Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Review: Broken by Shiloh Walker

Title: Broken
Series: Rafferty
Author: Shiloh Walker
Read copy: eBook
Published: March 2, 2010
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
ISBN: 1101185732
ISBN-13: 9781101185735

Quinn Rafferty is working as a bounty hunter for a private detective agency in St. Louis when a new neighbor catches his eye. He's drawn to her-but he has his own soul to mend before he can worry about anyone else.

Sarah McElyea is on the run, but not for the usual reasons a woman goes on the lam. She has 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.

But Quinn must get closer to Sarah when she turns out to be the target of his new missing persons case, and both Quinn and Sarah will have to expose their true feelings-as well as their fragile hearts-if their love is to survive.

My rating:

Hmmm. To say I’m disappointed would be an understatement. Because after “meeting” Quinn in Fragile, I was really looking forward to his story. I bet it would be great, gripping, intense, very Quinn-like. Because, well, it’s Quinn.

Unfortunately, it didn’t work out that way. Sure, I got a good dose of Quinn and Quinn-ness, but there wasn’t that much dwelling on his past, the army, the Elena incident, his bond with his twin. Instead I got a helping of an annoying heroine (a SW first for me). She was hiding something and wondering about it, coupled with those little flashbacks from her past was intriguing, providing a great little mystery. Sara was strong, resilient, smart etc.

Until Quinn discovered everything, and she did a complete about face and turned into a surly, whiny little bitch. She felt betrayed, she was angry, she was hurt that he didn’t trust her, didn’t believe her, jumped at his own conclusions. But she never stopped for a second to realize he didn’t have a choice in the matter. She didn’t give him a choice. She lied, she tried to run from him, she didn’t trust him. He wanted her to trust him. He wanted her to tell him the truth. He wanted to help her. And she wouldn’t let him, because he wounded her tender sensibilities by not believing her.

Sheesh, I really hate heroines like those. They can effectively ruin a book for me. And Sara succeeded in doing that in the second half of this book.

While the story was well-written, nicely-paced, and the plot strong, I just couldn’t get past that “little” hurdle with Sara. And the ending, though good, didn’t redeem her.


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