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Life with Alex is simple and secure - everything she's ever wanted. Or so she thought.... 

Upper East Side artist, Olivia Wrightwood is ready for a change.

Marrying Alex Mudarra, a dedicated and up-and-coming NYPD detective, is exactly what she needs to escape the clutches and scrutiny of her family's political dynasty.  

When Alex's career plans shift from police work to politics, their idyllic life shifts back to the familiar corruption she ran away from. And after she overhears a late night call, her safety shatters and doubt sets in. Can a surprise trip make amends or will this second honeymoon lead to a dangerous life of manipulation and lies? 

©2018 Amy McKinley (P)2020 Amy McKinley

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Romantic suspense at its best!

This was my first Amy McKinley book, and have to say that I'm pleasantly surprised. I genuinely enjoyed Broken Circle and eagerly anticipating the second book in the Gray Ghost series. It's well-written, well-plotted with loads of mystery, suspense, action, romance, unexpected twists, and turns. As for the characters, I adore them. Olivia, a beautiful and talented artist, married to the love of her life, Alex, a man with secrets. An overheard conversation and an unplanned vacation turn to a thrilling adventure with enough action to keep you on the edge of your seat. The storyline was wholly entertaining, drawing me in from the very beginning. The ending was flawless, total icing on the cake. Superb narration by Regan Brown, she portrayed the characters' personalities, emotions, and the intensity of the scenes. Overall, this is a wonderfully written romantic suspense, one I'd totally recommend. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Action-packed Romance

Broken Circle is a story about how keeping secrets in a marriage can lead to the destruction of a relationship. I enjoyed the themes of love, infidelity, greed, deceit and family that were explored in this book. All of the characters had strong motivations and ties to one another. This is my fourth Amy McKinley novel, and I'm not disappointed. I love her writing style and how she structures her stories. This is also my second audiobook narrated by Regan Brown. I appreciated Ms. Brown's performance better in this one and felt like she gave all of the characters their own distinct feel. I do have a few nitpicks. Sometimes, I felt annoyed with the main character, Liv. In the beginning of the book, she was very suspicious of her husband, Alex. She was afraid of infidelity because of how her parents had dealt with it during her upbringing. However, until the second act of the book, I didn't feel like Alex gave sufficient reasons to be suspicious. Liv felt upset that he was being secretive, but he literally worked in law enforcement to dismantle crime organizations. I didn't really understand why she felt so entitled to the classified information Alex had to deal with for his job. These are spoilers, but I also didn't feel like Liv had appropriate reactions when she found out that Alex belonged to a high profile cartel in South America, and she also seemed too careless when she was undercover and trying to run away from Alex's family. In the end, this story is definitely a fantasy type of romance. The woman bounces from one handsome, sexy, wealthy man to another. She is always provided for and she always has a man to cherish and protect her. All of the danger and excitement are just twists and turns along the way. If you're looking for romance that's tinged with tragedy and adventure, then you'll enjoy Broken Circle.

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ABSOLUTELY THRILLING

I have now read and listened to quite a few of Amy McKinley's books and this one is by far my favorite. Olivia (Liv) and Alex have the perfect cookie cutter marriage with all the frills that go with it...... or do they? Amy took me on a wild rollercoaster ride with this one with some absolutely THRILLING twists and turns. A wonderful second honeymoon to reconnect and one totally from the left field phone call........Some secrets just don't stay secret for long and then Bam!!! add another surprise...... that's all I'll say. Regan Brown breathed something extra into these characters with an excellent job with the narration. She portrayed the personalities of the characters with ease and just enhanced the storie so much more. With Amy McKinley creating an AMAZING story with superbly crafted characters and Regan Brown bringing those characters to life with the narration, I highly recommend this audio book.

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Broken Circle: A Gray Ghost Novel, Book 1

I enjoyed listening to this book a lot. I’m a big fan of Amy McKinley books and this one didn’t disappoint. I’m excited this is a new series to me and look forward to the next book in the A Gray Ghost Novel books. This book has our lead female character Liv (Olivia) Wrightwood, an artist who lost her parents in a tragic car accident. She’s married to Alex Mudarra, an up-and-coming NYPD detective. Through her fight for survival she meets Liam who helps her get through some daring situations. This was a great listen and the narrator did a great job! RECOMMEND!

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Regan Brown is Amazing!

5/5 Stars Broken Circle: A Gray Ghost Novel, Book 1 by Amy McKinley AUDIOBOOK Another amazing read by McKinley. Broken Circle is an amazing book especially when you listen to the audio. McKinley knows how to write and she knows how to capture her readers. Regan Brown had me wanting more. Olivia aka Liv is the wife of the NYPD Detective and soon to be politician. Hiding something from him is killing her, but it's the right thing to do. The quote I chose for Liv is: "I hope you're right." Alex is a NYPD Detective and heading into politics. He doesn't want to have kids to be used against him. He is hiding his past from Olivia and she doesn't know the extent. The quote I chose for Alex is: "I'm sorry babe. I have no intentions of hiding anything, other than a job, from you. There are no mistresses and never will be. You're it for me." Highly recommended for Romance lovers.

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Thrilling Story!

This is the first book in the Gray Ghost Novel series. This story follows Alex, a police officer, and Olivia, an artist. Being married to Alex is exactly what she needs to escape her families political ties. Alex shifts gears and turns to politics. Now she is back in the very life she was trying to escape. Past secrets threaten to undo everything she has worked for. Can this book get any better? Yes, keep listening!

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Suspense and romance

I seem to be in an Amy McKinley kick lately - every book has been a joy to read! Broken Circle didn’t disappoint. This first nook in the Gray Ghost series, it has love, intrigue, suspense, awesome characters, and so much more. Alex and Olivia seem to have a great relationship at least that’s what Olivia believes. One day she overhears a phone conversation that makes her wonder what Alex might be hiding. It doesn’t help that Alex doesn’t want kids and Olivia happens to find herself pregnant. You won’t want to miss the what happens! The Narrator, Regan Brown, does a wonderful job with the different characters and adds to the story.

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Broken Circle is Amazing

Broken Circle by Amy McKinley Narrated by Regan Brown Five Stars Broken Circle is the first book in the Gray Ghost series by Amy McKinley. This book is a great start to what I hope is an amazing series. At first I didn’t know what to think about it, but the twists and turns had me on the edge of my seat. I spent all day listening and had to charge my ear buds twice , but it was well worth it. Liv is such a strong character. I love how she grew throughout the story. This book is definitely a five + star for me. I can’t wait to listen to the rest of the books in this series. This is the first book I have listened to that was narrated by Regan Brown. I really enjoyed the tenor of her voice. She really brought all of the characters to life. I’m definitely putting her on my go to narrator list.

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Suspense and Romance

Broken Circle Gray Ghost Series Audio Book Book 1 Amy McKinley ☆☆☆☆☆ In this full length novel, you will find suspense as well as romance. Jump on in, as this story will keep you involved. Olivia Wrightwood has it all. A handsome husband, who works for the NYPD. Alex Mudarrz is a detective and at times very secretive. But that was his job and she understood his shortcomings. Even though something was off, she trusted her husband. Leaving her political lifestyle behind living the new happier life. So she thought. Maybe the second honeymoon will ease her thoughts. Or will it? I must tell you Amy McKinley has taken suspenseful romance to new heights. I loved this story! I was so involved in the story and could not put it down. It is fast paced and keeps you turning pages. It will also touch on all of your feelings. The emotional Rollercoaster was incredible. Oh and the characters, I wanted to help Olivia and Alex, as things began to change. Nothing is as it seems in this story. Great Story Amy McKinley. Well Done!

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Thrilling & steamy

This was my first time listening to this series and I'm hooked! Was very easy to listen to.

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Great start to the series, full of suspense

This is book 1 in the Gray Ghost series and does complete Olivia's story. I'm looking forward to reading about the other characters in subsequent books. I really enjoyed this story and it kept me hooked from the beginning. The storyline was really interesting and had a few twists that I was not expecting, it certainly kept the suspense up. Olivia has a perfectly pampered life, is married to Alex, and spends her days creating her artwork. Alex looks set to change direction in his career which would take her back into the political world her late parents loved so much. Liv was a hard character to like and relate to sometimes, which I think was due to her privileged background. She was sometimes really switched on with what was going on around her and other times completely oblivious. Alex was a fascinating character as his life before Lisa's revealed slowly. It certainly added to the suspense. I would have loved to see a few more chapters or a longer epilogue, I loved seeing where Liv ended up and I wanted more. I'm looking forward to reading more in the series. The narrator did a good job, even with the Irish (which is quite often done badly), and I would definitely listen to another.

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  • Samantha Jayne (ABookHaven)
  • 01-18-21

Really enjoyed

I really enjoyed the narrator telling the story and found her voice very soothing and I enjoyed her telling the story. I really didn't like Alex as a character thought he was a bit of an idiot, especially how he reacted to something (don't want to say because of spoilers). I really liked the plot and enjoyed the story. There were times through this book where I was like I really couldn't care what happened to these characters and then I was like oh my god this got better. I really enjoyed where the story went, the twists and turns. I really enjoyed the writing. I loved the letter bit at the end that hit me in the feels.

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  • Pipermisa
  • 01-07-21

Broken Circle

This is the frist book in the Gray Ghost series. Alex and Liv are married couple. This book is full of romance and suspene. Olivia is a very sweet and naivie character at times. I really enjoyed Olivia growth in this book. I really enjoyed the descriptivess of this book its extremely detailed. Amy excced my expections in this book. Wow that was an unexpected twist. A surprise whisk away and a conversation that wasn't meant to be heard. I love Liam he's so attentive. I found was the reader read really fast and I struggled to keep up with her at first. I would of like her to speak a little bit slower.