Claire Nixon is a college student with a past full of secrets and heartbreak. She was saved once by her first love, and rock star, Chris Knight. But when she encouraged Chris to leave town to pursue his dreams, both Claire and Chris didn’t realize it would be the biggest mistake of their lives.
After a devastating year apart and thousands of miles of distance between them, Claire met sexy surfer Adam Parker. With his awful jokes and profound patience, he helped Claire pick up the shattered pieces of her broken heart for the second time.
But now Chris has returned and he is willing and determined to make Claire’s dreams come true—the same way she did for him when she let him go.
With Adam’s former girlfriend in the picture, Claire finds herself torn between the new, passionate love she shares with Adam and the family she shares with Chris.
BRING ME HOME EXCERPT
Chapter 7 – Claire
Senia pulls her phone out the front pocket of her jeans and hands it to me before she leaps onto her bed.
“What the fuck does that mean?” she says as I read the text message she has open on the screen.
Tristan: Happy Thanksgiving, Senia. Hope you’re spending it with the ones you love.
I look up from the screen and Senia is lying down with her head propped up on one hand while she pats the bed for me to sit down. I sit on the edge of the bed and lay the phone down next to me.
“How did Tristan get your number? And why do you have it programmed in your address book?”
“He texted me a couple of days ago just to say hi. I ignored the text, but I saved his number.”
“Just in case.”
“In case you want to be treated like dirt?”
“We don’t all have two hot guys fighting over us.” I try to stand, but she grabs my arm to stop me. “Hey, I’m sorry. I’m just feeling weak.”
“Did Eddie call you again?” She nods and the anger I felt when Senia’s cheating ex-boyfriend called her last week returns. “You don’t need to be with an asshole. You are beautiful and smart—”
“And I give a mean bj.”
“Exactly. You don’t need a guy who’ll fuck anything with legs. You deserve a guy who’ll worship you.”
“So you think Tristan’s just looking for a fuck?”
I don’t even answer because this question is ridiculous.
“Do you think Chris gave him my number? How did he get my number?”
“I don’t know, but if it was Chris, I’m going to have a talk with him about that.”
“No, don’t get mad at him. I’ll take care of Tristan. I’ll text him a picture of my bunion. He’ll never text me again.”
I try not to laugh because, sadly, I know Tristan is too persistent to be deterred by a picture of her gnarly bunion. Standing from the bed, I make my way to the dresser where she has a picture of the two of us framed in a pink “Best Friends Forever” picture frame. It’s a picture taken last Thanksgiving when her uncle took us to his house in Carolina Beach. I was four months pregnant, so I wore a big T-shirt to hide my bulge and hardly spoke to anyone the whole weekend, afraid they’d hear the betrayal in my voice.
“I’m going to see Abigail on Monday,” I say as I pretend to be interested in the other framed pictures on her dresser.
“What? How did this happen? Oh, my goodness, Claire! Are you sure this is what you want?”
She leaps off the bed and rushes to my side.
I pause a moment before I look up into her eyes and respond firmly. “I need to see her, even if it’s just this once. I don’t know if I can even explain to you the ache I feel inside. It’s excruciating and it consumes me, day and night. I just want to see her.”
“You don’t think it might make it worse?”
“I don’t know, but this is not the kind of thing I want to play it safe with. This is my daughter. I’ve never seen her and I already feel like I might die without her. I just need to see her, at least once. I need to know that she’s real. I need to see this beautiful person that Chris and I created.” I pause to wipe the tears from my face. “I don’t know if you can understand that, but that’s how I feel. It’s what I need.”
She stares at me for a moment and her big brown eyes shine as if she’s hatching a devious plan inside her twisted mind. “Claire, I’ve known you long enough to know that you wouldn’t do this unless it was right for you. You have some kind of weird radar for that shit. I also think that I may have misjudged Chris.”
“Are you being serious?”
“Yes, I was pissed about the fact that he never got in touch with you all those months you were living here, but I think I just realized something and I’m sorry I didn’t realize it sooner.” She pauses as she takes a breath and steels herself to speak whatever words she’s about to say. “I think you needed Adam to show you how much you still love Chris.”
That is not at all what I expected her to say and I’m actually a little pissed. “I don’t think so.”
“I’m sorry. I don’t mean to say that Adam was a stepping-stone.”
“I don’t want to hear this. Can we just go downstairs?”
She nods and hangs her head apologetically, but I’m still upset with her. I clench my jaw to keep from uttering an angry retort. Adam was not a stepping-stone.
5 stars out of 5 stars!!!
I haven't made any secret about loving Cassia or The Shattered Heart series and of course Bring Me Home was no exception. This beautiful tale of pain, sorrow, and regrets gets the only conclusion that was made for Claire.
At the end of Pieces of You, Claire had some really big decisions to make. Both Adam and Chris promised a future to her. We watch Claire transform from someone who was battling demons on a daily basis to someone who was able to let go of the past and move forward. She let go of the love of her life when he needed it most. She then let go of her heart because it was best for Abby. Claire was brave in one of the most silent ways I've ever read about. She saw what was best for Chris and Abby, even though it wasn't what she wanted. Bring Me Home was really just the final journey in Chris, Claire, and Adam's story. Our characters grew apart, they grew together and then they moved on. There isn't much I can say about the plot that wouldn't give away the ending, but I did know from just one line who Team Claire was going to end up with.
Cassia played a beautiful symphony of love, regret, heartache, and forgiveness and it was a song that sung to my very soul. I cried with Claire, I laughed with her, and then I fell in love with her. I don't like the fact that I've been hearing people have been saying mean things to Cassia about who Claire ended up with. It was Claire's natural journey to end up where she did. There was no other choice for her. I loved the conclusion to the Shattered Hearts series and I am so excited for the future of Cassia's next books.
*Review by Rosa
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About the Author
USA Today bestselling author Cassia Leo loves her coffee, chocolate, and margaritas with salt. When she's not writing, she spends way too much time watching old reruns of Friends and Sex and the City. When she's not watching reruns, she's usually enjoying the California sunshine or reading--sometimes both.
Author website http://cassialeo.com