Review: Broken by Shiloh Walker

Friday, March 19

Title:  Broken 

Author:  Shiloh Walker
Series: loosely connected to Fragile 
Genre:  Romantic Suspense
Publisher:  Berkley Sensation
Format:  Trade size paperback
Date/Year:  March 2010

This book was provided to me by the author for participating in a giveaway.

Summary from the publisher: 

The national bestselling author of Fragile returns with a luscious new blend of sex and suspense.
Quinn Rafferty is working as a bounty hunter for a private detective agency in St. Louis when a new neighbor catches his eye. He’s drawn to her—but he has his own soul to mend before he can worry about anyone else.

Sarah McElyea is on the run, but not for the usual reasons a woman goes on the lam. She has a plan for her future. And as much as she finds herself attracted to her gruff, tough neighbor, she can’t risk telling him the secrets she’s hiding.

But Quinn must get closer to Sarah when she turns out to be the target of his new missing persons case, and both Quinn and Sarah will have to expose their true feelings—as well as their fragile hearts—if their love is to survive.
My Musings:

I have nothing but praise for Broken by Shiloh Walker.  I loved everything about Quinn and Sarah’s love story.  I thought it was a “true” romantic suspense; while the danger Sarah finds herself embroiled in brought her to a place where she meets Quinn, it's not the catalyst to their developing relationship.

The suspense in this novel is that you don’t understand the motives or the truths of the story until the end.  The author cleverly uses flashbacks of the same or similar scenes throughout the book…slowly revealing shrouded secrets to the reader each time with additional details and insights to unravel the mystery surrounding Sarah.

Sarah and Quinn are attracted to each other instantly, but both try to convince themselves that to act on it would be unwise because neither feels that they are free to form an attachment, let alone fall in love.  And Quinn…sigh, I love Quinn as a hero.  He is such a wounded soul.  He is a man who has overcome amazing odds to become who he is.  He doesn’t trust or love easily, yet with Sarah he finds that he is willing to reach for a chance at love.  When he believes that she has betrayed him and his love, he tries to turn his back on her and leave her to her fate. He tries. Sarah is the mysterious soul in this love story, but Quinn is its heart.

Broken isn’t a romantic suspense where the hero and the heroine are thrown together, then expected to fall in love while dodging bullets and saving the world.  It’s a love story about two people who are broken, but heal themselves and each other with their love.  Broken is passionate, and emotional, and intriguing, and so very far from being broken….in fact I thought it was just about perfection.  I read all but 70 pages in one day because it was so hard to put of the best books I’ve read this year.

p.s. Broken is loosely connected to Fragile, also by Shiloh Walker.  I didn’t think it was necessary to read Fragile in order to enjoy Broken.  That being said if you haven’t read Fragile yet, you most certainly will after finishing Broken so do yourself a favor and pick up both and read them back to back :)

Ratings: 4.75 stars (a very very seductively steamy read!)
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Mitzi H. March 20, 2010 at 7:26 PM  

Great review!!! I'm heading to the big block store tomorrow and now have Broken on the top of my list!!!

Mary G March 22, 2010 at 7:36 PM  

Great review. I have all of Shiloh's contemps & have loved everyone of them. Going to try the Hunter books next.

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