Review: Shattered Fear – Tara Thomas

Posted 6 February, 2018 by Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Reviews / 20 Comments

*I received a free copy of Shattered Fear from St. Martin's Paperback via Netgalley. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *

Review: Shattered Fear – Tara ThomasShattered Fear by Tara Thomas
Series: Sons of Broad #0.5
Published by St. Martin's Paperback on 6 February 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Romance, Suspense
Pages: 86
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
2.5 Stars

Welcome to the sultry streets of Charleston, where simmering desire and dark danger rule...
Forbidden love never felt so good...
She’s got a killer to catch.
He just might be it.
Undercover detective Janie Roberts needs to find out for sure if Brent Taylor is a murderer.
Handsome, wealthy, and sexy-as-sin Brent Taylor.
She’s got to get close enough to learn his secrets.
But getting this close is dangerous in more ways than one…

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Shattered Fear started out pretty strong, but as the story went on, I found Janie to be a rather weak female character. For a seasoned police officer, she acted more like a damsel in distress than someone who could take control and catch a killer.

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The mystery is pretty strong in Shattered Fear, and I enjoyed how one character remained unknown until the end. Only alluded to as ‘The Gentleman’ the brain behind missing women and murdered dancers never showed his face. Not even to the readers. Apart from the mystery, though, I was left with wanting more. I wanted more character development. More interactions between the protagonists. More of the actual police work.


Janie was working as an undercover police officer in a bar / gentlemen’s club from where several women had been kidnapped. She was very easily distracted by Brent, though. And while their chemistry was good, I couldn’t really get into that because Janie didn’t really act like an experienced investigator.

Brent is a rich man, used to having things go his way. And that’s about all I got to know about him.

Writing style :

Third person point of view, past tense with some good dialogues, and Shattered Fear should have blown me away. Sadly, it didn’t. I am very curious about ‘the Gentleman’, though, and I will continue reading this series.

Feels :

I was mostly a bit frustrated. I wanted Janie to be more assertive. In charge, of herself and the situation, instead, she immediately went on to lean on Brent and let him take care of things for her.

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He was classically handsome in the guy-next-door look. Of course, she had no idea where that phrase came from; none of her neighbors had ever been half as good-looking.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms

About Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms

Linda is an English as foreign language teacher and has a Master's degree in English Language and Literature. She's an avid reader, blogger, compulsive one-clicker and a genre omnivore. Ever since she learnt how to read she has been seen with a book or two in her hands everywhere she goes.

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20 responses to “Review: Shattered Fear – Tara Thomas

  1. Yeah, I had the same reaction about Janie. She just didn’t ring true as a cop and an undercover one, at that. I’m crossing my fingers that the main books of the series have more depth to them.

  2. It does sound like Janie is a hard character to really get behind, since she’s not the strongest. I think the mystery aspect would be what kept me interested as well!


  3. I’m sorry this didn’t live up to its potential, wifey. They mystery does seem well done but I can understand not being able to get behind a heroine who should be strong – especially since she’s a cop – but just isn’t. Grrr.
    Happy Thursday! How is it already Thursday?!? Hope your week is going well. Mine is flying by! 😉 {{{BIG HUGS}}} & LOVE

  4. Ah, I am sorry that Janie didn’t feel like a strong enough character for you. I get what you mean though, because with her role and job you would think she would be able to be a bit more assertive!

  5. I recently posted my review for the three novellas and I can see that we’ve pretty much had the same reaction, which was such a shame. What did you think of Alyssa, instead?

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