Review – Unlocking Fear by Kennedy Layne @KennedyL_Author

Book & Author Details:

Unlocking Fear by Kennedy Layne
Publication date: January 23rd 2018
Genres: Romantic Suspense

Unlocking_Fear_1600x2400About the Keys to Love Series

Their homecoming wasn’t so welcoming. Four brothers and one sister each gave twelve years of their lives to serve their country and fulfill their family’s legacy of service. As each of them return to their home of record, they weren’t prepared for what awaited them—an unforgiveable sin that has been hidden for twelve long years. Secrets and lies are concealed in the dark shadows of the very town they were raised in, and the Kendall family will have no choice but to rely on one another to unravel the sinister evil that they all hold the keys to unlock.

About Unlocking Fear, Keys to Love #1

A chance mishap with a sledgehammer was the sole reason a chilling nightmare was unleashed in Blyth Lake.

Noah Kendall’s grisly discovery left him in the middle of a murder investigation and a neighbor who knew more than she was willing to say. Reese Woodward had returned to town with dark secrets, and he was determined to unravel them. While evil lurks in the darkness, seduction burns between them…only time was their enemy.

Will her secrets destroy what they’ve built, or can he earn her trust before the killer strikes again?


At 220 pages, to me, this felt like a short, but nevertheless, enjoyable read.

The introduction to the family which will form the backbone of this series didn’t impact the enjoyment of the story, rather it unfolded in an organic manner which underpinned, and was essential to, the core of the plot.

The chemistry between Noah and Reese was written with confidence and skill – but the underlying story arc didn’t at all play second fiddle to the romance.  I was kept guessing about the identity of the villain of the piece – just when I thought I knew who it was, I got turned about again.

All together, a competent and involving romantic suspense.  I look forward to reading about the other siblings.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.



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About the author

Kennedy Layne is a USA Today bestselling author. She draws inspiration for her military romantic suspense novels in part from her not-so-secret second life as a wife of a retired Marine Master Sergeant. He doubles as her critique partner, beta reader, and military consultant.

They live in the Midwest with their teenage son and menagerie of pets. The loyal dogs and mischievous cats appreciate her writing days as much as she does, usually curled up in front of the fireplace.

She loves hearing from readers–find out how to connect with her at

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