Guest Review: Fragile by Shiloh Walker

Posted February 17, 2009 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 10 Comments

Guest Review: Fragile by Shiloh WalkerReviewer: Tracy
Fragile by Shiloh Walker
Series: Rafferty #1
Also in this series: Fragile
Publisher: Berkley, Penguin
Publication Date: February 3, 2009
Format: Print ARC
Genres: Suspense
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Series Rating: four-stars

Battle Scarred

Six years after trading in his combat gear for hospital scrubs, Luke Rafferty still hasn’t found what he’s been searching for: a normal life. At his job, Luke is faced with things just as heartbreaking as those on the battlefield, none more so than the abused children brought in by a pretty redheaded social worker.

For Devon Manning, being a social working 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.

A Desire to Heal…
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…

Devon had a horrific childhood and has pretty much been an island unto herself for most of her life. Although she had a wonderful family adopt her she is still scarred from her early childhood. As a social worker she takes care of the children and adults that she needs to so that she can maybe make a difference in their lives, as one particular social worker made in hers.


When Devon and Luke meet they are incredibly attracted to each other, but Luke puts off asking her out. After finally running into each other off the job Luke makes his intentions to date her known. It starts off rocky but things go very well from there. They find that they have a wonderful time together and enjoy each others company immensely. Luke has guessed at Devon’s past and is being gentle and loving in his courtship of her. But don’t get me wrong, once things heat up between these two it’s mighty hot.

Unfortunately there’s a psycho out to get Devon. She has to live her life, but wonder if she’s ever really safe.

Fragile is a book that got my attention right away. There was something about Devon that appealed to me. Maybe it was because she’d had such a crappy childhood and I wanted her to have a great life with Luke, I’m not sure. But once I started reading I was pretty hooked.

Luke was a hottie but he was truly almost smothering in his over-protectiveness for Devon. At other times it seemed like it was just a boyfriend trying to take care of his girlfriend. Granted she’s being stalked and horrible things are happening but as fragile as Luke thought she was she had lived through hell as a child and come out on the other side as a strong, independent woman. I think he finally realized that at the end.

Devon lived through some horrifying things during the course of this book. It almost got too much for me at times but it was well done. If you like stories with resilient heroines this will be a great book for you.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5



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10 responses to “Guest Review: Fragile by Shiloh Walker

  1. Thanks guys. I like her Hunter series and a few other of her books. She has a huge book list but haven’t managed to read them all yet! lol

  2. Thank you Tracy! I have to be honest the premise for this book has really caught my attention. I do think though that I may need to be in a happy place to read it… Then again, it may be a good book to read when I’m in a dark place so that it can remind me things can get better 🙂

    I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed the library purchased this book!

  3. Tabitha

    I enjoyed this book despite the dark parts of the book. Luke was a bit too strong for me at times though.

  4. Yeah, it’s definitely not a “light” read. Luke does come on strong a lot of the time but the circumstances sometimes called for that. Other times I thought he was ok.

    For those who haven’t read it yet, enjoy!

  5. Tracy, I agree about Luke coming on strong a lot of the time. Mostly it was okay with me, but other times in seemed suffocating.

    Great review.

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