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4.47  ·  Rating details ·  125 ratings  ·  61 reviews
I was a wife.
I was a mother.
Now... I’m a Madam.

I had a loving family. A husband and son who I adored until they were tragically ripped from me. Something inside me died the same time they did. My heart stopped beating. I had to become stronger, tougher. I had to close down my emotions and become someone entirely different to who I was before.

I became the Violet Widow.
Published (first published February 18th 2015)
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Jul 26, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2020
The writing is great with no noticable errors is why I'm giving this book a three star when I want to give it a two. It what is repetitive. Over and over and over again and again. It got boring to the point where you could have skipped at least a third of the chapters and not missed anything.
I'm only reading this and the next book because it comes before the series I wanted to read. I'm now curious how they get together. If it's still dragging and repetitive like this one I'm only doing a skim.
Karen Mc
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! The Violet Widow is not for the weak of heart. It is an emotional roller coaster, and I loved the ride but sure used a lot of tissues as this story is raw, tragic, spiritual, and hot with words grab your soul.

Violet Dyson's family was ripped apart on what started out as a normal day...a tragedy that made her life hopeless and full of despair. The only way to survive, was to turn into someone else. Erase the feelings. Focus on strength. Never shed a tear again. Be The Violet Widow.

"The cryi
Victoria Debono
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Violet Widow #1 of the Shattered Heart Series by K E Osborn

The Violet Widow made me cry so hard from the prologue, I sobbed along with this poor woman who lost it all, and I mean her everything, oh, it still upsets me to think about it, heart broken I was!
Well thank goodness that was just the beginning of this amazing story. I love TVW hard.
So what else can a woman do after such a tragedy? Of course change her whole life, the way she thinks about herself and the way she lives it.
TVW becom
Angie Voss
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, favorites
This is my favorite of K.E. Osborn's book to date, which is saying a lot because I love all of her books. I fell in love with Violet in the Prologue, when both our hearts were ripped out. I knew, then, that I would love this book, and K.E. did not disappoint.

Who knows what you would do if you lost everyone you loved on one awful day? Violet decides that in order to survive, she has to become a new person. In order to survive, she must do things she never thought she would do and that she must N
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy Moly. 1st chapter in and I'm a mess. I mean the feels in this book are just beyond heartbreaking. I had to message the author after that first chapter just to scream why......???
I don't get so emotionally attached to the books very often but when a great author comes along with an outstanding story I just can't help but live in the life of the characters.

You meet Violet Dyson. Married to Danny and they have a son named Caiden who is 5 and about to start school. They were high school sweethe
Jenni Crawford
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am giving this review on behalf of Kats Book Promotions/ Katsindiebookblog. This book is very intense, but in a good way. What would happen if you lived that perfect life and all of a sudden a tragedy hit and took everything you've ever known? Violet lived that life, married her high school sweetheart and had a great son. Now she has stuck herself in a world she never thought she would be in. Granted she turned it into a career over the years and has become profitable, but at what cost?
On her
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
This is a truly beautiful and emotional story. The author throws you in at the deep end with the prologue. My heart broke for Violet. The author has such a great way with words that I felt I was going through the heartache with Violet.

One tragic night leaves Violet devastated. After that night she vows never to get too close to anyone again. On the fifth anniversary of that dreadful night she goes out to get drunk. Here she meets Rock. Will she let Rock get close? Can he break down her barriers
Melissa Mendoza
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: alpha-book-club
Title:The Violet Widow
Author: KE Osborn
Series: The Shattered Heart Series, Book #1
Release Date: February 18, 2015
Genre(s): MC Romance
Page Count: 350
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

I was a wife.
I was a mother.
Now... I’m a Madam.

I had a loving family. A husband and son who I adored until they were tragically ripped from me. Something inside me died the same time they did. My heart stopped beating. I had to become stronger, tougher. I had to close down my emotions and
Dana Busenbark
May 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dark, romance, erotic, taboo
We start off with the prologue where we meet the Violet Widow, not learning her name though, but how she became who and what she is. What befell her life and changed her. We also meet Hudson Stone, who is a man dedicated to his work, whatever that may be and that he is out for Vengeance. It was everything I could do to try to not cry at the end of the first chapter of this book. It appears to be one of those books that tissues will be needed on hand for just in case. Suddenly everything makes se ...more
Tara Cignarella
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun and sexy read.... off to get book two!
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
KE Osborn really knows how to get your emotions going, ripping out your heart and wondering how the characters life can turn around.. and that's just the prologue. When were first introduced to Violet, she has experienced something no one should ever have to. In one night, everything she knows and loves is gone. Her life shattered. How can she move on when she has lost so much?

"My racing heart stops beating with a thud and my mouth drops open wide. I shake my head slightly, hoping I haven't
2.5 Stars

I really enjoyed the Prologue… it had my heart hurting and hoping for Violet.

And for her to hold on to what was left, she did something she never thought she would….. And in order for her to move forward, she became someone else….

The crying stops here! No more being the woman I was.
I am no longer a wife and a mother.
I am a loner.
A no-one.
And if I am to survive in this world I need to become someone else.
Someone tougher.
Someone stronger.
Someone without feeling or emotion.
Stephannie Tolitsky- Swoonworthybooks/EnticingJourney
How would you survive if you lost everything you held dear in your heart? If in one moment you were happy and thinking of the future and the next your life comes to a screeching halt with a tragedy that leaves you broken. Would you stay broken or fight back?

The only way Violet could survive was to become someone else. She became someone else, the polar opposite of everything she stood for prior to being broken beyond repair. She becomes "The Violet Widow" in hopes of "surviving" the only way sh
Books 2 Blog
May 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the first in the Shattered Hearts Series by author KE Osborn. This lady, wow what can I say she certainly knows how to write an amazing story.

From the minute I picked up this book, I couldn’t put it down. From the very start this book broke my heart; I don’t ever want to know what it would feel like to suffer such grief. And the actions Lettie took to survive were brave yet stupid. Lettie or the Violet Widow as she likes to be known was a strong character for the most part, but had some
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have been desperate to read this book and OMFG am i glad i did! It's been a while since i've been so lost in a story that i've forgotten what's happening around me... I can safely say i lost track of everything whilst reading this!!!
It's book 1 of 2 and it has ripped every emotion possible through me from head to toe countless times during the journey that Violet takes...
As i refuse to give spoilers, it's hard to express the reasons i loved it so much, but i'll try...
Violet is married to her
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given an ARC for an honest review. Author K E Osborn has done it again. She rocked this first book in a two part series. I tell you even in the preview of the book she doesn't give you much. That's how the book is.. It's grabs you from the first page and just keeps you on the edge of your toes trying to figure out the secrets that TVW and Rock were keeping from each other. Kimberly doesn't give it away and keeps making you turn another page to find out when they will reveal their pasts and ...more
Tracy Ehlers
Starting this book I felt like my heart was being ripped out.. A Beautiful but emotional Story.

Violet having lost her Husband and her son in a tragic accident must deal with her future..
What would you do if you felt like you lost everything?

Violet does what she needs to in order to survive, she becomes The Violet Widow a tough as nails no BS taking strong female. That is until the 5 year anniversary of her families deaths, Violet's at a bar drinking cosmos like she does every year, but this ni
Rebecca from Cover to Cover Book Blog
Wow this is an amazing, heart gutting and very powerful story. 5 years ago Violet lost her life. Her husband and son were in a horrible car accident. She vowed that day to be come The Violet Widow. Years later she is still the cold hearted soul. She is in the bar at 3 in the morning and finds a handsome unique man. She calls him Rock and feels somewhat of a connection also. They hit it off great but TVW doesn't think she deserves happiness. She is still dedicated to her family Danny, her husband ...more
Lynn Smith
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Lettie Dyson loses everything that she loves in her life in one moment. She is broken and has to pick up the pieces of her life and try and move on. She does this by pulling away from people and feelings. Yet she finds herself doing things she never thought she would to survive. Five years later on the anniversary of the tragic accident she goes for a drink and meets Rock. The first man she has felt an attraction in the past 5 years. They avoid any personal information but find themselves u ...more
The Magic of Books Blog
The Violet Widow is a beautiful but sad story about Violet, a women who loses everything in just one night. Her husband and son are taken away from her and just doesn't know how she will go on. The prologue is so emotional, i was tearful through it all. In some ways it is beautiful to read but it really does rip your heart out. The story though is.....just WOW!

On the fifth anniversary of that fateful night, Violet heads out after work to drown her sorrows when she meets this sexy guy with these
Jennifer Pierson
The prologue of The Violet Widow? ripped my heart out and stomped on it. I cried my eyes out and I mean ugly cried! And that's just the beginning of the book! What a story!

One very tragic night leaves Violet with nothing but a shattered heart. She copes by becoming the Violet Widow. She refuses to get close to anyone again no matter what. Her work becomes her life. On the 5th anniversary of the tragic night, she goes out to drink the memories away, but instead Violet meets Rock. They don't tell
Karen Harper
Feb 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was drawn into The Violet Widow as soon as I started reading the prologue. In fact, I cried and began speculating on what would happen next. Fast forward, five years. That’s when things started to get strange.
Although I enjoyed reading The Violet Widow, I spent most of the time in the dark. I had so many questions. What was her name? She now owns a business, but what is it? However, there were enough clues to work it even if it took me a while. Who is Rock? What is his job? I had my suspicions
Jacquie Howard
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
***ARC provided in exchange for an honest review - Jacquie / Scandalous Book Blog***
What happens when your perfect life falls apart..
Letty Dyson was a happily married mum when disaster strikes and she’s left alone to pick up the pieces.
She re-invents herself as The Violet Widow and embarks on a career change that enables her to keep her sanity and her beloved home.
Fast forward five years and Violet meets a stranger in a bar who sets her on fire but her past forces her to deny her feelings and sh
* * * * * 5 Star Review.

Violet Dyson's world is destroyed when she open her front door and the she was giving the worse news anyone can received. Knowing she had to do something about her lonely life Violet Dyson decided to become The Violet Widow.

Frozen hearted the only family Violet had was her employees, and not even they knew her dark secret that was consuming her for the last five years. Deciding to drown her sorrows like every night she was sitting on her usual spot at her usual local bar
Amy  Crull
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story brings out emotion strong. Violet is happily married with a beautiful little boy, they are her world. Her world comes crashing down in an instant and after breaking down, she decides to shut off the world and live in her shrine to them. She needs money and does what every desperate woman does and turns to selling herself, she makes her way up and turns herself into a respectable Madam. She was still in her cocoon, but suddenly has her world shaken up when she meets Hudson. Hudson, mak ...more
Judy Miracle
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Violet Widow is a beautiful story filled with sadness from the first few pages. Violet loses everything her husband and her son as well as herself. She doesn't know how to go on so she does the only thing she knows how. She shuts down and hardens herself. One night after 5 years she meets a guy she calls as the Rock. She doesn't want to open herself up and subject herself to more heartbreak. They dont divulge in any personal details such as their jobs, family or anything to make their connec ...more
Fee (Ebook Addicts)
I have loved everything I have read by KE Osborn so far and this book didn't disappoint me.

The beginning of the book had me in tears, you are thrown in the deep end full of emotions as Violet deals with the sudden loss of her husband and son. It was tragic and so emotional you couldn't help but cry with her.

5 years later are greeting with Violet and her alter ego The Violet Widow - she has had to do things to survive that she regrets but she is high end business woman now and has no time for lov
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A word of warning. Before you start this book, make sure you have some tissues nearby. The prologue is heartbreaking and there are more sad scenes later in the story.
five years ago, Violet's world came crashing down. Her husband and son were killed and her life was torn apart. To make ends meet, Violet embarked on a career which is not exactly something to write home about. She closed herself off from love, but when she meets Hudson in a bar, his good looks,charm and personality starts to thaw
Cathy Guadagnino dotson
Omg I love this story. K.E. is amazing. I lost it in the prologue I cried that ugly cry when Violet lost Danny and Caiden. I would have died myself. she did what she needed to do to keep their memories alive. then comes Hudson oh my bloddy hell. hot sexy dream man (swooning). he's amazing. he's able to break down her walls and falls madly in love with her. just as things finally start to go good, he finds out her secret before she can tell him. heart wrenching is all I can say. what will happen ...more
Vikki Love
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy in exchange for a honest review, and I 'm glad I did.
I was left in utter despair before I'd even started chapter 1.
I loved this book.
Through the book you don't know much about the characters, but you learn little bits and bobs throughout their story.
I found myself frustrated with The Violet Widow at first, but as the story plays out you learn to love and respect her and, the more you read the more you connect with her.
And then there is Rock, the sexy as hell stranger that
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