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Next of Kin | [Sharon Sala]

Next of Kin

Beth Venable has seen too much. Witness to a major mob hit, she's placed in protective custody until the trial. But after her third safe house is riddled with bullets, she goes offgrid to save herself. What the FBI can't do, her kinfolk will. The beautiful but forbidding Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky welcome Beth back, with dirt roads and rustic shacks a world apart from L.A. But her homecoming—even her blissful reunion with strong, silent Ryal Walker—is made bittersweet by the fight she's brought to the clan's doorstep.
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Publisher's Summary

Beth Venable has seen too much. Witness to a major mob hit, she's placed in protective custody until the trial. But after her third safe house is riddled with bullets, she goes offgrid to save herself. What the FBI can't do, her kinfolk will.

The beautiful but forbidding Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky welcome Beth back, with dirt roads and rustic shacks a world apart from L.A. But her homecoming—even her blissful reunion with strong, silent Ryal Walker—is made bittersweet by the fight she's brought to the clan's doorstep. Hidden in a remote cabin with the man she's always wanted, Beth begins to dream of a new life: her old one. But after so long, with such dangers stalking her…it seems impossible. But love can distill life down to its essence: an elixir of pure hope, nerve—and the will to survive.

©2012 Sharon Sala (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    M. Davis GA 02-20-12
    M. Davis GA 02-20-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Outstanding!!! From start to finish....loved it!!!"

    I always enjoy Sharon Sala - but she outdid herself with this one. What a charming group of characters and the action and romance balanced perfectly. Can't wait for the next one in this series!!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Peggy 04-16-12
    Peggy 04-16-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Just what I was looking for"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because it held my interest and had a good plot


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Next of Kin?

    When family came to her defense against the bad guys in the big fight scene in the mountain


    Which scene was your favorite?

    One of them was when she is picked up by the truckers for the first time. I could feel her release at finally going home.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yep


    Any additional comments?

    Salad always delivers for me .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan California 01-05-14
    Susan California 01-05-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Superb narration"

    The story is good, but the narration is better. Be warned, the hero and heroine are 4th cousins, and they first became lovers when she was only 17 to his 25. Now, ten years later, they are reunited. Ryal helps to protect Beth from the assassins the mob boss sends out to kill Beth, who is an eye witness to a murder he committed. The whole Walker and Venable clan protect Beth, defeating the assassins, who expected to deal with dumb redneck hicks in the Appalachians, on Rebel Ridge, Kentucky. I liked the scenes when the "hillbillies" surprised the baddies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Judith SAYNER, WI, United States 10-30-12
    Judith SAYNER, WI, United States 10-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Sharon Sala does it again, a book to keep!"
    If you could sum up Next of Kin in three words, what would they be?

    Terrific, romantic, thriller!!!! I can' t wait for her next book. If I got stuck on a desert island I would definitely bring all of hers along. Thank goodness for tablets!!!!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ryan, he was such a caring man and I loved the way he rallied the kin folk in the mountains to help keep his woman safe. There were so many good characters it was hard to just pick one, I loved the truckers who got Beth away to safety even though they had never met her. I've listened to it 3 times already!


    What does Kathe Mazur bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I loved the way she brought the southern accents and ages of the characters to life.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I had a wonderful feeling of satisfaction when I finished. I knew I would be listening again and again.


    Any additional comments?

    Be sure and try other Sharon Sala stories, my favorite is THE HEALER

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J sedro woolley, WA, United States 06-04-12
    J sedro woolley, WA, United States 06-04-12 Member Since 2010
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    "good"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Next of Kin to be better than the print version?

    no about the same i also had read the book


    What did you like best about this story?

    everything


    Which character – as performed by Kathe Mazur – was your favorite?


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?


    Any additional comments?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Moriarty, NM, United States 02-23-12
    Donna Moriarty, NM, United States 02-23-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Over all not up to Sala's previous books"

    The narrator was too melodramatic, story was very slow and predictable, and over priced. Would not get any of her short stories again.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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