01 April 2010

Double Trouble part two: Shiloh Walker - Broken


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Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Berkley Trade; 1 edition (March 2, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0425232417
ISBN-13: 978-0425232415

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Main Characters: Quinn Rafferty and Sara Davis
Connected novel to FRAGILE
Book Origin: Borrowed copy from Pearl (finally have own copy on its way)

Cover Summary:
SHATTERED


Quinn Rafferty is working as a bounty hunter and bail bondsman in St. Louis when a new neighbor catches his eye. He’s tempted by her beauty—but he knows from experience that anyone desperate enough to live in his building is damaged goods. Besides, he has his own soul to mend before he can worry about anyone else.



DESPERATE 


Sarah McElya is on the run, but not for the usual reasons a woman goes on the lam. She’s not an abused wife, and she’s not a criminal. But she does have 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. There’s just too much at stake. 



DRIVEN TO DESIRE… 


But Quinn must get closer to Sarah when she turns out to be the target of his new missing persons case, and he discovers that there is something more complex and dangerous to her than he thought. Now, both Quinn and Sara will have to expose their true feelings—as well as their fragile hearts—if they hope their love will survive….

My Review: The minute I heard about Quinn he didn’t ask but he demanded my attention. He didn’t care I had other books that were in line to be read, he simply appeared on my radar and demanded I read his story at once. So the instant I had BROKEN on my shelves it had a magnetic pull on me and as I opened up the book I got so much more then I bargained for.

If I thought I knew what to expect from Quinn’s story as I read FRAGILE, I had another thing coming. Quinn is the kind of character that got under my skin so fast, he triggered my emotions from the get-go and I fell for him hard. Yet it is in BROKEN where I truly found him, where I got to understand him on every intimate level that hook, line and sinker me for his story. Quinn isn’t the kind of man who desires to be a hero, he knows his flaws way to well for that! Nonetheless there are actions that speak of a kindness and he has an innate sense of right and wrong that make him a man of worth. He is blunt, gruff, dark and a bit twisty inside but underneath it all a heart beats in yearning to be loved. It is the sum of all his character traits that made him the kind of character who has my heart beating faster and who makes me want it all for him.

It is very soon in the story where Quinn wasn’t only one who was demanding my attention because, once again, I met a female who stunned me with her tenacity and resilience. Sara is a woman of secrets, of quirks and keeps mostly to herself. She appealed to my curious side and I wanted to know what she was hiding from the other characters. There were mysterious phone calls, a certain pattern of behavior, mixed signals; at one moment she seems vulnerable and at other moments she seems a warrior woman. She intrigued me as a person but her chemistry with Quinn is what blew me away.

Because of the fact they both have a back-story that scarred them there is lack of trust, but the pull towards each other is inevitable as a sunrise or the tide. It is a blooming of feelings and sexual tension, it is the bump and grind of personalities that sizzle every time they meet, it is a dance of giving and receiving though keeping your most inner core guarded. They are flawed but they see and recognize something in the other that irrevocably forges a bond between them. This developing relationship had my emotions soaring. I wasn’t just reading a story; their personalities absorbed me as their story unfolded, I was feeling the intensity in every dialogue, in every shared moment, and Shiloh Walker just kept feeding it all via her writing style.

There is a particular booth scene that got my blood pumping and showcased the excellent sexual tension humming between Quinn and Sara. Quinn’s idea of flirting may not be subtle but when he has his eyes on a woman, that woman will know it at one point! For me Quinn and Sara rocked this story but there is also a mystery to unravel. The suspense might not give the kind of danger where an unknown enemy is close by creating havoc, in BROKEN I feel the secrets created a subtle eerie and personal angst. I had all the info so it wasn’t the surprise of revealing the enemy that caught me off guard, it was of a much more personal nature. Of course Shiloh Walker did it again to keep me in the dark until the moment it was all explained, having me understand it all in the final moments of this story.

Before I knew it the last pages were read, the ending read like it was a new beginning of sorts and the only minor beef I have with BROKEN is the fact I hungered for an epilogue. I would have given Shiloh Walker a triple chocolate pie for an epilogue. A moment in future time where I could get a last glimpse of Quinn and Sara as they were at the end of this novel. It doesn’t diminish the fact that BROKEN delivered it all for me; characters who leap of the pages with incomparable personalities, emotional depth in the romance, titillating passion and a plot that was surprising as it was engaging. I just had my second five star read of 2010 and I’m already lurking in Shiloh Walker’s backlist for more of her novels.

5 stars

Quote Quinn:
Well, hello…he could feel his libido kicking up as he stared at that mouth. Every last one of his senses tuned in on her –
The way she looked…sex and sin.
The way she smelled…sex and sin.
The way she sounded…sex and sin.
The way she felt…the way she might taste. He knew it without a doubt. She’d taste like sex and sin.
His mouth was all but watering.
Quote Sara:
Wounded warrior. She remembered thinking that very first time she’d seen him, thinking it, then dismissing it because it didn’t go with the man. Except she’d been wrong. He was a wounded warrior and that blunt, gruff exterior, those blank expressions, were nothing but a mask. Something had shattered that mask today and when she looked into his grey eyes, she saw a deep, screaming hell. Pain. A pain so deep and cold, it left her heart aching. With that mask shattered, when Sara looked into his eyes, she saw a million wounds, the slow-bleeding kind that led to festering and death.
Pearl's review of BROKEN  9.5/10
Smokinghotbooks review of BROKEN 4.5 smokin' smooches
Mandi's review of BROKEN 4.5 stars
Fiction Vixen's review of BROKEN 5 hearts

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22 comments:

  1. YAYYY! I knew you'd love BROKEN and Quinn!
    Great review and another 5 stars! You're on a roll ;)

    And you take good care of Quinn until I can pick him up again ;) Glad to hear you're own copy is on its way. This is one book that is definitely worth the $$


    Hugs,
    Pearl

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  2. @Pearl - Awh, how you know me LOL And of course I'll take care of Quinn :) Just two TPB prices in one month was too much for book-budget *wink* This morning I had new book-budget to spent YAY So it was the first to be ordered. I want luke and Quinn snugg on my shelves together ;)

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  3. :) Glad you enjoyed it, Leontine!

    Thanks for the review.

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  4. Loved your review!! I loved this book too, and right now Quinn is my fav hero so far this year. It's also one of the best books I've read this year...hands down. I haven't read Fragile yet, but I have it in my TBR and can't wait to read it (just need to find the time).

    I'm off to check out what your other 5 star review was just in case I missed it :)

    Have a good one!

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  5. @Lauri - I've i could hand them out I would, this is just awesome storytelling!

    @Shiloh Walker - Thank you for writing Quinn's story, it's one of my rare gems I will re-read as often as possible :)

    @Booklover1335 - Quinn, yeah I heart him too and he didn't let go of me or let down, oh no, he soared and I loved every page. Booklover, don't get me started again, I get that high feeling again and start rambling...

    Deidre Knight with BUTTERFLY TATTOO was my other 5-star read for 2010.

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  6. Hey Therel!

    I have an award for you on my blog: http://myfoolishwisdom.blogspot.com/2010/03/awards.html

    oxoxox, Brande

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  7. He is still smelling and thinking of something, I can guess where that is leading

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  8. Great review. Now I can't wait to get the books and start reading

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  9. Okay you knew I would be back for more... and you did not disappoint me at all!! Leo, your reviews rock apples honey!!!!

    I will be getting this book shortly!

    Hope all is well honey! Hugs to you and hubby!!!!

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  10. Broken was my favorite out of Walker's series. Love Quinn, I also liked how Walker used the titles throughout the book.

    Great Review.

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  11. *bouncing* A 5 stars rating!!
    This must be really good stuff. I love how you describe Quinn and Sara. I think I'll fall for them too. I better don't postpone reading these two books any longer now :)

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  12. @Brande - Thanks so much for the Beautiful Blogger award!

    @Blodeuedd - Smelling and thinking?? Did I miss something LOL

    @Elaing8 - Oh yes, get started on reading these, we must chat Rafferty hunks here :)

    @Cecile - *does a dance* YAY you're getting the Rafferty twins too...hhmmm perhaps I'll re-read them soon so I'm all fresh of memory when you all have read them so we can chat more erm intimately about the stories :)

    @Smokinghotbooks - I'm finding many have Quinn as a favorite :D Just talking about the book makes me want to re-read his story all over again :)

    @Janna - Oh read them soon, really I think you'll enjoy yourself at least. Me wants to talk Rafferty men <- Do I sound selfish here?? If i do, forgive me...I just love talking about these guys LOL

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  13. Oh girl...I'm glad you liked my boy Quinn. (Yes I say MY boy, you know how I am) Quinn commands attention in the best way doesn't he? Great review hun. xoxo

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  14. I will, I will! There's nothing I love more than talking about hot guys, twins for that matter! :)

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  15. You said "I wasn’t just reading a story; their personalities absorbed me as their story unfolded, I was feeling the intensity in every dialogue, in every shared moment, and Shiloh Walker just kept feeding it all via her writing style". That's it. Shiloh makes you forget you're just reading a book. Another well done review.

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  16. @Fiction Vixen - *gasp* Your Quinn??!! On my shelves he is mine LOL And yes, he demands enticingly, didn't you go up in flames when you read "the booth scene"? I know I did ;)

    @Janna - These are the best kind of twins, I want to talk booth scene with you too!!

    @Mary G - Thanks! And I don't often read cover to cover in one sitting without some form of break but BROKEN was read in roughly 5 hours without any disturbance...I was living in that book!

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  17. Hi Leontine:

    So delighted you loved Broken as much as I did. Lovely review Leontine, took me back to the story.

    I have 3 Shiloh books to read right now and am looking forward to them all.

    I see you are reading "Hard To Hold", right now, another of my favorites. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did too.

    Happy Easter

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  18. Wow..great review Leontine. I really want to read this book..I liked Shiloh's Grimm books and Broken sounds even better. Great quotes btw!

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  19. A 5 star read? Oh my god I have to get this book. And Fragile too.
    This sounds sooo good.
    Fantastic review hon!
    And I so want to read that booth scene now.

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  20. @Lea - I'm half way and while I'm entertained I'm not completely blown away, perhaps that emotional impact is yet to come :) I have the first of The Hunter series on my e-reader, I can't wait if SW does it for me with this series too!

    @heather - Grimm books, hhmmm haven't heard of those yet but i will find out ;) Glad you liked the quotes, they really stood out for me.

    @Susi Sunshine - yes, go forth and devour booth scene, if I had icecubes at hand I would've used them. It was such a erm, releasing moment LOL

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  21. FIVE STARS?!!! Hell yeah!!! I can't wait to have time to dive into this star-studded green monster!

    I grazed your review but your love for this book has my clawing for it! Thankfully, I have it. Its tantalizing close but I got to get through a few other commitments first. I'm so excited that it will be worth the wait.

    Hugs, VFG

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