Books by Shannon McKenna

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Blood and Fire

It’s safe to say I don’t want to live in Shannon McKenna’s fictional world. The bad guys are Machiavellian and ubiquitous, and way too much gruesomely horrifying stuff happens to reasonably good people. But, man, she’s fun to read. I had plans — big plans including a trip to Costco and Tra ...

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Fade to Midnight

One of my main problems with hardcovers these days is that they had better bloody well be worth the price. Kensington has sweetened Ms. McKenna's latest release by chopping the usual price by several dollars, but still - twenty bucks is twenty bucks. So is Kev McCloud's long-awaited story worth it ...

B
Extreme Danger

Shannon McKenna’s books rate as guilty pleasures. Her heroes are barely civilized sex machines, her heroines are nice enough but hardly memorable, and she can write some very nasty torture scenes. Also, her prose is deeply, darkly purple. And yet, I love her books and buy them in trade paperback. ...

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Edge of Midnight

I may have enjoyed Edge of Midnight by Shannon McKenna when I was a teenager. The book would have been passed around the lunch table and we would have giggled at the sex scenes, feeling very grown up and daring, even slightly shocked at the positions and the language. Now, many years later, I stil ...

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Hot Nights

When I’m reading a book for review and I come across something particularly wonderful – or something particularly heinous – I turn down the corner of the page to mark the spot. My copy of Hot Night contains a not very pretty seven page turn-downs for the latter reason and absolutely zip for t ...

B
Out of Control

Out of Control is one aptly named book, careening wildly between rampant passionate encounters and unpredictable villainous pursuits, rarely allowing the reader a rest from the intense action. Shannon McKenna writes a forceful yet highly provocative suspense novel like no other. With each of her boo ...

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Return to Me

Having enjoyed McKenna's first book Behind Closed Doors and, to a lesser extent, Standing in the Shadows, I expected far more than I got from Return to Me in terms of plot and characterization. After a 17 year absence Simon Riley returns to Ellen Kent and the small town of LaRue. A long time a ...

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Standing in the Shadows

Now this is erotica. To put it bluntly, Shannon McKenna's Standing in the Shadows is the most erotic erotica I've come across in a very long time. She doesn't rely on creepy fetishes or kinky sex play. She's never, ever crude. Her characters are real, interesting, grown-up people and, to top it a ...

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Behind Closed Doors

As I read Behind Closed Doors, I wished for a fan. No, I think I needed some ice water. You know, a walk-in freezer would have felt good. Oh shoot, I needed a trip to Antarctica, preferably during deepest winter. This book is hot, and I mean hot! It's a wonder both it and I didn't end up a couple of ...