- File Size: 1008 KB
- Print Length: 260 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: October 18, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01M9CV48B
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #492,034 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Shattered by Time (Time Series Book 3) Kindle Edition
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There are a lot of elements of intrigue in this story: a dash of paranormal, a hefty helping of crime plot, and heaping dose of loving bonds (both between our hopefuls and their makeshift family). B.A. Dillon creates realistic bonds that you wish were your own. These characters care about each other deeply. It’s a story that will keep you guessing because of complicated twists that work well for the crime elements. It’s edgy and different in ways that strengthens the story. B.A. is an author to watch. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.
Julia and Josh get together for a hookup on New Years Eve and it develops into a full-on relationship from there. Yet, there is something between them. Without Josh's knowledge, Julia is hearing the voice of a woman she calls Rose and Josh is having dreams of his first FBI case and Julia is at the center of them. Things begin to occur and both start to see that they have been brought together.
It's not an easy feat...both have baggage...and they have a hard time sharing what is happening to them. When it finally comes out into the open, the result is amazing. The story morphs into something I didn't expect and I was enthralled with the tale weaved by Ms. Dillon.
I don't want to give a lot away...all I will say is that even if you don't have a belief in the metaphysical, past lives, etc, you might just be convinced when reading this story as well as the whole series. Don't get the idea that the story is scientific or anything...it's full of emotions that reel you in and make you connect with the characters. I have read the whole series yet something about Julia drew me in. Honestly, you need to one-click this book and you'll get what I'm saying.
I give Shattered by Time 5 stars and recommend it to anyone who loves romantic suspense. Congratulations B.A. Dillon on another amazing book. You had me pulled in from the first page all the way until the end.
When I read the very first book in this series a few years ago, I was wowed to the point of writing to the author to tell her that her book had completely touched my heart – actually, more like my soul.
In Shattered, we again meet up with a “gang” of characters that we first met in that very first book, Tethered Through Time. This is where I will tell you that if you haven’t yet read the other books in this series, I would recommend you stop right here and then go back and read my reviews for the other three books in this series and start at the beginning. I feel like if I picked this book up without reading the others first, I would be lost. I wouldn’t understand the dynamics between the characters as well as their histories, both together as a group as well as individual couples.
Throughout this series, there has also been another story that has developed involving crime and intrigue and it has added a delightful (well, except of course because it’s about crime, maybe delightful isn’t the best description) dimension to this series. These are not just romance books (although, of course, that is first and foremost). These books also have some action and some situations that can leave you wondering where it will go from there - and with that come twists and turns and things you do not expect. I would, however, also recommend you read them all within a reasonably short time of one another – I had forgotten a few details and wished I had had the time to go back and reread the first books to “reconnect” with the characters (although some I will remember forever)!
In this book, we experience the relationship between Josh and Julia (of whom we’ve met in the previous books within this series). Here’s the one thing I wasn’t crazy about - when this book starts, this couple already knows each other and although they had considered it casual at first, they were already “involved” as this book began. I honestly wish that I had experienced that “first time” within their own book (which is one of the biggest reasons I would recommend you read this series in order) right along with them. I truly enjoyed this couple but without the true “start” of their relationship, I felt a bit like something was missing. When they got together, albeit casually, it was in another couple’s “book” so we really didn’t learn about all those details we all know and love about the couple first meeting and being attracted to one another, etc. You know, that first spark that it’s fun to experience right along with the characters!
However, this is not to say that I didn’t appreciate and enjoy their dynamic, I did. But this is one of the biggest reasons this is not the book to start your adventure into this group of friends and family that I, for one, would really love to experience within my own life. They are a tight-knit group and I absolutely love how they all take care of each other as a group and individually.
I did, however, feel that when things began to change in their feelings for one another, we were front and center (and actually, isn’t that the most important part)?....
…The feelings I have for him run so deep and for the first time in my life, I know I’m in love….
Julia has a complex history, too bad she doesn’t remember it! She only remembers her life from around the time she was in college to the present. It’s a mystery, and her guy Josh, well he works for the FBI. What FBI hunk would you know who wouldn’t be intrigued with a beautiful woman with a mysterious past?
And Josh, he has demons that keep him up at night. He’s recently “come in” from being under deep cover and has seen things he wishes he could forget. Having Julia in his life becomes something that makes him feel like he’s healing. He sleeps better when she’s there. He feels better when he’s with her. She’s his balm, and a sexy one at that. And when she decides that maybe he’d be better off without her and her questionable past, he’s not so easily swayed…
“We can stay at your place or mine. Location doesn’t matter. Remember, I’m not easily pushed away.” “Okay,” she answers quietly…My body aches to be near her, but I’m afraid I might spook her by coming on too strong. She said take thing slow and wanting a kiss – I hope I have it in me to deliver just that. Her tongue darts out and moves slowly across her bottom lip before finding my eyes again…”I’m afraid to kiss you, Julia. You mean that much to me. I’m afraid I won’t be able to stop.” When my lips finally rest against hers, the deal my body made with my brain flies out the window. I haven’t touched her in more than a week now and now all I want is to devour every inch of her….
This is a case of two friends, who are more than friends in a casual way, becoming a whole lot more than that. It is a book about their hearts healing and finding each other and realizing they are perfect together, despite their histories and the chaos swirling around them.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned today it’s how much you and our family mean to me [this group of people have literally and figuratively become an extended family]. I love you too, Josh. It seems every time my world comes crashing down, you are there to pick me back up again.” “Always, love. Always.” We manage to get lost in a hug that feels more like the blending of two hearts. Like most couples in love our hugs always lead to more. Kissing Josh is always amazing but tonight there’s a notable difference. The connection is nearly electric and I couldn’t pull away even if I wanted to. What isn’t being said with words is communicated through heartbeats. And with each beat I imagine my heart is being pieced together again….
And this book wraps up (I think) the crime ring that has been ongoing throughout this series which has been intriguing and yet, a bit on the nasty side as all good crime stories are known to be. It doesn’t take front and center in the story, but it definitely influences the direction of the storyline.
As always, there is a bit of a lean toward some super-natural happenings in this one too and it completely works. Nothing over the top, just right!
I have to tell you I truly wish I knew these fictional people and was part of their “family” too. They’re an amazing group of characters and they feel like old friends. I look forward to these books as they’re released and feel like I’ve just spent time with some dear friends as I’ve read this book! I seriously encourage you all to read this series, beginning with the first book and following through this one if you feel like you want to be a part of this group of remarkable, talented characters.