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What Doesn't Kill Her

(Cape Charade #2)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  604 ratings  ·  199 reviews
One secret, one nightmare, one lie. You guess which is which.

1. I have the scar of a gunshot on my forehead.
2. I have willfully misrepresented my identity to the US military.
3. I'm the new mother of a seven-year-old girl.

Kellen Adams suffers from a yearlong gap in her memory. A bullet to the brain will cause that. But she's discovering the truth, and what she learns change
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published February 1st 2019 by HQN Books
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What Doesn’t Kill Her by Christina Dodd is a 2019 HQN publication.

Non-stop action and adventure!!

I knew this chapter in the Cape Charade series was going to be awesome- but wow! This story exceeded my high expectations!!

As a gentle reminder- Kellen Adams lost a year of her life. She has no memories of what transpired during that very eventful year. As it turns out, Kellen recently discovered she is the mother of an adorable seven- year- old daughter, named Rae.

Upon making this shocking disco
Maureen Carden
Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown of motherhood, especially when it is the head of Kellen Adams. Especially a crown of unknown motherhood. Huh. Lots of men don’t know they are fathers, but a mother not knowing she is a mother? C’mon.
Well maybe when motherhood comes about during the year Kellen was in a coma due to a bullet in the brain, already pregnant by the love of her life, Max Di Luca.
Maybe when motherhood is totally unknown as Kellen awakes in her hospital bed, alone for the first
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Shocking with quite the cliffhanger! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

What Doesn’t Kill Her begins with this shocking scenario:

One secret, one nightmare, one lie. You guess which is which.

1. I have the scar of a gunshot on my forehead.

2. I have willfully misrepresented my identity to the US military.

3. I’m the new mother of a seven-year-old girl.

What Doesn’t Kill Her is Kellen’s story. She’s lost a year of her memory as a result of a gunshot wound to her brain. Kellen is resilient, though, and even as she is alone and o
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Action-packed, suspenseful, and steamy!

What Doesn’t Kill Her is the second novel in the Cape Charade series and once again we head back to the Pacific Northwest and into the life of Kellen Adams who is not only struggling to come to grips with a memory filled with holes and a daughter she never knew she had, but now finds herself the target of a vicious enemy driven by greed and a group of assassins sent to take what she’s been hired to protect.

The prose is sharp and tight. The characters are te
Robin Loves Reading
My Rating: 4.5 Stars

As this Cape Charade series has progressed, Kellen Adams is still coping with a memory gap from a year of her life due to a bullet in her brain. It is now years later. She has recently discovered that during that trauma she actually gave birth and recently met her 7-year-old daughter Rae. She learned that the man she fell in love with after escaping the clutches of her terrifying and brutal husband, Max, fathered her daughter. It was while pregnant that Kellen was actually sh
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, mystery
Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.

Kellen and Max one of the more unusual couples I've read about. These two have a very twisted history, which was covered in the first book in the series, and is continued in this one. I completely understand Kellen's feelings and responses and why Max must be totally frustrated, no one is happy, well, maybe Rae. Kellen was shot in the head and in a coma for a year. When she wok
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dodd-christina
Oh WOW! Another fabulous book in this mind blowing series. I literally could not put the book down. Suspense, mystery, romance and amazing/complex characters. It has it all. I just love Kellen. My, how far she has come! Max has proven to be a dream come true for Kellen on her incredible journey. And, Rae! Such a delightful addition to the cast of memorable characters. I just love this series. And, that teaser at the end! Cruel, Ms. Dodd! LOL! I cannot wait for the next one!
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book took me WAY too long to get through. It was slow in many parts and the storyline just meandered and meandered. I liked the first book in the series, but this one was tedious.
I don't care for the Rae character, I think she is too precocious and too articulate for a seven year old child. The mystery wasn't super compelling and I just never quite "got" what was going on with all of the chasing.
I will read the next book, because this one leaves off on quite a cliffhanger.

I voluntarily revi
abdulia ortiz-perez
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
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Deb Fernow
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When you get lucky enough to be chosen for an advanced reader group, jump on it! I love this author and everything she writes so of course I am excited.

This series is dear to me because of the settings in the Northwest. If you haven’t been there, you’ll feel like you have once you’re finished reading many of her stories. In this one, she blends the words so well that you feel each and every step that Kellen Adams takes. And she takes a lot! You see, Kellen isn’t really Kellen but she knows that
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Thriller
*Rating* 3.5-4


What Doesn't Kill Her is the second installment in author Christina Dodd's Cape Charade trilogy. Against all odds, Kellen Adams has proven she can survive and thrive. But to protect the family she never knew, including a daughter she is just getting used to, she now must defend against a menace she can’t imagine. What Doesn't Kill Her is a novel that doesn't stand alone.

*Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews*
Ashley Gallegos
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book! This was my introduction to this series and it was fantastic! I received it as an ARC from Harlequin and it truly blew my mind! I immediately ordered book #1 and pre-ordered book #3!
4.5 stars - Reviewed for Wit and Sin

Kellen Adams has been a victim, a survivor, and a warrior. She’s prepared for anything…except learning that she’s the mother of a seven-year-old that she never knew existed. Kellen doesn’t know what to do with her daughter, Rae, or with Max, the lover she only has fleeting memories of thanks to the bullet in her head that took her memories and left her in a coma for a year. Kellen is floundering when she takes the opportunity for what should be a simple secu
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
If you’re looking for action, adventure, suspense, mystery, and a little romance look no farther than Christina Dodd’s What Doesn’t Kill Her. This book continues the story started in Dead Girl Running, but there’s enough of a back story that you could read it and not get lost. Kellen Adams is a very interesting character and you spend your time either wanting to shake her or hug her; her life has definitely not been an easy one.
I recommend that you pick up a copy of What Doesn’t Kill Her and go
Chris Conley
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ih dear, Kellen really needs to get a break!!!! This one is a continuous run of challenges. Rae, aka LightningBug, is wonderful. I hope and pray the next book, which cannot come too soon for me, gives Kellen a happy ending!!
Kerliza Foon
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A suspenseful romance that picks up a couple months after Dead Girl Running. Kellen is still trying to adjust to her civilian life and her new roles as Max Di Luca's former lover and mother of his child Rae. While the civilian life is getting easier, the confusing tangle of emotions she has when it comes to Max and Rae leave her feeling out of sorts. It doesn't get any easier especially when her new job has her running and trying to figure out who is trying to kill her and why. Christina Dodd ha ...more
Tarrah Marie
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
There is not enough to say about this book. Dodd’s writing is unique, creative and everything it should be for this genre. So many authors in this category attempt to subconsciously hand over clues to the reader, and with that they sacrifice the mystery. But not Dodd. Her style of writing leaves the reader to contemplate and it's a brilliant breath of fresh air. The characters are deeply developed and investing in them is not difficult to do. I only found out this was the second book in the seri ...more
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it

[I received a physical copy from Harlequin Publicity Team for an honest review]

I was more than a little excited to dive back into Christina Dodd's Cape Charade series. I had a few questions at the end of Dead Girl Running that I wanted answers to and so many emotions for the characters.

Kellen Adams is trying to cope with being in a relationship and being a mother. She still doesn't have all her memories back and that is making the changes challenging. In order to feel like herself again sh
What would you be willing to do to keep your child safe? So riveting was this story that I finished it in a day and a half. This is a fast moving action-packed suspenseful romance with well-built characters, great dialogue, and humor. It's a story about love and sacrifice. Kellen (CeeCee) and Max are very well matched and Rae, their sassy smart daughter, just pops out at you. You just know she had to be based on someone the author knows well, maybe one of her own daughters.

Although I enjoy readi
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What Doesn't Kill Her by Christina Dodd is the second book in the Cape Charade series and it swept me up into Kellen's life from the first chapter.

Kellen Adams is continuing to remember her past and becoming more open to both Max and Rae. She is definitely a warrior but is struggling with emotions in this one as she is only now remembering the time before she was shot. This time we get to see and hear more about Max - his thoughts and his feelings regarding Kellen and Rae. Rae is absolutely the
Bernadette Long
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second story in the Cape Charade series and it takes place a few months after DEAD GIRL RUNNING. Kellen Adams is trying very hard to adjust to a new life with Max Di Luca and their daughter, Rae, but it's not easy for any of them. She accepts a security job with Nils Brooks but everything goes wrong and she finds herself on the run from assassins in the wilderness and inadvertently taking Rae along on an adventure! Rae imagines Kellen and herself as superheroes "ThunderFlash" and "Li ...more
Angelica Pavelock
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am so excited to have the opportunity to do an early review on Christina Dodd’s What Doesn’t Kill Her. I have to say I am not happy, not happy at all. Ok so you are wondering why I would give it a 4 star then. The book is fast paced and exciting, there were some high and lows, some “really” moments and some “YEA” moments, overall I loved the book, except for the ending! It ends on a cliffhanger, which means I have to WAIT until the next book to find out what happens next. UGH! If you have not ...more
Kim Worley
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Christina Dodd does it again!!!!!!! A must read.

I loved this book, it keeps you on your toes till the very end. I highly recommend this book for anyone, it has it all, intrigue, mystery, and romance.
One secret, One Nightmare and One lie, guess which is which.
Kellen Adams has a lot going on in her head, along with a bullet bouncing around in there. But to see her starting to bond with her daughter and realize what really matters was great. Her daughter is one big ball of energy and will have you
Janet Robel
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An incredible ride! One of the best books I've read so far this year. Hooked me in from the first page. If you're looking for a book to stay up all night with, then look no further. I kept telling myself just one more chapter until I was too tired to read more.

Kellan Adams is awesome! She's tough as nails and resourceful, and just found out she's a mom. Rae is such a cute little girl, and takes after her mom. Max is the hero who every reader will love. I'm hoping he'll be in the spotlight more
Dawn McGill Dalrymple
3.5 stars from me. I liked this book much better than the 1st, maybe because I already knew the characters? It was fun to get to know Kellan better and her family and the journey they go on. This book has a little bit of everything action, mystery, humor, romance. Overall an enjoyable read. I'll be looking forward to the next book if there is one!
Kathy Elliott
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really exciting

Excellent story, great characters, a fun read! There is only one thing wrong with it! I have to wait for the next one.😢
Dawn Byers
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Kellan wakes from a coma year later not knowing she has a lover and a 7 year old daughter -
I was given this book from NetGalley for an honest review-
This book continues from a previous book but can be read alone.
The excitement begins when she is sent on a mission and her daughter sneaks along in the van.
Be prepared for lots of action and thrills!
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.
What Doesn't Kill Her by Christina Dodd is a riveting, fast-paced mystery. This second installment in the Cape Charade series can be read as a standalone, but reading book one provides important background information.

Kellen Adams is trying settle into her new life at the vineyard owned by her former boyfriend Max De Luca. She is maintaining her emotional distance from Max and seven year old Rae when she accepts a job from Nils Brooks.  While taking a priceless antiquity to a reclusive
Donna Hines
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Multifaceted plot, run for your lives thriller, interwoven characters that overlap throughout it all and you have one hell of a read ahead.
What Doesn't Kill Her is the perfect title to sum it all up because surely Kellen Adams never says quit.
Although she does have difficulty in remembering her past but heck a bullet to the head will cause such a result.
She does know one thing whatever is against her better change its course or risk the consequences.
I can't say much else to prevent the big revea
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