Guest Review: Shaken by Dee Tenorio

Posted October 21, 2010 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 1 Comment

Genres: Anthologies (multiple authors)

Kris‘ review of Shaken by Dee Tenorio

Thirteen stories up. Two broken hearts. One last chance…


Surgeon Grant Sullivan’s once-perfect life lies in ruins. His daughter is gone—lost in a tragic accident he dare not allow himself to remember—and his beautiful wife now stares at him from across a legal table, insisting she wants nothing from him.


Julia Sullivan lost everything, especially her illusions about her marriage, after the accident. Her grief only seemed to drive Grant further into his emotional shell—except for the nights he turned to her in silent, furious passion. Unable to live like a ghost in her old life, she’s packed up what’s left of her broken heart and is ready to move on. Alone.


Determined to break their stalemate, Grant follows Julia onto the elevator just in time for an earthquake. Trapped for hours in a building pressure cooker of unspoken pain, he’ll do anything to remind her what she’s leaving behind, as deliciously as he can. But giving her what she needs to save their marriage is the one thing that could destroy his soul.




Warning: Heartbreak and passion ahead—desperate doctor determined to save his marriage at any cost…except for the one secret his wife will do anything to uncover.

Grant is somewhere he never thought he would be, in a lawyer’s office getting a divorce. He is still passionately in love with his wife, but she wants a divorce. After a disagreement about alimony (he wants her to have some and she is refusing) she storms out and he follows and they end up in an elevator. Halfway down there is an earthquake and the elevator is stuck. After ascertaining that they are ok, maintenance tells them that it will be awhile because crews are busy with injuries. Now Grant has a captive audience and is determined to prove to her that they do not need a divorce. Of course, he shows her physically that they are compatible, but that has never been their issue. Julia’s issue is that he has never shown grief for their lost daughter so in her mind that means that he never loved her and so that makes her question all of his “feelings”. They had a lot of communication issues and walls that had to be brought down.

Wow, this was an emotion wrenching story. The story is only like 45 pages long but it packs a punch in those pages. Sometimes I think a lot of marital issues could be solved by locking them in a room and making them talk it out. Anyway, great story. Good length, it was short but it did not need to be any longer or shorter. The characters involved me in the story and I wanted to see them work things out. I cannot imagine the strain the death of a child puts on a relationship. In the end he finally opens up to Julia and that was great to see that cleansing. Great story!

I give it a 4.25 out of 5.

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This book is available from Samhain Publishing. You can buy it here in e-format.


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