When a high-profile investigation goes wrong, FBI Agent Kyle Dawson is transferred back home where he is forced to confront his demons…and the only woman he ever loved. Three years ago, Kyle and Abby Morrow shared a wild, passionate summer—then Abby broke his heart.
NOW SHE NEEDS HIS HELP
Kyle never stopped loving Abby. So when Abby uncovers evidence of a human-trafficking ring, leading to her sister’s kidnapping, he swears he’ll stop at nothing to bring her sister home and keep Abby safe. Caught in a lethal game of cat and mouse and blindsided by their own explosive desires, they must set aside the past before it’s too late.
Once again, SeRine blows me away with the story telling! I was completely drawn into this story once I started it and I couldn’t put it down no matter what. The drama and suspense that was on these pages just drew me in completely and I was drawn into a world that I didn’t want to leave.
SeRine gave us a hint of what this family (The Dawson family) was about in the novella in the Way of the Warrior bundle. I will say this, you don’t have to read that novella to fully understand what is going on in this book, but it does give you a bit of back information between one of the couples.
There is a lot of stuff happening in this book, and while at times I felt like my head was twisting around trying to keep up, I didn’t get lost. I was still able to follow along with everything and that is part of what made this book that great for me. The smutty scenes in this book only added to the story, they didn’t detract from it. Don’t get me wrong, they were great, but I loved how there was still a story there even if those scenes would have been removed.
The chemistry between Kyle and Abby was off the charts, as well as the relationships between Kyle and his family. That added a “real” feeling to the story that was able to bring me even further into what was going on.
This is a great start to a new series and I really can’t wait to read more into the Dawnson family in the future. I really feel like SerRine has a new hit series with this one!
As the first book in the author’s Protect & Serve Series, Stop at Nothing grabbed my attention and didn’t let go. It’s full of action, suspense, family drama, sexual chemistry and tension, and so much more! Kyle has been transferred from the FBI’s New Orleans office back to his small hometown near Chicago. His brothers work for his father in the County Sheriff Department. Also working as a Sheriff Deputy is the woman who broke his heart before he left for New Orleans, Abby. Abby’s family is in trouble and Kyle vows to make sure whomever is behind the kidnapping of Abby’s sister pays for what was done.
Even though they have been apart for the last few years, the sexual tension between Kyle and Abby is like they were always together. I adore these two together! I, also, love how close she is to his father and the rest of Kyle’s family – more so than he ever was. It has more than made up for how crappy her family has always been. She loves her nephew more than anything, despite how awful her brother turned out to be and the fact that her sister put her own life and happiness before her own son’s. The rest of the characters are very likable.
My only issue with this story is that it felt like it was a continuation of another book. I got the feeling that I walked into a private joke and wasn’t part of the clique. Other than that, this was a fantastic read worth the afternoon it took to complete!
Who in your personal life was the biggest supporter of your writing?
I’m blessed to have an amazing support network! My husband and children are incredibly supportive, of course. And my family parents, sisters, and other family members have always been my cheerleaders, encouraging me to continue pursuing my dreams. And I’m fortunate to have an awesome agent, Nicole Resciniti, who keeps me going. And I have several extremely talented author friends who are there to celebrate with me on the good days and cry with me on the bad.
Do you prefer quiet or background noise when writing? If background noise, what?
I prefer to have music in the background. Otherwise, I’m too easily distracted. Also, music is an integral part of my writing process that helps me set the emotional tone of what I’m writing. I seldom begin writing until I’ve created my writing “soundtrack” for a project.
When did you start writing and what was your inspiration?
I actually started writing when I was around six years old—poetry (mostly) and an occasional short story. I wrote my first full-length novel manuscript when I was 14. My first published novel was actually the sixth novel I’d completed. I have dozens of partial novels tucked away either to be developed later or cannibalized for the good of other projects. 😉
And anything and everything inspires me! Because I started writing so early, I honestly don’t recall a particular moment when I first felt moved to write. Maybe it was something my mom encouraged—she’s an awesome storyteller. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t have a story going on inside my head 24/7.
If you could write in any genre that you’ve never tried, what would it be and why?
Horror. I absolutely love a good horror story and have incorporated some elements of horror into a couple of my novels. But I desperately want to write a horror novel that keeps people up all night with the lights on because they’re too afraid of what might be lurking in the dark.
When writing, what comes first? The characters or the plot?
The characters. I spend a lot of time putting together character sketches before I start writing so I have a sense of who these people are and what motivates them. That said, I usually have at least a few key scenes in my head when I start writing and a nebulous idea of the story I want to tell, but I never flesh out the plot first or do an outline, etc. I like to write the story from beginning to end as it would unfold to the reader.
Do you find that you write what you love to read? Or a different genre?
I definitely write what I love to read. I spend six to nine months with these manuscripts—maybe more by the time all of the edits have been completed. I have to be able to love what I’m writing.
How much if any of your story line comes from real life people or events
Although I don’t base any of my characters on real people, there are certainly little personality quirks or phrases or mannerisms of the people I have encountered that show up in my novels. And some of the events are inspired by news stories, articles, personal experiences, etc. I tend to tuck away little tidbits of random information that I come across until I need them. J
How many times do you read what you wrote and think “where the hell did that come from?!”
LOL – Daily!! There are times it’s a good “where the hell,” when I’m high-fiving myself because it was like the Muse had taken over and inspiration was flowing faster than I could type. Other times I read what I’ve written and think, “How many glasses of wine did I have?”
Do you have to look at the keys when you type?
Nope. I’m giving away my age a bit here, but I had to take a typing class in high school, and one of the things drilled into us was not looking at the keyboard while typing, so it’s second nature now.
What are your two favorite 80’s movies?
Oh, wow… Only two?? There are so many that I love! Well, I guess if I can only pick two I’d have to go with Better Off Dead and The Princess Bride. Oh—or maybe When Harry Met Sally. Or National Lampoon’s Vacation. Or Dead Poet’s Society. Or— See what I mean? I can’t possibly choose only two. 😉
P.S. – I have serious love for some of the sci-fi/horror films from that time as well. Aliens keeps me on the edge of my seat no matter how many times I watch it!
Kate SeRine writes award-winning romantic suspense and paranormal romance. A past recipient of an Emily Award and the National Readers Choice Award, she has also been a finalist in the Fire and Ice Contest, Finally a Bride Contest, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. She lives with her husband and two sons outside Indianapolis, Indiana. Connect with Kate at www.kateserine.com.