Unlocking Fear

Kennedy Layne
Unlocking Fear
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Kennedy Layne Publishing
Release Date
January 2018
Book 1 of Keys to Love
Romantic Suspense/Mystery

A captivating romantic suspense series from USA Today Bestselling Author Kennedy Layne where seduction burns but danger is never far behind...

A chance mishap with a sledgehammer was the sole reason a chilling nightmare was unleashed in Blyth Lake.

Noah Kendall's grisly discovery left him in the middle of a murder investigation and a neighbor who knew more than she was willing to say. Reese Woodward had returned to town with dark secrets, and he was determined to unravel them. While evil lurks in the darkness, seduction burns between them…only time was their enemy.

Will her secrets destroy what they've built, or can he earn her trust before the killer strikes again?

Series Blurb: Their homecoming wasn't so welcoming. Four brothers and one sister each gave twelve years of their lives to serve their country and fulfill their family's legacy of service. As each of them return to their home of record, they weren't prepared for what awaited them—an unforgivable sin that has been hidden for twelve long years. Secrets and lies are concealed in the dark shadows of the very town they were raised in, and the Kendall family will have no choice but to rely on one another to unravel the sinister evil that they all hold the keys to unlock.

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Feb 01, 2018   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
13 people found the following review helpful
3 suspenseful stars for UNLOCKING FEAR.

Noah Kendall's glad to be back in Blyth Lake after serving in the Marines, even more so when he meets vacationer Reese Woodward. Reese is in town to see what she can discover about the disappearance of her cousin 11 years ago. She believes it's related to another local missing girl and aims to prove it. When she and Noah find a body in the house he's inherited, the two of them find out quickly that folks aren't too pleased to have secrets resurface that are better off left buried.

The part of me who loves romantic suspense completely dug UNLOCKING FEAR, the first book in the Keys to Love series. The part of me who hates cheesy romantic scenes rebelled every time I saw something like this:

"You're like a sip of fresh lemonade on a sweltering day, Reese Woodward. I just can't get enough."

Or this:

She was like a woman in the desert, and she had to have that tall drink of cool water.

So yea, while I enjoyed the suspenseful story and likable characters, I'm less convinced of the merits of those characters' thoughts and words. I'm not sure I really want to delve into anymore Blyth Lake secrets, since this wasn't a book I truly fell in love with. That said, fans of old fashioned romance will likely fall in love with this read.

Bottom Line: No OM/OW or sharing; condom use; no BDSM/kink; no sexual assault; violence and murder.
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