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Dark Memento

Verona Bay, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
Categories: Romance, Romantic Suspense
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Summary

Welcome to Verona Bay, a small coastal town where the secrets just won’t stay buried - and people aren’t always who they seem.

She was the one that got away....

Eight years ago, Serenity Washington watched as her twin sister was murdered. She was lucky to escape the same grisly fate. With her sister’s killer in jail, she relocated and tried to move on with her life. She married a man in the Air Force and started a family, but when her husband dies unexpectedly, she moves back to the last place she remembers being happy - Verona Bay, FL.

Now that she’s come home, it’s all starting again....

Within months of Serenity’s homecoming, she receives a "gift" - a bracelet from her sister that was never recovered after her death - and a taunting note. Terrified for herself and her young daughter, she turns to the local sheriff for help. But there’s only so much they can do without proof that the gifts aren’t more than sick pranks. There’s been no DNA, no fingerprints left behind - nothing to indicate who’s leaving them. As the horrifying gifts arrive with increasing frequency, Serenity has no doubt that she’s the ultimate target. But with her sister’s murderer - a confessed serial killer - still behind bars, she has no idea who’s stalking her.

She turns to the one man she’s been trying to keep her distance from....

Former Marine Lucas Jordan has been hung up on single mom Serenity since she moved back to Verona Bay, but she’s made it clear she’s not looking for a relationship. When she’s targeted, however, all bets are off. He won’t sit by while she’s terrorized, and with her and her daughter’s lives in danger, he’s prepared to stand his ground and protect them both. Together, they face the impossible task of trying to figure out who to trust before they all wind up six feet under.

©2019 Katie Reus (P)2019 Katie Reus

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This book starts fast paced and manages to keep it up its intense and really delivers with the mystery that is promised. The narrators did a fantastic job of giving that little extra push to the already strong story.

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This is a great story absolutely marvelous. One of the best murder mysteries I have read in a long time. Katie Reus is a master story teller I look forward to every new book she brings out. I read the whole thing in one sitting and was sorry when I was finished. definately 5 stars! Now I have listened to the audio book I have enjoyed it even more. Listening instead of reading gives a whole different level of enjoyment.

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  • carvanz
  • 22-10-19

Exceptional narration, intense drama!

Audiobook: Narrator Heather Coster and Jeffrey Kafer Exceptional narration by both of these narrators. This has a lot of drama and some intense moments. Ms. Coster and Mr. Kafer both did an excellent job of adding to these moments which ramped up my enjoyment of this story. No one does romantic suspense better than Katie Reus! The drama and action starts at the very beginning and never lets up. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time and ended up listening to this in record time, it was just that good. I absolutely loved this hero and heroine! Lucas is that strong, alpha who is smart enough to allow the heroine to work through her issues. He never pushes her into more than she can handle and he never oversteps the boundaries she’s set. Nevertheless, it’s clear that he cares for her and will do anything to protect her. ”And until then, he was going to keep Serenity safe. She was his to protect, no matter what. He didn’t care if they weren’t together – if they might never be. He would do anything to keep her safe.” Serenity, while broken, was strong and determined. She fought against her growing feelings for Lucas, but she pretty quickly came to realize that she could depend on him without him taking control of her life. The relationship between this hero and heroine was a bit of a slow burn that allowed Serenity to grow to the place she could freely give her heart. It was everything beautiful in the midst of fear and danger. I loved how Lucas yielded to her needs and how she never took it for granted. They were perfect for each other! The drama here is absolutely intense! There is constantly something new happening while everyone is following clues. The villain was maniacal and played up to this heroine’s fears and I was completely loss as to who it was. This is one of those audios that you’ll find yourself holding your breath, afraid of what the next words are going to reveal. This is the very best in romantic suspense with enough steam to make the building relationship believable. The pace is lightning fast and never repetitive. Secondary characters add to the overall story and some of them I’m hoping we’ll see again with their own book. I loved absolutely everything about this one and can’t help but to recommend it for those who enjoy dark danger, gentle romance, and a wild mystery.

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  • Tammy Payne
  • 19-10-19

Creepy, and Deliciously DARK!!!

Absolutely loved this dark and twisted story when I read the book and now to listen in audio is absolutely chilling. The narrators did a fantastic job of bringing this story to life. It's like you are there living in what the character is. Serenity went through a horrific tragedy when she was younger. She is back in her hometown and it seems the past wants to drag her down. Lucas is an ex-marine, has his own past demons but he wants nothing more than Serenity and her safety is his top priority. Can he save her? Or will the past swallow them both whole? Twisted, dark, and the suspense is off the charts...

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  • Yvonne T. Cruz
  • 19-10-19

A great start to this series

A great start in this new series by this talented author. The story centers around Serenity Washington and Lucas Jordan. Serenity is back in Verona Bay with her young daughter after 8 years . Serenity and her twin had been kidnapped by a serial killer and only Serenity survived. Now , a widow, she is a business owner and just wants a fresh start. Lucas Jordan is a former Marine , member of a well respected family . He’s been attracted to Serenity , but she has been skittish. When Serenity starts getting “gifts” from an unknown source, items that belonged to the deceased victims, she seeks help from the sheriff, Lucas’s brother. From then on Lucas’s protective side shines and Serenity starts to trust. But the danger is always around the corner. The main characters, Serenity Washington and Lucas Jordan are complex , the plot engaging , one filled with a whodunit , keeping you guessing as to who is really the bad guy. Once again, the audiobook brought the story to life. At times making it VERY real. The narrators , Heather Costa and Jeffrey Kafer were excellent. Can’t wait to read the next story in this promising series.

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  • Reggie
  • 18-10-19

Engaging romantic suspense

8yrs ago, college student l, Serenity, and her sister were kidnapped by a serial killer...only Serenity survived. Now she’s back in her hometown, as a widow and single mom...and suddenly it seems that she’s the target of a stalker that has ties to the imprisoned serial killer. Will the authorities catch the killer in time? Serenity is also navigating her growing feelings for friend, Lucas. Some Steamy moments. I recommend this book if you’re looking for a good romantic suspense.

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  • Erin Lewis
  • 05-11-19

Intrigue and suspense will keep you guessing

I listened to this book on audio and was invested right from the start, The narrators Heather Costa and Jeffrey Kafer, who are both new to me did a good job and enhanced my listening pleasure.   The intrigue and suspense, not to mention the danger, kept me on the edge of my seat as I listened to this story.   Will Lucas be able to keep Serenity safe? As they put the pieces of the puzzle together while trying to fly under the radar will l danger loom and put their lives and those they love in jeopardy again?   There were many twists, turns and surprises in Dark Memento and I have to say that I was taken by surprise on a couple of occasions.

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  • She who buys everything online
  • 02-11-19

A very good story

This is a good story. Both MCs are likable and relatable. As expected from this author, good overcomes evil but there are, of course, a few speed bumps on the road to victory. The author threw out a few red herrings and kept me guessing about who the bad guy was and honestly I quite liked that I didn't have it all figured out :-) The H was solid all the way thru the story, while the h had a few TSTL moments but after what she had lived through in her past I'll give her a pass. The kiddo was cute, maybe a bit mature for her age but, hey this is fiction, little kids can be as smart as their authors want them to be. Overall a very good story. :-) I was gifted the audible version of this story and promised to leave an honest review. That said, I should make a comment about the narration... The female narrator was new to me and she did a great job, the male narrator has lots of recorded books under his belt and several of his other works are on my 5-star shelf. This audiobook wasn't my favorite from him, he seemed a little flat, but it was ok because the female narrator carried the book just fine. :-)

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  • Marialayna Di Lallo
  • 31-10-19

Great story

This was an awesome read totally surprise me at the end Katie never disappoints for thrilling read. I'm excited at the hint of Maybe a next book in this story maybe with Lucas's brother. In everyone of Katy series I never wanted to end cars her stories are just that good!

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  • Ellen Oceanside
  • 26-10-19

Riveting Plot

Serenity left eight years ago,and she has now come back to Verona Bay with her daughter. She didn’t believe in fairy tales, and happy endings any more, though hearing Lucas voice and she became tongue tied. She owned a pet grooming business in town. A part of her, being a twin, felt something was missing, and not completely whole. Here was the last place she was happy, then items of her murdered sister came. There was no DNA on them the killer in jail, who is stalking her. Riveting plot that comes alive with the narration Heather.Costa and Jeffery Kafer.

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  • Gi
  • 26-10-19

OhMgee!!!!

Oh my word. I absolutely enjoyed listening to this audiobook. It’s so good from start to finish. I absolutely love how it just kept me guessing. I need more of Lucas and Serenity. A must listen or read.

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  • Rosemary
  • 24-10-19

Excellent Romantic Suspense

Serenity Washington has been through hell. She watched her twin die by the hands of a serial killer. She escaped and helped put their tormentor in prison. After eight years she's back home in Verona Bay with her daughter. She wants peace but evil is stalking her and her friends. This story scared me. I felt Serenity's fear when she received the momentos from her past ordeal. After all she endured I wanted her to be safe from the monster who hated her. I was glad Lucas Jordan was there to protect Serenity and her daughter. He's a former Marine and a strong person. I enjoyed the romantic tension between them. I hoped they could have a future together. The small town made the perfect setting. It's where evil hides in plain sight. I hope that Sheriff Lincoln Jordan gets his own story. I want to know more about him. Katie Reus has written a powerful story filled with strong characters and interesting twists. I find that audiobooks add emotional depth to the story. The narration by Heather Costa and Jeffrey Kafer is excellent. I was pulled into this story. I wanted closure. And a HEA. I receiv

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