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review 2019-06-11 15:30
Naughty Stranger - 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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review 2019-06-11 15:10
Great Story and Characters
Naughty Stranger - Stacey Kennedy

Boone was a detective and his sister owns a bar right near Payton's new lingerie shop she would be opening. Payton had lost her husband Adam in a car accident. Stormy Creek was the last place she had been really happy in a little over a year ago when her and Adam had visited. But Adam is gone and and she wanted to start a new life. Payton had named her shop Uptown Girl. She had been in town a month now. Boone marriage ended two years ago and every since than he preferred his relationships be fleeting. He had no intention of getting married again. But he wanted Payton in his bed and he figured one time wouldn’t be enough. But since that one hot kiss Payton had done her best to steer clear of him. Rhett was Boone’s lifelong friend and fellow detective as was Asher. Rhett told Boone he was a goner. Payton had gotten into his head. There had been a murder it was at Payton's shop and as soon as word got out Boon knew fear would run rampant in the town he loved and served to protect. Rhett told him Payton had opened the door and  Kinsley when they had found the body. Boone did what he did best- he surveyed the scene. The woman’s body had been in the back storage room. Asher agreed something about this crime felt odd. Anything odd was never a good thing. And the tension spilling out from Rhett and Asher mirrored what Boone felt too. Boone couldn't pinpoint what bothered him about what he was seeing here, but something made his skin crawl. He trusted that sensation telling him something more was going on here than first appearance. Payton had secrets and if they related to the murder victim or not was something he’d find out. There was a strong attraction between Payton and Boone for reasons unknown to Payton. But Adam had only been gone one year. She wasn’t ready to move on. Kinsey had been instrumental on making the grand opening of Uptown Girl and its success. When they had a picture of the victim back at the station and the detectives noticed how similar Payton and the victim looked liked Payton. Payton felt the day had been long and exhausted and the strain and stress lay heavy on her shoulders. She had left Seattle and gave up nursing to stay away from death ut death seemed to follow her. All day she had been fighting against the heavy blanket of sadness that  had nearly suffocated her. Boone showed up at Payton's home to make sure she was O K. She told him about being a nurse and widow and she moved to Stone Creek. Payton than asked if they could stop about talking about that. Boone kissed her and Payton lost herself in his passion. The fire between them was originally what drew Boone in. The energy, intensity burned hotter now. When Boone asked if he only would have tonight with her than also said he figured Kinsley told her he was divorced and she already knew he wasn’t looking for a relationship either which was why she was allowing this to happen. Payton said it was more about being reminded today that she only gets one shot at life. There were both adults. They both want each other and don’t to fall in love. She said that makes it perfectly safe for them to stop fighting the crazy, hot thing between them. What Boone wanted was Payton to stop avoiding him. For an unknown reason that had been driving Boone crazy. Exhausted by being forcibly pulled to her. He needed to find out why this woman had such a draw. Boone asked about rules: no official dates, but informal lunches were OK as were surprise coffees. Sleepovers were fine as long as she didn’t wake up and boone was staring at her adoringly. The only major rule was don’t fall in love with hre. Boone woke to find Payton in her kitchen. He’d been where she was right now where the mind ran wild with guilt ,pain and everything in between. He renovated his house  -t hta was his therapy. Payton’s must be cleaning He preceded to make omelets for them. They had become lovers. Boone woke the next morning to Kinsley setting on the edge of Payton’s bed. He basically told her that what was going on was none of hre business, she came back with everything was her business he’s always been close to Kinsley. He supposed that happened when your mother left your father to have a new -better- family in California when Boone was five and Kinsley was three. Boone told her if she had something to say to say it and she said you better know what you’re doing. Boone than said when did he not know what he was doing? Kinsley said she really liked Payton and he better not hurt her. Remy was a new age witch. Remy and Kinsley were best friends and took Payton under their wing so the three were now best friends and were there with Payton’s shop had been released and she could open her shop. Payton had never knew friends like this. Than a blast from her past came through her shop door - justin had been Adam’s college roommate and than business in K and B Properties. Adam and Justin were like brothers but personalities were worlds apart.

This was an excellent read with a lot in it: a fatal car accident, a young widow, murder, attempted murder, an assassin, intrigue, drama, action, suspense, danger, new start, and so much more. I love the relationship Payton developed with kinsley and Remy. I loved Payton and Boone together as they helped each other heal. I loved the pace and plot. I didn’t want to put this down. I was pulled into this book from the very beginning and stayed there until the very end. I have another new favorite. This was so worth reading. I I loved the ending. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I highly recommend it.

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review 2019-06-10 09:16
Naughty Stranger - Stacey Kennedy

 

Peyton Kerr started her life over in Stoney Creek, Maine after a sudden tragedy blew her world apart. She’s loving her small-town life and her easy flirtation with Boone Knight has given her reason to smile. Not wanting the complications of a relationship, Boone finally admits that he’d like to explore the sizzling attraction between him and Peyton when he volunteers to protect his newest and sexiest resident. But he has to convince Peyton to trust him with her past if he wants to keep alive as a merciless killer grows bolder with each passing day.

 

This romance is explosively sexy and full of breath holding suspense that keeps readers on edge. The characters are bold and captivating with lots of magnetic attraction but what’s more this couple fit together in a way that makes readers smile knowingly. Lots of emotional turmoil and heart gripping emotions ensures that the readers can easily understand the characters’ motivations and desires.

 

The plots is fast paced and a perfect combination of romance and suspense that keeps readers thoroughly engaged with the story as the suspense builds with some stunning twists and betrayals keeping readers on the edge of their seats. The story is set in a small town which adds intrigue to the atmosphere of the suspense and readers can’t help but relish this juicy combination of sexy, sweet and passionate romance and thrilling suspense.

 

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review 2019-06-04 19:28
The Stranger Inside by Laura Benedict
The Stranger Inside - Laura Benedict

The Stranger Inside has a weird and highly unlikely premise but I am not an attorney or a police officer so who am I to say, maybe this shit really happens? Here’s the scene: Kimber comes home from a retreat and discovers she cannot get into her own damn home. Someone has changed the locks and the squatter claims he has a lease that Kimber signed and basically makes her appear like she’s lost all of her marbles, then he whispers something sinister in her ear. The police won’t help her and her elderly neighbor friend claims that she saw her let the guy in so she is pretty much screwed. She leaves and goes to stay with her only other friend and calls up her ex (an attorney she dumped) to help her out of this oddly unrealistic bind. Gabriel AKA the Ex Who Still Loves Her For Some Bizarre Reason eagerly agrees even though their break-up was rough on him. A murder may or may not happen.

 

Kimber plots and does her own investigating and attempts to get back into her home all the while learning more about the man inside her house. The man who is probably wearing her underwear at this point (ahhh). Her digging leads to the eventual discovery of many secrets but it takes a while to get there. First there are reveals about Kimber’s guilty past, told in flashbacks in a separate timeline, her shady relationships (shady on her end because she is an AWFUL and terrible person) and a bunch of other things that I’m not going to reveal.

 

I basically threw my brain out the window and went with the flow after that wild setup. I’d advise you to do the same here. The twists and turns defy all logic and the emotional entanglements are a tad over the top but it’s never, ever a boring read. I have to give it that.

 

Most of my notes about this story are about Kimber and are not something I’d like to expose the rest of you to. Kimber is one of the most unlikable main characters I have read in a good long while. You can’t get on her side because she is such an AWFUL person in both timelines. The more I learned about her, the less I liked about her. Her only redeeming quality to me was her kindness to a sad little dog, everything else about her was selfish and just full of ugh. But I can’t lie, I found her horribleness fascinating. What made her this way? I had to know and I had to keep reading!

 

In the end I was left feeling a wee bit disappointed with some of the revelations but the telling of the story was compelling and it grabbed me even if I wanted Kimber to sit on a porcupine for the rest of her life when I turned the last page.

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review 2019-05-16 03:10
Stranger Things
Stranger Things: Worlds Turned Upside Down: The Official Behind-the-Scenes Companion - Gina McIntyre,Matt Duffer

Recommended for die-hard fans of the Netflix show Stranger Things.  Like DVD extras in [audio] book form.

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