I just finished the first book in the steamy, edge-of-your-seat, three-part series, Steele Shadows Security…by bestselling and multi-award-winning romantic suspense author Amanda McKinney.
(Steele Shadows Security #1)
I love romantic suspense series and this one does not disappoint. Gage is Alpha all the way and there is a story within the story that is a bit of a mystery and I can't wait to find out what is going to happen!
Synopsis from Goodreads: Cocky, reckless, and die-hard playboy were just a few of the names Gage Steele had been called since he and his brothers left the Marines and moved back to the small, southern town of Berry Springs to take over their father’s personal security firm. On the one-year anniversary of his father’s death, Gage had only two things in mind—endless whiskey and endless women, but what he got was a battered, bruised spitfire stumbling through the woods in the middle of the night.
Newly-appointed prosecutor and unapologetic workaholic, Niki Avery had spent her life working toward one goal—never to have to depend on anyone but herself… until the day she was brutally attacked on the side of the road. Stripped of her Louis Vuitton and her dignity, the fiercely independent ADA must submit to being under the watchful eye of a former Marine, a loose cannon with a temper as scorching as his ruggedly handsome good looks.
As cracks begin to show in the Steele family, including newly discovered evidence that their father’s death was no accident, Gage wrestles with his growing feelings for his client, knowing not only that Niki is off-limits, but together, they were like gasoline and fire—an explosion he wanted nothing more than to ignite in the bedroom. But when a pair of bloody body parts show up at the compound, it becomes clear that Niki’s attacker hasn’t given up and Gage realizes he’ll do anything to keep her safe… even as his own family is spiraling out of control.
Cabin 1 is the first book in the 3-part Berry Springs spinoff series, STEELE SHADOWS SECURITY—and is its darker, grittier, steamier partner. Enjoy. 😉
(Steele Shadows Security)
I'm torn between which twin I like better, Gage or Ax, and I think Ax wins as my favorite brother. He is the thoughtful one, the smart brother who takes the boy scout motto to the extreme, "Always be prepared". The story is the perfect mix of romance and suspense and, I also like his damsel in distress who is a perfect match for him. I just wish there were more scenes with his brothers since there is this story going on in the background.
Synopsis from Goodreads: Always be prepared, that was Axel Steele’s motto. While his brothers were throwing down at the local bar, Ax was the guy in the background devising the getaway plan. Dubbed “the smart one,” the former special-ops Marine believed in structure and routine, a way of life the universe seemed hellbent on challenging. Amidst a firestorm of family drama, Ax finds a woman held captive in the middle of the woods, and in desperate need of his help. With an armful of tattoos as colorful as her attitude, his new client is his antithesis—a free-spirited, spontaneous hippie that tests every bit of his patience… and his self-restraint.
Erika Zajac has been living life on her own terms since she was just sixteen. But her gypsy lifestyle came to a screeching halt when the horrific past she’d tried so hard to bury came back in the form of chains and cuffs. Suddenly, Erika finds herself under the security—and scrutiny—of a temperamental bodyguard with the emotional capacity of a rock, and six-pack to match. But no amount of brains or brawn was going to distract her from her goal, or the secrets she’d kill to keep.
Deceit, lies, wrath. Ax’s client had them all. The only question was, which of Erika’s deadly sins would she choose? Revenge… or him?
(Steele Shadows Security)
A new aurthor for me, I truly enjoyed this series, and this one tied up all the loose ends with a bit of a shocker I didn't expect. Wow! So why only 2 stars? Because I'm bored with the format. Each brother falls for a client and it's instant love. Okay, intense situations form tight bonds, but I wish McKinney would've dove a little deeper into each brother's psyche. The storyline was interesting and held my attention, I just wanted more. More feeling especially how they all excepted the shocking twist in the end like it was no big deal, just another baddie that they takedown. And spoiler alert: it's someone they are close to! But there is one more brother, Phoenix, and I really want to read his HEA.
After the failure to deliver the location of a Russian spy as slippery as a bowl of borscht, Lexi York is fresh out of a job and a near-death experience when she seeks refuge at Steele Shadows, despite her disdain for the tattooed bad boy, Gunner Steele. At her wit’s end, Lexi devises a plan to use Gunner to get her job back, but what she hadn’t planned on was developing feelings for the tortured soul she could never tame.
Unwilling to make promises he can’t keep, Gunner, is faced with the biggest decision of his life. Avenge his family, or throw away the only woman who’s cracked open his shielded heart?