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Unlocking Fear

(Keys to Love #1)

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A captivating romantic suspense series from USA Today Bestselling Author Kennedy Layne where seduction burns but danger is never far behind...

A chance mishap with a sledgehammer was the sole reason a chilling nightmare was unleashed in Blyth Lake.

Noah Kendall's grisly discovery left him in the middle of a murder investigation and a neighbor who knew more than she was willi
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Kindle Edition, 178 pages
Published January 23rd 2018 by Kennedy Layne Publishing
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Coco.V
Aug 22, 2018 marked it as to-read
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Blurb:
A captivating romantic suspense series from USA Today Bestselling Author Kennedy Layne where seduction burns but danger is never far behind...

A chance mishap with a sledgehammer was the sole reason a chilling nightmare was unleashed in Blyth Lake.

Noah Kendall's grisly discovery left him in the middle of a murder investigation and a neighbor who knew more than she was willing to say. Reese Woodward had returned to town with dark secrets, and he
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Marieke ~ Marieke's Books
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Meeting while investigating the disappearance of two teenage girls? It doesn’t sound ideal, but for some people it works. Unlocking Fear tells the story of Noah Kendall and Reese Woodward; he returns home after twelve years of military service, she’s a summer visitor. There’s love and an unsolved missing teens case, I need to know more!
“The light touch of Noah’s hand on her lower back chased away all the stress that had settled in her muscles. It was as if her ears popped after a long flight
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Erin Lewis
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 Star Review Unlocking Fear by Kennedy Layne (Keyes To Love #1)
Wow Kennedy Layne is off to a flying start with Unlocking Fear, the first book in her latest series. I was riveted from the first to the last chapter as I tried to second guess what was going to happen.
After finishing his military service Noah Kendall returns to Blyth Lake to settle down. Thanks to an inheritance he knew nothing about he becomes the proud owner of a run-down property and decides to renovate it himself. Little does
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Ash
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Bah.Nothing happened in this book. There was insta-love and I thought atleast suspense would be there regarding who killed Sophia and Emma but nothing of that sort happened(except for the part where someone shoots the deputy on duty). This is going to be dragged till the last book.
Attack on Reese was not done with a malicious intent.
I think the author just wanted to checkmark all the ingredients for a romantic suspense book
Kennedy Layne
Jan 31, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Unlocking Fear

The weather has turned colder, so it's the perfect time of year to curl up in front of a crackling fire with a series that will have you turning the pages well into the night...

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Johnaka- Amity Book Blog
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Unlocking Fear by Kennedy Layne
“An intriguing start to a new series, 4 stars”

Noah is home for good after years away in the service. He’s the first one back out of all his siblings, who are well on their way home as well. He’s from a small town where everyone is up in your business and it’s a great, safe little town. Only one negative thing has happened in twelve years, can’t beat that right? When he gets home he discovers thanks to his dad he has a new project. This project will give him somethi
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Steph
Jan 18, 2018 rated it liked it
3 suspenseful stars for UNLOCKING FEAR.

Noah Kendall's glad to be back in Blyth Lake after serving in the Marines, even more so when he meets vacationer Reese Woodward. Reese is in town to see what she can discover about the disappearance of her cousin 11 years ago. She believes it's related to another local missing girl and aims to prove it. When she and Noah find a body in the house he's inherited, the two of them find out quickly that folks aren't too pleased to have secrets resurface that ar
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Trish-Sunshine Reads
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love the new series. The ongoing mystery is going to be awesome. The love story is steamy. The story keep me on the edge of my seat and every time I think I knew who the bad guy was I was wrong. Looking forward to the rest of the series.
Cheryl Whitty
Reviewed by behalf of http://bookaddict.live,
A captivating romantic suspense series from USA Today Bestselling Author Kennedy Layne where seduction burns but danger is never far behind…
A chance mishap with a sledgehammer was the sole reason a chilling nightmare was unleashed in Blyth Lake.
Noah Kendall’s grisly discovery left him in the middle of a murder investigation and a neighbor who knew more than she was willing to say. Reese Woodward had returned to town with dark secrets, and he was dete
...more
Lynn Reynolds
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished-reading
Author starts the mystery right away so be prepared.

When we’re first introduced to Noah Kendall it’s to a sense of home and family – it certainly had me thinking about the times while I was growing up. Reese Woodward is sniffing out a mystery. I love a good mystery since I can never solve them. Would make a lousy detective. I’ll stick with jigsaw puzzles instead. I hope you’re better at figuring it out. Although this is what makes me turn the page – not being able to figure out the mystery.

If i
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Lindsey (Linz Readz)
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, kindle
I really enjoyed this first book in a new series that is sure to be a hit!

Reese Woodward is spending the summer in Blyth Lake searching for a connection between the disappearance of her cousin, Sophia, and Blyth Lake native, Emma. The two missing girls had spent a week together years ago at summer camp and Reese is convinced there is a connection between the disappearances. What she isn’t looking for is Noah Kendall. Noah is home after serving a few years in the military.

The chemistry between
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Elene Wood
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Received this book this morning and have not been able to put it down until I read the final words this afternoon. This is the start of what looks to be another fantastic series from Kennedy Layne and I have already preordered the rest of the books in the series on the strength of this one.

This is a murder mystery, suspense, love story and family saga all rolled into one and set in small town America. Noah is a returning son of the town following his time serving his country. Reece is a teacher
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Kari Hansen
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Noah has returned home after serving his country for 12 years. When his father gives him a old farmhouse on the edge of town he is looking forward to completing the renovations however he never expected the surprises that it would hold.

Reese is a school teacher who has come to Blyth Lake for the summer to investigate the disappearance of her cousin Sophie 11 years ago. She has drawn the ire of the townspeople with her questions but she is not about to give up.

Reese and Noah are neighbors so when
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Reggie
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Something terrible happened 12 yrs ago in the small midwest town of Blythe Lake...a teen girl went missing without a trace. Now school teacher, Reece, has returned for the summer to see if there’s a connection between the missing girl and her cousin’s disappearance 11 yrs ago. These girls had attended the same summer camp.
Ex-marine, Noah Kendall has returned home after serving numerous tours in the military. He’s ready to live the rest of his life. His plans are made easier when his dad gifts h
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Sofia Lazaridou
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Unlocking Fear is the first book in the Keys to love series and is not completely stand-alone. The next book will feature a different couple, but the whole killer plotline is still unresolved. In this book, we just dived deeper into the story, but we don't know half the truth yet. I am ok with that though. At least the couple got a happy ending and we will see them more in the book I hope. At this point, I think it's best to wait for all the books to be released before you begin the series, espe ...more
Cathy
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a great start to a new series...and this is a new to me author as well. Noah and Reece are so great together and the small town with the gossips makes this book even better. I love a good romantic suspense and this one does not disappoint.

Sparks instantly fly between these two and I loved every minute of their relationship forming. I love both Noah and Reece separately so together it is DY-NA-MYTE!

The story flows nicely, I love the mystery/suspense of it, and you are left seeing why this i
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Whispers From
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
First in this series

Reese comes to Blyth Lake to find out what happened to her cousin. Noah was in the Marines and just returned home. His father and mother purchased him a house that needs renovating. Reese is renting a house just down the road from Noah. After having seen someone in the woods put back, Reese is shaken up. Noah gets her to help him tear down a wall. They discover a body inside. While DNA tests are being done, Reese is attacked in a bathroom at the beach. Noah stays with her to
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Leah Keys
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Book 1 in the Keys to Love Series features Reese Woodward and Noah Kendall. Reese spends the summer in Blyth Lake looking to find a connection between the disappearance of her cousin, Sophia and Blyth Lake native Emma. Her questions have the locals on edge but she’s sure there is some connection between them. Noah just moved back home to Blyth Lake and starts to renovate an old home next to where Reese is staying. The heat between them is caused by more than just the summer sun. When they make a ...more
Jo
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
At 220 pages, to me, this felt like a short, but nevertheless, enjoyable read.

The introduction to the family which will form the backbone of this series didn't impact the enjoyment of the story, rather it unfolded in an organic manner which underpinned, and was essential to, the core of the plot.

The chemistry between Noah and Reese was written with confidence and skill - but the underlying story arc didn't at all play second fiddle to the romance.  I was kept guessing about the identity of the v
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Tonya
Jan 23, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the first book of Kennedy Layne’s that I have read. It’s very well written. But, the writing style didn’t mesh well with me. The story, and the mystery, kept me reading though.

I liked both Noah and Reese.

Reese finds herself in town, on vacation. But, she’s using this time to see if there is a connection between her cousin Sophia’s disappearance and the disappearance of Emma.

Noah is freshly out of the military and he’s back home for good. He got a big surprise from his dad for his homeco
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Denise Van plew
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is my first one for this author with my mind wondering how I missed her before seeing alot of her novels are ones I would of read. The location is one that breathes suspense with this author delivering just that. This centers around Noah and Reese whom are also in the middle of a investigation that has you so intrigued you do not want to let go of this one. You too are trying to guess what the secrets are too. Romance not skimped at either it is in here. It is a slow simmer with other aspec ...more
Meghan
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
The search for answers has me hooked

The crime is old, but the desire for answers is still fresh. This is the first in a series and I enjoyed how the details were shared throughout the story. There is a romance, but it is not the star of the show and does not detract from the search for answers. The characters are engaging and some are down right adorable. The community is unique and the questions of who is guilty and what actually happened are never ending! We don’t have an answer at the end of
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Amber - TBR Book Blog
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The start of an amazing new romantic suspense series from Kennedy Layne! I've become recently introduced to her writing in the last few months and she is definitely another one of my reads when I need a little more suspense and crime in with my romance.

Noah (and eventually his brothers) are moving back home to town after their stints in various branches of the military. So already I'm a huge fan - I love me a military story. Reese has moved to town to try and solve one if not two of the most no
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Carolyn
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this new series! Noah and Reese’s book is a perfect start. There is mystery, murder, an Alpha military man and nosey town folks. Little towns always have their secrets and Blyth Lake is no different. Reese is vacationing in a cabin rental and asking questions about her cousin who disappeared 11 years ago. Noah is returning home after serving as a Marine and is remodeling a house he just acquired right next to the rental cabin. These 2 meet and sparks fly and lots of things happen. You rea ...more
Ashley Willburn
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Such a great book.
A tragedy has plagued this small town for 12 long years, when a nosey city girl comes to dig and see id there is any connection between their mystery and hers.
A weird turn of events gives her the answers she is seeking while leaving so many more unanswered questions.
I can’t wait to see what the next book holds.
Felice Foster
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great Start

What a great start to the series. Noah and Reese uncover a horrible secret, 12 years in the making. But in uncovering this terrible action, they find something better, love. I enjoyed the family aspect of this book. The small town vibe worked well for the main characters and the secondary storyline of pure evil.
Jessie Mckissick
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding beginning for this new series !

Kennedy Layne has written a beautiful love story, surrounded by mystery and murder. The storyline and characters come together, and the result is your little hometown, with all your family and friends that have their own secrets that they would kill to keep quiet. A fantastic series you won't want to miss.
Kathryn
Just remembering this story as I write the review is giving me goosebumps. I had them a lot in this story. It's not scary, it's thrilling. And the romance is just how Kennedy Layne write it.....great. A really good start to a new series, and I can't wait for the next!
Pat Christie
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ebook, part of a series

She comes to town to find out what happened to her cousin 12 years ago. He’s home from the service and starts to renovate the property his Mom left him. They open up a wall and find a body.....
Angie
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great read!

This is the first book of a new to me series and it was fantastic! It kept me turning pages all night long. Suspense, romance, secrets, its all in this book! Can't wait to read Lance's book!
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Kennedy Layne is a USA Today bestselling author. She draws inspiration for her military romantic suspense novels in part from her not-so-secret second life as a wife of a retired Marine Master Sergeant. He doubles as her critique partner, beta reader, and military consultant. They live in the Midwest with their teenage son and menagerie of pets. The loyal dogs and mischievous cats appreciate her w ...more

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