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(Phoenix Rising #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  96 ratings  ·  59 reviews
Reeling from the death of her daring Navy SEAL brother, reserved McKenzie Prescott decides to honor him in the only way she can think of--by finishing his bucket list. Suddenly, she’s doing things she’s never dreamed of--like jumping off waterfalls...and inviting the intoxicating stranger she meets in Las Vegas to help her with some of the more racy items on the list…

ebook, 259 pages
Published May 15th 2017 by Entangled Publishing LLC
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Rogue by Brynley Blake is a sexy, fast paced entertaining romantic suspense that takes readers on hell of an adventure. A bucket list. Let’s face it, we all have our own bucket list and for Mackenzie, she decided to do her brother’s bucket list. When her brother, Liam died during a Navy SEAL mission, Mackenzie decided that she wanted to fulfill his list and step outside of her comfort zone. This list was something she felt Liam wa
Elizabeth Neal
**3.5 Stars**

McKenzie, a wedding dress designer, is taking the plunge. No, not marriage, an actual plunge. She's in Costa Rica getting ready to jump into a waterfall. McKenzie is honoring the memory of her older brother, Liam, a SEAL, who recently died during a mission. She's systematically working through Liam's bucket list, the one he's had and continually added to since they were kids. As McKenzie works up the courage to jump, she sees a man, dressed in black, emerge from the trees, and as sh
Tina "IRead2Escape"
Hotness Rating 3 out of 5

Hold on tight. Rogue is sure to take you on a fast-paced, adventure filled, sexy ride. This first book of the Phoenix Rising series sets us up perfectly for the future books of this series without bogging us down with background. I feel like first in series books sometimes suffer from all background and setup while neglecting the current story and what the reader needs to really connect. Brynley is the queen of balance. I can't wait to read on and find out what exactly i
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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This book was hands down romance and suspense at its best. I absolutely loved it! Brynley Blake delivered a thrilling plot nestled within a beautiful, picturesque background with intriguing and complex characters who are guaranteered to steal your heart. This great story has completely captured my interest from the very beginning, making me eager to unravel the mystery behind Liam's bucket list and trying to guess Noah's true motives. There were some twists and turns I definitely didn't see comi ...more
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book starts off with McKenzie in Costa Rica jumping off a waterfall to check off one of the items left on her late brothers bucket list. Coincidentally she's also shot at while she makes the jump. Minor flesh wound that is tended by her guides wife and she returns home. Liam was a Navy SEAL and was killed during a rescue op in the Middle East. McKenzie owns a wedding business with her two friends, she designs the one of a kind dresses. She also has a bit of a panic disorder. Next up on the l ...more
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Smoking hot and full of suspense. What better way to get through a bucket list than with a hot ex-SEAL, traveling the world?

McKenzie is not the adventurous type. Never really given the opportunity to do all of these crazy things or let loose she finds herself trying to finish her brother's bucket list. Doing things she never thought she wold, going places she never dreamed of and all with a dangerous, mysterious and unexpected tour guide.

Noah is not what he appears, on a mission to find somethin
Heather 123
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
Yet again it seems I'm the odd one out with my review so take it for what it's worth...

DNF 30%

I liked the premise of the book but I found McKenzie's character to be far too naive. You have a girl reeling from the death of her brother who she knows was on a top secret mission who decides to just jump on a boat with someone who knows absolutely nothing about to finish her brother's bucket list. While I liked the idea of these together, the notion that she is so trusting doesn't fit with what she k
Danielle from Short and Sassy
DNF at less than 30%..McKenzie's brother dies and then she gets boat with with a stranger to finish her brother's bucket list !?!?!!? That is CRAZY!!
Oh, I hated this book. Hated it. So many reasons to hate it. And when I didn't hate it, I was just bored and disappointed.

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May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have loved Brynley's writing from her Black Brother's Trilogy. I know she can write hot man in tantalizing stories with juicy love scenes, so I was excited to see this book published.

Rogue is a crazy, unique story that will keep you on the edge of your seat wondering, imagining and trying to figure the plot line out before it's revealed. But give up, now, don't resist. Just enjoy the story because you WON'T figure it out. Brynley's mind is one twisted, crazy mind and her story line here is jus
May 24, 2017 rated it liked it
The synopsis drew me in; a little sister of a Navy SEAL completing his bucket list to honor him but quickly gets in over her head and in the line of danger before she even knows it is happening. Needless to say another Navy SEAL swoops in and helps her complete the bucket list and keeps her out of danger. Sign me up, please!

While the synopsis drew me in, the book kept me at a constant level of okay-ness (is that a word?). McKenzie starts out as this meek character, trying to fulfill her brother'
Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)
Rogue is hot romantic suspense! McKenzie is living out her deceased brother, Liam's, bucket list, trying to be bold and fearless like he was. "I want to be like Liam--reckless and bold and fearless."

From Costa Rica to Vegas and the Philippines to Malaysia, his bucket list will take McKenzie all over the globe and give her the adventure (and love and sex) of a lifetime. What McKenzie doesn't know is that Liam's bucket list isn't just valuable to her for its sentimentality, it's valuable to a dr
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Excellent writing with a wonderful balance between suspense, humor and heat

This is a new author for me so I wasn't sure quite what to expect, plus suspense stories (I'd class this as romantic suspense mixed with a bit of erotica) can be a little hit or miss for me--for example, heroines who are too stupid to live tend to push stories into the latter category. I'm very happy to say this story was an unmitigated hit.

I adored McKensie; she's working hard to overcome her fears by completing the buck
This book started off with a bang and continued with hit after hit as the story unfolded. Blake has created an interesting world, where it isn't always clear who is the good guy and who might be bad for your health. The book is well paced and not easy to put down.

Our protagonist, McKenzie, is determined to finish her brother's bucket list since he died too soon, and our alpha male and Navy SEAL, Noah, is determined to figure out where her brother hid something so he can get on with his life. We
May 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Hmmm. Where to start...

If you're looking for a hot, steamy read that won't ask for too much thinking on your part, then this could be the book for you. The smexy scenes are plentiful and long.

If you're one to get hung up on details though--like why people who think someone knows vital information would shoot at her from a distance when they could kill her in so doing and therefore not get any information from her at all, or how we could see inside someone's mind in a first person POV for so muc
May 15, 2017 rated it liked it
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Rogue is the first in a romantic suspense series by Brynley Blake. Who doesn't love Navy SEALs, right? In Rogue, McKenzie's brother died while on a mission with his SEAL team. She is determined to finish out his bucket list for him. First on the agenda is jumping off of a waterfall in Costa Rica. She didn't expect to get shot at while doing it. Noah seems to wants to help her finish out the list, but he has completely different motives for sticking close.

This was a pretty quick read and while I
Wit & Wonder Books
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
** ARC provided by author in exchange for honest review **

Rogue by Brynley Blake is full of mystery, action and explosive steam of intimate chemistry between McKenzie & Noah! Who knew a bucket list can cause so much trouble…

Everyone has a bucket list right? Usually it’s your own and not someone else's. NOT McKenzie Prescott. She is determined to finish her brothers bucket list since his death. Events she never imagined doing. Her brother was the adventurous one… not her, so, on a whim in Ve
Natalie Johnson
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
McKenzie is mourning her brother Liam's death. He was a Navy Seal who was killed in action. His best friend Walker comes back to tell her details that happened, but also the rumors that he was illegally dealing arms.

Noah was a Navy Seal who's identity was discovered by a Mexican drug lord that they were attempting to take out. His wife and daughter were brought to Mexico and held to get him to go to work for the drug lord. He refused and the wife and daughter were killed.

Liam left a bucket list
Read.Review.Repeat Blog
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"McKenzie is mourning her brother Liam's death. He was a Navy Seal who was killed in action. His best friend Walker comes back to tell her details that happened, but also the rumors that he was illegally dealing arms.

Noah was a Navy Seal who's identity was discovered by a Mexican drug lord that they were attempting to take out. His wife and daughter were brought to Mexico and held to get him to go to work for the drug lord. He refused and the wife and daughter were killed.

Liam left a bucket lis
1-Click Addict Support Group
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
A dangerous adventure fueled by love…

I really enjoyed this high-octane, adventure-filled romantic suspense. McKenzie was mourning her brother but charging that grief with determination. In his memory she was going to complete his bucket list. Just because she is shy and quiet, not adventurous at all, doesn’t mean she can’t accomplish all the exciting things Liam had left to do. She may have joked ‘even if it killed her’. Never, ever tempt fate…

“This is for Liam.”

Noah was on a quest of his own
KnottyGirl Reviews
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Brynley Blake is a new author to me, but after reading Rogue, she is now firmly in my list of favorites! Wow! This book was a thrill from the get-go, and learning that this was the beginning of a series? I’m hooked! I stayed up the entire night to finish this, because once I started, I didn’t put it down.

McKenzie Prescott is a nice, boring girl who has decided to honor her brother’s legacy by completing the items on his bucket list. Her brother Liam was a Navy SEAL who was her complete opposite,
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Rogue by Author Brynley Blake is book one in the Phoenix Rising series.

"I want to be the swell of the ocean that drives you higher than you ever dreamed possible and your safe harbor when you fall."

McKenzie has always played it safe, until the death of her brother and the discovery of his bucket list. This list of things to do to experience life is soon infiltrated with "him", and her life takes turns she never expected.

"...the real truth, the one I can only admit to myself, is I’m tire
Pelusa Rivera
Jun 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Received an ARC for my fair review for netgalley. Hmmm. What to say. It was not bad, and it did keep me entertained, however, it did contain, for me anyway, too much sex, that I felt detracted from story. McKenzie was still grieving the death of her brother Liam who she had on a pedestal and believed he could do no wrong. Liam was a Navy Seal killed in the line of Duty, and he leaves a bucket list behind and she feels she has to complete it, and while she is doing this she comes in contact with ...more
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was my first experience with this author, although it won't be the last since many threads are left hanging at the end of this book. I will definitely need to find out what happens with Walker and Gemma. So, this book was seriously sexy, like burning hot. McKenzie started off pretty timid but determined to compete her brother's bucket list. Noah was sent by the cartel to see if her brother's list was more than it seemed. McKenzie has no idea who he really is and readily accepts his help wit ...more
Michele Gay
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
McKenzie Prescott’s brother Liam died while he was on a mission in Afghanistan, Liam was a Navy SEAL and a huge adrenaline junkie / daredevil. McKenzie is a wedding dress designer who is a bit more safety conscious than her brother was, but she is trying to complete his bucket list, waterfall diving, scuba diving, swimming with sharks, join the mile-high club, sail around the Philippine Islands, etc.…
Noah Payne lost his family while he was in the SEALs, now he’s on a mission of revenge to get t
rogue kicks off the phoenix rising series, where it seems like the central mystery will be a through line throughout the whole series, so just be prepared for that. i was at 80% of the novel and realized that there was no way we would learn the truth about liam prescott and his bucket list. but that's okay, because it just means i get to spend more time in this world with these characters.

mckenzie prescott was always the kind of girl who played it safe. she let her big brother liam be the risk t
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I enjoyed Black Brothers series by Brynley Bush and was glad to discover that she also writes as Brynley Blake. I had high expectations for Rogue and I am happy to report that this book did not disappoint. I really liked the combination of mystery, adventure and smoking hot romance. Noah and McKenzie are complex and interesting characters, who both experienced tragedy in the past and are grieving for their loved ones. Their connection is instant and their chemistry is off the charts. They have a ...more
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I'm sorry to say that this book wasn't for me. I didn't connect with the characters or feel that pull to know what was going to happen next. It wasn't suspenseful enough for me.

I'm generally not a fan of female characters but occasionally along comes a strong feisty woman who isn't needy but still needs a strong man. I can see how McKenzie is supposed to go through this change from being timid to finding her strength but it just didn't ring true for me. Noah, I warmed to a bit more as the story
This was a short romantic suspense novel that was sexy and filled with a lot of traveling and action. Mackenzie pays tribute to her action loving, Navy SEAL brother who has recently died. She takes his bucket list and starts doing it from jumping off a cliff in Costa Rica to a fun-filled gambling night in Vegas. This is where she meets dark and mysterious Noah who happens to be a willing partner in the sexy part of that list. Little did she know that Noah has his own ulterior motives in seducing ...more
Susan Trewick
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book, it's fast paced, full of twists and turns and keeps you in suspense till the end. Mackenzie is finishing her brothers bucket list, he was a navy seal and a risk taker, lived life to the full. Mackenzie is the total opposite of him, but steps out of her comfort zone to honour her brother. Someone else wants the list, they think it's a map and will lead them to something Liam is hiding, Noah will stop at nothing to get his hands on the list and also Mackenzie, he keeps ...more
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