Razor sharp between the pipes, mysterious off the ice, Malakai Petrov is the Chicago Fury’s notorious goalie.
The 6’5 Russian giant is hiding an entire world behind the bars of his mask. He thinks his secrets are buried deep enough so that no one can ever crack the ice guarding his stone heart. Until he meets a certain teammate’s sister who’s got a knack for sticking her nose in places it doesn’t belong.
Charlotte Greene met the man behind the mask years before anyone knew his name. The punk chick with calloused fingers from the strings of her violin never could shake the memory of him.
Stealing his dog, leaving her panties on his stairs, batting her silver-eyes, forcing him to question everything he ever knew. These two are skating on thin ice and it won’t be long until it shatters.
Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars
Shattered Ice is a remarkable story about a tortured man who just wants to forget his past, and a fiery woman who is petrified that she will one day fail to remember hers, and how she gets him to forgive himself, let himself be loved, and love someone else in return.
Malachai and Charlotte’s story is not an easy one to read. Kai has some major demons that he’s fighting, and it causes him to keep Charlie at arm’s length for a good portion of the book — even though he wants to hold her close. And that scares him like nothing else. She sees deep into his soul, and makes him want things for himself and his life that he’s never wanted before. This “fallen angel” sees himself as nothing short of a monster due to his childhood and the things he was forced to do, but his Moon Eyes only sees the best in the man that she knows, Kai’s tender heart and sweetness that is hiding underneath the mask he presents to the rest of the world.
Despite Charlie’s best efforts to draw Kai out of his shell, he isn’t ready to accept what she is offering to him: her heart. As a result, he doesn’t just break her heart but shatters it completely. Then when a tragic event threatens to rip them apart for good, will Kai realize what he had before it is too late?
This is the first Monty Jay book I’ve read, and I very much enjoyed it. Despite his best attempts to lead a life of solitude, Malachi has a lot of “brothers” in his hockey teammates. I haven’t read any of the other books in this series, and there were many references to things that happened in the previous books that I felt left me a little in the dark. But those were side references, and for the most part, didn’t take away from Kai and Charlie’s story, aside from some references to events in Charlotte’s twin brother Emerson’s life.
I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.