Review ~ Shattered Fear by Tara Thomas

Book: Shattered Fear

Author: Tara Thomas

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Published: St. Martin’s Press, February 6, 2018

Source: Publisher

Welcome to the sultry streets of Charleston, where simmering desire and dark danger rule…

Forbidden love never felt so good…

She’s got a killer to catch.
He just might be it.
Undercover detective Janie Roberts needs to find out for sure if Brent Taylor is a murderer.
Handsome, wealthy, and sexy-as-sin Brent Taylor.
She’s got to get close enough to learn his secrets.

But getting this close is dangerous in more ways than one…

I find novellas hard to rate. On the one hand, they’re short and to the point so I might expect to get my story without too much drama, and on the other hand, well, they’re short and to the point. Fast. I’m prepared to give the benefit of the doubt to novellas because their job is hard, to tell a story in limited page numbers, but sometimes I just can’t get over the fact that writing a novella for a particular kind of story is the wrong choice. And in this case I think it was. This was a suspense story as well as a romance so I expected some development in that regard.

Janie is a cop. After several women start to disappear only to be found dead in the end, she goes undercover in a club as the bartender to gather information and to keep an eye out for possible suspects.

My biggest problem in this book was with Janie.

For one, she didn’t act like a cop at all. She wasn’t professional in the least. She failed to properly stake out the bar she worked at, failed to keep it professional when it came to a handsome customer who fit the kidnapper’s profile to a T. Now, I’m not a cop so I can’t dictate this, but I think sleeping with one of your prime suspects is not good cop behavior. Plus, she wasn’t cool under pressure. As the police, I’d like to believe she should be prepared to handle tough situations like being shot at, but unfortunately she’s at the brink of tears instead, and finds relief in being in her one night stand’s arms. No taking charge or control of the situation. It wouldn’t be wrong if I said despite her being a cop, I didn’t see her policing at all during the little time we had with her.

Besides my problems with Janie’s character, this was short for a romantic suspense. I get it that the author continues this story with two following novellas, but I would’ve preferred if all three stories were compiled in one book. That way I could’ve gotten a sense of completion and perhaps I could be more attached to both the suspense and the romance.

I have the first book of the Sons Of Broad series as well, courtesy of the publisher, and I’m fully prepared to read a novel length story in this world. Though this one wasn’t my cup of tea-I just can’t get over the fact that the heroine was so inadequate- a novella and a novel are two different things and I want to have read one of each from this author.

I’m adding one spoonful of this story into my hodgepodge.


Sons of Broad series by Tara Thomas:

  • Shattered Fear (#0.5)
  • Hidden Fate (#0.6)
  • Twisted End (#0.7)
  1. Darkest Night
  2. Deadly Secret
  3. Broken Promise

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