Genre: Suspenseful Romance
Release Date: October 3rd, 2013
Riley Miller wants nothing more than to leave her past behind and never speak of it again. The damage caused by what has happened has made her build walls keeping people out. Starting over isn’t easy. After a move to Cape Cod to escape the dark and haunting secrets, she meets Abby and Evan. Instantly becoming best friends, shy and quiet Riley tries to break out of her shell with the help from her new friends. Just as she begins to settle into a comfortable routine, Riley meets Evan’s friend Dustin.
Life as Riley knows it will never be the same.
Looking for love is the last thing on Dustin’s to do list, if it’s even on there at all. Living with some significant secrets of his own, Dustin tries to keep from getting in too deep with anyone. But, he finds himself drawn to the timid, yet stunning Riley. Can they both accept the past and develop a relationship? Or will the skeletons in both of their closets keep them from ever moving on?
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I found this story very touching and endearing, as we watch two young adults try to find their way in life with old wounds that had yet to heal. It has a soap opera feel to it, but progresses without a lot of down time in the story. I never found myself checking to see how much farther till I was finished with the book, that happens a lot to me when I read a book that has the soap opera feel.
Riley just wants her past to stay in the past. Mistakes of her parents had a way of crushing her future so she left town and started over in a new place. She fought for everything she had, job, friends, car, apartment and she did it alone. Dustin came from a wealthy family who thought they had the right to control his life. He was trying to break from that plus be a father to his little girl that he wasn’t allowed to see often. When the two met, it was instant attraction and a great deal of hesitance on Riley’s part. She knew what giving a piece of her heart meant, it was promised heart-break.
Dustin was very determined to give Riley what she deserved, LOVE. Those two fought through his mother harassing Riley because of her past and family, the mother of his child who felt she had a right to dictate who was going to be in Dustin’s life. Dustin had to make boundaries and from the way the story read, this was the first time he felt he had a reason to build them. He was use to the control his mother and ex girlfriend had on him, but was he willing to break that hold for Riley.
Of course we had the girl gets upset and runs away, boy giving up only to decide later he will chase her down. We had the forgiveness and give it another try just so they could break up again………..wash, rinse, repeat……..BUT with this story the author made those episodes sound reasonable and mature. I actually found that I agreed with Riley, I would have run to and it was clear she did run out of love for Dustin and his children. Dustin wasn’t one of those ego maniac males that felt like Riley needed to come back to him, he gave her space because he felt that was what she wanted and out of love for her he granted her wish. Once the truth came out, he didn’t waste a second to get to her. He had been kept in the dark and lied to by so many, I couldn’t blame him for not chasing her at first.
This book gives us strong characters, who although it sounds like another sappy love story, really did make mature choices and did what they did out of love for each other. It was misunderstandings, lies and secrets through out their story and all of this caused by outsiders. While they remained honest with each other, they still had to hold some secrets to protect the other. I loved this book, and I felt such an attachment to these two young people. The ending, although I am sure you can predict it as a HEA, holds a new dimension of creating a family with what you have been given in life. Riley was so accepting of Dustin’s daughter, it brought tears to my eyes a few times. I highly recommend this book if you are wanting a love story with twists and turns. It isn’t going to give you a dark side to life, but it will give you a journey into what others will do for their own agenda and how that can and will backfire on you in the end. Once again the good will win over evil.
About the Author:
Born and raised in the Chicago-land area, Nickie Seidler is a up and coming young author. Her new-found dream of being a writer has led to the completion of her first book “A Lucky Second Chance”. Nickie is married, and when not writing, enjoys cooking new recipes for them to try, water aerobics, car racing and spending quality time with family and friends. She is currently writing her third book to be released early 2014.
Praise from others
“A Tattered Love is captivating! The love Riley and Dustin share is
indescribable. They have to decide if going off feelings, attraction, and love will work when everything else doesn’t…” Author B. E. Laine
“A Tattered Love is a raw emotional journey of love and passion. Riley loves Dustin but feels like the challenges they face could destroy them both. Dustin knows his life includes Riley but has demons that must be faced. Together these two personify the belief that love and faith conquer all.” Author Brandy Dorsch
“I never knew what would happen next. When I thought I had it figured
out, the author would surprise me with another twist. If you love angst and tension filled books then this is a must read.” Author Glenna Maynard