Shattered (Rescuers #1)
Author: Alice Sharpe
Publisher: Harlequin Intrigue
Date of Publication: May 20, 2014
ALL HE’D WANTED WAS A REUNION WITH A FRIEND. WHAT HE GOT WAS A NATIONWIDE CONSPIRACY AND A JOB PROTECTING ONE GORGEOUS STRANGER.
Deputy sheriff Nate Matthews doesn’t know what to think when he arrives in Nevada and discovers his friend murdered. He is sure about the beautiful woman pointing a rifle at him. Sarah Donovan is a liar, she may have murdered her father…and she stirs something inside him he can’t possibly explain.
But before they can solve one murder, Nate and Sarah find themselves dodging bullets. Being on the run brings new emotions into focus. After a night of passion in a snowbound cabin, they start closing in on the truth—someone means to strike terror in America’s heart….
I really liked this book. I wasn’t entirely sure who to trust and who was behind what, but Ms. Sharpe made the ride entirely worth it. I had suspected one of the villains, but because I didn’t initially realize this was a mini-series of books (the Rescuers series), I didn’t realize one of the main plots would be carried over. It was and wow. I CAN’T WAIT!
Sarah – she’s got some rough stuff in her past, and has to make some hard decisions when it comes to her mother (as we learn through the course). I like how when Nate tries to push her back for her own protection, she doesn’t just meekly go. She might be struggling with her personal feelings about her mother and her mother’s manipulations, but she’s still strong and tough when push comes to shove.
Nate – I can’t imagine going through a mall shooting, much less being the one to stop the leader of the shooting. YEt Nate survived that, even if it did forever change him. I liked the road he traveled in this book, wanting to figure out what he wanted to do in life (law enforcement wasn’t really a good fit he believed any more), yet when he comes into town and finds his friend dead and Sarah cowering in a closet, he puts those skills to work.
These two played well off each other. They didn’t play stupid games or lie to one another (well, they didn’t lie to the point of stupidity – Sarah had no reason to just trust Nate in the very beginning, and the same went true for him). They acknowledged there was definitely some heat there and when push came to shove, they gave in.
There were a lot of little threads woven in. The mall shooting dealt with several months before the start of this book turns out to be much more than anyone realized at the time. The discoveries Sarah and Nate make as Sarah tries to avoid the men after her (she’s trying to rescue her mother from a stupid decision) left me awestruck and hungry for more.
Definitely check out this book. Four and a half gargoyles (no pictures today because I’m on a weird computer). Gimme more Alice Sharpe and Rescuers!
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.