February 20, 2015

Shattered by Pamela Sparkman ~ BOOK BLITZ & REVIEW

Title: Shattered (Stolen Breaths #2)
Author: Pamela Sparkman & Deanna Gohn
Release Date: Oct 13, 2014
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Close your eyes for a moment and picture this.
A gorgeous redhead walks into a bar.
No, wait, a wedding reception.
A gorgeous redhead walks into a wedding reception. Poised, polished and flawless - on the outside.
He's tall, dark, and handsome, exactly like a fairytale prince and he won't take no for an answer as he leads her to the dance floor.

But this will be no ordinary dance and theirs is no ordinary story. What begins as rhythmic steps on a dance floor fluidly and beautifully becomes the rhythm of two hearts meant to beat as one.

Until the music stops. 

In a moment everything she's put behind her comes crashing down, threatening to destroy what his love has helped repair and rebuild.
Life throws punches and it hits hard when you least expect it.
What they learn is that sometimes, in order to be truly whole, you have to first be shattered to your very core. 

 Review by: Tracy

Stolen Breaths by Pamela Sparkman

Sometimes things aren't always what they seem. Sometimes pain lies underneath, buried so deep that for a moment you let yourself forget – until you can’t. 

I didn't realize how numb I was until I started feeling again, and he made me feel – everything. Cooper Hudson came into my life when I needed him the most – twice. 

What would you do if someone saved your life? What would you do if you never knew who that person was? What would you do, if in the blink of an eye, your life was changed and you needed to become so much stronger than you ever thought you could be?
Do you believe in fate? Do believe that there is some force outside of us that puts 2 people in the right place at the right time so their paths cross? Well if you didn’t, you will after you read Cooper and Lily’s story. You will have no choice but to fall in love with Lily and Cooper (and Ms. Sophie too!)
“The story of him, the story of me, the story of us. It is our story, the one we get to tell people when they ask how we met or when we fell in love. It is a story of sadness and heartbreak; of losing yourself in the shadows but finding yourself in the light. It is a story of losing what you wish you had never lost, but accepting that you did and allowing yourself to feel it. Even the parts you want to forget, because the pain is something you have to go through in order to get to the other side. There are no secret doors, hidden passages, or trick walls. All you can do is burst through the middle and keep going. You’ll come out with some bruises and maybe even a few scars, but it’s the bruises and the scars that lets you know that you not only survived, but that you actually lived.”

                                                                           4 Stars

Review by: Tracy

Shattered by Pamela Sparkman and Deanna Gohn

Ms. Sophie and her match making skills are at again! This time she sets her sight on Joe and Maggie. Joe, who is friends with Cooper and Maggie, who is friends with Lily, met at Lily and Coopers wedding.
The only problem? They don’t live in the same state. So what’s a guy to do when the first girl he wants a forever with is thousands of miles away? He decides to be her friend. And Maggie couldn’t be more thrilled, because as much as she doesn’t want to admit it, she wants that future just as much as he does.
Just when things start to fall into place, and the star are starting to align for them, fate has a way of stepping in throwing their lives a curve ball. Are they both strong enough to make it through thr struggle? Will they finally admit the way they feel about each other or will they realize that what they have isn’t strong enough and friendship is all they can give?
I liked Maggie and Joe’s story. You couldn’t help but fall in love with Joe and his quirky sense of humor.

 4 Stars

Before I even realized what I was doing, I’d reached out and grabbed her hand and pulled her into me; and then I was kissing her.  I’m pretty sure I caught her off guard, since she let out a soft moan.  My hands held her face, and I… forgot how to do this.  My lips froze.  Her lips and mine were touching and nothing more.  The kiss was simple.  It was chaste.  It was precious.  And for a whole minute that’s what we did, touched lips, because I forgot how to do this.  My lips completely paralyzed against hers made this the most innocent and the most sensual kiss I’d ever experienced. 
I slowly, very slowly, backed away. She still had her eyes closed.  She was mesmerizing.  She opened her eyes and looked up at me, her eyes holding mine.
“Don’t say anything,” I quickly told her.  “Just…just let me look at you.”
She complied, and remained silent.  She held my gaze, as I held hers, and I slowly counted in my head all the things I loved about her.  She was beautiful, kind, funny, sophisticated...  The list grew longer as I stared down at her, and I finished my mental list with this realization: she was Maggie, which meant she was everything
“Tomorrow,” I said, “I’m taking you somewhere fun, so get some rest.  And wear comfortable shoes.”  I stepped around her and guided her to the bed, stopping her when she touched the mattress with the back of her knees.  “Lie down, and I’ll tuck you in.”
She still had not said a word, only obliging my requests.  She lay down and I pulled the covers up over her, then reached around and turned off the lamp.  I leaned in, lingering quietly above her, wishing I could tell her what was in my heart.  I placed a kiss on her forehead, a soft whisper of one that lasted for a beat longer than I intended, but not as long as I would have liked, then gently pulled back.
“Night, Maggie,” I said, walking toward the door.
“I didn’t think you would really do it,” she whispered.
“What?  Kiss you?”
“I wasn’t going to, but you challenged me.  I guess you could say you made me do it.”
“Is that what I am?  A challenge?”
“You’re definitely a challenge, sweetheart.  It’s a challenge just to keep my hands to myself whenever we’re in the same room.

Pamela Sparkman - 
I grew up in Alabama and have always been an avid reader. I had a stack of those Little Golden Books and I can remember reading Three Little Kittens over and over and over again. It was my favorite.
Fast forward and the older I got the more in love with books I became. So, I'm admitting that I am a huge nerd. The only reading I don't like are those math word problems. And I'm okay with that because no one has ever asked me in real life... "If I give you two bananas and take away six apples, how long will it take the southbound train to collide with the northbound train if Johnny left his house at midnight?" It just doesn't happen.
So, yeah, books are my thing.
Oh and music. All kinds. Love.It.

Deanna Gohn - 

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