Genre: Paranormal Romance/Time Travel
“Ava Flynn walked through flames to erase the past and bring her little brother, Josh, back from the dead. But the reboot doesn't come without strings. While navigating her new reality, Ava must avoid Maddox... without fracturing the timeline. If she fails, she may never find Laith again.
With her own heart at stake, Ava scours time for the key to unraveling the curse binding her soul to both Laith's and Maddox's. One brother is the love of her life. And the other... not even death will stop him from keeping them apart.
As Ava's present collides with the brothers' pasts, she discovers that breaking the curse might have unintended consequences. And this time, her soul isn't the only one on the line.”
“After walking away from her career as a business banker to pursue writing full-time, Erica moved from the hustle and bustle of the big city to a small tourist town in the North Georgia Mountains where she lives… with her workaholic husband. When she's not busy writing she's either reading bad fan fiction or singing karaoke in the local pub…
Erica is a magnet for disaster, and has been known to trip on air while walking across flat surfaces. How she's managed to survive this long is one of life's great mysteries.”
For more, visit her website.
I am sitting back in awe at the twists and turns Shattered Souls takes the reader on. Ava walks through the flames of time to reset the timeline to save her little brother Josh’s life. However, she has to be careful not to fracture the timeline too much or she may lose Laith forever. This third book of the series will break your heart as the story unwinds. It’s like a cat playing with a ball of yarn batting it around the room who then gathers it all up into a hopeless knotted mess that will never be the same. Erica Lucke Dean manages to not drop a single thread with her cohesive prose enthralling the reader.
I enjoyed the secondary characters who surprisingly had roles in the past and present. They were able to shine light on the turbulent souls of brothers Maddox and Laith, like the lighthouse beacon warning ships of the rocky shore. The secondary characters from the past add an unexpected richness to the story. You can tell Ms. Lucke Dean poured her heart and soul into Splintered Souls. The ubiquitous emotional rollercoaster is turned up a couple of notches to an F-5 tornado’s ferociousness.
Don’t miss this climatic ending to the Flames of Time Trilogy. I recommend reading the entire series in order from Splintered Souls, book 1, to Scattered Souls, book 2, and then Shattered Souls for your full enjoyment. And now you can read the whole Trilogy without having to wait for the conclusion. I loved every book in this Trilogy, and I’m not too proud to admit Erica Lucke Dean made me cry at the end.
Shattered Souls is book 3 in Erica Lucke Deans, Flames of Time Trilogy.
The copy reviewed was an ARC (advanced reader copy) and therefore I can't judge the production version.
Rating: ***** Five Stars
Reviewed by: ?wazithinkin
Approximate word count: 75-80,000 words