Kentucky Confidential (Campbell Cove Academy #1) by Paula Graves

Kentucky Confidential (Campbell Cove Academy #1) by Paula Graves

The return of the wife he thought was lost and a baby he never knew existed will make this a Christmas to remember…

Captain Connor McGinnis has seen a ghost. Staring at a surveillance photo of a Kaziri immigrant, there can be no mistaking that the starkly beautiful—and visibly pregnant—woman in a head scarf is his wife, Risa. The woman he presumed was dead after her plane crashed into the ocean.

Risa McGinnis, relocated by the CIA when they learned of a price on her head, has settled into the guise of a widowed immigrant. Confronting Connor again resurrects sweet memories and a burning passion. But until this unknown enemy is captured, Risa must focus more on Connor’s protection than on their attraction. After all, the strength of her marriage—and the safety of her baby—depends on it…

Kentucky Confidential (Campbell Cove Academy #1) by Paula Graves

I came across this one during a search for a Harlequin review book that wasn’t about pregnancy or babies.

And I ended up reading a book with a heroine who’s eight months pregnant!

The good thing is, this is one of the more creative suspense books I’ve read by this publisher. Though these are shorter reads, there’s easily enough material here for a longer story (in fact, I think this one would benefit from being longer than Harlequin dictates), and the suspense is high from the start of the book until the finish.

In the end, I really enjoyed it.

I think the author was smart here. Invented countries and invented terror groups don’t always work for me (unless a writer is VERY careful with the made-up names, I can end up having a good laugh), but here it was SO well done.

I’ve been saying for years that I want more real-world issues in romantic suspense, and even with the invented things, it was much more current than most and took the political situation in real countries (Russia, China etc.) into account too.

I love reunion stories, and if someone can pull off a “back from the dead” story – even better. It’s hard to do, as it can come across as absurd in a present day setting, but it worked here.

I wasn’t thrilled with HOW much baby focus there was. Every female character seemed to be either newly pregnant, heavily pregnant, or had just been pregnant. It was the Harlequin baby focus bleeding through in a book about international terror cells, and it was a bit of an odd mix for me.

As I said, I think this would have been a good – better – full length book. There are many characters here, and many plot threads, and I think it was a challenge to fit it into 55 000 words.

However, I was still glad to be reading something like this from a publisher of category romance.


Review copy provided by NetGalley.

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