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Shot Through the Heart by [Burnham, Niki]
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About the Author

Niki Burnham is the RITA-award winning author of over a dozen novels. Originally from Colorado, she spent her childhood traveling around the world thanks to her father's military career. After attending high school in Mannheim, Germany, she graduated from Colorado State University and the University of Michigan Law School. Niki currently lives in Boston. She maintains a blog called The Go-Ahead where she often talks about writing, her travels, and her two favorite baseball teams, the Boston Red Sox and Colorado Rockies. Her website is www.nikiburnham.com.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 484 KB
  • Print Length: 164 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Summer Road Press (17 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005YHBHE2
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Sweet, and Hits All The Right Notes 15 Nov. 2011
By R. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I absolutely adore stories that make me smile, or even laugh, while unveiling a love story that has me sighing at the end. Simon Romantic Comedies line produced some of my all-time favorite young adult titles, such as the Royally Jacked series (recently combined and retitled Royally Crushed)and Scary Beautiful, both of which just so happen to be written by the same author, Niki Burnham. So when the chance came to review Niki's latest rom com, SHOT THROUGH THE HEART, I jumped on it. And I'm really happy to say it lived up to my expectations.

While there's a variety of fun characters and different relationships explored, I don't think I'm giving anything away telling you the main love story takes place between Connor and Peyton. As sister and best friend to Josh, the two have known each other practically all their lives, never really thinking of the other as potential date material. But as the Senior Assassin tournament gets underway--which by the way, I so wish I had at my school--events conspire to have them both seeing each other in a completely new light.

Matches between characters like this--best friends or practically family members suddenly falling in love--isn't exactly new, and I always go into a romantic comedy expecting a certain pattern of events . . . but I have to say that Niki surprised me. Characters behaved in unexpected ways, revealing hidden motivations and new personality quirks, and issues were explored on a deeper level than many rom coms I've read in the past, while still maintaining the lighthearted feel characteristic of the genre.

Fast paced, dual character first person POV storytelling had me flipping the pages and reading this in a few short hours. Both of the main characters were extremely likable and relatable. Peyton was a strong, smart protagonist with high aspirations and a bright future. While she may struggle with insecurity like so many teen--and adult--girls, she was definitely her own person. And Connor was scrumptious. The book opened in his POV, and at first, I admit I was a little nervous that he'd end up being a stereotypical, one-dimensional `good guy' type. But I shouldn't have doubted Ms. Burnham. The boy was downright sexy at times, swoony sweet in others, and had just the right amount of dreamy hero magic.

I thoroughly enjoyed this quick read, and love that it is innocent enough to share with the younger range of the YA audience, while providing the fun, sigh-worthy moments older rom com fans want and expect. This was the RITA-award winning author's first indie title, and I can only hope there's more to come.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A sweet romantic comedy! 20 Mar. 2012
By Jen @ A Book and a Latte - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Shot Through the Heart is a heart-warming read that had me smiling and laughing! The story revolves around Senior Assassin - a water gun competition with a prize of $2,000 - and childhood friends Connor, Josh, and Peyton. The story is fast paced, and told in alternating perspectives between Peyton, and her brother's best friend Connor.

My favorite thing about this book is that the main characters, Peyton and Connor, are so smart and driven. I love that Peyton is smart in the have-to-work-hard-for-it way. She's dedicated to her dream of being accepted to MIT, of becoming an engineer, and potentially working for NASA (hello, that was so me!). This aspect made Burnham's characters so... refreshing.

Reading this, I couldn't help but feel nostalgic for high school, and wish that our school played Senior Assassin! The storyline was somewhat predictable, but that didn't faze me at all. Shot Through the Heart is a sweet romantic comedy that will tug at your heart!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Likable characters 5 Dec. 2012
By L. Z. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Cute, fast read. I like books where the main male character is a realistic nice guy instead of all the jerks that get passed off as supposedly swoon worthy in YA. This is escapist fare, good for a quick read after the Thanksgiving rush. I enjoyed the lighter tone and it was a nice break from some of the more angsty stuff I have read lately.
4.0 out of 5 stars Shot Through The Heart 2 Jan. 2012
By princess bookie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
My Thoughts: I was really looking forward to this novel when it was under a different name and a different release date. Finally, I found out that it came out in paperback and they changed the name and the summary.

So I went right out and bought it and dived right in. We are introduced to Connor and his best friend Josh. Josh has a sister named Peyton. She is a year younger and Connor has always known her. Josh and Connor are participating in Senior Assassin and the prize money is 2,000 dollars. Split between the two of them, Connor is really looking forward to that 1,000 dollars.

Of course, another girl is interested in Connor and he doesn't want to hurt her feelings so Josh suggests he use Peyton as an excuse but Connor doesn't want to do that. Yes, he is kind of a jock but he's actually really smart too. He's got it all, good looks, funny personality, and a brain.

Connor starts to actually like Peyton and that is where the fun begins. Josh putting that idea in his head, he starts to look at Peyton in a new different light.
As Senior Assassin is taking place, Connor finds himself wondering more and more about Peyton and if he could really be with her.

I'll stop there. Shot Through The Heart was a good light funny romantic novel. There wasn't a whole lot of depth to it. Yes, we find out how smart some of the characters really are, but there isn't a whole lot of reasoning behind some of their actions. This novel is met to just be pure fun with a few lessons thrown in. I thought I would love it a little more, I thought it would be a 5 cupcake novel, but it fell a little short for me. It was still a good novel, just not as great as I had hyped up in my mind.

Overall: Is it worth a read? Yes. And, if you like the Simon Pulse romantic comedies, you'll probably enjoy this one. If you like fun reads, you'll probably like this one. I'm probably a little biased here, because back when it went on sale at Barnes And Noble, I saw a different summary for it so I was thinking the story was going to be a little different and go a different way. Did I still enjoy it? Yes!

Cover: Honestly, I don't really like it. He's clothes don't really suggest teenager, they aren't really stylish.

What I'd Give It: 4/5 Cupcakes


Taken From Princess Bookie
4.0 out of 5 stars sweet and funny romance 28 Jan. 2012
By kimbacaffeinate - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Shot Through the Heart is a YA romance by Niki Burnham the RITA-Award winning author of Royally Crushed and Scary Beautiful. Burnham delivers a wonderful, fun and romantic comedy. This is a delightful feel good story.

The story involves high school seniors and juniors at Eastwood High. Told from several points of view, we get a sneak peek into the lives of these characters; their feelings, goals and fears. The main plot of the story is this year's game of Senior Assassin. It's an annual event with one team winning two thousand dollars. Senior and sports jock Conner, want to win in the worst way. He is a thousand dollars shy of buying his own wheels. He and his best friend Josh have been planning how to execute this for years. Their plan is put in jeopardy when Molly, a girl who is crushing on Conner gets involved. She's a nice girl and Conner doesn't want to hurt her feelings. He tries to think of ways to let her down easy, and Josh suggests that Conner pretend he is dating his younger sister, Peyton. While the story is predictable, the tale that unfolds is sweet. The unexpected romance that develops between Conner and Peyton feels genuine and their teenage emotions plucked at my heart strings.

Filled with sweet gooey-goodness, Shot Through the Heart, also delivers some great messages. Burnham touches on such lessons as, reaching for your goals, being true to yourself and integrity. The characters are all lovable and the story line is fast paced. The chapters are broken up by character and I liked getting to know them, and laughed a loud at some of their antics.
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