Chosen Prey

· Deadly Intent Book 5 · Cheyenne McCray LLC
51 reviews

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Lyra Collins thought she was safe, hiding in a sleepy artists’ community in Arizona. Having escaped from a cult five years ago, she keeps a low profile, making a living as a sculptor. But when a mysterious man with a dark, dangerous look appears on her doorstep, she knows it’s time to run again.



Former lawman, now PI, Dare Lancaster accidentally leads a bunch of fanatical cult members straight to Lyra’s door. Now it’s up to him to protect her. The danger, as well as their growing attraction, is greater than anything’s he’s ever faced before.



Neal Barker, the grandson of the first Prophet Jericho, rules the Temple of Light commune unchecked. According to his visions, he and Lyra are destined to produce the new Messiah, so he will stop at nothing to make her his own. Dare soon discovers just how far he’s willing to go to safeguard Lyra—and never let her go.

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51 reviews
Linda Strong
January 18, 2021
Lyra has been running for five years, always looking over her shoulder. When private investigator Dare Lancaster shows up at her door, she panics. She didn't know this guy and he was tall and powerfully built. She thinks she's been found and needs to run again. She opens the door and shoots a face full of mace at him. He's incredulous and she's scared. She thinks he's from the Temple of Light cult that held her and her mother hostage for years before she finally escaped, having to leave her mother behind. The fanatical leader of the cult was waiting for her to turn 18 so she could make her one of his wives and bear the next leader. When several cult members do show up, Dare is determined to help her with or without her permission. As with previous books of this author, it is well written with plenty of action from start to finish. Lyra and Dare are terrific characters, interacting with each other with humor, and plenty of steamy heat. The secondary characters are intriguing .. the older woman who lives next door with her cat, Dare's partner, Nick, who Lyra categorizes on their first meeting, and then realizes how wrong she is, and Lyra's mother who she blames for having to live with the cult. The suspense starts on the first page and increases until the surprising, unexpected conclusion. WARNING: Plenty of hot steamy interaction done in great detail. Also rape and physical abuse, drug addiction, Many thanks to the author for the digital copy of this Romantic Suspense. Read and reviewed voluntarily, opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
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Anne Kiba
February 5, 2023
A cult, a young woman who escaped and survived the horrors that the leader promised her, a strong private investigator who suspects something amiss with the search for a missing relative makes this story fast paced, and edge of your seat.
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February 3, 2023
As described, this is an action first romance, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Which is not to say there wasn't heat, because there definitely was! Well written, edited, and a logical and satisfying storyline. Multiple first person POV, with switches at good intervals to provide insight into the character's development and motivations. I've never read anything by this author before, but had no trouble following the introduction of side characters into the fray. One of the better efforts of a standalone in a series that I've seen. Will absolutely be reading more by this author.
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About the author

Cheyenne McCray is an award-winning, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author who grew up on a ranch in southeastern Arizona and has written over one hundred published novels and novellas. Chey also writes cozy mysteries as Debbie Ries. She delights in creating stories of suspense, love, and redemption with characters and worlds her readers can get lost in. 

Chey and her husband live with their two Ragdoll cats, two corgis, and two poodle-mixes in southeastern Arizona. She enjoys going on long walks, traveling around the world, and searching for her next adventure and new ideas, as well as hand embroidering crazy quilts and listening to audiobooks.

Find out more about Chey, how to contact her, and her books at

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