Review: Shatter by Rachel Van Dyken


Sometimes the only way to heal… is to shatter.

Rock star Alec Daniels has it all. Love, fame, money… But being in the limelight isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and after one bad choice comes back to haunt him he is left picking up the pieces of his carefully constructed life. Now he faces the toughest decision of his life:

Deal with his mistake like a man, or dive back into the dark hole of depression, drugs, and denial that have been his comfort for so long.
One wrong move could destroy everything. His girlfriend, his family, and his future.


I am having a serious love-hate relationship with this story. I loved it because the book was focused on Alec who is by far my favorite of the Seaside men and I hated it because he was struggling and I didn’t want to see a character I so fiercely love, struggle. So for the first half of the book I struggled to keep my deep seeded hatred under control. The gut feelings I had about Angelica being a truly horrid human being…yep just verified. She is vile and I honestly, firmly believe she doesn’t ever deserve a happily-ever-after. Unless with Ruben because he is equally as awful.

Now Alec and Nat had my feels all over the place. I was concerned, I was cheering them on, I was drawing the conclusions that everything was going to hell. Seriously, at one point in the story I was like, “When is enough, enough?”. It was like an endless case of one bad thing after another with endless cases of people getting punched in the face. Haven’t these men learned that that is not the way adults work out their issues?! But I truly loved having all these men together and they gelled so flawlessly.

Alec really grew throughout the story and I loved watching him battle…and defeat his demons. The secondary characters also make the story…they were the ones that flawless balanced out Alec’s brooding with humor. I also have a true confession to make, my real life relationship is a carbon copy of Demetri and Alyssa’s relationship in this book…*dies of embarrassment*. What can I say, I am a sucker for a rock-star romance.


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