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Fragile by Shiloh Walker – my thoughts

As I have stated before I am not a professional or even an amateur reviewer. Any reviews posted on this blog are just my honest opinions. I had the pleasure of reading an ARC of Fragile by Shiloh Walker that releases Tuesday, February 3, 2009 from Berkley Sensation.

The hero in Fragile – Luke Rafferty is strong, sexy and smart. He is a former “special forces” member and current emergency room doctor. He has had to overcome being abandoned by his mother at birth, finding out that she was a drug addict, meeting his twin brother for the first time at the age of eleven, and being physical wounded during a mission.

Devon Manning is a social worker whose job reminds her everyday of what she has overcome. Devon had to deal with the death of her biological mother, sexual abuse, drug abuse and still has emotional barriers as an adult.

As Luke & Devon are getting to know each other, a stalker has target Devon and has added a new and dangerous element to their growing relationship.

Fragile started out slow but finished strong and was well worth the time it took to read. The first half of the book seemed slow as Luke & Devon get to know each other and their relationship grows. The second half of the book kept me turning the pages and guessing at the stalkers identity. I was completely shocked to find out the identity of the stalker.

Please don’t let my thoughts of Fragile starting of slow keeping you from reading this book. I have thought about this book for several days and have decided with everything that Luke & Devon had to overcome from their past, rapidly jumping into their relationship would have not made sense. Looking back, I am glad for the slowness to the start of the story – it made the ending even better.

I just have one question for Shiloh Walker – will there be a book for Quinn?


 Six years after trading in his combat gear for hospital scrubs, Luke Rafferty is faced with things just as heartbreaking as those on the battlefield. The abused children being brought in by the pretty redheaded social worker tug at his soul like nothing he’s ever known.

For Devon Manning, being a social worker is a rewarding job, but also a constant reminder of her own troubled youth. Devon takes everything one day at a time-unable to form a relationship with anyone except the children she rescues.

When Luke meets Devon, he thinks he might have found what he’s been looking for, but in order to get the life he wants, Luke has to break through Devon’s emotional barriers and make her realize that his healing touch might be just the complication her life needs . . .

to read an excerpt

Fragile can be purchased at:

Borders, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell’s and Books-A-Million


4 Responses

  1. Can I plead no comment…???

    🙂 Glad you enjoyed the story, Greta. And you’re right, there is no way Luke and Devon could have jumped into any sort of relationship-it would go completely against their characters.

    Thanks for the review!

  2. Wasn’t this an amazing book? I just love Shiloh’s books. Her contemporaries are fabulous. The growth between Luke and Devon was paced perfectly, IMO, too.

    And there had better be a book for Quinn. Poor Quinn. *sigh*

  3. I finally got to hear what you thought and I see we were on the same page. Definitely worth it in the end. And I know…that person was the stalker. Who’d of thunk it……well other than Shiloh.

  4. Nice review. I really like your honesty about it and I’m still really intrigued by the book since I haven’t yet had a chance to read it.

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