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The Mastermind : A Brother’s Best Friend Romance (WaterFyre Rising Book 1) by Nadia Han – Review by Roxsanne Lesieur.

The Mastermind (WaterFyre Rising, #1)The Mastermind by Nadia Han
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Remington Starke is a man with a vision, he gets whatever he wants, be it in his business, or private life and he looks at life through a very black and white lens. He is not a fan of emotions and has tried his best over the years to avoid relationships and anything which could jeopardise the empire which he has built, but his latest acquisition is something else entirely. Audri Wu is a woman with a creative mind and this stands her in good stead with both her job and her hobby, she is always full of sunshine and makes those around her happy as well, but she has always had a soft spot for a certain friend of her brothers, but has kept it to herself, knowing that they are something she can never have.

Audri and Remington know each other as friends, but when he appears in her work environment as well, she has no idea what to do and neither does he, but his magnetism attracts Audri no matter how had she tries to deny it, but has no idea if he feels the same way. Remington has always had a spark of attraction to Audri, but felt she was off limits being his best friends sister, but the more he gets to know her, the more he feels the attraction is right.

Not everyone sees it that way and soon, his dark past re-emerges into the light and starts to threaten those around him, meanwhile Audri is having troubles of her own which are dredging up her past and causing the stress to build, but can the two friends overcome their barriers and their pasts to spark a fire which could burn everything down? This is a romantic suspense with twists and turns as secrets and truths are revealed and the past becomes entangled with the present, but will the future be full of darkness or light? The only way to find out is to read the first instalment in this series and immerse yourself into the fire within.

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The Mastermind (WaterFyre Rising Book 1) by Nadia Han – Review by Desiree Ottinger

The Mastermind (WaterFyre Rising, #1)The Mastermind by Nadia Han
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Audri has known Remington for years. He is her brother’s best friend. So, he should be off limits… but she has harbored a HUGE crush on him for as long as she can remember. When he buys the company she is currently working for, could it be fate stepping in to push them together?

Remington has always been drawn to Audri from the moment he met her. However, he won’t cross the line to pursue anything because it goes against the bro code. But when her life is threatened and it seems like someone is gunning for her, he can’t help his overwhelming desire to protect what he considers his. Can he hold the line and just protect? Or will he lose his heart to someone who can help make him whole?

This is my first time reading this author and I genuinely enjoyed it! There’s an overarching mystery that is playing out over this series, a crime the 5 male friends witnessed in their teens. They think they can ignore it and it won’t bother them and theirs, but they are mistaken as it starts to pull in the loves of their lives. The set up for this mystery was done well, in my opinion. I liked how things are mentioned in passing and then become bigger later on in the book. There were some twists that I didn’t see coming and it kept me reading.

Looking forward to the rest of the books in this series!

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The Mastermind (WaterFyre Rising Book 1) by Nadia Han – Review by Donya Pedigo

The Mastermind (WaterFyre Rising, #1)The Mastermind by Nadia Han
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Mastermind is a brother’s best friend, billionaire boss, and a suspenseful contemporary romance. It is Book One in the WaterFyre Rising series but can be read as a standalone. I love getting to read new authors and let me tell you Nadia Han did not disappoint with this book. Her characters come alive drawing you into the story as if you were their friend.

We start by getting a flashback scene of the past where we find out what WaterFyre is. This scene also draws us into our main Hero’s life as he grew up. I loved that we got to see how his past kind of shaped his future and shaped him.

Remi and Audri know each other as she is his best friend’s little sister, though it takes them growing up and seeing each other again after years to realize they have a connection and a lot of things in common. Can they both overcome their past to make a future together? Is a romance worth jeopardizing his friendship? Will she even be okay in the dark world that his past has made his life go in? Find out all this and more as you read this book that has passion, romance, friendship, danger, and suspense all.

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The Mastermind (WaterFyre Rising Book 1) by Nadia Han – Review by Trista Priest

The Mastermind (WaterFyre Rising, #1)The Mastermind by Nadia Han
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Overall, I enjoyed Audri and Remi’s story, it is full of suspense and action-packed. I struggled through parts of the book as I felt some of the writing seemed almost juvenile, but then it pick up amazingly and was well-written.

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The Mastermind (WaterFyre Rising Series). Review by Jennifer Ramos

The Mastermind (WaterFyre Rising, #1)The Mastermind by Nadia Han
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a great story! I love a good suspenseful mystery twirled with some romance. Book one of the WaterFyre Rising Series, this book features Remington or Remi, who emerges from his dark and mysterious past as he claims his own path in life being successful and not letting disruptions in his way. There is also Audri, the sister of one of Remi’s best friends, who is seeking her own path in the world amidst her own past and present struggles. The various moments they had appeared in each other’s lives, they always had a sense of connection and alluring connection for one another. When their circumstances fall into seeing each other more often, they eventually can’t help it but to see where this connection leads to. It is honestly amazing to see their love journey emerge.
As their relationship develops, other alarming details seem to start connecting Remi and Audri into unfortunate circumstances that seem all interconnected. Lies, deceptions, harassment, past secrets and betrayal lead them into such horrible situations they never imagined. Remi has been known to make sure those who wronged him got what they deserved but how would Audri feel about his actions towards protecting himself and those he cares for? This is a must read and a great introduction to another amazing series! Contemporary romance and suspense at its best!

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The Mastermind (WaterFyre Rising Book 1) by Nadia Han – Review by Christine Baranek

The Mastermind (WaterFyre Rising, #1)The Mastermind by Nadia Han
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Mastermind
By Nadia Han
5*

Oh my goodness! This book is absolutely amazing and I could not put it down. I have to say as a general rule I am hesitant to read “brothers best friend” books but I have to say that this book definitely will have me thinking twice about avoiding them. The characters in this book were very well developed and I have to say that the plot was absolutely amazing. I love that it took what can be a very “normal” plot and made it into something that I’m not sure I will ever stop raving about. The characters are so multifaceted with dark secrets and pasts that definitely helped to develop them. I love that it has the added bonus of two characters that have known each other forever and have shared a spark since then. I truly loved Audri and Remi and was completely invested in them. I truly cannot recommend this book enough and am so glad that it is the first in a series as I definitely want to read more.

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The Mastermind (WaterFyre Rising Book 1) by Nadia Han – Review by Wendy Giles

The Mastermind (WaterFyre Rising, #1)The Mastermind by Nadia Han
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you love a good forbidden romance with a brother’s best friends this is your kind of story. Our couple, Remi and Audri have tremendous chemistry together. This alpha has met his match with this fierce, smart, and very self-sufficient woman. Remi cannot help but fall for the beautiful Audri even though she is his best friend’s little sister! There are twists and turns giving you that stomach drop feeling hoping that after this they will be together. The author did a beautiful job of keeping the story moving in a very organic way without sacrificing any aspect of the story that needed telling. This is a wonderful start to what is sure to be an action packed, heat fueled series.

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The Mastermind (WaterFyre Rising Book 1) by Nadia Han – Review by Dawn Mitchell

The Mastermind (WaterFyre Rising, #1)The Mastermind by Nadia Han
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was the perfect mixture of Romance and mystery suspense! I loved all of it. Audri an Remi are the perfect Waterfyre couple that overcome their greatest fears together an realize they can be each others rainbows in the dark. This book has lots of twists an turns so make sure you keep up!

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The Mastermind (WaterFyre Rising Book 1) by Nadia Han – Review by Bethany Rollins

The Mastermind (WaterFyre Rising, #1)The Mastermind by Nadia Han
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Mastermind is a good read but it didn’t have a big pull to draw me completely into the story. I always enjoy a brother’s best friend and millionaire love story but somehow the connection of Remi and Audri fell a bit flat for me. They were a bit cheesy in a lot of the dialogue and at times their intimacy felt forced. I did enjoy the suspense the author gave us and the twists and turns we took to get the full mystery unraveled. I recommend because it did give me the happy ending I look for when reading this style I just failed with the character connection.

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The Mastermind (WaterFyre Rising Book 1) by Nadia Han – Review by Katrina Jones

The Mastermind : A Brother's Best Friend Romance (WaterFyre Rising Book 1)The Mastermind : A Brother’s Best Friend Romance by Nadia Han
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Mastermind is a little of a forbidden romance with some mystery to it. Remi is a billionaire with a past full of secrets. His best friends sister crosses paths with him again. The two have always had a spark but now as adults and after many years, they can explore that spark together.
This was my first book from this author and I will definitely be reading more!

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The Mastermind (WaterFyre Rising Book 1) by Nadia Han – Review by Dahnielle Hibbert

The Mastermind (WaterFyre Rising, #1)The Mastermind by Nadia Han
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book will get you in its clutches and won’t let go. The instant drama, the insane amount of twists, turns and thrills will leave you wanting more. I loved the characters! This author does such great character development that you begin to make Audri and Remi as well as some of the side characters your book friends right away. This book has it all! Sizzle, steam, mystery, back stories, drama, romance and of course an HEA!! You won’t regret giving this book a chance.

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The Mastermind (WaterFyre Rising Book 1) by Nadia Han – Review by Kristan Anderson

The Mastermind (WaterFyre Rising, #1)The Mastermind by Nadia Han
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Mastermind is book one in Waterfyre Rising by Nadia Han. Audri is his best friends little sister, meaning she’s off limits. Or is she? They are both adults and both unable to deny their attraction anymore. Remi is the insanely intelligent billionaire who turns into her boss who turns into someone she needs in her life. This pair plays with danger but not always knowingly or purposefully. Remi has been caught up in something for years and Audri has a guilt stricken past. You definitely fooled me in thinking Nadia had been writing forever, this just so happened to be her debut book. It was suspenseful, well written and kept my attention throughout. I enjoyed the twists and turns of the plot unraveling. I hope future books in this series circle back a little because I’d like to see how these characters get along in the future.

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The Mastermind (WaterFyre Rising Book 1) by Nadia Han – Review by Sara Grantham

The Mastermind (WaterFyre Rising, #1)The Mastermind by Nadia Han
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book intrigued me in ways I did not expect! I loved the way Nadia combined so many different emotions into one book. Lust, love, fear, hope, betrayal, and belonging… Everything Audri and Remi felt, I felt too. I loved the twists in the story, and how everything from their pasts wove together.
If you are looking for “a brother’s best friend romance” – this is all that and more! From the undeniable attraction and longing to the steamy sex scenes, Nadia really delivers. She created so many wonderful characters, and I cannot wait to join them again in the second WaterFyre Rising book.

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The Mastermind (WaterFyre Rising Book 1) by Nadia Han – Review by Ashley Sugar

The Mastermind : A Brother's Best Friend Romance (WaterFyre Rising Book 1)The Mastermind : A Brother’s Best Friend Romance by Nadia Han
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book had my attention from the very first page! If you want an amazing read with spice and suspense…then this is the one for you. Remi is this dark guy with a past, he doesn’t wear his heart on his sleeve…but he has a soft spot for a girl in particular. So many things happened in this book and it kept me on my toes! Things happened that I didn’t expect and that’s what makes it great. I love the twists and turns. But of course, the spice 🤌🏽 phenomenal. Remi is definitely a mastermind and I highly recommend this!

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The Mastermind (WaterFyre Rising Book 1) by Nadia Han – Review by Rosanna Ingram

The Mastermind (WaterFyre Rising, #1)The Mastermind by Nadia Han
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Remi is a self-made billionaire with a past that has hardened him and has him living in a perpetual dark place. Audri, his best-friend’s sister, is successful in her own right and is working for Remi. She has always had a special place in her heart for Remi…and now she wants to help him out of that dark place, while fighting her own darkness. Their love is forbidden and blurs many lines…but also reveals secrets that could destroy them. Can they overcome the darkness…or will they be destined to dwell there forever?!?
First of all…this is not your normal brother’s best friend story…this is so much more!! There were so many twists and turns…and their pasts have pushed them to be the successful people they are today…but those same pasts threaten to tear them down and apart. I was sucked into this story til the very end. A great book by a new-to-me author. I will definitely be checking out what they write next!

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The Mastermind (WaterFyre Rising Book 1) by Nadia Han – Review by Crystal Jimenez

The Mastermind (WaterFyre Rising, #1)The Mastermind by Nadia Han
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a good read. This is the first book that I have read by this author, and I will be reading more. The romance was just there for me in this one, the characters were spot on. This is a must read, don’t wait to get your hands on this one.

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The Mastermind (WaterFyre Rising Book 1) by Nadia Han – Review by Kassandra

The Mastermind (WaterFyre Rising, #1)The Mastermind by Nadia Han
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a good book! I found the character’s really relatable. We all have things we hide from the world, and to watch Remi and Audri face their dark truths together was heartwarming. A great mix of steamy, romance and friendship. The overall plot was very interesting. I enjoyed every chapter!

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e Mastermind (WaterFyre Rising Book 1) by Nadia Han – Review by Angela Shirley

The Mastermind : A Brother's Best Friend Romance (WaterFyre Rising Book 1)The Mastermind : A Brother’s Best Friend Romance by Nadia Han
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Remi is living in a dark place, a billionaire who has strived to be the best and hide his past, but he has always had a core group of friends who have been there through all the issues with his dad and stepfamily especially his bully of a stepbrother.

He always felt safe and wanted at his friend Graysen’s house, with Mrs Wu always trying to feed them up and show warmth and love he did not have at his own home. As the year’s went on and college came and went Remi built his empire up around the Waterfront of his youth, but now will his past come back and the darkness seep deeper.

Audri Wu has always been the only girl in the group of boys that were constantly at her house, but she has always had a soft spot for Remi. While working at her job she becomes the target of harassment, although she has been to HR nothing really gets sorted but then suddenly there is an announcement that the company has been sold and in walks Remi, but as the chemistry between the two of them intensifies can they make a relationship work or will the past shatter it wide open.

This is the first time I have read anything by this author, and I loved the story and the characters. Remi and Audri’s characters complimented each other brilliantly with the dark and light. I love a forbidden love story and with the twist within this story just had me turning the pages to get to the thrilling parts, although I enjoyed the story it did in my opinion took a while to get going but I understand the backstory had to be told as this led them to this part.

The secondary characters where also a brilliant added addition and hope that this series grows so we get to see the other friends’ lives expanded and delve into the world of the Waterfyre in more detail.

The Mastermind (WaterFyre Rising Book 1) by Nadia Han – Review by Katie Kearney

The Mastermind : A Brother's Best Friend Romance (WaterFyre Rising Book 1)The Mastermind : A Brother’s Best Friend Romance by Nadia Han
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have read a lot of books this year and this is in my top 10 favorites for sure but I’m a sucker for an awesome billionaire boss story and this author writes a great one. The characters are complex and their story is one that hasn’t been over done In my opinion. I really enjoyed my time with their story. There’s enough twists to keep you on your toes and I found myself wanting to know what would happen next as fast as possible. I was completely hooked and I was sad to leave these characters at the end but I’m excited to see where the author goes from here. It’s well written and kept me completely captured definitely giving this one five stars! Highly recommended!

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The Mastermind (WaterFyre Rising Book 1) by Nadia Han – Review by Katie Matthews

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I absolutely LOVED this book! From beginning to end I was completely hooked. I honestly could not believe that this was the authors debut novel! This makes me very excited to read future books from her – absolutely outstanding writing! I just loved every single minute of it. Remi and Audri – the tension between them was just amazing, I could feel it coming off the pages as I read. I do love a forbidden romance, and this one was definitely that! The storyline was complex but not so much that it was difficult to read, the author did an amazing job with making sure everything flowed really well.
I am definitely going to be waiting in anticipation for more from this author and I absolutely would recommend this book to other readers!

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The Mastermind (WaterFyre Rising Book 1) by Nadia Han – Review by Hannah Porter

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book The Mastermind by Nadia Han started out with a BANG  hahaha. But forreal this book was so freaking good.I really didn’t want to but it down and was annoyed when I kept getting interrupted 🤣 . It had everything: Love, Action, and A plot twist. The attraction between Audri and Remi was intense from the beginning and I loved it. I was extremely sad when the book ended 😭 I needed to know who the major bad guy was 😬 and

😭😭😭😭 I have to wait til next year for the next book. How will I survive? Just gonna have to keep re-reading it🥰

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The Mastermind (WaterFyre Rising Book 1) by Nadia Han – Review by Melanie Maglietta

The Mastermind (WaterFyre Rising, #1)The Mastermind by Nadia Han
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Mastermind is the first book in the WaterFyre series by Nadia Han. This is also her debut title, which is pretty impressive! As someone who has been actively exploring the romance genre, I really appreciated this story! The story centers around Audri Wu and one of her brother’s best friends, Remington (Remi). Remi not only brings the sexy, but he also brings a lot of dark, dangerous and suspenseful vibes to the story as Audri tries to navigate one of the oldest taboos…don’t mess with your brother’s best friend! Definitely recommend this title as it’s a nice mixture of suspense and sexy. Looking forward to more of this series!

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The Mastermind (WaterFyre Rising Book 1) by Nadia Han – Review by Jenni Bishop

The Mastermind : A Brother's Best Friend Romance (WaterFyre Rising Book 1)The Mastermind : A Brother’s Best Friend Romance by Nadia Han
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 stars

The Mastermind is not your typical brother’s best friend romance story. He is also a billionaire and the new boss. The suspense, the intrigue and the mystery are intricately and cleverly woven together to give the reader an intense read. The plot had me eagerly turning the pages waiting to see how it all unfolds. The story has a little bit of everything from danger and deadly secrets, lies and drama, tragedy, angst and let’s not forget the push/pull romance.

Remington Starke is living with a past that has tormented him and has kept him in a dark place. He knows he shouldn’t but she has always been his light but she is off limits. Now he is back and wonders if there could be more.

I look forward to seeing what Nadia gives us next.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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The Mastermind (WaterFyre Rising Book 1) by Nadia Han – Review by Terri Jo McAllister

The Mastermind (WaterFyre Rising, #1)The Mastermind by Nadia Han
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Remington Starke is the “mastermind” behind the collaborative venture Waterfyre Rising, a video game that had been a childhood dream. But that’s just his side-venture. Remington made his living buying struggling businesses and reselling them. He was a ruthless businessman that knew everything about everyone he dealt with. When he purchases a marketing firm, Audrie Wu is the last person he expected to run across. The sister of his best friend, old feelings are ignited as he spends more time with her. Can he afford to let things go beyond being friends? He sure hopes so. I was wrapped up in the story from the start. Full of action and twists, this book will not disappoint.

Reviewed by Terri Jo McAllister

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The Mastermind (WaterFyre Rising Book 1) by Nadia Han – Review by Lyndsey Fairley

The Mastermind (WaterFyre Rising, #1)The Mastermind by Nadia Han
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow! What a read this was. I really am at a loss for words but wanted to try and get my thoughts out while still fresh and I can’t even form a cohesive sentence without gushing about how great this story was.

This author draws you right in and you are taken through the emotional ups and downs and loops until you are trying to turn the page and there is no more pages left.
I will be reading more by this author and cannot wait for the second in this series.

There just is not enough words in my vocabulary at this time to express how much I loved this book

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The Mastermind (WaterFyre Rising Book 1) by Nadia Han – Review by April Smith

The Mastermind (WaterFyre Rising, #1)The Mastermind by Nadia Han
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m always up for a best friend/little sister romance and then author throws some suspense in the mix, you know you will love it! She does an amazing job right from the beginning grabbing our interest and drawing you in quickly. The characters are easy to connect to and you love them from the start. This my first read by this author and I’m in lust with this book and can’t wait to read more of this amazing series.

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The Mastermind (WaterFyre Rising Book 1) by Nadia Han – Review by Kristine Solano-Witucky

The Mastermind : A Brother's Best Friend Romance (WaterFyre Rising Book 1)The Mastermind : A Brother’s Best Friend Romance by Nadia Han
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Mastermind is a great book. I loved reading it. The way the characters are developed and the way that past traumas brings them close. The need to protect and the yearning for something you can’t have. I really enjoyed reading this book and can not wait to read the rest of the series.

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The Mastermind (WaterFyre Rising Book 1) by Nadia Han – Review by Michelle Mulvey

The Mastermind (WaterFyre Rising, #1)The Mastermind by Nadia Han
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was great from beginning to end. I love the friendship Remi has had with his closest friends since they were so young. Those boys will always have each others backs. Remi has grown up to accomplish anything he put his
Mind to no matter what it is. He’s a very rich man who still loves the simple things life has to offer. Remi has come back to his hometown for business and aside from Audri being there, so are so many other memories he may not want to remember.
This book kept me on the edge of my seat wondering what will happen next. I highly recommend this book and am
Glad to have stumbled across this author. Cannot wait for more!

 

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The Mastermind (WaterFyre Rising Book 1) by Nadia Han – Review by Rayne East

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Romance with a thrilling twist
This was brilliantly written. Remi and Audri are amazingly characters – well developed and with underlying flaws that made them so real and relatable. The story is multilayered with suspense and drama that kept me vested right until the end. Starts as a best friend’s sister romance but moves in to so much more. A strong first book in the series (can be read as a stand-alone) and I can’t wait to read more about the Waterfyre Men.

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The Mastermind (WaterFyre Rising Book 1) by Nadia Han – Review by Robin Rankin

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Mastermind : A Brother’s Best Friend Romance (WaterFyre Rising Book 1)

I am once again amazed by a first time author and their debut.  I was hooked from the very beginning and had a hard time putting it down.  I dropped my kindle on my face a few times because I had to keep going.

This book had a little bit of everything and several twists that I didn’t come close to expecting which may have made me enjoy it that much more since so often books can be predictable.

Remington and Audri are more than perfect together.  They had a lot to deal with, more than the normal couple to get to their moment.

The sparks were flying from my kindle as I read the beginning of Grayson’s house warming party, the description of the car was perfectly detailed and just wow.

There is so much more I could say but won’t since most of it pertains to certain pivotal moments.  What I will say is be ready to be surprised,  there is nothing typical about this book.

This is an author I will be looking forward to reading again in the future.

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