RATING: Five Stars
SUMMARY: In the pages of Let The Dead Lie former FBI sharpshooter Emmit McKay lives a simple life. After his wife dies, the sole care of his four adopted children rests on his shoulders. His only life goal is for them to be happy, and stay out of trouble.
Savannah Walker, newly appointed principal in Blue Creek is certain she can handle the job. She starts out with a smile on her face, the first day of school, but quickly loses her good humor when she meets the troublesome McKays.
Once Emmit shows up in the principal’s office, sparks fly between the two adults, and battle lines are drawn as well when Savannah realizes Pops McKay has totally different ideas on how to keep his children in line. Only time will tell who will be the victor in a war waged between adults and siblings alike.
OPINION: In W.L. Brooks debut novel Let The Dead Lie ~ The McKay Series ~Book One the author does a marvelous job in showcasing characters I fell in love with. Even though, the suspense is subtle in the beginning, it does build up quickly and had me reading quickly to see what else would happen. I can hardly wait to read the second book in this series. And I am praying there is a third and fourth book I can dive into soon.
QUOTE: A book is a gift and an author who can make you laugh, cry, and feel as if you too are in the pages of the book is indeed a treasure. Let the Dead Lie by W.L. Brooks definitely got my attention!
RATING: Four Stars
Emmit McKay is a widower with three adopted daughters. Savannah Walker is the new principal in Blue Creek. She has a master’s degree and a no-nonsense attitude but she is completely caught off guard by the McKay girls. The closer Emmit and Savannah become, the more dangerous things get — when a murderer hides amongst you, you cannot let the dead lie.
This contemporary romance takes place in small town that is full of secrets that draws readers in and keeps them guessing from the very beginning of the story! Surprising twists and turns keep the thrilling suspense building throughout while the chemistry between Emmit and Savannah draws them toward a sweet romance although this couple never manages to have a first date. The characters are charming and quirky especially the children with all their chuckle-worthy hijinks that the children get up to. Between them and the sneaky attacks of a traitor, while the story is fast paced, it is almost too short to really do it justice. Some of the events seem to be a little over the top since they involve children. In setting up the next book, the epilogue of “Let the Dead Lie” leaves readers with a cliffhanger, but Emmit and Savannah’s story is one that never has a dull moment and keeps readers glued to the pages and has a satisfying ending that fast tracks to the future.
RATING: Five Stars
SUMMARY: In W.L. Brooks’ The Secrets That Shape Us readers will find the same spectacular characters as they did in the first book of the series, Let the Dead Lie. This time around the MacKay sisters are all grown up, and Casey, the oldest sibling, returns home after being gone for several years to help find her missing sister. Her tendency to be hard-headed rears its ugly head when handsome private eye Ryan Keller decides to return with her. She doesn’t want his help.
Casey finds her sister at the point of death, and suddenly all the siblings are under attack. Ryan and Casey play well together with good repartee, heart-touching emotions, as well as intimate scenes that are hot, but evoke the tender side of both Casey and Ryan. These two are on the hunt for a killer in this suspenseful sequel, but note the book can be read as a stand-alone.
OPINION: I loved how throughout the entire book the author maintained the close-knit relationship between the four McKay sisters. Even through strife and controversy those ties did not break. I am anxiously awaiting the next book from Ms. Brooks with baited breath.
QUOTE: If you’re looking for action, tender emotions, a roller coaster ride of excitement, then you definitely need to read W.L. Brooks The Secrets That Shape Us.
RATING: Four Stars
REVIEWER: Lynn-ALexandria McKendrick
Casey McKay left her home and sisters behind after uncovering a terrible secret and vowed never to return. Her sisters need her home, however, and hire Ryan Keller to find Casey. Ryan is used to difficult cases, and when he finds Casey, he manages to convince her to come home. What he didn't expect was to develop feelings for her. Unbeknownst to them, by returning to Blue Creek, Casey has put herself, her sisters and Ryan in the sights of someone who wants them dead. Casey is the only one who can stop these dire events from unfolding, by facing the secrets that she has held in her heart for years.
“The Secrets That Shape Us” is a mystery that keeps readers guessing until the very end! The plot moves at a brisk pace and contains characters that readers will fall in love with. Aspects of the storyline are a little cliché, however this is only a small issue. The relationship between Ryan and Casey is an interesting will-they or won't-they struggle. However, the love scenes are passionate and incredibly enjoyable. W.L. Brooks has given readers the whole package in this novel. Romance, a whodunit and twists and turns until the end. A promising second book in the McKay series that will pave the way for future books and take readers hurrying back to read the first book in the series.
RATING: Four Stars
WOW! What a ride! This book is jam packed with action, adventure, suspense, HUGE totally unexpected plot twists, romance and all while an unexpected friendship is slowly brewing. Reegan was warned to never come back to the little town of Willows Bluff but with her grandmother near death, she must return. Between everyone involved and the riddles they must figure out, it’s extremely difficult to NOT give anything away in this review. There will be NO spoilers here! I think the only thing that describes this story perfectly is “everything and everyone are not as they appear.“ It’s a struggle between the past and the present, friend and foe. The romance is sizzling HOT! Phillip is her rock throughout everything. June is an unbelievable child. Most times she sounds like an adult. This story will BLOW YOUR MIND! Stick with this story until the end. Everything falls into place and you turn the last page thinking “that was not what I expected but it was BRILLIANT!”
Fabulous story line with amazingly well developed characters. BRAVO!
THE ROMANCE REVIEW
RATING: Five Stars
REVIEWER: Gabrielle Sally
Have you ever read a story that put your mind into a tailspin and you found you couldn't stop thinking about it? For me, that's BETWEEN DEATH AND DESTINY.
Reegan and Bernadette are as different as can be and there's definitely no love lost between them. However, in order to survive, they must work together to "see what was unseen, learn what was unknown, right what was wronged, or suffer the same." And that won't be easy. This puzzle is as perplexing as it is all-consuming. With each new thread, another layer is revealed, leading them (and us) down the proverbial rabbit hole to a conclusion that I didn't see coming. Here is where I will add, it's difficult to talk about this story without giving away spoilers.
This story will knock you off your feet as friends become foes, enemies are not what they seem, and allies pop up in unlikely places. As the women dive in feet first, the mystery begins to unravel and the past and the present begin to meld together as patterns emerge and the truth unfolds.
BETWEEN DEATH AND DESTINY by W.L. Brooks is an incredible read and I can't recommend it enough. I am absolutely wowed and overwhelmed at how well Ms. Brooks managed to feed us all the characters in such a way (avoiding spoilers), both past and present, as to keep us on the edge of our seats and in no doubt as to who anyone is and the roles they played. This was amazing.
A bit of mystery, romance, suspense, and to keep things interesting, the occasional dash of the paranormal.