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December 16, 2013

Braine Reviews: No Turning Back by Tiffany Snow + Giveaway

Series: Kathleen Turner 1
Format: Mobi
Release Date: June 2011
Publisher: Self
Source: Author
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Kathleen Turner has goals. She moved to Indianapolis to start seeing to them, but things aren't going quite as well as she'd hoped. She's a runner for a high-powered law firm in town, not the most prestigious of positions, but it and her part-time bartender gig at least pays the bills. And one of the senior partners is a dreamboat in that obscenely rich, disturbingly good looking, slightly snobbish sort of way.

Before she did a mortifying face plant in his lap during a meeting, she was quite happy ogling him from afar. After that...well...she was more about the avoiding. Mature, no. More likely to assure she keeps her job, yes.

She's made some friends in the few months she's been in Indy. One of those friends is her neighbor Sheila, though Kathleen can't say she's completely comfortable with Sheila's job choice as a high-dollar escort.

It's the middle of the night when Kathleen hears fighting coming from Sheila's apartment. As disturbing as that is, it's the ominous sound of silence afterwards that keeps Kathleen from falling back to sleep. Slipping from bed with the intention of making sure everything is okay, Kathleen knocks on friend's door, only to find Sheila murdered, her naked body sprawled on sheets stained crimson with her blood.

Shock and horror are followed by gritty determination when it becomes clear that Sheila's death isn't random and it isn't the result of a jealous boyfriend. It's the opening gambit in a web of murder, deceit, conspiracy, and fraud that stretches to the law firm for which Kathleen works. Maybe to the very office that Blane Kirk commands.

And Kathleen Turner, law office runner, can trust no one if she wants to survive.

Here's my theory: I think Shonda Rhimes read Tiffany Snow's NO TURNING BACK, got inspired and started writing her hit show, Scandal after. OK, I know I'm reaching but the conflict of Kathleen Turner book 1 reminded me of the infamous election rigging scandal c/o Olivia Pope & Co. So Ms. Snow, if you can turn Kathleen loose on Ms. Rhimes, please do so, I think she owes you royalty or something. LOL

If you creep Amazon like I do I'm sure you've seen TSnow's books as a permanent fixture on the bestseller list. I've always been curious about Kathleen Turner because a self-published series can't stay on top like that with stellar ratings if it's chump, right? Series starters can be sticky too because some elements of the story suffer to give way to the setting or some other reason. NO TURNING BACK is no such thing because TSnow hit the target in as far as creating interesting characters, simple but effective setting, a thorny romance, a compelling mystery, thrilling suspense and enough hairy situations to keep any reader engaged and glued to its digital pages like white on rice. 

Let me focus on the characters because the blurb perfectly summarized NO TURNING BACK and this romantic suspense is very character driven. The heroine Kathleen Turner really went through some great character building exercises here that forced her to toughen up and change in a lot of ways. She started as this meek, unassuming, clumsy, and sort of a doormat in Blane Kirk's law firm. This girl next door vibe was short lived because shortly after, her friend Shiela got murdered and Kathleen took it upon herself to start digging until she found herself in the middle of a quagmire. After several life threatening incidents, it's no surprise that Kathleen shed some of her softness to cope with the events. It really boiled down to survival for her and this chick is tough as a roach and resourceful too! 

NO TURNING BACK  is heavy on the romance but light on smexiness. TSnow kept the focus on emotional intimacy rather than the physical which I liked because it kept the plot in perspective. There's no outright love triangle but from the way things look and the spoilery blurbs of the succeeding books, the romantic conflict is going to be a ball buster. Girl next door, Kathleen, found herself attracted to two men and half brothers at that. I guess she has a certain "type" and these two fall on that category perfectly. First we have Blane Kirk, a former Navy SEAL turned lawyer, rich, successful and charismatic. Then there's Kade Dennon, dark, edgy, magnetic and forbidden because there's some unspoken dibs Blane has on Kathleen. Both guys are bad boys in their own way, both can break Kathleen's heart to a million pieces and both are so irresistible it's only a matter of time before this little set up gets very complicated.  And there's nothing like romantic intrigue coupled with danger to liven up a story/series like this. This explosive romance alone is enough reason for me to keep on reading the books!

To long-time TSnow fans, I apologize if I didn't give you anything new here. I started the series late and I'm sure some of my reflections might not be applicable anymore based on what's currently happening in the Kathleen Turner world. NO TURNING BACK sure left a great impression on me, it's a solid debut and did a great job in piquing my interest and whetting my appetite for more of Kathleen, Blane and Kade. And if NO TURNING BACK is like the rest of the series, then TSnow's Kathleen Turner is a must read to all romantic suspense readers out there. 



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My debut novel, NO TURNING BACK, is the first book in The Kathleen Turner Series. I write about things I love to read myself - a heroine who could be a neighbor or best friend; two men who each portray their own version of darkness and light, each vying for her affection; and a story that focuses as much on the characters as it does the suspense. NO TURNING BACK, TURN TO ME, TURNING POINT and OUT OF TURN currently comprise The Kathleen Turner Series. The fifth and final book, POINT OF NO RETURN, will be released in May, 2014. A companion novel, TURN ON A DIME – BLANE’S TURN, is also available.

As for me, I've been reading romance novels since I was way too young to read such things, have an unhealthy obsession for all things Doctor Who, prefer Pepsi to Coke and Absolut to both, think men who drink girly cocktails are wusses, have learned to never stop believing in my beloved St. Louis Cardinals, and can recite the entire scripts of When Harry Met Sally and Apollo 13. George Washington is cool, Bon Jovi still rocks the house, and Bruce Willis is the ultimate alpha-male hero. Most of all, romance never, ever gets old.

Stalk Tiffany




Aside from the tour giveaway below, Tiffany Snow 
was kind enough to give one lucky Supie a 
Kindle copy of OUT OF TURN
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Turn On A Dime - Blane's Turn
Kathleen Turner 1.5
August 6, 2013
Blane Kirk is a Navy SEAL turned high-powered attorney with old money and an even older pedigree. Yes, he plays the field, changing women as often as he changes his ties, but they’re not complaining. He has only two rules – 1) Don’t date employees and 2) Don’t get emotionally involved. Those rules have served him well. He sees no reason to change his ways, until his Runner, an employee in his law firm named Kathleen Turner, does an unexpected face plant in his lap.

Kathleen’s too young, too innocent, and suddenly much too vulnerable when her friend is murdered andBlane knows she could be next. Keeping her alive means keeping her close, but can Blane keep her safe...from him? Kathleen’s like no woman he’s ever met, and protecting her could be the one thing he never expected that would make his life turn on a dime.

TURN ON A DIME – BLANE’S TURN is a companion novel to NO TURNING BACK, Book One in The Kathleen Turner Series.




Turn To Me
Kathleen Turner 2
April 13, 2012
What Kathleen Turner doesn’t know just may kill her.

Her boyfriend, Navy SEAL turned high-powered attorney Blane Kirk, is keeping secrets from her – the deadly kind – and it may end their relationship before it’s even begun.

Someone in the shadows is stalking and terrorizing Kathleen, and Blane must lose a trial with far-reaching ramifications if he wants to keep her alive.Blane turns to assassin-for-hire Kade Dennon to keep Kathleen safe, a strategy that may backfire in more ways than one. Though Kade swears he hates her, he’s helpless to guard against things he’s never felt before and when they’re together, Kathleen sees something forbidden in his eyes.

Kathleen must find the truth behind the lies before her time, and luck, runs out, or she may pay the ultimate price for falling in love with Blane Kirk.




Turning Point
Kathleen Turner 3 
February 19, 2013
After her promotion from law firm Runner to Investigator, Kathleen Turner is learning the ropes of her new job from none other than assassin-for-hireKade Dennon, a situation her boyfriend Blane Kirk is none too happy about. But the lessons with Kathleen take a back seat when Kade becomes a target. Previously untouchable, his enemies now know of the chink in his armor – his brother’s girlfriend.

And Kade’s not the only thing coming between Kathleen and Blane. From Blane's inexplicable defense of a man guilty of a horrible crime, to a mysterious stranger from Kathleen's past, to Kathleen's risky investigation into human traffickers, the obstacles mount against a relationship that's just begun to find trust again.

While Blane considers a job offer that would take him back to the front lines in the war on terror, Kathleen is determined to pursue her new career, with or without his approval. Unfortunately, her current case is far more dangerous than anyone knows. Someone close to Blane will go to extreme lengths to split them up, lengths that may prove worse than death for Kathleen.

Kathleen, Blane and Kade must atone for the sins of the past and the present. The fallout will force Kathleen to a turning point...in her career, and her life.




Out of Turn
Kathleen Turner 4
December 17, 2013
Breaking up is hard to do, as Kathleen Turner discovers. After a falling-out with her ex, high-powered attorney Blane Kirk, she’s moving on the best she can. Unfortunately, someone from her past is set on revenge and nothing short of killing Kathleen will stop them.

Keeping his brother’s ex-girlfriend alive isn’t something new to assassin-for-hire Kade Dennon, but this time can he protect her from himself? She’s a woman he can’t convince himself to walk away from, no matter what it costs him.

Regret is a constant companion for Blane as he realizes the truth behind the lies he’s been told. Can love heal the past, or can some mistakes not be undone?

Murder reunites Blane, Kade, and Kathleen as the police put Blane in their crosshairs. Blane may lose everything unless he and Kade can find the real murderer before it’s too late. But if they can’t set aside their love for the same woman and work together, it will tear them apart.

In Out of Turn, Kathleen is caught between two warring brothers, and the consequences may be fatal.





38 comments:

  1. Thank you for such an amazing giveaway!!!

    It is also fantastic to find out about an author whose books look really good :)

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    1. If you like romantic suspense, you'll definitely love her books.

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  2. This sounsd like an awesome series. Thanks for sharing it and for the giveaway.

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  3. I haven't read anything by Tiffany Snow, but after your review I'm sure going to fix that.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  4. This series sounds great! And I am loving the compare to a Shonda Rimes show. Thanks for the great review!

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    1. Scandal is such a guilty pleasure right?!

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  5. These sound great! I have not heard of them until now. Enjoyed your review matey! * thud* onto the tbr pile :)

    xx

    Mich

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    1. Hi5! Happy to add another book to your list :D

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  6. I love romantic suspense and this character driven story has me oh so curious, adding this one to my list. Thanks!

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    1. I know you love RS too! I see some good ones over at your blog on a regular basis.

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  7. I haven't tried these yet. Don't even remember seeing the covers! Definitely gonna have to fix that. Half brothers, huh? That sounds like it could add a nice little bit of drama later on.

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  8. *groans* i LOVE, forbidden, dark, edgy men! must you taunt me with such sexiness?? >.< LOL I hadn't heard of this series before, Braine. Thanks for putting it on my radar. Love the review. I'm glad it's not all physical and it gives the characters a chance to actually develop feelings for each other!

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  9. WOW, this sounds awesome! And I absolutely love romance suspense mixed together. I'm adding this whole series to my TBR, Braine *sighs* I think I know what I want for Christmas now... more hours ;)

    I hope you're having a wonderful week!

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. You & Me both or some superpower where we could breeze through them books in a snap

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  10. Love finding new to me authors!!!!

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  11. Thank you for the giveaway! I love this series!!

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    1. You're welcome, I hope you win something

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  12. Actually you gave me a nice refresher since I haven't read the first book in a while. I loved it, but just never had an opportunity to keep up with the series. I will definitely be finishing b/c I love Catherine and both those brothers are great too.

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    1. In that case, can I borrow the remaining books from you? :D

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  13. I've been curious about this series since May when I saw these huge wall posters advertising it at RT. I'd never heard of the series before then. *gasps* But I'm getting into romantic suspense and these characters sound amazing! Thanks for a great review, Braine ~ now I can safely step into this series. :)

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    1. Oooh then you'll like this at least. It's not heavy on the suspense so for a newbie to the genre, you'll get into it real quick.

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  14. It sounds like a great series. Thank you for the giveaway! :)

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  16. Thanks for sharing!
    This series sounds awesome :)

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  17. I haven't read this series yet, but it sounds fantastic. Thanks for the chance! !!!

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    1. Its really good, solid romantic suspense.

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  18. I haven't read this series yet, but it sounds fantastic. Thanks for the chance! !!!

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  19. Look forward to reading. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  20. I haven't read the series yet. It looks terrific! I always enjoy the protagonist who isn't perfect--she's usually fumbling through life. And mystery on top of that? Excellent!!

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  21. Love your books. Thank you for the great giveaway.

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