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    Smart, sexy, funny with a side of da

    Outstanding story that’s wonderfully written with some of the best family dynamics I’ve ever read, loads of scary danger, hilarious banter, bizarre situations and characters that are rich, unique and complex. The Devereaux clan is such an interesting dichotomy of rich snobbery and laidback charm. I loved them all even the meanie, Evan. Each of the ‘children” under Grandma’s thumb are rebellious to the point of hilarity and sometimes destructiveness but they are always Devereaux. That is such a driving force in this family that protects and defends, always. The fabulous Dominique just slayed me with her outlandish charm, soft beauty and incredible strength. A wonderful heroine that is a thinker and always looks out for the family. The boys are so different from each other and I can’t wait for their stories especially the newest member of the family, Jackson. This is Dominique’s story of romance that has her encountering a college nemesis that is the hunky US Marshall, Max. While on vacation at his father’s, Max is drawn into the dire calamity that surrounds the Devereaux family while Grandma, the Senator, takes on big Pharma and unknowingly puts her grandchildren in danger. The situation puts Max in the position of getting close to his college crush, Dominique, and makes amends for a stupid college faux pas of a sexual nature. Lucky for Max, Nika accepts his apology and likes the grown up Max very much. If only the bad guys would stop with the cockblocking! The storyline is so much fun and the romance is sweet and sexy but the characters are everything. I found myself smiling throughout the story. Pure enjoyment!
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    Funny and Suspenseful

    Great Suspense! More family drama, mystery, and action than romance, but a great mix and some humor sprinkled in as well. A drunken night at college six years ago had Max making a complete fool of himself in front of Dominique. He is determined to right the wrong he made all those years ago and earn a second chance at her heart. Dominique's family is not quite your average family and together they try to navigate through all the obstacles that are thrown at them. Character and plot development were great, and really made the book a page turner. First book I have read from Bethany Maines, and I am looking forward to more. I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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    Family Drama

    Whilst marketed as romantic suspense, it was more a complex tale of family dynamics. The Deveraux cousins are a dysfunctional group under the authoritarian rule of their grandmother. At times I felt the characters had multiple personality disorders as they conversed or acted contrary to how the author had depicted them. The author also seemed confused as to where the story was taking place. A location was only mentioned late in the book when the heroine recognised an Illinois phone number but then the bodyguard mentioned they were in New York and then later talked about the past few years in Chicago...? It also felt like the book was trying to be a small town novel where everyone know one another from high school etc. however they were supposed to be in a large city (wherever that actually was!). There was some chemistry between Dominique and Max and it was nice to see them finally become a couple. Overall the premise of the book was good however it was poorly executed and felt clumsy. I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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    4.5 stars for this amazing read

    4.5 stars 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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    I liked this book but I didn't love it, I liked the characters and their connections.

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