· Phoenix Rising Book 1 · Sold by Entangled: Brazen
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Reeling from the death of her daring Navy SEAL brother, reserved McKenzie Prescott decides to honor him in the only way she can think of—by finishing his bucket list. Suddenly, she’s doing things she’s never dreamed of—like jumping off waterfalls, and learning to scuba dive.

And when she meets an intoxicating stranger in Las Vegas, she decides to do something else that’s daring...

A respected Navy SEAL until his job cost him his family, Noah Payne has gone off the grid with one thing on his mind—revenge. His current mission—to locate a missing shipment of guns—is the last piece of the puzzle, but his only lead is Liam Prescott, and he’s dead. Getting close to Liam’s sister, McKenzie, is his best bet to find the information he needs.

But keeping his hands off the sexy McKenzie is turning out to be the real challenge...

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Lori Zenobia
February 13, 2019
The book starts off with McKenzie in Costa Rica jumping off a waterfall to check off one of the items left on her late brothers bucket list. Coincidentally she's also shot at while she makes the jump. Minor flesh wound that is tended by her guides wife and she returns home. Liam was a Navy SEAL and was killed during a rescue op in the Middle East. McKenzie owns a wedding business with her two friends, she designs the one of a kind dresses. She also has a bit of a panic disorder. Next up on the list is a trip to Vegas so the three girls head out, it's there she meets the sexy Noah. Love at first sight? Nope. Noah is a retired SEAL,now working for a US drug lord and only doing it to avenge his wife and daughters death by a Mexican drug lord. The gist of the whole story is that it appears that Liam was selling weapons to this El Gato the American, Liam gets the money, dies and meanwhile the guns are missing. Someone decides his bucket list, which his sister possesses contains the clues to where the guns are, or even she might know something. Noah is sent in to get the info from her. In any way, shape or form. Took me a bit to really get into this book and I had to weave my way around the sex scenes at times, not that I'm not all for hot and steamy because I love them, I thought it was a tad overdone. It over road the storyline at times. Since Noah knows where she's going next, he turns up there and manipulates the situation and her to get her aboard his boat to check off the next few items. Meanwhile these two seem to fall for each other. And there are several twists and turns where McKenzie's life is in danger also. Things are not as they seem. When Walker, a friend from Liam's team shows up in Malaysia and he's also best friends with one of her best friends and business partner, he tries to tell her Noah is...... well not the Noah she thinks. Then yet another twist, and a few awkward moments to say the least and they decide to join forces to solve this. Divide and conquer. Yup that's what I thought!! But guess what? The book ends with a cliffhanger!! Looks like I'll be diving into the deep water while I wait for book two to come out. It's a good story, my first read from the author and a good start to hopefully a series. I'd like to see a little Walker and Gemma. **arc from NetGalley and Entangled in exchange for a fair review**
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Bette Hansen
May 15, 2017
I really liked this one! It is a great blend of mystery, suspense, and steaming hot romance. After losing her brother McKenzie Prescott is determined to live life large and finish her brothers bucket list. She's definitely going to need help completely some of the items on the list so who better to ask than an incredibly hot stranger she meets in Vegas. Noah is a former SEAL who is now out to avenge the death of his wife and daughter. Getting close to McKenzie Prescott is necessary to complete his current mission. Never realizing how necessary she will become to his heart. I highly recommend this one.
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About the author

Brynley Blake has had a lifelong love affair with words. She earned her degree in English and Creative Writing from the University of Texas at Austin and wrote magazine feature stories for years before turning to writing fiction. She writes the kind of books she likes to read: steamy contemporary romances featuring smart, sassy heroines with a sense of humor and strong, dominant alpha males who love their women a little feisty.

Brynley loves adventures, rainy days, books, worn-in jeans, hot coffee, cold beer, red wine, exploring new places, and happily ever afters. She lives in Texas with her family and an assortment of pets. When she's not writing, she loves to read, spend time with her family, and travel. She writes contemporary and erotic romance as Brynley Blake and Brynley Bush.

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