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?Adrift by Kaylea Cross

Posted on September 21, 2021 by Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading in Reviews / 5 Comments

?Adrift, the third book in The Kill Devil Hills series gave us Chase’s story, the youngest Davenport sibling.  Grab your beverage of choice and prepare yourself for a suspenseful ride.

?Adrift by Kaylea CrossTitle: Adrift
Author(s): Kaylea Cross
Series: Kill Devil Hills #3
Also in this series: Undercurrent, Submerged
Published by Kaylea Cross Inc. on July 27, 2021
Pages: 239
Genre(s): Romantic Suspense
Source: Author
Format: eBook
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Purchase: Amazon
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Series Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Heat Level: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

A RISING STAR WITH EVERYTHING TO LOSE.
As Hollywood’s newest darling, Becca Sandoza is vigilant about guarding the image and reputation she’s so carefully created. Her career has allowed her to escape her past, but her newfound fame turns out to be a sharp double-edged sword. The nightmare she’s been trying to escape for twenty years has resurfaced. The man responsible knows all her secrets, and his silence comes at a heavy price. She’ll do whatever it takes to keep the past buried and protect the person she cares about most. But when it seems like she’s trapped with no way out, Becca finally turns to the one man she can trust—the one man capable of making her body burn and her heart ache with a yearning she’s never felt before.
THE ONLY MAN WHO CAN PROTECT HER.
Chase Davenport took everything he learned as a Marine Corps combat veteran and is now a sought-after stuntman. Hollywood is every bit as competitive and unpredictable as he expected, but the biggest surprise so far is Becca Sandoza. She’s got a reputation as an ice queen with the media, but it’s clear to him that’s only a mask she puts on to protect herself. Behind the scenes she’s down to earth, kind, and just being around her brings out all his protective instincts. So when she comes to him for help with a dangerous situation, he steps up. She might be totally out of his league, but the more time they spend together, it quickly becomes clear there’s more between them than scorching chemistry. And when the threat suddenly escalates with no warning, Chase will do anything to save her—no matter the cost.

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The author is fairly new to me. This is the fourth book of hers I have the pleasure of reading. That being said, I have been enjoying her Kill Devil Hill series and looked forward to reading Chase’s story.

?Adrift picked up where Submerged left off. This installment takes us to Hollywood, where Chase,  and his love interest are busy working on a new movie. Chase is a former marine turned stuntman while Becca is a sought after actress. The chemistry between them sizzled and popped. However, Becca fears getting close to Chase. A secret from her past bleeds her financially while threatening to derail her career. She fears the impact it may have on her personal relationship.

Chase recognized something was wrong when she began behaving strangely after she acted out a scene, which made her uncomfortable. He offered to help with whatever was causing her distress, but she refused to open up and let him in. However, when the threats and demands intensified, she turned to the one person she knew could protect her and keep her secret.

The story started out slow and took its time building up to an exciting finish. I loved how the story developed, however, I would have preferred if there was more action. The romance developed nicely, despite the heroine’s horrid actions in the initial stages. Persons would be outraged if a man  took advantage of a woman while she’s drunk, so why should it be ok for a woman to do the same thing to a man. Yes, the heroine did that, then left with no form of communication for several weeks. Lucky for her Chase is a forgiving person.

I had a good time reconnecting with the other Davenport siblings and their significant others. Chase’s best friend, Ryder. whom he served with, intrigued me. He struggles with personal demons. I am curious to learn what triggered those demons. Looking forward to reading his story.

I enjoyed the storyline involving the villain. His sense of entitlement, which triggered his desire for revenge, amazed me. He definitely got what he deserved and more. I have no sympathy for his type. This aspect of the story kept me on my toes and I enjoyed how it played out.

?Adrift served up a wonderful romance with a slice of suspense and action.  I am looking forward to reading more from this author. 

Story Evaluation
Plot
4
Characters
4
World Building
3
Writing Style
4
Pacing
4
Cover
4
Enjoyment
4
Ending
4.5
Overall: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

About Kaylea Cross

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kaylea Cross writes edge-of-your-seat military romantic suspense. Her work has won many awards, including the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence. A Registered Massage Therapist by trade, Kaylea is also an avid gardener, artist, Civil War buff, Special Ops aficionado, belly dance enthusiast and former nationally-carded softball pitcher. She lives in Vancouver, BC with her husband and family.

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