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Broken by Shiloh Walker And How I Can’t ‘Just Say No’ To Peer Pressure

in Erotic Romance 40 Comments

Genre: Erotic Romance (Contemporary/Suspence)

336 pages (Book 2)

Amazon $10.20 Book 

Kindle $9.99

Shattered 

Quinn Rafferty is working as a bounty hunter and bail bondsman in St. Louis when a new neighbor catches his eye. 

Desperate 

Sarah McElya 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. 

Driven to desire… 

But Quinn must get closer to Sarah 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.

 

I dedicate this post to all the book reviewer pimps who make me spend entirely way too much money and yes, I blame you for feeding my book addiction.

There comes a time in everyone’s life when you are peer pressured. For some this involves illegal substances, but for me, it’s books. Where’s my Officer Friendly with his D.A.R.E. sticker?!   Alas, I was pressured by tweets, book blogger reviews and constant status updates on Goodreads. Damn you all!  So there I was, on a cold rainy day, marching my wet self ( durty birds… mind out of the gutter)  towards B&N’s romance section. There is was. Broken by Shiloh Walker. The last copy and it was mine! All mine!!! {whispers…my precious]

It’s been awhile since a book has grabbed me within the first sentence and kept me hooked in until the end. Did I stay up until the early hours of the morn to finish it? Maybe. Okay, yes I did. Broken is a different kind of erotic read – we get a mixture of well written suspense combined with a dose of realism from characters Quinn and Sara. Walker starts off with Quinn hiding from his alcoholic abuses of his addict mother. After a fatal overdose Quinn’s mother dies leaving him with nothing but the bruises on his arm. He then finds out that he has a father who has been searching for him since his mother kidnapped him after he was born. Oh, and he’s also a twin. We encounter his inability to trust those that would want to help him, and later how this affects him coming into adulthood. With a job as a bounty hunter and a life led with no close relationships, he has no choice but to fall hard and fast for next door neighbor

On the run from wealthy businessman James Morgan, Sara has in hiding for two years. Her character has an appealing inner strength and vulnerable at the same time. I can’t tell you how much I cannot stand reading about helpless female characters (okay aside from Jaid Black’s Warlord series), and was pleasantly surprised at the character depth of how Sara was written. Perhaps my favorite scene is where she gives herself a pep talk (every morning) for her run. I won’t go into detail on why she has to do this, but I found it endearing.

Wounded warrior. She remembered thinking that the very first time she’d seen him, thinking it, and dismissing it because it didn’t go with the man. Except she’d been wrong.

 

For those of you seeking a meatier, real-life story, Broken is a suspenseful erotic read with well developed characters and a few twists that had my right eyebrow raising like this ::raises eyebrow::. Although the premise might sound dark it doesn’t read that way. I think this is a testament to Walker’s writing and her capacity to draw you in, and at times making you fall a little in love with Quinn and Sara.

I did not read the first book Fragile before reading Broken, techincally part of the same series you can read these as stand alones. The characters do make some guest appearances though. 

PS. Do not get any bright ideas that I’ll succuomb to future peer book pressure. I have a will made of iron, I swears! Okay fine, I lie. Go easy on me please

Rating


Other Reviews

Fiction Vixen  5 Hearts

Kindle Vixen  4.5/5

Pearl’s World Of Books 9.5/10

Katiebabs B-

Smexybooks 4.5/ 5

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40 Comments

  1. I read this one as part of The Book Vixen’s ARC tour and I LOVED it! I am so going to invest in my own copy of it so that I can enjoy it any time I want! Your not the only one who is bowled over by peer pressure….I’m just as guilty. But like you books are my “crack”.

  2. yeah! so glad you liked it KC…. like we would ever steer you wrong ;) The baby oil scene was HOT!

  3. Ah, peer pressure. It happens to the best of us. Or, rather, er, the easiest of us.. Hehehe

    Okay so I need to read this one! Great review, KC! :D

  4. I have read FRAGILE and loved Shiloh Walker’s writingstyle, her characters and while Luke was incredible I know Quinn is going to claim my heart, he did so at first entry as a bruised boy glaring at his brother and father. You got to me KC with, quote: a meatier, real-life story, Broken is a suspenseful erotic read with well developed characters and a few twists..

    That screams my name :D

  5. Peer pressure? Nah…..says the person that squealed at the B&N over the weekend when she found Quinn staring at her from one of the tables. : ) I hugged him hard to my chest and looked aroung hoping security wasn’t watching. Good review!

  6. Awesome review hon! You guys share Quinn, I’ll keep Luke all to myself LOL

  7. I want this book! I tried to be string but not sure if I can ignore the temptation any longer.
    Great review!

  8. It’s on my TBR list. I’m hearing really good reviews abt it. I know what you mean peer pressure…lol… I went to B&N last night and you should have seen the amount of books I wanted. I literally filled a basket up with books. I have to go slow. I can read but so fast.

  9. @thebookjunkie Yes, books are my crack!

    @Kindle Vixen what baby oil scene…Oh right! Who-wee that was a hot one, now when I look at baby oil my mind will go to a “different” place

    @Wendy who told you I was ease?! That was supposed to be our little secret!

    @Leontine Broken is screaming your name “Leontine read me, you’ll like me.” I read Fragile after reading Broken and I did like it but I think I liked Broken a little more.

    @Mar LOL!!! I can’t tell you how loud I gasped why I got the last copy, I got looks. I thank god no one else was reaching for it, I’m not sure what I would have done. Tackled her to floor? Thumb wrestled her? Hair pulling…?

    @Pearl I’m so glad we could work out the book boyfriend sharing. You are such a good friend for letting me keep Quinn.

    @Susi as a fellow book addict I can’t help you resist temptation. I can only say run don’t walk to get this one.

    @KayAnna Kirby I’m with you. I was only supposed to buy 1 book, but did I? No I bought two and there went my book budget.

  10. I read Broken first, then made a mad dash for Fragile. I think Shiloh Walkers writing style is superb and I’ve put her books on my auto buy list. Nice review. :)

  11. Quinn sounds like such a yummy tortured hero..I must run out and make him my book boyfriend right now :) btw I like your eyebrow raise ..as I raise my left eyebrow ::raises eyebrow::

  12. So this is the Quinn that everyone has been talking about on twitter…I may have to join you in succumbing to peer pressure and read this book! Loved your review :)

  13. @Fiction Vixen Walker has really set the bar, in my eyes, for what erotic romance can be. I want to read her Hunter series!

    @Heather ::raises eyebrows::

    @Colette we can be peer pressure buddies we’ll start a club or something ;)

  14. Okay, I kinda skimmed this one b/c I love Shiloh Walker and I loved FRAGILE so I want BROKEN and all its goodness to be an all night read for me like it was for you.

    For me, Shiloh Walker writes some of the most damaged heroines in the biz. While I truly love that about her, what gets me sprung about BROKEN is that Shiloh gets to spread her wings in the tortured hero department and I’m really excited to see what she delivers.

    I’m so happy that you enjoyed this one too. I highly recommend FRAGILE for your next book crack. Super good.

    Hugs, VFG

  15. @VFG I was so impressed with Broken the next day I bought Fragile on my Kindle. Another good read!!!

  16. I still need to read Fragile but I LOVED this one. So sexy!

  17. @Mandi Muy sexy or smexy ;)

  18. KC – Nobody told me, it’s pretty obvious, LOL.

  19. @Wendy what gives me away? Is it my innocent face? Stop taking advantage of me!

  20. Great review. I’ve resisted so far, but I feel myself succumbing, much like when Wendy makes me a “special drink” and then….things get blurry and I can’t say no. What?
    I’m sure I’ll be joining the Quinn club soon ;)

  21. KC – It’s not taking advantage when you’re giving it away for freeee!

    B – It was apple juice, you’re just EASY!

  22. I keep seeing this review on Twitter, so I couldn’t help but check it out. I guess that makes me a victim of peer pressure as well? ;)

    I love Shiloh Walker (just finished “Taking Chances” and will be reading “Hunter’s Need” very soon), and I have every intention of getting this book… as soon as I make a dent in my substantial TBR pile. I might’ve gone slightly crazy when I got my tax return and bout several *coughdozencough* books.

    Thanks for the review/heads up on such a great book! :)

  23. Wendy- It may have been apple juice but I’m pretty sure the ruffies didn’t come from mama nature. Just sayin’

  24. B – I didn’t have to use ruffies, you were throwing yourself at me! HO.

  25. @Queen B That Wendy she takes advantage of people! Why just today she told me to get a sugar daddy, kind of brilliant idea actually.

    @Wendy I thought like coupons, if you give a little away for free, better ROI?

    @Mama Kitty Gasp. I famous? Yes! I haven’t read Walker’s Hunter books (yet) what do you think? Love em?

    PS Using tax return for books is awesome!!!

    @Wendy & Queen B are you girls flirting?

  26. jaymzangel

    I LOVED this book! yet another gorgeous Quinn for me to drool over. I quite liked Sara as well, interesting twist at the end too. lovely review, KC

  27. @jaymzangel there were a few twists that had me eyebrows raising up. Sorry it’s St. Patty’s day thought I’d throw a little Irish in there.

  28. I am so glad you caved in and read this….

    I loved this series of book – Please try THE MISSING when you get the chance.. or CHAINED

    Not peer pressure I promise…

    E.H>

  29. @EH No!!!!! You did not just pimp out another book to me!!! I’ll check ‘em out :)

  30. I succumbed too and bought Fragile and Broken and read them back to back. *sigh* Something must be wrong with my brain b/c I thought it was just okay. By the end I was so frustrated with Sara I just wanted to be done with it.

    I may give her other series a try though…

  31. @Patti Really? I thought Broken did a better job of keeping me sucked in, Fragile was okay. S’okay we can still be friends.

    Psst I thought Nalini Singh’s Archangel’s Kiss was just okay.

  32. You damn book pimp. I’m gonna have to put BOTH on my wish list. You had me at suspenseful erotic read. ;) Thanks for the review.

  33. @Melissa (tips hat at rakish pimp angle) I admit it. I pimp on the side.

  34. Loved your review and LOL about the peer pressure. Like you are not guilty of pimping books to me all the time ;)

  35. @Janna ::points to chest:: moi? Book pimper? Naaaaah ;)

  36. Oh, I know what you mean about the book peer pressure! Sometimes I get panicky about buying some books, like I’m jonesing for that quick fix. I succumb so easily.

    I’ve seen Broken everywhere with nothing but glowing reviews, I’m definitely taking note of it. Great review!

  37. Of course not! Not you! LOL! That’s not why I added the JP Barnaby book to my to-buy list ;) Had absolutely nothing to do with some Goodreads rec I got today! *g*

  38. @Janna You did?! It was so good, lump in my throat the entire time (Little Lost Boy). I will write my review next week about it. Not to be missed.

  39. RXdiva

    Hey KC– took your advice and read Broken. I loved this book. It was such a rollercoaster and I never saw the twist coming! I now desire my own Quinn and a bottle of baby oil haha

  40. @RXdiva woo and hoo!!!! I know! Wasn’t the twist like ohmygod didn’t see that coming and ohmygod isn’t Quinn so hot with the baby oil. Just a lot of ohmygod moments ;)