Shawn Matthews has been hiding something from his friends, he is secretive and won’t talk about what has him running off and returning beat up sometimes. His friends aren’t sure what to think, but when his secret comes out it all begins to make sense.
Christen has had a crush on Shawn since she first met him. He hasn’t noticed her though, well not until she and her friends are the ones who discovered his secret. Once she catches his eye, will they be able to move past how different their backgrounds are, or will their relationship be fighting to survive?
Shawn has been keeping a secret from all of his friends. He doesn’t want them to know where he disappears to. He knows once they find out they are going to offer help and he doesn’t want that. He doesn’t like what he has to do but he can’t deny that he isn’t good at it either. When Christen, Madison and Nicole discover his secret he didn’t think he know they wouldn’t keep their mouths shut. He also didn’t plan on noticing Christen, the girl that has hung around them since Carter and Madison have gotten together. Once he does though, he can’t help but want her.
Christen comes from a wealthy background, but she doesn’t throw it in your face. She’s been Carter’s little sister Holly’s friend for years. Since she first meets Shawn she has had a crush on him that has only gotten stronger as time goes on. She falls hard for Shawn.
These two have great chemistry and get along great, well that is until people stick their noses where they don’t belong. My stomach actually felt nauseated when I read what Shawn does to Christen. While I can see why he does what he does at the same time I was like why are you letting them do this to you and her? He does earn back my love though, doing what he does best so I can forgive his momentary douche bag status.
Of course things for Madison and Carter and Nicole and Jason aren’t all sunshine and roses either. Nicole and Jason are still trying to work through what they have learned. Madison and Carter still have the threat of Chris hanging over their heads.
Fighting to Survive is the final book in the Guarded Hearts series. I really enjoyed this book. My only issue was that it seemed a little rushed and could have been longer to close up some lose ends but overall it is a good read and a great ending to this series and the beginning of another. Ashley Piscitelli had won me over with the first book in this series, Playing With Fire, but sealed my loyalty with Fighting To Survive.
He spins around, and before I know it, he has backed me against the wall. He slams his hands on either side of my head, trapping my hands with them, and then crushes his mouth to mine. I let out a gasp of surprise and he takes advantage, slipping his tongue into my mouth. His kiss is so frenzied and urgent, so full of need. It’s unlike anything I have ever experienced in my life. I’m not innocent—I’ve been kissed by plenty of guys—but never like this.
He’s taking complete control over me and dominating every sense of my being. He pulls back a little, biting down on my lower lip, causing me to moan with a mix of pleasure and pain. I open my eyes to see him staring at me with such desire that my insides warm. Before I know what’s happening, he releases my hands and speeds out the door.
I stand there, pressed against the wall, panting from the most soul shattering and mind-altering kiss I have ever experienced. When I finally catch my breath, I smooth out my hair and clothes, and then make my way back to the crowd. Shawn Matthews is the kind of guy that my dad had warned me to stay away from, but there is no way in hell that’s happening now.
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Ashley Piscitelli lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids, and two dogs. On top a writing career, she is a full-time student and a full-time mom. She loves spending time with her kids, although she has to hide the computer from them when she is writing! She love being active and being outdoors, especially if it involves any kind of shopping.
She has always been passionate about writing. She loves to read romance books and feels like being able to lose yourself in a book is one of the more exciting aspects. The books she loves to read and write will be ones that make you feel for the characters. Ashley believes that you should have an opinion on every character in a book whether you love them, hate them, or think they are up to something.
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