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Shattered Rainbows

Fallen Angels, Book 5
Narrated by: Siobhan Waring
Series: Fallen Angels (Putney), Book 5
Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
Categories: Fiction, Sagas
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Summary

A RITA Award finalist. 

Broken dreams and second chances. 

Honed by danger and haunted by the past, Lord Michael Kenyon finds it easy to risk his life for his country’s sake. But in the shadow of Waterloo, he faces a far more dangerous threat - the loss of his heart to the beautiful battlefield nurse who saves his life yet can never be his.  

Called a saint for her virtue and selfless courage, only Catherine Melbourne knows the tragic flaw at the core of her spirit. In Michael Kenyon, she sees the strength and kindness she craves, yet for honor’s sake, she must conceal her love and send him away. Even when freed from her empty marriage, she conceals the truth because of the bleak knowledge she can never again be any man’s wife. 

Then fate offers Catherine a fortune, a title, a heritage for her daughter - if Michael will impersonate her husband on a visit to a wild Cornish island. Reluctantly, he agrees to the masquerade. But what begins as a simple journey leads them into a shattering vortex of danger and betrayal - and a fiercely passionate love that can no longer be denied.    

Titles in the Fallen Angels series:  

  1. Thunder & Roses  
  2. Dancing on the Wind  
  3. Petals in the Storm  
  4. Angel Rogue  
  5. Shattered Rainbows  
  6. River of Fire  
  7. One Perfect Rose    

About the author: A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today best-selling author, Mary Jo Putney's novels are known for psychological depth and intensity and include historical and contemporary romance, fantasy, and young adult fantasy.

©1996 Mary Jo Putney (P)2018 Mary Jo Putney

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“An extraordinary reading experience. Darkly erotic and sizzling with sensuality, this love story dazzles the senses and steals your heart away. Romance just doesn’t get any better than this.” (Romantic Times)

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Loved it!

This book has everything one would expect of a Regency romance. Initially it seems a lot like a military Regency romance. Just when the audience gets comfortable with that concept, the plot thickens, the suspense increases and the whole story gains momentum. I had a hard time putting the audiobook on pause, especially in the second half of the book.

Michael and Katherine encounter each other in war torn Europe. He is an officer and she another officer's wife spending her time following the drums and acting as a nurse.Their attraction is almost instantaneous but equally impossible to act on. They settle on a respectable friendship.

Their paths cross again a year after Waterloo when Katherine needs Michael's assistance to potentially claim her inheritance. A lot has changed but more than that a darkness looms over them that threatens to swallow them whole.

Siobhan Waring is a perfect match to narrate Mary Jo Putney's story. She brings the story to life, giving each character voices that match their personality and circumstances. I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook and intend to read the whole series.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Superb. One of her best.

I am rarely moved to review my audio books and only do so when a 5 star plus rating is appropriate! MJP writes a captivating blend of adventure and romance and this book is one of my favorites in the Fallen Angels series. The hero and heroine first meet at Waterloo where Catherine saves Michael's life with a blood transfusion. Later in peace time chance brings them together again and Catherine persuades Michael to be her 'temporary husband' and accompany her to visit a dying relative on a remote channel island where it is possible that she might inherit. Intrigue and treachery intervene before the HEA is finally achieved. The book is beautifully written as always with this author. The narration is also outstanding. Highly recommended

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  • Shilo
  • 28-12-18

Enjoyed it but with reservations

I wavered between rating this a 2 and a 3. Really it’s about a 2.5. The audiobook narration was excellent, which is probably why I finished it. If I had been reading it I probably would have given up partway through.

I liked the story well enough, and I’m always a fan of the fake relationship trope. The writing style wasn’t really for me though. It was too… I don’t know. Flowery? gushy? Definitely far too full of cliches. Especially at the romantic and sexual bits. Then it was cringe-worthy.

The hero and heroine both had tortured, tragic backgrounds — far too tragic to be realistic. They were both also unrealistically selfless and heroic. I do have to give kudos for a charmingly irascible grandfather and a truly villainous villain.

Also all the major plot points / twists were obvious. Whenever something little came up that would be important later it was just… far too obvious. I could see it all coming a mile away. And how many times can one really repeat the title of the book within the book?

I also found her portrayal of asthma to be unrealistic. Maybe before there were medications for it the only way to manage it was to talk oneself through it, but it isn’t *just* the panic that makes it difficult to breathe. She also seemed to attribute the hero’s attacks to strong emotions instead of, say, the cigar smoke blowing in his face.

So, overall I enjoyed it but with reservations. This is the first Mary Jo Putney book I’ve read, and I definitely won’t be seeking out her work in the future. I would probably read the others in the series if I found them at the library and didn’t have anything else to read, but I wouldn’t buy them

*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Romance junkie
  • 28-01-19

Hidden Love Due To Duty and Fears of Unrequited Love

I absolute love history, so the romance with history is a bonus.
On occasion I become frustrated when it takes so long for either of a couple are willing to take the step to declare their feelings..but so go romance novels.
Catherine, widow, single mother, is seeking to become the inheritor of her grandfathers land. He is old fashioned and she need s a husband. Enters Michael, a fallen angel with friends from his school days, and a secretive life...who loves Catherine but does not speak of it.
Up hill battles, inability to keep their hands off each other all the time and failure to express true feelings until the end.
Go up and down the hills and valleys of love and desire with Catherine and Michael with a fantastic narrator and the knowledge of historical events. I found the use of a blood transfusion on the battle field very interesting.


This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review

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  • Jennifer Mulder
  • 14-01-19

Worth the Listen

Oh my goodness do i love this book. This whole series is excellent too. I have read the entire series previously, but that was many years ago now, and this one i have to say is one of my favorites. Yes some things are not realistic, but that's the great thing about a fictional romance, anything is possible! I love the strong women who still know how to be womanly!

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  • LilMissMolly
  • 14-01-19

Amazing Audio Update to Beloved Historical Romance

Shattered Rainbows is a delightful historical romance set primarily in 1816. Originally written in 1995, Shattered Rainbows received a much needed audiobook update narrated by the highly talented Siobhan Waring. Her narration style is very natural, providing different voices for all the characters. She has a rhythm to her reading that is simply melodic and enchanting.

The story revolves around Lord Michael Kenyon and Catherine Melbourne whose lives keep circling each other over the span of 10 years. We first meet the pair when Catherine is a married battlefield nurse and Michael is brought in as a wounded soldier after being left for dead on the battlefield. Despite not being expected to live, Catherine nurses him back to health as he imagines she is a battlefield angel.

They reunite several years later when Michael rents a room in a shared family house of officers. Michael falls in love with Catherine after spending significant time with her and her daughter. He soon realizes Catherine is a married to a cad who has no discipline and tups anything in a skirt. But despite this, he neither acts on his desires nor does he profess his love or admiration to her.

After her husband is murdered, Catherine is offered a title to an island in Cornwall from a dying uncle on the condition that her uncle deems her husband “worthy”. Catherine asks Michael if he will impersonate her husband under the ruse that he is still in France. Being in such close proximity, compounded by the years of unrequited love on both sides, they soon succumb to their passions. Of course, it’s too good to last long and the pair’s happiness is thwarted by an evil cousin who kidnapped Catherine’s daughter to use as leverage to overtake the estate.

What I loved most about Shattered Rainbows is the character development. Michael is an exemplary hero who is strong like every hero should be, yet he is filled with understanding and compassion. He is also extremely kindhearted and patient. Catherine's character is strong, determined, and at times feisty, and every inch Michael's equal. It was heartwarming listening to them work together to save Catherine’s daughter and defeat the conniving cousin. In short, I highly recommended this audiobook!

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  • MM
  • 23-12-18

I HAVE FOUND ANOTHER FAVORITE AUTHOR...

I loved this book. It is well written with many twists and turns. I can usually figure out what will happen next in many stories, but this one kept me surprised. With wonderful character development, just the right amount of steam and sizzle and a great narrator, I can't wait for more books to be out in this series.

I do hope the author stays with one narrator as it gets confusing when the voices and tone keep changing. This narrator was very good.

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  • Dee
  • 17-12-18

Loved this listen!

This is book five in a series but my first. Man, I've missed something special. (Hashtag, Regrets.)

I loved the writing! There were actually two stories - one past, one present. I loved that approach since it gave us a very special glimpse into the two main characters, Michael and Catherine. When they meet again in the present, it's with the backdrop of Napoleon marching into Waterloo. (We all know how that ended.)

The relationship between Michael and Catherine was the epitome of a slow burn and it was narrated to perfection. There was a weird pivot in the ending but the HEA was awesome.

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  • PennyLou
  • 20-08-19

Amazing historical romance!!!

This is my favorite book of the series. I loved the characters and the story. This was my first time hearing Sioban Waring narrate. She did a really good job.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 28-04-19

Fallen Angel Michael

Ms Putney"s stories are filled with believeable characters that the reader would love to have as friend. a great read. Looking forward to the next fallen Angel tale.

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  • Shoppermom
  • 21-12-18

Classic Mary Jo Putney perfectly narrated.

There are some authors whose books I'm always happy to stumble across and others whom I enjoy so much that I try to pace myself. Usually these are authors with an extensive but not limitless booklist, and life being what it is, it's good to know that there are still unread books guaranteed to lift my spirits always at hand. Mary Jo Putney falls into the "pace myself" category, so it's been a while now since I read or listened to one of her books. I came across Shattered Rainbow recently, though, and was fortunate to receive a complimentary copy from the narrator via AudioBoom. Listening to it was like slipping into the most comfortable armchair and being transported to a different time and place. It is the fifth book in the Fallen Angels series, but it works fine as a standalone. Shattered Rainbows is an old-fashioned historical romance, in that it has well-developed characters, deep historical immersion (the battle and aftermath of Waterloo), and a healthy dose of suspense and villainy. In short, it was delightful. The narration was perfect, and as always happens with a Mary Jo Putney story, I was quite sad to reach the end. I haven't read or listened to all the other books in the series, though, and I'm thinking my "pace yourself" discipline is going to have to be put aside for at least a few volumes.

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  • Sherry k
  • 19-12-18

Another fallen Angel.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review." I was delighted to read Michael's story in the 'Fallen Angels' series,. This has been an exciting series and I look forward to the next book. Mary Jo Putney is a terrific writer and Sioban Waring did a fantastic job narrating,.