Wednesday, November 16, 2022

5 Star Book Review ~ EXPOSED by Anna J. Stewart

Exposed (Circle of the Red Lily, #1)
by: Anna J. Stewart
Series: Circle of the Red Lily
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: November 15, 2022
Publisher: CAEZIK Romance

Hollywood Secrets. Deadly Reveals.

Working as a Hollywood photographer means Riley Temple has seen it all, but that theory is put to the test when she finds herself staring at the chilling image of a dead woman. When her questions about the film’s origin results in violence, she finds herself reluctantly turning to the only person who assures her he can help: Detective Quinn Burton. Her history with the LAPD is complicated, her trust in authority, tenuous. But to find those responsible and to protect those closest to her, she’s willing to do anything. Even trust a cop.

After more than a decade on the job, Quinn knows a dangerous situation when he sees it and Riley Temple is up to her ears in trouble. But not for the reason she thinks. The pictures she’s stumbled on calls into question a notorious murder conviction; a conviction partially secured by Quinn’s own police commissioner father. A conviction powerful people have a vested interest in keeping in place. Quinn prides himself on being loyal but seeing this case through means betraying someone: his job, his family, or the woman he’s falling in love with.

As their investigation begins and old secrets are revealed, Quinn and Riley find themselves targeted by members of a secret society that for decades has maintained influence and violent control over Los Angeles and Hollywood’s powerful elite. A society that, until now, has remained hidden in the shadows.

A society that will stop at nothing to keep their secrets buried.

Exposed is the first book in Anna J. Stewart’s new Circle of the Red Lily Series. I have read a lot of mystery/suspense series and this is starting off to be one of my favorites. Not only are there a lot of moving parts to keep you intrigued, but the cast of characters outside of the hero and heroine are also great. I could easily see this book turned into a movie. It was just so exciting from beginning to end.

Exposed follows Hollywood photographer Riley Temple who accidentally stumbles upon a photo of a woman that opens Pandora's box into a mystery that will span decades and likely involve a lot of powerful people. Luckily, she ends up getting assistance from detective Quinn Burton who is not only interested in helping her get to the bottom of everything, but he also ends up in her bed. That complicates things a lot since she has had plenty of negative interactions with the police during her lifetime. Riley also has her own version of the superfriends that live in her building that she co-owns with her starlet Aunt Moxie who is a force of nature all by herself. There is just so much great stuff about Exposed that I wish I could tell you but you have to just jump in and hang on. It will totally be worth the read.

**Received a copy of the book from the author and voluntarily reviewed it.**

Rating: 5

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You can read Anna's behind the scenes post regarding Exposed and the Circle of the Red Lily series, as well as an excerpt here.

Award-winning, USA Today and national bestselling author Anna J Stewart writes sweet to sexy romances for Harlequin and ARC Manor’s CAEZIK (Kay-Zehk) Romance. Her sweet Harlequin Heartwarming books include the Butterfly Harbor series as well as the ongoing Blackwell continuity series. She also writes the Honor Bound series for Harlequin Romantic Suspense and has contributed to the bestselling Coltons. Her Circle of the Red Lily romantic suspense series, published by CAEZIK, will launch with EXPOSED in November of 2022.

A Holt Medallion winner (BRIDE ON THE RUN), as well as a Golden Heart, Daphne DuMaurier, and National Reader’s Choice finalist, Anna loves writing big community stories where family found is always the theme. Since her first published novella with Harlequin in 2014, Anna has released more than fifty novels and novellas and hopes to branch out even more (horror romance, anyone?). Anna lives in Northern California where (at the best times) she loves going to the movies, attending fan conventions, and heading to Disneyland, her favorite place on earth. When she’s not writing, she is usually binge-watching her newest TV addiction, re-watching her all-time favorite show, Supernatural, and wrangling two monstrous cats named Rosie and Sherlock.

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    1. I haven't read her romantic suspense books yet. But I do love her Butterfly Harbor series.


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