New Release + Blog Tour + 4-Star Review: Unlocking Fear by Kennedy Layne


A chance mishap with a sledgehammer was the sole reason a chilling nightmare was unleashed in Blyth Lake.

Noah Kendall’s grisly discovery left him in the middle of a murder investigation and a neighbor who knew more than she was willing to say. Reese Woodward had returned to town with dark secrets, and he was determined to unravel them. While evil lurks in the darkness, seduction burns between them…only time was their enemy.

Will her secrets destroy what they’ve built, or can he earn her trust before the killer strikes again?

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Tracey’s Review

Looking for answers to a decade-old tragedy brought Reese Woodward to the small midwestern town of Blyth Lake. In search of the truth about what happened to her cousin 12 years ago, Reese is determined to solve the mystery once and for all. What she’s not expecting is to find help in the person of Noah Randall, newly returned to town following a stint in the military. What starts as friendship evolves into more, and will put them right in the path of danger.

Romances with a twist are some of my favorites, and romantic suspense is one of my go-tos. UNLOCKING FEAR, the first book in the Keys To Love series by author Kennedy Layne, has all of the elements of a sexy small town romance, with plenty of twists and turns to keep things interesting.

The mystery, the whodunit and why aspects of this book were enough to draw me in and keep me reading. Kennedy does a nice job of throwing out plenty of red herrings to keep the reader guessing, and the blossoming romance between Reese and Noah is naughty enough for the folks looking for their romance. I didn’t really realize that this book ended in a cliffhanger, and, while I’m fine with that, if you’re not a fan of cliffies, consider yourself forewarned.

At this point, I am invested enough to want to continue with the next book to see where Kennedy goes with the story, so that earns UNLOCKING FEAR 4 stars from me. I would recommend this book for fans of romantic suspense, or anyone that enjoys a mystery with their romance.

About Kennedy Layne

Kennedy Layne is a USA Today bestselling author. She draws inspiration for her military romantic suspense novels in part from her not-so-secret second life as a wife of a retired Marine Master Sergeant. He doubles as her critique partner, beta reader, and military consultant. They live in the Midwest with their teenage son and menagerie of pets. The loyal dogs and mischievous cats appreciate her writing days as much as she does, usually curled up in front of the fireplace. She loves hearing from readers–find out how to connect with her at

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