Monday, November 15, 2010

Review: Shaken by Dee Tenorio

Thirteen stories up. Two broken hearts. One last chance…

Surgeon Grant Sullivan’s once-perfect life lies in ruins. His daughter is gone—lost in a tragic accident he dare not allow himself to remember—and his beautiful wife now stares at him from across a legal table, insisting she wants nothing from him.

Julia Sullivan lost everything, especially her illusions about her marriage, after the accident. Her grief only seemed to drive Grant further into his emotional shell—except for the nights he turned to her in silent, furious passion. Unable to live like a ghost in her old life, she’s packed up what’s left of her broken heart and is ready to move on. Alone.

Determined to break their stalemate, Grant follows Julia onto the elevator just in time for an earthquake. Trapped for hours in a building pressure cooker of unspoken pain, he’ll do anything to remind her what she’s leaving behind, as deliciously as he can. But giving her what she needs to save their marriage is the one thing that could destroy his soul.

What an emotional story.  I wasn't expecting it, quite frankly.  Then again, the death of a child is a fear most mothers have, so to read about this couple reeling from such an event...well, I almost didn't finish the novella.  The hope of a happily-ever-after for Grant and Julia drew me in.  After such torment and heartbreak, they deserved it, right?  They were going to find each other again, right? 

(They do, in case you were worried.)

A real and honest look at extraordinary circumstances no couple should have to endure and their way back to one another.  It packs a wallop, people. 

(A very special thank you to Ms. Tenorio who provided me with an ARC of Shaken.)

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