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- Publisher: K.A. Robinson Publishing LLC (27 Nov. 2013)
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Shattered Ties (The Ties Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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"All I wanted was a princess castle."
I loved Shattered Ties, whilst it may seem that it has a similar premise to other books you may have read KA Robinson makes it different and puts her own little twists in there. Yes it is a case of rich girl falls in love with the boy from the poor side of town, but they have their own very unique story.
Maybe it was fate and destiny that Jesse and Emma met at school aged 17, Jesse winning a scholarship to go to the very prestigious school that Emma attended. Remembered by Jesse, but forgotten by Emma, their paths had already crossed when they were only 6 years old, in a sand box, in the "posh" park. Emma had been far from polite after being brain washed by her "social climber" of a mother, but this little altercation had a profound effect on Jesse and never would he be labelled as "trash" again. Thinking that Emma was the same as she was 11 years previous, Jesse was extremely wary but he soon found out that Emma was not the same little girl, in fact far from it.
"Don't you want to play with me?"
"I'm not supposed to play with you. My mommy said so."
"Because you don't belong here, and you're trash." - Emma Bellokavich Preston - aged 6
Emma's parents were divorced, and to be honest if I was her father, I would be too. Her mother is Andria Bellokavich, she used to be a super model, but all she cares about is money, social standing and appearances in her affluent area of Santa Monica where they reside. She does not fraternize with anyone outside of her social class and looks down her nose at anyone that she deems is not worthy to be graced with her attention. She tries her hardest to push these traits onto Emma, but Emma is not like her one bit, she has her morals and despises her mother's attitude. Not that you can really call her a mother, between her blackberry and her social commitments she is never around, but that suits Emma just fine. Her father is Alexander Preston, he is a well-known member of a rock band called Seducing Seductresses, he is more on Emma's wave length, but his constant touring keeps them apart more than both of them would like. However, he is attentive, always calls and loves Emma to pieces as she does him. She just cannot wait till she is eighteen so that she can escape from her mother.
Jesse is adorable, you cannot help but feel for this guy. It is just him and his mum, in a trailer park, both working all the hours they can to make ends meet. His mum wants him to better himself, so she forces him to apply for one of three scholarships at the private school. This is the first time the scholarships have been offered and Jesse is surprised to find that he won one, however he is intelligent and it is deserved. He would have been content at the regular high school as all he aspires to be is a tattoo artist and really wants to just be left to do his apprenticeship when he finishes high school.
"Instead, I found out that you are one of the kindest people I've known. I love you, Emma, even if I shouldn't. I've battled with myself over this time and time again, but I can't deny it any longer."
Emma and Jesse meet on the first day of school and it soon becomes apparent that there is a connection there. She makes the effort to be friends and the more they hang out the more "friendly" they get. It soon becomes clear that their feelings run far deeper than either are willing to admit in the beginning. They are both scared as this a first for both of them. However, we all know what schools are like and there are some small minded kids in this school. The scholarship kids are never going to fit in and we all know how mean kids can be.
"My breath caught as I stared at him. Whatever was happening between us, I didn't want it to stop. I knew what we were doing was wrong, but I'd never felt anything so right in my life."
Emma needs to keep their relationship a secret, at least until she is eighteen, when her mother loses her control over her. This is always going to be a struggle and leaves both of them with a lot of soul searching to do and insecurities soon re-surface, but will they make them or break them?
I love forbidden romances, although the only person doing the forbidding is Emma's loathsome mother. I really enjoyed this story, there are a lot of serious undertones throughout the book that leave you thinking but I am so glad that Emma was her own person and had not become the spoilt little rich kid that her mother so desperately wanted her to be. She knew that there was more to life than money and all she wanted was a proper happy little family, whether she was rich or poor it didn't matter.
Without trying to give too much away, the ending had me reeling but the epilogue gave me hope but I am so not happy. I need to know what happens going forward and yes I want to know now!! It is an open ending, but not a cliff hanger, but it leaves you wanting more. You do connect to the characters and you just want to know what happens, well I did!
Side characters, loved them all except Ally, I could never connect with her and at the end I absolutely despised her, she has some real issues!
Overall, a great romantic read, I would say a YA/NA mix and I can't wait to see where KA Robinson takes Emma and Jesse next.
Shattered Ties is a complicated yet heart-warming first-love story told between two young adults from the opposite side of the tracks. Their love is nurtured through mutual attraction and selfless hearts as their worlds collide not once, but twice. Fate throws these two young souls together in a sandbox at the tender age of six, only then to play its final hand eleven years later.
Emma is the Daughter of a world-renowned rock star who enjoys international success, spending most of his time touring the world with his band; he has never been a full-time parental figure in her life. Her Mother is a supermodel socialite with a pretty smile for anyone with a hefty wallet and a `respectful' position within the Santa Monica community - anything less is unworthy of her attentions, and that goes for her Daughter too!
Jesse has never forgotten that day in the sandbox, when the beautiful little girl told him he didn't belong in her park because he was trash. All he wanted to do was help her build a castle. Watching her being dragged away by an angry woman in expensive clothes resonated strongly within him, changing his outlook on life from such an early age. Always believing he was never good enough even though his scholarship to the most respected private school in Santa Monica was accepted due to his `academic achievements.' He may drive a crap car, come from a trailer park and be covered in tattoos but Jesse knows who he is, more importantly he knows he is NOTHING like them!
Walking down millionaire row was never his idea of fun; he's only attending to appease his hard-working Mother as she struggles to work all the hours god sends as a waitress to keep their `trailer' roof over their heads.
Emma cannot help but notice the new guy. With his tattoos and killer looks, he is nothing like the elite of brats she has had to contend with for most of her life. At seventeen she is well reversed of what is `expected' of her, but unlike her conceited Mother, she is willing to take people at face value.
When `he' asks Emma and her best friend Lucy for directions around the school, Emma is more than happy to help out. Their conversation grows when Emma sits next to Jesse in class and realises that there is more to this young man then meets the eye. He isn't just beautiful, he is smart, talented and brutally honest; a rarity in her world and one that appeals to her greatly.
She likes him...really likes him, but her upbringing is putting a dark-cloud over this fact, as she tries desperately hard to separate herself from the scholarship boy, even though it becomes almost impossible when it appears the feelings are mutual. They come from two very different worlds, and if they continue to collide, it could prove catastrophic for them both.
"I was trying my hardest to avoid her, but for some reason, she kept pulling me back in. I didn't belong in her world, but she didn't seem to care about that. She was the one bright spot I'd found at my new school even if I didn't act like it." - Jesse
"My breath caught as I stared at him. Whatever was happening between us, I didn't want it to stop. I knew what we were doing was wrong, but I'd never felt anything so right in my life." - Emma
When the idea of being separated becomes too painful to bear, Jesse and Emma make a decision that changes everything...
Their connection forged, their tie impenetrable as they both learn what it is to fall in-love for the first time. Jesse throws all his preconceived misconceptions to the wind and embraces `his rich girl' as he invites her into his world at the `other' end of town. Emma meets his friends, his tattooing buddies at work and even goes under the ink gun herself as she proves to Jesse that he is the reprieve, the boy she has been waiting her whole life for. However, at the core, they both know their union is forbidden in the eyes of not only her Mother, but also the social circle that Emma moves in.
"You've shown me that it's okay to care about someone, to love someone, because there are people who come into your life who deserve to be loved. They are the ones worth taking a chance on, hoping you don't end up broken." - Jesse
Hiding the way they feel while in the presence of others was always going to be difficult, but they never imagined the strain it would put on their relationship. When Ally, an old friend of Jesse's catches wind of the precariousness of their situation, she sets in motion a few obstacles of her own. She believes Jesse is better than that. He should never have to hide. He needs to be with someone like him, and she has every intention of making him believe it too.
Can Jesse and Emma prove they have what it takes to keep that tie strong, or will it shatter, along with their hearts...?
I love forbidden romances, there is just something about them that really hits the spot for me, and K.A. Robinson didn't disappoint with Shattered Ties at all. I also like the way she gives both her main protagonists a voice. The mixed first-person narrative really gives depth to the characters and from a readers perspective it helps forge a closer connection as you feel the plight of their situation at every turn.
There are a few characters that I really didn't like, which gave this book its `angst' factor. None of it was unnecessary, giving the story good flow with enough heat to pack a punch and keep the romance element of the story fulfilling and alive.
There were a few fundamentals that grated on me a little. It was very `high-school' in places and that is fine to a certain extent, although the excessive tongue poking had me rolling an eye or two. Overall though, this was a well thought out new-adult story with a high-school backdrop that incorporated elements of realism. It highlighted the differences in social class and how one is subjected to ridicule when not at the same level of society as their peers. It's an honest love story that throws caution to the wind and embraces inner emotions and fulfils the burning need of another, regardless of their social status or background. And I am talking `both-sides' here; it was harder for Jesse in many ways to love the `rich' girl then the other way around.
I wouldn't say the ending was a cliffhanger as such, it's more of an `opening' for book two and I am very much looking forward to reading it when it's released next year, just to see where the fates decide to take Jesse and Emma next.
Unfortunately the theme of prejudice about money - either having lots of it or none of it - was treated with the subtlety of a sledgehammer. Each character was either good or bad, depending on whether they treated someone as they found them or had hang ups about their immense wealth/poverty. I got it the first time it was mentioned really, I didn't need for the point to be repeated so many times.
The sex scenes were good but it was a little insta-love for me.
Oh and it ends on a cliffhanger.
I am not a great fan of two or three-partners, I kinda feel short changed, but this book ends on a great cliff hanger and I cannot resist finding out what happens next between Emma and Jesse.
However, quite why it takes Emma two years to short her life out and go find Jesse is beyond me, but I will read the sequel and find out.
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