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Summary

From best-selling author Anne L. Parks comes both a chilling thriller and moving love story.

Kylie Tate survived a life of dominance and abuse. An up-and-coming criminal defense attorney, she has been assigned to a first-degree murder case that could make or break her career. The downside - the second chair is fellow attorney and violent ex-boyfriend John Sysco.

When she catches the eye of enigmatic billionaire Alex Stone, she can't help but be drawn to him. Unfortunately, John is not willing to let her go - especially not into the arms of another man.

As John's sanity spirals into darkness, his attempts to get Kylie back escalate, along with the abuse she thought she had escaped. The one glimmer of hope she has is the unconditional support Alex provides. Ravaged by demons from his past, Alex vows to stop at nothing to keep Kylie safe.

But the closer the couple gets, the more Kylie wonders if Alex is truly her savior - or as dark and dangerous as John.

Formerly titled Of Demons & Stones.

©2021 Anne L. Parks (P)2022 Spectrum Audiobooks

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Wow.

Wow this book is fantastic. With a brilliant storyline and fantastically written characters I was absolutely hooked from the first chapter. I can’t wait for the next book in the series as it has left me with so many questions that need answers. A fantastic performance from Raquel.

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I loved loved LOVED this book!

First, as a criminal defense attorney, I can honestly say this book captured perfectly the working life (especially during a high-stakes trial) of a lawyer. Kylee is a talented defense attorney in a prestigious firm. Having just left an abusive and terrifying relationship with a co-worker she still works with, she’s not looking for love. She throws herself into her career in a bid to keep the haunting demons at bay. A chance encounter with Alex Stone, a wealthy client of their firm, turns into instant chemistry.

Alex has secrets of his own, and a tortured childhood frames the way he views love. He protects Kylee at every turn, but has to constantly check his own impulses of control. Kylee pushes back, but knows that with her ex un-raveling, she needs Alex’s protection more than ever.

The pacing and writing are tight, exciting, and make for an extremely enjoyable listen. Don’t let the long length of the book put you off- you’ll be so engrossed, you’ll have a hard time not stopping for things like sleep.

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Story well written and great narration

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  • Olive
  • 19-04-22

Too Long

Readers were great. Premise is good, but this went on way too long--by 5-6 hours. The heroine is borderline stupid. A truly horrifying boyfriend rips at her constantly and she never reports him? Chokes her at a large party and she does not report him? Beats the living hell out of her and she doesn't report him? Several times characters ask if she is ok and she says "I'm fine." Really??? I know there are some situations that authors create to make the plot happen--but for crying out loud. Don't insult your intelligent readers who would have pounced on the antagonist immediately. And if you have a billionaire protagonist bf, here is a hint: he can make the problem go away in less than a page. Otherwise, why not make him a waiter or a guy at the local hardware store? I suspect that the publisher asked the author to draw this out for as long possible. What a waste of my time.

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  • Stevon
  • 16-04-22

a romantic thriller

First time author for me. With a new author I often try and find something out about them. There wasn't much to be found about this author, legal background and wife of a Navy guy was about all I could come up with. The main character went to Michigan Law which made me wonder if that's where she went?

Anyway, in my experience, romantic thrillers are thrillers that have one or two erotic romantic episodes where the sex is really explicit. This one was different in that it didn't have the erotic sex but rather had a sexual tension that lasted throughout the book. It's up to the listener to know and decide which type they like best, maybe both.

On the thriller side, it was pretty good. If anything there was a foreboding of really bad things to happen and you are just waiting for the shoe to drop. The author does a good job and making you wonder if the new boyfriend is capable to the things the old boyfriend brought to the table. Usually I don't mind the suspense and bad things that happen but in this one I cringed a bit about going back to the book knowing/suspecting that bad things were about to occur at any moment.

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  • Jocelyne
  • 20-03-22

Excellent Romantic Suspense!

This was my first Anne L. Parks's book, and won't be my last. This is the first book in the Kylie Tate Romantic Thriller trilogy. Wow!! I loved it! Kylie and Alex's story is complex and suspenseful. They both are interesting characters. The storyline is filled with mystery, secrets, danger, and twists and turns. The world building is intriguing. The story ends with a cliffhanger, and I am looking forward to listening to Revenge, the next book in the series. Raquel Beattie and Orcus Auditory did an amazing job with the narration. They are new narrators to me. Their voices are very pleasant to listen to. This is an excellent romantic thriller.

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  • Crista
  • 12-03-22

Amazing!

Love the cover and the story is engaging. I was only frustrated at the beginning because leading lady was kind of ditzy. She got better and loved the story. Need more!!!

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  • Samantha
  • 09-03-22

Riveting!

This was a great suspenseful romance book! I was riveted during the entire thing! I cannot wait to read the next book!

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  • NotMyMothersLibrary!
  • 06-03-22

Malevolent

I thought the story line was a good idea. The story just didn’t live up to it. Kylie does everything she shouldn’t do. And why didn’t she or Alex call the police after John grabbed her by the throat and try to choke her the first time? Or go to her boss and report all of the abuse her coworker was doing to her? Alex is a billionaire and could ruin John, yet the abuse kept happening. I just felt aggravated with the story the longer it went. I’m 6 hours in and not sure if I can finish it.

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  • Jasmine W.
  • 01-03-22

Great Rom Thrill!

I found this in my recommendations and decided to give it a try and was shock to find out that Orcusauditory is in it! so that's a plus! But this story is very well written, had me feeling all the emotions when the trial was going and even on the suspense scenes! :)

worth every penny/coin!

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  • Rena
  • 24-02-22

Nice cliffhanger, but I need to know if she's okay

Absolutely loved it!! The ending nearly killed me though!! Please tell this is continuing in another book?

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  • Stacey
  • 14-02-22

Romance Thriller book 1

This audio kept me on the seat of my pants. And of course this ends on a cliffhanger. I so want to know what happens next to Kylie, Alex and see if her ex boyfriend gets him come up ins.

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  • AudibleObsessed
  • 12-02-22

Thrilling story line

Great start to a new series, by a new to me author. Cover to cover, I was sucked in and couldnt let go.