When Devon Bradford entered Nina Petrov’s life, she was broken and alone. He did everything in his power to tear down her defenses, refusing to let her push him away. In the end, it just wasn’t enough. Nina had backed him into a corner, and he ended up doing the very thing he promised Nina he would never do- leave her, just as all the other men had done to her before. By the time Nina’s secrets had finally come to light, Devon had already vanished- she left him with no other choice. In the end, she was forced to make the decision between letting the memory of him consume her, or vanquishing him from her mind forever.
Devon had abandoned Nina in her darkest hour, in what seemed like a lifetime ago. It had shredded her heart, and left her questioning her sanity. The day he’d left her, she’d buried a part of herself, but the memories of him continued to haunt her, leaving her feeling unsure about everything she thought she once knew.
It has been eighteen months since Devon Bradford disappeared from Nina’s life, but she’s worked hard to dispel the demons that once plagued her. One day at a time, she becomes one step closer to leaving her past behind and moving forward. That is, until one fateful day, Devon is hurled back into Nina’s life, and her reality will be forever changed.
As Nina finds herself chained once more to the ghosts of her past, she realizes Devon holds the key to her future. Can Nina really trust Devon this time, or will he leave her to pick up the shattered pieces of her life once more?
Find out in the shocking conclusion of The Shattered Pieces Series!
Goes down as another off my 2018 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book with a blue cover. Love the design of it too! Well she’s done it again, makes you think the story is going one way then completely flips it on its head. Queen of WTF moments indeed, even if you think you know something might be coming you will be surprised when it does.
So Devon is back, or is he? Is Nina dreaming or living, you can never be completely sure. Which is great as it helps draw you into the story more and hold you on tender hooks until the end. You should read Ghostwriter first though to give you a little clue into Nina’s state of mind and what she has been through before this point.
So it’s been eighteen months since Nina’s last mental break and she is now in the last stages of her treatment at Hope, Heart and Home Rehabilitation before being released back into the real world. Her doctors – Dr. Simmons and Dr. Andrews – have been relocated so her remaining care will be in hands of someone new. Not good for someone with abandonment issues and more of a shock when she meets her new doctor, one very hot looking Dr. Perkins. The shock comes due to fact he just so happens to look an awful lot like her Devon. But is this Devon from her past, made up in her mind or maybe a bit of both? Either way things are going to get interesting with the lighting bolt spark that hits both of them when they lock eyes for the first time. The fact she runs out of the room as fast as she can does throw a spanner in the works to begin with and confuses him to no end.
Dr. Devon Perkins has been transferred to work at Hope, Heart and Home Rehabilitation and feels like he has been thrown in the deep end a little. After a disaster of a first meeting with his first patient, his next not turning up and then being thrown in to do group at the last minute he doesn’t think the day could get harder. He can’t seem to get his mind off his first patient Nina though and knows he needs to see her again, maybe not just on a medical level. There is something about her that draws him in. Good job then that she happens to be the first person to come into group. Not so good that she soon passes out after facing him again. The need to protect her is strong and he is going to do whatever it takes to help her. Namely by being called back into work after she has a fit and says she will only calm down if he comes. He’s there to protect her from the start but she can’t trust that he always will be. It’s her weakness. Push before they leave so you can say ‘I told you so’ when they finally do after saying they wouldn’t. This does seem to connect them a little but her fits/panic attacks are something she deals with a lot. They may have started a connection but the moment the good doctor tells her his actual name things get a bit tense. She thinks it’s a trick or just cruel that he would say his name is Devon but he really hasn’t read her file that thoroughly so doesn’t know everything. Even when he does though it’s still just the tip of the iceberg with what’s going on inside her head.
Chemistry and passion galore no matter what Devon is in her mind and the pull towards each other is always going to be there no matter where they are. He knows the trouble he could get in with being involved with a patient but he can’t seem to deny her anything. All he wants is trust from her but that might be something she can’t really give. You know their romance is going to have bumps along the way. The fault of these lying in both their hands, not just his as she’d like to believe. Can he get past her barriers to what he wants and needs? She has become his addiction, one he doesn’t want to give up. Let’s see if he can keep her or if she will run.
Loved her friend Terrance, a right laugh who seemed to be someone who really clicked with her, making her laugh just when she needed it. Dr. Malway though was a douche that needed to stay out of their business.
Mental illness is hidden from most so this is a good way to talk about a subject that affects more people than you would think. What’s up and what’s down, well with this book it sure flips things on its head so just hold on for a hot, fun filled, eye opening ride. A dream, in a dream, in a dream. Or is it?
5 out of 5 stars
I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.