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Red. The color of extremes.

Tate Conrad’s existence is annihilated. Destroyed by two men: one, her hero and the other, her worst nightmare. She has nothing to lose.

Determined to survive, vengeance feeds her. There are no limits, no boundaries, not even death, in seeking liberation.


Rylan Wolfe is driven.

A stellar FBI agent close to breaking the case of a lifetime. It
Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 273 pages
Published February 6th 2017
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S.M. West Hi Lizzie, it's part of a series with interconnected characters. But, each book can be read as a stand alone. It doesn't end on a cliffhanger, but the…moreHi Lizzie, it's part of a series with interconnected characters. But, each book can be read as a stand alone. It doesn't end on a cliffhanger, but there is a teaser to the next book.(less)
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Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: february-2017
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4 Stars!!

If you are looking for a suspense/mystery novel or you simply want to try a debut author, S.M. West is the author you are looking for. 'Red' , her debut novel was simply awesome. Gripping, well written and action-packed, this story of surviving, finding love and learning to move on kept me at the edge of my seat with its enthralling plot and well-portrayed characters from beginning until the end. S.M. West’s story was engaging, fast-paced
SueBee★bring me an alpha!★

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️! Red (stand-alone). Abused wife is asked to help the FBI to take down the mob, a mission riddled with danger & betrayal!

“Her name’s a prayer and a promise on my tongue.”

Red (stand-alone, book 1) opens up to art dealer and gallery owner Tate Conrad Thornton, Bear married to a monster who beats, rapes, humiliates and tortures her on a daily basis. More on why to unfold with story.

When approached by the FBI to work as an informant to help infiltrate and take down he
Katy Loves Romance ❤️
Oct 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 Stars!!
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This is such a great start for this new upcoming author..... I maybe slightly biased but I really did enjoy her poetic writing style, it was intriguing and had lots of sexy moments mixed in. Although the plot comes first in this story to me the more I read the more emotionally involved I got. So If you love Suspense then this will surely tick all those boxes to keep you guessing throughout the book.

So what's it about?
Tate has come from an unloving, hard Mafia family and although Ta
4.75 "you are my color" stars

Five years ago, Tate Conrad's life was destroyed and her love murdered in front of her eyes by the hands of the flagitious, ruthless and despicable scum Robert/Bobby Thornton and her father, a cruel criminal/businessman Warren Conrad. Her life is orchestrated by these two men as she's been living in utter hell
Hello darkness, I'm pleased to meet you.

of an abusive torture in the forced marriage with the murderer.
I crave my husband's extruciating dea
Hulya Kara Yuksel
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVED everything about this book... :) Story, writing, characters etc. were fantastic but especially Rylan & Tate's chemistry were really good. <3 Oh also I loved Tate soooo much. She's a one tough lady! :)

Ps. Can't wait to read 2nd book "BLUE" :)

ARC kindly provided by author in exchange for an honest review.

RATING: 4 Sexy and Suspenseful Hearts!

Red is a thrilling start to the Love in Color series, giving us non-stop suspense in the form of an undercover FBI operation and a swoon-worthy romance that ensures we’re fully engaged from first page to last.

She’s painfully gorgeous, yet absolutely arresting when riled. Her passion is potent and striking. This woman is beyond lethal.

Tate is an extraordinary woman, doing her best to reclaim her life from an abusive husband while reeling from th
Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
Honestly, you would never even guess by reading this story that it was the debut novel for S.M. West. I sure didn't and it caught me by surprise. Suzanne, you knocked this out of the park on your first try!! It was well-written, fast-paced, intriguing, suspenseful, sexy and entertaining. If this was her first attempt, I can't imagine how amazing her next book will be!

Tate was trapped in a situation that most of us couldn't fathom. She was used and abused and those she was supposed to be able to
~Stéphanie's Journal~
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
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Tate has been living her personal hell for far too long. A father who's the worse one you can imagine, a mother who only see her best interest and a husband who's a criminal using his wife as a tool, that leaves Max, her brother who's too far to really protect her.
In order to get some kind of living, she has no choice but to team up with the FBI.

Rylan is an FBI agent who knows getting involved with an informant can be dangerous and tricky. But staying away
Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️


4 Steamy-suspenseful Stars!

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I had the opportunity to read Red as a beta copy. A debut novel for SM West, Red is chock full of mystery and suspense. A heroine dealt an unfair hand at the hand of a Mafia father and a similar fate with a sadistic husband, Bobby, Tate Thornton lives a life of fear and profound control by those two men in her life. Determined to right the wrongs and exact justice for herself and that of her murdered boyfriend, Tate teams with the FBI to take down their operat
Kim Bailey
5 Scarlet Stars

This debut novel had me flipping pages long past my bedtime. For anyone who knows how much I value my sleep, you will understand the significance of this.

Red is a passionate story. Every element of this book is designed to have you thinking, to have you feeling, and to keep you glued to the words on the page. From start to finish, I was connected, invested, and intrigued.

The heroine, Tate Conrad is not without fault - she has doubt and demons like the rest of us - but she's also
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Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017


For a debut author, I'm pretty impressed by the book.
I'm giving it a 4.5 because I loved the writing, the fact that it kept me glued to my seat and it had some level of suspense. However, as much as the characters were well crafted, I still felt that (view spoiler)
Otherwise, I would definitely recommend this one if you like mafia books with a good blend of erotica ;)["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: part-of-a-series
3.5-4 Stars

Red is a great story mixed with suspense and romance. To me Red is Tate's story. Her fighting back and against her parents and her repulsive husband Booby, who controlled and tortured her whenever they saw fit. She's been through so much. Death, loss and abuse but she's finally had enough and decided to work together with the FBI to free herself from her criminal husband and her parents. Her contact is the handsome and skilled Rylan Wolfe. It's no surprise that they instantly share an
Elle aka Leftie aka Shoebelle
Melike this, I really do!

Suzanne (SM), I’d say bang up job with this debut novel! Congrats!

There’s plenty room to grow, that’s for sure, but for a debut novel, I’d say SM gave me a story with teeth. If you’re a fan of romantic suspense surrounding crime families and law enforcement, then you should give this a try.

Tate couldn’t have been in a worse situation. Just surrounded by evil, she had to get out. The help came in the form of Ry. Tate has her agenda, and so did Ry. She couldn’t just reveal
~~~ 3.5 "debut" stars~~~

I pre-ordered this book when I saw the blurb, but then forgot about it. When it "miraculously" appeared on my Kindle I was all

was everything what I like in a female protagonist. Fierce, strong, stubborn, resilient, smart, etc.

was everything what I like in a male protagonist. Alpha, protective, possessive, jealous, gaga for heroine, etc.

It was lust at first sight, but not love and they fought their attraction for a while. The chemistry was strong and I was really
Did I enjoy this story? Yes.
I enjoyed the intensity of the story, the high stakes, the forbidden romance aspect. It all made for good entertainment.
But sadly I couldn't connect with either of our protagonists.
Rylan (LOVE THIS NAME BTW ;) ) Wolfe is an undercover FBI Agent on a mission to take down two criminals who in the grand scheme of things, are no more than nuisances in the game. But Rylan's best friend who is like a brother was taken by these two men and later his body was found in a dump
⏃ : ✦ villainous_vixen ⏃ : ✦
"Red is all I See."

Red by S.M. West blew my mind. A compelling story about letting go of the past and look forward to the future. Letting that right person in through those thick walls. 

The story begins with a young women named Tate who had it all. Her life was pitch perfect. 

But with a flick of a wrist all she ever cared about is lost. Her once pure beating heart is forever black. Cold as ice. 

"Hello darkness, I'm pleased to meet you."

My heart broke for the Tate. what she had to endure....No
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, arc
Red is my favorite color, and I'm not even joking !!!
« Red, the color of extermes. Of life, love and death. The crimson bith of life. The scarlett passion of love. The fiery fury of violence. And the rouge hue of your heart's last beat. »

SM West delivers in her debut novel an intense, emotionaly loaded story.
Meet Tate, strong, fierce woman who's been living hell for years at the hands of an abusive husband (Bobby) and a ruthless father (Warren), both of them involved in mob related shady bui
Full disclosure: I consider SM a friend. I like her greatly--a feat that's kind of big for me because you know, don't make a lot of friends. She regularly reads + reviews my work. We're peers in this writing world. She offered me an ARC of Red back before it ever even came out. Again, full disclosure, I refused the ARC. Why? I already pre-ordered the book, and should I have read & decided I didn't like the book, I simply wouldn't have reviewed or rated at all.

That's what I do for peers.

So, ful
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Suspenseful to the absolute max, even when I wanted to turn away I just couldn't this story just grabbed me and I couldn't let go until I was finished and all this from a first time author, I really can't wait to read what she comes out with next.

I loved how the story went back and forth in time to explain everything from multiple peoples points of view I will say the one thing I would have added was the pov from her parents as Tate idolised her father at one time what happened to him to make hi
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
For a debut novel this is good...

***full review to come***
S.E. Rose
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an intense and at times dark read. I won’t lie, some parts made me shudder, but if you love a good, dark thriller with a lot of sexy scenes, then this is your jam.
S.M. West builds great details that help you see the scenes as they unfold. Her characters are well written and she gives the reader the perfect window into their actions and thoughts. There are twists and turns that you don’t see coming and it will keep you in the edge of your seat.

Joy Novel Thoughts
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
What a great debut novel, this book was so well written you'd never know it was written by a first time author!

This book took you back and forth throughout time and it was told from multiple POVs. From the beginning you are dying to know what is to come and why it was happening. This book is forbidden and suspenseful.

If you are a fan of the mob books this will be another book you will fall in love with. Although, if you have some triggers... (rape, abuse) you may not be able to handle this one.
Natalie M
Great debut!! I devoured this book as it has a bunch of my favorite elements. The story flows so nicely, it kept me engaged throughout with its suspense and drama. It's definitely on the darker side as the heroine, Tate is in an abusive relationship. Both her father and her husband are awful men who work together and some of those scenes had me cringing. Along the way, Tate works with the FBI to try to bring down her husband and father and meets the hero, Rylan. They were amazing together! There ...more
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebie
3.5 Stars!
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, 2017
4.5 STARS!!

Red is SM West's debut novel. I'm so excited for more to come by this author!!!

Red is a romantic suspense which is a genre I don't read very often, but after reading a couple of pages, I remember why I used to love it.

The beginning of this book totally sucked me in. I felt every emotion - happiness and light, then confusion, followed by horror and hate. Ugh. I just wanted to jump into the story and get rid of all of the bad guys.

What I love about this book.
~ The writing. SM West is
Feb 28, 2017 rated it liked it

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K.B. Rose
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a skillfully written and well thought out book. From the start, you’re pulled into the action and the dangerous world Tate is imprisoned in. The author knows how to effectively tell a story by letting it naturally unfold, which in turn draws the reader in and makes you care about the characters. I was genuinely worried for Tate many times throughout this novel, and I wished payback on her abusers right along with her. Amidst the suspense of the story, the ways in which Tate was affected ...more
Mg ♥ The Bookishmedialite
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 STARS!

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