Just when I thought there wasn’t a romantic suspense left out there to woo me, Shiloh Walker’s Fragile totally sweeps me off my feet. This book was originally released in 2009, but it’s been recently re-released in mass market paperback. Luke and his identical twin brother Quinn didn’t know about each other until they were young teenagers. Luke was raised by their father in a comfortable home and Quinn was raised by their abusive mother. Eventually the two go off to the military together and serve in the same unit. Luke then decides to leave the military because he’s knows he searching for something the military just isn’t giving him – he also has a career ending leg injury. Eventually Luke becomes a doctor and in the hospital he meets social worker Devon. Devon had a very troubled childhood. They are both instantly enamored with each other but Devon tries hard to resist Luke’s advances. Eventually they start dating and the next thing you know someone is trying to kill Devon. Luke’s brother Quinn floats in and out of the story too throughout the book.
I really loved how the author set up this book by working through Luke and Quinn’s life in short pieces from childhood to military to the time that Luke became a doctor. While not overly in-depth – and it didn’t need to be – it really set the stage for each character. It made it easy to attach emotionally to both of them. And it left me absolutely
infatuated fascinated with Quinn. But this is Luke’s book and the parts of the book that focused on Luke and Devon building a relationship and especially the physical relationship were so well done. I was relieved to not be given another story of a virginal heroine where’s there’s this whole big to-do about the matter. Devon was strong, not fragile, and as she grew comfortable with Luke, she wasn’t about to back down from what she was craving. I really respected Devon throughout this book.
As the suspense plot takes off there were a few pieces I thought were over the top – like some of the things Devon puts Luke through – but none of it really detracted too much from my overall love of the book. There were a few times I had to give an eye roll over Luke’s protectiveness of Devon, but at the same time it was a turn on too. And truthfully, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. This was another book that kept me up until 1:30am on a work night, so to me, I say it was a great read.
But Luke’s twin and troubled brother Quinn? Oh my. I can’t get my hands on his book, Broken, fast enough.
“I want you. I want you all the time, and I want you in a thousand different ways, ways that would probably terrify you if I tried to explain.”