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Shattered Trust

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  742 Ratings  ·  61 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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May 25, 2011 Marajean rated it did not like it
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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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Mar 07, 2012 Leona rated it really liked it
Shelves: hqn-presents
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
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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
Jul 21, 2012 RebeccaL rated it it was ok
Shelves: hp
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Jan 25, 2013 Jenny rated it did not like it
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Feb 09, 2017 Naksed rated it did not like it
Shelves: i-can-t-even
Jun 06, 2014 Jay rated it did not like it
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
Rating: 4 stars

I recently put this in my 'might have read shelf' not completely sure if I've read it. But looking through my old hard drive confirms that I have read it! Definitely need to reread it again.
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
Apr 01, 2011 Mareli rated it it was ok
a really hurtful story :(
May 06, 2011 Dwayne rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book-copy
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
Dec 17, 2012 Jenny rated it did not like it
I couldn't stand the hero or the heroine of this book....
May 29, 2015 Adensanti rated it it was ok
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
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
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Apr 15, 2014 Aireen Lim rated it did not like it
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Chantal ❤️
In this story the hero is really tortured by the fact that he can't give the heroine a baby and let's her think that he was unfaithful and no longer loved her to get her to divorce him. I love that he was so upset when he found out about his child he honestly felt it could not be his. omg that scene was epic and she gave him shit and he took it for a while but then he got his. They are evenly matched and I loved that he tries so hard to win her back but after all that she thought and he led her ...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.
This was so close to being a five star "Keeper" read.

Nick and Abby were married ages ago, but due to Nick being a Cheating Cheater Who Cheats and an unmitigated asshat who disclaimed all right to their son, they divorced. In the present, Abby runs into Nick four years later and all was right in my world. Seriously -- Abby was self-assured, successful (which was a nice change from the usual hell of life-is-hard-and-it-sucks-now drudgery that authors put their FMCs in after the MMC dumps them), an
Jul 19, 2011 Claire rated it really liked it
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
Feb 09, 2012 Kay rated it it was amazing
Shelves: print
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
Mar 21, 2014 Roub rated it really liked it
Recommended to Roub by: Onu
Shelves: favorites
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
May 01, 2012 Tia rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 03, 2011 3meg rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011-reads, 2012-read
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
April Brookshire
Dec 05, 2012 April Brookshire rated it really liked it
Shelves: harlequin
This book was really good for a Harlequin, but I have to say that EVERYTHING was the hero's fault. The few times the heroine or hero blamed her for anything kinda pissed me off. The hero's one saving grace was that he was always technically faithful to her. Grudgingly, I admit that he loved her a lot, even when he was acting like an idiot.
Feb 08, 2016 100sweet rated it really liked it
Good story with a possessive H. Love a story where the H is besotted with the h and will do anything to be with her.
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Christine (KizzieReads)
I did give this book 3 stars, but I found a lot of it problematic, even if I am a romantic at heart. This book starts out with a man being very chauvinistic and expecting her to sleep with him on the first and second dates, and when she refuses, he starts calling her names. The next time he sees her, he informs her that he is constantly having to apologize to her and making her feel guilty, and to me that is the first red flag of any controlling relationship.

They also get married after a month
I read this years ago and, well, it shattered my trust in this author. So much so that it's taken me years to retry her. So far, the score isn't looking good (0-2).

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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.

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