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Exposed in Darkness

(In Darkness #1)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  547 ratings  ·  87 reviews
Just days before the running of the biggest thoroughbred horse race in the world, an act of bioterrorism kills Kentucky’s lieutenant governor, and former FBI Special Agent Brooke Fairfax receives a video of the murder from her long-time anonymous source. When Brooke discovers domestic terrorists are actually after the governor—her late husband’s brother—and that the radica ...more
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Published January 10th 2017 by Sun Publishing
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Nov 30, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well written suspense with lots of twist and turns that keeps you guessing right till the end.

This series is about and FBI agent currently on leave after the death of her husband who was also an agent who was killed on the job. Brooke Fairfax was devastated after the death of her husband. She shut herself away from the world, her job and family as she tried to heal. It takes her former brother in law – who is the governor of Kentucky – to bring her out of her self imposed exile when his lieuten
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an entertaining read with some awesome characters and a fun story line. Yes, I said fun. This isn't the dark read I thought it would be by the cover and the title. That isn't a detraction, just fact. Now if you're looking for a taughtly written mystery/thriller, this wouldn't be a good choice. I liken it to an a action suspense movie with a heavy entertainment factor but plays fast and loose with the details. There were a number of plot holes and some rather convenient action but surpri ...more
Alana Pike
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. As always, Heather creates strong characters that you can fall in love with. So many twists and turns that keep you wondering who the mastermind behind it all is. I can't believe who it turned out to be, I never would have guessed. I can not wait to read more of the series and hopefully find out who Romeo is. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received from the publisher."
3.5 stars
Becky Van Daniker
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh my word! Where do I even begin when it comes to this book? Heather Sunseri has stepped out from Young Adult to Adult. Exposed in Darkness is an exciting new mystery thriller with tons of suspense and drama.

It has been over a year since Agent Brooke Fairfax left the FBI. Bioterrorism kills Kentucky’s lieutenant governor, Brooke receives a video of the murder from her long-time anonymous source. When learns that the domestic terrorists are after the governor – her husband’s brother – and that t
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Exposed in Darkness is Heather Sunseri’s first adult suspense novel. Brooke Fairfax has been mourning the death of her husband, Teddy for the last year. Brooke quit her job as an FBI analyst and shut out everyone. Then she receives an email with a video attached from Romeo. Brooke has also not heard from Romeo in the year since Teddy passed away. Romeo is a CHS (confidential human source) that only worked with Brooke. The video shows the murder of Melissa Centers, Kentucky’s lieutenant governor. ...more
Maureen ~Bitch Can Write A Book
This book ROCKED!

I love finding a new to me author. This book was recommended by a friend and I saved for vacation. WOW what a read!

The characters leapt off the page with depth, great back story and heart pounding intrigue. I can't wait to start book 2. And I have pre-ordered book 3.

This author has a clear, fantastic voice in this genre. She writes characters that you love and some you don't. She sucks you into the story and the world she has created.

She is an auto buy for me now! Check her ou
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book! The story had lots of twists and turns and the characters were very well developed and made you care about them. I grew up in the same small town in Kentucky as the author. I live far away from there now so I enjoyed the references to horse racing and Kentucky. This was a great book for vacation because I couldn't put it down. I am looking forward to reading the others. Thanks Heather!
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Riveting tale of FBI Special Agent Brooke Fairfax set in Kentucky around a fictionalized version of the state's biggest two minutes in sports. Sunseri has made an exceptional transition from Young Adult to Romantic Suspense. Once this quick read is picked up, it won't be put down until finished.
Kayla Torres

I’ve read fan fiction scarier than this book...
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Exposed in Darkness was well written. It hooked me right from the start. This book gave my mind a workout trying to solve the case and in keeping track of all the clues. There are some interesting characters and incidents that will make you look forward to the next book in the series. No, it isn't a cliffhanger. The case will be closed but like I mentioned, a few parts of the story will continue on the next book. I can't wait for the next book!
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Exposed in Darkness is the first book that I have read by this author. This book is a mix of mystery and romance. Well written, it makes you feel as if you are there! Set in Kentucky, we find ourselves in the midst of a terror plot to poison the Lt. Governor. Brooke, is concerned and want to protect the brother of her murdered boyfriend and travels to Kentucky. She meets Declan, whic is a wealthy maker of bourbon and just happens to also be a scientist. Lots of twists and turns and plenty to kee ...more
Sydney Scarboro
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
**I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received from the publisher.**

This book had me flipping through the pages and ended in an all-nighter that I do not regret!

If you enjoy mystery and romance, this is a wonderful book for you!

The relationship between Brooke and Declan is definitely a highlight from the book that I cannot wait to continue to see in the next books within the series.
The situation with Romeo and trying to guess who was behind the attacks drove me through th
Gina Cihacz
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received this ARC book free for a voluntary honest review. Wonderful start to a new series, cannot wait to hear from Brooke and Declan again. Through the rolling hills of Kentucky a terror plot begins with the poisoning of the Lt. Governor. Wanting to protect the brother of her slain love, Brooke heads to the land of horses and bourbon. Once there, she meets the mysterious Declan; A scientist and wealthy maker of smooth bourbon. But within these rolling hills and calm meadows a plot is being m ...more
Kari Shick
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the book so much that after receiving a copy from the author, I HAD to buy one. Definitely worth the price for this book. I don't write many reviews, because most of the time I don't feel strongly enough about a book (or an author) to do that. However, I make an exception for Heather Sunseri. I have read and enjoyed all of her books. Her writing style is fun, easy to follow/understand and she provides vivid descriptions of setting and characters. This book is my favorite so far.
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Laura Henderson
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First off, GORGEOUS cover! The cover and description of this book is what drew me in. I began reading this book immediately and was swept into a fast whirlwind. This being my first book by Heather, I wasn't sure what to expect. I have to say that her writing skills blew me away! Heather writes with such grace and fluidity, that you can't stop reading. This book is action packed and page gripping. Heather certainly knows how to entertain and bring forth a very descriptive picture. I loved the cha ...more
Erin Barker
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
To begin, I absolutely LOVE Heather Sunseri and was not disappointed with this book!

"Exposed in Darkness" has all of the danger and mystery of the Mindspeak Series, plus the sexiness of an adult novel! It's truly captivating! You won't want to put the book down! I read it in a single sitting because I was so hooked!

Brooke Fairfax is smart and cunning and brave! You'll fall in love with her immediately! And Declan O'Roark has everything a leading man needs - he's attractive, he's got an accent (!
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Heather Sunseri's first leap into the adult genre. When I found out she was writing for a more mature reader I was both excited and nervous. I have read all of her previous books and I'm definitely a fan. I was excited because although I like YA fiction I also want to read about characters with some life experience. I was nervous because I've read books from other authors that moved from YA to adult and they went overboard. It was like they had to prove they could write mature a ...more
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
BOURBON, HORSE RACING, AND MURDER. Exposed in Darkness is the first book in the In Darkness series. This book can be read as a standalone. There isn't a cliffhanger at the end though it is open-ended for the next book in the series. 

The book blurb adequately describes the storyline so I'm not going to repeat that info here. The main characters in the story are Brooke Fairfax and Declan O'Rourke. The author managed to richly describe the characters, the setting in the hills of Kentucky, as well a
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is Heather Sunseri's first adult book. Brooke Fairfax is a former FBI agent that walked away from the Bureau after her husband was killed. Now there is an assassination of the Lieutenant Governor and a possible attempt on the governor. Brooke decides to help her brother-in-law who is the governor of Kentucky. I absolutely loved this story. This was a page turning thrill ride of a story that had me holding my breath until the very end. Lots of plot twists and superbly written. I loved the ch ...more
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received from the publisher.**

This was a good page turner for me. I kept guessing and predicting who the mastermind behind the terrorist attacks and Romeo could've been. I thought the romance between Brooke and Declan was a little stereotypical, but it didn't deter me from enjoying the story.

As I was wrapping up the book I was a little disappointed to think that I wouldn't find out who Romeo is. I figured Heather was setting up for a
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Heather Sunseri has already made a name for herself in the YA area writing Unban Fantasy and Romantic Suspense. She has now chosen to move into the Adult arena in the Romantic Suspense/Thriller/Mystery category -- and I think the book world will be the better for it. This is a marvelous first attempt in a new genre (changing genres would be a scary proposition for most people) and I am looking forward to seeing where Sunseri goes from here. As expected from previous experience with her work her ...more
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. When I heard that Heather Sunseri was switching it up at writing her first adult romance all I could think was why mess with a good thing? She is already great at what she is doing. I'm really happy she stepped out of her box. Exposed in Darkness was a nail biter for me. Through the whole book I had the questions of who did it? Would Brooke ever be able to love again? Who is her mystery helper? Will Declan wait for Brooke to f ...more
Dawn Cruikshank
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received from the publisher. This is a FANTASTIC book! There was drama in this book. Brooke Fairfax is a tormented woman who lost her husband and blamed herself. When her mysterious informant gives her information on another case, she gets involved and meets Declan - who she doesn't want to get involved with but does. This books takes us through their splintered relationship and Brooke finally gets what she needed. Heather did a FANTAST ...more
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Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
CI-Elite Stalker

If you love some suspense with your romance then this book truly delivers. I did not read the prologue or the little snippet about this book so when I started reading I did not know what the story was about. I am glad for it as it allowed the story to build up without a preconceived ideas.

The book held my attention from beginning to end. The characters were well developed and the story line was flowing without leaving loose ends... Okay just one but it leaves you open to the poss
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily read and now review this Advanced Readers Copy of "Exposed in Darkness". This story held a depth of suspense that I haven't had in some time. While there was also some heat, it never overtook the story, which I found truly refreshing. I don't mind a bit of sexual tension, but sometimes when a book gets to graphic it tends to lose me. Declan may have had a temper, but then he managed it very well when dealing with Brooke. I also have to admit that I didn't see that ending coming unt ...more
Cindy Fong
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a great story of intrigue. When Brooke get thrown back into the Agency when she attempts to protect her brother in-law (the Governor of Kentucky), she finds herself riding both sides of the sword. She is drawn to Declan, but doesn't know if she cash trust him or her heart.

Be prepared top enter the Kentucky world of Bourbon and horses. From the sweeping expanse of governor balls to the Thoroughbred stables to dazzling horse sporting events, you too will be right along Agent Fairfax and her
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Abby by: others by the author
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**I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book that I received from the publisher.**

A romance/mystery that takes place around KY horse racing. I liked the mystery and the romance as OK. I found both main characters better when they were not being romantic- they were a bit stereotypical when they were in romance mode. However, I liked that the story was told from both points of view and the last third was really fast paced and fun.

While not as up my alley as her sci-fi stuff, still a fun read and I
Amber Cassidy
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Let me start off by saying that I enjoy Heather's writing style and love her other books but was hesitant to read these books when they were touted 'adult' but they were in no way too sexual so that was good.
As always Heather weaves a great plot, and characters with good details, I was always guessing about the deception, the intrigue was high and she did it with style. So I definitely give this book very high marks and I cannot wait to read the rest of the series.
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Heather Sunseri was raised on a tiny farm in the smallest of towns in thoroughbred horse country near Lexington, Kentucky. After high school, she attended Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, and later graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in accounting. Always torn between a passion for fantasy and a mind for the rational, it only made sense to combine her career in ...more

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