Thursday, July 19, 2018

Motive by Kennedy Layne - Review

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Author: Kennedy Layne
Publication Date:  17July 2018
Publisher: Self-Published
Series:  Office Roulette, book 2
Genre:  Romantic Suspense
Age Recommendation: 17 and Up
Rating: 4 Stars

~ I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ~ 

Book Description:

The Office Roulette trilogy continues with an epic battle between blame and forgiveness…

Rye Marshall had it all—wealth, prominence, and the love of his life.  But nothing lasts forever, and his perfect world came crashing down around him.  When the dust settled, he found himself alone and starting from a clean slate.
Grace Dorrance had made many mistakes in her life, but one stood out above the rest—an epic ending to a complex and passionate relationship.  She left her former lover’s life in complete ruins and tried her best never to look back at the wreckage.
Seconds chances are hard to come by, but even more difficult when Grace is arrested for a murder she didn’t commit.  This gives Rye the perfect motive to forgive and forget, allowing for new beginnings.  Unfortunately, someone’s playing a game of office roulette with everyone’s lives.

Get your hands on MOTIVE today!


My Review:

First let me start off by saying that while it isn't an absolute must I highly advise you reading this series in order.  The romance itself is a standalone but the inner workings of this office and the friendships is an integral part to the story line.  I will also say that you MUST read this book before going on to book three as this leaves you in a pretty big cliffhanger situation, bigger in my opinion that from Means to Motive.

Now that that is out of the way lets talk strictly about Motive.  Motive follows Grace and Rye as their rekindled and secret romance comes to light in the midst of tragedy and intrigue.  I enjoyed these two together and watching them work through a lot of hurt to get to a place where they can be honest with each other.  I loved Rye and his steadfast belief in both Grace and their relationship.  I loved that Grace is a strong independent woman who unfortunately takes too much on her shoulders but only does so because she loves with all her heart.  These two are a steamy couple who when alone just can't keep their hands off each other.

While I enjoyed the romance I am pulled completely in by the intrigue and suspense of the 'Who Done It' storyline.  It's going to be interesting when everything falls into place and we learn how they mystery plays out.  I can honestly say right now I have no idea who is the culprit and that I am not sure that some of the crossed out suspects still shouldn't be on the list.

I love that this series revolves around the friendship of three independent, strong, determined, mature women who have no qualms saying what they want and what they mean.  Trouble seems to follow them but together and with the help of their eventual (or rekindled) romantic heroes these women come out on top...pun intended.

If you are looking for a quick, run, steamy read that will have you writing out your own suspect list and trying to read between the lines to discover the killer than this is the book for you.  It's perfect for a time when you have a few hours to jus sit and, well maybe not relax since you'll be scratching your head at the mystery, ha....but just enough time to enjoy a good read.  Get this one in your library so it's there when you're ready, you won't regret having done it and then you can wait anxiously with me while we try and discover the who and why!


Missed MEANS (Office Roulette #1) and need to catch up? Get your hands on it now!



Book Description:

From USA Today Bestselling Author Kennedy Layne comes a sexy trilogy that involves greed, power, and the desire to do it all over again…

Smith Gallo has everything a man could ever want at the tip of his fingertips, except of course the woman he loves.  To what lengths will he be willing to go to make his ambitions come true?
Laurel Calanthe is one successful stock pick away from making partner when she finds herself in desperate need of an alibi.  There’s only one problem.  The man who can save her from being arrested is her only competitor and the one who now holds her fate in his hands.
Greed is a powerful motivator in the game of making money, but desire can overcome even the strongest motive.


About Kennedy Layne

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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