Shattered is the first book in the Torzial series by Via Mari. It is a romantic suspense that’s full of action, danger, secrets, hidden agendas, humour, mystery, sexual exploration & awakening, some light bondage, a little spanking, plenty of sizzle, the mafia, and so much more. I have loved reading this book, as I really enjoyed the Prestian series, I knew I had to read this one too. But Ms. Mari certainly upped her game with this book/series- blowing past the Prestian books easily. I had been wondering how Via Mari would navigate this storyline/series after everything that happened in the Prestian novels- I admit that I had fairly high expectations, and after reading this I am delighted to say that she surpassed all my expectations, and then some! All the minor issues I had with the Prestian series, seem to have been well and truly resolved in this book/series. I feel Via Mari has hit her stride now, totally comfortable and at ease with her craft- and it really shows in this well written and polished book!
The story/series is separate to the Prestian series, but has recurring characters, situations, and some timeline cross-overs- and as such, I would really recommend reading the Prestian series before embarking on this one- as all the information contained in those books will enhance your reading experience of this book/series.
This is primarily a suspense- with a great erotic romance woven through it. I love how Via Mari is able to build such intense tension, chemistry, and intrigue- but manages to balance it all with emotion and humour.
I loved meeting Jenny and Brian in the Prestian series, but in this book/series, I really ‘got to know them’ so much better! They really are fantastic characters, so beautifully created, with complex personalities that really brought them to life. I was completely immersed in their story- strung out on all the detail, reading anxiously to discover what happens. The story does continue into the next book, but I didn’t miss a beat, diving in and reading the entire series back to back!
Superb!! My favourite of Via Mari’s so far!!
Thank you, Via Mari!
Reviewed by @angelahayes