lost to him. Holding me close, his kisses are soft, slow and he's exploring my lips, wanting more. I'm melting into him and easing into the kiss. No wait. He's a friend, I can't do this. I push away and run out into the night hearing him calling after me.
What did I just do?

One minute I'm celebrating my best girlfriend Paige's wedding and the next, I'm kissing Colton. Him and I are best friends and tell each other almost everything. We cuddle and watch movies. We go out for dinners. We sleep together, but no sex. We just can't.
I've been shattered in the past. I'm better now but my heart is still healing. I'm not looking for another relationship. But I know Colton likes me more than a friend. I haven't told him my secret and that's the reason I can't love another man right now. Can I go there again? Love Colton and risk my heart? Can I trust him to not shatter me?


My heart is saying kiss her, kiss her while my brain is saying just be friends and wait for her to be ready. My heart is winning.
I pull her closer and lower my lips to hers. I tease her lips to see what she'll do and she kisses me back. I deepen the kiss but I feel her pull away from me then she bolts out the door. I call her name but she runs faster.

What did I just do?

I've just ruined our friendship by pushing her. I know she's been through something in the past that makes her scared to open up to me. I'm a player. I get around with the ladies. I'm this way because of someone in my past. I've put up walls around my heart to prevent myself from getting hurt again. I'm a love ‘em and leave ‘em kind of guy. But when I'm with Betsey Ann, she's a love ‘em and keep ‘em kind of girl. I don't want just another woman screaming my name in bed. I only want one woman in my bed for the rest of my life. I want more, so much more. Can I piece her shattered heart back together again an

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Mar 02, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
130 people found the following review helpful
This was one of the most unexciting and annoying books I've read, with a weepy heroine and the whipped man who won't stop trying to convince her to love him despite how "broken" she is (insert eye roll here).

Broncos defensive end Colton Johanson was always a "love-'em-and-leave-'em" kinda guy, but he's desperately in love with his BFF Betsey Ann Anderson a "love-'em-and-keep-'em" kinda chick. He wants her, and only her, forever, but both of their pasts aren't exactly sunshine and roses. Betsey Ann is terrified to lose her heart to another cheating asshole, and Colton has always been a player, so she can't imagine him being satisfied with just one woman. Colton hasn't even so much as glanced at another woman since he met Betsey Ann, and if he has his way, that'll be the case for the rest of his life. Betsey Ann's insecurity and Colton's fame (aka groupies) threaten to derail the couple, but eventually Betsey Ann will have to choose to embrace and accept Colton's love or let him go.

SHATTERED PIECES is the second book in the Pieces Trilogy, but it can be read as a stand alone. Right away the tone of the writing didn't connect with me. It felt forced and abrupt, with too much useless information thrown in for filler. And as a rabid football fan, Ms. Rahn-Johnson's spelling of "quarter back" and "hyper extended" (and loads of other errors) made me cringe big time! Anyway, I kind of think that "shattered" and "broken" was a just a wee bit melodramatic for Betsey Ann's past. She was cheated on by a dude in college. I can get the wariness, but let's move on sweetie, my goodness. She's such a whiny, sobbing, insecure ninny, I was barely able to even read this book because she and the wusstastic Colton were oh so irritating.

The story was so slowly paced, and the conversations/inner monologue kept saying the same things, over and over again. "I want you so bad, I love you so much, you're it for me." "I can't give you my heart, it's been shattered. I don't know what to do. Can I trust you? What about all those women who hit on you?" Blah blah blah, on and on it went, going absolutely nowhere. I wound up skimming this read rather thanks diving into it like I usually would, but every time I stopped to read a few pages in depth…it was the same shit, different page.

Bottom Line: This book is terrible for so many reasons.
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