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Shattered

by Karen Robards

Penguin Group USA, Inc | April 4, 2013 | Hardcover

Shattered is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 2.
Secrets, betrayal, and a mysterious family history plague the heroine in the latest novel from New York Times-bestselling author Karen Robards.

The past is never over. It just gets dusty.

Lisa Shewmaker was a rising star in a prestigious law firm in Lexington, Kentucky; that is, until the firm went bankrupt and she lost her job. With an ailing mother to care for, Lisa takes the first position she can find: research assistant to District Attorney Scott Buchanan. Scott is as disagreeable as he is sexy, and Lisa suspects the only reason she got the job is because of her privileged upbringing as the daughter of a wealthy federal judge.

While reviewing cold cases in the Fayette County courthouse, a particularly thick manila envelope draws Lisa''s attention. The details of the case are engrossing: An entire family—father, mother, and two children—disappeared more than twenty-eight years ago. Except that''s not all: The mother in the photo could have been Lisa''s twin, and the toddler in the picture bears an uncanny resemblance to Lisa herself. Before Lisa can learn more about her past, a series of catastrophes strike close to home. Lisa confides in Scott, and their relationship develops into something completely different. Together Lisa and Scott unravel a terrifying web of criminal connections that could destroy the very fabric of Lisa''s life—if she lives long enough, that is.



Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 pages, 9.3 × 6.3 × 1.38 in

Published: April 4, 2013

Publisher: Penguin Group USA, Inc

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0399156275

ISBN - 13: 9780399156274

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Shattered Lives and Family Secrets I've been reading Karen Robards for at least 20 years and she's always been an auto-buy author for me. You can count on her to deliver a great romantic suspense read. Shattered delivered on both counts, but not without a few issues. One issue I have to mention right up front (doesn't really have anything to do with the storyline). Both the author's website and Goodreads list the heroine's name as Lisa Shewmaker when in fact her name in the book is Lisa Grant. How does that happen? On the romance front Scott and Lisa have history in spades. Lisa has been in love with Scott ever since she was a teenager, a spoiled, rich little heiress, prancing around in her tight clothes and skimpy bathing suits trying to attract the attention of the cute, slightly older, hired help. Scott knows trouble(and jailbait)when he sees it and manages to keep his teenage hormones in check and resist the little princess. Fast forward ten years and a reversal of fortune has brought a jobless Lisa back to the home she grew up in to care for her ailing mother. And right back into Scott's life. Now he's the Boss, a respected District Attorney and she's come to him begging for a job. You can sense right from page 3 of the 1st chapter that there is going to be some serious fireworks between these two when Scott threatens to fire Lisa for being late for work one day. It doesn't help that Scott just happens to witness Lisa being dropped off by her boyfriend or the extended lip lock in the parking lot before "loverboy" drives away. Jealous much? Scott and Lisa have been fighting their feelings for each other for a long time. The sexual tension and chemistry between them is hot, unfortunately Scott has a strict policy against dating co-workers, but you know what they say about rules being made to be broken? Hey he did hold out for over half the book, which by the way was just too long in my opinion, but it kept me reading waiting for the payoff. As for the suspense aspect, the beginning flashback chapter set the stage for the action that was to come. It doesn't take long to figure out where the story is headed and the title Shattered is a dead giveaway. Lisa was like a cat with nine lives as more than one attempt was made on her life as she tried to solve a decades old cold case. Even though I was sure about the ending, Robards did throw a few wrinkles in before reaching the final conclusion that I didn't see coming so the ending was not as obvious as I thought it was going to be. Speaking of the ending, it was way, way, way to rushed. It was almost as if the author realized she'd reached her word count and wanted to tie everything up in a nice neat little bow in the last 10 pages. All the questions got answered, but I really felt cheated. Overall it was a good, solid read. Really more like 3 1/2 stars for me.
Date published: 2010-04-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good romantic suspense Karen Robards is a New York Times best selling author with over thirty books to her credit. I had never read Robards before Shattered. Little Marisa Garcia is afraid of the woods near her new home. She knows there are shadow people hiding there - and they're watching her.....and she's right. Fast forward thirty years. Lisa Grant has been assigned to work cold cases for Scott Buchanan, the District Attorney. While going through the file of a family gone missing - the Garcias - Lisa is stunned by a photo in the file. The mother of the family is a dead ringer for herself. As Lisa follows up with the case, it seems that someone is just as determined that she won't. Complicating things further are her feelings for Scott - their pasts are intertwined -will their future be as well? Now having never read Robards before I had no idea of her writing style. For those who love romantic suspense, I would say - put her to the top of your list. She skillfully combines romantic tension with an interesting plot. I was happily ensconced on my couch for the day with a wicked head cold and was quite happy reading steamy scenes and smoldering glances. The mystery is really not the main thrust of the plot, more the vehicle to carry the relationship between Lisa and Scott. I do prefer my mysteries a bit more convoluted, if you will. I did have the plot figured out before the end. The 'bad guys' are easily identified, as are the red herrings. But it was a thoroughly entertaining read for the day.
Date published: 2010-03-29

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Shattered

by Karen Robards

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 pages, 9.3 × 6.3 × 1.38 in

Published: April 4, 2013

Publisher: Penguin Group USA, Inc

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0399156275

ISBN - 13: 9780399156274

About the Book

Secrets, betrayal, and a mysterious family history plague the heroine in the latest novel from the "New York Times"-bestselling author of "Pursuit."

From the Publisher

Secrets, betrayal, and a mysterious family history plague the heroine in the latest novel from New York Times-bestselling author Karen Robards.

The past is never over. It just gets dusty.

Lisa Shewmaker was a rising star in a prestigious law firm in Lexington, Kentucky; that is, until the firm went bankrupt and she lost her job. With an ailing mother to care for, Lisa takes the first position she can find: research assistant to District Attorney Scott Buchanan. Scott is as disagreeable as he is sexy, and Lisa suspects the only reason she got the job is because of her privileged upbringing as the daughter of a wealthy federal judge.

While reviewing cold cases in the Fayette County courthouse, a particularly thick manila envelope draws Lisa''s attention. The details of the case are engrossing: An entire family—father, mother, and two children—disappeared more than twenty-eight years ago. Except that''s not all: The mother in the photo could have been Lisa''s twin, and the toddler in the picture bears an uncanny resemblance to Lisa herself. Before Lisa can learn more about her past, a series of catastrophes strike close to home. Lisa confides in Scott, and their relationship develops into something completely different. Together Lisa and Scott unravel a terrifying web of criminal connections that could destroy the very fabric of Lisa''s life—if she lives long enough, that is.



About the Author

Karen Robards is the author of over thirty novels, most recently the New York Times bestseller Pursuit. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky.

Editorial Reviews

"While growing up on a prestigious horse farm, Lisa Grant took her exalted position in life for granted, growing close to her mother after her parents divorced. So she doesn''t hesitate to leave her law practice in Boston to take care of her mother, who is suffering from ALS and impending financial ruin. Lisa is lucky to get a job as a research assistant for District Attorney Scott Buchanan, her former lowly neighbor who made good. As a teen, Lisa tortured Scott with sexual innuendos, while he did odd jobs for her mother, and now it is Scott''s turn to lord it over Lisa. Sexual tension crackles between the two, but when Lisa is late for court, Scott orders her to work on cold-case files. On her first foray, she finds a picture of a missing family, and the mother looks just like her. Suddenly, her life becomes harrowing. With no one else to turn to, she confides in Scott, who, surprisingly, agrees to help, knowing that Lisa won''t like what they discover. Robards proves once again to be a master of romantic suspense, creating likable characters and an intriguing, well-paced, and nail- biting plot."
-Patty Engelmann, Booklist

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