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Cloudy Mirrors

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  44 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews

Addiction—I can’t beat it without you; I can’t beat it with you. When I’m with you, I’m addicted. The way you taste, feel, and burn will forever be my favorite. The way you fucked my life up is exactly what I asked for. I had the perfect life but was starving for something more. Then I met you. A perfect disaster I couldn’t get enough of no matter what the cost.
Kindle Edition, 112 pages
Published June 5th 2017
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Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received an arc of this book and am voluntarily reviewing.

I like the plot and how the storyline of this book was set up. I loved how Robert showed addiction and how it can be harmful to oneself and others, plus how drugs can come to rule your life or your activities.

Megan was an extremely strong character and was devoted to her family, which I appreciated. The flow of the story was also great up until the end. The pacing was great and strong, but then boom it ended. It was too abrupt for the s
Jun 06, 2017 rated it liked it
3 out of 5 stars

As a debut novel, this story has some strong points. I felt like Michael and Megan really had a connection despite the age difference. I really enjoyed watching MIchael interact with Megan’s boys. I think Megan always had Michael’s best interests at heart and though she wasn’t mothering him, she did look out for him.

All of that said, the storyline is really good, though disjointed at times. The characters were well developed, but I had a hard time really finding the meat of the
Jun 07, 2017 rated it liked it
For a debut novel I do not think this was terrible. I feel that it has a lot of potential, it just fell a little short. I loved the idea that the plot gave off, but it cam down to it, I feel that the storyline just rambled on instead of hitting the hard points that it needed to. While I myself did not particularly enjoy this book, I am looking forward to what Shane Robert will put out in the future.

-NightWolf Book Blog
Le Ann Foster
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
**Reviewed for CherryOBlossoms Promotions**

I gave this book 4.5 stars!

For a debut novel, Mr. Roberts has HIT it OUT of the Park!!!! I was captivated from the synopsis and was so glad that I read this book. This book might not have a HEA, but what it does have is real, raw, and intense. The storyline is will make you think about the realties in life. The emotions that this book draws out will have you on a roller coaster.

This is the story of Michael and Megan. Michael had a great childhood, 2 par
Ana Rita
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
When a debut book is like this one what can I say about the author? The only word that I can think of is Brilliant.
I just love a story that is real, that can appeal to me and make me think.
Shane Robert has an intense and super real writting that will touch your heart, mind and soul.
Cloudy Mirrors tells the stories of Michael and Megan.
Michael had everything, a great childhood, Amazing parents until one day he decided to venture out. He moved to another city to start a new life on his own. Bu
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I gave this book 4.5 stars!

For a debut novel, Mr. Roberts has HIT it OUT of the Park!!!! I was captivated from the synopsis and was so glad that I read this book. This book might not have a HEA, but what it does have is real, raw, and intense. The storyline is will make you think about the realties in life. The emotions that this book draws out will have you on a roller coaster.

This is the story of Michael and Megan. Michael had a great childhood, 2 parents that would give him everything his hea
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

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A story about drug addiction from the beginning to the end.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book as it’s not a subject I usually read.

Michael moves away from his home town at 18 to make it on his own. Loveland is his destination and it’s there he meets Scottie.

Scottie is the local drug dealer and introduces him to Cocaine at his house party. At the same party he also meets Megan, Scottie’s cousin but she’s very ant
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is Shane Robert's debut book.  It was well written with a good storyline about addiction.  It also had great characters that were believable with a lot of emotions. 

Megan has had a rough few years.  Losing her fiancé and raising 2 kids on her own.  Megan sees Michael at a party, but she does not meet him until she is at her cousin's house.  They have this connection that they can not deny, but Michael is greatly influenced by Megan's cousin, who is a drug dealer.  Michael gets addicted to h
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Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 Great Debut Stars
Reviewed by Franci Neill

This is the debut novel for Mr. Robert and I really loved this story. He does an exceptional job of creating characters we can connect to and a story that's both intriguing and interesting all at the same time.

As you might expect the title of this book is exactly what you think it's about...drugs and addiction. Michael is a young man that gives up a lot of things to venture out on his own and discover what else is in the world and ends up finding mor
Gwen Shafer
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book that Shane has written.I can honestly say that WOW.. This book was freaking amazing from the beginning to the end. It was very well written with great storyline and great character chemistry. I loved the relationship between Micheal and Megan and how well written it was. The added bonus in this book are Megan's two boys and the relationship that happens with them and Micheal. I absolutely love how Megan tries to make Micheal better and stands by him no matter what bad he d ...more
Jenn (YeahOrNeighReviews)
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the story of Michael, who grew up with everything handed to him, and a perfect life. He left home at the age of 18 wanting to rebel and discover himself, what he finds is a friend who involves him in the world of participating and dealing drugs.
Through this he meets Megan, a single Mom of two, and 12 years older than himself. Feelings grow deeper between them, each time they meet, but Megan doesn't want that kind of influence around her two sons. They both learn quickly that all actions
Denise Van plew
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First time all the way around for this author and us readers. When that is the case you go in with such a high level of curiosity that anything can happen. This author will be also one to watch after this one is read because it is totally unexpected the depth that is achieved with the characters he has brought to life in this drama filled read. Being already torn but sticking to family Megan meets Micheal through Scottie. The is the opener of the rollorcoaster ride this author will give you once ...more
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Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I decided to read this one based on the cover. I love this cover. I went into reading this one without reading the blurb or anything about it. I absolutely loved this story. It' a little different then any of the books I have read.

Michael has had a great childhood and now he wants his freedom. He moves away from his family and falls into the party life. Even though he has times that he is spirally out of control, he is still a very likeable character. Megan is a single mom of two kids. She doin
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
A strong debut by Shane Robert. I see some great potential in his writing. The characters were relatable and gritty. I liked Megan's unwavering Devotion to her boys. The storyline for this book was poorly timed for me as I just read a story a few days ago that was nearly 90% about addiction. I'm just not a fan of drug use which is what Michael does constantly in this book - mostly cocaine and some marijuana. I think drugs are a weak and a lazy way to deal with life. That being said, Shane did a ...more
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
As the author’s first novel, I felt he hit all the notes needed to keep you invested in the story. It was raw and gritty with passion and emotional turmoil. It is one of those books that makes you thing but also breaks you a little with how much addiction affects everyone involved. I think what I really enjoyed about this story is it isn’t your typical tale with your happy ending. Life is ugly and life isn’t always fair. With Megan and Michael struggling through the motions, you get very involve ...more
Penny Layne
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I want more!!!

Wow, that's just it, all I can say. I don't think I've ever read anything like this. I LOVED the love story aspect with Michael & Megan. It was honest and pure. And Michael's interactions with the kids was heart-melting! Although, there were so many times I wanted to reach through the book and smack Michael in the back of the head for some of the choices he was making! UGH!
However, when I end the chapter, turn the page only to find that's the end. I want more; no...I NEED more!
Johnna Canter
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Where should I start.  This was not a bad first book.  I love Megan in this book.   She is a strong woman who knows what she wants for her kids.  The struggles that you see Michael go through.  The ups and downs and twist and turns of his book.   The struggles just seem so real!!! Yes there were times I would get mad and upset!  But that is what I look for in a book.  It had a little bit of a slow start for me.  But once it got start the story was good. Really good strong start for Shane's first ...more
Karrie Mellott Puskas
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
emotional book that shows you how addiction takes over a person. I found myself just wondering how and why Michael could get caught up in all of this. He's young and has so much to offer. Megan wants to protect her children and is a great single mother. I found myself feeling sorry and hateful when Michael went for his addiction. I just wanted to smack him tell him to get himself together to see what's in front of him. I did have to grab tissues a few times. Not a bad start for Shane's debut boo ...more
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great debut book!
This book centers around a very serious subject. Drug addiction!
The story of Michael and Megan is something that happens everyday. It was sad but real the drugs got ahold of Michael and pulled him farther and farther into their ugly world. We saw that Michael knew it was wrong, he wanted the life with Megan but the addiction controlled him. He was hurting himself and her. I want to say I hated the abrupt ending of this book but considering the subject matter everything can't be
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Message is Loud and Clear

Congratulations Shane on your very first book. I will be honored to say that I knew you when.... There is no doubt about what this book is supposed to be about. To read about something that has basically become an epidemic is just so hard to do. Especially, when one has lost a family member to this disastrous nasty habit forming stuff as Cocaine. Very nice job, young man.
I look forward to reading your next adventure that you are so destined to accomplish. Congratulations
Terry Moskowitz
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
It doesn't matter what type of life you lead or are given addiction can happen to anyone at any time. One snort was all it took for Michael to become addicted. Just like one look ad he fell in love with Megan.
Megan doesn't want anyone into partying in her life or her boys, but Michael pulls her in. He treats her beautifully and spends time with her kids .
One mistake is all it takes to have everything go to hell. How will they get out of this mess? Will he stand by her or will they have to walk a
Crystal Gray
Dec 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Edited review (I hate trying to review from my kindle)

This wasn't bad, but wasn't great either. It was pretty good for a debut. The idea was great. It dealt with so many struggles. Moving to a new town, addiction, age gaps, getting kids involved, whew! I did find myself getting bored at times, it dragged on a bit and repeated some things a lot. BUT Shane has a strong start, I can't wait to see where his writing goes, I am sure he will be amazing!
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. When I started reading I wasn't sure what I was in for. Michael is an 18 year old young man out to prove he can make it on his own. Meagan is a single mother of 2 boys and looking for a night out. They meet at her cousins' house and the attraction is instant. The sex scenes were very tasteful and well done. He made you think and feel through out the book. I am really impressed.
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked this book. I liked the characters and I liked the story. I didn't think the main couple in this book was really compatible but I could see where that attraction stemmed from. I never emotionally connected with the characters. That ending was great. I wanted more of these characters and see what comes next for them.
I love the cover but I don't think it fit the characters in the book.
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great debut book

I really like this book . I was cheering for both megan as well ad Michael to have a fighting chance together. If you need a book with a hea then this is not the book for you. If you want a book to where you can relate to everyday situation then grab this book , you won't want to put it down.
Karen C
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
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My rating is based on the fact this is a debut for this author. His ideas are excellent and as a debut it has quite a lot of substance. The characters were believable and faced real challenges. I agree with another reviewer who felt some disconnect but I also feel that will work itself out in future work. I did feel that I would have liked an epilogue to wrap things up for me.
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
What an amazing story. Loved Megan and how she put her boys first. Michael had a mixed up way of looking at things. Megan just wanted what was best for everyone. Michael didn't see anything wrong with wanting to live his life his way. Could not wait to see where this story went.
Lynne Garlick
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing

What a fantastic debut read by this author! The blurb and the cover had originally drawn me in but the content had me turning pages as fast as I could.
I highly recommend you one click this book!
Clarissa Boggs
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm giving this a 4 1/2⭐. For a debut novel I thought the story was well written and the author shows some real potential of being on my favorites list. My only issue was a few typos I seen which is really no big deal. Looking forward to seeing more from this author ...more
Pamela Kras
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
the book was good a little different then what I usually read but held my attention Was a good book can't wait to see what else Shane Robert rights next
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