Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Poppy's Secret by Andrew Grey Audiobook Review


A second chance born of love.

Pat Corrigan and Edgerton "Edge" Winters were ready to start a family-or so Pat thought. At the last minute, Edge got cold feet and fled. Pat didn't bother telling him the conception had already gone through and little Emma was on her way. He didn't want a relationship based on obligation. He'd rather raise his daughter on his own.

Nine years later, Emma and her Poppy are doing fine. Edge isn't. He realizes what he threw away by leaving, and he's back to turn his life around and reclaim his family. It'll take a lot to prove to Pat that he's a new man, and even if Edge succeeds, the secret Pat has hidden for years might shatter their dreams all over again.

Audiobook Details
Length: 5 hrs, 11 mins
Narrator: John Solo

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Angela☆☆☆☆
Poppy’s Secret is a very sweet, second chance romance with just enough angst to keep me entertained, but not so much that it enters new adult territory. I have to hand it to Andrew Grey on this one, the angst that occurs bleeds over from Pat and Edge’s time together in their early twenties, appropriate for the young men they were but not the more world weary men they are now, and for the most part, both men seem to recognize when their disagreements begin sliding back into the land of immaturity and actively try to reign it in, wanting to deal with the problems of the present without so much of their baggage from the past controlling them. It’s a fine line for an author to write and Grey does it well, yet still allows for human nature and hurt feelings to result in the men succumbing to the angst and drama when tensions run high – and there are plenty of reasons for them to run high.

When Pat’s partner left him nine years ago, on the cusp of them beginning a family together, he made the difficult decision to raise the child their surrogate gave birth to on his own and keep their daughter’s existence a secret from Edge, allowing the man he loved to begin the life he obviously wanted more than the family they had planned. Edge’s return to town throws his world into chaos as Pat worries what the man he once loved will say when he learns of Emma’s existence, especially when Edge learns the real secret that Pat has kept all these years. Assuming this isn’t the first romance you’ve ever read, you’ll figure out what the secret is pretty quickly, possibly before you even start the book. However, don’t let that deter you because Grey’s talent in Poppy’s Secret is taking a predictable plot point and crafting a believable story that has an unexpected twist or two to keep you from feeling like you’ve heard this story before. For me, one of the plot twists was one that forced me to abandon the audiobook for several months because I had to be in the right frame of mind for it. No, it’s nothing horrific – this is a Dreamspun Desires title, after all – but it’s a topic that’s I’m sensitive to, to varying degrees throughout the year. This time around, the issue didn’t bother me at all and I was able to listen to the entirety of the audiobook without any problems. Well, that’s not entirely true. I did have to pause the sexy times scene that occurs while Edge is painting because it was a bit too hot for me to listen to in public; yeah, that one tapped right into my voyeuristic nature and had me dropping everything I was doing just so I could listen to it closely… twice… okay, three times. As much as I enjoyed that happy ending, it doesn’t compare to Pat, Edge, and Emma’s happy ending, especially as envisioned by Edge. That really was a beautiful dream.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, John Solo brings a beautiful, storyteller voice to the Dreamspun Desires audiobooks. In Poppy’s Secret, he not only nails the men’s angst and frustration, but he does a wonderful job of conveying their fears, their hopes, and their love. I’m not sure how to preface this, but he also performs Emma’s voice in an interesting way. Rather than trying to feminize his voice and/or trying to make it sound younger or high pitched for a young girl, Solo seems to use a different cadence (I think that’s the right word) when Emma speaks. When Emma talks, there’s a sing-song quality to her speech that I think works far better than a pitch change would have. I don’t know if I’m making any sense, but I think people who listen to the audiobook will understand what I’m bumbling all over here. Needless to say, I really enjoyed Poppy’s Secret, loving the conflict and angst Grey forced Pat and Edge to navigate through to achieve their happy ending, as well as the way Solo brings each character to life.



Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and now writes full time.

Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing). He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

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John Solo has been a professional performer for 20 years, although this whole acting thing is a relatively new development. Prior to all of this he made his living as a salesman, engineer, security guard, mechanic, construction worker, purveyor of polyester dress suits… The list goes on ad nauseam, but he prefers to think of himself as an Itinerant Adventurer and lovable scoundrel! When not acting like someone else in front of a microphone, John prefers to indulge in the simpler things in life; games of chance, sword-fighting and traveling the world… all from the comforts of his own overstuffed couch.

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The Case of the Missing Drag Queen by Michael Rupured


Broke, saddled with a mountain of debt, and dependent on his Aunt Callie's support, aspiring writer Luke Tanner has returned to Kentucky to put his life back together after a failed five-year relationship.

On his twenty-fifth birthday, Luke meets diminutive Pixie Wilder, a long-time performer at the Gilded Lily. After headliner Ruby Dubonnet doesn’t show up, Pixie takes her place as the star of the show—a motive that makes her a suspect in Ruby’s disappearance.

Luke reluctantly agrees to help his newfound friend clear her name. He and Pixie set out to find the missing drag queen, and in the process, put themselves in danger.

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Sarah☆☆☆
This is the story of a bartender who teams up with a drag queen to find a missing drag legend. It’s a fun story full of quirky characters and references to 80s music.

Despite being published by Dreamspinner Press, this really isn’t a romance. The story opens with a bad case of pubic lice. and while there is some saucy dialogue and a few awkward moments, there is no sex and very little heat in this book. I found the characters entertaining and although Luke and Pixie’s investigation is slow at times, it did keep my interest.

I found the weird and wonderful residents of Luke and Ruby’s apartment building more entertaining than the staff and regulars at the Gilded Lily. I get that this is historic fiction set in the early 1980s but I’m still not completely comfortable with the label ‘drag queen’ being applied to non-binary characters who would now identify as gender fluid or trans. I’m also not sure the historic setting serves any real purpose in this novel. The 80’s references are a little bit sporadic and I’m pretty sure some of the music mentioned wasn’t released until later in the decade.

For the most part, I enjoyed this irreverent and sometimes funny story. It is a little bit slow and there are probably too many characters vying for our attention. Compared to something contemporary like Brandon Witt’s Mary’s Boys stories, this feels quite dated but there are some great characters and laugh out loud moments in this book.



MICHAEL RUPURED grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, the thoroughbred horse capital of the world. In 1998, he moved to Athens, Georgia, home of the B-52s, R.E.M., Widespread Panic, and countless garage bands aspiring to make it big. He’s an avid fan of SEC sports—especially Georgia football, Kentucky basketball, and women’s gymnastics. Michael’s personal involvement in sports consists of running, working out at the gym, and playing with his longhaired Chihuahua, Toodles. In addition to “writing stories true enough for government work,” he’s on the faculty of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Georgia. He’s received numerous awards for financial education programs he’s developed over the last thirty years for youths and low-income families and served in a variety of leadership roles at the state and national level. In 2015, he was named Postsecondary Educator of the Year by the Georgia Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences and the Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education. He joined the Athens Writers Workshop in 2010 and has since published three novels: Until Thanksgiving in 2012, After Christmas Eve in 2013 (rereleasing as No Good Deed in 2016), Happy Independence Day—a Rainbow Award runner-up for historical fiction in 2014—and Whippersnapper in 2016.

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Overtime by V.L. Locey Blog Tour


Sander March is one season away from the pros, or so everyone tells him.

If only Sander had as much faith in his ability as the Cougar coaching staff does. Outwardly, he’s cocksure, borderline bitter, and slightly sarcastic. All that strut and sass hides a wounded soul though. Working to hide a brutal past filled with humiliation, abuse, and a family member who still haunts him, Sander has never found the kind of comfort and understanding he so desperately needs. Until he meets Mateo Castillo, a minor league baseball player for the nearby Elmira Egrets. Mateo and Sander click instantly, and a budding friendship develops between the two athletes.

Mateo then introduces Sander to his boyfriend, Noah Coombs, an aspiring manga comic creator. The three men find themselves bonding strongly, and that slowly gives way to sexual attraction. Eventually, Mateo and Noah invite Sander into their relationship. The path to happiness isn’t going to be easy for Sander as he faces criticism from his friends, teammates, and the press for his choices. The brash young star can handle all that, it’s when his abuser shows up in Cayuga that Sander fears not only for his own safety, but for the lives of the two men he has grown to love. Will Sander’s past tear him away from Mateo and Noah, or will he be able to leave the darkness behind?

Warning – This story has disturbing subject matter.

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Veronica☆☆☆☆
When we first meet Sander and learn his backstory, my heart was breaking for him and I just wanted him to find someone to love and support him. So, when he meets Mat and they hit it off, I was thrilled even though we quickly learn that Mat is in a committed relationship with Noah. As the three men become friends, the relationship develops into more.

This story gives the very hot and dirty sex that you'd expect from an m/m/m novel and I can say it made for stimulating reading. But the relationship between the three men is the highlight for me. I loved seeing these men support each other. Even when things weren't going right for the guys, I was comforted by their relationship and knowing they'd be there to take care of each other.

I also loved the antagonistic relationship Sander has with Coach Vic Kalinski and how the Cayuga Cougars support Sander when he needs it.

Even though parts of Overtime deal with some difficult issues, the warmth and strength of the relationship between our trio shines through and I just loved it.


Ruthie☆☆☆☆
This is the fourth book in the series, and is another excellent read. Not only do we get Dan's ex, Sander's story, but also a catch up with the previous relationships. I would recommend that you read them in order, as this is a really different series to the usual gorgeous, highly paid hockey player romances. This is grittier, more real, and definitely more diverse.

Not only do we have the hockey goodness of Sander and the Cougars, but we also get a small taste of the difficulties faced by a baseball hopeful in Mat. His sports story may not be absolute centre, but it is an effective reminder of the harsh realities of trying to succeed as a professional sportsperson. I loved the manga elements that were introduced thanks to Noah's talents as an author and illustrator, and especially his MM romance based on his two lovers.

The story of dread at the potential release of Sander's abusive ex-brother-in-law is always just in the background. The impact it has on Sander's mental health, and his ability to function is so carefully and thoughtfully described – it contrasts with the big burly and physical nature of the hockey player.

The Cougars are an amazing team with support for all their players, and this time with the media revelations of a polyamorous relationship. It is lovely watching these three men find their place in a trio, and there is a fun mix of everyday life and super passionate nights.

If you have not tried this series yet, I would suggest that you now have four good books to enjoy.


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V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, Dr. Who, Torchwood, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.) She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, two Jersey steers and a flock of assorted domestic fowl.

When not writing lusty tales, she can be found enjoying her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in hand.


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Finding Michael by Megan Slayer


Going home could be just the thing his muse needs and his heart desires.

Tristan Paulson needs the words to return. He loves his career penning novels of small-town love, but his muse has gone missing. Since he can’t write, he goes back to his roots to sort through the items his recently deceased uncle left behind. Once in Sullavan, Ohio, he realizes just how much he loved the place. Then he sees the handsome librarian—Michael is just the kind of guy he’s always wanted. How can he go back to the big city when Sullavan calls to him?

Michael Kane wants nothing more than to be surrounded by his books and the written word. He knows heartbreak and isn’t in the mood to put himself out into the dating pool again… until he sees Tristan. He wants to be with Tristan, but he’s too shy. A handsome man like Tristan wouldn’t be interested in someone quiet like Michael… would he?

Reader advisory: This book contains reference to stalking, harassment, emotional abuse and attempted suicide. There is a scene of a hostage situation containing a gun threat.

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Angie☆☆☆
I am sure I will be in the minority, but I wasn't a fan of this book. I couldn't get into the story and I couldn't connect with Tristian or Michael. I put the book down several times and picked it back up over a week hoping I would get into the story, but it just didn't happen. I didn't even feel the chemistry between Tristian and Michael, which would have helped me get into the story. There is angst and drama, so read the trigger warnings.



Megan Slayer, aka Wendi Zwaduk, is a multi-published, award-winning author of more than one-hundred short stories and novels. She’s been writing since 2008 and published since 2009. Her stories range from the contemporary and paranormal to LGBTQ and BDSM themes. No matter what the length, her works are always hot, but with a lot of heart. She enjoys giving her characters a second chance at love, no matter what the form. She’s been the runner up in the Kink Category at Love Romances Café as well as nominated at the LRC for best author, best contemporary, best ménage and best anthology. Her books have made it to the bestseller lists on Amazon.com.

When she’s not writing, Megan spends time with her husband and son as well as three dogs and three cats. She enjoys art, music and racing, but football is her sport of choice.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Starting Point by N.R. Walker Audiobook Review


After going past the point of no return and finally reaching breaking point, the only thing Matthew Elliott can do now is start over.

Matthew Elliott is a recovering man. As an ex-cop and ex-fighter, his new job teaching kids at the local community gym about drug awareness and self-defense, is a little bit of both. His new focus on helping street kids is helping him heal, and with Kira by his side, he's making strides.

Brother and sister, Rueben and Claudia, are homeless kids and they're very much alone. As they strike a chord with Matt, he does everything in his power to help them. But when Ruby and Claude need more help than he bargained for, it stops being about work, and starts being about home.

The day he met Kira, Matt's life changed direction, and it's only now he realizes that everything he's been through was a lead up to this. It was never about endings. His life, his purpose, was just beginning.

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Length: 8 hrs, 23 mins
Narrator: Sean Crisden

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Angela☆☆☆☆☆
Now THIS is the almost perfect ending to the Turning Point series. I say almost perfect simply because I’d love to see more of the story past the epilogue, but it certainly lived up to its title of Starting Point because it finally closes the book on a big part of Matt’s past while setting him and Kira up for the rest of their life together. Fair warning, this installment pulled on my heartstrings quite a bit and I found myself shedding tears more than once, but I also found myself laughing at twice as many scenes. But don’t worry, there’s still plenty of heart pounding action as well.

For as much as much as Matt drove me bonkers in Breaking Point, it made the progress in his healing – both physical and mental – even more apparent. I loved that Matt was so committed in getting better and sticking with his counseling, especially when he felt as though his therapist was judging him. Matt still got stuck in his head and second-guessed himself a lot, but his self-awareness grew over the course of the novel, thus enabling him to see when he began to fall into his old patterns of negative thinking and he could redirect himself to break that cycle. His desire to get better, to vanquish his inner demons so he could have a long, happy, and healthy life with Kira was admirable. Just as admirable was his desire to do what he could to help Ruby and Claude. Even though he’s the only one who cannot see it, Matt’s work at the center fulfilled him in a way that being a cop didn’t – it gave him a chance to make a difference one kid at a time. Matt has learned the hard way that he cannot save the world, but he knows he can still save lives by making a difference in the lives of the kids’ who show up at the fight club. While I could have done without how realistically life treats kids like Ruby and Claude, it kept me glued to my Echo Dot as I prepared for the worst to happen, hoped the best would happen first, and waited on bated breath as the story played out in both heartwarming and heartbreaking ways. Walker excels at keeping me on tenterhooks.

I must say that as impressed as I was with Sean Crisden’s narration in the first two books, he blew me away with Starting Point. Matt is still dealing with a lot of guilt he’s taken on from Point of No Return and Breaking Point, and it’s so clear to hear it in his voice, as is his determination to get better. Even more striking is how the narrator strikes a balance between Matt’s feelings of powerlessness and acceptance when the vertigo hits him hard. Matt knows there’s nothing he can do about the vertigo, but he doesn’t have to like it either. What really surprised me though, is that the author shifts the point of view from Matt, who’s been our narrator for all three books, to Kira. I was not expecting the shift in perspectives, and not only was it invaluable to the series, but Crisden made the change so seamless that it took me a few seconds to realize what had happened. This isn’t because the voices used were similar but rather because as the other main character, Kira has been front and center throughout the series, so I didn’t initially recognize that we were in his head and not listening to him speak. And I loved that we got part of the story from Kira’s perspective because it signaled that it was no longer just Matt’s journey (it hadn’t been for a while) and it gave series fans a chance to see Matt through the eyes of someone who loves him because Crisden made sure that was in Kira’s voice, the love he has for Matt and how important Matt is to him. Walker and Crisden did a fabulous job on Starting Point, making it a perfect ending to the series and beautiful beginning for these two men.


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N.R. Walker is an Australian author, who loves her genre of gay romance. She loves writing and spends far too much time doing it, but wouldn’t have it any other way.

She is many things: a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer. She has pretty, pretty boys who live in her head, who don’t let her sleep at night unless she gives them life with words. She likes it when they do dirty, dirty things... but likes it even more when they fall in love.

She used to think having people in her head talking to her was weird, until one day she happened across other writers who told her it was normal.

She’s been writing ever since...

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I have been a professional voice artist since 2006 (wait, people pay me for this?) but my history extends further than that. As a child, I was known as “Radio Man” for the articulate, listenable qualities within my voice. I don’t know any other kid who took quite so much pleasure in standing up and reading out loud Tikki Tikki Tembo or Bunnicula for their class.

This lead to an early pursuit of performing and I performed for nearly a decade with the prog rock band Divided Sky as vocalist and guitar player. I have expanded my abilities into on-camera acting, appearing in numerous commercials and films including M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender. I was even fortunate enough to act in and choreograph the combat sequences in Le Meduse Rouge.

I continue to grow, develop and refine my talents in an ongoing effort to find fulfillment by drinking of my creative well. I also train in several martial arts and do my best despite the lure of my bed and apple pie to stay in excellent physical shape.

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Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean


When Wicked Comes Calling...

When a mysterious stranger finds his way into her bedchamber and offers his help in landing a duke, Lady Felicity Faircloth agrees—on one condition. She's seen enough of the world to believe in passion, and won't accept a marriage without it.

The Wallflower Makes a Dangerous Bargain...

Bastard son of a duke and king of London's dark streets, Devil has spent a lifetime wielding power and seizing opportunity, and the spinster wallflower is everything he needs to exact a revenge years in the making. All he must do is turn the plain little mouse into an irresistible temptress, set his trap, and destroy his enemy.

For the Promise of Passion...

But there's nothing plain about Felicity Faircloth, who quickly decides she'd rather have Devil than another. Soon, Devil's carefully laid plans are in chaos, and he must choose between everything he's ever wanted... and the only thing he's ever desired.

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Erica☆☆☆☆☆
The first installment in a brand new series, Wicked and the Wallflower was scrumptious deliciousness.

Felicity is unconventional, refusing to conform to the rules of the ton while simultaneously wishing for their approval. She's torn, thinking the rules are merely in place to keep the upper crust in power, yet realizes how breaking free is empowering, because the rules themselves stifle everyone. Her only purpose in life is to marry to improve the lifestyle of her parents and twin brother's family, yet no one cares how this will affect her life.

Devon 'Devil' has one heck of a backstory. As one of three bastards to a Duke and one legitimate daughter born within marriage but not of their blood, all born on the same day, Devil takes keeping secrets and taking vows seriously. He's dark and broody, skirting the line between alphahole and a wounded man women long to tame.

Felicity brings a heart out of the Devil, and Devil lends Felicity strength and courage. Together, they empower one another, making each other better people. The sparks fly. The banter is witty deliciousness. The tension is explosive. The romance is organic and realistic. Gut-punch angst abounds.

The ton doesn't respect one of its own, but the underbelly not only welcomes a lady, they protect her, respect her, and find her worthy as one of their own. Felicity finds empowerment and a life in a place many fear to set foot, let alone dwell.

There's a reason Sarah MacLean is my all-time favorite historical romance novelist, and Wicked and the Wallflower is proof. I read the novel feverishly in one sitting, clicking to see what happens next.

Not only were Devil and Felicity original, the side cast of characters were beyond intriguing. I cannot wait to read about Whit, Ewan, Grace, and even the Bareknuckle Bastards' righthand woman, knowing each story will be unique and intriguing. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next books in the series. In fact, I wish I had the entire series to binge-read.




Sarah MacLean grew up in Rhode Island, obsessed with historical romance and bemoaning the fact that she was born far too late for her own season. Her love of all things historical helped to earn her degrees from Smith College and Harvard University before she finally set pen to paper and wrote her first book.

Sarah now lives in New York City with her husband, baby daughter, their dog, and a ridiculously large collection of romance novels. She loves to hear from readers.

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A Merciful Silence by Kendra Elliot


In the fourth book of the Wall Street Journal bestselling series, FBI agent Mercy Kilpatrick must unlock the mystery of a mass murder, and the secrets of its silent witness…

For Mercy Kilpatrick, returning to rural Oregon has meant coming to terms with her roots. Raised as a prepper, Mercy is now relying on her survivalist instincts to defend her town from the people the law can’t reach. But this time, an investigation calling up a dark past for her and police chief Truman Daly may be hitting too close to home.

A rainstorm has uncovered the remains of five people—a reprise of the distinctive slaughter of two families twenty years ago. Except the convicted killer is in prison. Is this the case of a sick copycat, or is the wrong man behind bars? One person might have the answer. The lone survivor of the decades-old crimes has returned to town still claiming that she can’t remember a thing about the night she was left for dead. As the search for the truth becomes more dangerous, Mercy fears that the traumatized woman may not have buried her memories at all. She might be keeping them a secret. And there’s a price to be paid for revealing them.


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Sarah☆☆☆☆☆
This is a new series for me. I loved both the mystery and the suspense in this story. Starting with the discovery of multiple skeletons during a flash flood, the story quickly becomes a complicated tangle of current crimes, twenty year old crimes, and a series of seemingly unrelated events that blur Mercy’s investigation even further.

I didn’t realise that I was jumping into book four of a series when I requested the book but I am very pleased that the story easily reads as a standalone and I was easily able to fall in with the characters and the slightly creepy, rural Washington setting.

Mercy is a great lead detective. I enjoyed puzzling through her quirks, her scars, and her almost stable love life. The contrasting roles and perspectives from Truman as chief of police and Mercy’s FBI investigation are interesting and I really enjoyed the interplay between the two.

I love that it took me far too long to figure out the whodunnit and I loved all of the red herrings as some characters, suspects, and crimes overlap and others don’t. Everything fits at the end, but the author really challenges readers with the complexity of the story.

Parts of this book are seriously scary, so it was a tense single sitting read for me. I enjoyed this and I’m excited to go back and start the series from the beginning.


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Book 3
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For reviews & more info, check out our A Merciful Secret post.



Kendra Elliot has landed on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list multiple times and is the award-winning author of the Bone Secrets and Callahan & McLane series and the Mercy Kilpatrick novels. Kendra is a three-time winner of the Daphne du Maurier Award, an International Thriller Writers finalist, and an RT Award finalist. She has always been a voracious reader, cutting her teeth on classic female heroines such as Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, and Laura Ingalls. She was born, raised, and still lives in the rainy Pacific Northwest with her husband and three daughters but looks forward to the day she can live in flip-flops.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of A Merciful Silence (Mercy Kilpatrick #4) by Kendra Elliot to read and review.