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Shattered, Western Romance [Kindle Edition]

Kate Kelly
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Book Description

His confidence shattered for failing to save his sister’s life, Detective Jay Rawlings insists he be left alone to live the lonesome cowboy life. But when the woman he once loved, Tess MacLean, returns to his ranch with a killer and the police in hot pursuit, Jay suddenly has to face the demons from his past. A past he would change if he could - starting with convincing Tess that their love deserves a second chance.

Product Details

  • File Size: 595 KB
  • Print Length: 197 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Kate Kelly (September 5, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #291,895 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable! December 5, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Shattered by Kate Kelly is a novel that hit the e-book stands on September this year. A romantic suspense that features a stalker killer and a past from which both the hero and heroine are trying to find their way out of, Shattered was a novel that I enjoyed reading.

When 27 year old Tess MacLean makes her way back to South Dakota after a 3 year period, its not at all how she has envisioned a return trip home back to everything familiar would be. With a killer close to her heels, Tess runs to the only person that she can count on, her ex-fiance Jay Rawlings who made it painfully clear to her during their last encounter that she was no longer needed in his life.

Jay is a man who kids himself into believing that all is right in his world by pushing away that nightmarish night from 3 years ago when everything in his professional and personal life turned upside down. Refusing to give anything a second chance to shatter his world once again, Jay believes that keeping people that he cares about at arms length is the way to live. However, once again when Tess tumbles into his life, needing him more than ever, there is little he can do to say no and turn her away.

Rusty skills that Jay has not used for far too long help him uncover the clues as to why Tess's life might be in danger, the clues opening up a whole lot of mess that seems far more serious than he had believed at first. And to say that Tess once again opens up old wounds that has far from healed is an understatement.

Jay and Tess's love had been a fiery and all consuming one before their future had vaporised right in front of them.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot, fast read November 29, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I finished Shattered about a week ago and am still thinking about it. It was that good. The struggles between Jay and Tess. They had loads of reasons to stay away from each other, but Ms Kelly deftly shows us the reasons why they can't stay away from each other. The suspense part of this story had me trying to guess the bad guy from the start, and with loads of twists, I had a great deal of fun, and no, I didn't get it right. This writer knows how to tell a tale.
I loved the way she plucks the reader and plops her down in the middle of this imaginary world and has her so involved with Jay and Tess' lives. Good job! Highly recommended.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not so much December 22, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A mere 2-stars for me. The story sounded great and the reviews that I read were promising, but Shattered simply didn't do it for me. Jay is a former detective who questions his courage and response in a life-altering situation involving his sister; something that occurred 3-years ago. Tess is the woman he loved, but whom he drove away in the aftermath of that tragedy. Tess goes off to the other side of South Dakota while Jay becomes essentially a recluse on the ranch he works with his father, Tom. Fast forward to current day and in circumstances that seem beyond remotely plausible, Tess ends up as a pawn in avenging the situation from 3-years ago. Who does she reach out to for help? The man who drove her away. Of course.

Their romance didn't engage me. Issues for me include repeated references to Tess' strength and ability to be a partner to Jay which seems very much at odds with her landing at his ranch in the first place and contributing little more than good dinners once she arrives. A bigger issue is the idea that in the middle of what is a major mess in her life Tess and Jay "need to get away for a few hours". Really? If someone was after me will ill intent, I don't think that I'd ponder a brief trip to take my mind off of it. I think that every brain cell would be solely focused on catching the bad guys. And then there's the way that Jay talks to her from time to time which borders on condescending. While I like the alpha male concept, let's have some respect for the woman you're supposed to be all twisty about. Being frustrated because your investigation has hit a roadblock doesn't entitle you to talk down to your 'partner'.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good plot, decent writing March 14, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good book.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Well crafted story involving guns and horses, two of my favorite hobbies.

When the wife and I sold our horse ranch in New Mexico my wife told me
I had shoveled... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Lazy-B
5.0 out of 5 stars Attention Grabber
A nice smooth reading. It kept my attention and suspense. I would recommend this book because I really enjoyed it.
Published 20 months ago by Senioryaya11
5.0 out of 5 stars shattered
got what I paid for; as described by seller; no problems; fast shipping!
Would buy from this seller again for sure!
Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Read!
I liked this book. Lots of action and suspense throughout along with romance too. Two stubborn people in love and trying to stay alive. Read more
Published 23 months ago by C. Stroud
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good !
I really enjoyed the entire book. It was pretty intense from start to finish. I found the story line kept me guessing.
Published on April 4, 2013 by TD
3.0 out of 5 stars An easy read
Although it was readable, I found myself telling the main characters who they should be chasing. A slightly frustrating read in that respect, predictable. Read more
Published on March 5, 2013 by Holly
4.0 out of 5 stars Good light reading
I enjoyed this book but didn't find it as gripping as some of the others, can't say its a bad book, and I would tell friends about it
Published on February 18, 2013 by Ba rbara J. Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars spicy romance
Shattered by Kate Kelly is a great suspense - and yes, spicier than what I'm used to - but I must say that I enjoyed the story and I couldn't wait to get to the end. Read more
Published on May 8, 2012 by R.A. Giggie
3.0 out of 5 stars pass for me
Tess is a likeable character but Jay just annoyed me. He spends the whole book plagued with guilt over something that was not his fault... Read more
Published on February 16, 2012 by dreamon
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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 finaled in the RWA Golden Heart contest in 2001 and won the Daphne du Maurier 2006. She has the good fortune to 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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