Nixon's Promise: A Military Romantic Suspense Novel: Military Romance Series

· Gemini Group Book 1 · Rebels Romance
221 reviews

About this ebook

"Riley Edwards is the queen of suspense! She knows just how to grab a reader and not let go! I recommend every single one of her books!" ~Susan Stoker, NYT Bestselling Author

Former Navy SEAL Nixon Swagger was home. 

After twelve years of service and twice as many deployments, all Nix wanted was quiet. He'd sought the solace of the land he'd grown up on and found the peace he needed to silence the noise and figure out his next move. Nixon's stay was supposed to be temporary. He wasn't supposed to meet a feisty, head-strong woman who made his pulse race and set his body on fire. Falling in love hadn't been part of his plan. Taking a government contract to stop a homegrown terrorist group hadn't been either, but when the organization threatens to attack Philadelphia, he had no choice but to accept.

McKenna Wilson was living. Every day was the same. Raising her two teenage siblings didn't leave time for much else. Most days, she was okay with that. Then she bumped into the sexy war hero and, in an instant, her world changed. She had no idea falling for Nixon would be so dangerous. Now she was going head-to-head with the small-town's dirty sheriff who was hell-bent on ruining Nixon and avenging a fifteen-year-old grudge. She'd lost her heart, but losing her life wasn't part of the plan.

Nixon Swagger had learned a few things as a Navy SEAL—adapt, improvise, and overcome were among the many. In the middle of an inferno, so ominous even Dante wouldn't buy a ticket, Nixon must adapt to his new surroundings and overcome multiple threats before he loses the woman he loves.

Gemini Group

Nixon's Promise

Jameson's Surrender

Weston's Treasure

Alec's Dream

Chasin's Surrender

Holden's Resurrection

Jonny's Redemption


What readers are saying:

"Oh my gosh did I ever love this book, and to think it’s the first in a series, so there is more to come. Nixon’s Promise is extremely well written with characters that touch the heart. What a remarkable storyline that will make you laugh, smile, hold you in it’s suspenseful grip and leave you hot and bothered all at the same time."

"If I could give 100 Stars, I would. I know that I sound like a broken record but Riley Edwards did it .... again and I'm confident to say that Ms Edwards will continue to awe me with her awesomeness."

"This original new series from Riley Edwards shows great promise. Nixon Swagger has returned to his Maryland hometown to regroup and plan his next move after 12 years in the Navy. Meeting McKenna and falling for her wasn't part of his plan, but sometimes plans need to change. This is my favorite line from the book, "Sometimes you need sacrifice what you want to do so you can do what you need to do for those you love." The characters are well developed and the story is compelling. As with any new series, I had to be patient at the beginning as series developing. Nixon's POV is written in third person and McKenna's POV is in first person. It took me until chapter 3 to really get in the groove of the changing POV, but it works well."


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Ratings and reviews

221 reviews
Lynn Reynolds
May 18, 2022
This review is of the audiobook version. This may be Nixon’s story but the author gives McKenna equal footing so we can get to know both of them. There was chemistry almost from the beginning. Nixon served proudly and now he’s using his expertise in business. McKenna is trying to give her siblings a stable environment. I will admit that on Saturday mornings I watch a lot of the E/I shows. One in particular is called Mission Unstoppable. I could picture McKenna having a spot showing how women can find a place in the coding world. We have two voice actors that really bring all the characters to life. Mr. Arden and Ms. Mallon both do a great job at changing their voices for all the different characters. I was listening to a certain scene, that Mr. Arden was reading, while at work and I almost burst out laughing. I’m going to leave it up to you to listen so I’ll only give you a one word hint – unicorn. Ms. Mallon made it easy to picture the emotions McKenna was feeling - both the highs and the lows. They made it very easy to concentrate on each scene that they act out – like listening to a play or movie. Our author has a way of creating some scenes where you’ll want to hold your breath. There are others where you’ll want to cheer for the main characters. She also may have you wanting to check out her character’s neck of the woods – minus all the adventure. With all the craziness going on in the country right now, I can see this being a part of that. The author made the perfect choice for the first book of the series. You want a book that’s going to grab your attention – a book that you can’t put down. And leave you anticipating the very next book. It’s not a story that you will want any interruptions because you can't put it down until the very last word is spoken. Something that you’ll be pleased to know is that there are seven books in the series and they all have an audio version. Something else you’ll be pleased to know is that both Ms. Mallon and Mr. Arden will narrate all of them. Now I’m patiently waiting to listen to Jameson’s Salvation. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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Becky Baldridge
May 19, 2022
Riley Edwards is new to me, and now I'm wondering how I've missed her. Nixon's Promise has a combination of some of my favorite things in romance: suspense, swoony alpha male, sassy heroine, a bit of danger, found family, tension and emotion tempered with some well-timed wit - oh, and Erin Mallon and Joe Arden! Erin Mallon brings it with McKenna's sass, determination, insecurities, and her fierce protectiveness over her siblings. Joe Arden, well, if you've ever had the pleasure of listening to Arden's voice, you'll know what I mean when I say he takes an already thoroughly lovable character and adds that special something to ramp up the swoon. Nixon and McKenna's romance introduces Riley Edwards's Gemini Group series, and the author has her work cut out for her if she wants to top this one. Every woman should have a Nixon in her life. Not only is he all alpha male and sexy as sin, but he's also a total sweetheart. Until it's time not to be quite so sweet. I just loved everything about Nixon, and the chemistry between him and McKenna is off the charts. McKenna has her hands full with her siblings and doesn't really have time for pampering herself, so it was heartwarming to see Nixon taking care of her. We also get to meet the rest of team Gemini, and I can't wait to dive into their stories. They all have that protective streak, and I loved how pretty much any of them can be coming to the rescue (so to speak) one minute and exchanging barbs the next. It gives the sense of family and reminds me that family isn't always the one we're born with. The only drawback for me was in the POV. McKenna's chapters are in first person and Nixon's are in 3rd. I don't really get the purpose of it, and it took some getting used to, but seriously, once Riley Edwards's writing style combined with the excellent narration drew me in, I didn't pay much attention to it. That's saying something for me because usually, POV jumps like that are a pet peeve. POV aside, Nixon's Promise is a terrific start for a promising series, and I can't wait to see what's next.
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Lilley LoohLah
May 1, 2022
Entertaining small town romantic suspense My first book by this author, and the first book in this series, and I loved it (book 2 will be in my future very soon). War hero Nixon ‘Nix’ Swagger returns to his small town farm to find he has a new neighbour, McKenna ‘Micky’ Wilson. McKenna has moved into a small holding of sorts, after having taken the job of looking after her two younger siblings, 15 year old Zach, and 17 year old Mandy, following the death of their parents. Lots of chemistry between McKenna and Nixon, I loved the tension and the banter, they worked so well together. Then there’s lots of added drama and suspense as they both contend with a crooked Sheriff and his lecherous son (the deputy sheriff), who are determined to make Nixon pay for their own transgressions. Lots of emotions - happy, sad, intense and totally suspenseful. Lots happening to keep me entertained throughout. Also, something different do me, McKenna is written and narrated in the first person and Nixon is written and narrated in the third person. It was a little strange to begin with, but to be fair it really worked well, and fit in totally with the story. Narration was perfect, with two of my favourites giving it their all, Erin Mallon and Joe Arden, they truly brought the story to life.
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About the author

Riley Edwards is a USA Today and WSJ bestselling author, wife, and military mom. Riley was born and raised in Los Angeles but now resides on the east coast with her fantastic husband and children. Her two eldest children have flown the coop and are now serving in the US military. Riley also has a teenage daughter that is the source of laughter and wit around her house. Her youngest son is a "bad-ass" in training and is very much a mini version of his Alpha father. 

Riley writes heart-stopping romance with sexy alpha heroes and even stronger heroines. Riley's favorite genres to write are romantic suspense and military romance. (Those are also her favorites to read.) She's known for her jaw-dropping plot twists. You know the ones? Those pivotal scenes in a story that when executed so flawlessly it leaves you breathless and begging for more? Yeah, those! She's mastered the art of blending suspense, romance, and smoldering sexy times.

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