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Out of Luck

(Maximum Exposure #3)

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  126 ratings  ·  40 reviews
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Book 3 of Series

A history made of questions—and a future worth answering for . . .

For twenty years, they moved from town to town every few months. They paid in cash. They kept only what they could carry. But 26-year-old Charlene Bailey and her father were a family, complete and happy. Until a woman stabbed him to death in a New Orleans café, right in front o
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Published July 2nd 2019 by Lyrical Liaison
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The life she had known ended abruptly when her father Peter was killed. Shocked, grieving, with a feeling of guilt that she hadn’t done anything to stop the killing, Charlene Bailey had no idea what she would do next. But she wasn’t prepared for what Detective Chapel discovered.

For more than twenty years, Charlene and her father had stayed off the grid, moving every six months or so, always paying with cash, carrying very few possessions. Charlene couldn’t remember a time when she hadn’t been h
OUT OF LUCK (title has now changed) is the third in the Maximum Exposure series. Each of these edge of the seat Romantic Suspenses can be read as a stand alone.

The previous two books have taken us to South American Jungle and a blizzard ridden mountain top. Now we’re off to Cuba.

Charlene’s life has not been a normal one. Since her mother died she and her father have been moving every few months, used cash only, and had only those possessions they could carry in bags.

The book opens with her fat
Guaranteed suspenseful adventure, exotic locals, and characters showing their strength while falling in love! I love traveling the extreme locations with each of these books and, while the locales weren't extreme in this latest, the situation was. My book passport was stamped and I was primed to be off with a woman nearly Out of Luck.

Out of Luck is the third in a series of standalone romantic suspense tales that work in any order.

Her father is murdered before her eyes and Charlene discovers thro
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I opened this book , never having read this author or any of her books ! I am so thrilled I found s new author to read!
Charlene has lived a nomad life, constantly moving and forever staying off the grid, after Charlene’s dad is murdered right before her eyes, she starts to ask herself the tough questions, why? And who is she really? Having moved every few months , she has no birth certificate, nor ID, and now she is all alone in the world
Marshall is retired military , a true loner. Charlene hi
Nov 26, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Been sitting on my TBR for too long! So glad I got to it this month!

If you like action, drama and twists and turns you will not be disappointed with Zero Escape!

Kendall Talbot is a must read author! Highly recommend!
Oh my god, this book has sat on my digital shelf for 11 months, I am so glad I finally got to it because it was an action-packed read that kept me guessing until the end. 

When Charlene's father is murdered in front of her it is the catalyst that sets of a series of events that after a while she has no control over, as secrets and lies begin to come unravelled, Charlene throws herself into the path of danger. 

While I couldn't even begin to imagine running off to Cuba to hunt down my past, that is
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was the surprise book of 2019. It looked intriguing but I wasn’t certain I would like it. The whole Cuban connection gave me pause. But the more I read the more interesting and intriguing it was. Charlene and her dad Peter were about as off grid as you could get and still get around in the United States. They moved every six months. Lived hand to mouth. Only took paychecks in cash. Didn’t use a bank or have a social security card or identification of any kind. Not sure that is realistic the ...more
Cathy Geha
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Out of Luck by Kendall Talbot
Maximum Exposure #3

Action-packed romantic suspense with mystery, murder and a whole lot more. I have never read a book by this author but hope to read many more of her books in the future!

What I liked:
* Charlene Bailey: She was a loner in many ways but strong, capable and a delight to have as the heroine in this book.
* Marshall Crow: I really liked him for and with Charlene
* Peter: Even though we did not meet him in the story he seemed to be a good man who was a spl
Zero Escape is book three in the Maximum Exposure series by Kendall Talbot. Charlene Bailey was happy moving around The United States with her father. However, Charlene Bailey life changed forever when a woman killed her father in a local cafe. Charlene Bailey started to investigate her life after New Orleans law enforcement told her that her father was not her biological father. The readers of Zero Escape will continue to follow Charlene to find out what happens.

Zero Escape is another fantastic
Mar 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Zero Escape is a romantic adventure with a bit of mystery and thrill thrown in. In this book you get a glimpse of Cuba and a look into the nomadic life of a girl who knew not to trust anyone and to keep moving, one who loses everything and has her world shattered.
It's an interesting read that keeps you hooked from the start.
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an absolute beauty of a read!!

I don’t know about you but for me there is nothing better when you get the chance to take some time out from the real world and just simply soak yourself into a novel. It’s the best feeling ever, and an experience that I personally love. So when Out Of luck landed in my kindle I couldn’t wait to start it, and I mean I COULDN’T WAIT!

But what I never anticipated was this suspense filled, fast paced, heartbreaking read that captured my attention so badly that I re
Les Romantiques
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Reviewed by Rinou
Review Copy from the Publisher
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


In this romantic suspense, third volume in the Maximum Exposure series which can be read alone, we meet Charlene when, after her father’s death, goes to Cuba to discover her origins with Marshall’s help.

Charlene in a strong and smart heroine. Even if she needs some help to get herself out of some danger
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
Out of Luck is the third book in the Maximum Exposure series and can be read as a standalone like its previous installations. While I understand the author’s intentions towards the plot and characters, I’m not the biggest fan of the final outcome.

Our story follows Charlene Bailey, a 26-year-old woman, who is traveling with her father all her life paying in cash and switching places every six months or so. With her father’s murder, Charlene comes face to face with lies, secrets, and enemies she d
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From New Orleans to Havana, Out of Luck is a top notched romantic suspense by Kendall Talbot. This is the third book in the Maximum Exposure Series. Each is well-written with more unexpected twists than you can shake a stick at. Also with surprises that you didn’t expect but afterwards you wondered why you didn’t see it coming.

What begins as seemingly unrelated incidents and insights in characters’ lives it may feel disconnected to some. For me I kept reading to see how it all fit together like
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From New Orleans to Havana, Zero Escape formerly titled Out of Luck is a top notched romantic suspense by Kendall Talbot. This is the third book in the Maximum Exposure Series. Each is well-written with more unexpected twists than you can shake a stick at. Also with surprises that you didn’t expect but afterwards you wondered why you didn’t see it coming.

What begins as seemingly unrelated incidents and insights in characters’ lives it may feel disconnected to some. For me I kept reading to see
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Zero Escape. - a review by Rosemary Kenny

Charlene and the man known as Peter - and as her father - for 22 of her 28 years are living a semi-hobo life, in Kendall Talbot's A Maximum Exposure Novel #3, Zero Escape...until he's inexplicably, brutally murdered in front of her, as they dine together in a New Orleans restaurant.

Alone and inconsolable, Charlene's world is then turned upside-down by the revelations uncovered by police.

Who is Marshall Crow and why does Charlene hire him for a moonlit cha
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book's summary caught my eye and I am so glad I requested it. It is a romantic suspense with murder, mysterious identities and pasts. Charlene and her father lead a nomad life, moving every six months for years, never staying in the same city twice and always paying cash. Charlene's father always made sure she had everything she could want and was a loving and doting father. Until the day a woman stabs him to death on the street, shouting in a foreign language and leaving Charlene all alone ...more
Sep 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another heart-pounding adventure!

This is the third book in the Maximum Exposure Series but each one is a standalone story featuring different main characters so you don’t have to start with the first book – enjoy them in any order. In all honesty, if you appreciate romantic suspense and adventure, you will want to get them all. In this book, when Charlene Bailey learns that everything she thought she knew about her life is a lie, she needs answers. The search for those answers leads her to Marsh
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Kendall Talbot's Out of Luck - Maximum Exposure Series is a fitting ending to this thrilling trilogy

Charlene and her father are drifters who recently moved from Chicago to New Orleans. While dining in a restaurant her father is accosted by a Spanish speaking woman and she winds up stabbing & killing him. Thus begins a high intrigue mystery for Charlene to uncover her past and why her father had been attacked. This is really a damsel in distress who has to turn detective to unlock the keys to he
Whispers From
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Charlene and her father have never lived in one place for too long. When he is stabbed, in front of Charlene, in New Orleans, she finds out her whole life was a lie. Now searching for the truth she must go to Cuba to find out about herself. Marshall was in the Navy but now he takes people out in the ocean to fish. Charlene hires him to take her on an illegal trip to Cuba. When she gets taken, Marshall will do anything to get her back, even though they just met. Can Charlene find out her past and ...more
Julie Craig
Apr 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book from the author. I really enjoyed this book as it had action, romance and a woman's quest to find out the truth about her past.
When Charlene's father is murdered and she has to tell the police all she knows about him and their life together , she realises that their lifestyle is not the same as everyone else's.
They have no ID, no bank account and no passports. When she needs to travel illegally to Cuba, Charlene enlists the help of ex-navy Marshall. The sparks
Deborah Tomlin
Feb 16, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Zero Disappointment

This is the second Kendal Talbot book I read in as many days. The Bourne Identity meets Mission Impossible. This book was definitely action packed with refreshing dialogue. And filled with surprises and suspense. The plot was very unique. Talbot also has a distinctive way with both narrative buildup and character development. Although her main characters start from a base of strength, they appear to grow and change from their experiences. There is a certain synergy between the
Book Him Danno
Readers are taken on a adventure across the world to find redemption. Maximum Exposure series are all stand alone novels that readers can read out of order and still enjoy the books. The author creates likable characters. Readers will need to suspend their belief and motivation of why Charlene goes against everything to find answers of her past.

The story flows well enough but has moments that stop and start the story but in all if a ok summer beach read.

Thank you to Netgalley for the advance cop
Kenneth Lingenfelter
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Charlene lived with her father Peter. They never stayed in one place more than 6 months. They always paid in cash to never leave a trail. Out to dinner one evening, a woman puts a knife into Peter and kills him. Charlene finds out that Peter is not her biological father. She investigates and finds the trail leads to Cuba. She finds Marshall and arranges an illegal trip by boat to Cuba. This novel is full of heart pounding action. Deep secrets of her family, blackmail, and murder. Once I started ...more
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventure
This was my first book by Talbot, each book in the series is a standalone. Immediately I was drawn into Charlene's world as her father is murdered and she discovers new information about him. Marshall is a boating captain that delivers her to Cuba. Charlene is a mixed bag of tricks, strong physically and mentally but very naive about her adventure and how she was living her life. Great story with tons of suspenseful moments and plot twists. With this kind of story writing I can't wait to read he ...more
Janet Graham
Apr 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exciting Action Adventure That Searches for Truth
This is a page-turner! I did not want to put it down once I started to read it. There is quite a bit of sex, but it fits the story. It is an exciting story that catches the reader by surprise at every turn. There are many questions, but the answers are difficult to hear. The characters are exciting and realistic. The plot keeps the reader more than involved. The action is non-stop. This book is part of a series of action adventures, but they can
Kathleen Gray
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
First off- not a good idea to smuggle someone into Cuba. Just not. That said, Charlene is on a quest to find out the secrets in her past and she's hired Marshall, who has his own troubles, to do it. You know these two are going to start out picking at one another and then get together, right? It's a fast paced read with good guys, bad guys, and a plot that might make a good movie. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. ...more
Neil Martin
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kendall Talbot has surpassed herself with this one. Charlene's father is killed by a woman assailant. Then he turns out not to be her father. That would explain moving every few months through her childhood. Then a clue leads her to Cuba. That's where Marshall Crow comes in and it is just as well he does because she needs his help to survive. You'll find out the facts if you read the book. I recommend you do. ...more
Heather W
Apr 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Zero Escape is the third book in the Maximum Exposure series and is a terrific addition to the series.

This story takes you on a wild ride from New Orleans to Havana as Charlene tries to uncover the truth of her past. This book is well written and has action, emotion, danger, suspense, intrigue, and romance. Any fan of romantic suspense will appreciate this series and this book.
I read and reviewed this book with no obligation.
Jun 09, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the first book by this author I have read - it sounded awesome. It is book 3 in the series. And maybe that’s why I couldn’t get into it?!?!? Not sure.
This story was well written, but I did not capture my interest even with me skipping around.
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Kendall has sought thrills in all 46 countries she’s visited. She’s abseiled down freezing waterfalls, catapulted out of a white-water raft, jumped off a mountain with a man who sp

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