Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Release Day Spotlight & Review: Unspeakable by Elisabeth Naughton

UNSPEAKABLE by Elisabeth Naughton 
Montlake Romance 
On sale November 20, 2018 
Paperback ISBN: 978-1503904903 | $9.99 US | 304 pages 
Ebook ASIN: B07BWDC4BL | $4.99 US

The McClane family is like no other: four children, adopted from four different troubled families by a kindhearted child psychologist and his wife. Now adults, Ethan, Alec, Rusty, and Kelsey McClane realize how lucky they are to have a second chance at happiness in the Pacific Northwest…but they can’t seem to shake the dark histories that have haunted them throughout their lives. With thrilling suspense and emotionally stirring romance, the Deadly Secrets series follows these four siblings as they confront their biggest fear: the past. 

All his siblings have moved on from their troubling pasts, but Rusty McClane can’t leave his behind. Not even when his freedom is in jeopardy. Legal investigator Harper Blake can sense a bad boy. She’s drawn to them—like she is to her mysterious and brooding new client. The police believe that Rusty is involved with the case of a missing underage girl. Harper’s job is to find evidence to defend him. But is her sexy suspect a predator . . . or something else? If Rusty is guilty of anything, it’s of stirring something primitive in Harper. The closer they get, the harder it is to believe the worst of him. But in an underworld filled with sex trafficking, kidnapping, and murder, Harper will need to be cautious about whom she trusts. Because Rusty isn’t the only one with secrets. 

Praise for Elisabeth Naughton’s Deadly Secrets Series "Solid romantic suspense by a writer talented enough at weaving a yarn to get her readers ensnared in it." —Kirkus on Repressed "The book was fast paced but not hurried. It had wonderful characters that had fantastic chemistry and felt authentic…" —USA Today on Gone “[T]ense and intense, with a plot that’s complex enough to satisfy suspense fans but never too convoluted...Naughton continues to deliver some of the best work in the genre.” —Publishers Weekly on Protected.

#ReadMontlake Unspeakable is the fourth, fabulous instalment in high-octane Deadly Secrets series. It's a standalone too.

The past is also the present in the life of Russell 'Rusty' McClane. He may be on the straight and narrow after going against his adopted parents' wishes but he's proved them wrong and they in return are really proud of what he's achieved. Still, he has secrets he's keeping from them and his other adopted siblings simply because they don't need to know this aspect of his life, until Portland PD officers turn up at his parents' house looking for him; They want to question him in regards to a missing woman...one he was the last to see.

When Legal Investigator Harper Blake meets Russell McClane her reaction flags him as a bad boy but there's something about him which she finds attractive...not a good sign. Her job is to find evidence to defend him from allegations the police department is trying to pin on him only she uncovers far more than anticipated.

The sparks of attraction between the protagonists are visible right from their first meeting but the opinions they hold for each other are the opposite. Yet with every interaction, they are drawn together despite not wanting to admit these feelings, either to themselves or each other.

The fast-paced narrative kept me focused and enthralled reading this page-turner. As I've previously read one of the other books in the series, I enjoyed catching up on the others in the McClane clan too. As heroes go, I have a weakness for flawed characters and Rusty fits this description perfectly, something he would agree himself as he's never fitted into the family like the others. However, it is satisfying in the end when his secrets are revealed and he finally accepts the past and realises he is a worthy and respected member of the family.

The writing is engaging with an original narrative. For those who have read any or all the previous three books will recognise links that tie the four adopted siblings together in a unique way. All the books are standalone with the author incorporating the connections without the reading feeling as if they are missing any details. Of course, you'll want to read the other books, simply because who doesn't love a romantic suspense with well-developed characters and an intriguing storyline?

***arc generously received courtesy of Montlake Romance via NetGalley***

About the Author Before topping multiple bestseller lists—including those of the New York Times, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal—Elisabeth Naughton taught middle-school science. A voracious reader, she soon discovered she had a knack for creating stories with a chemistry of their own. The spark turned into a flame, and Naughton now writes full-time. Her books have been nominated for some of the industry’s most prestigious awards, such as the RITA and Golden Heart Awards from Romance Writers of America, the Australian Romance Readers Award, and the Golden Leaf Award. When not dreaming up new stories, Naughton can be found spending time with her husband and three children in their western Oregon home. Unspeakable is the third book in her Deadly Secrets series, following Protected, Gone, and Repressed, which was a 2017 RITA winner in romantic suspense. Learn more about Elisabeth at www.ElisabethNaughton.com. 

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