“After an earthquake wreaks havoc, the earth is left disturbed and altered. Whatever remains in ruin is left shaken and in need of rebuilding.”
Scarlett Brooks doesn't need love. The only men she can trust in her life are her twin brother and his two best friends, Logan and Caleb. Every other guy has only let her down, and she promises herself to never to experience heartbreak again.
Logan King can't stand back and watch his best friend's twin sister continue to spiral out of control. With random hookups, drunken nights, and reckless decisions, she is on the path to self-destruction. He sets out to slow her down and prove that she isn't happy with her one-night stands.
The two come dangerously close to crossing lines. Is Scarlett capable of trusting and opening up to love again? Will it ruin their friendship if Logan is the one to teach her how?
This is part of a series but can be read as a standalone. Characters are introduced in Jolted and Impacted
Logan and Scarlett have been best friends since the age of seven. Scarlett and her twin brother Ryder (Logan's best friend) comforted him when his mother dropped him of at his grandmother's house as if she were leaving only a parcel. Logan comforted Ryder and Scarlett when their father walked away and never looked back after his affair with the school science teacher had been revealed, leaving Ryder and Scarlett with serious abandonment issues. They along with a couple of other friends have become their own 'family'.
Scarlett goes through a devastating break up and questions her value and her worth. She decides to never fall in love again and risk being hurt that badly again and instead, became the party girl. The girl who, with each passing day, is more quickly being labelled the 'town slut'. All she does is drink and screw random guys, some whose name she doesn't even know, nor does she care to know. This is the life for her. According to Scarlett, love is not beautiful and whoever said it doesn't hurt is lying. She figures if she doesn't get attached to the men she sleeps with, they can't hurt her. And so it goes.
Logan is dealing with rejection issues, abandonment issues and major trust issues after what his mother did to him. He doesn't want to be attached to anyone. One-night stands are good for him. But when he sees what his best friend is doing to herself, he decides to challenge her to a game of no sex. At all. With anyone. He wants to show her how beautiful she is in her own right. Never one to back down from a challenge, Scarlett reluctantly agrees. But only if Logan will give up sex, too.
Shaken is the third book in a series and focuses on Logan and Scarlett. I enjoyed this book immensely! Even though I have not read the two prior books in the series, I didn't feel lost when the scene would switch to some of the secondary characters. The story flowed at a nice pace. It wasn't rushed, leaving me to feel cheated nor was it drawn out, leaving me bored to tears. Every scene was described in vivid detail so it was like watching a movie in my head.
The character development was phenomenal! These characters didn't change over night and become someone who looked down on the same people they used to part with. They went through the pains and withdrawls of becoming better people. Whatever they were feeling was tangible. The anger, the hate, the self-deprication, the laughter, the love, the acceptance. All of it could be felt by the reader. The author gave us enough backstory so we could emotionally invest in the characters and cheer them on throughout the book.
The storyline was completely believable. Every encounter, every conversation, every decision made was totally believable, logical and understandable. It wasn't just fluff to move the story along. It was all necessary to make the story flow the way it did.
Overall, I loved Logan and Scarlett. I cheered for them, hurt with them, laughed at some of the pranks they pulled on each other and fell in love with Logan's desire to get Scarlett to see in herself what he sees in her and how hard he worked at it. This is my first time reading anything by Aylene Roberts but it will certainly not be my last. Bravo, Ms. Roberts.
5/5 delicious, refreshing stars