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Julieanne Reeves is a third generation Arizonan with a background in Police-Fire-911 Communications. When she's not spending time spoiling her two wonderful children, she enjoys reading and writing steamy romantic suspense. Having had the privilege of working with some of the finest Law Enforcement Officers in the nation, it's little wonder her heroes carry a firearm and badge. Julieanne currently lives in the Phoenix-Metro area, but hopes to one day return to the mountain town that inspired her Walking A Thin Blue Line series.
Whitney (Shooting Stars Reviews)
on Aug. 17, 2013 :
Review by Whit@Whit's Book World
Razing Kayne is about a man whose lost every thing by chance finds a women who literally takes his breath away. He sees her, and it is an instant attraction. But he doesn't want that type of relationship in his life again. He doesn't think he can go there. But when chance has him meeting the woman again, and meeting her four children things go a little crazy. Especially when her past seems connected to him.
Jess didn't want another man in her life. And she really doesn't want to have another one who won't be there for her children. But when she meets Kayne every thing changes for both of them. It is a very dramatic story.
Overall the book was okay. I did like it. But I personally couldn't connect with it. I liked the plot, but I just didn't really care for the characters at times. I really thought Jess was kind of weak, and frustrating at times. I did admire Kayne though. I really enjoyed his character, but he was probably the only one I really liked. So I did like the book, but won't be reading more in this series.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Jan. 31, 2013 :
I won my copy of Raising Kayne in an Author supported contest, however it was on my To Be Read List prior to my lucky win.
I was about 1/3 through the book when I decided to go online and purchase other books from Julieanne Reeves. It was actually a shock to me that this was her debut novel!
The characters were well drawn, the story compelling and the romance was excellent! I will be keeping my eyes out for more by Julieanne Reeves.
Kayne (our hero) has a tragic past and little reason to love again. Jess (our heroine) has a tragic past and little reason to love again. Throw in a chance meeting, 4 adorable children, more and more "chance" meetings, a child's mysterious disappearance, a jealous suitor, love's inevitable progression.....this novel had everything.
I laughed, I cried, I bit my nails - I was immersed in the story of Kayne and Jess. I was committed to their happy ending. I even found myself slowing down during the last few chapters to delay the ending.
I look forward to more books in the series, I highly recommend this debut, and I will be framing a copy of Kayne's Poem "With My Last Breath."
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)
on Jan. 27, 2013 :
I won my copy of “Razing Kayne” on the Under the covers book blog. I feel that the author’s real life experiences help to bring realism to the novel. The circumstances that bring the main characters together are sad. The book was quite hard to put down, overall I enjoyed the book and look forward to the next one.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
on Jan. 02, 2013 :
Razing Kayne is Julianne Reeves’ debut novel, and it’s a heart-breaking, heart-warming, heart-stopping, and sexy as hell story. It had me fighting back tears one minute, laughing the next, and kept me guessing what might really have happened to Kayne's family, right to the end.
While the plot itself is definitely exciting and intriguing, filled with twists and turns and things I never saw coming, it was Kayne and Jess who kept me turning the pages. For me, the real draw of the story is found in how deeply Kayne's and Jess's failed first marriages affected them, their attempt to leave their pasts in the past, and to make things work between them, despite the odds. In truth, while neither of their previous marriages was rosy, Kayne's was flat out gut-wrenching. I'm not sure how he was able to live those years with the demons - the horrific memories - that haunted him. He could have taken the easy way out and used his own service revolver to end his pain, but he kept on going, kept on serving, kept on existing, if not living.
Jessica is a caring, compassionate woman. Her husband died a hero, but Jess lived with the "real" man and it wasn't all that pretty. She could have become a very bitter person, but instead she focused on helping others, putting her own pain aside, and that's what I loved most about her.
The bottom line: Though not without flaws - what I felt were some unlikely coincidences - Razing Kayne is one hell of a debut novel. It's a sizzling hot, emotionally charged story with compelling characters, and even though they're both far from perfect - quick to fly off the handle, and stubborn as all get out - I found myself invested in Kayne and Jess from the start, and caring about them, each in their own right. But when they finally got together and began working through their issues and trying to solve the mystery surrounding the death of Kayne's family, that's when they became people I couldn’t help but love and cheer for. I didn't just want them to be happy, I needed them to be happy. I had to see them conquer their demons so they could have the happily ever after they both so desperately wanted – and deserved.
Nick Astenbeck's book is next in the Walking a Thin Blue Line series, and from what know of he and Sarah, it promises to an intense, poignant, and very sexy story.
My thanks to Ms. Reeves for providing me with a copy of this story in exchange for an honest review. It was a pleasure!
(reviewed 34 days after purchase)