Book Review: Exposed by Lyz Kelley 1

Exposed by Lyz Kelley

(An Elkridge Series Novel)

Release Date: 18th July

Genre: Contemporary Romance

 

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Synopsis


A woman in hiding. A past to resolve. A Marine to the rescue.
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When a broken water pipe destroys Gwen Keebler’s thrift store, she’s convinced her day can’t get worse. But that same day, her blackmailing ex-fiancé finds her living in the small Colorado town of Elkridge. She’s ready to pack up and hit the road again when a former Marine provides options.
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Former Brigadier General Dale Bryant has returned home to repair his relationship with his daughter, and his broken, widowed heart. The last thing he expects is to rescue Gwen as well. The sexy store owner caught his attention the first time they met, but he’s fourteen years older, and she’s his daughter’s friend.
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Yet to truly save Gwen, the widower realizes he must let her go. Will Gwen run again, or will she face her past and fight for Dale?
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EXPOSED is a sweet contemporary romance about a brave woman and a heroic man who fulfill their dreams. If you like heartfelt characters, deep topics with powerful emotional cores, and happy endings, then you’ll love this fifth book in Lyz Kelley’s tales of strength, love, and survival. A 25K word, 85+ page novella.

 

My Rating:

 

Favorite Quote:

 

Growing up, I lived in a fishbowl full of sharks. I always felt like I was swimming to save my life.

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My Review:

 

Exposed was a quick and easy read, which featured endearing and likable characters previously introduced in earlier books.   Lyz Kelley was a recent find and new to me prior to last week. I enjoyed working my way through the 1219 pages of the five books in this unique and entertaining series. Each book contained a complete HEA love story with added genres such as suspense, small town, and family drama; with merely the unsolved murder from the first book being the only unresolved issue, an issue that continues to remain a mystery.   Lyz Kelley has an easy to follow and comfortable writing style with amusing humor, interesting and quirky characters, colorful descriptions, and insightful observations. I hope I am paying attention when additional installments are available, as I remain intrigued and curious about this community as well as that unsolved murder.

 

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Why would I want to read the Elkridge Series?  Each book in the Elkridge series is a piece to a puzzle—a suspenseful mystery involving the murder of a small-town sheriff. You get six contemporary romance books to figure out the mystery and a bunch of happy ever after (HEA) endings. Two novels in this fiction series—Blinded and Orphaned—are award-winning romance books.
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Where is Elkridge, Colorado?  Elkridge exists only in my mind. On any given day, I can stop at River Creek Café for Jenna’s fresh baked cinnamon rolls, or shop for a birthday present at Mara’s Blooms, or get my nails done at Kym’s nail salon. Sitting in the park eating lunch, I can watch the kids play and hear the latest gossip from neighbors. Later, if I want, I can stop at Mad Jack’s to hear a local band play and get some dinner. Elkridge is a great small town where the sun shines 360 days a year and people do their best to make ends meet.
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Would you tell us about your writing process?  It takes me awhile to write each stand-alone story because I am passionate about creating the very best stories for my readers. These contemporary romance books have complex plots and subplots and include suspense romance threads, with deep emotional women’s fiction elements, humor and even a bit of quirkiness. I’m so excited to see the 5-star ratings because it means I’ve created the ideal mix to provide readers with a few hours of enjoyment.

EXPOSED: Frequently Asked Questions: (FAQ)

How did the book EXPOSED come about?

Both Gwen and Dale were secondary characters in previous books. My editor, Faith Freewoman, insisted that I put the characters together. My first thought was, “no, there is too much of an age difference. What would they have in common?” However, I’d recently made the decision to put more diversity into my books—younger, older, black, white, purple…it doesn’t matter. I want to create complex, diverse characters, so I took on the challenge of creating a story for Gwen and Dale.

Why did you make Gwen’s parents wealthy?

Years ago, I saw Into the Wild, a movie about a young man rejecting his wealthy upbringing to live a simpler, more authentic life. It’s a true story, and if you haven’t read the book, or seen the movie, I would recommend it.  When I started thinking how Gwen’s a part of Elkridge, I asked myself how her life is/or would be affected by Sheriff Sam’s murder, and wham, there was her story. A woman wanting a normal life, away from greed and corruption, finding happiness in Elkridge, Colorado. How cool is that?

Why are EXPOSED and SPURNED novellas? Why not write full-length books?

 

Three reasons. First: Writing shorter pieces is hard. Trying to write a full story in such few words is challenging, but I wanted to grow as a writer and take on that challenge. Second: I wanted to honor and meet women’s needs. There are women all over the world wanting short, fulfilling reads. I thought about working women riding the train or taking a bus to work, or those who want good lunchtime reading. I considered new moms wanting an escape while their child is breastfeeding or napping, or they want to pass the time while waiting to pick up their children from school. With these shorter books, I celebrate our differences, and allow all readers, no matter where they are, the chance to be swept away into another world.


Other Books in The Series


BlindedBuy Here

 
Do you like finding clues to solve a murder? How about second chances at love?

Somebody killed Joey’s brother. After a ten-year absence, the big city detective returns home to Colorado for the funeral knowing he will be pressured to find Sheriff Sam’s killer. Joey’s instincts say whoever murdered his brother is part of something more sinister than the Elkridge deputies can handle.

Mara’s dreams died the night a drunk driver killed her parents and sister, and left her permanently wounded. After months of therapy, she’s finally adjusting to her new reality while working to save her mother’s floral business. When the first boy she ever loved walks back into her life, she wonders if she and Joey are getting a second chance to find love.

As Joey and Mara’s love blooms, the evidence becomes clear the local deputies are either ill-equipped to comprehend what’s happening, or someone’s covering up a crime. Joey and Mara fight to balance between their careers, family, and their renewed love until the FBI contacts Joey ultimately tipping the scales.

If you like a sensual contemporary romance novel, with deep emotional topics, a thread of suspense, and a cozy happy ending then BLINDED is for you. The first book in the Elkridge series debuts a quirky cast of characters and begins introducing evidence to solve Sheriff Sam’s murder.


SpurnedBuy Here

A broken heart. A yearning soul. A choice to make.

A SALON OWNER WHO’S FORGOTTEN HER DREAMS…Kym Zhang feels stuck. Forced to take over the small town’s nail salon after her parents abruptly left and her best friend’s mangled car accident, Kym’s simply been surviving. The day-to-day grind is getting tedious, until a mechanic sparks her interest and creates curious options.

A MECHANIC WHO’S STUCK IN THE PAST…
When Zach Cohan’s childhood mentor asks for his help, the Hollywood film mechanic can’t refuse. Zach’s tired and needs a break. Most of all, he needs to face the past and the woman who demolished his heart. When the cute salon owner asks him to jump her, he figures Kym to be the perfect person to defuse the volatile situation with his ex. However, he underestimates just how feisty Kym can be, and how much she can make him forget old hurts in favor of new love.
A slow sizzle burns between Zach and Kym until Hollywood calls him back forcing them both to make choices between their obligations and what they truly want out of life.

SPURNED is sensual, contemporary romance (23K word, 100+page) novella about a wounded woman and a man who fulfills a dream. If you like heartfelt characters, deep topics with powerful emotional cores, and happy endings, then you’ll love this tale of strength, love, and survival.

AbandonedBuy Here


Her mother’s death. His PTSD. A combustible relationship. 

Ashley Bryant has less than five weeks left to organize, sell, and pack away her old life before she’s uprooted and forced into a completely new one. She needs to make several critical decisions and with her life upended and spiraling out of control, the last thing Ashley needs is a sexy U.S. Marine complicating matters.

Gunnery Sergeant Chase Daniel’s has just buried his best friend, and his commanding officer has given him a month to commit—retire or return to active duty. Struggling with PTSD, fatigue, and grief, he stumbles into Elkridge, the quiet little mountain town, to figure out his future.

With their lives in upheaval, Ashley and Chase have a lot in common, but the last thing each needs are more complications—like their instant attraction to each other.

 

OrphanedBuy Here

The search for a sister. Decades of guilt. Who to trust?
Jenna is desperate to find her younger sister, who was taken from her when she was seven years old. She believed Caitlyn, who was adopted by a wealthy family, was doing fine, only to discover her sibling vanished under eerie circumstances. Unfortunately, Jenna’s attracted the attention of the last man to see her sister alive.

Grant has returned to town to take over his ailing father’s law practice. When his socialite parents try to interfere in his relationship with Jenna, a woman they consider lower class, he puts his foot down. He intends to marry the adorable baker, and no one will change his mind—not even Jenna.

Jenna and Grant’s lives are upended when a stranger brings upheaval, and their trust in each other is severely tested by this shocking surprise.

 

 

Meet the Author

Award-winning, contemporary romance author Lyz Kelley lives in a small community in Colorado with her husband and several four-legged family members. Lyz writes about brave women who have faced extraordinary challenges, and the honorable men who have an enormous capacity to love, even if they may not know it.

 

A healing love is at the heart of her book series. Creating wounded yet amazing characters—discovering what drives them, frightens them, heals them, makes them laugh—is what gives her joy. Lyz is pleased to share that joy through her masterfully written stories.

 

To keep tabs on her award-winning novels, connect with Lyz by signing up for her newsletter at LyzKelley.com. Also visit LyzKelleysHeroes.com to join Kelley’s Heroes, Lyz’s VIP club. Members receive an exclusive copy of A Soldier’s Wife, learn about thoughtful giveaways, and get a sneak peek at upcoming releases. Members may even get the opportunity to receive advanced reader copies. Check out LyzKelley.com for more information.


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One comment on “Book Review: Exposed by Lyz Kelley

  1. Reply Cassie's Library Jul 21,2017 3:51 pm

    You are your romance novels lol At least this one has a bit of a mystery in it. Also did I see right that it is only like 85 pages long? If so umm I may read it because I don’t have to sit with a romance for long. 🙂

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