Nick Manning’s life has been one lived without compromise, without rules, and without regrets. Except for his one weakness, his one regret – Angela. What he did to her still tugs at his conscience, still fills him with remorse, and continues to haunt his dreams. But he stays away, knowing that he can never be the man she needs or give her what she deserves.
But when fate intervenes and Angela’s and Nick’s paths cross again, she’s determined not to surrender her soul to the devil ever again, while he’s desperate to have his angel back in his arms – even if it means changing the rules to get it done.
First of all, Shattered is book 3 in the Inevitable series, following Serendipity and Splendor.
I have read both books and I adore them! They both have compelling stories, amazing characters and exceptional writing behind them. They are both two of my favorite books of all-time!
So, that makes me a huge Janet Nissenson fan! I simply adore her work and her writing style. Long novels with precision, details, emotion, heat; novels that speak to body and soul, heart and mind.
We have met Angela in both books, and she was always so sad so pitiless really that I did want to see her happy ending. I wanted to see her happy and smiling and simply enjoy her life and not just live by every day. On the other hand, I was half afraid that her sadness would be too much for me - I don’t really like reading those ugly cry books; life is an ugly cry itself-
But here we are with Shattered and Angela’s story.
We meet exceptional writing again, as it’s usual with Janet. I just love her approach in everything! We discover Angela in a much deeper level than we discovered Ian or Tessa, for example. It feels like Janet connected us straight to Angela’s heart and mind. It was much more emotional and heavy than the previous books. Julia may the be woman we would like to be, Tessa may be the woman who is a total sweetheart, but Angela is closer to the real woman in the way that she was burnt by a man, kept loving that man but in the end, she became stronger than anyone else. It wasn’t like that I identified with her, but I felt for her, I cared for her more intensely than I did with the others; probably because the others did not need that.
No, I don’t identify with Angela, because as strong as she is, she let a man shatter her into a million pieces even years after their breakup. Perhaps it’s because I’ve never been in love or perhaps it’s because we have a similar background and yet, we are completely different. This was why the first half of the book was difficult for me to read, as I couldn’t connect with her the way I wanted, the way she deserved. But that changed in the second half of the book! As she grew stronger and stronger, she finally found herself.
“I finally felt like Angela, not Angie, not Angel, but Angela.”
What an incredible quote. How inspiring and so very true.
When she lost Nick, she lost herself. Yeah, she became successful in her work -which was surprising to me- but at what cost? She lost not only weight, but herself. That could be the most terrible thing that could happen in a person. But she did survive it!
Angela is the woman whose life has never been easy, but she has overcome every single hurdle that comes her way. She is a fierce woman underneath that sadness and I felt elated to watch her emerge from that darkness that had consumed her.
The first half of the book was dark and on the depressing side, but also priceless. Because this is Angela’s journey to finding Angela. We couldn’t reach the destination without knowing the beginning, no matter how heartbreaking it was.
And the ending? It was perfect. Not for every woman, but it was perfect for Angela.
Nick Manning may be the famous and powerful alpha male, but it was Angela who was the true star of this novel.
Finally, I would like to congratulate every woman who has suffered like Angela has and applaud them for their strength and courage and drive to move forward.
This is a book that could make women proud. Because we all fall at some point. Getting up is what makes us strong. And this novel represents that rise of the phoenix.
So, Shattered receives 4 Gorgeous Stars!
Well done, Janet! Very well done! It was a brave move from you to write a non-hero male leading character and a woman like Angela! You did beautifully!
About Janet NissensonJanet is a lifelong resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, and currently resides on the northern California coast with her husband Steve and Golden Retriever Max. She worked for more than two decades in the financial services industry before turning her focus to producing running events. She is a former long-distance runner, current avid yoga practitioner, is addicted to Pinterest, likes to travel and read. She has been writing for more than three decades but Serendipity is her first official published work. She plans five more books in the Inevitable series, with each one a standalone with new lead characters, so no cliffhangers or waiting months to see what happens next!