Book Review: Abel – Shattered by CJ Bishop

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Abel – Shattered
Author: CJ Bishop
Series: Phoenix Club #3
Heroes: Abel Sims and Devlin Grant
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 102 Pages
Publisher: Rascal Hearts
Release Date: February 8, 2014
Available at: Smashwords
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Abel’s heart is crushed by Devlin’s vehement rejection and refusal to believe the truth about his brother. With the threat of prison hanging over him, Abel is sent away with Horatio Kaplan to Italy for safe keeping.

Certain he has lost Devlin forever, and broken by the reality that he has devastated Devlin’s life, Abel takes an unexpected comfort in Kaplan when the man begins to show sincere care and affection for him.


What a wild ride! For real, I am seriously worn out! Abel and Devlin have every card in the pile stacked against them and at this point I was really nervous. This is the third installment of the Phoenix Club series and as the pages were winding down I was beginning to worry that maybe, just maybe there would not be a HEA for these two lost souls. Man, I am so happy to say that is not the case. It was a torturous ride but they made it, they finally have everything out in the open and their love was strong enough to conquer all their demons.

So for those who were holding off reading this series because of the cliff hangers in books one and two; well hold off no more. Pick it up and start to read because the part of the series involving Abel and Devlin ended on a high note…a seriously high note at that! From my understanding, there are more books to the series but with other guys, and hopefully (fingers crossed) a full book on Cole and Gabe (or as Jen calls them, the Dynamic Duo). Those two boys are smoking hot and I for one can’t wait to read more on them.

But to get back to Abel and Devlin; this was NOT an easy read. This was probably the hardest book in the series for me. When I say I was worried, I mean I was freaking worried! Abel has escaped the country with Kaplan and is starting to have feelings for him. He is not in love with him, but he is seeing him as the good man that he is and begins to warm up to him. They still have some issues, but Kaplan is not the icky man I initially thought, but instead has a story of his own. I am very interested to see where that goes; and how Max fits in with it.

So even though I love the series and I will eagerly await the next book, I did have a couple issues. One, the connection with Abel and Devlin was not very strong for me. I could read how much they felt for each other, but a great portion of the series they are apart so I didn’t feel it as strongly.  I would have liked a little more Abel and Devlin togetherness before the drama; it would have made their angst more real. And two, the lack of condoms. I was not going to bring it up, but it did bug me, especially since there is a sister who is HIV+ and they work in a strip club. It bugged me but I ignored it and allowed myself to just enjoy the story.

So for those who like rent boys, a ton of angst, maybe a little dubious consent, and are willing to wait three whole books before the heroes finally get it right, then this book, this series is for you! But be warned, it is not pretty and it is not easy, but it is worth it.

Overall Impression: I really liked it

*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*

Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Published in 2014, Susan65's Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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One thought on “Book Review: Abel – Shattered by CJ Bishop

  1. Jennifer Hess

    Loved all three books!!! Really hope to read more about Max and what broke him and his true love apart!

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