Title: Shattered Stars
Author: Shari J. Ryan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 4, 2019
âYou will lose your memory.â
Thatâs what a doctor told me at just twenty-nine years old.
My headaches and exhaustion werenât from overexertion like I thought.
It was more. A lot more.
Despite my unimaginable challenges,
I found love at a time I needed it most.
Layne, a rising star and popular frontman,
was unknowingly singing life into my soul through his allusive lyrics.
I lived and breathed for the mesmeric sound of his voice.
Kismet led us to a kind of love anyone would die for.
However, Layne shouldnât be stuck loving me after I begin to forget him.
We will once again be strangers, separated by a crowd.
I can no longer promise him a future like the one he vowed to me.
Layne is determined to help me get better.
Iâm determined to make him see past my illness.
The outcome â¦ to be determined.
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Copyright 2019 - Shari J. Ryan
âHey! What did you think?â Layne, the frontman, jogs over to us and gives Lexi a hug.
âYou guys are insanely amazing,â Lexi responds. âLike, blew us away.â
âOh yeah?â Layne asks, glancing over at me. Lexi is speaking on behalf of both of us, which gives me a free pass to avoid conversation and just take in the scene, but I feel I need to praise them too.
âYou were seriously incredible. I can see why you won that battle.â I just made it sound like they were fighting a war by singing music, but if thatâs the worst thing that comes out of my mouth tonight, we should all be so lucky.
âThat means a lot, thank you,â Layne says, staring at me as if I look fascinating. Sometimes I feel like my past is tattooed on my forehead and everyone I meet already knows what path Iâve walked along.
Layne shakes his head to the side, shuffling the hair away from his eye. Itâs weird that I want to touch his hair. Itâs even weirder that heâs been talking to me and I havenât heard a word he has said. âYou okay?â When I refocus on his face, his lip is curled to the side, the side where he has the lip ring.
âIâm so sorry, I think my ears are still ringing a bit. What did you just say?â I ask him, trying to hide the fact that I was too busy gazing at him with imaginary hearts in my eyes.
âI asked how long you and Lexi have been friends?â He combs his fingers through the sides of his hair, pushing the strands away from his face and his piercing emerald eyes. With dark brows and lashes, thereâs an immediate pull to his alluring stare. Heâs stunning and fascinating. He also asked me a question for the second time.
âOh, um, we have been friends since we were babies actually. Our moms are friends, so we kind of grew up like sisters.â
âThatâs awesome,â he says, glancing over at Lexi, who is biting down on her bottom lip, while staring into Johnnyâs eyes. How is it, some of us have the natural born instinct to flirt, while the rest of us have knees that threaten to collapse the moment anyone looks in our direction? Itâs not fair. I have no game. Not that I need a game because there isnât a game I could possibly win with my life trailing behind me like a ball and chain. I love Aly, but I could have given her a different kind of love five to ten years from now too. âDamn, I think Lexi has a thing for Johnny.â
âShe does,â I tell Layne, ratting her out like an awful friend. I slap my hand over my mouth, âCrap, donât repeat that, and I hope that doesnât bother you ... like, I mean, if you have a thing for Lexi.â My foot can leave my mouth now.
Layneâs eyes narrow against his smile, his smile that reveals two perfectly located dimples by the corners of his lips. As the face of this band, he gives the fans a good reason to sit and watch them, but with the music I heard tonight, all the guys could be hideous and no one would care. It only helps that heâs gorgeous and heâs probably turned many local women into rock fans. âI donât think I have to inform Johnny that Lexi has a thing for him. It seems like heâs gotten the hint,â Layne says. I glance over my shoulder again and yup, Johnny got the hint. Their lips are locked and if steam could release from hot bodies, the smoke alarms would be going off. âAnd Iâm okay with it because Lexi and I arenât into each other like that.â
âHuh, did they already know each other?â I ask Layne. I thought I would know who Lexi has been spending her time with, but Iâve been a little preoccupied.
Layne shakes his head, looking past me, toward them. âNope, I donât think theyâve officially met before tonight.â
âWell, I guess when you have no fears, you do what the moment tells you do, right?â I say.
Once again, Layne seems fascinated by the simple little remark Iâve made, and I canât understand what it is that is so enlightening about my nervous chatter. âItâs funny you say that about fears. I wrote this song about fears, and you totally just hit the nail on the head.â
I know the song. I know it very well. It spoke to me two years ago when I heard it the first time, and it spoke to me again tonight when I heard it. âI think Iâve heard it,â I tell him, trying to sound casual about my love for his music. In fact, the song weâre both talking about is the song that drew me in as a âDivi-O Groupie.â
âYou had heard of it before tonight? We havenât performed here in a couple years.â
âYeah, I remember it,â I tell him, biting down on the tip of my thumb.
Layne seems frozen within his star-lit smile and unblinking stare. âItâs my favorite of all our songs, but we were following trends and, you know how it goes. Oddly enough, weâve been talking to a record label about that song, but I am talking too much and shouldnât have said that to you, so pretend I stopped talking like thirty seconds ago.â He laughs and covers his hand over his face, showing off pen scribbles across his fingers, weaving in and out of the several rings I saw flashing around while he was running back and forth across the stage with the microphone, pouring his heart out of his lungs.
âYour secret is safe with me,â I tell him. âNow we each have something to forget.â
âThank you,â he says, tugging at a loose curl beside my ear.
I hold my breathe when his hand comes near me, but itâs gone just as fast, hanging back down by his side.
âI think you got a little pen on your fingers there,â I point out, looking for a way to change the subject away from our spewed secrets. Seriously though ... a record label? Thatâs insane.
âYeah, Iâm a sloppy artist,â he says, admiring his smudged artwork. âI have these three or four lines of a couple songs that always seem to slip my mind so I write them on my hand, but then I end up sweating them off during the show. I think the actual method of writing the words down helps me remember though, so it became a habit.â
Okay so heâs not just drawing on his hand for the sake of looking badass, which is sweet. My heart is already flopping around in my chest like a fish out of water, but I have to toss it back because I canât take part in this type of lifestyle. Of course, I canât exactly go anywhere now either since Lexi is still playing tongue tag with the drummer.
Shari J. Ryan is an International Bestselling Author of heartbreakers and mind-benders. Shari was once told she tends to exaggerate often and sometimes talks too much, which would make a great foundation for fictional books. Four years later, Shari has written eleven novels that often leave readers either in tears from laughing, or crying.
With her loud Boston girl attitude, Shari isn't shy about her love for writing or the publishing industry. Along with writing several International bestsellers, Shari has split her time between writing and her longstanding passion for graphic design. In 2014, she started an indie-publishing resource company, MadHat Books, to help fellow authors with their book cover designs, as well as assistance in the self-publishing process.
While Shari may not find many hours to sleep, she still manages to make time for her family. She is a devoted wife to a great guy, and a mother to two little boys who remind her daily why she was put on this earth.