Shattered

Shattered

by Joan Johnston
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Overview

Shattered by Joan Johnston

A fan-favorite Bitter Creek novel by New York Times bestselling author Joan Johnston.

Nine years ago Kate Grayhawk Pendelton walked into Wyatt Shaw's life—and out of it the next morning. Now Wyatt's back—and has the power to shatter Kate's future with the man she loves.

By reputation, Wyatt Shaw is a brutal killer who always gets what he wants. And he wants Kate and her twin eight-year-old sons.

Texas Ranger Jack McKinley is hot on Wyatt Shaw's trail. The presumed heir to the D'Amato crime syndicate is threatening to steal the woman he loves.

Holly McKinley is fighting to keep Jack from leaving her for another woman. Now the secret she's kept for over twenty years may save their son's life, and cost her the only man she's ever loved.

A contemporary western romance.

"A guaranteed good read."—New York Times bestselling author Heather Graham

Originally published in 2009.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781460396940
Publisher: MIRA
Publication date: 05/16/2016
Series: Benedict Brothers
Sold by: HARLEQUIN
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 19,803
File size: 586 KB

About the Author

Joan Johnston is the top ten New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than 50 novels and novellas with more than 15 million copies of her books in print. She has been a director of theatre, drama critic, newspaper editor, college professor and attorney on her way to becoming a full-time writer. You can find out more about Joan at her Website, www.joanjohnston.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/joanjohnstonauthor

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Shattered 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 57 reviews.
Katcoll More than 1 year ago
Shattered is the word to describe the way I feel after reading this book. Took me 2 weeks to read it because I was so dissapointed with the story that I had to force myself to finish it. We have waited for 2 years for the most important Bitter Creek story "Jack & Kate Story" and we are presented with 2 different stories. Every expectation I had waiting for this book has been shattered into little pieces as soon I started reading the story. I like Shaw's character but not for this book. I did not like Holly's character (completely selfish, using all the weapons she can think of to keep Jack away from Kate). Also Jack is presented as a complete weakling so very different from the real strong man of the previous books. Even Kate seemed to be a complete different person. Where are the old Kate & Jack from the previous books???
Daisy2010 More than 1 year ago
This book will go down in history as one of the worst books I've ever read, but not for the same reason that most fans of this series will undoubtedly hate this book. Some authors are able to draw a story line out over several books, keeping the readers interested in the characters, but never recounting those characters' histories in pages of paragraph-long info dumps that have no emotional value whatsoever. Ms. Johnston proved with this book that she is NOT one of those authors. Most of this book felt like a verbal timeline of events, dissolving into chapters of "and then this happened, and then this happened, and then -- get this -- this happened..." without ever showing how the characters *went through* any of those events. It was a classic case of telling instead of showing and I found myself skipping entire chapters just to get to a live-action section. I can't see how anyone who picked up this book without reading the previous ones in this series could have cared anything for the two supposed lead characters, either individually or collectively. Then there was the sheer stupidity of the main characters. In one particular scene, a character had just dropped a decade-old bombshell on another and they were yelling at each other about it, which was believable, given the circumstances . . . but then, in the next minute, they were laughing at lighthearted jokes and making googly eyes at each other. There were several scenes like that, where characters who should've been at each other's throats were playfully joking with one another, like nothing significant had happened and everything was just water under the bridge -- without any of them ever doing anything to *make* the situation water under the bridge. It made me want to throw the book across the room. **SPOILERS** The unforgivable crime in this book was assassinating Jack's character to the point that he wasn't even likable within a handful of chapters into the story. He went from being the strong, honorable character in previous books to a wishy-washy, back-stabbing pansy in this book -- and the fact that he did what he did while Kate was in a coma (and if you've read the book, you know what I'm talking about) was reprehensible. I know the author purposefully did this to further the plot of the book, but it left me with such a fowl taste in my mouth that I had trouble finishing it. At least he ended up with his perfect match in the end (and I do not mean that in a flattering way). **END SPOILERS** Bottom line: if you're a fan of this series, this book might be a bitter pill to swallow. It definitely was for me. I won't buy any more of this author's books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jack and kate should have been together. I like wyatt but don't like holly...don't read it if you like jack and kate as a couple.
cmilt More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. I have read all of the Bitter Creek series and love them all.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Austin, almost a decade has passed since Kate Grayhawk Pendleton caught her husband J.D. cheating; stunned she left and met Wyatt Shaw in a hotel bar. They made love and she left only to give birth to twins Lucky and Chance who are Wyatt's offspring. Now the mother of the late J.D. Ann Wade is running for president and needs to know what skeletons could derail her chances of winning the Republican nomination as the kids are not her biological grandchildren. Son of a mobster, Wyatt has learned the kids are his. He wants them and Kate in his life. At the same time Texas Ranger Jack McKinley, who broke Kate's heart in high school, wants Kate back in his life while also trying to destroy Wyatt Shaw' who he assumes will take over his dad's D'Amato crime syndicate. Jack's wife Holly will do almost anything to keep her spouse whom she loves, but her son's needs come before her heart. This is an exciting Bitter Creek romantic suspense that fans of the saga will enjoy as the entangled relationships between the lead foursome is fascinating and made more complicated by children and parents. The story line is filled with action although too many subplots make it difficult to follow especially for a newbie. Still romantic suspense readers will enjoy the tale with an engaging mystery and plenty of suspense while wondering who will end up with whom. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He padded in, crying slightly. He loved his mate, yes. But he was so sad most of his tears didn't come out.
Sparky_Patches More than 1 year ago
Overall Rating: -5.00 Never, Never, Never have I picked up a book that was so disappointing that I literally cried at what the author had done. Having just spent the past couple of months doing re-reads of Joan Johnston's books to "remember" what happened to all the characters leading up to Kate and Jack's story, it was finally time to pick up Jack and Kate's book, *Shattered*, the eighth book in *The Bitter Creek Series*.  To say I was devastated was an understatement. When Kate had sex with Wyatt the first time, I kept thinking, No, No, No, No.  Please, Joan, don't do this!  I struggled to keep reading and made it to page 192 before finally putting this book down.  I couldn't keep reading this book. And Joan Johnston got crossed off my "Favorite Authors" list.  I don't care how entertaining I find her books and her gift of telling a story . . . to make us fall in love with Jack and Kate and to wait and wait and wait for *their* happily-ever-after and to split them up!  It's Unforgivable! I refused to keep reading as Johnston kept trying to make Wyatt and Holly worthy "happily-ever-afters" to Jack and Kate.  If Jack and Kate weren't going to end up together -- the book just wasn't worth reading.
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I really enjoyed this book.  The Bitter Creek novels don;t disappoint.  I didn't give this book a five because I didn't think the author should have explained the other related novels in as much detail as she should have because every reader has the choice to read the other novels if they choose to.  But I jhad a great time reading this book.
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