Broken Follows Fragile
Dear Reader:
Are you looking for a romance that will tug at your emotions? One where the protagonists appear broken but in fact are both strong and determined? Where surprises abound and in the end nothing is at it seems? A book where the author pulls you in from the very first page?  Then might I suggest Broken by Shiloh Walker.
When you’ve been running from the past, living in the present is tenuous at best, and the question becomes, how do you plan for a future?  It’s a question that was in the back of my mind while I was reading Broken. 
Broken is the novel I anxiously waited for after reading the book Fragile, and finally brings us the story of Quinn. Quinn, a bounty hunter and former U.S. Ranger, is a tough as nails wounded warrior.  You might think that’s a contradiction in terms, however, Quinn has defied the odds of a battered and broken childhood to survive and become a man who is forthright yet aloof and a loner who finds it difficult to trust. His ability to find strength in the here and now is built upon shielding himself in a protective armor that lets few people in. 
Sara is a woman on the run with a past that may catch up to her at any moment. When she moves into the same house as Quinn, her plans to keep light on her feet change. The chemistry between Quinn and Sara is instantaneous and powerful. The attraction between them can not be ignored and as their relationship grows she wonders if she can trust him with the truth and finally let her guard down long enough to explore the feelings they have for one another.  
The big question for me in this book was could Sara and Quinn really love each other with out really knowing each other. Given Quinn’s inability to share him self and his past and Sara’s inability to tell him the truth the question for me was, how could they really know each other much less love each other?  Yet this dichotomy is at the heart of their story, and I asked myself, can you really love someone who is hiding their essential self? Or can it be that no matter how hard we try to hide from some one we’re intimate with our essential self ‘leaks’ through? I think it does with these two. In small ways they get to know each other; through acts of kindness, quiet gestures and shared smiles. 
In addition to finding and exploring each other, this relationship has a rocky foundation. In the midst of their blossoming relationship is this huge secret that Sara is keeping from Quinn and when his job lands him unexpectedly in the middle of it, the fragile trust of this wounded warrior is shattered. The love he feels for her doesn’t instantly stop but it is broken and he wonders how he can pick up the pieces? 
Ms. Walker’s ability to write the male voice is good. Damn good. And Quinn’s story is a strong one. His feelings, motivations and rationales are clearly defined and you are pulled in to his life page by page. You want so much for him to succeed and get from life what he has spent his lifetime resisting. 
The other strong element of this book is Sara’s mystery. Where does she come from? Who is she hiding from? And why is she is hiding?  I’ll tell you, it surprised the heck out of me – a twist I didn’t see coming.
So dear reader, if you’re looking for a strong, sensual romance with a wounded hero who learns how to trust, a resourceful heroine, and a surprise ending might I suggest Broken by Shiloh Walker.
Until next Monday – remember there’s always a book waiting to be read.
Marisa
I’m curious; do you like books with wounded heroes? 
Marisa O’Neill is an avid reader and a television producer.

 

I’m curious; do you like books with wounded heroes? 

 

 

Marisa O’Neill is an avid reader and a television producer.

 

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by Moderator dhaupt on ‎04-12-2010 10:17 AM

I love wounded heros Marisa, I think it comes from that very feminine want ( I know it's a no no but you know most of us still want to do it) to heal the men we love or if we can't heal the men we love than to read about someone else doing it. Plus those wounded heros in our novels always seem to come with more emotions than those heros who are all put together, deep emotions that fuel the female in us to act and react.

So yes I love the wounded hero romance.

Deb

by Blogger Maria_Lokken on ‎04-12-2010 05:02 PM

While I always say I'm not a huge fan of wounded heroes - deep down I love them.  Just think of Zadist in the BBD and you've got WOUNDED all over.

 

I'm going to have to add these two Shiloh Walker books to my TBR - sound very interesting.

by Blogger Marisa-ONeill on ‎04-12-2010 05:21 PM

Deb - you're spot on when you say "those wounded heros in our novels always seem to come with more emotions than those heroes who are all put together." So true. I've been back and forth about the whole 'wounded hero' issue and more often than not they are such fully realized characters they capture my attention.  

 

Maria - Say no more - Zadist - one of my top 10 favorite characters from one of my top ten favorite books.  And yes - you should definitely check out both Fragile and Broken - you'll be glad you did. 

 

 

by Moderator becke_davis on ‎04-14-2010 01:17 PM

I'm a fan of Shiloh's and I can hardly wait to read this one!

by Blogger Marisa-ONeill on ‎04-14-2010 08:08 PM

 Becke - I can see why you're a fan - I think you'll like this one. 

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