Shattered

Shattered

I failed Caleb once because I was a coward. And he ended up paying the price. Never again...Ten years of war and the loss of nearly his entire family have left thirty-four-year-old former sniper, Jace Christenson, with nothing to come home to. And he prefers it that way. Life consists of his work in an underground vigilante group, the near-constant search for the last rema...

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Title:Shattered
Author:Sloane Kennedy
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Shattered Reviews

  • Wendy

    Finally !!! Caleb and Jace !! I know I am not the only one who has been anxiously waiting for their story and I am very glad to say, that the wait was definitely worth it ;)

    I have been a fan of these two, since they were introduced in

    , which was Eli and Mav's story. Caleb was Eli's, then 17 years old, stepbrother. It was pretty obvious Caleb and Jace had something magical between them, but I also agreed with Sloane, that Caleb had some growing up to do first ;)

    Normally I would say, th

    Finally !!! Caleb and Jace !! I know I am not the only one who has been anxiously waiting for their story and I am very glad to say, that the wait was definitely worth it ;)

    I have been a fan of these two, since they were introduced in

    , which was Eli and Mav's story. Caleb was Eli's, then 17 years old, stepbrother. It was pretty obvious Caleb and Jace had something magical between them, but I also agreed with Sloane, that Caleb had some growing up to do first ;)

    Normally I would say, that all Sloane's books can be read as stand alones. I wouldn't advice doing so, with this one though... I think, that to fully understand what is going on between Jace and Caleb, you shoud read Eli's story first (and all the ones after that) !!

      

    Two years have passed, since Jace rescued Caleb, from a mental facility. Caleb is now 19 years old, but things haven't gotten much better for him. When he finds out what happened at his (step)brother Eli's hearing, he freaks and runs away.

    Jace has always felt guilty for leaving Caleb behind two years ago. He knows Caleb had a crush on him, but he was just so damn young. Jace also didn't think he was good for anybody and he didn't deserve Caleb's hero worship. Seeing how bad Caleb is actually doing, has him regretting his decision even more. But maybe he can make things right again.....Maybe he will be able to protect Caleb this time around, even if he has to hurt his own heart in the process.

    And maybe, after two years, they will finally be able, to fix each other's broken pieces.... Even though Caleb is not sure he can be fixed....

    Thankfully Jace is not one to give up that easily ;)

    Jace and Caleb are two of my favorite characters out of all Sloane's books. I genuenly liked both of them. They were so sweet together. From the moment Jace met Calebm all he wanted to do was take care of him. And Caleb, who has been through so much...my heart broke for him. He was so strong, even though he definitely didn't see himself that way.

    I think the previous 2 books have been a bit, dare I say, "

    in comparison to all the other books in this series. This one is a bit heavier on the angst and emotions again. Which is also why Sloane has added a trigger warning in the beginning of the book.

    Now this book didn't make me cry as much as my favorites

    and

    or even some of the others that gutted me, but it was still very emotional at times. This book deals with sexual child-abuse/rape and selfharm, so please take note if this is a trigger for you.

    I myself am a big fan of the

    books. It's one of the reasons I got hooked on this series. That's not to say that I won't read any of the others...I will read anything Sloane writes down, but the angsty/suspence/emotional ones definitely have my preference.

    Higly recommended and yes....I am now anxiously waiting for Aleks' book....I love him !!

  • Lisa

    I think this is probably the one I have liked the most. It was a little more grittier and darker than the previous books in the series.

    This was Jace and Calebs story who we had previously met when we met Eli.

    The book is not for the faint hearted as it deals with child sexual abuse and self harming.

    Once I started I couldn't put it down.

  • Cadiva

    This book could have been a train wreck given the sensitivity of the subject and the age of one of the main characters but Sloane Kennedy answered all fears with an assured hand.

    There was no magic dick cure for Caleb, it took time and patience and conversation and a creation of trust with Jase for the relationship to develop.

    I'm not sure it needed the secondary dramatic plot with Jase's sister if I'm being brutally honest, there was enough drama with Caleb's

    This book could have been a train wreck given the sensitivity of the subject and the age of one of the main characters but Sloane Kennedy answered all fears with an assured hand.

    There was no magic dick cure for Caleb, it took time and patience and conversation and a creation of trust with Jase for the relationship to develop.

    I'm not sure it needed the secondary dramatic plot with Jase's sister if I'm being brutally honest, there was enough drama with Caleb's situation.

    But I guess it was needed to bring Dalton and Silver into the fold for their book later and I'm fascinated to find out more.

    I also liked the realistic approach to Caleb's cutting, the sensitive way it was dealt with and the acknowledgement that he wasn't "cured" and that counselling would be a good idea.

    There was also a satisfying end to the bad guy and the plot surrounding Caleb's father and it was nice to see the discussions with Caleb and Eli.

    Jase was perfect for Caleb and their slow build up of trust as they began to act on them meant the sex scenes were doubly invested with meaning and lots of emotions.

    Another great Protectors book and another wonderful cover from Jay Aheer and Wander's photography.

  • JustJen

    This is another solid installment to the series that follows along the same path as the others. Caleb is 19 years old, though we met him a few years ago when he was 17. He is a bit beyond his years due to the things he’s been through (you can get more of that background reading Eli’s (Caleb’s brother) book). He continues to suffer the aftermath of his past, and when it starts closing in on him, he crumbles a bit and goes on the run.

    Jace hit it off with Caleb back when they met when Caleb and Eli

    This is another solid installment to the series that follows along the same path as the others. Caleb is 19 years old, though we met him a few years ago when he was 17. He is a bit beyond his years due to the things he’s been through (you can get more of that background reading Eli’s (Caleb’s brother) book). He continues to suffer the aftermath of his past, and when it starts closing in on him, he crumbles a bit and goes on the run.

    Jace hit it off with Caleb back when they met when Caleb and Eli came into the fold. However, with Caleb being so young and “damaged” and Jace’s history of sex being sex and a way to vent his feelings, he stayed away. Until he is told Caleb has run and needs to be found. When Jace finds him, things are worse than he was expecting. He takes Caleb into hiding to keep him safe and hopefully to help him heal a bit. It takes some effort on Jace’s part, as he has to give a little of himself to get Caleb to open up, but it eventually pays off for both of them.

    Caleb has turned to self harm as a way to deal with the pain and stress. Cutting has been the only thing that has helped him survive and it isn’t all that easy to just stop, though he does realize it is wrong and makes an effort to quit. He falls back on it when things get tough, but Jace has definitely helped him and he continues to get better.

    There is a lot going on with the gang, as Eli is also involved with Caleb’s father being on trial, etc. Both Eli and Caleb have issues they are dealing with in relation to that, as well as with each other and their past roles. Eventually, communication is key, and they make strides in moving on.

    I loved seeing the others involved in this series, and with there being so many at this point, it is fun to have the memories of their stories come back as they are reintroduced here. Of course, there is a sneak peek into the next installment and a promise of a future story for others. To be honest, I’m most looking forward to Silver and Dalton’s story to see how they are making out. They are two people who definitely need some love, and I can’t wait to see them get it. Anyhoo, I definitely recommend this story and the series as a whole. You really can’t go wrong if you like seeing young men overcome some pretty horrific pasts to get their HEA and find new families at the same time.

  • Amanda

    I knew going into this book that it would be hard to read. Mav and Eli’s book was very rough and this continues the story with Caleb, Eli’s brother.

    Jace has stayed away for two years. But he can no longer do that. Caleb needs him. The trial for his father is fast approaching and someone wants to take him out.

    Jace helps Caleb heal. He makes him feel safe and shows him that he is not the product of his past and has the rest of his life to find all of his missing pieces. He has a family to stand

    I knew going into this book that it would be hard to read. Mav and Eli’s book was very rough and this continues the story with Caleb, Eli’s brother.

    Jace has stayed away for two years. But he can no longer do that. Caleb needs him. The trial for his father is fast approaching and someone wants to take him out.

    Jace helps Caleb heal. He makes him feel safe and shows him that he is not the product of his past and has the rest of his life to find all of his missing pieces. He has a family to stand by him and a love to help strengthen him.

    As I have said before, these men go through hell but the love surrounding them is nothing short of amazing. I cannot wait for Aleks and Vaughn’s story.

  • Susan

    Lovely new addition to the Protectors series. It has all the ingredient Sloane Kennedy is known for. So it’s no surprise I ate this up.

    19 year old Caleb thinks he is broken. He feels shattered beyond repair because of the things he has experienced. He has been abused by his father for many years and that only stopped because his stepbrother (who was abused too) finally tells the truth. (See

    , even though smart to read that book first, it's not completely necessary for the story)

    Jace re

    Lovely new addition to the Protectors series. It has all the ingredient Sloane Kennedy is known for. So it’s no surprise I ate this up.

    19 year old Caleb thinks he is broken. He feels shattered beyond repair because of the things he has experienced. He has been abused by his father for many years and that only stopped because his stepbrother (who was abused too) finally tells the truth. (See

    , even though smart to read that book first, it's not completely necessary for the story)

    Jace rescued Caleb when he was 17 by getting him out of a mental institution his father put him in. Jace feels an immediate connection to the broken 17 year old, but since Caleb is so young Jace knows he has to keep his distance. That works until Caleb is 19 and Jace gets a call that he is missing.

    When Jace finds Caleb he knows Caleb is far from alright. It turns out Caleb’s father has been acquitted of the charges Eli filed against him. Of course there is still the trail for Caleb’s charges, but for now, his father is ‘innocent until proven guilty’. And Caleb is not taking that news well.

    When it is clear that someone is out to kill Caleb, Jace has to do everything in his power to protect him…

    I was a bit afraid Jace would be too stubborn and there would be a lot of push and pull in this story, but I was happy to see it was minimal. This focused mostly on Caleb’s trauma and his recovery and a bit about Jace and his past.

    These guys were pretty sweet together and I also loved the tender sex scenes (tender, but hot!). I really liked that Caleb and Jace spent so much time alone together without interruption. That way they could really get to know each other.

    This had plenty of hurt/comfort to make me a very happy girl.

  • Aure7ia

    3.5*

    not my favorit, maybe I had too many Sloane Kennedy books this year

  • Chris

    4.5 stars for this great episode of The Protectors ! I love this series - the flow, camaraderie, and the awesome characters. This being Caleb & Jase’s story which was beautiful. While there were terrible traumas and abuse associated to this story it was handled with compassion and empathy. Jase was stunning as he slowly became undone and his vulnerability began to show all the while Caleb helped put him back together and allowed himself to heal, one small piece at a time. Even though Jase wa

    4.5 stars for this great episode of The Protectors ! I love this series - the flow, camaraderie, and the awesome characters. This being Caleb & Jase’s story which was beautiful. While there were terrible traumas and abuse associated to this story it was handled with compassion and empathy. Jase was stunning as he slowly became undone and his vulnerability began to show all the while Caleb helped put him back together and allowed himself to heal, one small piece at a time. Even though Jase was the protector, both men supported each other as they bravely moved forward in their lives. I love the inclusion of previous characters- this is an awesome family who love and fiercely protect their own. Yup, another great read ❤️

  • Christelle

    YES : another winner from Sloane Kennedy. This is the 11th book from the Protector series, which I tag as a real saga.

    For all the fans, no worry : all the ingredients are there : endearing characters, scorching chemistry, scalding sex, angst (and this time, even though it’s not an easy issue to write about, it was carefully handled and without going too overboard) and a reliable support group from the Protectors and the Barrettis.

    Caleb, Eli’s stepbrother, and Jace were introduced in

    . Ca

    YES : another winner from Sloane Kennedy. This is the 11th book from the Protector series, which I tag as a real saga.

    For all the fans, no worry : all the ingredients are there : endearing characters, scorching chemistry, scalding sex, angst (and this time, even though it’s not an easy issue to write about, it was carefully handled and without going too overboard) and a reliable support group from the Protectors and the Barrettis.

    Caleb, Eli’s stepbrother, and Jace were introduced in

    . Caleb was the one to reveal the abuse Eli was victim of while in the care of his stepfather.

    But Eli was not the only victim : Caleb shared that ordeal and has a hard time dealing with all that happened to him and his family. Only Jace, the older man who got him out of his father’s clutches, seems to soothe him a bit, but their sporadic relationship is rocky to say the least.

    Caleb’s father’s trial is like ripping a bandage on an infected wound : revelations upon revelations that are going to shred Caleb and Jace into pieces before they can raise together.

    A lot of emotions, a great amount of angst, two amazing characters and an unexpected salvation coming from Jace’s sister. Once again, Sloane Kennedy wrote a story that got me totally engaged and I couldn’t put it down.

    11 books and still a fan. I’m looking forward to Alek’s story now. Soon, very soon !!

  • ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

    Please read the trigger warnings and the author’s note, as this book deals heavily (and vividly) with sexual abuse.

    As an adolescent, Caleb was repeatedly raped by his father. This is the same monster who abused his stepson, Eli. I remember Eli and Mav’s story from the fourth

    book,

    , so I was happy to see them get their HEA here.

    Caleb and Jace get a HEA too, but not before barely escaping with their lives more than once.

    Please read the trigger warnings and the author’s note, as this book deals heavily (and vividly) with sexual abuse.

    As an adolescent, Caleb was repeatedly raped by his father. This is the same monster who abused his stepson, Eli. I remember Eli and Mav’s story from the fourth

    book,

    , so I was happy to see them get their HEA here.

    Caleb and Jace get a HEA too, but not before barely escaping with their lives more than once.

    He has to work hard to regain control of his life. Watching Caleb struggle broke my heart.

    I am not a violent person. I’ve never actually hit anyone (besides once throwing a pillow at an ex who really deserved it), yet I could pull the trigger on any child molester because I don't consider them worthy of life.

    But Caleb is not the only one suffering. Jace has his own ghosts and is looking for his missing sister whom he believes is a victim of sexual trafficking.

    I’m not sure this book would work well as a standalone. I suggest reading

    first, as that’s where Jace and Caleb first meet (two years prior).

    But simple is not this author’s forte. I think she tends to overwrite at times to the point that some of the internal monologues feel redundant and the angst manufactured (rather than believable).

    Even so, I found myself engaged in the story and rooting for Jace and Caleb. My favorite moments were the once the men spent on the boat, alone and sheltered.

    I am really looking forward to Aleks’ story (warning: the sneak peak chapter for the next book ends with a cliffie!)

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