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Peek Inside Shatter Me

Former Marine Alex McCray is ripped up inside over the knowledge that his best friend died saving him. Now he's returned to his hometown to honor a promise he made—to take care of his buddy's widow. But there's never been a time when Reagan Sanders didn't make him burn with desire. All it takes is one night for Reagan and Alex to give into the deep, carnal need they've denied themselves for so long. Now Alex must choose between his sense of honor...and his heart.

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Bound by honor, caught by desire…

Former Marine Alex McCray is ripped up inside over the knowledge that his best friend died saving him. Now he’s returned to his hometown to honor a promise he made—to take care of his buddy’s widow. Semper fidelis. “Always loyal.” But Alex’s loyalty is about to be tested, because there’s never been a time when Reagan Sanders didn’t make him burn with desire.

All it takes is one night for Reagan and Alex to give in to the deep, carnal need they’ve denied themselves for so long. But Reagan has secrets of her own―secrets Alex can never know about her marriage, or the kind of man her husband really was. But one night with Alex isn’t enough. Not even close. Now Alex must choose between his sense of honor…and his heart.


"Tori St. Claire writes an utterly beautiful, emotional love story of second chance love. " --Bottles & Book Reviews

"Wonderfully written with a story that truly blew me away. " --Bette Hansen, Goodreads

"I absolutely loved this book. It was fast paced, very detailed, and moving. Amazing writing!" --April Siegfried, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633752580
Release Date: May 19, 2015
Page Count: 249
Imprint: brazen
Genre: contemporary, military/men in uniform
Tropes: one night stand

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By Heather April 14, 2015

Alex's girl is sometimes a little to eager and wants to jump the gun, "it’s a little easier to accomplish if you let me take my jeans off, baby doll." Alex likes to tempt his woman wild, "he tipped his pelvis into hers, stroking her once more. “Come shower with me,” he whispered. “I’m aching to put ...more

By Sheryl C. Nash April 26, 2015

*4.5 stars*

*ARC courtesy of Netgalley and Entangled Publishing* ...more

By Sruthi February 11, 2019

Quite a short story .I felt it ended too fast ,but then again the whole plot was revealed in the first few chapters .
The story was wonderfully written , emotional on a level and the characters were complex .
A good read for a cozy winter afternoon ...more

By April May 07, 2017

Could not put this one down!

I absolutely loved this book. It was fast paced, very detailed, and moving. Amazing writing! I recommend this book to anyone who likes romance and stories of people truly getting the happily ever after they deserve! ...more

By Marsha December 31, 2015

First reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

Secrets will come out eventually. They are better told to the ones we love, then discovered at the wrong moment.

It’s not easy living with the knowledge that your best friend died saving your life. It becomes something you live with, the ghost that’s always in the ro ...more

By Maria Rose April 02, 2016

This emotional romance is the story of Alex and Reagan. Alex's best friend Drew died saving his life and when he comes to check on Drew's widow Reagan, he can't help the strong feelings he has for her even though the guilty feelings are equally as strong. But somehow, Reagan's not reacting to Drew's ...more

By April May 19, 2015

***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for my honest review****

This story will grab at your heartstrings from the first chapter and not let go until the very end.
Former Marine Alex McCray is a former Marine whose best friend dies saving his life during a mission that ended wrong. Alex was ab ...more

By Jessica May 22, 2015

Alex McCray, a former Marine, lives with the guilt that his best friend died to save him. The last promise he ever made to Drew before Drew's death was to watch over Drew's widow, Reagan. The only problem is Alex has been attracted to Reagan since the moment he met her.

Reagan hides secrets from the ...more

By Jen May 17, 2015

Check out my full review on Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous.

Note: This ARC was provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Shatter Me is a standalone novel by Tori St. Claire and is about an ex-Marine, Alex McCray, who tries to keep the promise he made to the man who saved his lif ...more

By DawnMarie May 12, 2015

5 Sexual Stars

I was given this book for my honest review

Get out your supplies readers you will need them for this hot amazing complex yet compelling read that will have your emotions on a rollercoaster. Tissues, favorite candy, favorite drink, put the DON’T DISBURB SIGN ON THE DOOR and shut the cel ...more

By Rachel May 19, 2015

Shatter Me is one hell of an emotional read that will capture you from the first page and have you hooked till the last when you finish it with a watery happy smile.

Yes it’s a little darker than most Brazen stories, as it deals with domestic abuse and the fall out. The author has dealt with it wonde ...more

By Donna June 09, 2015

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, and here it is:

This novel was so much more than the spicy "solider returns home from the war, falls in love with his best friend's widow" romance I was expecting, that it kept me up until 4:00 a.m., after reading it from start to ...more

By FMR Book Grind May 19, 2015


This is a beautiful story about 2nd chances.
Things aren't always what they seem and Reagan knows this better than anyone. She was married to a marine who died in the line of fire. He is now the town hero to everyone except his wife. She knows exactly what sort of man he was & h ...more

By Book Reading Gals January 18, 2016

Thoughts: If you’re looking for a good non-action, military romance, this one will fit the bill nicely. Reagan’s military spouse dies and is a real hero within the community that they live. However, for Reagan he was far from a hero. Instead, he was an abusive husband with whom she spent years livin ...more

By Jaime May 18, 2015

I love a good military themed romance so I was really excited to read this after reading the synopsis. I couldn't wait to see how the author brought the couple together after the death of their husband and friend. Knowing how honorable and loyal military men can be, I wanted to see what secret Reaga ...more

By Lisa April 23, 2015

Reagan is the widow to Alex's late best friend, Drew. He feels it's his duty to check in on Reagan and plans to only stop by for a short visit, as he knows this will bring up painful memories for each of them. When he arrives at her house, he sees that the house has been severely damaged by a recent ...more

By Denise May 02, 2015

I do so love to read when the man is ex military because you never know what to expect from them. In this one this author gives you a taste of something alittle different. I would say that also the one affected most was not the man but the female in this story. Reagan is the wife of his best friend ...more

By Tory August 26, 2015

I enjoyed this book a lot. I thought it took a different perspective/idea on the whole military guy and the girl back home.

Alex was a fascinating, complicated guy. He had a thing for his best friend's wife, but never acted on it, never said anything...and then lost said friend in combat, in a fashi ...more

By Paris June 27, 2017

Wow, this book pretty much sucker punched me. I tried to be prepared for a heartbreaking story about a widow and her dead husband’s best friend. I knew it was going to be sexy cause it’s a Brazen book and it definitely had scorching moments in spades. And yeah there was some confliction about acting ...more

By Patricia May 18, 2015

Although this book is a romance it also touches on a very taboo issue.

Alex, is home and living with the guilt of his best friends death. Why? Because he threw himself on a grenade to save Alex's life. Now he is going to keep the promise he made his best friend and make sure his wife is doing okay.

I ...more

By Rosemary May 23, 2015

Shatter Me is an intense emotional story that left me feeling drained. Regan Sanders is a widow. She's recovering from the loss of her abusive husband. She's finally free and can rebuild her life. She's shunned by the town because she hasn't grieved in an appropriate manner. They don't know what she ...more

By Zurri April 29, 2015

Things are not always as they seem. The darkest secrets are the ones hidden behind soft smiles.

Reagan is the abused widow of the town hero war veteran Drew who died honouring his country. He might have been an purple heart awardee and an excellent marine but he certainly wasn't a loveable husband t ...more

By Cheryl May 19, 2015

Drew and Reagan were married and Alex was Drew's best friend. Little did Alex know that every time Reagan glanced at him a little too long, Drew beat her for it and for other reasons as well. No one would believe that their deceased hometown hero, who earned a Purple Heart for saving Alex's life, be ...more

By Hristina May 22, 2015

It's amazing how different can people think about someone. A man has a multiple faces - one for his family, one for the person he loves the most, one for his friends and one for everyone else. This is why Raegan was put in such situation. I liked her very much - I don't know how she was with her abu ...more

By Jenn June 24, 2015

Received an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.

Another great Brazen installment. Reagan and Alex had their problems, but communication was their biggest (other than Drew obviously). Having never been in Reagan's situation, I can't possibly begin to think what she "should" have done in her situa ...more

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Tori St. Claire

About the author

Tori St. Claire

National Bestselling Author Tori St. Claire grew up writing. Hobby quickly turned into passion when she discovered the world of romance as a teen. Poems and short stories gave way to full-length novels with sexy heroes and heroines. She wrote her first romance novel at seventeen. While that manuscript gathered dust-bunnies beneath the bed, she established herself as Claire Ashgrove, an award-winning, paranormal and urban fantasy author, and also as Sophia Garrett, historical romance author. Her writing, however, skirted a fine line between hot and steamy, and motivated by authors she admired, she made the leap into sexier stories where the intimate relationship forges unbreakable ties.

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