The Shattered Series (Book 1)
Release Date: September 22, 2015
After her parents’ murderers get off on a technicality, Madrigal Berkeley vows to become a prosecutor for truth and justice. With her new law degree in hand, her grandfather insists she work as an intern at his prestigious law firm to learn the other side of the law.
The last thing top criminal defense attorney Trenton Steele wants is to babysit an apprentice—especially the boss’s granddaughter. Not one to do something for nothing, he wrangles a deal from the firm that will give him his own private suite in exchange for teaching Madrigal the ropes.
Before long, this tough-as-nails lawyer and his wet-behind-the-ears intern are fighting more than court battles. They’re fighting against a sexual attraction neither can control. A liaison could ruin his career and derail hers. Unable to stay away, Trenton helps Madrigal’s covert investigation into her parents’ murders. Soon they’re uncovering long-buried secrets while succumbing to desires they can no longer deny.
The lights flicker. “They’re not going to go out, are they?”
Trenton shrugs his right shoulder. “More than likely.”
A burst of wind rattles the door. Hail and rain pummel the window over the lumpy sofa, which I now realize he’s made into his bed. He’d probably tucked down for the night before I ran screaming from the bathroom when I spotted the intruder at the window. No wonder he’s wearing only briefs. They’re a nod to my presence, because I can’t imagine he sleeps in anything but his birthday suit. Just as I feared, the lights wink out, leaving us standing in the dark a few feet from each other.
Petrified, I gulp in air.
He closes the distance between us but doesn’t touch me. “Hey, it’ll be fine. You’ll see.”
His calm voice should reassure me, except it doesn’t. “You don’t know that.” I can’t help the quaver in my voice. Between the dark, the storm, the Peeping Tom, I’m fresh out of courage.
His hand reaches out and tucks back a curl that’s fallen across my face. “The storm’s too far away to do much damage. The walls will hold.” When my only response is a whimper, he wraps his arms around me and pulls me to him.
“Ohhh.” I’m freezing cold, and he’s a furnace of heat. I burrow into him, hungry for his warmth. My hand curls against his chest, eager for the reassurance of solid flesh. I know I shouldn’t, yet I can’t help but seek his warmth, his touch, him. And the closer I burrow, the more his body reacts to mine. He grows harder, longer against my belly. I can feel every inch of him imprinted against my skin.
Something passes between us, something I’ve never experienced before. The man in him calls out to the woman in me, like we’re two of a kind. How can that be? He’s the ultimate player. And I never felt sexually attracted to someone before. But now, with him?
I rest my head against his broad chest. His heartbeat jumps beneath my cheek for barely a second before he pushes me away.
Magda loves reading steamy romances which she’s been doing since she was ten. Ummm, that’s not quite true. Steamy romances did not exist when she was ten, and if they had, she’s pretty sure her mother would not have allowed her to read them. She did read the hand-holding, longing-glances kind, along with her catechism, which got her into trouble more than once. Let’s just say Mother Superior was not amused.
As soon as sexy romances came into existence, thank you Rosemary Rogers, she’s been lapping them up. So when it came time to write one, guess what she wrote. A no-brainer, right?
Magda, a lifelong learner, graduated from the University of Maryland where she majored in Business Administration (because her family had to eat) and minored in English (because she needed to dream). She’s lived in Maryland most of her life and now resides close to the Catoctin Mountains in a city whose history dates back to colonial times.
Shattered Virtue was my first book from Magna Alexander and I truly enjoyed it. Magna’s plot absolutely kept my attention – entertaining me with clever and intriguing characters. I thought their mysterious pasts were interesting and it created an suspenseful read – I wanted to know more.
Starting with Madrigal Berkeley. Even though she is 24, Madrigal still feels the need to do exactly what is expected of her – at least for one more summer. Her grandfather wants her to intern at his law firm, mainly because he hopes she will change her career path and work for him.
Except his plan did not factor in Trenton Steele – a partner at his firm – and how he would affect Madrigal’s life. Gramps had no way of knowing that they would soon be off on a puzzling and quite possibly dangerous adventure to discover what truly happened to Madrigal’s parents twelve years ago.
With each new chapter, you become more and more invested in Trenton and Madrigal. They share this unexpected bond and you’re completely enchanted by it. Oh. My. Hotness. The attraction between these two is instantaneous and off the charts hot. However, they both respect one another’s intellect and are captivated by their personalities – so it’s not just about lust. It’s an unlikely relationship because of their age difference but it’s just right and they both know it.
All of this together creates an exciting and enthralling romance between these two as well as excellent reading for you. This book kept me up late into the night reading and overall, I would recommend Shattered Virtue but with one small caveat.
The book ends on a cliffhanger – one that does not seem possible and one that I was not expecting so that kind of annoyed me. However, after I digested that detail, I found it did not lessen my desire to read the next installment in the series. I look forward to finding out the truth about the mystery and seeing where this couple’s romance goes in the future.