Review: Kiss of a Stranger by Lily Danes

Kiss of a Stranger by Lily Danes
Series:  Lost Coast Harbor (# 1)
Release Date:  February 6, 2016
Publisher:  Dark and Stormy Books
Pages:  282
Source: book provided by the author for review



A woman who’s sworn off bad boys…

Maddie Palmer lost everything when her ex-husband betrayed her. She was strong enough to rebuild her life from scratch, but she learned the hard way that some men cannot be trusted. Her life is safe and stable, just what she wanted—until she lays eyes on a dangerously sexy ex-con.An ex-con out for revenge…

Gabriel Reyes lost six years behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit. He’s out of prison, but he won’t be free until he ruins the man who set him up. To clear his name, he’ll seduce the straight-laced woman who works for the enemy. The plan will work…unless he falls for the woman whose icy shell conceals hidden fires.

While they fight their growing passion, Gabe and Maddie discover that Lost Coast Harbor is a town full of secrets and lies…but none are more dangerous than the lies they’ve told themselves. Can they overcome their pasts and risks their hearts one more time?


Review: This is a contemporary romance with a mystery edge to it.  This is a series of five books, and the story continues within each book.  I suggest that the reader start with the first book and work your way through the series as things will not make sense if the reader skips a book.

This series was written by two authors; Lily Danes and Eve Kincaid.  Each book was written by either Ms. Danes or Ms. Kincaid, they weren’t coauthored.  Books that are coauthored can be a wonderful read that is so seamless that the reader doesn’t know who wrote what, it’s a cohesive story.  Or, the book can be a hot mess, and it feels like the reader is reading two different stories within the same book.  I really dislike that.

This was a fast entertaining read and I really loved this book.  The writing was sharp and kept me immersed in the story.  I loved the main protagonists Gabe and Maddie, but I also loved the secondary characters as well.  I liked that they were introduced to the reader and then they are seen again within their own books.  They were Maddies’ best friends, but they knew when to get involved in her life and when to butt out.  There is nothing that turns me off more than best friends that don’t know when to stay out of something that is none of their business.  I get so irritated whether it’s within a book or in reality.

Gabe and Maddie, oh how I love thee, let me count the ways.  They are both such strong independent characters, I loved how they grew to need each other to depend on, even though they hated it.  Gabe and Maddie both had a lot of stuff happen to them and they learned and grew from each of their experiences, and it made them better people in spite of their hardships.

Come get lost in Lost Coast Harbor, there’s mystery, intrigue, and tons of romance to satisfy any romance lover.