Monday, September 8, 2014

Review/Quote-tastic--parasites exploding?! Gah!--Shatter by Erin McCarthy

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So this week I'm picking Erin McCarthy's latest release--Shatter. This is a New Adult series and turned into one of my favorites. Just great characters and interesting set ups. Anywho. This scene freaking cracked me up. One of the funniest things I've read and so showed Jonathan's personality perfectly. It's actually a pretty serious read but had some really hilarious moments mixed in...

"What are you thinking about?" I asked him, because he had his thinking face on, the one that said he was calculating.

"You don't want to know."

I sat up, not liking the sound of that. "Why? What are you thinking?"

"I don't think I should say. You might misconstrue."

He didn't want to see me anymore. He found me boring. He wanted a DNA test done. "I'm going to think up so many horrible things, that whatever you say can't possibly be as bad. Don't torment me."

Glancing over at me, he looked surprised. "Kylie, it's nothing horrible. No. Sorry. It's just my creepy science mind at work. I was thinking how bizarre it is that a parasite is growing in you and will eventually explode from your body through an extremely narrow opening, and yet you will both survive."

My jaw dropped. "Jonathan, oh my God!" The things he said...and he actually looked amused at the thought. I was not amused. Exploding anything out of my vagina was just not something I wanted to think about. It was a horrible word choice.

"Told you that you wouldn't want to know."

"Our baby is not a parasite!"

"Technically, it is. You're the host." He gave me an amused look. "It's just the way my mind works, I can't help it. I had to take it there because it's a curious process if you think about it."

"I'd rather not." But he was honest, I had to give him that. "And here I was just thinking how romantic you can be."

Now he laughed out loud. "Shit. I ruined that, didn't I?"


Heat: 3 out of 5, Rating: 4 out of 5

Whew talk about a read that put me through the wringer! McCarthy didn't hold back with Shatter as Kylie and Jonathan tackle real life and a one night stand turned pregnancy with heart and humor and adjust to their lives being changed forever and bound to someone they really don't know. 

Kylie and Jonathan's romance was a hard one. It felt real and made me ache for them as life dealt them blow after blow. They're both pretty amazing people--though very different--and absolute survivors. They're dealt some scary stuff at such young ages and they rolled with it and made the best of everything they're put through. I just love characters like that. And enjoyed them and how oddly perfect they were for each other. The social butterfly who isn't book smart but is eternally optimistic and wise in her own ways vs the utterly brilliant science nerd who's socially awkward but incredibly sweet and endearing. 

The two had some excellent chemistry happening. Sex scenes were hot and steamy and sometimes a little awkward just like real life. I loved the tension and heat between them as they figured out their places in each other's lives. The achingly sweet moments when Jonathon took care of Kylie during her pregnancy to the charmingly cheesy sharing of nerdy chemistry jokes. They were just cute together.

There was so much funny happening in this one as the two got to know each other. Jonathon is very much a science guy and it so shows in the way he thinks things out. I loved it and chuckled quite a bit at his "oddness". But as funny as parts were it's also a pretty heartbreaking read. Parts I didn't see coming and had me ready to cry for these two as they fought life and the hardships it can deal out. McCarthy took some risks but I think they played out well in the end and really made for a wonderfully emotional journey.

While it wasn't a perfect read--I thought the parental reactions to things were a bit off and heavy handed both with positive reactions and negative ones to the pregnancy--it was a very worthwhile read and an incredibly satisfying ending to the series. Full of heart, heat and humor...McCarthy once again brought a swoon-worthy romance to life. One that'll stick with me for quite some time. 

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