I am so excited today to be the blog tour stop for Cassia Leo's third installment in her excellent Shattered Hearts series, Bring Me Home. I have been reading this series from the very beginning and it has become one of my favorites in the New Adult genre. Please click on the buy links below for this amazing series!
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"Sometimes letting someone go is the ultimate act of love." Claire Nixon is a college student with a past full of secrets and heartbreak. She was saved once by her first love, and rock star, Chris Knight. But when she encouraged Chris to leave town to pursue his dreams, both Claire and Chris didn’t realize it would be the biggest mistake of their lives. After a devastating year apart and thousands of miles of distance between them, Claire met sexy surfer Adam Parker. With his awful jokes and profound patience, he helped Claire pick up the shattered pieces of her broken heart for the second time.
But now Chris has returned and he is willing and determined to make Claire’s dreams come true—the same way she did for him when she let him go. With Adam’s former girlfriend in the picture, Claire finds herself torn between the new, passionate love she shares with Adam and the love and family she shares with Chris.
Bring me Home is the emotional conclusion to a fantastic New Adult trilogy that has had me captivated all summer long. As we begin the final installment of this trilogy, Claire is an island unto herself. She isn't spending much time with Adam or Chris, and is just trying to get through her life, day to day. Claire has a lot of mental turmoil to deal with in this book, from forgiving herself to dealing with the past to allowing herself to have a happy future.
It's difficult to write a review for this book without giving away any spoilers, so I'm going to try my best to generalize. Claire takes a lot of time to contemplate her life and what she wants at the beginning of this story. She is still thinking about Abigail and how she wants to proceed with that situation. Abigail will forever connect Claire to Chris, and they interact while dealing with this issue. Claire and Chris make a joint decision about Abigail that, I feel, was the only and best decision they could have made. As readers, we get closure regarding Abigail and are offered hope in the future.
Claire makes a decision fairly early on in this book about which man she wants to be wit -, Chris who represents her past, and Adam who represents her place of healing. The decision Claire makes is the right one for this story. In my mind, there was no other choice. There was no gray area. Claire makes a choice that will undoubtedly anger some fans but will have others jumping for joy. It was the right choice for Claire and for the story to make sense.
Cassia writes a beautiful, emotional story about love, forgiveness and hope. We are treated to Claire's, Adam's and Chris' point of view throughout this story. There are many sweet, romantic moments, and some difficult ones as well. I knocked a star off of my rating because of two things. One was Adam. He does a lot of soul searching in this book, and seems to have a moment of insta-love for a child in this book, which I didn't quite feel. I thought it was quick and a bit random, but ended up perfectly. Honestly, there were a few Adam chapters that I really just speed read through because he wasn't my main focus in this book. I also knocked a star off because of personal preferences. I love the angst and the build up of a relationship. I love hardships and how couples deal with those hardships. When couples become a bit too sweet, I tend to roll my eyes. There were some saccharin moments in Bring Me Home. Again, that is my own personal feelings - I know many of you love a sweet love story.
I am very happy with how this story ended. Claire shows a lot of growth throughout this trilogy, and ends up a much stronger character than when she started out. Chris and Abigail are given perfect endings. They were the two people that were hurt the most by Claire, and I think Claire redeemed herself in their eyes. Adam also had a fitting ending, although I couldn't seem to care as much about him as I would have liked. He ends up in a very happy place, with a life full of love and meaning.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys New Adult books and isn't shy when it comes to love triangles. This was a tightly written, well thought-out trilogy that kept me flipping the pages. Cassia Leo - thank you for writing this wonderful story about dreadfully damaged people and their climb to redemption. I loved every minute of it and look forward to reading more of your books in the future.
USA Today bestselling author Cassia Leo loves her coffee, chocolate, and margaritas with salt. When she's not writing, she spends way too much time watching old reruns of Friends and Sex and the City. When she's not watching reruns, she's usually enjoying the California sunshine or reading--sometimes both. Facebook Twitter Author website