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Shattered Trust

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  539 ratings  ·  46 reviews
Nick's words were not reassuring

"I want my son," he'd said. "And I always get what I want."

Since Nick's cruel rejection, Abby had built a satisfying new life for herself and little Jonathan. And now Nick needed his son and was quite ruthlessly blackmailing her into returning him.

But he needn't think he'd have everything his own way; this time Abby was determined to show th
Paperback, Harlequin Presents #1359, 187 pages
Published May 1991 by Harlequin (first published June 1990)
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This was a rec from a thread at Amazon for wtf, crazy/angsty HPs. There was definitely some WTF'ery :) It was also very hard to put down, thus the 4 stars. It can't be a 5 star wtf crazy HP simply because of some serious logic fail (and yes, I realize we're in HP land where the laws of physics don't apply).

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Jul 21, 2012 RebeccaL rated it 2 of 5 stars
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This is an amazing read...and you will be sitting on the edge of your seat, biting your nails all the way to the finish....and for that it is definitely a five star read and probably one of my all time favorite HP's. But there were some real issues with the book, that held me back from rating as five stars.

Abby is an incredibly strong and endearing heroine in the BEGINNING of the story. Four years after a devastating end to their marriage, she meets Nick at a business dinner. She does a great jo
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
This was intense like I like my Harlequin Presents. I honestly didn't like Nick at all initially. I totally thought the worst of him. But then there would be moments where he looked so devastated and heartbroken. I sort of guessed what his issue was partway into the book, and that he was trying to push Abby away. I also felt he must be deeply in love with her and that's why he was trying to get them back together. It was heartbreaking to see Nick interact with the son he had rejected four years ...more
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For a more detailed review discussion read Booklover's review and the comments that follow it but here is why I like it:

-The hero and heroine are shown to be good friends before the hero pulled off his scheme of separation
-There are parts which are funny. Like a certain scenario with a goat (ahem!)
-You can tell what the hero is feeling by the way his facial expressions are described and sympathise with how he must be cursing himself
-All the i dotted and t's crossed: You get the explanation for a
Reviewed @ Girls Without a Bookshelf.

Wondering why I'm reading a romance novel as old as I am? Clearly, because I think romances are timeless (hey, which is why I read a lot of romances!). But also - because old stories are ultimately more focused on the emotional rather than the sexual aspect of a relationship. Many older romances are very very good, and this is just one of them!

A very dramatised marriage and divorce, including the secrets and reasons for the above, but a surprisingly good book
Terrible. Don't get me wrong, I love angsty books, I adore romantic tension, and I prefer my heroes to be reformed rakes. I don't even mind a cheating hero if he is truly repentant and battles to get into the heroine's good graces again, sometimes the struggle of rebuilding a fallen relationship is more heart warming then a book that depicts romance perfection. What I can't stand for is borderline abusive heroes and pathetic heroines who go through never ending cycles of " I don't love him anymo ...more
Mar 23, 2014 Roub rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Roub by: Onu
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very intense n poignant one! i felt torn, i thought nick's reasons were ridiculous. it felt more like he wanted 2 humiliate abby n break her rather than wanting 2 do her good. i felt bad 4 them, they wasted years 4 nthg! he was such an ass! he made her suffer 2 the point where she cud have committed suicide. i appreciated dat he worked hard 2 get back wid her, 2 atone 4 his sins n dat she did not give in but made him sweat all through the book! even though he had been suffering 4 years too, i th ...more
This was an intense emotional read,it had me gripped till the end but what spoiled the book for me is Nick's behaviour even by the end we get the reason for it i still have my doubts.Abby was a doormat but she did grow a spine and stood for herself later.Overall a good read.
a really hurtful story :(
There are two camps on this book, the lovers and the haters....I'm on the positive side and here is why. Lots of angst and emotion, making it a great read for me. As to H's behavior, I have read a lot of Harlequins lately, and the well -written angsty ones fall in two camps for me. One where H has been with other women during a separation (worse when made clear but still very disturbing when it is intimated). There are several otherwise great books that have that component and infuriate me (Temp ...more
Right off the bat, let me say that there was no actual cheating involved in the plotline of this romance. The OWs, namely the actress and the secretary, were all stage props used by the infertile hero to get the heroine to divorce him and have a better life with someone else who can provide her with the children she wanted. Laudable goal but contemptible method. It's self-defeating like curing cancer but killing the patient in the process. It’s ultimately oxymoronic: make her happy by hurting he ...more
The hero was a real chauvinist pig in this novel, at least at the start. He obviously should of gotten a second opinion when he was told he couldn't father any children. I don't understand why he has such a hard time believing his wife or ex-wife now, when she had never lid to him before and was also a virgin when they met. The novel describes the heroine as pretty much virtuous, so why would the hero buy all the lies and not believe her over circumstance. It was puzzling, the heroine was one he ...more
hmm... i dont want to describe this book as an angst. coz i dont really felt the "angst". you see., just leave it up to HQ story where all the blame is drop to the girl, and the man is just a victim. coz they are soo prideful, soo gracious. so, once they make a mistake, even if it's hurts you like hell, in the end, it's the girl that should be know and realize that behind his cruel action he had a very good damn reason of why he did the bad action to the heroine. and bcoz HQ man are all soo high ...more
Aireen Lim
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3.5 stars:
I am currently reading lots of older HP's and this one is a classic...good story and lots of angst. This is one of my more fave tropes...reunited H/h, so I am already liking it. For a nice change, the H comes clean fairly early on and the h doesn't believe him for a change...ha! However, she then proceeds to completely irritate me with her completely passive behavior, yuck. Overall good story
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romance that says it's romantic for husbands to rape wives, for wives to be doormats, for wives to apologize for everything, even what the husband does. bah.

technically, no cheating (he didn't actually have sex with anyone else in the previous 4 years, just made sure everyone else thought he did!). but the emotionally abusive H was just way too much.

after he sees h's son, he realizes he his the father, and not someone else, and proceeds to blackmail h into marrying him again. one would think tha
I couldn't stand the hero or the heroine of this book....
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I threw this book against the wall several times. First of all, Nick is an ass......thats putting it mildly. He acted like a spoiled child when Abbey would go all the way on the first night. That said, his pursuit of her was relentless and they were eventually married and had a great first year.

Without giving away the details, they started having marital problems and Nick made it his duty to ensure Abbey filed for a divorce. This is the part that I hated. A good husband does not put his wife th
Jemma Gutierrez
I'm not perfect and I admit i have my flaws. I'm really good at holding a grudge and all the persons i have hated because of what they did to me, never apologized. I guess that's why i still hate them. Is it really that hard to say I Am Sorry?. Action speaks louder than words they say and it's true but often times, i need words too you know? I need to know they are truly sorry.

Crap- sorry, im getting of track.

I saw this months ago but never tried to read it because i thought the hero was a perfe
Feb 13, 2012 Kay rated it 5 of 5 stars
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5 Stars! ~ Four years before, Abby's life had been destroyed when she and her unborn son had been cruelly rejected by her husband. Now divorced, she's finding success running her own art gallery in a small town. Only Nick seems to be back in her life, and when he takes one look at three year-old Jonathan he sees that there can be no doubt that the child is his son, something he had not believed for one second years before. He wants his son. Knowing Abby's loyal heart, he threatens to financially ...more
Lu Bielefeld *Book Whore Brazil*
Desculpa esfarrapada!
Mocinho imbecil que mete o pé na bunda da mocinha sem dar explicação nenhuma pra ela e ainda por cima rejeita a gravidez dela.
A mocinha idiota fica no hora veja por quase quatro anos se sentindo a mosca do cocô do cavalo do bandido, pois foi descartada sem saber o motivo e no divórcio o idiota ainda faz questão de abrir mão de qualquer responsabilidade pela criança.
Aí um belo dia ele aparece novamente e vê que a criança é a imagem dele e então começa a velha história de semp
Amanda Sheila
I keep expecting the heroine to be sick or got into a car accident or something, just to make the Hero realize that he 'love' her and regret what he did and said to her.

But no, nothing happened. Yup, I'm a masochist, so I enjoyed reading all of the Hero awful remarks but I was expecting the heroine to at least stand up for herself once. Eventually nothing happened and I'm quite disappointed.

But overall good plot, just need more ups and downs.
I always like a hero that acts cruel on the start i dont know why. It brings some angsty feeling and i always expecting a sweet resolution to pay the angst. This book has those all and pretty enjoyable
Tiffany guilty pleasure is Harlequin Presents. Especially the older ones.

This is much like all the others, kinda an a**hole man. Kinda a weak willed woman. They fall in love anyway. I still like it. (Don't judge)
Sukanya Bhattacharya
I loved this book! I don't know why people didn't like it and some people thought I was crazy to go crazy over this book but hell, I liked it.
Nick and Abby were both quite endearing characters to me. Not to mention, I often wanted to beat the hell out of Nick but the strong, independent heroine saved me from feeling sorry for her!
The logic behind why Nick thrust Abby away from him was quite idiotic but then again, the book has its own cons.
But then again, the author is quite cunning and her w
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Jacqueline Baird was born on the 1st of April at home in a small village Northumbria, England, UK, where she raised. She went to the local village school, and later an all-girls' grammar school where she passed the University of Oxford General Certificate of Education in various subjects. On leaving school she joined the civil service in the then Post Office department.

She met her husband Jim, whe
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