by JoAnn Ross

February 2009
ISBN: 978-0-451-22612-9
Reviewer Graphic Button Signet Books
Mass Market Paperback

The previous two books in the High Risk series gave us brief glimpses of the helicopter crash on an Afghanistan mountain, which left some men dead, and pilot Shane Garnett seriously wounded. In Shattered we finally see the full picture from Shane’s point of view. Also revealed is the rather steamy affair between Shane and Army doctor Kirby Campbell.

After Shane is injured in the crash, Kirby stabilizes him. When she later visits him in the hospital, she’s shocked at Shane’s attitude, and her hopes for a relationship are dashed. Eighteen months later, Shane is trying to rebuild his life, and while his prosthetic leg allows him to live a completely normal life, his heart is still missing Kirby.

Now a doctor for WMR (Worldwide Medical Relief), Kirby usually finds herself in very poor, very dangerous locales. She’s sent to Washington D.C. to speak before a committee, where she receives word her friend and fellow doctor has been kidnapped in Central America. Kirby feels tremendous guilt because she would have been taken hostage instead had she not been in Washington.

Phoenix team immediately begins planning a rescue mission. Though not a member of the team, Shane agrees to pilot their mission after learning Kirby will be joining them. Despite the passage of time, both find their attraction for each other just as intense. Their cover as lovers forces them to work closer together and to address their feelings.

As the characters travel around the world, readers feel as if they are along for the ride. The pace definitely picks up in this latest contribution to the series, and the shorter chapter format allows the story to move at a fast pace, as well as allowing different points of view to take turns. Fans will be thrilled to learn they can expect more books in this series.

Reviewed in January 2009 by Jackie.

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