THE SECOND SHOT by Bethany Maines: Review, Excerpt, + Giveaway

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Author: Bethany Maines
Genre: Romantic Suspense

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A drunken mistake in college cost U.S. Marshal Maxwell Ames the love of Dominique Deveraux and six years later, he’s determined to fix the slip-up.  But there’s just one tiny problem—someone wants the Deveraux family dead. Dominque Deveraux never expected Max to reappear in her life, let alone apologize, but as Dominque investigates the mysterious attacks on her wealthy family Max quickly becomes far more than her one time college classmate.  Now, Max and Dominque must dodge mercenaries and bullets as they try to make sure that they’re the only ones who get a second shot.


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The Second Shot is an entertaining romantic suspense with an intriguing plot and a great cast of characters. For me, I found that the book wasn't just about the mystery and suspense of who was targeting the Deveraux family, but also the interesting dynamic between the various family members.  They each presented with strikingly unique personalities complete with various strengths and faults which lended to some rather humorous interactions between them.  Still, one can't deny the family loyalty!  While there is some action and suspense, there is surprisingly a fair amount of humor and sarcasm which I absolutely loved as it kept me chuckling throughout the book.

As for Dominique, I loved her strength and stubbornness.  She thinks nothing of jumping right into the foray and of course Max tries to reign her in (or perhaps it's more appropriate to say supervise her since she has that independent streak?) before she gets into too much trouble.  Dominique is a breath of the air and not the stereotypical socialite, but rather a headstrong woman who is somewhat underestimated by her family.  Max is a great hero who didn't exactly make the best impression when he approached Dominique at a college party years ago.  However, that attraction he feels towards her is just was strong as ever and he has a bit of protective streak without being overbearing. The two of them work well together and make a great couple. I cannot review this book without mentioning the secondary characters as the matriarch, the cousins, and Dominque's brother all fall somewhere between eccentric, quirky, funny, and are all wildly entertaining. 

The Second Shot is told from various POVs which I think was a great way to illustrate how the story unravels. It did take me a bit to initially get into the book, but once I did, I couldn't put it down!   I am definitely looking forward to more books by this author. 

I received an early complimentary version of this book.


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“Why is Jackson calling me?” Max demanded trying to stick with his script. It was hard to do when she was pressed up against him so tight that he could feel her bra through his t-shirt.
“I don’t know,” she said. “Why is Jackson calling you?”
“That’s not a riddle,” he said. “That’s an actual question.”
Her eyes twinkled and she kissed his chin. “Probably because he’s stuck with Grandma and he didn’t pick up my call.” She kissed up along his jaw. “And probably because my message wasn’t very clear, and he couldn’t tell if I was doing something dangerous or not.” She bit his earlobe lightly, which made him shiver, but then she pulled back and looked up at him seriously. “Which I’m really not. I’m in the office. How dangerous could that be?”
“Pretty dangerous,” he said and kissed her mouth. Just as in the park, he felt the intense rush of desire and the kiss went from intimate, but appropriate in a public setting, to over the line in a matter of moments. Her arms pulled tight around his neck and she responded with equal heat.
“I’ll be right there. I forgot to grab my stuff out of the break-room,” a woman’s voice trilled voice from the hallway.
Dominique sprang back and looked around in a panic. She pulled open a janitorial closet, shoved him inside and stepped in after.

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Bethany Maines, a native of Tacoma WA, is the award-winning author of romantic action-adventure tales that focus on women who know when to apply lipstick and when to apply a foot to someone’s hind end. When she’s not traveling to exotic lands, or kicking some serious butt with her black belt in karate, she can be found chasing after her daughter, or glued to the computer working on her next novel. You can also catch up with her on TwitterFacebookInstagram, and BookBub.

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