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review 2020-01-31 19:56
Wicked Sinner by Stacey Kennedy
Wicked Sinner - Stacey Kennedy

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Asher broke Remy's heart when he abruptly broke up with her and now years later, he's been trying to be her friend but she doesn't know if her heart can take it. When he objects at her wedding, she can't stop the flutter of her heart. Unfortunately, it's to arrest her almost husband, turns out he was a conman just out for her inheritance.
When she finds what could be a fortuitous gift left behind by her scam artist ex, she jumps at the chance to start her dream business. However, Remy's luck might not be changing as a shady maybe tied to the mob guy shows up and the only one who can help her is Asher.

“One chance to be friends, Asher. That’s it. Mess this up, and we’re done. Forever.”

A second chance romance in the Dangerous Love series, Remy and Asher have quite the past. They were madly in love while Remy was in highschool and Asher graduated and went onto the Police Academy. Asher gets recruited by the FBI and after his mother commits suicide, he decides that all the dark emotion inside of him should be kept away from Remy and he leaves her behind in Maine while he goes to D.C. I didn't read the first in the series and I felt like I missed background emotion between these two. There was a good flashback scene to their breakup and then a quick recap of how Asher's been back for five years, Remy ignored him for the first couple and the last year has just started talking to him. This story starts with Asher claiming to just want to be friends with Remy and her thinking maybe she can but nervous that she still loves him.

This angst could have worked for me but Asher's thoughts and emotions constantly contradicted the “just friends”, one moment he was spouting how he only wanted friendship because of the darkness in him and then there were scenes where he is wanting to spend all day in bed with Remy and basically acting like he wanted a relationship with her. He wasn't warring internally with himself, just the writing ignoring the character conflict in favor of having them together.

No one made her laugh like Asher. No one made her feel as alive as Asher had. In that empty hollowness of her chest, a part of her wanted to feel a little piece of that again.

Remy's interest in New Age things gave her an interesting hook but the catalyst for the danger she gets put in, using money she found in her house that she assumed was her conman ex-fiance's, to start her dream business, gave her an aggravating clueless personality as the story went on. It's obvious from early on that she should tell Asher, who is a cop or any of her other two friends who are cops, that a maybe mob guy is after her because of the money she used. The group of friends the series seems to follow provided some good friendships for Remy. I liked how the other two women, Peyton (heroine from first book) and Kinsley (bestfriend of Remy and sister to hero from book one) supported and laughed with one another.

He cupped her face, then brought his mouth close to hers, and before he claimed the kiss, he said, “I’m here and I’m not going anywhere.”

This book seemed to have a little too much going on, the heavy issues Asher personally had to deal with (his mother's suicide, alcoholic father), Remy being in possible danger from the mob, and their healing from a painful past while trying to build a current romance; these threads never had focus or time enough to go into the depth I needed to get me emotionally involved. The ending was more anticlimactic for me as the have to marry for inheritance forced these two together at around the 85% mark and then gave a quick “oh I guess I do want to be married to you” turn around that provided no emotional fulfillment. Basically, Remy and Asher's journey didn't flow for me, they had some sweet moments but emotions, thoughts, and actions contradicted for sake of dragging the story out. There was a secondary romance teased between Kinsley and Rhett (Kinsley's brother's bestfriend and fellow cop) that might have me checking out the third in the series.

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text 2020-01-30 18:21
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Wicked Sinner - Stacey Kennedy

Second chance romance and sweet/spicy tacos
That cover providing some Thirsty Thursday ;)


Wicked Sinner by Stacey Kennedy purchase link


Sweet and Spicy Sriracha Chicken Tacos recipe


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review 2019-12-07 04:00
Audio Review: Meet Me Under the Mistletoe (A River Rock Christmas Romance) by Stacey Kennedy (Author), Kelsey Navarro (Narrator)
Meet Me Under the Mistletoe (A River Rock Christmas Romance) - Stacey Kennedy




If sexy has a heart, count on Stacey Kennedy knowing how to pull at the strings. Meet Me Under the Mistletoe breathes heat, but it bleeds heart. One kiss rocked the foundation of two young hearts. Then reality set in and their chance was loss. When years gone by plants the seed and fate provides the fertilizer, can the present heal two hearts lost so long ago? No one gets the heart quite like Kennedy. With a sprinkle of humor, a bushel of heart and the sultry vocal of Kelsey Navarro, Meet Me Under the Mistletoe becomes an affair to remember. An experience worth having again and again.

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review 2019-10-13 05:48
5 Star Wicked Sinner
Wicked Sinner - Stacey Kennedy


Asher Sullivan was once Remy Brennan’s entire world, then he broke her heart into a million pieces. Detective Asher Sullivan has always protected Remy. Now he’s crashing her wedding, dangerous criminals are threatening her and all Remy has left is an empty bank account, a serious case of lust for her gorgeous ex…and a duffel bag of cold, hard cash that might just fix all her problems. Asher’s protective instincts have kicked in and just as he gets his second chance, a secret that Remy is keeping could rip her away from him…forever.


This ‘Dangerous Love’ story is one suspenseful read that gets readers motors running and their hearts pounding. Remy and Asher are strong, engaging characters that easily pull readers into their story and the chemistry between them leaves scorch marks in its wake. But this relationship has history that caused some heart break so there is also some very turbulent emotions involved as well.


This engaging and emotionally gripping read has a fast pace and is full of suspense that keeps readers locked on tight while Remy and Asher tiptoe around just how much they want each other. With some twists and turns, the bad guys ensure that the characters nor the readers are sure just what’s going to happen and why as the danger to Remy escalates. This story also has a different and surprising ending that takes the cake and makes this story a very entertaining read.


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review 2019-06-11 15:30
Naughty Stranger (Dangerous Love #1) - Stacey Kennedy

Peyton Kerr has had a rough time of it lately. She decides to leave her home in Seattle, WA to start over in the last place she was happy, Stoney Creek, Maine. There Peyton is the new owner of the lingerie shop. Upon arrival Peyton heads to the bar next door to her shop for some food. There she meets Kinsley, the bar owner and they just click. Peyton also notices the hot guy at the bar but steers clear of him until he is suddenly next to her. When Peyton starts to feel nervous she heads to the bathroom. Imagine her surprise when she walks out the door right into the guys arms and ends up kissing him. Imagine Kinsley's surprise when she sees her new friend kissing her brother, Boone a local detective! LOL.

Boone is instantly attracted to Peyton but has stayed away from her because of things from his past. When a dead body is found in Peyton's store, Boone and his partner show up at the store to investigate. When Boone is determined to protect Peyton from any harm, they decide to throw caution to the wind and get together. What they didn't expect was the level of sexual chemistry they had.....off the charts!!!! As Boone and Peyton spend more time together, their feelings keep growing stronger. While it is obvious that there are things from their pasts that neither of them divulged, they can't help but want to be together.

When it appears that there may be someone actually trying to kill Peyton, Boone goes into full protective mode and realizes that he may want more out of this relationship than he originally thought. Between keeping Peyton safe, finding the killer and trying to get beyond their pasts, it will be a long and bumpy ride for these two until they can find their happy ending.

I just loved Peyton and Boone. They both had such emotional pasts and it took a lot for each of them to get past it in order to be able to move forward into the future. Peyton is such a sweet, fun person and I can't even begin to image what she has been through. Boone is such a great alpha male with a big helping of emotions thrown in. Together these two could finally get beyond their pasts to finally find a happy ending. I also loved the mystery that revolved around their story. It really made it fun trying to figure out who the killer was. Overall a great start to a new series!

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