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Revenge – Kylie Tate Book 2 by Anne L. Parks


Revenge
Kyle Tate Book 2
By
Anne L. Parks

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Kylie Tate believes the stalker who nearly killed her is dead.
She believes she has finally escaped John’s sadistic grasp. And she is a survivor.
But it’s all a lie.
And now he’s back—and wants revenge.

When Kylie learns Alex’s father’s appeal for a new trial has been granted, she jumps at the chance to join the prosecution’s team. There is no way James Wells can go free. Not after he killed Alex’s mother and forced a young Alex to watch as his mother die—unable to do anything to save her.

But the investigation into the death of Alex’s mother uncovers secrets. Secrets which point to someone other than James Wells as the murderer. Could Alex have been responsible for his mother’s death?

She owes her life to Alex, and deep down she knows he could not have killed his mother. But as more new evidence comes to light, Kylie begins to question everything she knows about the man she loves. When she uncovers proof he has lied to her about what really happened to John the night she was shot—Kylie must decide if she can ever trust Alex again.

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If you haven’t read the first book of this series Malevolent, STOP and go read it first. Even though the prologue is right where we left off you will definitely get more out of the story if you read the whole thing.

The horrific events of the last book are reignited in this one right from the start. Kylie has survived both being shot and the coma but has pretty severe PTSD from it, including nightmares. Repeatedly she asks Alex if John is gone. Alex’s response is always the same, forever.

Even though Kylie is better, Alex is distant, he’s still the loving Alex but all the intimacy is gone. Granted the whole incident brought back some painful memories for him, but instead of facing them he is withdrawing. He’s also keeping things from Kylie, not really intentionally, but as she discovers them they hurt her deeply.

To top it all off their trying to exonerate John Wells, Alex’s father who was convicted of his mother’s murder years ago. The twist, they’re trying to pin it on Alex.

They go to NY to visit with friends Paul and Ryan, this visit helps both Kylie and Alex re-center themselves and they finally talk when they return to Alex’s apartment.

This is a favorite scene.

I lift his hand and kiss his knuckles, knowing this next part could end everything between us, and destroy all my hopes for a future with him. “If that’s something you want— a baby, a family— then we need to re-evaluate our relationship, and where this is going. I won’t change my mind, Alex, no matter how romantic the notion of sharing a bond with you through a child might be, it’s not enough to make me want that life.”

I inhale slowly and hold it, watching him, waiting for his reaction. My heart pounds, my hands tremble, and a thin layer of sweat breaks out over my skin.

Finally, he looks at me, and a smile lifts the corners of his mouth. “Baby, I don’t want kids, either. If I did, I’d have them by now. My life is my company and my charities— at least, until you came into it. If there is any woman I’d want to have a child with, it’s you, but I am perfectly happy just having you. Building our future and sharing dreams. I can’t imagine my life being any more complete than it is now, with you. I don’t want or need more.”

I nearly burst into tears. At least this won’t come between us, but this is not the only thing standing in our way. I might as well address the elephant in the room and make him tell me why he hasn’t touched me in any meaningful, intimate way since before the shooting.  

The little bit of relief I felt has evaporated, and tension wracks my body once more. I need to know what’s going on— but that doesn’t mean I necessarily want to know.

“Alex, I need you to be straight with me about something.”

“What?”

“I need you to tell me what’s going on with us. I need for you to be honest… and tell me why you don’t want to make love to me.”

Alex drops his head back, closes his eyes, and rubs the bridge of his nose. “Kylie, it’s not that I don’t want to make love to you— I do. You have no idea how much—”

Well, that’s true…

“Are you scared for some reason?” I ask.

He opens his eyes and gazes at me. They’re so blue and beautiful, but the dark circles detract from them, and the corners dip down. “Many reasons.”

A chill runs through me. “Why?” I hate that my voice is shaky. My fingers toy with the double heart pendant Alex gave me hanging around my neck.

He closes his eyes again, takes a deep breath, and slowly releases it.

“Please talk to me, Alex. Whatever it is, no matter how hard it might be for me to hear, I need to know what’s wrong.” I wrap my hands around his. “Are you afraid of losing me?”

“Yes.”

“I’m fine, Alex. The doctors say I’ve made a full recovery, and there’s a low risk of me developing any complications from being shot or hitting my head.”

“Well, I admit, that did worry me at first.”

“And now?”

He drops his head, his thumb making a circle on the back of my hand, and he’s quiet for a moment. “You don’t need me anymore— don’t need me to protect you. The reason you fell in love with me is gone now that John can’t hurt you anymore.”

A sudden coldness hits me square in the chest, my extremities tingling with disbelief. “You think I fell in love with you because you protected me from John?”

He nods.

I sit, time seems to stand still for a moment while I gather my thoughts. “Alex, I love that you protected me, but that’s not the reason I fell in love with you, and certainly not why I’m still so in love with you.”

“But will you ever be able to truly forgive me for failing you?”

My mind races to find answers.  “What are you talking about?”

“John shot you— almost killed you— while I watched it all unfold. I swore to protect you and I failed.”  

“God, I hate this— even from the grave— he can still come between us. But, baby, you did not fail me. I wish I could make you understand all the ways you have saved me. I know you’re scared, but if you give up on this part of us because you’re afraid you’ll lose me somehow, then you’ve already lost me.  I’m doing a really horrid job of explaining this— it’s just that— anything can happen, at any time, or nothing could happen. We could have thirty years together or thirty minutes.”

“I watched you die,” he whispers, and my heart breaks.

“I came back to you, Alex.”

His hand caresses my cheek, his eyes reach into my soul, his lips press against mine. He gently sucks my lower lip, releases it, and murmurs against them, “Can anything this good really last forever?” His hand cups the back of my head, and he pulls me into him, our lips crashing together.

I rest my hands on his thighs, not sure what I should do, how far he will let me go before he shuts this down like he has every time we get to this point. He’s going to have to take the lead on this, I’m not sure I can handle the rejection again.

He pulls his head back, his eyes dark and lusty, but his eyebrows gather together. “What’s wrong?”

“Nothing,” I blurt out a little too quickly. He sighs and drops his head. “It’s just… it’s hard for me to start down this path— think we’re going to make love, and—” My voice cracks, and trails off.

“And I never let it go there.” His hand is still at the back of my head, and he tilts it back so he can see directly into my eyes. “I’m not perfect. I make so many mistakes, but I’m trying to learn, also. I have come up with so many reasons lately to keep you at arm’s length, to deny that part of me that is so desperate for you, because I thought it would somehow hurt both of us. It’s flawed thinking, I realize that, especially after hearing it out loud, but it’s what I’ve been clinging to. What I lost sight of is, even with all the reasons I’ve come up with, the one reason I’m ignoring you— is you. You’re the reason I changed who I was in the first place. The only reason that should matter to me is you… and it is.”
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There’s still something major that is being held back from Kylie and that is one surprise she didn’t need to find out by herself.

There is so much tension from many fronts in this book. Friendship is of great importance and things between Alex and Kylie have several ups and downs and some sizzling heat.

The ending of this one shocked me and now I need the next book!

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Anne L. Parks

Born and raised in the Rocky Mountains, Anne L. Parks has spent the last 28 years moving all over the United States. Married to the Navy – well a Commander in the Navy – Parks has lived in various locales throughout the United States. She currently resides in the Washington D.C area. When not writing, she spends her time reading, doing yoga, mountain biking, and keeping track of four kids and a very spoiled rescue German Shepherd. And drinking wine.

Author of nine novels (Tri-Stone Trilogy, Return To Me series, and Strangers) and four novellas that have been published in anthologies, she loves to create stories with mystery, plenty of twists and turns, and loaded with suspense.

With a military husband, it was only a matter of time before she broke into the military romantic suspense genre, where she feels right at home amongst highly trained, somewhat jaded, ready to take out terrorists alpha males and the strong, brave women who love them. Parks first military romance, MIA, went to #1 on Amazon’s Kindle World. Thirteen more books will be released in her new series, The 13. Two other series are being planned.

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Malevolent – Kylie Tate Book 1 by Anne L. Parks


Malevolent
Kylie Tate Book 1
By
Anne L. Parks

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Kylie Tate survived a life of dominance and abuse. An up-and-coming criminal defense attorney, she has been assigned to a first degree murder case which could make or break her career. The downside—the second chair is fellow attorney and violent ex-boyfriend, John Sysco.

When she catches the eye of enigmatic billionaire, Alex Stone, she can’t help but be drawn to him. Unfortunately John is not willing to let her go—especially into the arms of another man.

As John’s sanity spirals into darkness, his attempts to get Kylie back escalate, along with the abuse she thought she had escaped. The one glimmer of hope she has is the unconditional support Alex provides. Ravaged by demons from his past, Alex vows to stop at nothing to keep Kylie safe.

But the closer the couple gets, the more Kylie wonders if Alex is truly her savior—or as dark and dangerous as John.

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This book opens with Kylie Tate on her morning run, she has a feeling she’s being watched but is then distracted by a very expensive car at the side of the road with an irritated man trying to get his cell phone to work. She offers her help and arranges a tow truck from her mechanic, and letting him use her phone to call for a ride. She gets really annoyed with him when he offers her money for her help. Although the encounter may just spark some interesting dreams.

We then meet this man she helped when he shows up with her boss. Kylie is a well known criminal defense attorney and apparently one of their top clients, Alex Stone, needs her help for his nephew.

This is just one of many favorite scenes.

Jack Daniels— no shit, his actual name— crosses to one of the two chairs opposite my desk. In his early seventies, he has no inclination to retire— despite the rumblings of the rumor mill. He’s still handsome— salt-and-pepper hair and kind blue eyes— until he’s pissed off. He’s been my biggest supporter at the firm and lobbied for me to move up to the penthouse when others sought to keep a males-only attorney pool.

“Kylie,” Jack says, “I’d like you to meet our client, Alex Stone.”

I hadn’t noticed him until he strolled to the vacant chair next to Jack, and I nearly choke on my recognition. Alex Stone is the arrogant, smarmy Mr. Rich Pants from my morning run two days earlier.

Jack takes a seat across from me. “Alex has been a client of this firm for— what— fifteen or sixteen years now? He utilizes many different areas within the firm for his various business ventures.”

I stand, offer my hand to Stone, and kick myself for not figuring out who he was that day on the side of the road. His face is blank, and I’m sure he doesn’t recognize me.

But I remember him— and those gorgeous eyes. It’s as if the gods pulled water from the Aegean Sea, with all its beauty and sparkle, and poured it straight into Alex Stone’s irises.

Stone releases my hand, and I’m vaguely aware of Jack singing my praises.

My brain finally engages with my mouth, and I manage to get out, “Very nice to meet you, Mr. Stone,” as I sit back in my chair.

“Likewise, Miss…” His words are as smooth as silk.

“Tate. Kylie Tate.”

He nods, sits in the chair next to Jack, and I decide he hasn’t made the connection between the sweaty car expert from the other morning and the woman in the business suit in front of him.

“Kylie, Alex informed me of a sensitive issue he needs to discuss with you. It involves his nephew, and the family would like to keep it out of the press at this time.”

This introduction is something more than a simple meet-the-newest-penthouse-associate-and-she’s-a-woman… aren’t-we-progressive? introduction I’ve been subjected to since my move upstairs. Apparently, Stone’s underage nephew, Joshua Banks, was caught drinking alcohol at a party. He also had a joint in his pocket when the cops frisked him.

I turn my attention back to Stone. “Do you know the name of the prosecutor assigned to his case?”

“No, but I can find out.” He thumbs through his cellphone, presses a button, and speaks to someone on the other end.

I smile, remembering his inability to use the phone two mornings ago which prompted me to stop and help him. His gaze is locked on my mouth, and I bite my lower lip. He looks away and shifts in his seat.

“Amy, look in Josh’s file and tell me the name of the prosecutor in his case,” he asks Amy.

“Do you have the charging documents? Or the initial citation he received when he was arrested?” I ask Stone while he’s still on the phone.

“Send a copy of the file to Miss Tate,” he says into the phone. He looks at me. “Your email?”

I give him the address, pull a yellow legal pad from my desk drawer, and start running through more questions I want to ask.

“You should have all the documents shortly, Miss Tate,” Stone says, and slides the cellphone back into his pocket.

My email pings with the materials from Stone’s assistant and I do a hasty scan for the information I need.

The office is quiet as the two men watch me read. I reach for the phone and make the all-too-familiar call to the prosecutor’s office.

“Hi, Teri. Kylie Tate. I understand you’re assigned to the Joshua Banks case. Charges are intoxication of a minor and possession of an illegal substance. Looks like the hearing is set for this Friday at three. What’s the offer on the table right now?”

I listen to the prosecutor’s admonition. It is a serious charge. We need to nip this in the bud while he’s still young…

Blah, blah, blah… bullshit on top of bullshit.

“Teri, this is a good kid from a good family. He made an error in judgment, nothing more. He has no prior criminal record. Hell, he’s never even been sent to the principal’s office. Are you really going to saddle him with a criminal record for going to a party and having a beer?”

“You’re forgetting about the marijuana in his possession, Kylie,” Teri says.

“The joint wasn’t even lit. Someone handed it to him and he inadvertently put it in his pocket, intending to flush it later.” I take a breath. “He’ll be applying to colleges soon. He doesn’t need this hanging around his neck like an anchor.”

Teri sighs as though what she is about to do is going to cost her job. “I shouldn’t do this, but…”

I scribble her offer on my legal pad. It’s decent, and what I expected for a first-time offender.

I thank Teri, tell her I will get back to her, and hang up the phone. “They’re offering a deferred sentence, three-hundred-dollar fine, and ten hours of community service. It’s a good deal, in my opinion.”

It’s the standard deal actually, and I wonder why this needs the attention of an experienced attorney instead of the many new, eager lawyers looking for some face time in court. Any first-year associate would’ve been given the same deal.

Not that I mind. Assisting Alex Stone can only help my career here at the firm. And I get the added bonus of spending more time with the man who has captivated my thoughts over the past couple of days. He both intrigued me and pissed me off that day on the side of the road. But one thing is for sure. I won’t be getting this man out of my head anytime soon.

I explain the remainder of the process as he leans back in his seat. I watch as his thumb slowly moves across his bottom lip. The motion is sensuous and my breath hitches. The corners of his mouth twitch into a faint smile. I blink and break the connection.

“Have your nephew meet me outside the courtroom on Friday. I’ll go over the procedure with him to enter his plea. Make sure he’s dressed appropriately for court.” It’s a programmed and automatic recitation, which I desperately need at this moment. Alex Stone’s proximity and intense gaze are entirely disarming.

Jack is grinning, apparently happy with my work on this sensitive matter. “See, Alex? I told you she’s amazing.” Jack winks at me.

Stone stands and provides a glimpse of his incredible physique. “That she is.” Stone’s gaze are still fixed on mine, a near imperceptible shake of his head.

“Happy to help.” I extend my hand to him once more.

He leans in toward me. “Thank you again for your assistance earlier this week, Miss Tate. You continue to come to my rescue just when I need you.”

My eyes stay on his, but I’m unable to speak. My heart beats double time. The return of his arrogant, smug smile as he releases my hand and joins Jack, yanks me out of my state of infatuation, and I remember why this man created such disfavor days earlier. Good looks can only compensate for so much, and Stone’s outstanding physique does not offset his egomaniacal personality.

“Thanks again, Kylie,” Jack says.

I sit at my desk as they leave my office and walk to the elevator. Shaking hands with Jack, Stone is left in the care of the busty, blonde Sarah with her just retouched makeup. I try to pull my gaze away from him but find it impossible. He is quite possibly the most imposing, sensual man I have ever met. The overwhelming urge to dislike him is arm-wrestling with my schoolgirl crush, which is pissing me off. I’m too old to have this type of a reaction. Add to that a deep distrust of men, and Alex Stone is nothing more than a fantasy that I can live without.
Anne L. Parks. Malevolent: A Kylie Tate Novel (Kindle Locations 214-276).

Now Kylie and one of the other attorneys at the firm once had a relationship, one that was extremely mentally and physically abusive. She did finally get away from John Sysco’s control, but his threats to her career remain foremost in her mind.

When she accepts a date from Alex Stone, John decides he wants her back. Stalking her, inflicting property damage and accosting her in semipublic places. It’s Alex that comes to her rescue and although she refuses to report it begins some protection for her. He has his own security act as body guards for her.

As she begins work on a murder case, threats come in and Alex starts becoming a bit overprotective and controlling. There is plenty of romancing in this even as things escalate with regard to John.

A lively journey to balance career and relationship as the attraction begins to sizzle. A bit of a cliff-hanger but the next book is only a few weeks away. I can’t wait!

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Coming June 22nd!

Born and raised in the Rocky Mountains, Anne L. Parks has spent the last 28 years moving all over the United States. Married to the Navy – well a Commander in the Navy – Parks has lived in various locales throughout the United States. She currently resides in the Washington D.C area. When not writing, she spends her time reading, doing yoga, mountain biking, and keeping track of four kids and a very spoiled rescue German Shepherd. And drinking wine.

Author of nine novels (Tri-Stone Trilogy, Return To Me series, and Strangers) and four novellas that have been published in anthologies, she loves to create stories with mystery, plenty of twists and turns, and loaded with suspense.

With a military husband, it was only a matter of time before she broke into the military romantic suspense genre, where she feels right at home amongst highly trained, somewhat jaded, ready to take out terrorists alpha males and the strong, brave women who love them. Parks first military romance, MIA, went to #1 on Amazon’s Kindle World. Thirteen more books will be released in her new series, The 13. Two other series are being planned.

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