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From author Bethany-Kris comes a whole new world. A North American network full of criminals battling to stay on top, and painting the streets red in war as they dabble in the game of betrayal. Malicious, cunning, forbidden, and violent—welcome to The Empires and Badlands.


coz-en (kuz-uhn)
1. trick or deceive.
• obtain by deception.

She was named most appropriately.

Cozen Taylor has more than earned her place as one of North America’s most successful thieves. Her name is whispered amongst criminal elite as the go-to thief when someone needs a heist.

She has never failed.

A call from the Miami-based Astor family could change all that with a job that seems almost impossible to complete. The mark should be simple—a stolen family heirloom, the man who has kept it hidden for over twenty years, and six months to return the piece to its rightful owners.

Nothing is ever that easy.

Three-hundred million for a successful heist. No smart thief would turn the offer down. Cozen didn’t expect a complication like him to put a kink in her plans, though. Sargon Makri—tall, dark, gorgeous, and entirely dangerous. For her life, her heart, and for the success of the heist.

The last thing Cozen needs to be thinking about is Sargon, and how she can get him into her bed … especially when he just happens to be her mark’s bodyguard. The thrill of the job has never been more addicting to Cozen, and she will risk everything to make the heist a success.

But at what cost?

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Fly Girl’s Review:

Oooh this one is HOT!!!  My first book by Bethany-Kris and I’m hooked.  I loved this one.  It is definitely in my Top 10 this year.  It’s the start of a new series for her so it’s a good place to start.  I listened to the audio version and was amazed how good Connor Goff is.  I wasn’t sure how it was going to work with a male voice for a story mostly from the female perspective.  BTW, there are no spoilers in this review.  If all of her books are this good, and you are an avid reader you’ll know why I tell you that up front.

This took a while to listen to.  It isn’t short by any means, but she gets you so invested in the characters that at the end I really wanted to know more.  Like, “Come on, can’t the story go on, I need more.”  You get a bit of everything; character development, romance, hot sex, suspense, anxiety.  Oh, it gave me anxiety, not anxiety in the book.  You just wanted to know if she was going to get her hand caught in the veritable cookie jar.

She creates this romance between Cozen and Sargon that is so forbidden and hot and emotional that you worry they won’t be able to contain it around others.  But somehow they both do.  I’m afraid to say more because I don’t want to give the story away, so you’ll just have to buy it and listen to it.  It is crazy good..  I can’t wait for the next one in the series to come out.

5 of 5 Propellers

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Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to four young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something … when she can find the time.