Shattered Hearts #1 by Cassia Leo
Claire Nixon is a twenty-year-old college dropout with a secret she'll never tell. Then she meets sexy Adam Parker. Claire knows the flirting is harmless, but guys like Adam mean trouble. Then a seemingly innocent comment spurs a bet between them: if Adam can get Claire to reveal the secret that made her leave her college and her life behind, she has to re-enroll.
Claire's sure she can win. She's perfected the art of forgetting her past. But she isn't prepared for Adam's relentless pursuit, and she's definitely not prepared when her first love, rock-star Chris Knight - and her heartbreaking secret - comes banging down her door.
The heart-stopping, addictive first book in bestselling author Cassia Leo's new adult Shattered Heart series.
You can also read books two and three in the Shattered Heart series -Pieces of You and Bring Me Home.
New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language, drug reference, and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.
- Publisher in the UK by Random House UK, Transworld Publishers - ISBN: 1230000109478
I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a review!
What I say (review): I read Tristan and Senia's story in Abandon (a companion/spin-off novella) and liked the characters so much I wanted to find out how they got to where they are in Abandon. This meant I already know how the Shattered Hearts series ends before actually reading it but it didn't in any way lessen my interest or enjoyment in reading Relentless.
Claire is one hell of a complicated young woman. By the time Relentless begins she has a lot of baggage, but is trying to rebuild her life and move on from her past troubles. She has some interesting coping techniques, some of which involve a certain amount of avoidance. She's pretty broken and struggles to feel loved.
Claire finds an instant connection and attraction to her new neighbour Adam. He has his own issues, which are introduced in the book. There were a few moments where I was worried about Adam's reaction to certain events, but he seemed to take things a lot better than I expected. I loved watching Claire and Adam playing cat and mouse, and their banter is great. Adam is determined to date Claire, but she's equally determined to remain friends and keep him at a distance. I really liked Adam; he's hot, surfs, looks after old ladies and helps Claire to feel loved.
We are also introduced to Claire's ex-boyfriend Chris Knight. He mainly appears as a secondary character in Claire's memories but I expect him to have a far greater role in the next book. Chris left Claire to pursue his music career (at her very selfless insistence). I'm sure we're supposed to see him as her childhood saviour and as the hot bad boy rocker, but to me, in Relentless, Chris seemed pretty selfish. I couldn't understand why he hadn't checked up on her or why he didn't fight harder to begin with. Whilst Claire's been suffering until she meets Adam, Chris has been off being a rockstar surrounded by groupies. I'm looking forward to seeing how Cassia makes Chris seem worth of Claire's love both in the past and potentially in the future. As of now I'm very much in team Adam.