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A drunken mistake in college cost US Marshal Maxwell Ames the affection of Dominique Deveraux and six years later, he’s determined to fix the slip-up. But there’s just one tiny problem—someone wants the Deveraux family dead. Dominique Deveraux never expected Max to reappear in her life, let alone apologize, but as Dominique investigates the mysterious attacks on her wealth ...more
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Published October 24th 2019 by Blue Zephyr Press
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Eve (Between The Bookends)
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
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description I enjoyed this book a lot. However, I wouldn't call it a "romance" since that part of the story is very underdeveloped and nonexistent. It was more of a family ensemble story with a little suspense and a little romance mixed in. That said, I adored every character in the book. Each one was very distinct and had their own secrets and mysteries. It was also very well written and paced. The plot was interesting and kept me engaged throughout, and as I said, I loved all the characters and their int
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Anna Theurer (Anna's Bookshelf)
4.5 stars The Second Shot is an entertaining romantic suspense with an intriguing plot and a great cast of characters. For me, I found that the book wasn't just about the mystery and suspense of who was targeting the Deveraux family, but also the interesting dynamic between the various family members. They each presented with strikingly unique personalities complete with various strengths and faults which lended to some rather humorous interactions between them. Still, one can't deny the family ...more
Amy Stephens
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
An intriguing read with some intense moments!

Bethany Maines is a new author for me to read and I really enjoyed how she carefully wove suspense and romance together to create this romantic thriller. I will say, I struggled with the first few chapters as I tried to figure out everything that was happening, to get a feel for the characters, and to understand just exactly what was going on with the Deveraux family. But after the second chapter, I was glued to the story. Dominique was ac
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Breen Rdz
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“The Second Shot wasn’t what I expected at all! I thought it was going to be a story full of romance but surprisedly it wasn’t the main point. Funny, hilarious with the perfect mix of suspense. Trust me, the intriguing plot will keep you on the edge. I guarantee you’ll adore every single one of the characters, they were simply perfect in the most unique style. The plot was extremely well written and developed. Once you start you won’t want to stop until you reach the end. I’m so pleased of what ...more
Karen Tully
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Funny, steamy romantic thriller

The Deveraux clan is in a lot of trouble, in more ways than one. This book focuses on likable, beautiful, smart, confident (did I mention rich, whew that's a lot in one character!) Dominique Deveraux and charming, handsome, smokin' hot, US Marshal Max. They make for an adorable, quirky couple and a steamy romantic pair, all while trying to figure out who's after Dominique and her family, before someone gets run over by a car, or worse. This was a fun, q
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Laurie Ryan
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Written with an urban flair and a sense of humor I liked a lot, Second Shot got my attention from the first line. Oh. My. Gosh. Max and Dominique are great from the opening salvo to the end, and the epic dysfunctional family dynamic added fodder to a complex and compelling story. I was taken with this whole family. All different, all fighting their own demons, yet underneath it all, there’s a lot of love. This is a 5+ star from me, and I’m hoping, hoping, hoping the author will be writing more i ...more
Juel Lugo
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the steamy modern romance set against the family drama. The Deveraux family always has each others backs even thought they shy away from saying anything real to each other. If you've ever felt like your family had no idea who you were but at the same time, loved them - this is the book for you. Plus Dominique and Max together were super hot. I expected the book to hit a lull at some point but it never did. Solid tension, action and 'ooh la la' all the way through.
Gin
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Smart, sexy, funny with a side of danger! Outstanding story that’s wonderfully written with some of the best family dynamics I’ve ever read, loads of scary danger, hilarious banter, bizarre situations and characters that are rich, unique and complex. The Devereaux clan is such an interesting dichotomy of rich snobbery and laidback charm. I loved them all even the meanie, Evan. Each of the ‘children” under Grandma’s thumb are rebellious to the point of hilarity and sometimes destructiveness but t ...more
Kristen Lewendon
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow. I’m crushing pretty hard on this book right now. There’s not much I love more than romantic suspense that dips into rom-com territory. This story does that with a flair that reminds me of Knight and Day or Mr. & Mrs. Smith. I adored Max. He’s strong enough to admit to his mistakes and even apologize for them. Dominique wears a lot of different masks to protect herself. So do her brother and cousins. A big portion of the story is devoted to digging the Deveraux family out from behind tho ...more
Sharon Grow
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
U.S. Marshal Maxwell Ames is home visiting his father when he again meets Dominique Devereaux. Their first meeting, years ago, was a complete drunken embarrassment to him, so he humbly apologizes…and she accepts. There have been threats against the family, but nothing like the car, with no driver, that crashes through the window of their home. Dominique has had it with no results from the police and decides to investigate, with Max as her backup. There is instant attraction between them and Max ...more
LeeAnn Lewis
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Don't let some crazy thing you did in college stand in your way of true chemistry! This story is full of just the right amount of romance and suspense. Loved the way the characters were brought to life in this book and ready to keep reading to the end. Great beginning to what looks to be a wonderful series. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Elaine Swinney
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book through Hidden Gems and I voluntarily chose to review it. This is the first Bethany Maines book I have read. I look forward to the next book. This is a well written book and it has some intense characters. This one is worth your time and effort. I don't do spoilers but it does have some mystery so get the book and check it out. It is a second chance story.
Cami
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Bethany is a new author for me and I’m happy to say that I loved her writing!
Initially, I had some trouble to understand what was going on. But once I figured everything out I started to enjoy it.
This book is really well written. The plot is interesting and has the perfect mix between romance, suspense and mistery. It keep me engaged throughout the story.
Dominique and Max are the perfect couple. And Not only the main characters are great, the secondary ones are so interesting too th
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SD Jericho
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There were so many facets to it that I could sink my teeth into – politics and the lifestyles of the rich and famous, mystery and mischief, family intrigues and dysfunction and wonderfully likeable characters that I wanted to invest time into.

I enjoyed the fact that the story didn’t only focus on our two lovebirds; I so enjoyed taking a peek into the lives and psyches of other members of Dominique’s family and learning more about the family dynamic. Even though there was danger and thickening p
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Anadosen
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A drunken mistake in college cost U.S. Marshal Maxwell Ames the love of Dominique Deveraux and six years later, he’s determined to fix the slip-up. But there’s just one tiny problem.When I started reading I couldn't put it down.Bethany Maines is magnifysent and amazing writer.I cannot wait to read more of there books.Keep up the great work.You should definitely read this book.Can't wait for the next book.
Floraljoy
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Family Drama
Whilst marketed as romantic suspense, it was more a complex tale of family dynamics. The Deveraux cousins are a dysfunctional group under the authoritarian rule of their grandmother. At times I felt the characters had multiple personality disorders as they conversed or acted contrary to how the author had depicted them. The author also seemed confused as to where the story was taking place. A location was only mentioned late in the book when the heroine recognised an Illinois p
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Karen Roma
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Second Shot is my first read by Bethany Maines, and I thoroughly enjoyed this intriguing, thrilling and mystery filled romance. The Deveraux family are dynamic and totally addictive and certain to capture many readers attention with the promise of more gripping stories to come. Believable world building, an intense and exciting plot and the added bonus of the passionate relationship between Dominique and Max. The cast of characters within this story have a multitude of deep and complex perso ...more
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Bethany Maines, a native of Tacoma WA, is the award-winning author of action adventure tales that focus on women who know when to apply lipstick and when to apply a foot to someone’s hind end. When she’s not traveling to exotic lands, or kicking some serious butt with her black belt in karate, she can be found chasing after her daughter, or glued to the computer working on her next novel.
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