Shattered (Steel Brothers Saga #7)
by Helen Hardt
Release Date: 29th August
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review by Kristie K
Just when you think she can’t possibly have any more twists to throw your way, Helen Hardt surprises you with the biggest twist of all…
When we are presented with the word shattered, it evokes images of broken things, such as mirrors or glass. It can also, and more poignantly evoke feelings of broken hearts, minds, bodies, or souls…but in this case, its all four. Helen Hardt continues to weave her tangled web in the seventh instalment of the Steel Brothers series with Shattered, the first of the series focusing on the youngest Steel brother, Ryan. Long considered the “pretty boy” of the family, Ryan heads up the winery at the Steel family ranch. The most easy going, and jovial of the Steel boys, Ryan is ready to watch his brothers get married in paradise, and begin their happily ever afters. While in Jamaica for the weddings, Ryan meets Ruby Lee, local detective and friend of his soon-to-be sister-in-law Melanie. Ruby Lee keeps to herself, stays out of the spotlight, and fights for those that can’t fight for themselves. Downplaying her innate beauty in her everyday life, Ruby is forced out of her comfort zone in Jamaica when her duties as Maid of Honor require her to doll herself up a bit and let down her hair. When Ryan catches a glimpse of the beauty beneath the facade, he can’t get enough of Ruby and wants nothing more than to get to know her better. As their friendship and attraction grows, more secrets come to light…some that may be devastating enough to shatter their burgeoning relationship.
Holy hell, Ms. Hardt….what are you doing to me?!?! As with the last six instalments, Shattered took me on another adventure that left me gasping and breathless. The devastating and horrific secrets that haunt the Steel brothers continue to wreak their havoc, revealing ever more destructive mysteries in their twisted past. Shattered brings even more challenges and heart wrenching situations to the forefront for the Steel boys, this time with possibly the most devastating coming for not just Ryan, but them all. I honestly wasn't sure how Ms. Hardt could possibly bring MORE to this already full table, but on all that is holy, she has! The story continues to weave a tangled and twisted tale of horror, deceit, and betrayal…and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down anytime soon. The characters continue to grow, change, and evolve, becoming even more amazing and easy to love than before. Ryan is a dream, with a heart of gold and the soul of a fighter. Ruby is a fallen angel, just waiting for the right reason to spread her wings again and fly. The plot and storyline are even more amazing and well executed than in the beginning, and continue to evolve and completely blow my mind! As with the previous instalments, Ms. Hardt has left us on a devastating cliff-hanger, but this one comes with a new and refreshing twist from the previous stories. I am counting down the days until Twisted graces my kindle, Ms. Hardt…
Meet The Author:
#1 New York Times and USA Today 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, 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. Helen loves to hear from readers.