Shards of Love (Mercenary Hearts 3)

“I’d wanted the fairy tale, and somewhere along the line I’d forgotten that everyone in a fairy tale paid a price.”

All Jessica ever wanted was a family.

When the unthinkable happens, Jessica finds herself adrift in a sea of grief. It’s going to take everything she has to pull her life together and fight for the life she wants.

Goodreads Reviewer: This, this was an emotional rollercoaster. I ugly cried, I was angry, I laughed (caught me off guard too!), and by the end I was so freakin’ happy, I could’ve burst!

Goodreads Reviewer: ABSOLUTELY PHENOMENAL! That is the best way I can describe the trilogy that makes up Jesse and Jessica’s story. In fact I can easily say, hands down, this trilogy is in my top 5 for 2018. Ms. Zurlo has totally outdone herself by writing a story that is so exciting, relevant and emotional that it will leave you breathless, teary eyed and over the moon as you follow along.

Warning: Bondage, D/s, rape (not romanticized)

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Goodreads Reviewer: This, this was an emotional rollercoaster. I ugly cried, I was angry, I laughed (caught me off guard too!), and by the end I was so freakin’ happy, I could’ve burst!

Goodreads Reviewer: ABSOLUTELY PHENOMENAL! That is the best way I can describe the trilogy that makes up Jesse and Jessica’s story. In fact I can easily say, hands down, this trilogy is in my top 5 for 2018. Ms. Zurlo has totally outdone herself by writing a story that is so exciting, relevant and emotional that it will leave you breathless, teary eyed and over the moon as you follow along.

Excerpt:
“Brat, that’s enough. Jesse didn’t do this job for the money. None of us do. We do this because we know we make a positive difference in this world.”

“Bullshit,” she sneered. “You aren’t fooling anyone.” She slammed the heels of her palms into my chest.

This was different from when she’d slapped me before. She’d been stunned by her reaction as much as I had, and I saw immediately that she hadn’t meant to hit me as much as she’d wanted to smack away the information.

But now she was attacking me. She was in pain and lashing out.

With a neat twist of my arms, I captured her wrists and pinned them behind her back. “Brat, I know you’re upset, so let’s take a minute to calm down.”

She struggled against my hold. “I don’t want to calm down. I’ve been calm for months, and it hasn’t helped. I’m tired of being rational and good. I’m tired of feeling all this pain, and no matter what I do, it doesn’t go away. I’m tired of pretending for all of you that I’m fine when I feel like I died months ago.”

My heart broke at the raw pain written on her features and trembling in her voice. Without further thought, I lifted her onto my lap and held her against me.
Her whole body softened, and she melted into me. I cradled her head, and she rested her cheek against my chest. Her hand grasped at my shirt.

Though the wrong circumstances had landed her in my arms, protectiveness and pure joy surged through me. After all this time, we finally had more than a surface-level connection.

Excerpt 2:
David bypassed Brea and stopped in front of me. From his somber manner and Dean’s ashen face, a horrible realization dawned on me.

“No.”

He sat down next to me and put his arm around my shoulders. “Jessica, I’m sorry.”

“No.” I shook my head, denying anything he might try to say. None of it could be true. I shrugged out of his hold. “This isn’t funny, David. Where is Jesse?”

“He didn’t make it.” Dean’s quiet voice broke through my rising hysteria, arresting the flow of my emotions. “He saved Frankie by pushing her out of the plane, but he went down with it.”

“NO.” Shoving David away, I jumped to my feet.

Dean grabbed my shoulders, forcing me to face him. “We found his body, Jessica.”

When I tried to struggle away, he took my hand and put something in it. I opened my palm to see Jesse’s wedding ring. Tarnished with smoke and stained with dirt, it bore the inscription I’d had engraved inside: Love endures.

My brain stopped working. Unable to think or feel, I froze, my gaze pinned to the thick band of gold that didn’t hold nearly enough memories.

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