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review 2018-03-02 11:34
Good read.
Darkest Night: A Romantic Thriller (Sons of Broad) - Tara Thomas

This must be the first in a series. It is my initial reading experience with this author. This story is interesting and fast paced. I enjoyed the character interaction. There is romance and steam along with an intriguing story line. Good read. Am looking forward to the next as this ends on a bit of a cliffhanger. #DarkestNight #NetGalley

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review 2018-02-28 03:56
good book and characters
Darkest Night: A Romantic Thriller (Sons of Broad) - Tara Thomas

Someone is out to destroy one of the “ pillar” family’s of Charleston. A family not used to being challenged in any way. Tilly and her family had been disgraced when her father had been accused of embezzling from the Benedict’s  company- Benedict shipping-  funds he worked for and destroyed their standing in the community and was shunned  as well as their family even though they moved away eight years ago. Tilly and keaton had grown up together had been each other’s first crush as they were always together as they were also neighbors as well as friends and then  Tilly’s first kiss. Then Tilly and her family moved away.  Keaton is now an eligible bachelor.  Tilly had learned to be independant and take care of herself with both parents dead. Tilly is putting herself through college to be a teacher and working at an upscale “ gentlemen's bar “  doing a horrible job as a server. Tilly and her friend Raven get a lot of berating from the twins that dance on stage. Tilly never expects to see Keaton again. Keaton s at the club to celebrate his college graduation and he is expected to take up his place in the family company. Keaton is struggling to accept what is expected of him. Keaton would rather help the less fortunate and would like to set up a charitable division in the company to help those in need. Keaton’s was close to her brothers even though they have differences. After Tilly and keaton decide to start a relationship violence starts to be connected in all aspects of her life. The first death was Tilly’s friend Raven from work. Than two dancers from the club. The Gentleman has been involved with all kinds of crime including human trafficking. The Gentleman had raised/ brainwashed Jade and she was his henchman/victim. There was also a family friend staying with the Benedicts for the summer and she is determined to marry Keaton and is not above using blackmail.  The Gentleman lets Tilly and Keaton know he is coming.

I enjoyed this book. It was a fun read although it had a lot of violence. I advise you to read the prequel novellas first so you understand all you need to know going into the series. I felt this was a good mystery. I didn’t want to put this down as I wanted to see what happened next It was fairly easy to figure out who the killer was. There was instalust involved. But I did think there were too many characters, too fast and that took away from the book.  I liked the plot and the pace. This book had: betrayal, suspense, murder, romance, deep secrets, revenge, jealousy, danger, and so much more. I liked the characters a lot and loved the many twists and turns of this book and I recommend.

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review 2018-02-27 10:00
Release Day Review: Darkest Night (Sons of Broad #1) Tara Thomas
Darkest Night: A Romantic Thriller (Sons of Broad) - Tara Thomas



In this first novel in the explosive, brand-new romantic suspense Sons of Broad series from Tara Thomas comes a novel of deadly secrets and hidden danger. In the sultry streets of Charleston, one family, ruled by its powerful, take-no-prisoners sons, has risen to the top. But a merciless killer is out to destroy them…and everyone they hold close…

Exclusive bonus content available only in the print edition!

Tilly Brock has learned—the hard way—how totake care of herself. Once a pillar of Charleston society, her family lost everything in the wake of a shocking scandal. And then Tilly lost the only boy she ever loved.

Keaton Benedict is Charleston’s most notorious bachelor. But in spite of all his advantages—the money, the women,the family name—he longs for more: the heart of the young woman he still can’t forget.

When Keaton re-enters Tilly’s life, after all these years, she is torn between feelings of doubt and desire. Can they put the past behind them and learn to love again? Tilly is willing to try. But Keaton is afraid that a vengeful enemy is watching—and waiting to destroy them. Can the rekindled flame of their love defeat the deadliest rival and light their way forward in the darkest night?




Strong, compelling characters draw readers in and refuse to let go in this fast paced romance full of suspense.


Keaton and Tilly have electrifying chemistry and a romance that is hot and sweet. The characters have a past that certainly impacts their present but the dangerous events that unfold throughout the story play a great part in the building of this romance as well. The readers can’t help but feel as if they are part of this exciting story as Keaton and Tilly try to find their way around all the danger to build a future.


The suspense builds throughout the story and the readers get caught up in the anticipation and thrills as things are kept hopping by dangerous enemies and surprising twists keep readers guessing throughout the story.  The author brought the story to life with vivid imagery that makes it easy for the readers to picture the world she created and ensures that the readers come back for more.


Overall, I was caught up in the book from beginning to end and I am looking forward to reading Deadly Secrets which is coming soon.





Darkest Night is the 1st book in the Sons of Broad series.


The 2nd book ‘Deadly Secret’ is due to be released on March 27, 2018.


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review 2018-02-25 20:52
Darkest Night
Darkest Night: A Romantic Thriller (Sons of Broad) - Tara Thomas

This romantic suspense tale was certainly loaded with suspense, but the romance side fell short for me. Tilly and Keaton shared one kiss when they were fourteen and due to family drama and accusations, they don't see each other for eight years. Both characters are likable and they share a quick wit that adds some levity to the story. They're also intelligent and wise beyond their years in everything except for their romance. The idea that they fell into each other's arms so quickly with so much past drama between them just wasn't believable for this reader. I will say that their intimate scenes were well done and what I would consider steamy light. If the romance had been a bit more developed, it would've been perfect. That aside, the book has plenty of suspense and intrigue, which did keep me reading to see who would be behind it all. There is one edge of your seat scene toward the end, but I expected that. What I didn't expect was the disappointing lack of information about the Gentleman's identity or about how Jade ties into things. As I got closer and closer to the end of the book, I knew there would have to be a cliffhanger, but this one just stops, leaving a lot more questions than answers. It felt more like the end of a chapter than the end of a book and I can only assume that it will pick up from there in the next addition to the series. As it stands, I'm left with a bit of "meh" feeling about this one and haven't decided yet if I'm intrigued enough to continue with the series. 


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review 2017-10-26 00:00
Free Bird: A Romantic Thriller (Anna Series Book 1)
Free Bird: A Romantic Thriller (Anna Series Book 1) - Lee Alan  "A strong woman is someone who is able to smile this morning like she wasn't crying last night."
— Harriet Morgan

 The fabled quote which leads this review is admittedly one of universal appeal as it applies to an innumerable class of women. For there are millions—if not billions—of women the world over to whom the powerful words of truth relate. And even in imaginary worlds of fiction are we honored to make the acquaintances of such women. Women like the admirable leading lady of Lee Alan's delightfully captivating effort, Free Bird: A Romantic Thriller (Anna Series Book 1). 

 Anna Price, also known as "Little Bird," is an aspiring writer and a big dreamer. Anna has, since her childhood, dreamt of becoming a world famous author, but self-doubt, in the very essence of its negativity, has always had the stronger upper hand over her impressionable mind—forever planting its crusty seeds of unbelief . . . and the fear of failure.

Welcome to Kingman, Arizona, the setting place of this physically warm-blooded, although spiritually ice cold romantic thriller starring Anna Price, Julia Price, Corey T. Young, Tony Ackerman, Bill Moyer, and James L.B. Peterson.

 The Battered Woman Affliction.

In act I, we come to meet our principal player, the beautiful, though dilapidated Anna, as she toils hours of her young life away working as a waitress in a small town greasy spoon. The job is a necessity as Anna direly needs it to support not only herself, but also her abusive boyfriend, Tony, whose sole ambitions in life are to wallow in rancorous self-hatred, drink his vulnerable liver into a cirrhotic stupor, and lay his angry, balled fists into the rawboned woman who is Anna.

 Unable to liberate herself from the oppressive and enslaved hand that she has been dealt, Anna, irrefutably beaten into submission, continues to endure a great deal of unhappy torment at the enraged mitts of the man she once loved.

 After arriving home from a difficult day's work—where the roof above her head is bronze and the floors beneath her feet are iron—Anna only desires to do two things: take a hot bath to relax her sore muscles and go to bed. But lo and behold, Tony is there, in a drunken sleep on the ragged old couch the couple own, surrounded by a pigsty of strewn beer cans, vodka bottles, overflowing ashtrays, and what have you—which in Tony Ackerman's case is entirely archetypal. Sighing in her exhaust, Anna commences to tidy up the area, only to unfortunately awaken the sleeping mad dog who is Tony Ackerman, and conjure up his fiery wrath.

 As the long seconds pass into even longer minutes, Tony manages to berate the weary Anna for not bringing His Laziness any dinner home from her diner gig, punch her so hard that she literally falls backward into their bathtub—nearly injuring herself, grab a clenched handful of her hair in order to yank her aching head around . . . as if she were a rag doll of some sort, and get himself stabbed by his fed up victim in her own act of self-defense.

 While her attacker lays sprawled on their kitchen floor, presumably bleeding out, our Anna, now terrified and not knowing what to do, can only think one thought: leave! And she does . . . not once looking back.

The Sisterhood.

 In act II, we are introduced to Julia, also known as "Big Bird," and Anna's older sister. And it is to Julia's comfortable bungalow in Scottsdale, Arizona where Anna heads after she flees from the dump she shared with Tony in the wake of his stabbing. Anna wills her beat up old station wagon to transport her from Kingman to Scottsdale in one piece. And luckily, the beat up old station wagon obliges. Once there (in Scottsdale), Anna is embraced and nourished back to some semblance of radiant health by her doting big sister, Julia. And as time strolls along, Anna's life begins to positively change . . . in a major way, what with a new wardrobe, a new makeover, and a new job. Anna even resumes to believe that there is still hope for her in journalism—a field that she has dreamt of becoming a great writer in since her girlhood. And with both this newfound confidence and the way too lovable Julia's tireless encouragement, Anna applies to community college where she selects an English course that includes creative writing and journalism. In all due time, she gets accepted . . . much to her doubtful surprise.

 The Matchstick Men.

 In act III, the Free Bird script enters James "Jim" Peterson, a Republican Congressman for the 1st District of Arizona, and Bill Moyer, a bedraggled crack cocaine addict and insufficient excuse for an attorney at law. Anna merges into the lives of this extremely questionable duo after she is unprofessionally hired by Moyer to fill an administrative assistant vacancy in his disorganized law office. Peterson, while visiting the office for an appointment with Moyer, is immediately taken with the lovely Anna and deliberately issues her his business card at his departure, insisting that she call him. And Anna promises him that she will.

 Anna can hardly believe this turn of events in her once woebegone life: a new start living with Julia, a snazzy beauty makeover, some sleek new attire (compliments of Julia's credit card), a new job in a law office, an acceptance letter from the community college to which she applied in order to pursue her passionate dream of journalism in creative writing, and now an unexpected date proposal—from a powerful and prominent U.S. Congressman, no less. It's à la Cinderella. Or is it?

 The Mysterious Mr. Young

 In act IV, Anna arrives for the first day of her novice course at community college and makes the acquaintance of her lecturer, Mr. Corey T. Young, a handsome, however seemingly insecure professor with whom the entire class—including Anna—get off to an uncomfortably rocky start. 

 Mr. Young attempts to initiate a rapport with his class of aspiring writers to no avail as he fumbles his dialogue, humiliatingly, and brings on himself swift ridicule from quite a few of the scholars seated in the lecture hall—not including Anna.

 The first day only grows worse, eventually leading to Mr. Young's departure from the college altogether. And believing that she is partly to blame for his absence, Anna desperately sets out to find the attractive educator (to whom she finds herself attracted), even lying to extort his home address from a student faculty member.

 Now equipped with Mr. Young's residential details, Anna—with an excuse for her visiting him already concocted—drives her beat up old station wagon to the ultra-riche community of Paradise Valley, the most unshared district in all the state of Arizona.

 Puzzled, Anna begins to ponder how a meager community college lecturer could afford such a luxurious zip code. And the deeper her enervated, albeit determined station wagon penetrates into the brazen opulence of Paradise Valley, the more Anna oohs and ahhs and questions to herself. She soon gets her answer. And the shocking disclosure of the mysterious Mr. Young sends her heart racing and leaves her tongue utterly speechless, as sparks begin to fly like a Gulfstream G650 between them.

Sometimes They Come Back.

 Act V calls for the re-entry of the devil's own Tony Ackerman—a man for whom there awaits a reserved dwelling place of spiritual finality . . . in the bowels of Hades.

 Not only did the reptilian Tony survive his stab wound anyway, but he was also forced to live his self-destructive, worthless, and murderous life in the great outdoors, thanks to the wretched cuddle of homelessness in the wake of Anna's emboldened escape. Sorely embittered—not to mention enraged—about the course of all that happened with Anna, and how the 'weak (expletive) whore,' as he so loved to call her, got away after nearly killing him, Tony knows there is only one place where Anna could be hiding . . . and starting anew without him: Julia's house. And it is over the hill and through the woods that he slithers to get there. 

 For where Tony Ackerman is concerned, Anna Price is his, exclusively. And whomever he must unconditionally destroy to uphold this delusional belief, he will.

In this phenomenally intoxicating and dreadfully perturbed introduction to a 3-part series starring the beautiful heroine Anna Price, rivers of blood flow freely, salty tears cascade like sodium-packed streams, unsuspecting human beings get played like symphonic instruments, millionaires and billionaires callously collide, lucious man-eating love is fervently made, and rest—in its peaceful prudence—skillfully eludes the wicked.

 Lee Alan's writing is silky perfection! Free Bird: A Romantic Thriller (Anna Series Book 1) is—without even a hint of a doubt—one of the greatest novels I've read so far this year. 

Smothered in a mouthwatering gravy of thrills, apprehension, and aspiration, the 146-page novella is both a succulent and deliciously seasoned plot that held my interest with an unrelenting grip of purified intensity. And I was averse to having its mesmerizing hold on me released with the turning of the final page—as the adrenaline loaded cliffhanger left me swooning in maddening suspense. A favorably recommended effort, Free Bird: A Romantic Thriller (Anna Series Book 1) is outstanding in absolutely every sense of the word.

 The Continuation.

With the Thriller shelf in my e-book library already beaming from the privilege of having this well-scribed narrative gracefully placed upon it, I had an imperative duty to quickly unite the anecdote with both its sequel in Little Bird: A Romantic Thriller (Anna Series Book 2), and its conclusion in Bird of Prey: A Romantic Thriller (Anna Book 3). Needless to say, I had not been purchasing the follow-up novels fast enough, as I am now in love with Anna Price and can hardly wait to read them, eager to find out what happens next—like whatever became of Hazel, Tony's mother.

 Regarding Free Bird: A Romantic Thriller (Anna Series Book 1), those of you potential readers should be prepared to have what we literary folks refer to as a "book hangover" no sooner than you've completed it. For assuredly, this storyline will not evaporate from your psyches with ease.

Five emancipation-seeking stars.

• It is my kindly pleasure to thank Honey Badger Publishing, as well as Lee Alan himself, for the author-issued copy of Free Bird: A Romantic Thriller (Anna Series Book 1) in exchange for my honest review.

Analysis of "Free Bird: A Romantic Thriller (Anna Series Book 1)" by Lee Alan is courtesy of Reviews by Cat Ellington: https://catellingtonblog.wordpress.com

Date of Review: Thursday, October 26, 2017
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