In Deep (In Deep #1) by Kella McKinnon (Review by Kristin – #NerdGirlSoldier)

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Title: In Deep (In Deep #1)

Author: Kella McKinnon 

Published Date: September 30th 2014

Genre:  Romantic Suspense


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What would you do if you met a man that made you burn like wildfire from the inside out? Burn so hot that with one touch you forgot to breathe?

And if you knew that he had dangerous secrets? Would you be able to walk away?

I couldn’t. As strong as I know I am, I kept going back for more of him. That body… those eyes…

I saw him for the first time on my very first day in Vegas, and even then I think a part of me knew, because I couldn’t look away. It was like that moment when you see something flying towards you and you know it’s going to hit you before you can ever move out of the way, so you just watch, transfixed, as it crashes into you. Cristos Vicario: owner of the illustrious Adagio hotel and casino and reputed billionaire playboy. He sure as hell wasn’t what he seemed on the surface. That man had secrets. No one knew what a dark and dangerous world he lived in, and when I finally saw him for what he was, it was already far too late. I found myself inextricably tied to him forever. The course of my life altered. My entire world changed forever as he took away my freedom and gave me the key to my dreams in one fell swoop.

How could I have known that the one man who should have been my greatest nightmare would become the one thing I couldn’t live without? And all I had to do was forgive him…


I was only living for one thing, one goal, one endgame… until I saw Brielle. And when I touched her, it was all over for me… I just didn’t know it yet. Not until I broke all of my rules for her, one after another, and that still wasn’t enough. I wanted more.

I wanted it all. Yeah, what I did to her was pretty much unforgivable. I know that now. Some small part of me might have known it then, too, but it didn’t matter. I had to hold on to her. I would have done anything to keep her… and I did.
Now I’ve put her in danger, dragged her into my world, and I don’t know whether to push her away or hold her tighter. Letting her go would be the right thing to do… but every time I try to do the right thing… I can’t.

When I take her, it’s always hard and desperate, as if she’ll disappear if I can’t make her feel the same things I feel… if I can’t force her to care about me enough that she’ll look past everything else and see into my heart.
Last night, after she fell asleep, still wrapped in my arms, I rested my lips against the top of her head and inhaled the scent of her as she slept. Trusting me, even though she shouldn’t. “I don’t deserve you”, I whispered. “But I want you. God, I want you so badly.”


***Contains Graphic Sex, Strong Language and Adult Situations. Not for young readers***
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***Kristin – #NerdGirlSoldier’s  Review***
I have found a new favorite author: Kella McKinnon. She writes beautifully and brings the pages to life with her words. I loved this book so much that I was sad to finish it. I wanted more and thankfully there is a book two. This story had it all: hot, brooding alpha male set on what he wants with his own dark past; a fierce, independent woman who is not just beautiful, but smart and witty. There’s some romance, a hell of a lot of sexual tension hot enough to make your panties disintegrate. It also has a lot of mystery to it too: who is Cristos Vicario? And why doesn’t he want Brie to get close to him? Why is Brie so sure that Cristos will get bored with her? Why doesn’t she believe she’s good enough for him? You’ll have to read it to find out.

I love how both of them have ties to certain places and times but neither of them realize it. Well, that’s not entirely true…Cristos realizes it and panics. He doesn’t say anything to Brie, but still he’s in panic mode. Cristos doesn’t tell Brie (and we never officially know) what his “family business” is; all she knows is that he owns the casino. He’s not the only one keeping secrets; Brie is too, about her father’s death and her brother’s quest to bring down the men who did it. She also doesn’t tell him her real reason for becoming an anthropologist. Despite all of that, both of them sizzle together, and feel that they could spend forever with each other if possible.

Both characters grow through the book in their own ways. Brie discovers it’s okay to lean on friends now and then, as well as to enjoy having a man want to take care of her. Cristos learns that it’s possible to love again, to want to love and be loved. But will they sabotage their relationship in order to find happily ever after? Do yourself a huge favor, buy the book. It’s almost 400 pages and it’s worth it even though there is a cliffhanger. I haven’t read book two yet, but as soon as I hit submit review, I’ll be diving into it and will be back soon to tell you more.


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  • Michelle Mauer

    OMG!! You have my attention!! The cover is HOT, the synopsis is HOT and the review was sizzling!

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