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Cabin 1 (Steele Shadows) Paperback – September 26, 2019
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★2020 National Readers’ Choice Award Finalist, 2020 HOLT Medallion Finalist★
From bestselling and multi-award-winning romantic suspense author Amanda McKinney comes the first book in the steamy, edge-of-your-seat, three-part series, Steele Shadows Security…
Hidden deep in the remote mountains of Berry Springs is a private security firm where some go to escape, and others find exactly what they’ve been looking for.
Welcome to Cabin 1, Cabin 2, Cabin 3…
Cocky, reckless, and die-hard playboy are just a few of the names Gage Steele has been called since he and his brothers left the Marines and moved back to the small, southern town of Berry Springs to take over their father’s personal security firm. On the one-year anniversary of his father’s death, Gage had only two things in mind—endless whiskey and endless women, but what he got was a battered, bruised spitfire stumbling through woods in the middle of the night.
Newly-appointed prosecutor and unapologetic workaholic, Niki Avery has spent her life working toward one goal—never to have to depend on anyone but herself… until the day she gets brutally attacked on the side of the road. Stripped of her Louis Vuitton and her dignity, the fiercely independent ADA must submit to being under the watchful eye of a former Marine, a loose cannon with a temper as scorching as his ruggedly handsome good looks.
As cracks begin to show in the Steele family, including newly discovered evidence that their father’s death was no accident, Gage wrestles with his growing feelings for his client, knowing not only that Niki is off-limits, but together, they were like gasoline and fire—an explosion he wanted nothing more than to ignite in the bedroom. But when a pair of bloody body parts show up at the compound, it becomes clear that Niki’s attacker hasn’t given up and Gage realizes he’ll do anything to keep her safe… even as his own family is spiraling out of control.
Cabin 1 is the first book in the 3-part Berry Springs spinoff series, STEELE SHADOWS SECURITY—Think of it as Berry Springs' darker, grittier, steamier, BAD BOY brother. Please note: You do not need to read the Berry Springs Series first.
Reviews for Steele Shadows:
- “Holy crap! What a book!” -5 STAR Goodreads Review
- “A page-turning blend of suspense, steam, and heartbreaking angst.” -5 STAR Amazon Review
- “My mind is BLOWN.” -Book Blogger, Books and Beauty by Cassie
- “A brilliant, compelling, raw, breathtaking story. Cabin 1 should be read by every romantic suspense lover.” -5 STAR Goodreads Review
- “McKinney’s best one yet.” -5 STAR Amazon Review
- “Scorching.” 5 STAR Bookbub Review
- "My mouth literally hung open when I finished this book. You do not want to miss this one." 5 STAR NetGalley Review
Praise for the Berry Springs Series:
- "One of my favorite novels of 2018." -Confessions of an Avid Reader, The Fog
- “The Woods is a sexy, small-town murder mystery that’s guaranteed to resonate with fans of Nora Roberts and Karin Slaughter.” -Best Thrillers
- “Danger, mystery, and sizzling-hot romance right down to the last page.” -Amazon Review, The Creek
- "Amanda McKinney wrote a dark, ominous thrilling tale spiked with a dash of romance and mystery that captivated me from start to finish…” -The Coffeeholic Bookworm, The Lake
- “The Storm is a beautifully written whodunnit, packed with suspense, danger, and hot romance. Kept me guessing who the murderer was. I couldn’t put it down!” —Amazon Review
- “I devoured The Cave in one sitting. Best one yet.” —Amazon Review
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- Publisher : Amanda McKinney (September 26, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 248 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1734013311
- ISBN-13 : 978-1734013313
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.62 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #552,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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So, the book opened with the heroine running away from her attackers, and within the first couple of paragraphs, it’s clear she has been kidnapped, brutally beaten up, raped, and managed to get away from her attackers after killing one of them. Ok, that sounds promising. And then she stumbles into the hero’s property, after several tense exchanges to establish who is who, she is taken in by the hero. And...... get this: some lusty thoughts ensue in the heroine’s mind because the hero is just sooooo good looking and sexy. Seriously?! For real?! She has just been raped, beaten up black and blue with one eye swollen shut, she still has blood spatter all over her body and face from killing her rapist with a knife, and the first thing that enters her mind after seeing the hero (who’s a total stranger, mind you) is f****ing him?
Yeah, that’s when I pretty much lost all interest in the story and any future books from this author. Good thing this was free or I would’ve asked for a refund. Freaking unbelievable!
It is as if the author pulled random ideas from a hat and decided to combine them all together without actually trying to connect them. You have the tough theme of rape and violence and while there does not need to be an overly long drawn out discussion, a little humanity to the topic might have been nice.
The characters feel as if they have all dropped out of a cartoon. They are flat, boring, and not relatable. The men are over the top manly without the reader being drawn in. All that seems to define them is their drinking, outdoors activities, sleeping with women, and drinking. And while those things aren’t bad in themselves per say, there are literally no other qualities to the heroes in this tale.
Perhaps the worst of it is that author drops the reader into the middle of the story without writing a beginning or an end. This was a snippet ripped out of an incomplete idea. It would be like if a movie started in the last ten minutes without the watcher being privy to what happened in all the time leading up. It’s a very oddly compiled story indeed.
Okay…first of all, (and we’re talking the first chapter or so, no spoilers) did the people griping even read this book? Niki Avery is attacked just before the book starts. Two men run her off the road and attempt to rape her. Neither succeed and she fights valiantly which does end in the death of one of the attackers. Why are people so upset about this? HE’S the BAD GUY. The reviews made it sound like she gets attacked and then runs into Gage and says “take me big boy”. This does not happen.
“Gage is a womanizer and he is awful about women.”I’m paraphrasing from reviews, but yes, Gage’s intro does show you his half drunk sexualization of women. But it’s part of his story. Which is (again no spoilers) he is struggling with his father’s death and using women and booze to do it. He’s numb. People handle things differently and he wasn’t handling it well. Not all people handle death gracefully. It is just showing that he’s an imperfect human. But he in no way treats women badly. In fact the woman he’s thinking dirty thoughts about is trying to get him in bed too so again…what is the problem? He also steps in when someone makes unwanted advances. Sooooo he has dirty thoughts about women. Name a guy that doesn’t. (Name a woman that hasn’t had dirty thoughts about someone…come on guys.) Yeah it makes him out to be a dog but he admits that he is a womanizer. It’s a family joke. The women around town know it. It’s all part of his backstory. Should a guy be that way? No. Are there men that do it? Yes. But the truth is, when the woman is out in a bad situation, he steps in. The whole purpose is to show that he’s, as the book says, “not tragically, but willfully single.” No one has been able to break through his wall of grief and standoffish behavior. So him getting attached to Niki makes it the romance book people are expecting. Rough and wild man falls for a fiery and feisty heroine who refused to just give up and die. No they don’t immediately jump in bed when they meet but this is a romance book, not real life, so it does happen quickly. If it didn’t the book would last 800 pages. Yes she was attacked, but not violated. And she’s appropriately freaked and disturbed. But her mindset is that no one is going to rule her life but her and she refuses to let those idiots win. Gage’s protective nature blooms with her and amazingly their offbeat relationship works.
Now onto the storyline itself, it’s a fast paced read and the characters all have a depth that I’m sure will evolve over other books. Trying to figure out whodunit was fun and there was little down time when the action picked up. I enjoyed the book. It was well developed and written. Just remember it’s only fiction. It’s not an in-depth documentary on overcoming an attack. It’s a “woman is in grave danger and the security specialist who is guarding her falls in love.” Only the woman defends herself as much as he does. Not all women are wimpy damsels. I liked that about this book.
Ironically the only thing I didn’t like about this book is that the older brother Phoenix was nicknamed Feen.
Top reviews from other countries
Potential trigger warning relating to sexual assault - did I miss the warning in the blurb or was it not there?
The assault is described and is not pretty reading, it's borderline graphic and could upset some readers.
The female lead is strong and well written, the plotline is equally well thought out and executed perfectly.
The male lead, Gage, is a misogynistic pig who miraculously sheds the sexist viewpoint when he meets Nikki. Yeah, okay.
This is the guy who talks to womens boobs and thinks women are especially weird once a month but are otherwise ok for sexy times.
These are just a couple of examples of his character because I mean, seriously, what bloke rescues a sexual assault victim and thinks it's okay to make the move on her to get her into bed within hours of the assault, and in what world is she ready to have sex with someone she just met the next day?
It was too bizarre, too alpha personality with no brain.
The premise of the book is good, just jarring with the poorly drawn male characters. I assure you even special forces do have brains and are trained to understand the psychology of how traumatic events affect civilians.
I don't think I would tolerate a man like Gage as an acquaintance let alone as a friend.
There are some grammatical and editorial errors, the one that made me grind my teeth was the 'couldn't bare it' mistake that's just so basic an error.
There are a couple of sex scenes lightly written and some swearing.
The backstory, barely touched on, looks promising and is the reason I will continue with the series.
I can't call it a romance, it's possibly the least romantic book I've read, but there is a HEA and it's engaging enough to keep you turning the pages