Book Review · New Release

New Release – Splinter of Hope (Shattered Hearts of Carolina Book 3) – by Jody Kaye

Title: Sliver of Truth
Series: Shattered Hearts of Carolina, Book #3
Author: Jody Kaye
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 22, 2020

“What did they break this time?” Morgan points at the bucket I carry around with me.

“It was nothing. No installs?” I turn the question of why he’s at the factory today back on him.

If Morgan finds out his sister is the one breaking me I’d be a dead man. It was over a year ago my buddy trusted me to walk Cece home from her shift at Sweet Caroline’s. He’d had to duck out early and I jumped at the chance to bring her back to the mill safe.

Cece was the only dancer who hadn’t interacted with me like I was a lost puppy or a two-year-old. She’s compassionate, and that alone is an attractive trait. I didn’t feel as if she treated me any different. I never saw pity in her face. She never once talked down to me as if unclogging toilets is all I’m capable of.

My current job isn’t rocket science. My last one was, and it had the same pressure as the flames shooting out of a space shuttle on lift-off. I’d gone back to working for my former employer after the accident. It hadn’t lasted long. My cognitive abilities are all there. My speech? I’m more eloquent in my head. No stuttering. No pregnant pauses getting the correct word off of the tip of my tongue. The ability to articulate oneself leaves a lasting impression on people. Unfortunately, the inability to do so once will as well. Back then I’d slip up, get embarrassed. Exhaust myself trying to prove I was still as competent a man as I’d been.

The thing is, the way I look doesn’t help matters. Most people never understood my desire to get into a top-notch university when my physique screamed “World Wrestling’s Monday Night Raw Headliner”. I’d spent years trying to change people’s perception. After almost losing my life, I haven’t the inclination anymore.

Let people believe what they want to.

Hell, saying I hadn’t agreed to take Cece home because of her hot little body is a lie. But I’d hoped she was more than a pretty face before leaning in to kiss her sweet lips. And I was right.

I am not really sure where to start with my review!  I have loved every single book Jody has written.  Sliver of Truth was no exception!  It was an outstanding read that I could not put down.
It is always nice to be several books in to a series because there is familiarity with the characters.  It is a bit like coming home to old friends, and getting to know newer friends better.  That is how Celine and Dusty’s story was for me!  As always, the characters are exceptionally well developed, which is a MUST for me.  They both have struggled to overcome huge challenges in their lives and to become more than what is expected of them. 
Dusty has loved and lost, in what has to be one of the worst ways possible, yet he doesn’t let that prevent him from putting himself out there.  Celine is afraid to allow herself to love, fearful of her upbringing tainting her relationships.
This book deals with many sensitive subjects – addiction and disabilities to name a few, but the most profound is bias.  Typically, when I think of bias, I think of racial bias.  I really had never thought much of disability bias; however, Jody did an amazing job of bringing this issue to light.   It made me examine my own biases and preconceived notions.  I had to ask myself how I would react and how I have reacted.   I loved Celine’s raw honesty, as she recognizes her own bias, and the way she takes ownership of her missteps along the way. 
If we would all challenge ourselves to approach our differences and our biases with the same willingness that Jody has through Celine and Dusty, the world would be a much better place!

Jody’s husband asked what she’d been doing all day. After five years she finally confessed, “When no one is around, I write.”
Okay, it was more like it was more like a bunch of stammering and trying to get out of saying a thing. Jody’s a writer. You want it pretty. Let’s compromise.
“Just finish one,” he said, challenging her to complete a story and share it. Little did he know that those words of encouragement meant they’d return from a family vacation with a wild and defiant set of quintuplets stumbling their way through life. Wasn’t raising their three sons enough?
A native of nowhere, Jody settled in New England for 17 years before agreeing to uproot her brood of boys and move to North Carolina. She spends most of her time reading, writing, and hoping that her ravenous children haven’t eaten all the ingredients before she cooks dinner.
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