Review: Shatter by Erin McCarthy

(True Believers, #4)
By: Erin McCarthy
Publisher: Intermix
Release Date: Sept. 1, 2014
Genre: New Adult Romance

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Kylie Warner prides herself on being optimistic, but after finding her best friend in bed with her boyfriend and flunking chemistry, her upbeat attitude has taken a dive. Even an impromptu hook-up with her sexy new chemistry tutor only brightens her mood slightly. After all, it’s not like she’ll ever see the tattooed scholar again…

While he’s a whiz at complex equations, Jonathon Kadisch has trouble when it comes to figuring out women. So when Kylie tells him that she’s pregnant after their night of passion, he’s at a complete loss. He’s prepared to be a good father—unlike his own deadbeat dad—but he’s less prepared to fall for the genuine and alluring blonde bearing his child.

With emotions running high, Kylie wonders if Jonathon’s devotion is out of growing love or looming obligation. And when heartbreak threatens to tear them apart, Jonathon will have to fight for the only girl who’s ever made him feel whole…


Kyie is flunking Chemistry. So her teacher gives her the email address to a tutor who may be able to help her. She was expecting some geeky looking guy, not the muscular tattooed hunk with glasses. To say there was instant attraction is an understatement. After a night of sex they part ways. Figuring never to see each other again. Except, a few weeks down the road Kylie realizes that she’s pregnant and she decides to keep the baby. However, she has no idea how Jonathan will take the news or if he will even want to be part of the babies life. And thus is the story of Shatter.

I was really interested in the fact that this story revolved around a smart guy and a party girl. The two POV’s were very distinguishable since the author used large scientific words for everything when we were reading Jonathan’s POV. I mean, he couldn’t say/think a sentence without using some random words I’d never heard before. I both liked and disliked it. I mean, he didn’t talk like a normal person at all. It was as if the author had a dictionary in front of her the entire time. I’d have liked it a lot more if the knowledge and wisdom he spews all over the place were a bit more random and spaced out rather than every other sentence.

The drama of this book is the fact that these two don’t know each other at all but are having a baby. They want to have a relationship but they don’t want to jeopardize the amicable relationship they have now if things were to go south. So they do this dance at first of “I want you but I don’t want to be enemies by the time the baby comes” dance. Of course there are some misunderstandings along the way and hormonal imbalances cause unnecessary drama that could have all been avoided had they just talked to each other.

It was an enjoyable read but I did find myself getting bored towards the end. I just felt like a lot of stuff was unnecessary and could have been avoided if they just spoke their feelings and communicated. I mean they were preparing to have a baby together, how much more personal can you get? However, I was kind of hoping that the ending would have been like the ending from The Breakup. Maybe I’m just a pessimist but an ending like that would have made all the useless drama worth it.



“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.”


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