Riley is a barista who has gone through a rough life. She is being stalked by a mystery person who is making people think she is crazy. Enter Xander, a hot SEAL, dealing with his own troubles. The chemistry abounds with these two. They form a friendship. Will the sparks flow as they work through the issues at hand? A copycat killer from a thriller? A romance gone crazy? This book was fabulous. I had to remind myself to breathe. The author again scores a home run with characters that feel so real. Their personalities remind me of some of the “friends” in my life. I felt every emotion Riley went through. Her rough life felt a little close to home which is why I think I felt it so hard. If you haven’t read it, what are you waiting for? Do it!
Amy McKinley has a way of drawing you in quickly and making it hard to put the book down. While reading Twisted Secrets (Deadly Isles Special Ops Book 1), I was quickly connected to Riley and Xander and couldn’t wait to see their story unfold. The descriptive way Xander and Riley got to know one another made me anxious and excited, almost begging for more. Amy McKinley has a way of combining action, mystery, and romance that is so inviting. Some books can be so predictable, but she gives you the unexpected. My heart skipped a beat at every turn. Amy McKinley is easily becoming one of my new favorite authors!
Reviewed by @nrl0522
I couldn’t put this book down, and am already anticipating starting the next book in the series. The characters are easy to invest in quickly and the story develops in a way that keeps you guessing until the end. I loved the way the author pieced things together, giving clues without giving a clear outcome. There were a few different theories I had built in my head as I read the book, and was still left surprised. Everything I look for in a quick, fun read: a sense of the setting, character development that’s not too overbearing, a little romance, some mystery, and not too predictable. Definitely recommending this to my friends!
Twisted Secrets is book 1 of the Deadly Isles Special Ops series by Amy McKinley. This is an action packed, suspenseful romance that keeps you interested is what is going to happen next!
Riley is in grad school working at the local coffee shop. In a relationship that is turning bad, she starts thinking the past is repeating itself. The guy she thought she wanted, isn’t really who he says he is.
Xander is a Navy SEAL and is on forced leave. He’s just recovering from an injury after a failed mission and a breakup.
He meets Riley and he can’t help but want to be near her. Can’t keep his mind off of her. He knows that he wants to give a relationship a try, but will she?
I like the way that the secondary characters are introduced and weave their own story giving you little hints of what’s to come. There are several little mysteries going on all at once and there is always something lurking around the corner, but will they be ready for them?
This is the second book I’ve read from Amy Mckinley and I got to say I’m loving her books. Twisted Secrets is the first book in the series Deadly Isles Special Ops and it’s about Xander and Riley. Xander is a Navy seal and is the brother of Jaxon (Book 2) and Tyler (Book 3). Xander gets hurt and ends up in the hospital. He meets Riley and together the go through an ex, finishing school, danger and more. I truly enjoy the story it great!! I’m so glad I read it.
Another book that wows your socks off!
Right from the start this book has you hooked!
Xander and Riley’s relationship has you gripping the pages to find out what happens next in their lives. From meeting in a coffee shop where Riley works to finding out mystery clues you will not want to put this book down till you finish. Even then you will want more from Amy McKinley!
Xander is a Navy SEAL on leave from a mission where he was injured, when by chance he walks past the Coffee Hut and hears a voice that he is immediately drawn to. That voice belongs to Riley, a college student who works there.
Riley is unsure about relationships, but she is intrigued by Xander. Riley, however, is in a relationship, but it’s not healthy. She eventually gives Xander a chance.
After several break-ins to Riley’s home, Riley is certain her ex is behind it somehow after the break up, but she soon learns that some people cannot be trusted.
This story was very well written. It had everything I like to read. There was mystery, suspense, and romance. This was my first time reading anything by this author and it will not be the last.
This book was impossible to put down once I picked it up. I love Romance and Suspense and Twisted Secrets has both! Amy gives great details about Xander and Riley ‘s individual pasts and she does amazing switching between the two characters to get the entire story. It truly was a joy to read. Cannot wait to read the next books in this series.
Goodness me! This book had my mind racing and trying to solve the mysteries introduced within a few chapters. I described it to my partner as my own little T.V show within the novel, and I just couldn’t put it down. This will be the fourth adventure I’ve experienced with Amy McKinley’s writing, and I haven’t been let down yet. I just loved the chemistry between Xander and Riley, and their own backstories. The way she incorporated the information about these two and their families was incredible. Thank you, Amy, for these adventures, and for a way to get out of my head for a while. I will certainly be recommending this to friends as well and cannot wait to start on the 2nd and 3rd novel in this series!
The first book in the Deadly Isles Special Ops series, Amy McKinley’s Twisted Secrets has you unable to put the book down! Quite possibly the best book that I’ve read this year, this is the first book that I’ve read by the author, but it certainly won’t be the last!
Not your run-of-the-mill romance novel, the author does a great job of adding suspense, conflict, and depth to the plot and the characters, making it easy for the reader to feel a connection to the story and the characters themselves.
This book made my heart race in the intense moments, and a few tears were shed along the way as well. Amy does an amazing job of describing exactly what is happening, so that you feel as if you are in the same room as the character themselves, and every issue that they encounter, you encounter right along with them.
This book allowed me to escape my life for a while, one of the greatest gifts an author can have in their writing. I am so excited to binge read the rest of the series, as well as check out her other books!
Twisted Secrets was everything I look for in a romantic suspense book. Xander seems to be what I consider a man’s man, strong, fierce, but gentle. Riley, while plagued with some issues is a strong female character. This story had romance, mystery, and unexpected twists. I loved that it kept me completely engaged from page one with the plot and storytelling. The book was a quick read, easily able to do in a single sitting. If you like a story with suspense, action, and mystery then you will enjoy this one.
I liked this book! I liked how even though Riley and Xander had an instant connection, they didn’t rush things. Riley was leaning towards breaking up with Charles, but took some time to decide, and communicated with Xander. Their relationship still ended up moving quickly, but they still tried to be friends first. I mystery was interesting, and while I guessed who the antagonist was, there were times I doubted myself!
I liked the 2 main characters. Riley has some obvious trauma in her past and is doing a good job of managing it until things started happening to her, and even then she did pretty well. Xander is the whole package! Sweet, hot, and protective without smothering. I want my own Xander 😉
It has been a while since I read romantic suspense. I actually felt a little jumpy after this read. I love the main characters in this story as well as the secondary characters. My heart bled for the heroine. I felt every emotion and smelled every scent she did. The author did a great job with the descriptions and atmosphere. I thought the way hero/heroine’s situation was a little different in this novel than other romance novels I had read. I enjoyed that change of pace. The plot is fast-moving and imaginative, well developed with twists. Great read!!
Reviewed by @vegatina20
Twisted Secrets-Riley, a grad student fresh out of a breakup: Xander, a Navy SEAL home on leave after a mission gone wrong. Through an accidental meeting at the coffee shop where Riley works, they quickly become inseparable. But things aren’t always as they seem. Someone is stalking Riley, while Xander is dealing with questions regarding his last mission. Can the two find out the truth before it’s too late?
Twisted Secrets is the first novel in a new series, Deadly Isles Special Ops. Xander and Riley are both very likeable characters and I was rooting for them the entire time. The development of their relationship was smooth and realistic, which I liked. The level of suspense and mystery in the novel was perfect and kept me guessing. Just when I thought I had it figured out, a new twist threw the story in a different direction. I loved this novel and will for sure read the rest of the series!
CAN’T WAIT TO READ MORE!!
Twisted Secrets is the first book in the Deadly Special Ops series by Amy McKinley and she knocked this book completely out of the park! I for one am absolutely HOOKED and can not wait to read more about Xander and Riley!
I am dying to know what becomes of Xander and Riley and will their love survive all of the hits they have taken? Being in a military relationship is difficult but I am sure Riley and Xander can survive it with all that they have been through in their lives.
Twisted Secrets by Amy McKinley is everything that a romance/action lover hopes for when they pick up a book. The first installment to her Deadly Isles Special Ops series if full of romance, crime, action, murder and more. Ms. McKinley hooks her readers from chapter one and takes us on an emotional and adventurous roller coaster ride. Per usual I love Ms. McKinley’s writing style as it flows evenly, which in turn makes novels like Twisted Secrets a pleasure to read. Her character development is amazing all the way from her navy seal hunk of a male lead to her cute but sexy female lead. She builds her characters chemistry slowly, but in turn develops it so perfectly that it has no problem making this reader want to pick up book two.
I was hooked from the first page! I didn’t realize how much I love suspense romance stories until I was brought into the world of Riley and Zander – I’m not typically one to love fast romances either but the author made their relationship so easy to love and cheer for. I really look forward to reading the next book in this series! Very well written with unexpected scenes which make you keep turning the page!
Twisted Secrets (Deadly Isles Special Ops #1) is the first in the Deadly Isles Special Ops series written by Amy McKinley, and it is the first book I have read by Amy, but it most certainly will not be my last!
This book was incredible! I am all for a good suspense novel, with some romance mixed in is a bonus, and this did not let me down! I felt like the characters were my friends and I was right there in the story with them! The twists and turns were some of the best I have read and it definitely goes to show this author knows her stuff when it comes to writing good, well-written novels!
The book follows Riley, who is a grad student a few weeks away from graduation working at a local coffee shop in Honolulu, Hawaii, and Xander who is a Navy SEAL who recently returned from a mission gone wrong. When he wanders into the same coffee shop that Riley works at, they have an instant connection. The only problem, she is not single.
Throughout the book, the 2 meet and Riley realizes that the relationship she is currently in is not what she thought it was and she ends it. But, when her ex does not agree, suspicious things start to happen.
As Xander and Riley build their relationship, Xander has his own mystery to figure out when it comes to his failed mission involving bad intel. As things get dangerous for Riley, Xander is determined to keep her safe by taking her to his family’s island, but is that enough? The only way you will find out is to read this fantastic book!
Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and it will not be the last book I read by this author! I am excited to read the second and third books in this series and find out what happens!
Reviewed by @sarahdevereaux4
Deadly Isles Special Ops
By Amy McKinley
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This is a full length Suspenseful Romance. Come on in and see what this book has in store for you.
Riley Evans has escaped many tragic events in her life. Therefore her focus is on finishing college and starting a new life. Living in Hawaii has its perks as well as a stalker ex-boyfriend. Then she meets Xander Hale. Sexy, good looking and smooth. Being a Military man he has many things to reconsider. After the last job landed him in the hospital, giving him many unanswered questions. Once he meets Riley he is attracted to her and asks her out. That is all you get. No Spoilers, find out what happens next in this story.
Amy McKinley is the author of this fast paced rollercoaster. All of your emotions will be brought out in this story. The twists and turns of events will keep you entertained. You can’t help but to fall in love with the characters. I love a strong independent woman who is not afraid to defend herself. This book has it all: ex-boyfriends, women scorn, hot steamy men, rolled to this romantic suspense. Well Done Amy McKinley! Well Done!
OMG please give me more!
Twisted Secrets (Deadly Isles Special Ops #1) By Amy McKinley is a brilliant read from start to finish. I was captivated and held on the edge of my seat the whole time. I had my suspicions about one particular character but the amazing Ms McKinley had me double guessing myself the whole time. Nothing in this suspense filled, drama packed novel is what you will expect.
In Twisted Secrets we meet the beautiful but tormented Riley and super gorgeous Navy Seal Xander. You will instantly fall in love with these wonderful characters who are full of heart and depth. You will become engrossed in their story and won’t want to put the book down.
Ms McKinley and her Deadly Isles Special Ops series definitely has a new fan in me. do yourself a huge favour and read it!
When you are in slump after a mission has gone wrong and you start questioning things in your life, in walks an angel and you believe everything will be alright, or will it.
Xander is a navy seal but when his mission with his team goes wrong and causes him to have to take some down time to recover he feels that sometime just was not right with the intel, bit he has more to worry about when his girlfriend decides to leave him he feels like the world is working against him. One day all this changes when he hears a voice that he is instantly drawn too but will he be able to convince the owner of the voice they belong together.
Riley is a grad student, working in a coffee shop to help with the funds but one day she see him, the man who she can’t get out of her mind although she is in a relationship but what she thought was in her past, may invade her future.
I loved this story and I love Amy McKinley’s novels and this is just as good as the other stories. The chemistry between these two characters was brilliant and drawn you in. Listening to the story draws you in and keeps your attention from the first page to the last.
I also think the secondary characters enhance the story and make this a un deniable great read. The tale twists and turns and brings both of the characters history to light which just adds to the mysteries within the story. I not only recommend this book and can’t wait to read the download book in the series but if you love this book you need to listen other series by this wonderful author.
Reviewed by Angela Shirley
Twisted Secrets by Amy McKinley
Narrated by Regan Brown
Twisted Secrets is the first book in the Deadly Isles Special Ops Series by Amy McKinley. This romantic suspense is a fast paced wild ride that I just couldn’t put down. The story is based in Hawaii and it just made me want to get away. Riley and Xander have great chemistry and witty dialogue. Amy McKinley is turning into one of my go to authors. I like shorter stories that grab you right from the start and this one does just that. I look forward to listening to the second book in this series.
I have listened to other books narrated by Regan Brown, but this is one of my favorites. Her voice is smooth and easy to listen to. She really brings the characters to life.
Review by @sunbarn
This is a great listen! I was at the edge of my seat in many parts and the intrigue and mystery of the story is fantastic. Loved all the twists and turns. Riley and Xander… loved their chemistry and attraction! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Twisted Secrets Audio Book by Amy McKinley is the first book in the Deadly Isles Special Ops series. This is a brilliant book, a strong start to a series and made for brilliant listening. I found myself completely drawn in to the voice of the narrator. I found myself nervous about what was going to happen to the characters and intrigued by everything going on. I felt the emotions they went through and I was really made to feel like I was on the journey with them
The author has done not only a brilliant job in writing this book but also in choosing the narrator. Everything about it worked and really just made the whole experience better. I loved listening to this and I cannot wait to dive into the second book.
Twisted Secrets by Amy McKinley is the first book in the Deadly Isles Special Ops Series. If this is any indication as to how the rest of the story will go, I can’t wait!
Xander is having a terrible time, and everything seems to be going wrong. His girlfriend dumped him and he is on a break because his mission failed. Was it just bad luck, or was there another explanation for the mission?
Riley is also recovering from a breakup when she meets Xander at the coffee shop where she works. Soon, their lives are entangled more than they ever thought possible.
Can Navy Seal Xander keep Riley safe while trying to piece together what happened?
This was a great read and I’m excited to continue reading the next book in the Deadly Isles Special Ops series by Amy McKinley. The characters were likable and I appreciated the back story the author gave to both. It added to the sense of mystery and kept the book even more entertaining and interesting. It was full of romance and suspense that had me trying to figure out the intertwining storylines and who was the ultimate villain in the book. Easy writing style that alternated viewpoints between the main characters kept me engaged as well. Great book!
If you want romance with edge of your seat suspense this is definitely the book for you. Riley is a barista at a local coffee shop while Xander is a Navy seal on leave from a badly ended mission. The chemistry between them is instant. When danger hits too close to home Xander jumps in feet first to protect her. The outside characters are woven together so well. I still have questions. So i am I so excited to see what happens next.
This book had me flipping back in forth as to who was behind the terror haunting Riley. Amy McKinley kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end. Xander the Navy Seal and Riley the barista have sparks flying as they get to know one another. With trouble brewing in both of their lives, this was a tense book. I loved the strength Riley has when she finds out the truth of who is behind the break ins at her apartment. I await the continuation of the next book. Will all settle down or is this just the beginning for Xander and Riley?
This is not my first audio by this author but it is one of my favorites by her. I enjoyed the narrator’s tone of voice and what it brought to the story. The narrator brought the characters to life using different tones. This is a story that brings the romance and action into one well rounded story. The characters bring the story to life with each page. This is a story about two people who have lives that are not going as well as they expected until a once chance meeting in a coffee shop. As danger merges and the past comes to the present, the action really picks up. I highly recommend this audio and this author.
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Amy McKinley is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the romantic suspense thriller Gray Ghost Novels, Moonlit Destination series, Deadly Isles Special Ops, Five Fates paranormal romance series, and several stand-alone titles. Her edge-of-your-seat books are filled with surprising twists and just the right amount of heat and danger. She lives in Illinois with her husband, two daughters, two sons, and three mischievous cats. You can find her at www.AmyMcKinley.com
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