Friday, October 2, 2015

Romantic Suspense Review ~ SHATTERED VIRTUE by Magda Alexander

Shattered Virtue (Shattered, #1)
by: Magda Alexander
Series: Shattered
Genre: Erotic Romantic Suspense
Release Date: September 22, 2015
Source: Publisher ~ Montlake Romance

Haunted by her Past...

Madrigal Berkeley vows to discover why her parents’ killers got off scot free. But after graduating from law school, the ravishing beauty gets sidetracked by her grandfather who insists she intern at his law firm to learn the defense side of the law.

Damned by his Ambition...

The last thing top criminal defense attorney Trenton Steele wants is to babysit an apprentice—especially the boss’s granddaughter. But recognizing an opportunity, he demands the private suite he covets in exchange for teaching Madrigal the ropes.

They Play a Dangerous Game...

Before long, this tough-as-nails lawyer and his wet-behind-the-ears intern are fighting more than court battles. They’re struggling against a sexual attraction that could ruin his career and derail hers. Unable to stay away from each other, they join forces to investigate her parents’ murders. And soon they’re uncovering long-buried secrets while succumbing to desires neither can deny.

Shattered Virtue is the first book in The Shattered Series.  It’s told in first person from the perspective of the male and female lead characters in alternating chapters.  While it has very familiar themes, the book was actually unpredictable.  Magda Alexander did a great job of introducing an unlikeable character in Trenton Steele and making him likable.  Trenton came from the wrong side of the tracks to become a very successful partner in a law firm.  He is tasked with mentoring Madrigal Berkley who is the attractive granddaughter of one of the founding partners.  Madrigal intends to become a prosecutor but her grandfather wants Trenton to convince her to join the firm as a defense attorney.  Madrigal is driven by the fact that her parents were murdered twelve years ago when she was twelve and her sister Madison was four.  Their alleged killers got off on a technicality and Madrigal is obsessed with making sure that justice is served for her and other victims.

The suspense element blends well with the forbidden romance between Trenton and Madrigal.  While they clearly shouldn’t be intimate, they are forced into closed quarters and their attraction can’t be denied.  Their time between the sheets is raw and erotic. They truly burn up the pages.  Slowly, they are drawn closer and closer together although Trenton has built a reputation of being a womanizer.  Madrigal employs Trenton to look into her parents murders and the investigation quickly reveals that the circumstances surrounding the murders and the murderers were not true.  There was an apparent cover-up and as more information comes to light, Madrigal learns more than she wants to know about reputation and false idols.  There is an exceptional amount of depth to Shattered Virtue and the characters that are involved.  No one was what they seemed to be in the end.

I thoroughly enjoyed this romantic suspense and look forward to seeing what happens next.

**Received a copy from Montlake in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**

Rating: 5

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