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New Release Review! CROSS ROADS by Tracey Devlyn (Steele Ridge: The Blackwells #3)

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When a hacker-turned-recovery agent sets out to prove a mysterious artist isn’t who she claims to be, he uncovers decades-old secrets and discovers a far deadlier truth than he expected.

In this explosive, enemies-to-lovers third installment of the Steele Ridge: The Blackwells series, USA Today bestselling author Tracey Devlyn sweeps readers into a world of cyberterrorism, art theft, and a passionate journey of two loners finding each other.

Cybersecurity expert Rohan Blackwell left his fellow hackers in the Collective behind to focus on the family business. But when an unusually fruitless background check on a potential contractor coincides with a savage cyberattack, he can’t help but suspect that the two events are connected. Determined to ferret out the beautiful artist’s real story, Rohan soon finds himself distracted by more than her secrets.

Hard work and quick thinking pulled Lena Kamber out of a difficult past and into a successful fine arts reproduction studio. Then disturbing visions of her childhood begin to surface, and she senses malevolent eyes on her at every turn. Add to that, a gorgeous stranger inadvertently helps a burglar steal her latest high-profile commission, a million-dollar painting. With her beloved career on the verge of collapse, Lena turns to a reluctant Rohan to help her recover the stolen artwork.

As Rohan and Lena draw closer to the truth—and each other—the stakes get higher, the bodies pile up, and the two loners unite to stop a vengeful cyberterrorist from destroying a future they have only just begun to imagine.

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Cross Roads takes readers back to Steel Ridge with the third book in Tracey Devlyn and Adrienne Giordano’s Steele Ridge: The Blackwells series! This time it’s cybersecurity expert Rohan Blackwell and artist Lena Kamber’s turn in the hot seat 😉

Rohan and Lena start out fairly antagonistic–not a true enemies-to-lovers, but these two definitely give each other a whole lot of suspicious side-eye for a lot of the beginning. Rohan has a deep distrust of…well, everyone who he’s not related to…and the fact that he starts the book off battling against a cyber attack on his family’s business doesn’t put him in a let’s-meet-and-trust-a-brand-new-contractor-today! frame of mind. Lena’s spent a lifetime not being able to be totally honest with anyone, so it’s obvious from the beginning that these two are going to be butting heads.

And the fact that they’re also fighting an attraction to each other the whole time? You know it’s going to make for a delicious read!

Cross Roads keeps you on the edge of your seat trying to figure out:

  • who’s threatening the Blackwells and why–is it because of Rohan’s past choices?
  • who hired someone to steal million+ dollar art from Lena, and can they recover it before she’s supposed to return it?
  • what secrets is Lena hiding, and how is her past threatening her now?
    and of course
  • how will Lena and Rohan get to the HEA we know they richly deserve???

It absolutely did NOT disappoint on any of those points!

I am woefully behind in all of the Steele Ridge series–for some reason I’ve read a smattering of books from each, but not all of any of them? It’s definitely nothing against the books–I have really enjoyed all that I have read, I’ve just been bad at keeping up. So…some of the interpersonal dynamics and inside info here were over my head, but it definitely didn’t keep me from enjoying and understanding the story in the end.

Though now I have all the unreads in all 3 series in my TBR, so hopefully I can get caught up…

Rating: 4 stars / B+

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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