Shatter Me

Shatter Me

by Tori St. Claire

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A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint...

Bound by honor, caught by desire...

Former Marine Alex McCray is ripped up inside over the knowledge that his best friend died saving him. Now he's returned to his hometown to honor a promise he made-to take care of his buddy's widow. Semper fidelis. "Always loyal." But Alex's loyalty is about to be tested, because there's never been a time when Reagan Sanders didn't make him burn with desire.

All it takes is one night for Reagan and Alex to give in to the deep, carnal need they've denied themselves for so long. But Reagan has secrets of her own-secrets Alex can never know about her marriage, or the kind of man her husband really was. But one night with Alex isn't enough. Not even close. Now Alex must choose between his sense of honor...and his heart.

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ISBN-13: 9781943336258
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 05/16/2015
Pages: 242
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.55(d)

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Shatter Me (Entangled Brazen) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## Loved this. I did enjoy reading this book. It was well written with a really serious subject matter. I found that the conflict was resolved too quickly for my taste but that won't keep me from reading again. Nice job Tori.
ToryMichaels More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book a lot. I thought it took a different perspective/idea on the whole military guy and the girl back home. Alex was a fascinating, complicated guy. He had a thing for his best friend's wife, but never acted on it, never said anything...and then lost said friend in combat, in a fashion that he felt he should have died rather than the friend. So of course that, along with a commitment to make sure said wife and love interest is okay, keeps him from moving on that attraction, even after she's no longer married. I'm more conflicted when it comes to Reagan, because I'm not quite sure how/why everyone was so sold on her being nutsoid. I get her dead husband's family, because who wants to believe a son is a sick, abusive jerk? But the rest of the town? I don't know....I did like that she was putting her life back together after her husband's death, and that she was willing to look at Alex as a man she could be with and trust. These two were put through the wringer when it came to finding their HEA, but I think Ms. St. Claire really pulled it off and I was glad to read this through the very last page. Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't understand why she wouldn't tell Alex about Drews temper for about the firstb5-6chapters, but after further reading, I understood. Alex was torn between Drews service n friendship to see how drew really was. Once his eyes were truly opened to the truth, all bets were off and he saw that drew was a horrible husband and that she deserved more. Someone who protected her with everything they possessed. Alex was that man. I finished this book in a day and would love to read more about their happy ending. But most of all I'd like to see Drews family get theirs, especially shelly! I wish the money got overturned and that shelly had lost it Ll, but in the end, the truth finally set everyone free even the towns people. I recommend this book for sure.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Francesca and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog Let me start this review by saying I’ve been a fan of Tori St. Claire’s work in the past.  I think she can write a sexy an complex story and usually keep me engaged.  That being said, SHATTER ME was missing something.  Maybe it’s just too simple.  Maybe some of the feelings and actions of some characters didn’t really sell it for me.  I just expected more from this story. So overall SHATTER ME was a quick and enjoyable read to pass the time.  It’s not a story that will probably stay with me, nor is a story that would make me run to buy more from this author.  If you are looking for that book, then you need to go read STRIPPED by her (My review | Amazon). The hero here Alex, is a former Marine who lost his partner overseas while said partner saved his life.  He’s been conflicted about that fact, and about the fact that there is now a widow that is basically his fault.  A woman that he has always wanted.  Even when he knew she was happily married to his best friend.  In honor of his friend he has to go check in on her and make sure she’s doing ok one year after the death.  And he finds her with higher spirits than he expected but with a heap of house and money problems. Yes, there’s a secret here.  I wish there would’ve been more done with said secret as it is a heavy and important subject.  The big reveal in the end was sort of half assed and the resolution was too simple.  I hate simple when an issue has ruined someone’s life for so long. The chemistry between Alex and Reagan was great though.  Ms. St. Claire usually knows how to steam up the pages and this was no exception.  It was a big more subdued as they tip toe around each other and try to be gentle.  And works its way up. I still look forward to reading more from this author!
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Shatter Me is an intense emotional story that left me feeling drained. Regan Sanders is a widow. She's recovering from the loss of her abusive husband. She's finally free and can rebuild her life. She's shunned by the town because she hasn't grieved in an appropriate manner. They don't know what she endured. When Alex McCray, a former Marine and her husband's best friend, visits, the temptation is too great and they become lovers. Will she tell him the truth about her marriage? Regan is a unforgettable character. She has endured so much and still kept going. She fought for her independence. Alex cares for her and wants her in his life. He feels guilty that he loves his best friend's widow. I wanted them to put aside the past and move forward. I was frustrated by the judgmental attitude of the town and the lies that Drew told. Their cruelty was disturbing. I was glad when Alex realized the truth and was her champion. Shatter Me was a well crafted story. Tori St. Claire handle a difficult topic with finesse.
BottlesAndBooksReviewsJA More than 1 year ago
Alex McCray, a former Marine, lives with the guilt that his best friend died to save him. The last promise he ever made to Drew before Drew's death was to watch over Drew's widow, Reagan. The only problem is Alex has been attracted to Reagan since the moment he met her. Reagan hides secrets from the town who believes her husband was a hero and the family who believes Drew could do no wrong in their eyes. The only bright spot in her life the last few years before Drew's passing was Alex's visits. When Alex shows up on her doorstep, Reagan fights for her chance at happiness. Can Alex live with the guilt and the knowledge that he is falling for his best friend's widow? And when the truth comes out will Alex crumble? Will Reagan find her happily ever after and be free from the demons of the past? I absolutely loved this book! The characters are so well written I felt as if I knew them. Reagan is such a strong female and I loved her determination, her strength, and her courage to move on with her life - no matter who thinks the worst of her for doing so. After everything Reagan has been through she deserves a bit of happiness and some sunshine in her life. Reagan is an admirable female lead that possesses beauty, courage, intelligence, vulnerability and the strength of a lion. She holds her head up high and lives for herself and her freedom. Alex .. Oh Alex .. Alex is definitely a swoon worthy alpha male. I love (ex)military types and Alex had the protective alpha down to a tee except with sweetness and vulnerability. Alex is such a book boyfriend.  Shatter Me addresses the topic of domestic abuse which can sometimes be hard to read - even harder to live with - and shows the light at the end of the tunnel. Shatter Me gives abuse victims hope in the midst of despair. Tori St. Claire writes an utterly beautiful, emotional love story of second chance love.  I want to give this book more stars than five, but alas I must stay within my 1-5 rating. With that said, of course I give Shatter Me FIVE STARS.
ETrupkiewicz More than 1 year ago
What are you supposed to do when the deepest secret you hold protects the honor and lasting memory of a deceased Purple Heart recipient ... and would completely undermine those memories? This conundrum is one Reagan Sanders faces even now, with her husband Drew killed in action. She made the mistake, just once, of trying to trust another person with the truth of who Drew was and what he did to her during their marriage. Now she lives as an outcast, a pariah among the townspeople who continue to revere Drew's name. And then, Drew's best friend and former fellow Marine, Alex McCray, shows up in town to fulfill a promise he made to Drew as the latter lay dying. Alex, who has desired Reagan for a long time, finds her house and reputation in disarray, and despite their intense and obvious attraction to one another, can't bring himself to dishonor his best friend's memory by making a move on Drew's widow. Still, he's not sure he's going to be able to live with himself if he doesn't do something. Tori St. Claire's SHATTER ME is a scorching erotic romance from Entangled Publishing's Brazen imprint, due for release just this month. It isn't my standard to discuss the sexual content first in a review, but St. Claire's scintillating scenes between Reagan and Alex are hot enough to burn up the pages of the book. The tension between them, the underlying secrets that they each carry and their respective fears, make the sexual tension and release all the sweeter and that much more satisfactory. Alex is the picture of an honorable Marine, bound by integrity, character, devotion, duty, and his loyalty to his long-time friend's memory. His reluctance to take advantage of Reagan, the presumed grieving widow, is a large part of his appeal, even as he fights desperately to care for her and keep her safe (even from him) the way he assumes Drew would have wanted. Meanwhile, Reagan hides her own secrets, but for similar reasons. Above all, she knows how much Drew mattered to Alex, and she does not want to taint Alex's memory of her deceased husband, no matter how she knew him when he was alive. That she wants to protect Alex and his innocence, in a way, regarding his best friend makes her a worthy heroine, as does the depth of her strength despite the adverse circumstances she didn't create or ask for. The pro-military themes throughout the work juxtapose neatly against themes of love, betrayal, trust, secrets, romance, renewal, and restoration. Even Reagan's nearly demolished house represents the ruination of her relationships and her potential future happiness with Alex ... until their walks toward one another change what seemed inevitable. # # # Author: Tori St. Claire Title: SHATTER ME Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Brazen) ISBN: 978-1-63375-258-0 Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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Blsfan68 More than 1 year ago
This story is a different view of military romance. The characters are well developed and their emotions are thoroughly expressed. There is a lot of steamy scenes and the story seems to be drawn out. (Maybe there is just too much detail for a short period of time.) The ending seems to be wrapped up rather quickly. Overall, the story is enjoyable but not as gripping as it could have been. ARC received from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
aprilrenee1976 More than 1 year ago
Such a touching love story. It will grab your heartstrings. Really great read. ***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for my honest review**** This story will grab at your heartstrings from the first chapter and not let go until the very end. Former Marine Alex McCray is a former Marine whose best friend dies saving his life during a mission that ended wrong. Alex was able to come home alive and his best friend ended up dying. His best friend left behind a wife . Alex is consumed with guilt over the fact he lived and his friend died. So he decides to find the widow and see how he can help in some way to repay his debt to her for the loss of her husband. Reagan has always been attracted to her dead husband’s friend but she never acted on it nor did she think he knew how she felt. When her husband died, a part of her felt this consuming relief –for he couldn’t do to her the things that had been going on before he left, things no one knew. Regan was abused by her dead husband and she’s determined to keep the abuse a secret from Alex and the rest of the town- because she is ashamed and because they loved and respected her husband and she didn’t want to take that image of respect away from them. Alex is there and can’t understand why the townspeople do not like Reagan but he is there to honor the last request her husband asked, which was to look out for her. There were some twists in the story and emotional turns but this was a somewhat predictable read. Any lights of a happily ever after for them became more challenging to get because Alex is caught between his loyalty to his dead friend and his love for the dead friend’s widow. There's a so much sexual tension between Alex and Reagan but there were times that everything just felt like it was just repeated for the sake of being repeated, making me wish that the story was a shorter read or that something different had been written at other times in the story. Overall this story is an ok read. I would loose myself in the story and it is something that would be a story to read when I am needing to get loose myself in a story.  My rating: 4.0 stars **** 
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
Drew and Reagan were married and Alex was Drew's best friend. Little did Alex know that every time Reagan glanced at him a little too long, Drew beat her for it and for other reasons as well. No one would believe that their deceased hometown hero, who earned a Purple Heart for saving Alex's life, beat his wife. Alex wouldn't believe it. When things get heated between Alex and Reagan, will the guilt Alex feels for sleeping with his deceased best friends wife, put a stop to their ultra steamy affair?  What a fantastic story. Super sexy Alex McCray is one hot Marine. His sense of honor is admirable and I love the reminder he gave Don and his friends about death before dishonor. I am definitely a fan of Tori St. Clair and her amazing writing style. I can't wait to read more from her. Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
Such a hard subject to read about.  I am glad there were not too many graphic details of the abuse.  But I did love Reagan's character and her survival through it.  She became stronger, independent, and fought to not let her fear take over her. Alex and Reagan were very sweet and very hot together.  They struggled with their wanting to be together.  Him through his survivor's guilt and her with the not wanting to tarnish his belief of his best friend.  They were selfless for the other.  I wish there was a little more closure between Reagan and her in-laws, but I enjoyed this book very much..   I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
A sexy emotion story that will pull at your heart strings. Alex promised Drew, the man who saved is life that he would watch over his wife. Alex is curious about Reagan and the town’s reaction to Drew’s death. What secrets will he uncover and can he keep his hands of Reagan as his attraction grows. The characters are excellent and the whole story will draws you in, I couldn’t put it down. Great Read!
KeeperBookshelf-M More than 1 year ago
Secrets will come out eventually.  They are better told to the ones we love, then discovered at the wrong moment. It’s not easy living with the knowledge that your best friend died saving your life.  It becomes something you live with, the ghost that’s always in the room – the fact that you just took a breath, and he never will again.  Alex will keep the promise he made, he will return home and watch over Reagan – but it won’t be easy, because he has always been attracted to her and now only a ghost and a promise stand in the way of Alex finding his own happy future.  Will he ever reach out and take it? Reagan is an abused woman.  Oh, she has hidden what went on behind closed doors for years – but now she’s free, finally free of the fear, the hurt, the danger her husband, who was supposed to love her, actually was.  Yet fear still lingers, because she must now hold that secret even tighter, there is no need to destroy what his friends think of him. Reagan and Alex have been attracted to each other, but neither ever let on for their own reasons.  Now they might have a future – if – Alex can get past his loyalty to a dead friend and Reagan can let go of her fears and her secrets. I almost took Shatter Me down to a 3.5 star rating, but I didn’t.  I wanted them to talk to each other, to bring out the abuse and deal with it.  Then I realized that it wasn’t my story to tell – so while I might have liked Alex and Reagan to communicate better, it stays at a 4 star rating. I enjoyed Alex and Reagan’s story.  It was sexy, hot, loving, and full of a dead man’s ghost/memory that rarely gave this couple a moment’s peace.  On some level I hurt for both of them, tied up in promises to a dead man, and I really wanted their happy ever after to work.  I’d recommend Shatter Me for anyone who enjoys a good, sexy love story and loves to see the real people emerge into the loving couple they always were behind the promises and secrets. *I received an e-ARC of Shatter Me from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.* ~What you, the reader, always must remember is this simple truth. Any review is just one person’s opinion. You might feel the same or totally different. The only way to know for certain if any novel is right for you – is for you to read it. This was my opinion of this particular book.~
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Wow! This book was so much more than I was expecting. Wonderfully written with a story that truly blew me away. Reagan is a strong woman and keeping her dead husbands secrets seems like the right thing to do. Alex has always felt the guilt of his attraction to his best friends wife and now that his friend is dead it really hits him hard. But maybe, some things are just meant to be..... Great read and I highly recommend it!
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Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Shatter Me by Tori St. Claire was an okay read for me. This story dealt with two very important subject matters that are faced within our daily society-spousal abuse and loss. Loved the concept but the execution could have been better. I thought that the story stalled after the first chapter. Although the characters ware likable enough, I didn't really feel any chemistry. Good but not great. I received an Arc of this story for an honest review.
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
3 - "Can I be enough for you... for a little while?" Stars. I have read a few books by this author now, and although I always find aspects of them enjoyable, they always seem to fizzle out a little bit, for not offering anything different or overplaying certain tropes. I do not dispute at all that the author can write, and the sexy-times between her couples are always well crafted and imaginative, but something always lets the overall book down. The same can very much be said for Shatter Me, upon reading the synopsis I was really looking forward to reading Alex and Reagan’s story, the subject matter hinted at, offered a glimpse that this book may be a little deeper and potentially more emotive than some of your more usual Brazen novels, and it started well, both Alex and Reagan are grieving the loss of a man that was a big part of their lives, how that grief is portrayed leaves one to believe the other may not have fully accepted the death of one he believes was loved. Sometimes it felt so damn natural it was frightening. You are also given the difficulties that two people face when they admit that they have feelings for each other, after the person that bought them together initially (in this case husbands best-friend, Army Brother) is no longer in the picture. The guilt for moving on, the anguish of thinking it is okay to do so, and the feeling that you are betraying that memory because the feelings you have and the forward thoughts you are considering are with the woman who was your deceased best-friends wife. And then we have the secrets, both Alex and Reagan are carrying them, and in the 18 months since Drew’s (husband/best-friend) death, Reagan has moved on with her life, and not in the way Alex was expecting when he turns up on her doorstep, and as the book progresses it is clear that all may not be as it seemed with Drew and Reagan Sanders marriage. With all this going on I had great hope, both of our characters are dealing with some seriously heavy issues, and that is what I wanted to read about, them dealing with their issues, instead a large chunk of it was basically a merry-go-round of one or the other of them acting, reacting, apologizing and then they'd have sex. There was a bigger picture here that could have been explored, rather than going the predictable route the plot did, you knew the car crash was coming from very early on, and the wreck was a doozy. I see this book although enjoyable enough, as a wasted opportunity to take some less used tropes and turn them on their head, there was a definite missed chance to shake things up. This couple literally spend most of the story thinking they are doing what’s best for the other, without actually talking to each other about it, and then apologizing and trying to make up for their misplaced intentions… I wanted them to talk, I wanted them to deal with the ghosts of the past together, I wanted them to present a united front against everyone else that judged them, and not the expected path it disappointingly took. This couple also deserved a decent ending/epilogue, once the car crash had been dealt with it was full steam ahead, and all was right with the world… after the way the rest of the book played out it just felt a little rushed to get them past the finish line. ARC generously provided via Entnangled, in exchange for the above honest review.
JaneyC More than 1 year ago
ARC provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.. Partial to a military story, I was keen to jump into this one. Ex Marine, Alex McCray, finds himself back in his hometown to carry out a vow he had made to his dying friend, Drew Sanders. After all, Drew had saved his life, so it was the least he could do. The pledge he had made was to look after Drew’s wife, Reagan, which was going to be a test in itself.  There had been an underlying attraction between these two since they first set eyes on each other, but Alex would ensure that nothing would ever come of that allure. After all, wasn’t it because of him that Drew had surrendered his life. Reagan had battled on since Drew had been killed. It had been hard, given the hero status that her husband held in the town. But Reagan had led a different life, and her intent to change that was about to be challenged. This was an ambitious story to tell, given the subject matter, and I found the characters were set up well to carry that through. However, once the storyline had disclosed where each character resided in their thinking, but not acting, I found the constant regurgitation of their internal musings naturally repetitive and extremely tiring. I admit to skimming, which isn’t something I often do, and ultimately found the conclusion lack lustre. I feel the story would have been better served in a more compact version, with a twist to the delivery.