What makes this story really wonderful is how strong and individual the two main characters are. Alex has had a few hard knocks in life, but she isn't letting it get her down. She attends college during the day and saves all the money she makes in the various jobs she is employed in. She isn't too proud or haughty, and the fact that she works as a stripper doesn't faze her at all, she is very proud of her work and the strip scenes are written extremely well. Steven is also proud, not knowing how much he loves and cherishes Alex until he almost loses her. Karen Monroe's SHATTERED is a hot romance, with lots of steam and sass and a very good story line that will keep the reader interested from the first page to the last. This reviewer hopes that there will be a sequel starring Jake and Ameril in the near future.