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Abandoned by Love

(Shattered Hearts Duet #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  91 ratings  ·  68 reviews
Jaxon Mayer knew the minute his eyes met hers that they were soul mates and would be together forever.

Emily and Jax were childhood sweethearts. An insanely happy couple with a love most people never feel.

Emily Saunders wanted nothing more than to marry her gorgeous guy and have her happily ever after. Their relationship was perfect, and he was the man of her dreams.

Published January 16th 2019
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Jaime Reynolds
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was such a heartfelt and powerful story. My emotions are running on high alert and I am not sure what I should be feeling as I am all over the place. Jaxon and Emily’s love for one another is bittersweet and I am left hanging by a thread wondering whether or not they both get what is deserved. Young love that is tested by a horrible accident. Can broken hearts be mended? Makes you question the what ifs. What would you do?
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love Emily and Jaxon!! They have had to endure so much but they are proving love can overcome everything if it is meant to be. This is a cliffhanger so I can't wait to see what happens next!!!
Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 Cranky Stars

This book was very different and very emotional!!! Mainly centered around two characters, Emily and Jaxon. They fell in love at a very young age. Emily's father was not going to allow it, but Jaxon showed up every Sunday morning with a red rose to try and prove to him how much he loved his daughter. In the end her father relented and said they could see each other with conditions, it must not interfere with school work or Emily's gymnastics. So their relationship bloomed from
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love everything about this book except for the choices made by Emily. I understand them and why she did it but she broke my boys heart in doing so which makes it hard to support her. This is a great story and awesome characters. The author does us a solid by giving us flashbacks of their time together, introducing us and their friends. Bringing us along on how the relationship started and some of their challenges and more along the way. It's done very well and while it's my first read by this ...more
Jennifer Pierson
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Abandoned by Love is the very emotional story of Jaxon & Emily, childhood sweethearts, who thought they would be together forever. Then one moment in time changes everything, and hearts are broken. And that's all that I'm willing to give up, because this is a short(ish) Part 1 of the Shattered Hearts Duet. The amazing Aleya Michelle goes back & forth between past & present so we can see how they met as their relationship evolved, to what's going on after the accident which changed ...more
Nora Schmid
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read.

A very engaging romance from beginning to end. Jaxson and Emily are young high school sweethearts. Soulmates madly in love with each other. One bad decision leds to a tragic accident. Changing their lives forever. Not being able to cope with what's happened and not wanting to be a burden Emily turns away from her friends. A letter leaves Jaxson heartbroken and confused. Which makes Jaxson question himself. Can True love heal and forgive. A Heart breaking and Emotional story. Worth
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I really enjoyed pieces of this book. At first it was a little confusing as it jumped from character to character and past to present. The author always made you aware though where you were at. I enjoyed feeling the connection between Jaxon and Emily and I can’t wait to see what comes of them in book two. Their love is something that is once in a lifetime and yet it was taken away from them both too soon after a tragic accident occurs.

One thing that I couldn’t get past though, was that they
Tricia Mccoy
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a heartbreaking and emotional story!! Jaxon and Emily are so young and so in love with their whole lives ahead of them! From the moment they met they became each other's everything. Until a tragic accident that changes their lives forever... I can't even imagine what they were each going through and it makes you wonder what you would have done had you been in their position. I can't wait to find out what happens next...
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very well written story about young love and major heartbreak.

This book was very emotional and goes back and forth in a pre/post timeline of the incident that causes the break up.

Not generally a fan of flashbacks but it works for this novel.

Very excited to see what happens in book 2!
Kim Whitehead
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jan 28, 2019 rated it liked it
This is my first read from this author and it was an okay story but I honestly expected more. Jaxon and Emily's story is one of love, pain and regrets that was caused by a choice made one night that eventually leads to life altering consequences. There was no denying the love they had for each other. The thing that bothered me most about this story was that although I enjoy when a story alternates between past and present, I need it in equal parts. This story gave me more of the past between ...more
Tiffany Copple
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars for Abandoned by Love by Aleya Michelle . This is book one in the Shattered Hearts Duet.
This book is an emotional journey between Emily and Jaxon as a couple and the journey they each face alone. I will say the writing of this book is different than some I have read. This book goes back and forth from the past to the present. We learn about how Jaxon and Emily became a couple and how their love was built. “Being connected in every possible way is like becoming one—two hearts and one
Karyn Taylor
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Heartbreaking is the one word I’d use to describe Abandoned By Love by Aleya Michelle. If you decide to read this book, and I definitely recommend that you do, then please make sure that you have a supply of tissues handy as you will sure as hell need them.
Jaxon and Emily are school sweethearts who are madly in love and have a bright future ahead of them. Jaxon is the star of the baseball team and Emily is a gymnast. Their lives are pretty perfect but then fate has a different
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

Abandoned By Love is the first book in the Shattered Hearts Duet by Aleya Michelle. This story has a familiar recipe, but done really well. Even though it was a little predictable, the story still engaged me and kept me interested. It is told from past and present perspectives, with a lot of ‘flashbacks’ into the past which helps to build up the backstory.
The plot really made me think about how one moment in time, one seemingly insignificant decision, can impact your life so irrevocably.
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Abandoned by Love (Shattered Hearts Duet #1) by Aleya Michelle

5 Stars

Ack!! I need the next book like right now!!

This story broke my heart, there's so much going on and I love the way this story is being told. I can't even imagine where this story will go but I know I can not wait to find out.

This felt real, the kind of thing that could happen any day and knowing that made this story hit home that much more. Her time hops were placed perfectly and very easy to follow and definitely strengthened
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I knew going in that this was a DUET (which means two) so I should not have been surprised by how it ended. I should have known that it was going to be tied into a neat bow at 92% when it was still "heavy". I should have known that, even though this is a quick and great read, I would not have the answers I wanted today. No instant gratification. I am absolutely invested enough to grab the second part to find out how this ends.

ABANDONED BY LOVE is a Y/A-Coming of Age novel told in dual pov and in
Susan Homan
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Abandoned by Love

Emily and Jaxon meet when she moves to town, and starts school. Jaxon is drawn to her from his first glance. Her parents won't allow her to date, wanting her to stay focused on school and her gymnastics. Jaxon is a baseball player and somehow realizes that he needs to prove to Emily and her parents his interest in her, so he does something every Sunday for 3 months. Finally he gets her dads approval that they can date. And once they start dating, they are inseparable. They have
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Life changing decisions

Jaxon & Emily are both young but very much in love. With Jaxon’s love of baseball & Emily’s passion for gymnastics, they juggled school & practice/workout schedules to find time to be together. But after being involved in a car accident, Emily does the unthinkable & abruptly leaves town with her family, leaving behind her friends & Jaxon.

Jaxon is beyond devastated when Emily leaves him a goodbye note. His friends & mom try to intervene when he’s
Michelle Mulvey
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Abandoned by Love (Shattered Hearts Duet #1) by Aleya Michelle was a great read from beginning to end. I have read one or two books by this author before and I absolutely loved them. This was no different. I was feeling sad and heartbroken reading parts of this book but it was well worth it. Jaxon Mayer and Emily Saunders were the “IT” couple.
Jaxon knew when he spotted Emily that first time that he was in love. He was a jock but he was a sweetheart. He always put Emily first. Emily was in
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Abandoned by Love is the opening to Aleya Michelle’s Shattered Hearts Duet. It will shatter your heart … it will leave you broken and crying and in the dark … it will make you understand how one moment in time, one simple decision, can change your life irrevocably … Abandoned by Love is the story of a life altering choice that changes the lives of everyone involved.
Jaxon Mayer and Emily Saunders are childhood sweethearts. They are insanely happy and have a bright future ahead of them. They
Erica Fish
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever fallen where the person you just meet is your soulmate? Aleya Michelle wrote Abandoned by Love which has that topic. The characters are wonderful and I made a connection right away. I know of two people that have meet their soulmates in their high school days and are still married today twenty plus years ago. The story does have this travel from “today” and “past years” This story can be a true story which makes this story believable. In life we have moments that define us and what ...more
Laura Furuta
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Abandoned by Love (Shattered Hearts Duet #1)
By: Aleya Michelle
5 out of 5 stars

The story Abandoned by Love (Shattered Hearts Duet #1) by Aleya Michelle is a book that I once I finished I thought “Wow!” The story is powerful and the characters amazing. The story had my emotions going up and down the entire time I was reading. There are heartbreaking moments as well as ones that warmed my heart. I loved reading about the characters of Jaxon Mayer and Emily Saunders. As I read the story I couldn’t
Angelina Frazzini
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Abandoned by Love by Aleya Michelle is book one of the Shattered Hearts Duet. This book is so powerful and I couldn’t put it down!

Jaxon and Emily have a love like no other until an accident changes everything. Emily doesn’t expect anything from Jaxon but makes a decision for the both of them that changes their lives. Jaxon has no idea how his life ended up this way but he doesn’t want to deal with the pain.

This book was so emotional. I couldn’t put it down even though my feelings were all over
Tausha Treadway
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Abandoned by Love: Book 1 in the Shattered Hearts Duet by Aleya Michelle. This is such an emotional read. I laughed, I cried, I got angry. Its the story of Jaxon Mayer & Emily Saunders who fell in love at a very young age. Jaxon was a good baseball player and Emily was a gymnast. Their whole lives were about each other only, every second they could spend together they did. They didn't party with friends, they didn't go out with friends they were always together until one fateful night and ...more
Crystal Davidson
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The blurb hooked me right away. I’m a sucker for tragic love affairs and second chance love stories.
Emily and Jax are passionately in love and on the track straight to marriage, when Emily leaves him with nothing but a note. Jax feels it’s because of “the accident" that could have been prevented had Jax listened to her. But theres more to it than he knows.
This story has edge of your seat suspense and fear from the very first page! However, I must warn that there is Teenage/Young Adult Drinking
Jenni Bishop
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Abandoned By Love (Shattered Hearts Duet) by Aleya Michelle is the first book in
this duet and is a very emotional story that will break your heart and form a lump in
your throat. It is a story that is told in the past and in the present of our two main
characters and how they came to be. It also shows just how precious life can be and
that everything can be taken away from you in the blink of an eye.
Jaxon & Emily are childhood sweethearts and soul mates who thought they would be
Amy  Crull
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a sweet and heartbreaking story. What Jaxon and Emily experienced is tragic but they make it the best way they can. This story has a lot of back and forth between the past and present. You get to see how Jaxon and Emily met and began their love story. They were so sweet and innocent. Wrapped into each other and knew without a doubt they were meant to be with each other. Tragedy happens and it shakes up their world. They have to learn to move on without each other and with a loss. ...more
Gail Guerrero
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Abandoned by Love: Book 1 in the Shattered Hearts Duet by Aleya Michelle

Four Stars

To be abandoned by the person you love is painful. To know that they left without a goodbye is even worse. I hurt for Jaxon and Emily. The author was really cruel to us. The plot of this story was so mean. To give you so much love and then yank it way. The writing was a little shaky with the conversations and how believable it was. This is a book that could teach young adults a lesson about drinking and driving. So
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
The storyline is very good—this group of kids is in an accident and one is hurt far worse than the others and definitely more than they knew about. Not wanting to burden them, she leaves without explanation, including her boyfriend of two years. Much of the story is him trying to come to terms with her leaving and her trying to recover, both physically and emotionally. I would have given this five stars but for two things—the bouncing between past and present didn’t always flow well to me and ...more
Young Love and Tragedy

This book would probably be good for YA except for the few semi graphic steamy scenes. It is very high schoolish (that’s not a word but it’s what it seems like). Jaxon and Emily fall in love. Go to a party and get in the car with a drunk who wraps the car around a tree. Everyone is ok but Emily. She is now a paraplegic and doesn’t tell anyone outside her family. She leaves the “love of her life” a Dear John note and disappears. He goes nuts. That’s the very first of the
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The Author of seven full length novels and one novella, genres range from contemporary romance, Romantic Suspense to Dark Romance.
Aleya was Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she is in her thirties and happily married with three gorgeous boys.
A lover of reading, hanging out at the beach, playing netball, shopping and listening to music, which she adds into her writing frequently.
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