Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Book Blast + Review + #Giveaway: Deadly Betrayal by Sheila Kell @sheilakellbooks @GoddessFish

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When trusting the wrong person can be deadly.

From Romantic Suspense BEST-SELLING and AWARD-WINNING Author • What happens when a former FBI analyst quits her job to become a PI and ends up partnering with the man who left her fourteen years earlier? In Sheila Kell’s riveting novel of secrets, deceit, and romance, two people rush to find a killer while reckoning with their growing attraction.

Cassie McKay was tired of being passed over as a FBI field agent. She quits her job as a FBI analyst, moved back home with her mother, and takes a job as a PI. Only she hadn’t expected her partner to be the one man who’d left her years before.

Jack “JD” Walker had done a lot wrong in his life, but he hadn’t killed the mother of his child as the police believed, nor had he expected the only women he’d ever loved to come to his rescue. The two work diligently to prove JD’s innocence while someone is determined to make JD pay.

Deadly Betrayal is the first book in the Coastal Investigations series. If you enjoy a thrilling, edge-of-your-seat read, you’ll love this installment of Sheila Kell’s new romantic suspense series.

Read an Excerpt

Before she could turn, a deep, gravelly voice said, “Cassie?”

She spun around, knowing who the voice belonged to, even though she’d last heard it on the man at seventeen years of age. Cassie’s breathless response of only “JD” undoubtedly expressed her surprise along with that flitter in her heart.

His vivid blue eyes turned icy cold. “Who is breaking the restraining order now?”

Confused, her brow scrunched up. “What?”

Without looking away, he shouted, “Gus, what is she here for? I’m not working on a case for her.” The stern voice hit like a slap to the face. What had happened to the JD she grew up with? The man she had one day swore she’d marry. Then Cassie remembered how he had abandoned her when he went off to college, and a fit of familiar anger and hurt surged within her.

“I gotta told you something, yeah. Well, I knowed ya been friends when you were young’uns, so I hired her to work with ya. I hoped it git rid of da prickliness.”

JD snapped his head to Gus. “She works here?”

As she turned back to Gus, she caught the man’s slow grin. “Sure thing, cher.”

She glanced back at JD. As handsome as ever. He sure had filled out nicely as a man. His shoulders were broader, the lines on his face distinguished, and the aura of danger still hung on him.

JD swiveled his head to stare at Gus as if they had concocted this meeting to taunt him or something.

She needed to explain that she wouldn’t be working there after all. “JD, I—”

He pointed at her, anger radiating from him. “I don’t want to hear anything from you.” He turned to Gus, his finger now pointing at the older gentleman. “I can’t believe you, Gus. Here I thought you liked me.” He exhaled loudly. “You can cram this job up your ass.” JD spun and exited, slamming the door behind him.

Cassie stood frozen, shaking. She wasn’t sure what the hell had just happened.

My Review:

Deadly Betrayal is the first book in the Coastal Investigations series and the first book by author Sheila Kell that I have read. Deadly Betrayal is a great start to a new series and a new author. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I started reading Deadly Betrayal but I wanted to read a book by Sheila Kell. And boy am I ever glad I did. Because I do believe I have found myself a new author and a new series that I love.

Deadly Betrayal starts out with a bang of an opening and let me tell you the action and suspense never let up from the first page to the last. This one will keep you guessing from beginning to end. I really could not turn those pages fast enough. I loved Cassie and JD’s story and cannot wait to read more. I love JD’s relationship with his son Henry Kyle.

Cassie worked for the FBI but decides to move back to her hometown after her divorce. Cassie wants to be a PI and gets a job at Coastal Investigations. Guess who her new partner is, JD. You see JD. Is also Cassie's ex. Cassie and JD dated back in high school before things went sour between them.

JD’s ex-girlfriend and the mother of his child are back in town wanting to see JD. JD is not too thrilled about her being back but he is glad he will see his son, Henry Kyle. But before JD is able to see his son his ex-girlfriend is murdered and now JD is a suspect. Who killed the mother of JD’s child? Was it JD? Or did someone else do it? Who would want to murder this woman and why?

I highly recommend Deadly Betrayal to all romantic suspense fans! Grab your copy of Deadly Betrayal today!

About the Author:

Sheila Kell writes about the romantic men who leave women’s hearts pounding with a happily ever after built on memorable, adrenaline-pumping stories. Or, (since her editor tries to cut down on her long-windedness) simply “Smokin’ Hot Romance & Intrigue.” Her debut novel, His Desire (HIS Series #1), launched as an Amazon #1 romantic suspense bestseller and Top 100 overall, later winning the Readers’ Favorite award for best romantic suspense novel.

As a Southern girl who traveled the world with the United States Air Force, she remembers all the embarrassing moments of her fellow veterans to include in her books and laughs every time she does it. Having left behind her days as a College President, she can usually be found nestled in the Mississippi woods, where she lives with her cats and all the strays that magically find her front door. When she isn’t writing, you can find Sheila with her nose in a good book, dealing with the woodland critters who enjoy her back patio, or wishing she had a genie to do her bidding.

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Sheila Kell said...

Thank you for hosting and the time to read and review! I’m open to your reader questions. I’ll check back this afternoon.

Sherry said...

Looks like a good book.