Sunday, June 15

***BLOG TOUR*** Shaken series By Julie Bailes



**Book 1 in the Shaken Series**

If someone asked me to describe myself using only one word, I’d tell them damaged. I’m completely

broken, irreparable. On the outside, I appear beautiful and bright, but on the inside, my soul is black

and empty. I haven’t always been this fragile, scared, and heartbroken woman. Nope. I had the life my

peers envied; happily married parents, captain of the volleyball team, and a dangerously sexy and loving

boyfriend. Then, faster than I could blink, my life went to hell in a gasoline-soaked hand basket.

Cancer struck. The sting of death pierced my heart, and my so-called ‘loving’ boyfriend left me. Wyatt

shattered my heart into a million pieces when he left, but little did he know, it wasn’t just me he walked

away from. Four years later, Blake changes everything. Unlike Wyatt, Blake treasures my heart. Blake

claims I’m beautifully broken, and that he can fix me, but I know differently.

How can you put something together without all its pieces? You can’t. When Wyatt left, he took most of

my heart away with him. You see, hearts are like broken glass; you can put it back together again, but it

will never be the same. While I’m undeserving of Blake’s love, he deserves every bit of mine. My biggest

fear is that I’ll crush his heart, just as Wyatt did mine. 

Okay, so I'm going to be honest here and start with the fact that this book was just not for me. Please note, this is not due to the author's writing. Infact, her writing was really really good! It was that I could not connect with Allie at all. I tried to like her i really did but this girl just bugged the shit out of me. Her lack of maturity and the way she handled certain situations had me rolling my eyes and thinking Dude, your in your twenties! Come on! HOWEVER, this doesn't mean I didnt feel completely heartbroken for her when her world was turned upside down and shattered to pieces. I was a big ugly crying mess, it was not pretty. Allie has undoubtedly encountered some seriously heartbreaking     experiences which have in turn caused her to build high walls around her heart. She wants to protect herself from the hurt and pain she believes will come from loving another man. That is until she meets Blake. 

Oh Blake, I adored this man. Plain and simple. I found him very kind, caring and very loving towards Allie. Wyatt on the other hand, I didn't like so much. Can Blake find a way to heal Allie's shattered heart? Will Allie finally open up to another man? Or will Wyatt come crashing back into Allie's life to keep them apart?  

Shattered and Shaken does have one hell of a cliffhanger so watch out! You will be hanging out for more. 

★★☆ 3.5 Stars ☆★★

Reviewed By Bel Burgess

 **READ after Shattered and Shaken (book 1), and prior to Shattered & Mended (book 2)**

Mature audience only

Walking away from her was the hardest decision I ever made. Leaving her without an explanation broke

us both. Our hearts have been left shattered. I could make excuses. I could lay the blame on others, but

still I made the decision. I had to. It was the only way to protect the both of them.

After all of Allie’s loss, my thought was only on her and her happiness. On her love and need for her big

brother. I was replaceable, Kyle wasn't. I wouldn't allow him to crush her heart with his death. I knew I

had follow him. I would throw myself on top of bombs, in front of bullets, whatever it took to get him

home to her, alive. There are two sides to every story, and you’ve only heard one. Don’t be so quick to

judge; I hate myself for what I’ve done. But all that I did, it was all for Allie.

Well, where do I begin! Oh my heart hurts. I totally fell in love with Wyatt in All for Allie. Although I was team Blake to begin with I must say, Wyatt grew on me in this book and now I feel like i understand so much more of their story. You really did need this book to hear Wyatt's side of the story before you can make judgment on the decisions he made in the past regarding Allie. I do fully believe now that I know who Allie is meant to be with. Blake is amazing and so is Wyatt, they both love Allie unconditionally, who will win her heart? To find out, you need to read the next in the series, Shattered and Mended. 

★★☆ 3.5 Stars ☆★★

Reviewed By Bel Burgess


 **READ Shattered & Shaken and All for Allie prior to Shattered & Mended, as this is the last in

the series**

Mature Audience

My mind was made up and my decision had been made, but fate felt the need to rear her ugly head and

demand control.

Fate is guaranteed, not to be reckoned with, and she won’t be defeated. You see, she’s the author to

our stories that have already been written; there’s no editing them. Try as you might, but all you’ll do is

piss her off.

When you fuck with fate’s masterpiece, tragedy strikes, death occurs, and hearts get shattered. I’ve

never been one to follow the rules. So instead, I stood with arms wide open and I challenged her. I knew

the possibilities of her kicking my ass were high, but I refused to back down. I invited all the heat she

packed, and quickly learned my lesson...

You don’t fuck with her.

Shattered and Mended really made this series for me! I must admit I feel Julie really stepped it up a notch here. The writing was fantastic and had me hanging onto every word. I feel like a mess though, I now remember why I tend to stay away from love triangles! I have felt every emotion possible throughout this book. I had happy tears and sad tears going on. Thank you Julie for this amazing read! 

I didn't really enjoy the first book and I still can't say I like Allie very much at all. She is selfish and I don't believe she is very deserving of the love both Blake and Wyatt have for her. Shattered and Mended will leave you guessing to the very end, you will laugh, you will cry and you will feel for each and every one of these characters in some way. There is drama left right and centre in this book so if that and a kickass love triangle is your kind of book than this series will be a must read for you! I did feel the ending was some what rushed but this did not ruin the book for me.  

★★☆ 3.5 Heart Wrenching Stars ☆★★

Reviewed By Bel Burgess

Born and raised in Nashville, TN, wife of one, mother of three, and chocolate fanatic! Author of

Shattered and Shaken, due to release mid September. I attend nursing school full time, but in my spare 

time I love spending time with my family watching movies, eating junk food, and every once in a while 

a girls night out on the town. I enjoy reading, even though I haven’t read much since I’ve began my 

journey as author. I live by the motto “Live life as if you’re dying, Laugh until your stomach hurts, Love 

until your heart stops beating, and never judge.” Simple rules to follow. We never know what someone 

else is going through or what they have been through. Life is too short to be angry, unforgiving, or 

depressed. Each day is a gift from God that can be taken at any given moment- embrace the gift of life....


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