Ryan Steel is known in Snow Creek as the handsomest Steel brother with the most jovial personality. Now that his busy grape harvest and winemaking season is over, he’s happy to spend time with his family and help his brothers, Talon and Jonah, celebrate their impending nuptials. The Steels are taking a well-deserved break from the conspiracy surrounding them…until an unlikely woman and a long-buried secret shatter Ryan’s world.
Detective Ruby Lee has been on her own since she was fifteen. When her past collides with the Steel family’s mysteries, she’s determined to find the truth. She has her own issues, and she’s not looking for a relationship, despite her all-consuming attraction to Ryan Steel. The gorgeous dark-haired man gets under her skin anyway…and he needs her.
Together they explore both of their histories, but those pasts could cost them a future.
First of all, you have to read the Steel Brothers Saga in order because there’s an amazing and interesting continuing storyline you don’t want to miss. Warning: When you finish the book you will want more.
Now that Jonah and Talon found their happily ever after, it’s Ryan’s turn! He meets Ruby on the way to Jonah and Talon’s destination wedding. So what happens when Ryan upgrades her plane ticket from coach to first class? Ryan wonders what’s under her baggy clothing. After unlimited amounts of alcohol and romance on a spectacular island vacation, Ryan falls hard for Ruby. She’s brilliant, pure, and hot. Ryan’s fantasies come true when he finds out how hot her body is after Jade/Marjorie’s makeover.
Ryan feels bad about his lack of participation in the family melodrama, and he’s determined to repair that. He enjoys himself, but he notices his brothers acting weird. His older brothers are withholding something important. He decides to brush it off as wedding jitters. The Steel family has a limitless amount of drama and secrets. I turned the pages like a kid who ate too much Halloween candy. When Ryan finds out “the enormous secret” he’s furious. He feels so alone and ends up on Ruby’s doorstep. Ruby is his safe space. She betrayed him, but he can overlook that for now because she allows him to take his passion and aggression out on her. I was stunned yet I couldn’t stop turning the pages! I was hooked on Ruby/Ryan’s epic chemistry.
Ruby has many secrets of her own. She hides her body and makes herself look unattractive on purpose, yet she works out like a gym rat. She thinks hot rancher Ryan is SO above her. A hot rancher wouldn’t be the least bit interested in a mousy police detective, right? Their relationship progresses faster than a bear on a campground. Ruby’s skeptical about trusting Ryan because of her own dark history. It turns out, Ryan and Ruby have shared secrets.
The continuing storyline kept me engaged. Secrets are coming out of the woodwork, and Ryan’s entire outlook on life changes. His reaction to the extraordinary news coming from his brothers differs vastly from Ruby’s. Ruby’s afraid she’s lost him forever.
Ruby/Ryan’s story doesn’t end with “Shattered.” DUN DUN DUNNN…there’s a big cliffhanger. To be continued.
Trigger Warning: This book contains flashbacks of sexual abuse and adult situations.
#1 New York Times, #1 USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author Helen Hardt’s passion for the written word began with the books her mother read to her at bedtime. She wrote her first story at age six and hasn’t stopped since. In addition to being an award winning author of contemporary and historical romance and erotica, she’s a mother, an attorney, a black belt in Taekwondo, a grammar geek, an appreciator of fine red wine, and a lover of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. She writes from her home in Colorado, where she lives with her family.