Saturday, April 10, 2010

Recent Read

Taking a bit of a break from the jocularity that is The Mullet Challenge (heh heh heh) I'm getting back to business for a bit. One of my self thought challenges was to do a recent read on every book I read this year. Well, what with my reading mojo on high, I can't catch up writing 'em as I read 'em.

Broken by Shiloh Walker

Why this one: I've read some good buzz on this one plus I met her last year in Washington and shared a pint or two - though I don't know if she remembers me.

Steam Level: Oooh, it warmed my insides and I didn't mind even though we went through an early April hot spell.

Blurb: 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.


Sara Davis 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 Sara 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 Thoughts: The reason for the preamble at the top of this review is since I'm not having time to do as many reviews as I hoped, I'd rather concentrate on books I loved. It's not that I'm a Pollyanna, and will give singing praises to every book I read - Harriet Klausner I ain't. But it is about sharing the love - and I loved this book.

I read the previous book, Fragile, and while I liked it, I didn't loooovvee it. Not so with this one. I was intrigued by Quinn in Fragile - I'll always take a bad boy over a good guy in my heroes. And Quinn was oh so deliciously bad.

He grew up as an abused child, neglected and beaten by his alcoholic, druggie mother. When she dies, he discovers he has another family including a loving father and a twin brother. Because of his ugly early years though, he is unable to trust them and even when he does slowly realize that they aren't out to hurt him, he still can't let his walls down and really let them in. All this makes for just my kind of hero!!

He is working as a bounty hunter when he meets his new neighbour Sara. Sara is running, from what we don't know for the longest time. But when a kindly woman notices that Sara is on edge she offers to let Sara move into an apartment at her place. Sara is tough and strong and though we don't know what she is hiding from, at least I found myself routing for her. We have our suspicions, but it's never confirmed.

So Quinn and Sarah, due to different reasons hold a lot back from each other and neither wants to get involved. But they can't keep their attraction in check. It's touching seeing this wounded, gruff, self-contained Quinn get all protective of Sara, even though he doesn't know from what or who he thinks she needs protection from. And Sara knows she needs to move on, but she just can't seem to leave her new life - and Quinn - behind.

These are two wonderful wounded, lonely people who find and need each other and I absolutely loved this book.
A word of caution though for those end peekers like myself.


I read the end way before I got to it and there is a twist that's probably better left until the end. Knowing in advance didn't spoil the book for me at all, but I do wonder how it would have been if I didn't already know :-)

Grade: 5 out of 5

And now I'm off to take my car in for a check up before my long drive to Columbus (YES!!) in a couple of weeks - hopefully it won't be too bad


Carolyn Crane said...

I loved this one! So true about the end. I loved the research Walker clearly did into people on the run. So many great details in with a hell of an overall story!

SO TRUE about the end. People, DO NOT PEEK.

Carolyn Crane said...

Hey!!! See you in Colombus!

Blodeuedd said...

Everyone is just loving this book :)
Oh no, no peaking for me then

Carolyn said...

You sold me, Kristy. :-) Just downloaded it from Amazon despite the price.

Only for Shiloh!!!

Mary G said...

Hi Kristie
So glad you enjoyed this one. Shiloh's one of my faves & she never disappoints. Re: the ending. I knew there was a twist when Sara swore that a certain situation had never happened. However, when the author is that good, the ride to get to the end is still amazing.

Didn't know you were driving to Columbus. I'd love to go to these things but don't like flying. Maybe next year we can discuss car-pooling.

Phyl said...

I peeked, too. And regretted it the moment I did so. This was a terrific book and once I started I couldn't put it down.

Lori said...

Nodding and Agreeing. Loved it!

Jill Sorenson said...

I've never read a book by this author! I'm sold, too. Sounds great.

orannia said...

See, I had issues with Fragile. Not with the writing itself, but with...a certain aspect. So while Broken sounds good I'm hesitant to pick it up....

Shiloh Walker said...

Kristie, I'm glad you liked BROKEN. And bad, bad, bad!!! LOL... you shouldn't have peeked!!!

Are you going to columbus for RT?