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3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  6,337 Ratings  ·  374 Reviews
The past is never over. It just gets dusty. Lisa Shewmaker was a rising star in a prestigious law firm in Lexington, Kentucky; that is, until the firm went bankrupt and she lost her job. With an ailing mother to care for, Lisa takes the first position she can find: research assistant to District Attorney Scott Buchanan. Scott is as disagreeable as he is sexy, and Lisa susp ...more
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Published March 23rd 2010 by Findaway World (first published 2010)
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Lynsey A
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Judi Anne
This was an easy book that rolled along for me as at a good pace. My only complaint is that it was too much "bodice ripper" and not enough mystery. I listened to this book on CD in my car and it took me more time than had I read it. This is the kind of book I enjoy while riding in the car, a light, easy to follow romantic thriller. The mystery was intriging even though I instantly knew how the story was going to evolve.

While researching some cold case files, Lisa Grant, assistant reviewer to D.
Rating: 2.5 / 5

I've been reading Karen Robards since not long after I started reading romance. She has some really great romantic suspense books, but unfortunately, her last few books have been subpar, in my opinion. And honestly, I considered this book her last chance at keeping me reading her new releases. Did she win me back? Probably not.

After lawyer Lisa Grant loses her job when the firm she works for goes belly-up, she decides to return to her hometown of Lexington, Kentucky and he
Jul 19, 2011 Pamela rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
What a horrible book. Boring premise, ridiculous ending with stupid, childish characters. Hard to believe the main character is a lawyer. Everything was so forced. Lisa gets a cold-case file, sees the dead woman looks exactly like her and right away she thinks she's adopted; that her estranged father is behind it.There's an accident at her house within the first few chapters and again she's wondering if it happened because of the file. Are you kidding me? By the way, where was the editor? The na ...more
Jan 05, 2011 Michelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've read quite a few books by Karen Robards, but I'd have to say 'Shattered' didn't top the charts for me. I find Robards a very descriptive writer, and while I like authors to set the scene, I find it very cumbersome to read descriptions that last over a page, and describes something that in the end adds no value to how the story plays out. 'Shattered' in my opinion falls victim to descriptive filler. Many times during the course of reading this story I found myself skimming over the page just ...more
Mar 25, 2012 Bluefly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfetta miscela di suspense e romance, con personaggi ben delineati e una trama sapientemente sviluppata. La Robards è molto brava a descrivere lo stato d'animo dei protagonisti, lo scorrere della vita quotidiana nella quale, improvvisamente, un imprevisto cambia tutto. Il romanzo tiene incollati fino all'ultima pagina, in uno stile scorrevole e coinvolgente.
Paula Brandon
Lisa Grant is banished to the cold case files when she is late for work, and while scanning the old cases into a new system, discovers one of the files contains a photo of a family with a mother who is a dead ringer for her. Thirty years ago, the family disappeared without a trace. Could there be a link to her own family? It would certainly seem so - she takes the file home with her and that night, the house is set alight! The plot then gets thrown away for most of the book as Lisa grapples with ...more
When Lisa Grant moves back home to care for her mother, she must take a job as research assistant to the local district attorney, even though she has been a lawyer for a number of years. The DA just happens to be a Scott Buchanan whom she's known since they were both children. Although she finds him annoying, she is strongly attracted to him. While performing research, Lisa discovers a cold case file that has a photo in it of a young woman who looks exactly like her. As she starts investigating, ...more
TBR Challenge 2012--Personal Challenge: Shattered has been on my to-read list since 2010.

I thoroughly enjoyed this romantic suspense by Robards. The plotting is well done and I like both main characters. The mystery defies solution for most of the book. I could almost figure it out, but a few details prove elusive. The author does withhold one clue until the end, but it was necessary for the story.

Robards weaves all the parts of the story together, including the mutual history of Lisa and Scott
Mar 15, 2014 Yona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it but the end was too open for me.
Jun 24, 2017 Colleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my God, I loved this book. I have read just about all of Karen Robards book and have enjoyed everyone of them. Shattered was so freaking good that I was so disappointed when the book end...I wanted more of it. I normally can figure out "who done it", but this time I was thrown for a loop. So shocked I never would have guessed who and why. Great job on this book Karen...😲 I was guessing all the way to the end. Please check this book out if you like romance, suspense, and above all Karen Robard ...more
Mar 14, 2012 ElaineY rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Narrator: Susan Ericksen

What a pleasant surprise from an author that has been a hit and miss with me. There were niggles, just a couple, so I'll get them over and done with first:

Lisa, the supposedly hotshot young lawyer with a Boston law firm, now lowly researcher for DA, Scott Buchanan, came across as a bit of a ditz at first, then later, as merely beautiful, rich, trophy-wife material. She's supposed to be a lawyer from a prestigious Boston law firm
Feb 20, 2014 Marj rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
*spoilers ahead*
i think my biggest problem with this book is that i never felt like i had a choice in speculating on the connection between lisa and the garcias because from the onset, when strange things started happening to lisa, she immediately connected it with the garcia case when she doesn't even know them or anything about the case except that she looked like them.

second problem is that the story focused more on the love story between lisa and the guy and the various accidents and attempt
Georgiann Hennelly
Lisa Grant was a rising star in a law firm in Kentucky. But when the firm went bankrupt she lost her job. So she came home to care for her ailing mother. She took the first job she could find, research assistant to the district attorney. But after missing an imortant court date Lisa gets banished to the basement to sort through cold case files. But what she expects to be a boring job becomes interesting.When she runs across a missing persons case an entire family disappeared more than 28 years a ...more
This was okay. My first time reading this author. The mystery was intriguing and kept me guessing although you knew generally what was up but there was just enough doubt to not be sure and to keep the reader guessing. The romance was hot while at the same time sweet but wasn't real intense. There was not a lot of doubt where the relationship was going, not any real big conflict. They had always had the hots for each other and when the hero decided to stop running from her (a habit from when she ...more
May 13, 2010 Sherrie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a really good book. You have mystery and romance all rolled into one. The Mystery: why does Lisa look like the woman in the picture, that is suppose to have come up missing, so much? Where did they disappear too? Then strange things start to happen to Lisa. Her house catches on fire, someone knocks her over the head, someone is following her, and then someone makes her wreak her car. The Romance: Scott, he's one good looking guy and sexy too. He's someone Lisa has know since childhood. H ...more
OK -- so I'm a truly omnivorous reader...I read 'trash' too! Robards' style is suspense-romance, and this one is typical stuff. Lovely Kentucky setting with class-warfare subplot. Murder, intrigue, ambition, and ok...a couple who don't figure out they're destined for each other until 100 or so pages to go...

Not sure she set up the final twist carefully enough, but unlike FIGHT CLUB, I won't be re-reading this to look for foreshadowing...good summer fare. Now I have my guilt-pleasure reading for
Jun 09, 2010 Marty rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The mystery of this book is not bad, however the CHeeeeeeeeeezzzzzzzeeee love story part was a bit much. I had to check the book cover a couple of times to see if Fabio was pictured with his hand on some women's breast. The sex was hot and steamy, but really was not necessary to move the story along. I had to read it more than once to be sure I got it right, all the moves ect.
I also got tired of how often Lisa had cold shivers. It really could have been better but then again, I did skip some pa
DeAnna Rigney
Jan 31, 2011 DeAnna Rigney rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Never read Robards before, and unless someone I trust is very convincing in the promotion of another book by the lady, I will never be reading one of her books again. "This doesn't look like something you'd read anyway," you might be thinking. True. My book group requested it because it takes place in Lexington...they didn't like it either. This was written poorly, the mystery was so-so, and the love story was ridiculously stuffed with cheese of the bad sort. I consider this time wasted...time t ...more
Lisa gets banished to the basement of the DA's office where she finds a picture in a cold case file that looks exactly like her. So she investigates a little then danger keeps cropping up around her.

The mystery and romance didnt seem to have a smooth balance in this one for me. Lisa and Scott were hot together but it just didnt flow with the suspense as much as I had hoped. Not my favorite of her books
John Yelverton
The theme of this book really intrigued me, and it started off well; however, it was filled with foul language, there is an extremely graphic sex scene, and the dues ex machina villain left me severely disappointed.
I actually did not finish this book since my loan from the library expired as I was getting to the climax part. The 80% of the book I read was just okay. I skipped large parts of the narrative because a lot of them were unnecessary. The romance was too slow burn then bam, suddenly they're all over each other. The heroine annoyed me many times so I wasn't feeling much sympathy with her during the several accidents that occurred. The hero was a little bit better.
Great book, some parts were predictable but I still enjoyed it. I can always count on a fast-paced read from her.
Jul 04, 2017 Aribear23 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this story!
May 08, 2017 Gisela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 stars
Mar 19, 2017 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Found a new author I enjoy!!! Can't wait to read more of her books. Great characters and the story had a great pace.
Feb 23, 2017 revsho rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story!

I want it to go on... it would be fun to see what happened with the other characters. Held my attention...good writing!
Feb 19, 2017 Sandy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 1/2 stars. Some of the paragraphs were tooooooo long.
Jewell Moreno
Mar 17, 2017 Jewell Moreno rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite suspense novelists. An attorney stumbles upon a cold case where a family dissappeared 30 years ago, and the mother looks astonishingly like her. While the story wasn't that original, what sets Ms. Robards above the rest is her characters. Especially the secondary characters rather than the leads. It fills the story out, and makes it more believable and enjoyable. If you're a fan you won't be dissappointed.
Mar 13, 2017 Dawn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
loved it! beginning, middle, end! if you are a fan of romantic suspense then this book is a must read!! karen robards is one of the best - i've read many of her books and have yet to be even slightly disappointed
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Karen Robards is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of more than fifty books and one novella. She has won multiple awards including six Affaire de Coeur Silver Pen Awards for favorite author.
Karen has been writing since she was very young, and was first published nationally in the December 1973 Reader's Digest. She sold her first romance novel, ISLAND FLAME, wh
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