Shattered

by Karen Robards

Penguin Group US | March 23, 2010 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

Shattered is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 2.
While investigating the cold-case disappearance of a baby girl 28 years earlier, attorney Lisa Grant begins to believe that she herself was the missing toddler. That makes Lisa's life a lie, and whoever erased the truth isn't through with her...


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Published: March 23, 2010

Publisher: Penguin Group US

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1101186062

ISBN - 13: 9781101186060

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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: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: March 23, 2010

Publisher: Penguin Group US

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1101186062

ISBN - 13: 9781101186060

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While investigating the cold-case disappearance of a baby girl 28 years earlier, attorney Lisa Grant begins to believe that she herself was the missing toddler. That makes Lisa's life a lie, and whoever erased the truth isn't through with her...


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