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Tattered & Torn

(The Sacred Hearts MC #4)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  1,028 ratings  ·  67 reviews
She’s Tattered…

One catastrophic night, Shelly Jordan's world was ripped to shreds. Now, living in an isolation of her own making, she's slipping away from everything and everyone she once loved. She can't piece the remnants of who she was back together with who she is now. Shelly can barely get through the next hour, let alone the whole day, and no one blames her for it. S
Kindle Edition, 264 pages
Published March 24th 2015 by Second Circle Press
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5 Ghost Saving Shelly Stars

Ghost has been secretly crushing on Shelly and it vise versa for Shelly. Then one night at the lake run turns into a nightmare.

I love how Ghost helped Shelly and they are perfect for each other :)
Megan Fall
Oct 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: abuse, bikers-mc
This one was good, but I liked the others better. On to the next one!!
Reading Tip: I HIGHLY recommend you read this series in order and DON'T skip or skim. This book, even the short novella, holds a lot of information and it all is one continuous story in regards to the danger Sacred Hearts are in with the Suicide Kings. The S.K MC shows up in book 2 and carries the series out into book 6. I wouldn't claim any book in this series to be a standalone, especially book 3.5 - so much NEW stuff happens to carry the story forward.

Shelly- who was the club slut, has alway
Jacey Jeffrey
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive an early copy of Tattered & Torn from A.J. Downey and all I can say is WOW! This book features Shelly & Ghost's story. In order for the story to make sense to you I highly recommend reading the Sacred Heart Series in order.

How A.J. handles the sensitive topic in this book was phenomenal and how Ghost's & Shelly's love story was played out in the book was nothing short of amazingly beautiful. I love all of the Sacred Heart Series and A.J. knocked it out of the park w
Mar 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'll be totally honest.....I love this series & I was a little worried that the author may not be able to keep up with the great quality with continuing on with this series......well.....she out did herself!! I was totally excited!! This series just keeps getting better & better!!! Where do I start.....Shelly love her! I was interested to see how the author handles Shelly's trauma.....she wrote it beautifully.....I could feel the pain & turmoil Shelly was struggling with uhhh. I laughed, I cried ...more
Fatima McKindra
Mar 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ok, so I just finished this and the first thing that came to mind was "that was GOOOODDDD." Second thought was "when's the next one coming out..." Great character development, LOVED the overall evolving storyline with the club in general and the sexy times were HOT yet heart-warming. If I could ask for anything more it would have maybe been a clearer resolution between the main characters for this installment of the series but I'm not even sure if that would have been possible. Again my gut reac ...more
I've been waiting for this book since the horrible thing happened to Shelly. I knew she would be screwed up, knew she would fight anyone who wanted to help her, it was her version of self defense. Yet I wanted her to be happy to have true friends, to have love in her life, she deserved it.

I liked that someone talked to Ghost and told him to be the person that Shelly needed in her life, not what she thought she needed. By starting small, being around her, giving her common courtesies, like openi
Tina Elder
Jul 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
DNF! All due to this author coming to my wall and commenting on my post the way she did.

good luck to you. #Trumpbashingauthor
Jun 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: aj-downey
2.5 Stars

Okay, so as a female it doesn't matter if your a girl next door wholesome person, a junkie looking for her next fix, a slut, whore, prostitute or just a woman who enjoys sex as much as a man...none of that shit matters if the woman says no! Sexually assaulting a female just because you have the power to do so is no fucking exception. What happened to Shelly was wrong on so many levels, her being a club slut should not have even factored into the situation because she chose to screw the
Mar 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of Tattered & Torn as I am one of AJ's very lucky Beta Readers! Unfortunately (for AJ), I was so entranced by this story that I forgot to look for mistakes!(sshh! don't tell)
Ok, here goes...
Following the tragic events in Cracked & Crushed, Shelly is a little bit broken, understandably so! The style of AJ's writing allows you to feel what Shelly feels. You connect with her whilst she comes to terms with what happened and tries to figure out who she is now. Shelly's struggle is r
michelle Shelly
Mar 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is book 4 of The Sacred Hearts Series. I would recommend reading the other books first so you will be familiar with the characters and events that take place leading up to this book. This is Shelly and Ghost's story.
Shelly is Reavers cousin and a club bunny. She had a terrible childhood, all she wants is someone to love her. When tragic events take place she wonders if anyone will ever be able to want and love her.
Ghost is a marine buddy of Triggers. When he leaves the marines to come home
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biker-bad-boys
Loved it!!! A well written storyline that hold your attention. It's emotional and raw at times pulling on the heartstrings while covering a real life topic. I think that's part of what makes the story seem more realistic. Shelly's life was ripped apart after one night's horrific event leaving her a shell of the person she used to be and feeling scared and unworthy. Ghost has a thing for her and feels responsible. He realized too late there was more to Shelly than the front/appearance she always ...more
Mar 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars.
Another fantastic rollercoaster ride of a love story written by the lovely AJ. Downey. I always liked Shelly, but finally reading her story and seeing deep how her and Reaper's connection is mad me love her. Derek aka "Ghost" oh, how I wanted to jump inside my Kindle app and bitch slap him to the next century, but even the biggest idiot can turn it around. I am looking forward to more stories about The Sacred Hearts MC. I am especially looking forward to seeing if Dragon ever finds ano
Janet Gambino
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: downey-aj
Each book gets better than the last
Ghost and Shelly this book had my emotions all over the place. Ghost wants Shelly a club girl., but he doesn't share. Shelly is broken bad. She thinks because of everything that has happened to her, Noone wants her for more than a night..Ghost is out to prove her wrong, but then a misunderstanding has him accusing her of something she didn't do.
Will she ever find someone who loves her unconditionally, can ghost be that one? Can he fix what he messed up
Really l
Caz Malpas

This has been one of my favourite MC biker series. This book however is my least favourite so far, I still really liked it, I just didn't connect with the H and h that well and where as normally I struggle to put down these books, I didn't have this problem with this particular one.
Still can't wait for the next one though!
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
How long is long enough? Grieving is such a personal thing....not just grieving a loss but grieving a decision and having to relive the moment that your life changed forever. Can you ever truly be whole again.... Who knows but this book is one of redemption, of clawing back some of who you are and in the midst of all the craziness finding a little happiness.

Loved this book
Xariah Way
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biker-mc
Another great read from this author.
A very sensitive subject, handled very delicately. The journey these characters travelled to get their happy ending was well worth the read :)
Looking forward to reading more :)
Mar 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this one, I did not know how this story was going to unfold as we all know the place Shelly held within the M.C! I should have known that A.J could and would pull it off.
Yasmin Vasquez
May 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is Ghost/Derek's book he finally claims Shelly and he helps her overcome her rape( that happens in book 3) its written very tastefully.
May 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Nice enough story but was earth shattering.
Sandy Knox
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Ghost and Shelly get off on the wrong foot to start but there is definitely an attraction between them. But then things get extremely ugly when Shelly approaches Ghost while the club is at the lake he rejects her in front of all the guy's and says some really awful things to her. She runs away and ends up getting raped by the President of the Suicide Kings MC who's club was invited to join them at their lake run. Ghost has feelings for Shelly but because she's a club whore he
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow Ghost aka Derek can be a real jerk at times. I had thought once he got over himself and decided to make a move on Shelly he might just be growing up but no, when she decides to give him a chance first thing he does is accuse her of cheating even after she explained what had happened the reason he found a shirt in the wash. I mean how did he know it wasn't hers? But she told him and he still screamed obscenities at her. I think Shelly should have walked away when he did that, because apparent ...more
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a bit of a tough read but I really loved Shelly and Ghost's story. And I really loved the relationship between Shelly and Reaver (her cousin).

There were a lot of twists and turns and some definite edge of your seat moments. There were times I just wanted to drop kick Ghost into the stratosphere. But in the end, he pulled his head out and gave Shelly the love and security she needed.

Great book. Really looking forward to Fractured and Formidable!!!
Lauren Dodson
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ghost & Shelly

After everything that happened at the lake run, it was a guess as to what would go on between them. I think that the two of them needed to communicate in the worst way, From the start and it would be solved a lot of issues.
It was good to see them learning, and working together. Shelly learned to stand on her own, and Ghost got over his hangup from the past.
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great MC

Ghost is amazing in this book for Shelly sweet kind and there for her when she needs him she was broken and didn't know if she could put her pieces back together and ghosts just wanted her to see him love this MC series highly recommend this book and author
Carol Roll

This book was good. Kept my attention. The plot was good and the characters were good together. Just an enjoyable book.
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This read

Shelley has never been one of my favourite characters, in this series. I'm not into loud brash characters, but despite that I enjoyed this book.
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Why is this series so amazing?
Rachel Barnard
Jun 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
“I didn’t know how to process this big horrible no good very bad thing that had taken over my life and my dreams and dogged every step I took.” (Page 44).

Shelly and Ghost have a thing for one another, but with a lack of communication their budding relationship was nipped in the bud with the brutality of the Suicide King’s attack in Cracked & Crushed, until Ghost learns what Shelly has given up for him and Shelly learns why Ghost was so hung up over her past.

Downey brings together two unlikely ch
MJ's Book Blog and Reviews
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Review by: Melanie
(5 stars)

Tattered & Torn is the fifth entry (fourth full length novel) in The Sacred Hearts MC series after Shattered & Scarred, Broken & Burned, Cracked & Crushed and Masked & Miserable (a novella).

For those of you familiar with this series, you will know exactly what happened to Shelly back in book 3, Cracked & Crushed. For those are aren't. What are you waiting for? Go read them, you're missing out on a fantastic series; but if you are going to start at book 4 for some reaso
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A.J. Downey is a born and raised Seattle, WA Native. She finds inspiration from her surroundings, through the people she meets and likely as a byproduct of way too much caffeine.

She has lived many places and done many things though mostly through her own imagination... An avid reader all of her life it's now her turn to try and give back a little, entertaining as she has been entertained. She liv

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