Fractured Sky: The Tattered and Torn Series by Catherine Cowles
Narrated by Erin Mallon and Joe Arden
Romantic Suspense. Can *maybe* stand alone.
“When you see the darkness, it makes you appreciate the light.”
Catherine Cowles became a top 3 author for me before Fractured Sky released, and she certainly cemented that spot with her best book yet. Though the author may give enough information to read this alone, I highly recommend you read the entire Tattered and Torn Series to fully appreciate this story.
“I’d never be free. Not completely. I was destined to live in the chains my family had woven around me in a quest to keep me safe.”
Shiloh’s tragic kidnapping when she was 10 changed her family forever though she was only gone a few days. That time completely shaped the characters in all the previous books, and changed all of the siblings childhoods, but it especially changed Shiloh.
“They love me-my family. I know they do. But they’re also suffocating me. I can’t breathe. Can’t move. Can’t do anything without hurting them.”
Ever since that day, her family was hurt so badly that Shiloh never really shared with them how bad it got. If they knew what she really went through and was still going through, they would take away the tiny bits of freedom she had, despite now being in her late 20s. For years she hasn’t let anyone touch her, and when things get to be too much for her she jumps on her horse and rides to Ramsey’s farm where she watches him rehabilitate abused horses from afar.
Ramsey has had a rough life, and crooked people he trusted had a hand in it. Now he doesn’t trust anyone, and nobody gets into his ranch. Except Shiloh. Though they’ve never spoken, she’s been there watching for years. They both see something in each other, a shared pain and need for isolation that connects them.
“Shiloh’s hair caught on the breeze, that mix of gold and brown. I didn’t blame my damn dog for chasing after her. She was the kind of beautiful that lit a fire in your veins. That kind of beauty was dangerous.”
When they finally speak, there is a comfort there that neither has experienced before. But this was a very slow-burn romance. Shiloh finally moved away from home to a cabin on Ramsey’s property and just like Ramsey, she is perfect for the work there, because she’s been broken like the horses. But then Shiloh is threatened. And holy hell, the suspense in this book had me on the edge of my seat with so many twists and turns.
- Perfectly wrapped up the series.
- The slow gentleness at the beginning that morphed into a crazy rollercoaster at the end.
- Ramsey’s wolf-dog, Kai.
- The new characters introduced.
- Catching up with all of the previous couples.
- Perfectly paced.
- Completely unexpected twists.
- So much character growth.
- The emotions this brought out.
- The cover.
- Filled with healing, growth and trust.
- None except that I have to wait until January for my next Catherine Cowles book.
Erin Mallon amazes me. I had just finished her latest romcom and was thinking that her comedy was my favorite thing from her, then I listened to this and she nailed every drop of emotion perfectly. Plus her male voice is always sexy AF. Joe Arden was also perfect for Ramsey. I think the audio acting made an amazing book even better.
The Down & Dirty:
Rating: 5+++ Stars, 3.5 Heat, 5 narration
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