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Smashed into Pieces (Clear Water Creek Chronicles #2)

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  250 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
Sheriff Brandon Schofield is smitten by the new arrival in Clear Water Creek, Finn Austen. But Finn is living in the house by the lake where a murder took place and his story is no less unhappy than the previous occupant's. Finn is on the run from a violent past and he trusts no one.

Brandon is desperate to break down his defences and win Finn's love and trust but time is r
ebook, 193 pages
Published April 16th 2011 (first published April 14th 2011)
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Mar 15, 2012 Simsala rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, series, violence
Another one of Ms. Blackwell`s mismatched couples in a story that felt rushed and dealt with the abuse/domestic violence in a former relationship theme all too lightly.At the end I didn`t have the feeling that this couple will make it but hopefully the sequel will be more convincing... ...more
Serena Yates
May 05, 2015 Serena Yates rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay
This second volume of the ‘Clear Water Creek Chronicles’ tackles yet another difficult topic. After the love-hate relationship between a gang-rape victim and the man who looked on without helping in the first book, this second story takes a closer look at abusive relationships. They are very hard to understand for people who have never experienced them. This book attempts to show some of the effects, and some of the steps an abused person goes through as they try to struggle free – which is very ...more
Apr 17, 2011 Ami rated it liked it
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Serena Yates
Mar 13, 2012 Serena Yates rated it liked it
Shelves: gay
This second volume of the Clear Water Creek Chronicles tackles yet another difficult topic. After the love-hate relationship between a gang-rape victim and the man who looked on without helping in the first book, this second story takes a closer look at abusive relationships. They are very hard to understand for people who have never experienced them. This book attempts to show some of the effects, and some of the steps an abused person goes through as they try to struggle free – which is very r ...more
Apr 17, 2011 Meggie rated it did not like it
I'm torn about this review. First Finn, as one of main characters in this story, is to messed up, to torn to pieces, as the story is titled. He was scared of everyone around him and it's logical considering his past. But I have to say, that I didn't much like him in second half of the story. He was just to negative in my eyes.
And Brandon he was just emotionally to pushy. Why on earth did he force himself over and over again on Finn even if he knew and saw how messed up Finn was ? That was just c
Jun 20, 2011 Mandapanda rated it it was ok
Shelves: various-romance
Stories involving characters who have suffered severe abuse are always difficult to get right in the romance genre. What I thought was good in this story was the victim's (Finn) anger and moodiness and lack of trust. What didn't work for me was the "insta-love" on the part of the other hero (Brandon). It didn't make sense to me that he would fall so quickly for someone who rebuffed him at every turn. I think this book would have worked better for me if it was longer and Brandon learned more abou ...more
Jun 21, 2011 Norah rated it it was amazing
The Sheriff Of clearwater creek meets the newest member of his town ,Finn. Finn is running away from something, hes scared, bruised but is just far to gorgeous for the sherriff to ignore. This was an amazing story, It had me from the first words. I just Love a big strong man in uniform who wont give up on helping someone so in need of saving. Its full of the tug of war between the two men. I loved it, with just enough angst to make you keep turning the page and cheering for the sherriff to win h ...more
Jun 19, 2011 Chris rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance, gay, done, 2011, ebook
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Tracy's Place
Jun 29, 2011 Tracy's Place rated it did not like it
Shelves: m-m
1.5 out of 5
Cocktails and Books
3.5 Cocktails

"Smashed Into Pieces" from Scarlet Blackwell was...unexpected? I had thought that it would be a romance story with some action thrown in. Instead, it turned into a crime novel along the lines of the "Prey" series from John Sandford with two men falling for each other in the course of the book. Don't get me wrong. I like crime novels and read them quite often, but I wasn't really in the mood for one. I wanted a love story between two men.

Sheriff Brandon is new in town and has develop
May 23, 2011 Angelmira rated it liked it
Shelves: cops, contemporary
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Apr 10, 2012 Ery rated it it was ok
Similar to its predecessor, this book is focused on a difficult/dark topic. While this novella didn't contain quite as much emotional impact (read: shock value), it was still a story that focused on personal trauma and the resulting drama.

Writing stories about such dark events and the fallout from them has got to be unimaginably difficult. Doing so in such a short story even more so. What I look for in these types of stories is the hurt/comfort, inner turmoil, and deep characterizations / growth
Mar 17, 2013 Alina rated it it was amazing
Terrific continuation to the series!

I loved Brandon and Finn just as much as Sean and Eden and it's saying something ))

Brandon doesn't have so much emotional baggage and anguish as Sean did, but Finn's probems are more than enough for the two of them. I think their relationship were portrayed very realistic. Brandon started caring about Finn almost from the beginning and that feeling soon became love, but despite being very patient, understanding and supportive he still very often despairs, thin
Feb 22, 2014 Jacq rated it liked it
This writer is impressive! A well written 5 star.
The chemistry was right on target.
Beware lots of abuse though.
Sometimes I think the m/m romance books written a few years back, around 2008-2012 or so, are better. I don't know what is the truth, but on my second read of Scarlet Blackwell's Smashed Into Pieces, I loved the book, the characters, the story, even more than the first time. It all felt...real, true, honest, not fabricated with just profit in mind, but rather something that came from the heart of the writer. Or maybe I'm just nostalgic about the time I started to read m/m. Or maybe it's the fact ...more
Book Binge
Jul 29, 2011 Book Binge added it
Shelves: for-review
Brandon is the relatively new sheriff in town. When he discovers that there’s a new man in town and no one seems to know anything about him he goes about trying to get information. But from the get go I was curious as to his motivations. Yes, he needed to keep his town safe but there was the attraction that he felt toward this new man as well that had him butting into Finn’s business.

Brandon’s attempts at info are unsuccessful so he decides to go to the source. He pretty much badgers Finn until
Jan 08, 2014 Charly rated it liked it
Not long enough to do justice to the subject matter

Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Rating: 5/10

- Brandon is a nice heroic figure. He is kind, gentle, and persistent almost to a fault in the face of blatant discouragement from Finn. Finn’s pitiful situation arouses a fierce protectiveness in Brandon, and I’m a sucker for fierce, protective men.
- I didn’t realize when someone recommended this to me that it was the second in a series. This story is a sta
Mar 04, 2013 Neet rated it really liked it
In this second stories in the clear water creek series hit me the hardest because I have known people who have been physically abused by those who claimed to love them. This is the story of Finn Austen who has come to hide in clear water in the residence of former owwner Eden house. Finn has suffered both physical and mental abuse for 10 years and has finally found the courage to leave. You may notice that I did not say lover nor partner, that is because I do not consider this man as either. At ...more
Elisa Rolle
An highly emotional story, Smashed into Pieces faces the issue of dependency from abusive relationships. The issue has no gender, and in this novel there are both a man and a woman who are abused by their partner.

Brandon is the new Sheriff of Clear Water Creek, a small town that is not exactly paradise, but at least Brandon is able to be an openly gay sheriff without much trouble. Brandon is not a poster boy for gay rights, but he is not even hiding. Who cares enough for him on a personal level
Cathy Brockman
May 11, 2012 Cathy Brockman rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the Clearwater Creek series. I have to say even with a whole different cast of characters, its every bit as good as the first.
Brandon Shofield is the new sheriff in town (he he I just had to say that).Taking over after the last sheriff left with his lover leaving behind a lot of talk and mystery.
A new man comes to town moving into the house across the lake from him. Bringing in a mystery of his own. Who or what is Finn hiding from? Can Brandon break down his barriors
May 28, 2011 Honey rated it liked it
Shelves: humpty-dumpty
I'm just not sure about this book. Connecting to the characters was hard since at times they didn't make sense. Like how Brandon pushed and pushed when he didn't actually know Finn or how to help him and then decided he was done with Finn after falling in love with him and the abusive ex intent on killing Finn showed up. Hard to believe considering what had happened recently on the job and how upset he was about it. I liked Finn but we never actually got to see him heal, he fought Brandon for th ...more
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Sep 16, 2013 Shannon rated it liked it
This series is very frustrating to me. I absolutely love the story line but it's never quite right. I can't really explain without giving anything away but it was very frustrating to see abuse victims continue to go back, grrrr. And the resolution seemed rushed but I still really liked it. I know that doesn't make sense but I just had to read until it was done. Go figure!
Sep 27, 2015 Wende rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m
Finn was running away from an abusive ex. He was damaged mentally and Physically by him. Bandon was the Sherriff and he decided to help Finn. I had a bit of a problem with this book. Finn should have not been mentally able to fall in love as quickly as he did. He was so abused that it should have been impossible. Other than that I liked the book.
Jul 28, 2011 Brainorgan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: strictly for hurt/comfort extremists
Shelves: m-m, h-c
I really wish I hadn't read it, but I read the whole thing! I guess it was like a trainwreck, I couldn't get off, I had to see what happened. I liked the whole premise of the thing, abused man comes to town, rescued by sheriff, but I just thought there was no flow, no development - the first kiss seemed so premature to me. And the violence went too far for me.
Katy Beth Mckee
Aug 13, 2012 Katy Beth Mckee rated it really liked it
A new sheriff and a new tenant across the lake. At first I was afraid this would be a repeat of the same story but this story is complete original. Finn has been so abused for so long by Dominic that he has a hard time believing that anyone would help him let alone love him for himself. It was wonderful to see him slowly realize his own worth as seen through Brandon's eyes.
Vfields Don't touch my happy!
Predictable But I Liked It It was totally predictable and flawed but I fell in love with the MCs Brandon and Finn. They just worked for me. I love broken men and I adore the people who try to heal them. A small town sheriff notices and looks after a terrified new resident in town. ...more
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Clear Water Creek Chronicles (4 books)
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