by Shiloh Walker

February 2009
ISBN: 978-0-425-22579-0
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Luke Rafferty turned in his fatigues for hospital scrubs six years ago. He left the Rangers in search of a normal life following his medical discharge. As an Emergency Room doctor he is regularly exposed to situations just as heartbreaking as those he’d seen in the Rangers. The worst are the wounded children who come through the ER’s doors. The pretty red-haired social worker who accompanies them is the only bright spot.

Devon Manning’s job as a social worker soothes her soul as much as it bruises her heart. She has first-hand knowledge of the help and hindrance the social system provides. Her own troubled youth could have ended much differently if it weren’t for the tough caring guidance of a social worker. Now she provides the same kind of guidance for her charges. She has little time to devote to a relationship but Luke was nearly impossible to resist. Her heretofore unrecognized need for the nurturing qualities Luke provides wears down her defenses and opens her up for the love of a lifetime. However, someone intends to make sure that neither Devon nor Luke has a future at all.

Shiloh Walker’s latest release is one of my favorites this month. The suspense sneaks up on you like a good thriller should. Good well-built characters and an incredible believable plot combine to make Fragile one of the best contemporary romances I have read in an age. I hope there is a sequel in the works for Luke’s twin brother Quinn. Cross your fingers.

Reviewed in February 2009 by Cynthia.

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