Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Review - Families and Other Enemies

Title:  Families and Other Enemies
Author:  Christina Dodd
Series:  Cape Charade #1.5
Genre:   Mystery/Thrillers
Publisher:   HQN Books
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:  82
Date of Publication:  January 1, 2019
My Rating:  4 Stars


I don’t remember an entire year of my life.…
I still don’t remember, but I know what happened now.
I had a baby, and that changes everything.

Kellen Adams has fought battles, saved lives, earned the respect of her colleagues and the love of her friends. But now, can she triumph against the greatest challenge of her life — her family?


At the end of Dead Girl Running, the first book in the Cape Charade series, Kellen Adams received life-changing news, she had a baby seven years ago. Yes, this is news to her. As this series has revealed, Kellen has suffered memory loss. Well, she still cannot remember, but facts are facts. Max, the man she fell in love with after escaping her brutal husband is indeed the father of a little girl who is most definitely her daughter.

In this book, Families and Other Enemies, Kellen is now faced with this new truth in her life. A challenge to be sure. Needing to work things out, she takes off, and meets with someone from her past, and this gives her the time needed to sort out her future. Kellen takes on a new job and this brings her into contact with people she just has to help. 

This brief novella sets the stage for the next book in the series, What Doesn't Kill Her. The previous books in this series are Hard to Kill and Dead Girl RunningThe next books in the series are Hidden Truths and Strangers She Knows, both set for release later in 2019.  

Many thanks to HQN Books and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.


Readers become writers, and Christina Dodd has always been a reader. She reads everything, but because she loves humor, she likes romance best.

A woman wants things like world peace, a clean house, and a deep and meaningful relationship based on mutual understanding and love. A man wants things like a Craftsman router with attachments, undisputed control of the TV remote, and a red Corvette which will miraculously make his bald spot disappear. So when Christina’s first daughter was born, she told her husband she was going to quit work and write a book. It was a good time to start a new career, because how much trouble could one little infant be?

Ha! It took ten years, two children and three completed manuscripts before her first novel, CANDLE IN THE WINDOW, was published. In the twenty-six years since, her novels have been translated into 25 languages, won Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Golden Heart and RITA Awards and been called the year’s best by Library Journal and Booklist. Christina Dodd herself has been a clue in the Los Angeles Times crossword puzzle (11/18/05, # 13 Down: Romance Novelist named Christina.) Her mother was thrilled! With more than 15 million of her books in print, Booklist praises her, “brilliantly etched characters, polished writing, and unexpected flashes of sharp humor that are pure Dodd.”

In 2018, Christina began her Virtue Falls spin-off suspense series, Cape Charade, with DEAD GIRL RUNNING, out now. The first lines are:

I have three confessions:

I’ve got the scar of a gunshot on my forehead.
I don’t remember an entire year of my life.
My name is Kellen Adams … and that’s half a lie.

Listen to a free DEAD GIRL RUNNING audio book chapter and read an excerpt here. Booklist, says, “Dodd is at her most wildly entertaining, wickedly witty best.”  

Out now, the short story, HARD TO KILL, introduces you to Kellen Adams, and on January 29, 2018, WHAT DOESN’T KILL HER (had better start running) continues Kellen’s adventures.

Christina Dodd is married to a man with all his hair and no Corvette, but many Craftsman tools. They have been married since the earth’s crust cooled.

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