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In my world of reading and authors, there are very few that I hold on a pedestal for their writing prowess and ingenuity. In my book, if an author/writer can progress on her prowess from one to the next, a winner for me. Especially in a series where the stories revolve around the protagonists, it’s very important to evolve their relationship, create layers of depth to their characters, only to be peeled to expose their strengths and weaknesses, and the connection that they have with the readers, as they bridge their own insecurities and fears for a future. And Kendra Elliot does just that with finesse.

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It’s not easy. It’s hard work and requires immense passion to be able to get into these characters to make them as believable as the next human being. The second book in the Callahan/McLane Series, “Bridged” by Kendra Elliot, is a brilliant narration of a past that haunts one person into killing, and a present that is burdened with guilt and the vulnerability of family and relationships.

FBI Agent Ava McLean and OSP Agent Mason Callahan are knee deep into investigating the murders that seem to be caught hanging at various bridges in the City Of Portland; Murders that leave no clues, or evidence. As Mason, Ava and their team of experts and agents, try to connect the pieces of the puzzle, Ava is drawn into a nightmare of a twin who is the power to bring Ava down single-handedly and test her sanity.

As the team goes into the past to dig through secrets, the present gets more and more ominous taking Ava closer to danger and death. What I most treasured about this book and my utter adoration to the writer is her technique of developing the story, piece by piece, detail by detail and character by character, be it the primary or the secondary. She delves into the pain and guilt haunting the killer as much she infuses strength and trust into the relationship between Ava and Mason. Ava’s twin Jayne is just another catalyst that tear opens Ava to the core, with Mason being her voice of love and reason.

Dripping with emotions of love and trust, tied up with frustration and fear, reeling in pangs of guilt and hatred, drowning in depths of despair and darkness, Bridged takes us over and under to the people who have made a choice to follow a path of evil and those who have chosen to protect until their last breath.

Received an ARC from Montlake Romance via NetGalley for an honest review.

For the uninitiated readers, “Her Grave Secrets” is the third book in the Rogue River Series, co-written by Kendra Elliot and Melinda Leigh. The first two books are “On Her Father’s Grave” (Kendra Elliot) and “Gone To Her Grave” (Melinda Leigh). So my recommendation is to definitely read in sequence.

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So the saga of danger and death continues in the small town of Solitude. A deadly drug called C-22 is making its appearance in the dead bodies showing up in Solitude. Since the death of Stevie’s father, who was the sheriff of Solitude, there has been a string of strange deaths and Stevie along with the new sheriff, Zane are trying to get to the bottom of this evil.

As the love between Zane Duncan and Stevie Taylor blossoms, so is the evil lurking in the shadows. Stevie and Zane along with Seth, are trying to uncover the mystery surrounding some of the prime residents of Solitude. As the pieces of the puzzle seem to fall into place, there are more questions than answers. And when Zane gets hurt as another piece of the puzzle falls into place, but some old secrets also come to light. When her father’s death is bordered on homicide, Stevie knows that they need to double their efforts and become more vigilant before more innocent people get hurt.

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“Her Grave Secrets”, is a great continuation as it seems to head into a final showdown with very surprising revelations. I love the way both the writers have kept their unique skills of narration, yet bring the story together in each book they write. The suspense is brilliant, romance sublime and the characters have turned out to be fabulous, with their own personal issues and insecurities, yet supportive of each other.

Received an ARC from Montlake Romance via Netgalley for a honest review

The Bones Lady has done it again! Kendra spins a tale as smooth as silk, soft as velvet and comes up with a storm.

The disappearance of an 11-year-old girl brings FBI agent Ava McLane and local detective Mason Callahan under one roof. For Callahan, this is personal, as the missing girl happens to be the stepdaughter of his ex-wife.

Two mothers, two dads and another’s child!!!  The Fairbanks family is no screaming divorce family from TV, everyone gets along well with each other…. stepdad has positive things to say about cop dad. 

So what is the motive for Henley Fairbanks being kidnapped? And that is the 323-page question. Kendra’s done a brilliant job of keeping that suspense until it was time to be revealed. Each page was a revelation of bits of information as the law enforcement tries to piece the puzzle together. And as the puzzle starts to fall into place, the emotions and secrets of the family come to light. And as the past and the present collide, Ava and Mason try to understand their growing feelings for each other.Image

“What would you do if I kissed you right now, Agent McLane?” he drawled. Special Agent McLane ticked a lot of his boxes. Boxes he’d never known existed. And right now, he wanted to see what kind of flames they could create.

Mason and Ava are Kendra’s crowning glory. Dedicated to their job, focus in their quest for justice, despite issues in their lives, they create enough ripples of passion and intimacy as they try to get to know each other. This is just the beginning of a relationship that will go through a journey of ups and downs as they deal with personal baggage. But nowhere does the lust and passion take away from the desperation and pain of a family trying to get their daughter back or the grave and critical situation of the kidnapping, as the FBI races against time to get to the bottom of it.

He believed in Karma. His plan hadn’t gone completely as expected….It was time for the next phase.

I really, really, really was in the perpetrator’s corner of sympathy. More than evil, it’s just Elliot’s powerful narration of feelings and helplessness, that takes us on a thrilling ride to a final showdown, a showdown that had me so mixed up with emotions of sadness and the unfairness of life.

“Do you remember asking me if I’ve ever loved someone where the emotion was totally out of my control? Where someone physically feels the other person moving about in the other world? That exact feeling is growing inside of me. I’ve felt precisely what you described, and I want to continue to experience it everyday with you.”

With a lot of twists and turns, relations and trust put to test, and with a past that comes haunting out of the blue, “Vanished” is one book you don’t want to miss. And keep an eye out for more of Mason and Ava, a relationship that will evolve through its natural course of life.

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