Review: Shatter by Erin McCarthy

Posted August 21, 2014 in Review / 5 Comments

ShatterShatter (True Believers #4)
By Erin McCarthy
Expected publication September 2nd, 2014
Intermix/Berkley Trade
304 pages
New Adult | Contemporary Romance
Source: Received from Penguin in exchange for an unbiased review (Thank You!!)



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About the book:


Kylie Warner prides herself on being optimistic, but after finding her best friend in bed with her boyfriend and flunking chemistry, her upbeat attitude has taken a dive. Even an impromptu hook-up with her sexy new chemistry tutor only brightens her mood slightly. After all, it’s not like she’ll ever see the tattooed scholar again…


While he’s a whiz at complex equations, Jonathon Kadisch has trouble when it comes to figuring out women. So when Kylie tells him that she’s pregnant after their night of passion, he’s at a complete loss. He’s prepared to be a good father—unlike his own deadbeat dad—but he’s less prepared to fall for the genuine and alluring blonde bearing his child.


With emotions running high, Kylie wonders if Jonathon’s devotion is out of growing love or looming obligation. And when heartbreak threatens to tear them apart, Jonathon will have to fight for the only girl who’s ever made him feel whole…


This is a series I sort of jumped into the middle of, having started it with the third book, Believe.  I actually had no problems starting the series in the middle and I really loved that story!

Shatter is Kylie’s HEA, err, I mean story.  She’s the fourth best friend who had her heart shattered by her boyfriend, Nathan, when he hooked up with her very drunk best friend, Robin (her story is the one that precedes this one and trust me, Robin does NOT let herself off the hook for the mess she made!).  Nathan then preceded to try for a repeat performance with Robin for an entire summer but Robin was having nothing to do with the jerk.

Shatter starts shortly after Believe as Kylie is just trying to keep her head above water.  She’s trying to get her grades back to passing.  She especially needs help in chemistry.  When Kylie goes to meet with her new tutor at a coffee shop off campus, she finds that the tutor isn’t the greasy, geeky guy she just introduced herself to.  It’s actually the good looking guy zoned out listening to his headphones she had checked out first.  Oops.

I absolutely LOVED with all my heart and soul and toes and pinkies that Ms. McCarthy wrote a smart, good looking, and, how do you say… all alpha male in the sack?  She has got THE best couple of the year with Kylie and Jonathon.  Kylie’s the girl who has always seen the brightside to life but is only seeing a dark fog covering the world right now.  Jonathon is almost too smart to know what he really needs in life.  If he doesn’t know something, he goes out and learns EVERYTHING about it until he’s an expert.  Kylie is the type of girl who would just wing it until she got it right.

So freakin’ perfect for each other, they just don’t know it!

The story itself is not at all what I had expected but when I actually thought about the title of the book, I realized I’m an idiot and I should have known.  The story is well written and even with that tiresome but often used literary device of *groan* misunderstandings between the lead characters, I really enjoyed just about every single page of the book!  The story moved fast and I never grew bored or wanted to put the book down.  Ms. McCarthy is just a flat out talented writer!

I think my two favorite things about this story are the multiple side stories that add to the main storyline and Jonathan, himself.  Can you tell I’ve got a little crush on the guy?  He is totally my dream guy and I think I may have dated an enginerd way back when who sort of resembled him.  Enginerd broke my heart but I know “Darwin” just wouldn’t…. eee gads!  I’m lost in a book again! 

You’ve just got to know I’m a sucker for good, non-angsty new adult romance.  An outstanding finish to the True Believers series, this one was spot on for me in so many ways… mostly because of a guy they call Darwin 😉


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erin mccarthyAbout the author:

USA Today and New York Times Bestselling author Erin McCarthy sold her first book in 2002 and has gone on to pen more than 38 novels and novellas in the paranormal, contemporary romance, and young adult genres.  A RITA award finalist and an American Library Association winner of the Reluctant Young Reader award, Erin is a member of Romance Writers of America, Horror Writers Association, and Ohioana.

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About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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5 responses to “Review: Shatter by Erin McCarthy

    • K

      This was a fun series that surprised me with how good it was 🙂 I kind of wanted to hug this book now that the series is over 🙁

    • K

      Now, I didn’t say best couple in the sack, per se. I should have said something like “best coupling” (err, but then my mind goes to wrong places, too) UGH!

      These two are just MY FAVORITE two people in the world this year! I love absolute opposites and I dug the geek and the bubbly, cute blond together 😀 And, duuuuuude, the crap they went through…. NOT fun!!!