Shattered, Western Romantic Suspense

Rated 4.57/5 based on 7 reviews
Jay Rawlings has pushed away everything he holds dear. His father and the ranch stuck; in the end the path of least resistance seemed the easiest.But now Tess MacLean, the woman he planned to spend the rest of his life with, is back and asking for his help. But one person he loved has already died. Can he trust himself to save Tess? More

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About Kate Kelly

Kate Kelly has had a life-long love affair with books, but writing came in fits and starts. She didn’t take it seriously until her forties. Now she can’t get along without it. She has the good fortune to still live on the east coast of Canada with her husband (the children have flown away). She writes, grow herbs and perennials and sails when the wind blows her way.

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A Voracious Reader reviewed on on March 14, 2012

Tessa MacLean was running for her life. Her boss was trying to kill her, had already killed a co-worker and she had no idea why. The only person she could trust was her former fiancé, Jay Rawlings. Jay is a former Detective turned rancher after a case goes horribly wrong and his sister is murdered. Three years have passed and he’s still subconsciously wallowing in guilt when Tessa shows up and the past and the present collide.

Decent writing and good storyline, but I couldn’t get past how whiny both Tessa and Jay were not to mention Tessa comes off as wimpy and Jay emotionally abusive. Also, Tessa has a killer on her tail. Someone who hasn’t hesitated to kill at least once already and has made no secret of the fact he’s on her tail every step of the way as she flees. And yet, that doesn’t stop her and Jay from doing stupid things to put her life in jeopardy. Such as leaving the safety of the house more than once or practically tearing each others’ clothes off in the barn right after Jay’s dad is attacked there. It was too much for me. I had no respect for them and started hoping one or both of them would get shot for being so hormonal and idiotic.

While I didn’t care for this particular story I won’t let that stop me from reading more by Kate Kelly because I did like her writing style and the plot was a good one.

*The author provided a copy of this book to me for review. Please see disclaimer page on my blog.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
Lina Gardiner reviewed on on Feb. 4, 2012

I loved this story. Not only was the mystery compelling, but I couldn't figure out who the villain was. The sense of family and country living added layers to the story that made it such a wonderful read. And for those readers who love sizzle, this book sizzles!
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
Elysa Hendricks reviewed on on Jan. 2, 2012

SHATTERED by Kate Kelly is a entertaining romantic suspense story.

The heroine Tess is strong and capable, but willing to bend when necessary. The hero, Jay is an emotionally wounded warrior. Because he was unable to save his sister and accept his failure he pushes away the one woman who could heal his heart. When a killer targets Tess she goes to the one man she believes will be able to help her, the only man she's ever loved, the man who chased her out of his life - Jay.

I found the premise interesting, the western setting well described, the characters engaging and the story action packed. Ms Kelly kept me guessing as to who the real villain was until the very end.
(reviewed 46 days after purchase)
Norah Wilson reviewed on on Nov. 24, 2011

SHATTERED is one of those books you hate to put down to go to work or go to sleep. I was grabbed right away by the H&h, Jay and Tess, and their chemistry is palpable. (I love me a brooding, wounded cop, and this one has retired to ranching life, so he's a cowboy, too!) The mystery kept me guessing to the very last moment. This is definitely an author to check out. Her voice and her unique turn of phrase really elevate her stories, in my opinion.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Mel reviewed on on Nov. 14, 2011

Great mix of romance and suspense even a little mystery because it kept me on my toes trying to figure out who the bad guy is and what would happen next I loved it. Very well written and easily fall in love with the characters and plot
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
Linda Hall reviewed on on Sep. 30, 2011

A great erotic romance with plenty of suspense to keep the reader guessing until the end. Very well done. Kate Kelly is an author to watch!
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)
Lina Gardiner reviewed on on Sep. 23, 2011

I loved this book! Intrigue, romance, and characters I fell in love with. What's not to love? As the intrigue deepens you'll be glad you cracked that first page. Kudos!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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