18774878Shatter (True Believers #4) by Erin McCarthy
Release Date: August 27, 2014
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Source: Library
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From the USA Today bestselling author of True, Sweet, andBelieve comes a tantalizing New Adult novel about finding love in the most unexpected ways…

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… – Goodreads

Review:

Yes. I came back to this series, pretty much because after my month of NEW! ADULT! I did want to see how it ended. That was a mistake. I was not a fan of the end of this book, Shatter, as much as I was the previous books in the series. While in the previous books I cared about Kylie as a side character, when she was the center of attention I was bored. A lot of people believed this to be the strongest in the series; however, I found it to be the weakest. While I enjoyed the epilogue, as all four characters came back together, the rest of the story bored me.

Kylie’s dream is to be a stay at home mom, and there is nothing wrong with this. What’s wrong with this is how much in denial she is. After hooking up with her Chem tutor, in which he slightly inserted himself and then put on the condom, she got pregnant. She finds out over Christmas and her parents are fine with this. Embrace it even. And Jonathon, her chem tutor, is fine with it. He came from a deadbeat father and he doesn’t want to be like that. So he’s excited! He’s scared. But excited.

While I’m all  for books that have minimal drama, because real life has enough. And while this has minimal drama, Jonathon’s father is an asshole professor, Kylie has some personal problems, I never once felt connected to the characters. While in the previous novels in the series, I did care about the story lines and the heartbreak. During Shatter, I was more annoyed by Kylie than anything else. I’m not even sure that annoyed is the right word, I was ambivalent.  While Kylie’s life took a turn, the book didn’t. In my opinion it just never got better. So much could have happened in Shatter to turn it into a solid NA novel, but instead I was reminded why I loathed the genre.