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by Karen Robards

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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...  See more details below


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, Booklist

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Shattered 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 155 reviews.
The_Reading_Reviewer More than 1 year ago
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. Now they are both adults and trying to hold back all the passion he feels for her is about to have him blow a gasket. He has tried for too many years to forget her but now that she is sitting right outside his office and causing trouble of another kind all over again he will have to take some kind of action. He knows better but his heart is leading his better judgment right now. Once they get together all heck breaks loose and the attacks against Lisa intensify making her even more determined to get to the bottom of what really happened to that family. She has to keep her head clear of complications but Scott is one problem she knows how to handle and always has wanted to have in her life. Once they begin their relationship the fireworks go off brighter than on any Fourth of July celebration. Pay close attention to this book because it moves as fast as possible with more twists than you think can be thrown into 400 pages. It also has one of the most romantic scenes ever written in my opinion. There may be more descriptive words involved in other books but the first night with Scott and Lisa at her hotel room is one for the record books of pure unbridled passion being set loose by use of the least amount of words with the most impact. Mary Gramlich is The Reading Reviewer located at
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every time I read a book by Karen Robards I think this is her best book yet. It happened once again with Shattered! The characters in this book were well defined, while maybe not totally realistic. The two main characters both have strong personalities, but neither overwhelms the other. What motivated them was revealed slowly, in a riveting way. There were two plots going on, the solving of a mystery from years ago and a romance. Both were equally engrossing and each complimented the other nicely. I also enjoyed the setting. I find contemporary novels set in the south especially appealing and this one, set in Kentucky (part of it on a horse farm) was no exception (I now find myself looking forward to watching the Kentucky Derby).
FranTX More than 1 year ago
Good characters and great plot delving into the past. Always a favorite theme for me. Would recommend it to anyone to read. Lots of mystery and a little love mixed in never hurts!!
christy7410 More than 1 year ago
This story was a real page turner. I loved the characters and was hooked from the begining. However, the author spends too much time describing the scenery. I would highly recommend this book, but be prepared to skip lengthy descriptions of places and clothing.
Amanda15 More than 1 year ago
I usually love all Karen Robards' books, from her historical romances to her contemporary romance/suspense novels. This novel, however, was lacking in several of the aspects I've come to count on from her work. It dragged and was too detailed in many places throughout the first half. Inconsequential and uninteresting information caused me to lose interest. I didn't feel a strong enough bond between Lisa and Scott either. Also, we never got a satisfying update on the Scott-Ryan-Chase relationship? If you love Karen Robards' past novels, you might be disappointed in this one.
kjb192 More than 1 year ago
I have read every book this author has written and never been disappointed until now. I started it at the beach and put it down half way through because it was awful. There were so many run on sentences and parenthesis and dashes that it was too distracting to follow. She went on and on about things that had absolutely nothing to do with the plot. Speaking of the plot, it was pretty shaky at the start and no real action until the very end. Ms. Robards earlier works are worth your time. This one is not.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Having lost her position at a law firm that went bankrupt, Lisa Grant) leaves Lexington, Kentucky to go home to the family horse ranch Grayson Springs. Lisa does not feel bad about losing her job as she needs to care for her mom who is dying from ALS. Lisa obtains work at the Fayette County District Attorney's office working as a research assistant to DA Scott Buchanan, whom she once loved. His attitude makes her realize he hired her under pressure due to her connections to her mom. Lisa looks into the files of a cold case in which Michael and Angela Garcia and their two children (Tony and Marisa) vanished without a trace in 1981. However, the case shakes her to her bone marrow when she sees the picture of Marisa and a doll the child clings to; she is looking at herself as a little girl and the doll is identical to one she had. Her inquiry with Scott's help turns ugly when an arsonist tries to kill her and her mom This is a fast-paced legal thriller that after a prologue has Scott cursing out Lisa for failing to do her job; setting the tone of their relationship. The action never slows down as someone is out to harm Lisa and her mom although the younger has no idea why. Although the climax is over the top of Black Mountain with an incredulous denouement, fans will enjoy Karen Robards taut romantic suspense. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Karen Robards and "Shattered" was yet again another great read!
love2readKB More than 1 year ago
Karen Robards has done it again. The book was awesome. Scott is a hunk. The chemistry between Scoot and Lisa makes the book sizzle. How can someone Lisa has never met or heard of look so much like her. It is a mystery that she must solve. Along the way to sloving the mystery another mystery is solved, the one of Scott and Lisa. This book is a must read. It kept me awake till the wee hours of the morning because I couldn't put it down.
grumpydan More than 1 year ago
The idea of an attorney review a cold case file of a family that disappeared 28 years ago and the striking resemblance that this attorney and that mother had me intrigued. But after reading this novel, I felt that I was betrayed. The mystery didn't hold throughout the story and the ending seemed contrived and fast. As a romantic thriller, I can see, since the relationship between Lisa and Scott develops more than the mystery. It was a lovely piece of fluff.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of her suspense books and cannot believe she was the writer of most of this book. The run on and on sentences seemed like an amateur was writing it and not her style of writing at all. They were so distracting that I gave up after the 2nd chapter and went to the last chapter to find out how it ended. Check this book out from the library instead of buying it.
diamondrj More than 1 year ago
This was one you could not put down once you started it. Really enjoyable.
neclem1935 More than 1 year ago
This books was so good, I could not put it down.
JewelDragon More than 1 year ago
I liked the premise. Unfortunately I must not have read the description very well. I did not realize this was a romance novel, a very predictable romance novel. I found the book formulaic and flat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept my nose to the book and always wanting to see whst was goingbto happen next
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an incredible well written book. Twists and turns leaves you guessing and you cannot imagine the end!
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Jwlw More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keeps you on the edge of your seat, very exciting action.
Avalonldy5 More than 1 year ago
I must say that I loved the premise of this book! I got in audiobook, because I am on the road a lot and need something to keep me company. OMG! Why did I choose this one. Our heroine is too stupid to live and there is so much descriptive verbiage that I started to get bored really quickly. Seriously, who cares if the blue stripe on his underwear matches his shirt? I'm still trying to figure out how we got to the end and figured out the 'mystery". The story just meandered along until I couldn't take anymore. I stopped listening about midway through and skipped to the end. The whole plot was contrived and sort of made up. I've only ever read one of Ms Robards historical works and I rather enjoyed it. and thought I'd try a contemporary. I think I picked the wrong book to start with. My view is now tainted and I won't be trying another. I'd rather not waste the money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not to intured but i have one thing to say even tho i might get locked out....BOOBIES
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not true pusshes his galsses up*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wait what? *pulls her bra back up*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago dont even talk like me.