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Behind Closed Doors (McClouds & Friends #1)

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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  4,450 ratings  ·  253 reviews
EVERY MOVE YOU MAKE . . .

Surveillance expert Seth Mackey knows everything about the women that his millionaire boss toys with–and tosses aside. Raine Cameron is something different. Night after night, Seth watches her on a dozen different video screens. Her vulnerable beauty haunts him and her fresh innocence stirs a white-hot passion that he can barely control. Raine is p
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ebook, 448 pages
Published October 1st 2003 by Kensington Publishing Corporation (first published September 1st 2002)
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Blacky *Romance Addict*

This would be 5 from me if it had:

1. Less sex (it was hot but sometimes just too long)

2. A main woman who didn't cry all the time (and I mean in every convo with the main guy, every convo with the bad guy, when she is alone and thinking, even during sex, and I mean every sex scene in the book, and when I say every sex scene I mean half the book cause that's how much sex there is. So just imagine all that crying)


But even with this, I did enjoy the book cause the suspense was great and it has one
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Miss Kim
Jun 01, 2009 Miss Kim rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romantic suspense fans
I struggled with the hero in Behind Closed Doors, however, I really liked the book overall. We meet Seth, who is trying to avenge his brother’s death by killing/capturing his murderer. This involves spying on the murderer’s new mistress, Raine. He becomes obsessed with her, watching her constantly.

What he doesn’t know is Raine is actually on her own undercover mission. The murderer he is watching also killed her father too, when she was young girl. She wants to try to find more answers as to wh
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Kathrynn
This book had a lot of potential--good suspense plot, nicely written and two characters that "could" have helped me like the book. It started right off, showed the characters' flaws, so I rolled with it. Hoped they'd develop together and redeem themselves. For 90% of the book, they got on my nerves.

Raine (Lorraine, Katya, Katie...) cried too much--about nothing. She often burst into giggling fits after or before crying. Her character needed more backbone and for someone who traveled as extensiv
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Elizabeth (Liz)
I LOVED this book! May not be everyone's cup of tea, but I loved the hero in this book. It's why I read, so I can fantasize about guys like this without having to put up with them in real life---because I never would. So why do I enjoy reading about edgy, dark, Alpha men who walk a very fine line?? Honestly? I don't know. I guess there's something forbidden about it to me because I *wouldn't* allow a man like this in my real life. Shrug. Who knows? But if you like that type of hero in your books ...more
Mo
I got this book on loan on my kindle as I sometimes just want to TRY a new author before committing myself to buying the book. Once I had finished I downloaded the second in the series straight away. I wish the one star reviewers (this refers to Amazon reviews) would have an idea about the genre of the book before they read it and review it - READ OTHER REVIEWS - yes, there is sex - lots of it - Great..... but Porn, come on - bit of an exaggeration. I for one highly recommend this book and the s ...more
K.
Aug 22, 2009 K. rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K. by: J. Monroe
[“Behind Closed Doors, by Shannon McKenna (paperback 2002):]

Raine and Seth
I’m not a huge “contemporary suspense” romance reader. At least that’s what I keep telling myself (despite my bookshelf results!). This is the second five-star review for my second Shannon McKenna read. I think she captivates a particular reader that needs a couple with a “real” love life, and, since she has control of the story . . . the PERFECT amount of “play” off of each other. The result is a pure balance of story and
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Holly
I loved reading this book! Loved it. It was funny, incredibly sexy and the hero was absolutely adorable!

It starts with our hero, Seth Mackey spying on Lorraine Cameron, who he thinks is Victor Lazar's (who for some reason sounds like a villain from a soap opera) newest mistress. He's been watching her a few weeks now and has her routine down pat. When I mean spying, I mean he's got cameras and motion sensors all over her house, in her car, and at her work. I'll admit, there was a moment when I
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Duchess Nicole
Putting this one on hold for awhile. I was underwhelmed with it initially and there are just too many other fabulous books to force myself to keep reading something I don't like. I will try to come back later and finish.
Didi
Apr 29, 2014 Didi marked it as i-ll-get-back-to-you  ·  review of another edition
Chapter 10, page 144....that's enough time for a book to blossom right? Maybe it's the timing, but this story is not holding my attention. I see the potential so I'm shelving it for now. RS at least for me, has to be quick on the uptake. Anyways, I'll get back to this at some point, hopefully.
Glamdring
*Re-read*


Review to come
Juliana
I read this right after having read Extreme Danger , Book 5 in the series, and I definitely think that one needs to space out books by this author, because there are a lot of similarities.

You've got the ...
(some of these are kind of spoilers, but they're general and if you've read any other McKenna books, these will come as no surprise)
* crazy, psycho villain
* very weird and dangerous situation that compels the two main characters to be together
* heroine who is sweet and vulnerable, yet strong,
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maricar
Okay, so I'm thinking that maybe half this book is filled with nothing but sex--wild, tender, drawn-out, quick, no-nonsense sex. And yes, I'd admit that I grew a little tired of it after a while. Without a doubt it teteers perilously towards erotica.

In the risk of being stoned by feminists, I confess that I found Seth Mackey's near-obsession with Raine thrilling. I mean, really...what woman in her right mind would say no to that kind of man?? It didn't hurt that he's also intelligent, drily out
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Jane Stewart
Great read.

Shannon McKenna is one of my favorite authors. She writes romantic thrillers which keep me on the edge of my seat. Some reviewers claim Seth was abusive to Raine. That never even occurred to me as I read the book. I didn't see Raine being hurt either emotionally or physically. Sure people fight and get angry, but I didn't take it as abuse. I'm intrigued with how readers react so differently. To me you need a strong alpha good guy to fight a vicious bad guy. Seth was great for that. I
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Shannon C.
3 stars: Entertaining romance/suspense

The author did a great job building suspense as well as she had quite a few steamy love scenes (more so than what I've read in a lot of other romantic suspense). Where I knock back some stars is because some parts of the story I just couldn't buy. The hero was a real jerk to the heroine over and over again, but yet she seems to still want to be with him? The heroine thinks her uncle is the murderer who killed her dad, so with no investigative or fighting ski
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Gabriella *is awesome*
2.5 I guess it was ok stars...

I cant really pinpoint the reason for my rating but one things for sure , the lossnof the stars definitely had domthing to do with tht crazy stalker...JESSE (who happrns to be the hero) and RAINE (who cd quite possibly be bella swans naive dumb long lost sister :P )

Honestly.. I just gound these two yo be personally annoying...and a vety distracting aspect of such a goid thrillar plot..I swear. ..its like everytime they get together , there just basically trying to m
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Zeek
To catch the murderer of his brother, Seth Mackey sets up surveillance on billionaire Victor Lazar's love nest where his new lover is safely ensconced. To his annoyance, Seth becomes helplessly obsessed with the beautiful blond, watching her far beyond the realm of decency.

Raine Cameron doesn't know her every move is being observed, but she knows something about her new employer's apt makes her uneasy. Still, she's determined to stay put as she has an ulterior motive of her own- to catch the man
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Gina
Book 1 in the McCloud and Friends series, I enjoyed this for what it was. I fun read, I had a hard time with the book, I didn’t find the characters believable. Seth, was a bully, a stalker and little social skills. Raine was clueless, didn’t know how to tell the truth.

So when I stopped dissecting them, I had fun with this story. The suspense part of this story was enjoyable, and the sex was hot! Seth was an Uber-Alpha hot man and Raine gradually grew up a little and started thinking for herself
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SheLove2Read
I thought the book was creepy, to be honest. The hero Seth was more like an aggressive stalker than someone I'd want to be with. Raine, to me, couldn't make up her mind if she wanted to be with him or not and I thought gave him way too much leeway with his actions. Very disappointing read.

I may try McKenna again at a later time but in all honestly I didn't find this book enjoyable at all.
Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter
I struggled with this book from time to time. I'm sorry to repeat myself but Seth Mackey is no match for Sean McCloud (Edge of Midnight). I think that Sean will hold a special place in my heart for a very long time. Seth was way too crude, too harsh. And he was really lacking in social skills. Sometimes, I actually got this feeling that the sex wasn't even consensual. He was like a freight train - what he wanted he got and no matter what. And Raine couldn't stop him to take what he wanted. This ...more
D.G.
This book got a lot of good things going for it: very good plot, interesting and complex villains and a heroine who grew and learned. It only gets 3 stars from me because I couldn't click with the hero. Don't get me wrong, by the end I was convinced he was the right person for the heroine and I enjoyed his road to self-discovery. I sort of understood him but I could just not like him that much.
Lorraine.Hates.Cliffhanger.Endings!
Great story, good characters. I do like to get my teeth into a good series & I know this is going to be fab :-)
Quinn
The only thing stopping this from being a 5 star read was the relationship between the main protagonists.

I enjoy the romantic suspense genre because, to state the bleeding obvious, I like action and suspense - but the romance is the key ingredient. Otherwise, I would be reading mainstream thrillers and, for the most part, these don't do much for me.

The story, action and suspense was great - fast-paced and well written. The romance, however, was almost non-existent.

I enjoy reading about the relat
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Wminbc
Oct 10, 2014 Wminbc rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who loves great books
Shelves: favorites
I feel the need to write a review here for all those of you who have not yet discovered the magnificent Shannon McKenna...I love her books. I love her men and I love all of her women...That is a one of kind for me!

The women are all different and Raine is a great introduction to the "type" or non-type the McKenna has in her books. The women are complex, sweet, and loving but have backbone. And in this first book we meet my girl-crush...Tamar! Man do I love her and her book with Niko...hmmmm, simp
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Kathleen
Hoped I would like this, based on the rAve reviews.

It was disappointing. I spent too much time in Raine's head, or in Seth's head, or watching voyeuristic surveillance tapes. Raine indulged in too much crying, offset by weird giggling. Too much sex and not enough story. This book did not engage my mind. Delete most of the rumination and half the sex and we could have a tight yet erotic story, IMO.

But even if it were tighter, I wasn't crazy about the characters. Not much to love about Seth. He w
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Penny
3.75/5

Je n'ai pas été fascinée par l’histoire ni par les personnages, mais il faut reconnaître que la majeure partie du roman tient la route grâce à son personnage principal Seth, que je ne qualifierai pas de fou ni de sombre, mais plutôt d' "extrême".
Il se maintient toujours à la lisière entre comportement obsessionnel et attitude excessive, il côtoie sans cesse cette limite de l’extrême et fait que je ne l'ai jamais trouvé ni "trop", ni "trop peu".

Contrairement à ce que j'ai pu lire dans certa
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DaisyGirl
I really struggled to finish this book. I could not, for the life of me, connect with either the hero or the heroine. Neither appealed to me. He was a callous ass. She was a selfish b---. There was no "mystery" and the book was as slow as molasses at times. I will not be reading anymore of this series or books by this author.
Erin
Not too keen on this one. Which is a shame because it looked interesting, and was recommended by an author that I do like. (Carolyn Crane - However, she was recommending it as a reader, not an author.)

I can't see my comments that I made while reading this one (they aren't showing up which is odd). But egads. No. Just no.

1) It could have easily been at least 100 pages shorter. Honestly, when I realized I still had 100 pages left to read, I groaned out loud and debated just stopping it.

2) Lots of
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Jane
3.5. I enjoyed this book on one level but oh boy, was there ever a lot of sex in it. Take away the sex and no kidding, there'd be maybe 60 pages of actual story. It was well-written sex, if a bit samey and tame, but I started to skip after a while. I can suspend disbelief only so long and Seth's never-flagging erection and Raine's multiple orgasms took some swallowing (sorry ;-))

I'd just watched 'This Means War' funnily enough, a truly dire rom-com with two CIA agents bugging the love interest's
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Xenos
Horrible characters make "Behind Closed Doors" by Shannon McKenna mind-numbingly insipid...

Hero Seth Mackey: Uber-Alpha Neanderthal male who lacks social skills and constantly has to tell his girlfriend/mistress "you want it/you love it". (Yes, really...As if that's sexy and makes women hot. LOL!)

Heroine Raine Cameron/Katya Lazar: Innocent, inappropriately giggly, wishy-washy, "yes, damn you, I do love it", cries-after-sex wimp who tries to find a backbone but fails miserably.

Baddies: Raine's un
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Also wrote five category romances under the penname Shannon Anderson

::From The Author's Website::

HOW IT ALL BEGAN

I started writing my first romance novel in secret. I was working a temp job in an insurance office in Manhattan at the time, and the office manager had made it clear that even if there was nothing to do, I still had to look busy-- never one of my big talents. I felt bad about the waste
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More about Shannon McKenna...
Standing in the Shadows (McClouds & Friends #2) Edge of Midnight (McClouds & Friends #4) Out Of Control (McClouds & Friends #3) Extreme Danger (McClouds & Friends #5) Fade To Midnight (McClouds & Friends, #7)

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“If she had learned anything in the past weeks it was that there was enough to be ashamed of in the course of a messy human life without being ashamed of loving someone. ” 75 likes
“Lovers do things together! They rent videos, they ride Ferris wheels, they go out for pizza, they play Scrabble. They . . . they talk!'

'Talk?' He lifted his head and frowned, his eyes puzzled. 'We talk all the time, Raine. I've never had such talkative sex.'

'That's just it!' She wiggled, flailed, but couldn't budge him. 'Two minutes alone with you, and I'm flat on my back. Every single time!'

A slow, knowing grin spread over his face. 'Is this your way of telling me you want to be on top?”
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