I’m delighted to welcome this week’s featured author, Beth Hale. Beth writes about what she knows: strong, Southern women and the men who love them. She twines believable characters, realistic circumstances, and heart-felt emotions together to create sassy, sexy contemporary romances. She draws inspiration from the every day life problems we all face, and expands them into vivid, interesting, hard-to-put-down stories.
She learned the joys of reading from her mother, and her love affair with books has only grown stronger. If she isn’t breathing life into a new character, she is trying to make a dent in her large to-be-read pile.
Beth lives in small-town Mississippi with her own real-life hero and two children. They share the house with a variety of pets. When she is not working her “day job” as an E-911 dispatcher, you can find her curled up on her couch, with a blanket, coffee, and notebook.
She is the author of the Unexpected Emotion Series and the Magnolia Series.
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Walker and Lainey share one explosive night together, and he awakens to find her gone. Shrugging it off as just a glorious one-night stand, he accepts a new job in a small town: New Hope, Mississippi. That’s where he finds Lainey again. She just happens to be married to the Chief of Police-and Walker’s new boss.
Lainey is terrified that Walker will divulge their secret. If he does, Lainey is a dead woman. But despite the danger, she can’t forget the one passionate night she spent in Walker’s arms. Walker demands answers from Lainey: What secret is she hiding? Why is she so afraid? And when people begin dying, he wants to get to the bottom of it. Why is the police chief trying to brush off the deaths? Why doesn’t he want Walker to work the cases? What kind of secrets is he hiding?
Drawn together, unable to deny their passion, they risk their lives. Lainey is trapped. Walker is determined to save her and uncover the truth. Can they expose the secrets before a ruthless man destroys any hope for a brighter future?
Magnolia Secrets is a romance exactly the way I like my romance: full of mystery, suspense, and danger. It is the story of Lainey, the beautiful wife of a small town chief of police; and Walker, the new officer looking for a fresh start. They have a steamy encounter early in the book, before either knows who the other is, and then to their mutual surprise meet again at a backyard barbeque. Walker believes the worst about Lainey, not knowing the dark secrets she keeps. Later in the book he suspects the truth about the terrifying life Lainey lives. As he works to help her find a way out of a seemingly hopeless situation, the full picture of the chief’s activities come to light, leading to an action-packed conclusion. If you enjoy romantic suspense, you can’t go wrong with Magnolia Secrets!
Beth Hale’s Magnolia Secrets is a fast-paced cop story that had me turning pages to finish in almost one sitting. It could be an episode of “CSI, Small-Town.” For a shorter novel, it didn’t lack for interesting characters to care about and lots of action. With a handsome hunk detective, some steamy sex scenes, and some nasty bad guys, this first of Hale’s Magnolia Series fits well within the Romantic Suspense genre. She left just enough on the table to have me looking for the next installment. Good job. I give it five stars.
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