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Shatter Me

(The Jaded #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  1,816 ratings  ·  319 reviews

That’s a word Bailey Winsor knows well, having endured it since she was a child from the people that were supposed to protect her. Just when her life appears normal, something Bailey has never experienced, she meets a man and falls in love.

Love can be deceiving.

Bailey jumps from the frying pan that was her childhood and into the burning bowels of hell, which is her si
Paperback, 470 pages
Published January 12th 2015 by CreateSpace (first published December 17th 2014)
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Auntie Sherry You begin to believe the verbal abuse. He cut her off from her only friend so he became her only source of knowledge. How many times can one be told…moreYou begin to believe the verbal abuse. He cut her off from her only friend so he became her only source of knowledge. How many times can one be told that they are worthless? Then there is the mind jogger of having the crap beat out of her-remember he was particularly vicious. He also had very tight control of her-never allowed to go outside?? Hidden cameras (etc) every where. Looked like her ownly practical choice would have been a more final one. That she lived at all is the surprise. Dear author, well done!!(less)

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This story was upsetting, raw and gritty. I personally love darker stories, but the harrowing account of abuse that Bailey survived was difficult to read about. One particularly graphic scene toward the end required me to take a "time out", which almost never happens for me.

Essentially, this is a story about a young woman, Bailey, that is on the run from her abusive husband. With little more than the clothes on her back, she moves from town to town, picking up whatever work she can in order to
I've teetered back and forth on my capability to read this book since the female MC's domestic abuse, violence, rape, and sodomy of a completely non-consensual nature are detailed graphically over the course of the book and her childhood sexual and physical abuse are spoken of (not detailed graphically) several times.

Triggers First

While I'm an advocate for books that shed light on such traumas for lay people &/or that give hope for those impacted in real life, I also realize that such top
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 still have a hard time reeling in my emotions stars


First let me just start of by officially announcing Jaxon Walker as candidate for Book Boyfriend of 2015. We may have a winner on our hands here guys!

Although there are some pretty adorable scenes in the book- I must issue a warning: this book is DEF not for the faint of heart! The things that were done to Bailey by her husband are described IN DETAIL and they are not easy to read about! That being said, it definitely gave you insight as to w
Nikki ღ Navareus
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Only people who can handle this type of story. Definitely not for the faint of heart.

Shatter Me is right. This story was gripping and very dark. Bailey is a woman who grew up neglected by her parents who were too drugged out of their minds to pay her any attention. She was also repeatedly sexually abused by friends of her drugged out parents, while her parents sat and watched, never lifting a finger to help this little girl as she was molested. Then once she gets away from her ugly childhood, she's wooed by a man whose attention makes her feel special for the fir
EroticaAfterDark (Lilith)
I have very mixed feelings about this book. It contains a lot of unnecessary brutality, although not too descriptive, but right through until the end. Similar to Enslaved (The Life of Anna, #1) by Marissa Honeycutt - if you loved her book, you probably will love this one. I don't mind abuse, I love The Beast And Me (The Beast And Me, #1) by D. S. Wrights, but it's more twisted and a more psychological and not brutal for the sake to be shocking.

Warning: (view spoiler)
Willow Madison
Mar 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
I felt sorry for Bailey in the beginning. She didn’t come across as overly bright, but I believed her character. Jaxon seemed okay too, like there might have been some possibility of schmexiness there. It all fell apart at the first sign of trouble though. Jaxon’s selfish rampage at hearing her story just sickened me. The explanation for it was bs. And the stupidity with the sister? Huh?? Didn’t even make any sense at all. Oh, wait – no, it did. Goes back to my comments about Mia not being all t ...more
Natalie The Biblioholic
May 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm glad I read the acknowledgments section before writing this review because I almost started this thing off with asking why the abuse scenes were so graphic. The disclaimer for this book wasn't loud enough so...


That being said, I wholeheartedly agree with Alex Grayson that "no one should ever be embarrassed or ashamed of being abused." It's true that too many men, women and children face some form of abuse every single day
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Kim Black
Oct 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure of editing Shatter Me by Alex Grayson and to say that we were impressed with her debut novel is an understatement. From the beginning of the story I was drawn in and thrust into an endless sea of mixed emotions.

I laughed, cried (real tears) and at times I was completely pissed off. At one point I had to walk away from the story, needing a moment for the thumping of my heart to ease.

Grayson had me completely at her mercy, anxiously awaiting for the story to unfold and praying t
Wow! What can I say? This one will horrify you. It will keep you on your toes. And, It will make you shed some tears. So, don’t take the author’s warning for granted. It’s graphic. The abuse will make you cringe and give you goosebumps. Every time the author described this young woman’s abuse, I felt like I was there. It was so believable. So raw and realistic. Running to a small town, she finds peace, hope, and a love so protective. Maybe she’s found an end to all of this horror from a monster ...more
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
Jun 18, 2015 marked it as on-hold-maybe-finish-later
I'm having a bit of a problem connecting with the characters so far...It's best if I put it down and take a break.
Shatter Me completely wrecked me! I mean, I read the reviews and thought, it can't be that bad, right?! I've read some books that completely ruined me and thought there was no way that a debut novel could do that (no offense, Alex Grayson!) but holy shit! This book put me through the ringer!

It starts off with Bailey stopping off in Jaded Hollow just long enough to get some more money so she can keep running from her abusive husband. But it's in this small town that Bailey learns that there are
Karen Mc
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
***Received an ARC for an honest review by Bookalicious Babes Blog***

Shatter Me was an amazing debut novel by Alex Grayson! Like the title, this book shattered me a bit.

Have those tissues ready as this story is not for the weak! Happy and sad tears were shed as this book takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions! Shatter Me is slightly scary, thrilling, intense, raw, sweet, and hot. It's a modern-day fairy tale that touches on harsh and scary topics and I loved every minute!

This story tak
Megan Fall
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: make-you-cry, abuse
This was a really hard book to read as the subject matter was abuse. I cried a lot during this book and especially at the ending. It's a HEA ending, and it isn't a HEA ending! Such a sad book! I really want to read Mac's book and I need Nick to have a book as well!!
yohanna baez
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
HeadTripping Book Blog received an ARC of this book for an honest review.

Shatter me by Alex Grayson

My heart aches writing this review and it's also how I felt while reading this book.

In this story Bailey is running from her past but on the way find her future.
She is almost out money and must find a job. She stops at a small town where she meets
some great people including Jax who instantly has a pull towards her, and try to help her but Bailey is afraid to trust anyone.

I instantly felt in love
Virginia Weaver
Oct 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was so lucky to be able to beta read this book for Alex Grayson. I don't want to spoil the story for anyone because I think that this is a book that you have to experience for yourself. It will change you and it will stay with you long after you finish the last page.

I was absolutely blown away by this story. This is by far one of the best and emotionally captivating books that I have read. This is the story of Bailey, a woman who is running. She's running in order to save herself. She has sca
Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Four-point-five stars for Shatter Me! This book turned me into a wreck. I won this copy during a release party on Facebook and the teasers I saw had me filled with excitement, anticipation, and maybe even a little fear. Bailey endured a journey so far from what most people could ever imagine and she fought to come out on the other side. It was a beautiful story watching her grow and change from a terrified shell of a woman into a strong, courageous fighter. My heart beat like crazy through sever ...more
Joey Corr
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Omg. Where do I start. This book is so good. It is a emotional roller coaster ride of ups and downs. I just loved Jaxon and how is with everyone. He just melted my heart and all the tattoos and piercings. Can I just say oh yummy. Bailey is a abused woman on the run. I feel for her and what she has gone through. I just love her and Jaxon together. Andrew is a ball and I hope he gets a book. Poor Anna my heart breaks for her. This was a great book but have a box of tissues near by because you will ...more
Andrea Smith
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Raw, gritty and gripping is the best way to describe Shatter Me. Author Alex Grayson makes you feel as if you are right there witnessing everything as it unfolds, which is what kept me glued to the pages. Some very dark spots in this read, the author warns of same, but it wasn't thrown in for shock value, it had its place in the story!

Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
“Each story needs to be heard.

One thing that I've come to realize about Alex's works are, they are all brutally (and I meant it literally) honest, raw and intense, the kind that mindf*cks you and left you speechless. Don't expect her to sugarcoat the violence or bubble wrap her story line, because what you get is the horrid details of what her characters went through and it ain't a walk in the park.

Bailey hasn't had the easiest life. Neglected as a child and abused by her husband in so many
Nov 21, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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That’s a word Bailey Winsor knows well, having endured it since she was a child from the people that were supposed to protect her. Just when her life appears normal, something Bailey has never experienced, she meets a man and falls in love.

Love can be deceiving.

Bailey jumps from the frying pan that was her childhood and into the burning bowels of hell, which is her sick and twisted husband. It’s hopeless. Suffering more years of abuse, Bailey event
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3.5 stars

I found this book through an excerpt in the author's page. I was so intrigued by it that I had to read it soon.
This story was a roller coaster, so full of raw emotions and sometimes it took me a moment to assimilate what I was reading.
I love the H, so protective and sweet, but very manly. The h was a bit too sensitive at times, I felt her pain but I'd like her to defend herself more.
The last part was surprising, and the epilogue simply beautiful.
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Wow this book was amazing. The abuse and violence was so realistic along the lines of what people go through as well as over come. I know I'm an over comer. The triggers alone could take a lifetime to overcome but with good family support it happens. This book portrays that to preciseness that it's unreal. It's well written with a plot that has awesome twist that you would never see coming. Shatter Me has definitely made its name because not only is the character shattered but it leaves you feel ...more
Shelly Wygant
If I could rate this more than 5 stars I would. Congrats to making this the first book of 2015 to make me cry. This story of Bailey's will run you through an emotional ringer. From the synopsis you know that this is going to be a tough story. Bailey is running for a bad past that includes abuse. Her husband is a monster. As she is running she stops in Jaded Hallow, OH. Here she finds the kindness of strangers. Bailey has a hard time accepting this kindness because she has not had that in her pas ...more
Stephanie Daley
Nov 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have been wanting to read this novel since I saw the first teaser of it in an author's event a while ago. I knew this book was going to be good..I was is extraordinary! I haven't actually cried while reading a book since I was in High School. Not only did I cry, cringe, be angered, but i was shattered, but in a good way. With out giving anything away I will compare reading this as learning history in school and being told of slavery but not learning the emotions of what a slave actua ...more
Nikki Reeves
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
WOW WOW and WOW!!! This book literally lives up to its name because it definitely shattered me in more ways than one. Fair warning this book is not for the faint of heart but it’s so worth the read. Be ready for an emotional ride that will leave you breathless quite a few times.

When the book starts, Bailey is running from a past she can’t seem to let go. She barely has any money left to live on so she stops in a small town to figure out her next move. Never in a million years did Bailey expect
Lisa Cullinan
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dark and heart wrenching ~

Shatter Me did just that ... I feel completely gutted. I'm almost at a loss for words here because my feelings are all over the place.
Let me start by saying, that this book is hard to take. If you feel that you can't handle this story due to the graphic rape and extreme physical abuse in its content, then maybe you should steer clear. The author makes this known as well.
Bailey, who was physically abused beyond ones wildest imagination, finally runs away from her monst
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Bailey’s life is so messed. The things she faced and running from would have broken most people. She has always lived in a life of pain. With no one to turn to, she does the only thing she can do, run. Her life on the run leads her to a small town in Ohio. While that town would serve as her hiding place and refuge from her past, she finds much more than she every anticipated, Jax. This man has just as many skeletons in his past as Bailey does, but he knows from the very second he lays his eyes
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
I received this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.

There is a trigger warning at the start of this book and with good reason. The images that Alex Grayson conjures within your mind are horrific and heartbreaking. They will make your heart pound faster as the adrenaline pumps through your veins, your breath hitching as you read faster and faster, praying that the main female is going to be okay, even though you 'see' most of it through flashbacks so that you know she is..
Stephanie Garrett
Jun 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
When I picked up Shatter Me, I had no idea of the rollercoaster of emotions I would soon go on as I read Bailey's story, but I loved each and every minute of it.
I began reading and quickly fell in love with Jaded Hollow, the quaint friendly little town Bailey flees to as she's trying to escape from her abusive and sadistic husband, Steven. There she meets Anna, a cafe waitress, and Jaxon, Anna's older brother and owner of Jaxon's Pub. Needing money to fund her escape from Steven, Bailey lands a
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Alex Grayson is the bestselling author of heart pounding, emotionally gripping contemporary romance including the Jaded Series, the Consumed Series, and two standalone novels. Her passion for books was reignited by a gift from her sister-in-law. After spending several years as a devoted reader and blogger, Alex decided to write and independently publish her first novel in 2014 (an endeavor that to ...more

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