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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Bea Reviews The Rogue Vows Series by Kendra Elliot & Melinda Leigh

romance, mystery, Kendra Elliot, Death and Her Devotion, Bea's Book Nook
Series: Rogue Vows #1
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Source: the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Release Date: October 25th, 2016
Challenges: Finishing the Series Reading Challenge |
NetGalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge
Buying Links: Amazon* | Barnes & Noble
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Blurb from goodreads:

In the first Rogue Vows novella, Zane and Stevie are about to get an unexpected wedding present…and it’s a deadly one.

It should be the happiest weekend of Officer Stevie Taylor’s life. She’s finally going to marry Police Chief Zane Duncan and live happily ever after in Solitude, Oregon. But all wedding plans grind to a halt when a dead body is found at a nearby campground. A vacationing A-list TV actor has been murdered…and all hell is about to break loose.

When it comes to a celebrity murder, everyone has a motive—and everyone wants a piece of the action. As news media and paparazzi swarm their sleepy town, Stevie and Zane must dig deep to untangle a web of lies, dirty little secrets, and betrayals—and uncover the killer. But the closer they get to the truth, the deadlier their investigation becomes. And if they don’t act quickly, ’Til death do us part may come sooner than they thought.
 

Bea's Book Nook, Review, Rogue Vows, Kendra Elliot, Melinda Leigh, Burned By Her Devotion
Series: Rogue Vows #2
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Source: the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Release Date: November 1st, 2016
Challenges: Finishing the Series Reading Challenge |
NetGalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge
Buying Links: Amazon* | Barnes & Noble
* affiliate links; the blog receives a small commission from purchases made through these links.

Blurb from goodreads:

In the second Rogue Vows novella, the town of Solitude, Oregon, will learn that good TV makes for terrible reality.

When Chase Ryan, a popular crime TV star, turns up dead, the entire town of Solitude is shaken—but the show isn’t over yet. The confessed murderer is violently abducted on the way to the county jail, and now Detective Seth Harding must find both the killer and the kidnapper.

Seth’s investigation unearths unsavory secrets from the celebrity’s life that incriminate a cast of suspects: Chase’s family, his sleazy agent, and a fanatical stalker with a troubled thirteen-year-old daughter. When that same teen disappears from her temporary foster home, Seth’s wife, social worker Carly Taylor, is drawn into the search.

Dodging paparazzi and peril, Seth and Carly track the girl. But as they get closer to uncovering the truth, the abductor sets the stage for a chilling finale

My Thoughts:

I enjoy the Rogue River books by these two ladies. They have strong and interesting characters, a small town setting on the West Coast, and mysteries that keep me guessing. And let's not forget the romantic relationships, sweet, stormy, and sexy.

In "Death and Her Devotion", Stevie and Zane's wedding doesn't quite go as planned but it's a lovely wedding nonetheless. A murder investigation nearly calls off their wedding but Stevie's family and the whole town of Solitude rally to help them. Elliot gives us lots of red herrings and brings her characters to life. The shortness of the story didn't impact character or story development. Elliot packed a lot into the story.

"Burned by Her Devotion" starts where "Death and Her Devotion" left off. We have more than one villain this time around, and while one was obvious, the other was less so. There was one character who completely fooled me; I sure didn't see it coming. There were some tense moments, some heartfelt moments, a little humor, and some romance. Seth and Carly have been working on patching up their marriage and I like that we see the hard work that goes into making a marriage work. It's not all sunshine and rainbows but there's hope and love and persistence.

The two Rogue Vows stories are a good addition to the Rogue River series.

My reviews of the Winter Rogue novellas:

#1 Tracks of Her Tears
#2 Dead In Her Tracks

My reviews of the Rogue River novellas:

#1 On Her Father's Grave by Kendra Elliot
# 2 Gone To Her Grave by Melinda Leigh
#3 Her Grave Secrets by Kendra Elliot
#4 Walking On Her Grave by Melinda Leigh

2 comments:

  1. I'm not familiar with the authors or the series but I am in the market for some novellas (planning a trip in the new year) and want to load up my e-reader. I'll have to keep these in mind.
    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

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  2. Haven't heard of this series but the novellas sound like a good intro.

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