Published on January 27, 2014 Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
This gritty spin-off of the New York Times bestselling Shattered Hearts Series follows mysterious and sexy Tristan as he attempts to abandon his demons in the name of love. This full-length novel can be read as a stand-alone or after Bring Me Home.
A steady stream of meaningless sex is all Tristan has left when he discovers the grandmother who raised him is dying and his best friend is getting married. He is lost; and the dark secrets in his past keep coming back to remind him of this.
Until Tristan has an idea that will change his life and fulfill his dying grandmother’s wishes: Abandon his playboy ways and settle down.
And who better to do it with than Senia, the girl who has occupied his thoughts since their scorching hot tryst in the back of his sports car. The girl who makes him laugh and feel like a kid again.
But when his world begins to crumble around him, the pain Tristan is hiding finds its way to the surface. Will Tristan finally learn to trust again? Or will he abandon Senia when she needs him the most?
I’ve read and reviewed the entire Shattered Hearts series so far and I think this one might be my favorite. I know I said that after book three, Bring Me Home, but I liked seeing the chaos that was Tristan’s past. I did not expect some of the twists in his story and it was far darker than I could ever have imagined. It’s no wonder that he was the aloof and careless person we saw in Clair and Chris’ story.
In Abandon, Tristan is dealing with so much all at once. First he learns that his grandmother, the woman who raised him and his sister because his junkie of a mother was incapable, is dying. Then the consequences of unprotected impulse sex with Senia come back to haunt him in the form of an unplanned pregnancy.
But the two twists of fate might be synergistic – Tristan thinks maybe his grandmother’s dying wish of seeing him happy and fulfilled can be accomplished through this child he created with Senia and he sets out to explore this new opportunity and try and make Senia see the real him. The man who really does want to be intimate and protective of a woman and raise a child.
Senia has her reservations though. And they are not without cause. Tristan is not exactly “father” material at this point. But slowly Tristan comes to terms with the past. He forces himself to think about what he did, what his mother, Elaine, made him do as a young teen (barely a teen), and everything comes crashing down on him as he has to grow up in the moment and begin to pick up the pieces. Because now he has a lot of people depending on him.
I enjoyed Tristan’s POV very much. Senia I was lukewarm about. I knew her from the other books, so she really didn’t need as much attention character-wise, but I never really connected with her in those books either.
The ending was mature and realistic and I think Cassia stays true to herself when she writes her endings. I loved the end of Shattered Hearts. I thought it was perfect actually. And even though this ending is a tad (just a little bit) bittersweet, it’s still real and it’s OK. Not OK as in the ending is only OK, OK as in – life. This is life. No, it’s not perfect. And even perfect moments have imperfections. But everything works out in the end.
And it did.
I would definitely recommend this book to all Shattered Hearts fans.
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**This is a spin off from the Shattered Hearts Series. Read the books that started it all!
About Cassia Leo
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.
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Awesome review!! Thanks, J!
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You are very welcome, Cassia! <3