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Shadows and Silk: A MacKenzie Novel (MacKenzie Family) (Volume 7) | [Liliana Hart]

Shadows and Silk: A MacKenzie Novel (MacKenzie Family) (Volume 7)

Agent Brant Scott knows when a battle is lost. He's been an integral part of hunting down members of the del Fuego cartel for years, but it's not the violent criminals that have the ability to bring him to his knees. That honor belongs to one woman. And after spending a night in Darcy MacKenzie's bed, he knows he has to disappear from her life or risk her finding out the one secret that can make her despise him forever. Darcy MacKenzie is hell on wheels. At least that's what her brothers tell her.
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Agent Brant Scott knows when a battle is lost. He's been an integral part of hunting down members of the del Fuego cartel for years, but it's not the violent criminals that have the ability to bring him to his knees. That honor belongs to one woman. And after spending a night in Darcy MacKenzie's bed, he knows he has to disappear from her life or risk her finding out the one secret that can make her despise him forever.

Darcy MacKenzie is hell on wheels. At least that's what her brothers tell her. And when she has the chance to work with the elite team assigned to destroy the most dangerous drug cartel in the world, she jumps at the chance to lend her expertise by deciphering the Mayan hieroglyphs the cartel is using to send messages. The only problem is her partner is none other than Brant Scott - the only man she's ever loved and the one who left her without a backward glance. With secrets of her own - and a body built for sin - Darcy is more than an equal match for the stubborn Brant. But loving each other could be more of a risk than either is willing to take.

©2013 Liliana Hart (P)2013 Liliana Hart

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    K. April Holgate Moosic, PA, United States 05-22-14
    K. April Holgate Moosic, PA, United States 05-22-14 Member Since 2012

    Take a look it's in a book...Reading Rainbow!

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    "Yummy Smexy Read!"

    I am loving these longer novels for the Mackenzies!!!! Such yummy Alpha men and sassy ladies deserve more story time!

    This book starts off with the smexy hot and heavy! Pretty much right where the last book left off except right before the sexing occurred!!! I needed a cold shower from chapter one!!! This is one sexed up thriller!

    Darcy and Brant have a great dynamic! I can never resist smexy banter, holy chemistry! The bigger they are the harder they fall was never truer! I adore a mixed narrative, it is so important to get each character's POV to really understand the underlying issues.

    The story had many more layers and really had a great flow. There were a few missed opportunities for more intrigue, but overall it worked. The end action really has you sweating bullets.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Carly Robins. She does a terrific job keeping the action moving and engaging the listener. The voices could have been a bit more distinct, the felt muddled at times. Still a steady read that have me happy ears.

    Another ending that gives a taste if things to come!! Can not wait to see what happens with Max and Jade!!

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    Kd CLINTON, MS, United States 03-28-14
    Kd CLINTON, MS, United States 03-28-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Predictable, inconsistent, sex"

    This was your basic story of a guy, Brant (the H), falling in love with his best friends’ younger sister, Darcy (the h). The story was predictable, didn’t quite flow, and didn’t always make sense or failed at being plausible. Early on, within an hour of the start of the story, we see that Brant’s actions towards Darcy makes absolutely no sense, which really made me want to call this listen quits. This significant inconsistency and action with no logic or ability to understand was not addressed by the author at all, so it was treated as though the author was unaware or didn’t think it mattered. In my opinion, both are huge failures for a writer. And they were certainly a detriment to me enjoying a story. The author failed to attend to important details. Too, I’m so tired of stories wherein the H threatens to spank the h for “being bad” and even more tired of the h responding with some sort of purr, be it externally or internally. Do women like that really exist? Whether they do or not, I would think there is more than one way to write about that threat and the ever-present warming response. If a new way of writing this exist, this author certainly didn’t use it. But that’s not a surprise, since so much of the story seemed to just be a rehashing of other good aspects of other stories, though done poorly here. For instance, for the repetitive and, eventually, boring sex scenes, it’s like the author’s goal was just to use all of the common sex phrases or sex statements found in more sex-focused books today (i.e. I need you now; Milk me with that sweet…; You’re so tight, etc.). Also, realism was dropped when the considerably older male, around 40 years old, was able to become erect again within seconds (this is not an exaggeration) of having an orgasm. The least the author could do is keep it real on some level even while writing fiction. And while keeping it real, could the author recognize the need and, generally, the desire to bathe after sex. In this story, Darcy got dressed and went on an investigation trip without bathing following sex with Brant. In fact, neither of them bathed. Darcy went from the bed to her clothes to the car to the historic Indian site and back to the hotel. Yuk and geez! And, like too many authors, Darcy was written as though she was simply a sex object. This story was written with Brant’s almost entire focus—with very, very few exceptions—interest and appreciation of Darcy being based on her body and her acting as though she agreed with that perspective. It grated on every female nerve I have. Darcy and Brant actually had sex in the middle of an investigation that was focused on saving girls who were running out of time all because Brant “needed” to. I wish he would’ve “needed” to do his job and “needed” to save those girls more. Can you say irresponsible and one-track mind?! Grow-up already. The two worst parts were that the explanation for the incident in Brant’s first marriage not meshing at all and being clearly a failed attempt at adding drama and explaining Brant’s consistent view that love doesn’t exist but that he needed Darcy’s love; it made no sense. And, worst of all, the author actually said someone was shot and that the “bullet bounced off his head.” Seriously?! Overall, this story didn’t flow, make sense, or hold together well. Since it was quite predictable, I started forwarding through the story and was happy when it was over.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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