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Shattered [Kindle Edition]

Karen Robards
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)

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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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After Lisa Grant loses her job at a Lexington, Ky., law firm in this seductive romantic thriller from bestseller Robards (Pursuit), she heads home to Grayson Springs, a once thriving Kentucky horse farm, owned by her mother, who's dying from ALS. Lisa becomes a research assistant for former crush Scott Buchanan, the Lexington-Fayette County DA. While she initially finds Scott's grumpy personality unappealing, she begins to feel differently after looking into a cold case: the inexplicable disappearance of Michael and Angela Garcia and their two children, Tony and Marisa, in 1981. Astonishingly, Lisa discovers that both a treasured childhood doll and herself as a young girl resemble Marisa. Lisa's informal investigation leads to dangerous repercussions, including an act of arson at Grayson Springs, in which she and her mother almost perish. Scott's timely rescue tightens their budding relationship as the action builds to a startling if far-fetched conclusion. (Mar.)
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While growing up on a prestigious horse farm, Lisa Grant took her exalted position in life for granted, growing close to her mother after her parents divorced. So she doesn’t hesitate to leave her law practice in Boston to take care of her mother, who is suffering from ALS and impending financial ruin. Lisa is lucky to get a job as a research assistant for District Attorney Scott Buchanan, her former lowly neighbor who made good. As a teen, Lisa tortured Scott with sexual innuendos, while he did odd jobs for her mother, and now it is Scott’s turn to lord it over Lisa. Sexual tension crackles between the two, but when Lisa is late for court, Scott orders her to work on cold-case files. On her first foray, she finds a picture of a missing family, and the mother looks just like her. Suddenly, her life becomes harrowing. With no one else to turn to, she confides in Scott, who, surprisingly, agrees to help, knowing that Lisa won’t like what they discover. Robards proves once again to be a master of romantic suspense, creating likable characters and an intriguing, well-paced, and nail-biting plot. --Patty Engelmann

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  • File Size: 827 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (March 23, 2010)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0030CVQLC
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,516 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good romantic suspense March 29, 2010
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.

Fans of Sandra Brown, Linda Howard or Julie Garwood would enjoy Karen Robards.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars drawn in March 25, 2010
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I couldn't put this book down or sleep until I finished it! My heart was pounding and after I finished it I still could not sleep. It's been awhile since a book had this much physical effect on me.
I love the writing style, and am very drawn to the main characters. One can not help but "feel" with them (and for them )especially as some very sensitive areas were revealed.
If I have a criticism it would be that the end was a bit rushed- too many "facts" dropped in without enough support, and some key "evidence" thrown in that could not have been known, or quickly known, from skeletal remains, as was presented . I would have been happy to keep on reading and reading while all these details, and some secondary relationships, were fleshed out or resolved however!! I did not want to "leave" the world of this book or the charicters!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow barely describes this thriller March 28, 2010
Lisa Grant is a lawyer that right now is down on her luck but fighting to get back on top of her legal game. Her high profile job in Boston went bust with the economy and she finds herself back at home with her ailing mother working in the local District Attorney's office. Not just any DA's office but the one where her childhood heartthrob is now the boss and the one giving her the orders. Great luck for her.

But Lisa is a fighter and even when he banishes her to the basement to work cold cases she find a gem in the pile of lost but not forgotten cases. This one stands out because one of the victims could have been her twin sister and the mother most assuredly has similarities to Lisa that cannot be dismissed. But when she begins to look into this case too many things happen that no one can say coincidence. Her house is set on fire, she sees that she is being followed then knocked unconscious and that is just the beginning. Dealing with her mother's slow health decline is more than enough to cause her stress but now dealing with these thoughts stirring in the back of her head that perhaps her father may be part of the reason this mysterious family went missing and the fact that she looks so much like them. He has been mostly out of her life since she was a small child and regarded her as a blip on his radar but too many things are adding up wrong for her to overlook that everywhere she digs into this case he keeps popping up.

But always around and in her personal space is Scott Buchanan making sure she is not veering too far from the path he feels is right. He has desired her since he worked on her family's property so many years ago that even thinking about her was trouble.
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Who Wrote This? March 29, 2010
It is hard to believe that Karen Robards wrote this. I love every book she has written, until this one.
The story line is actually very good, and at times I was riveted. There were some tense moments. However,
the writing is horrible. The sentences are so long that by the time you get to the end, you have to look
back at the beginning to see how the sentence started. There are way too many commas and unbelievably numerous hyphens. On the first page of Chapter One:
"He stood behind his battered metal desk--no expensive mahogany for this district attorney, the blue-collar man's
friend!--glaring at her out of light blue eyes that were, on this Tuesday morning, slightly bloodshot, as though he'd
tied one on the night before or, more probably, though she hated to admit it, been working until the wee hours."
What?!? This is not an exception; this is the norm for the entire book. In fact, it gets much worse. Some sentences even had the addition of parentheses thrown in. It was exhausting to read and re-read these run-on sentences. It totally took away from the plot.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put it down
It always surprises me when I read a Karen Robards book. This one had me riveted to the end. I was supposed to be doing other things but I could not put the book down.
Published 23 days ago by Maggie Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars very entertaining
I read this in one day couldn't wait to see if I had figured it out... Only a small part was correct. Read more
Published 27 days ago by LoriLou
4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book
I really enjoyed this book. The ending was a bit of a surprise and the secondary characters were just as interesting as the main characters. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stephani S. Hannahs
5.0 out of 5 stars Robards does it again!
Robards does it again! This is one author whose books you can confidently buy with no review- knowing you will be throughly entertained. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cheri Ramirez
5.0 out of 5 stars One of her Best!
I can't express how much I have enjoyed and loved this particularly story by Karen Robards. She really is one of the best authors of all times. That's a known fact. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jamara
5.0 out of 5 stars Fa.ntastic
Never disappointed by Ms Robards I could not put it down once I began. just love her writing . Thank you Karen Robards:
Published 3 months ago by Novicia
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
That was one of the best books by Mrs.Robards. I loved all of the twist and turns.

The reasons why I gave it 4 stars was I felt like ending was quick and rushed. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Heather S
5.0 out of 5 stars Decieved
The story was at total shock throughout the whole never know what to expect from her books.they are amazon to read
Published 4 months ago by teresa wibbenmeyer
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
I loved this book and it held my attention all the way. She is one of my favorite authors and always a great read
Published 4 months ago by joanne davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Shattered
great book could not put it down.was not prepared for the ending.karen orchards.books are always great looking forward to her next one.
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Karen Robards is the New York Times bestselling author of forty-seven novels. The winner of six Silver Pen awards for favorite romance novelist, as well as numerous other awards, she lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with her husband, Doug, and their sons Peter, Christopher, and Jack. She says, "I read, I write, and I chase children. That's my life."

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Actually, she gets laid off from her job at a Boston law firm and so decides to return home to Kentucky to take care of her mom, who has ALS.
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