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Declan

(Brother's Keeper)

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The only thing that can taint money, privilege, and endless access to the finer things in life is murder. Lydia exchanges her life of luxury for a life on the run when she discovers her real estate tycoon husband is nothing more than a cold-blooded killer with endless resources. The only person who can keep her alive is the last person she wants to trust.

Declan O’Reilly
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Paperback, 372 pages
Published August 24th 2017 by The SSK Group
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Beth
Great start to a new series! Brother’s Keeper is a spin off to the McKenzie Ridge series, which I devoured and loved. Declan and Lydia were first introduced in Hidden, the second book in the McKenzie Ridge series. Lydia is the sister to Megan Johnson (Colton Sparks love interest). So of course, I was chomping at the bit to read this because there were hints of something going on between Declan and Lydia when I read Hidden.

This book is an intense ride! Wow! I was on the edge of my seat and was ho
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Bev Sten
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book will keep you on the edge of your chair chewing your nails off! Declan and Lydia's story is everything you could want in a book. Crime, Compassion, Evil, love, hot guys and lots of guns. Lydia was married to a crime boss and witnessed something she shouldn't have. Declan helps her run. With the help of his and his brother's security company, Brother's Keeper Declan hopes to keep Lydia safe until the crime boss she was married to is caught and she can testify against him. Secret places, ...more
Jill
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG, great book and beginning to a brand new series by Stephanie St Klaire. Declan is wrking undercover to get the criminal Esteban but feels overprotective of Esteban's wife Lydia and young son.

Lydia witnesses a murder committed by her husband and Declan goes after her to protect her.

They soon are trying to stay two steps ahead of Esteban and his long reach.
While Declan fights his feelings for Lydia.

Can they survive, can they get past everything. This is a fabulous book and look forward to t
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Pam
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Declan O'Reilly is an undercover agent for a government agent. He's managed to become a trusted member of Esteban Valdez's crew. Esteban has put him in the position of being chauffeur & bodyguard to his wife, Lydia & his son, Jax. Lydia thought Esteban was having an affair & followed him only to witness him killing another man. Declan followed her when she took off & began protecting her until they could pick Esteban up & she could testify in his trial. He knew enough to go dark since he was sur ...more
Cheryl
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Declan and Lydia
Is there anything you wouldn't do to protect the ones you love most? Even breaking the rules you've sworn to uphold??
Ms. St. Klaire has taken it to a whole new level with this superbly written novel! Their story kept me up reading til I finished the last word. Filled with smoldering sexy romance and passion, hot sex, suspense, intrigue, love, laughter, a few old friends, lots of new ones, bad guys going down, a funny dog named Dick lol, and a HEA. This lady can write!! LOVED IT!
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Mona
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book 1 in The Brother's Keeper Series...

Ms. St. Klaire has hooked me. From the beginning to the end it grabbed me. Lydia wasn't sure what to expect to find when she went to her husbands office late at night, but what she did made her take a step back and run so fast. She was stunned to say the least. That's when Jason her bodyguard found her. What he did next took her by surprise. Her life and her sons were about to change drastically.

This book was a roller coaster of suspense, and emotions lik
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Coco.V
Jun 25, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Jen Durand
I saw you look...

Dec and Lydee
The story started off really strong. I was interested in reading about them navigating the intrigue of the whole situation. Then I had questions, why did they run away? Why not have her stay and investigate from both angles. Okay, she has to run away, but why leave her kid? She barely left the hide out anyway. The vegan temper tantrums were just odd and then the time jump and I lost in interest, but the book was well written.
Heather Nobbs
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! What can I say but wow! Another fabulous book and a great start to a spinoff series. Declan was such an alpha guy and I loved him! Lydia was a great match for him. Even though she started off her life spoiled she definitely adapted to her new life and actually seemed happier. Her son Jax was just a cutie and brought out a different side to her. But it was definitely Declan that helped her and vice versa. I liked how this book "overlapped" the Mackenzie Ridge series where we saw the other si ...more
Sarah
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has it all: a crime boss hiding under a reputable facade, an undercover smoking hot agent and an innocent wife until she decides to make a late night visit to the office where she suspects her husband is having an affair. Unfortunately, she witnesses her unassuming businessman husband commit murder and she runs for her life. Thus enters her bodyguard and the undercover agent working for a ghost team of law enforcement that no one knows exists. This was an intense, suspenseful, sinful a ...more
Kathy
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a new series by Stephanie St. Klaire that branches off from her McKenzie Ridge series. When Lydia sees her husband murder a man, she runs to the police only to be taken by her bodyguard whom she learns his real name is Declan and was actually working undercover. Declan had been so close to having Lydia’s husband arrested and charged. As they run across the country in hiding, Lydia has a hard time accepting him and realize she can trust him. With twists and surprises throughout the book, ...more
Michelle
Aug 04, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was okay. It is clear I’m in the minority, so please take this with a grain of salt.

1. I didn’t feel the romance between the main characters. Ever.
2. There are a lot of supporting characters, but I never got enticed enough by any of them to care to continue the series.
3. I usually read a book in a day. This one took me a week, not because I was busy, but because it just didn’t hold my interest.
Coco.V
Aug 22, 2019 marked it as to-read
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Donna Smith
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been reading Ms. St. Klaire's books since the first one came out. I adore her writing and how she weaves her tales. She has a way to tell you about intrigue and romance interlaced so well that the pages just seem to turn themselves. This one is no different. Declan O'Riley and Lydia Prescott are a match years in the making.
This is a two part story and really could be two seperate books. The first part is about how Lydia has witnessed a crime committed by her husband, Esteban. He is a crim
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SOMDReigel
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brother’s Keeper 1: Declan is the newest release from Stephanie St. Klaire. It is book 1 in a new crossover series. We meet the O’Reilly brothers (as well as some cousins) which sets up this new series. This is Declan’s story. We met him near the end of Hidden (McKenzie Ridge series, book 2). Do not worry, it is written so that if you haven’t read the McKenzie Ridge series you won’t be lost (though that series is fantastic and you should read it). Declan, basically is two stories in one! Par ...more
Cary Hart
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stephanie St. Klaire has done it again. Just when you didn't think she could top herself, she did. Brothers Keeper's I: Declan is beyond EPIC.

You think you know the story, but you have no clue. Twist and turns at every corner. Intensity at every level. Don't miss this one. Declan and Lydia... the missing years to the now. A must read.
Shelly
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From twists and turns to laughter and tears, Stephanie St. Klaire has delivered her best yet in Brother's Keeper I: Declan. We first fell in love with Declan and all of the O'Reilly Brothers in St. Klaire's McKenzie Ridge Series and now she has given them their own series! Be prepared for this intense journey because once you think you have it figured out, YOU DON'T! This is what I love about St. Klaire and her writing style. I love a book that keeps me guessing and makes me realize I am wrong i ...more
Adrianne
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read!! If you like love stories mixed in with some suspense and sarcasm then this book is for you! The book follows the McKenzie ridge series, as it is a spin off; one of the main characters Lydia must go on the run , and Declan has the job of keeping her safe. This book will  definitely keep you on your toes!
Maree Repa
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Escape

Five Amazing Stars

I was so thrilled to enjoy this most outstanding first book of this most wonderful new series, Declan. Written by my most favourite writer, Stephanie St Klaire. I was astonished and just completely excited to read and enjoy this most exciting new adventure I just know and love!!

As Lydia Prescott starred with such complete anger and hurt. It was her husband that commit the most evil and destructive crime she had ever seen. When he murdered her boyfriend in cold blood. Thi
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Diane
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Slow and sluggish

Good storyline but from the start Lydia was portrayed as a selfish, stupid woman and the sluggish storyline perpetuated this. Not a fan and started skimming, never a good sign.
Linda Carlson
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A sensational story!!

Ms. St. Klaire has gone above and beyond with this one! All of the men in McKenzie Ridge and the O’Reilly family are considered HOT but, combine hot with sweet, sexy, protective, and bad-assery and you have Declan! So much goes on in this book with so many great details, twists and turns. I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone getting ready to read it but you NEED to read it! It won’t disappoint!

Declan is larger than life in both stature and presence. He is a take charge
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Dawn Yacovetta
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Those of us who love the McKenzie Ridge series have been dying to find out what's going on with Declan and Lydia and where they fit into the big picture. He's sexy and brooding, and we knew that backstory was going to be bittersweet. This book happens to be a two-fer, which makes it even more exciting. Part 1 tells us how Declan met Lydia when he was working as a government agent and was assigned to protect her and her son from her mob boss husband. We get a taste of this situation from Megan's ...more
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With each and every book, Stephanie St. Klaire just gets better and better. She has quickly become one of my favorite romantic suspense authors. Declan O’Reilly, an undercover agent that has infiltrated criminal Esteban Valdez’s organization and quickly risen among the ranks to become his right hand man entrusted with his wife and son’s safety. Lydia Prescott-Valdez is a spoiled heiress that suspects her husband is having an affair due to the late hours he keeps. The surprise is on
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Angela Lamb
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Keeper Stars



With each and every book, Stephanie St. Klaire just gets better and better. She has quickly become one of my favorite romantic suspense authors. Declan O’Reilly, an undercover agent that has infiltrated criminal Esteban Valdez’s organization and quickly risen among the ranks to become his right hand man entrusted with his wife and son’s safety. Lydia Prescott-Valdez is a spoiled heiress that suspects her husband is having an affair due to the late hours he keeps. The surprise is on
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Brandy
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My new all time favorite of Ms. St. Klaire's books. Brothers Keeper is the first in her brand new series. This is long book. 43 chapters. But goes fast because the chapters themselves are short and your so engrossed in the story. Edge of your seat suspense with a twist you don't expect. Romance of course. Laughter. To the point where tears were streaming down my face. Declan had everything. Ah, Declan! A true hero! My new favorite hero! It didn't hurt that he was a hot Irish guy. I adored his cl ...more
Patty
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book from Stephanie St. Klaire I have read.  It is a great start to a great series.  

In this book Lydia is a wealthy woman who is unaware of the real life she is leading.  When she witnesses the horror that her husband is she freaks out.  Her driver is the only person who can help her, but can she trust him.



Declan has been undercover investigating Lydia's crime lord husband, that is until Lydia sees her husband kill someone.  Now he has to protect her and her child.  Going on t
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Heather Miller
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Declan O’Reilly was on his way to retiring from a life undercover when his final case took a potentially fatal turn. Blowing his cover to protect the only reason he stayed on the case to begin with becomes a challenge when money and power corrupt the very agency he was sworn to trust. Going off the grid, where nobody can find them, he learns his desire to protect Lydia is more than just a job.

Lydia exchanges her life of luxury for a life on the run when she discovers her real estate tycoon husb
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Carol
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fast paced, high energy action and love, lots of love!

Declan is the first in the Brother’s Keeper Series, a spin off from The McKenzie Ridge series by Stephanie St Klaire.
Declan is the oldest of the O’Reilly brothers, a close knit Irish Family of former military, special ops type people that have turned their past lives into their current lucrative security firm.
The first part of this books takes us back to Hidden, book two in the McKenzie Ridge series. It re-tells the tale of Lydia Prescott Val
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Terri
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is a spin-off of St. Klaire's previous series (McKenzie Ridge). It actually goes back into one of the other books a bit, where we were first introduced to Declan and Lydia. St. Klaire is a fairly new author (I've read everything she has written), but she writes like she's been publishing for decades. Her character development is fantastic, her story lines are unique and her twists and turns leave you dumbfounded that you didn't see that coming-- but with her there is no way you can. The bad ...more
Shelley Youngblood
Brother's Keeper I: Declan is a fantastic romantic suspense. It is a fantastic stand alone, to a promising new series. From Start to finish, I was pulled into this story. This series focuses upon the O’Reilly brothers. If you are a fan of Stephanie's work, you will have been introduced to them as Carrigan's brothers in her McKenzie Ridge series. They own their own security firm and live to protect those who need it. I love how Stephanie St. Klaire crossed over these incredible series.

When Lydia
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About Stephanie St. Klaire

Stephanie St. Klaire debuted in 2016, launching her writing career with Rescued, the first book in the six book series known as McKenzie Ridge. Stephanie is a Pacific Northwest native currently living in Oregon with her husband, five children, and two ferocious lap dogs.

As a writer, Stephanie brings realistic circumstances to the pages, and fills them with real emotion,
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Brother's Keeper (5 books)
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