Posted on August 29, 2014 by Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading in Reviews / 0 Comments

the Key and Lock Her Up
Deadly Games Thriller
By: Lena Diaz
Releasing August 5th, 2014

Avon Romance
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Lena Diaz returns with another sexy,
thrilling Deadly Games novel and the darkest question of all: What do you do
when your freedom could cost you your life?

Detective Emily
O’Malley just stumbled upon a killer’s lair—and the remains of a woman he kept
locked away for years. But this killer isn’t done yet. More women are missing,
and all clues point to Devlin Buchanan—the man who seems to know just a little
too much. Emily’s instincts are rarely wrong, and now they’re telling her this
sexy, mysterious man is hiding something big
As a trained assassin for EXIT Inc—a top-secret mercenary group posing as an
international tour company—Devlin “Devil” Buchanan isn’t afraid to
take justice into his own hands. But when the hot new detective on his trail
gets too close to the organization and a contract is placed on her life, Devlin
does the only thing he can: he turns rogue agent and kidnaps her to save her

With EXIT Inc closing in and passions running hot between them, Emily and
Devlin must work together to find the missing women and clear both their names
before time runs out and the key to freedom is thrown away.


Take the Key and Lock Her Up is apparently the final book in the Deadly Game series, which can be read as a stand-alone. I have not read the other books in the series as such I am unable to make any comparisons. 

The story started out with a bang and continued at that pace until the very end.   This is a fast paced read that kept me on the edge of my seat and had me turning the pages as I was eager to find out what was going to happen next.

There were so many twists and turns and it was not easy to figure out who was the villain. Just when think that you had it figured out the author throws in something else that takes you on a different track.

The main characters were likable and were easy to connect with.  Detective Emily O’Malley is really cut out to be  cop, but she had mad skills when it came to conducting investigations which led to her closing quite a number of cases.   She felt that she had to be constantly proving herself as such she was intent on solving the case of the women who had gone missing and who were then murdered. 

 In the midst of following a lead she came in contact with Devlin Buchanan, a mercenary who worked for Extreme International Tours Inc (EXIT).  He came to her rescue when the suspect had locked her into an abandoned building. She was torn as she was not sure of his connection to the murders coupled with the fact that she was attracted to him.

The chemistry between these two was undeniable. The banter between was entertaining.  Emily knew that Delvin was hiding something and being the tenacious person that she was,she did not plan to stop digging until she found out what it was. Her tenacity, however,  would land her and Devlin in some serious mess. 

The ending was not what I expected. There are still some unanswered questions that I was hoping would have been addressed, this however did not take away from the story.
I enjoyed every suspenseful moment of this book and as a result, I am now compelled to read the other books in the series.

This is a must read and I highly recommend it to persons who love romantic suspense.


from Kentucky, romantic suspense author Lena Diaz also lived in California and
Louisiana before settling in Northeast Florida with her husband, two children,
and a Shetland Sheepdog named Sparky. A Romance Writers of America Golden
Heart® finalist, she’s won the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award for
Excellence in Mystery/Suspense and has been a finalist for the National
Excellence in Romance Fiction Award. She loves to watch action movies, garden,
and hike in the beautiful Tennessee Smoky Mountains.

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