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Next of Kin (Rebel Ridge #1)

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Beth Venable has seen too much... Witness to a major mob hit, she's placed in protective custody until the trial. But after her third safe house is riddled with bullets, she goes off-grid to save herself. What the FBI can't do, her kinfolk will.

The beautiful but forbidding Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky welcome Beth back, dirt roads and rustic shacks a world apart from
Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 31st 2012 by Mira (first published January 1st 2012)
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I'm generally a big Sharon Sala fan but this one was just okay for me. I think the main reason is that it was mostly a suspense story. I know this will be sold in the romance section but the romance here was pretty lame. The set up was great, young lovers separated by her parents when she was 17 and he was 25. (view spoiler) ...more
Ezinwanyi~the Impish Angel  (Oh My Shelves)
3.5 stars
This was a second chance at love romantic suspense. Beth Veneable witnessed a murder by a crime lord. She was put into witness protection but after 3 compromised safe house stays, Beth decided to take her chances on her own. Her attempt to stay alive takes her back home to Rebel Ridge, the home she fled 10 years ago as well as her first love Ryal.
Ryal has a 10 yr grudge against Beth, but her life is more important right now. But can he forgive her for breaking his heart?

It was a well w
Audio listen. 4 stars, rounded up from 3.75. A solid contemporary romantic suspense, coherently plotted and very well narrated by Kathe Mazur. This is the first of three Rebel Ridge books, set in the Appalachian Mountains, Kentucky.

Sharon Sala reminds me of Linda Howard. Her heroine -- in some scenes -- displayed the same gritty determination to survive and the same bedrock honesty. However, Sala is not as gripping as Howard, because her heroes are somehow slightly weaker, and not as earthy, bo
This is my first read by SS and must say that I was not very impressed. Not impressed with the dialogues, the dynamics of the hero and heroine and certainly not with the wavering heroine.

My Adam

But I very much enjoyed the book because of the bad guys. Ike Pappas and his son Adam were the sole reason I gave it 3stars. I felt so deeply for Adam, being a son of the Mafioso boss was not what it cracks out to be. He was torn between the bad that was his father and the good that was his mother. And
Lisa (Fic Talk)
Such lovely shelves, eh?

I have no idea what to really say here except...

Are you kidding me?

Are you freaking kidding me?

I must have read the summary wrong or some shit but THAT is not what I expected.

I will admit that I did not finish this book. I didn't.
That is probably why I'm in the minority here who did not rate this
book 4 or 5 stars.

Let me start by saying the first thing that SCREAMED: DANGER DANGER, LISA! YOU WILL END UP PISSED OFF! is the fact that the MC was 25 and in love with a 17! yea
Beth and Ryal were childhood sweethearts (okay they were young adults but it just doesn't have the same ring to it) ripped apart before they had a chance to build on their young love. Circumstances led them both to believe that the other had turned away and eventually they moved on with their lives. Beth was taken away by her parents to California and Ryal continued to live in Kentucky.

Fast forward a few years and Beth is a witness to a murder...a mob-related murder. Now her life is in danger an
Scooper Speaks
Favorite Line: “But his voice was like warm whiskey on a cold night, and she kept remembering what his lips felt like on her skin when they made love.” (p. 87, egalley)

There was a time when everything Sharon Sala wrote was an instant buy for me. That’s changed over the years and now her works a collection of hits and misses for me. Next of Kin fell into the miss category. I wasn’t surprised by anything and could have told you what was going to happen. My mother, who is in her late fifties, felt
"Next of Kin" is the very first book by Sharon Sala I've ever read, so I can't say that I'm familiar with her work other than the fact that I received this as a galley in 2011 and am just now having the opportunity to read it (I'm working through a rather long backlog). It gets two stars because it pulled me into the story for its suspense/thriller elements.

Its a story about a woman who witnesses a murder from her window, sort of in a "Rear Window" type way. Beth watches a couple arguing and th
I normally don't read contemporary romance/mysteries, and now I remember why. I know there are a lot of Sala fans out there, but this was my first book of hers, and I stopped halfway through. It's very poorly written--I feel like someone made a software program where you enter in the plot points and major characters, and it churned out a novel. It feels that formulaic, in the switching between the POVs of the heroine, hero, and villains, and in the lack of emotional depth.

I wanted to read this
Melanie Chabrol-
You can run, but you can't hide.... This was exceptionally written, and exceeded my expectations. Beth Venable is just a small town girl, who found love at an early age and was forced to move away from her town she grew up to know and love, including Ryal. After getting settled in L.A she always wondered what happened to Ryal from Kentucky.

A few years later she gets evacuated as her house has a gas leak and stays over at a friends house and thru a telescope witnesses a murder, after they call i
Review originally posted here:

Publisher: HQN
Publish Date: Out Now!
How I got this book: NetGalley

I was so excited for the new Sala book because I’ve been a big fan of hers since the first book I picked up. However, I’m not too sure that this series is one that I am going to be able to be totally on board with. I thought Sala could make me enjoy some hillbilly romance, but alas it’s just not happening.

Beth’s life gets thrown into shambles after she witnesse
Next of Kin is a new series by Sala. When I first read the back of the book, I did not think I was going to like this book or read it but gave it a shot and I was not disappointed.

Beth Venable witnesses a murder and is put into police custody. Come to find out the murderer is a mob boss and keeps compromising her location trying to kill her. She gets fed up and returns to her roots, the hills of Kentucky and her lost love, Ryal Walker.

The reason I gave this four stars is that I liked the story
I was lucky enough to be able to read an advance copy of this book via NetGalley. This was an enjoyable book with some likeable main characters. The story moved along quite quickly with some good moments of suspense and you do want to keep reading to see what happens next. I did have some doubts about the realism of the storyline, such as Beth's relationship with her family and the ease with which the hired killers are overcome, but I still found the book to be a good read. I think the romance e ...more
Kerry  sullivan
This is my third time reading this.
This book still had my heart beating faster even though I knew what was coming. The story swept me up and kept my interest right to the last word, I can honestly say that I loved this story as much this time around as I did the first. Reading this still made me want to see the Patrick Swayze film of the same name again and I still have not yet got a copy of that so we all know what I will be doing over the next few days lol. The next book in this series is out
Allyson Abu-hajar
This is the first book in the series, although for some reason I ended up reading the series in reverse. I found the first book, after I had started reading the third. They, each can stand alone. Beth at the age of seventeen is whisked away from everything she has known, her father is tight lipped about why. Beth hoped that Ryal, whom she had hoped to marry, would come for her. Neither realized that each others letters were never delivered. Now, Beth is twenty-seven, an illustrator for children' ...more
The first in the Rebel Ridge series by Sharon Sala. I'm torn between a 3 or 4 star. The story itself was good and entertaining but I had issues with certain things. Mainly the sex with a minor thing but there were a few other very minor things too. Nothing that would prevent me from continuing the series, though.
Beth Venable witnesses a murder from the window of her friends apartment. When she calls the cops and hands over a detailed sketch of the murderer she just thinks she's doing the right thing, it never occurs to her that she could be putting herself and everyone close to her in danger. But after the murder of her friend and the safehouses she's hidden at are shot up she learns exactly how much danger she's really in. Instead of moving to another safe house again she runs back home to her family a ...more
I'm not going to give you a summary or a blurb, because that's already on the top of the page and you obviously know how to read.

What I will give you is a list of all things I enjoyed about this book. So, consider this to be your SPOILER WARNING and proceed with extreme caution.

I liked... ... how Beth kept her head straight when witnessing a murder instead of turning into a blubbering moron and then took her safety into her own hands by ditching the Feds' protective custody. Regardless of any f
Andrea Hussey
Plot spoilers
When I found out they were related, distantly, I was appalled. Any relation at all is too close for comfort. I don’t care if they’re distant cousins or 1st cousins. Family is family, and it’s wrong to me. Normally an age difference can make a good story, but this was pushing it. He was 25 and she was only 17 when they first got together. That sounds like a crime. I don’t like when an older man gets with a minor. It’s so wrong.

There was a comment at the beginning about the persistenc
I had a good time reading Next of Kin. Their is violence and sex scenes in the story.
Beth witnessed a murder and does the right thing by calling the cops. But their is some bad cops and later FBI that inform the murder and she escapes each time but after three near misses with the safe houses, Beth leaves the safe house.
Beth at the age of 17 had fallen in love with Ryal Walker age 25. They were distant cousins. Beth parents took her and moved without anyone knowing where they were going.
Next of Kin is the first book in Ms.Sala's 'Rebel Ridge' trilogy and is a good read. It is a reunion story between two people who were separated by the heroine's parents ten years before. Misunderstanding kept them apart but neither has forgotten or stopped loving the other.

Beth Venable is living in LA as a single woman and working as a children's book illustrator. Spending the night at a friend's apartment she sees a murder take place. The victim is the ex-wife of a mobster and when he learns t
I have a thing about to stupid to live heroines - I can't stand them! Beth has more than a few TSTL moments and is just plain lucky. Her biggest stupidity was not mailing any letters she wrote to Ryal herself, as in take them directly to a Post Office or dropping them directly in a Post Office Box. At 17 she should have been able to figure it out. Rant over, now the review.

I loved the location. My own parents come from a similar area of the country and kin is truly everything and that can be goo
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Beth Venable has seen too much. Witness to a major mob hit, she's placed in protective custody until the trial. But after her third safe house is riddled with bullets, she goes off-grid to save herself. What the FBI can't do, her kinfolk will.
The beautiful but forbidding Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky welcome Beth back, dirt roads and rustic shacks a world apart from L.A. But her homecoming, even her blissful reunion with strong, silent Ryal Walker is made bittersweet by th
Great suspense/thriller! I really enjoyed reading this book and look forward to future installments in the series. Sharon Sala is a new author to me and I am asking myself why? Her writing is cohesive, attention grabbing, and simply a joy to read. I can tell you this won't be my last Sharon Sala novel.

Next of Kin is a Romantic Suspense with a heavy emphasis on the suspense/thrill aspect. Don't get me wrong... loved the romance -- but it was the action that got my blood going. Too many times in
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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Have you ever been in the wrong place at the wrong time? Everyone does that at some point in their life. Walking in on something you may not want to see, a conversation you'd rather have not heard. But imagine seeing something that will change your life, and send you on he run, a wild goose chase, and fear for your life. That's the case with Beth Venable, and this is her story.

She lived a rather normal life in Los Angeles. She's got a
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Next Of Kin (Rebel Ridge #1 ) by Sharon Sala
Romantic Suspense
January 31, 2012

As a teenager, Beth Venable was dragged from her home and the man she loved when her family decided to flee for reasons unknown. Beth wrote Ryal for years , begging him to come get her, but never received a reply. When her parents died suddenly, Beth decided to stay in LA and continue to build her life there. When she accidentally witnesses a murder, sh
Next of Kin was a great start to a new series by Sharon Sala. The book was fast paced and kept me interested throughout. I liked the main characters, Beth, and Ryal, and was pleased with Ryal's unhesitating willingness to protect Beth even though their prior relationship had not turned out well. All of the residents of Rebel Ridge were concerned over Beth's safety and eager to protect her even though she hadn't had contact with most of them in years. I really liked the way they banded together f ...more
I will preface this by saying that I usually like Sharon Sala. This title just rubbed me the wrong way. Beth is on the run from the Mob who wants her dead. She heads back to her family home on Rebel Ridge, this small country town where everyone is related. And I mean everyone. Beth was in love with her cousin by marriage Ryal when they were teenagers. They meant everything to each other a decade ago, but what will happen now. Beth needs the safety of her family if she expects to grow old, but he ...more
Ashley Dawn
This was a good book. Beth's life is uprooted because her parents choose to move. She left her whole family and the love of her life. Now, her parents are dead and she needs protection. The FBI can't keep her safe but she knows the family she left behind can. Now she just has to make it to them and the man she never forgot...

Beth was a strong woman. I loved how tough and resourceful she was, she didn't wait on someone to save her but takes care of herself. Ryal, the man she left behind, was self
This is the third book that I have read by this author, and she is quickly becoming one of my favorites. If you like romantic suspense, I would definitely recommend Sharon Sala. This is a book that shows that even though families may have their squabbles, when it really matters they can unite to protect one of their own against even the toughest opponents.
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Sharon Sala is a long-time member of RWA, as well as a member of OKRWA. She has 100 plus books in print, published in five different genres – Romance, Young Adult, Western, Fiction, and Women’s Fiction. First published in 1991, she’s an eight-time RITA finalist, winner of the Janet Dailey Award, five-time Career Achievement winner from RT Magazine, five time winner of the National Reader
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