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Archangel's Sun by Nalini SinghObsidian Butterfly by Laurell K. HamiltonThe Blacksmith Queen by G.A. AikenWritten in the Stars by Alexandria BellefleurTargeted by Kendra ElliotVeiled by Kendra ElliotA Broken Bone by Melinda LeighWitness in Death by J.D. Robb
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Review: ‘Targeted’ by Kendra Elliot

Review: ‘Targeted’ by Kendra Elliot

Targeted

by Kendra Elliot
Series: Callahan & McLane #4
Published by Montlake Romance on June 7, 2016
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 328
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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four-half-stars

A Wall Street Journal bestseller
All Detective Mason Callahan wanted was a quiet fishing trip with the guys—a chance to get away and unwind before Halloween.
Until he finds the body of his boss, Denny Schefte, near their remote Oregon cabin. Now all he wants is to catch the sadist who slit Denny’s throat and covered his face with a mask. Mason was the last person to see him alive and will stop at nothing to find his friend’s murderer.
When the FBI learns of the mask left at the scene, they realize they have a serial killer on their hands—one who is targeting cops. They assign the case to Special Agent Ava McLane, despite her engagement to Mason. Barely recovered from her own nearly fatal injury and her sister’s attempted suicide, Ava hopes she is ready to chase another killer.
But as she delves into the increasingly disturbing case, the killer may be closer than expected—dangerously close.


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Review: ‘Spiraled’ by Kendra Elliot

Review: ‘Spiraled’ by Kendra Elliot

Spiraled

by Kendra Elliot
Series: Callahan & McLane #3
Published by Montlake Romance on June 2, 2015
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 305
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased, Scribd
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five-stars

FBI Special Agent Ava McLane solves crimes; she doesn’t witness them. When she’s trapped in a mall without her weapon as a shooter picks off victims, she hides with a wounded teen and prays for her survival.
But that’s only the beginning…
An epidemic of mass shootings has swept across Oregon. The young shooters terrify the public, committing random murders before taking their own lives. The task force assembled to solve the case—which includes Ava’s boyfriend, detective Mason Callahan—remains stumped. And on top of this chaos, Ava’s troubled twin sister reappears, throwing Ava’s already-tumultuous life into a tailspin.
An old-fashioned cop with a strong sense of duty, Mason struggles to find the cause of the shootings as workaholic Ava spins ever closer to breaking down. But can one detective save the lives of countless innocents—and prevent the woman he loves from going over the edge?


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Review: ‘Bridged’ by Kendra Elliot

Review: ‘Bridged’ by Kendra Elliot

Bridged

by Kendra Elliot
Series: Callahan & McLane #2
Published by Montlake Romance on February 10, 2015
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 295
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased, Scribd
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four-half-stars

After a congressman’s tortured body is found dangling from a Portland bridge, the FBI joins the Oregon State Police to investigate the case—and FBI Special Agent Ava McLane, still recovering from a bullet wound, hunts the twisted killer alongside the man who captured her heart, police detective Mason Callahan.
But once a third body appears and all evidence points to a serial killer, the public furiously clamors for answers—and the couple’s relationship grows fractured under the pressure. Ava and Mason search in the past for clues that predict the future. And when Ava’s mentally ill twin spins out of control, the FBI agent who battles monsters every day wonders if she shares her sister’s self-destructive streak…
In the latest thrilling romantic suspense novel from award-winning author Kendra Elliot, the past and the present violently collide…and the fallout can be deadly.


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Review: ‘Vanished’ by Kendra Elliot

Review: ‘Vanished’ by Kendra Elliot

Vanished

by Kendra Elliot
Series: Callahan & McLane #1
Published by Montlake Romance on June 24, 2014
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 337
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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four-half-stars

From Wall Street Journal bestselling author Kendra Elliot.
When an eleven-year-old is abducted on her way to school, the FBI doesn’t waste a moment, sending agents to scour the area and embedding Special Agent Ava McLane with the distraught family. In the eye of the storm is local detective Mason Callahan, whose life is crumbling to pieces—he’s related to the victim, and his longtime confidential informant has just been murdered.
Both he and Agent McLane hole up in the victim’s family home. Every second counts in a kidnapping case, and the stakes keep rising the longer the girl is missing. As Ava and Mason struggle to hold the family together in their darkest hour, the two investigators find themselves drawn to each other.
2015 Overall Daphne du Maurier Award Winner


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Review: ‘A Merciful Secret’ by Kendra Elliot #Romanceopoly2020

Review: ‘A Merciful Secret’ by Kendra Elliot #Romanceopoly2020

A Merciful Secret

by Kendra Elliot
Series: Mercy Kilpatrick #3
Published by Montlake Romance on January 16, 2018
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 325
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited
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four-half-stars

In this Wall Street Journal bestseller, a pair of ritual murders could expose Mercy Kilpatrick to something terrifying: her own past…
Raised off the grid by survivalists, Mercy Kilpatrick believed in no greater safeguard than the backwoods of Oregon. Unforgiven by her father for abandoning the fold for the FBI, Mercy still holds to her past convictions. They’re in her blood. They’re her secrets—as guarded as her private survival retreat hidden away in the foothills.
In a cabin near her hideaway, Mercy encounters a young girl whose grandmother is dying from multiple knife wounds. Hundreds of miles away, a body is discovered slashed to death in a similar way. The victims—a city judge and an old woman living in the woods—couldn’t be more different. With the help of police chief Truman Daly, Mercy must find the killer before the body count rises. Mercy knows that the past has an edge on her. So does her family. How can she keep her secrets now…when they’re the only things that can save her?


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Review: ‘A Merciful Truth’ by Kendra Elliot #Romanceopoly2020

Review: ‘A Merciful Truth’ by Kendra Elliot #Romanceopoly2020

A Merciful Truth

by Kendra Elliot
Series: Mercy Kilpatrick #2
Published by Montlake Romance on June 6, 2017
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 322
Format: Paperback, AudioBook
Source: Purchased
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five-stars

Raised by a family of survivalists, FBI agent Mercy Kilpatrick can take on any challenge—even the hostile reception to her homecoming. But she’s not the only one causing chaos in the rural community of Eagle’s Nest, Oregon. At first believed to be teenage pranks, a series of fires takes a deadly turn with the murder of two sheriff’s deputies. Now, along with Police Chief Truman Daly, Mercy is on the hunt for an arsonist turned killer.
Still shunned by her family and members of the community, Mercy must keep her ear close to the ground to pick up any leads. And it’s not long before she hears rumors of the area’s growing antigovernment militia movement. If the arsonist is among their ranks, Mercy is determined to smoke the culprit out. But when her investigation uncovers a shocking secret, will this hunt for a madman turn into her own trial by fire?


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Review: ‘Bred in the Bone’ by Kendra Elliot

Review: ‘Bred in the Bone’ by Kendra Elliot

Bred in the Bone

by Kendra Elliot
Series: Widow's Island #4
Published by Montlake Romance on October 29, 2019
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 86
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited
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five-stars

In the fourth Widow’s Island novella by Wall Street Journal bestselling author Kendra Elliot, the truth of a twenty-year disappearance will finally come to light.
When the town drunk ends up dead in a hit-and-run, FBI special agent Cate Wilde expects that solving the case will be cut and dried. But evidence quickly surfaces that the victim was involved with another crime. A crime that has gone cold for twenty years. A crime of personal importance to Cate.
Cate’s best friend, Samantha, went missing at fourteen, leaving behind nothing except a jacket and an island full of unanswered questions. Samantha’s disappearance has haunted Cate for more than half her life, and she might finally be able to find some closure.
But not everything is as it seems. As Cate unravels what happened on that fateful day, she’ll discover that the community of Widow’s Island is full of secrets. Betrayed by someone she thought she knew, Cate will need to piece together the truth…before someone else gets hurt.


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Review: ‘Whisper of Bones’ by Melinda Leigh

Review: ‘Whisper of Bones’ by Melinda Leigh

Whisper of Bones

by Melinda Leigh
Series: Widow's Island #3
Published by Montlake Romance on October 22, 2019
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 97
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited
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four-half-stars

Dark secrets from the past bob to the surface in the third novella in the Widow’s Island series.
When a body washes up on the state park beach, Deputy Tessa Black’s experience as a former Seattle detective tells her that the death was not an accident. All evidence points to another murder on the remote island.
The victim is a local contractor with a shockingly long list of enemies. The more locals Tessa interviews, the more people she suspects—from the bitter ex-wife and estranged current wife to disgruntled former clients and employees. They all have different reasons to want him dead.
As Tessa’s investigation heats up, arson and a vicious assault convince her the killer is desperate to hide his crime—and that she’d better solve the case before he claims another victim.


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Review: ‘A Bone to Pick’ by Melinda Leigh (#KUWeekendAThon)

Review: ‘A Bone to Pick’ by Melinda Leigh (#KUWeekendAThon)

A Bone to Pick

by Melinda Leigh
Series: Widow's Island #2
Published by Montlake Romance on October 30, 2018
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 101
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited
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five-stars

Deputy Tessa Black gave up her career as a detective with the Seattle PD and returned to the Pacific Northwest island she calls home to care for her ailing mother. Tessa thinks her mother’s illness is the worst thing she’ll face—until she responds to a routine call in the state park and discovers a local man harpooned to a sign.
As the murder investigation unfolds, it becomes clear that the victim harbored secrets. Together with her FBI agent best friend, Cate, and park ranger Logan Wilde, Tessa must connect the pieces before the murderer strikes again. But the closer she gets to the truth, the more she finds herself—and the ones she loves—in harm’s way.
Pressure mounts as Tessa attempts to juggle the current case with her search for the truth behind her childhood friend Samantha’s disappearance twenty years ago. Can Tessa find the murderer and uncover answers about Samantha without jeopardizing everything she holds dear?


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Review: ‘Close to the Bone’ by Kendra Elliot

Review: ‘Close to the Bone’ by Kendra Elliot

Close to the Bone

by Kendra Elliot
Series: Widow's Island #1
Published by Montlake Romance on October 23, 2018
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 83
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited
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four-stars

FBI Special Agent Cate Wilde is back home on a remote Pacific Northwest island when she gets the call: a teenager’s skeletal remains have been found on a nearby island.
Together with Tessa Black, a childhood friend turned local deputy, Cate confronts dreary weather and bleak leads to make sense of the death. The complications pile up as Cate is distracted by the coroner on the case—and by nagging memories that draw her twenty years into the past. The remains suggest eerie similarities between this victim, and Cate and Tessa’s friend Samantha, who disappeared when she was fourteen.
Cate finds herself up against closemouthed locals, buried town secrets, and even her own heart. As the case unravels, will she be able to cut through the fog and find justice for the missing and the dead


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