Shaken

ShakenBy Dee Tenorio

Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Publication Date: October 19, 2010
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Purchased

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.Warning: Heartbreak and passion ahead-desperate doctor determined to save his marriage at any cost…except for the one secret his wife will do anything to uncover.

Goodreads Summary

Grant Sullivan knew from the minute he saw Julia in his doctor’s office that she was the one and sitting across from her as her lawyer laid out the details of her divorce proposal, he still knew it.  Angry and bewildered by Julia’s decision to leave him, all he knows is that he’s not about to just let her walk away from him.

Julia’s spent the last year falling apart after their young daughter’s death in a tragic car accident.  She’s spent countless nights wrapped in Grant’s arms, sobbing and screaming while he silently held her.  She’s begun to question whether he ever grieved for their daughter and whether he’s been honest about even loving her, he’s so tightly controlled.  Unable to bear his silence anymore, she left him even though she hasn’t stopped loving or wanting him.

An earthquake ends up stranding them in an elevator alone together, forcing both of them to confront the issues that drove Julia out of their house.

I’m a total sucker for a story that makes me cry and this had that written all over it in so many ways.  From the opening line (“God, she’s beautiful.”), I was drawn into Grant’s head, felt how much he loved Julia and how afraid he was of letting her see him being anything less than the perfectly strong husband.  He was good at being needed, at being her shelter.

Grant and Julia had a steamy sex life (hot elevator sex warning), but he often used it to avoid emotional confrontation and nearly all of the time, especially when she was grieving, she let him.  The erotic elements added the perfect touch; rather than focusing on the graphic side, they concentrated on the tactile.  Grant noticed the way Julia’s skin felt, the way her hair fell, tastes and textures.  Because most of the heavily emotional parts of the story were told from Grant’s perspective, it was harder to feel why Julia doubted him; he was intensely passionate about her and it only added to the pile of soggy tissue factor.

Despite the hot elevator sex, Julia gave off “mom” vibes to me sometimes, probably because of the nurturing Grant needed to unburden himself.  I loved that she recognized when he needed her to make herself as vulnerable as he was and she did it without question.

It was nice that this had an epilogue and didn’t just cut off when Grant and Julia were rescued from the elevator.  It had the perfect bittersweet touch, leaning more towards the sweet, with just a reminder that some wounds take longer to heal than others.

This is a terrific quick read if you’re in the mood for something romantic and passionate with a few dashes of hot sex that will give you a little (or fairly good) cry.

My Rating: A

Barbara

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