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A Righteous Kill (A Shakespearean Suspense Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Kerrigan Byrne
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Book Description

"'Tis one thing to be tempted, another thing to fall."
~William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure.

He's no stranger to sin...
A prolific serial killer is crucifying and 'baptizing' the working girls of Portland, and FBI Special Agent Luca Ramirez is locked in a desperate race to prevent the next casualty. The game changes when the latest victim is pulled out of the Willamette River alive, and Luca knows this witness may be his key to breaking the case. When the fanatical killer threatens her life a second time, Luca is assigned to protect the most unique and captivating woman he's ever met by going undercover as her lover. He finds himself locked in a relentless game of cat and mouse with an elusive and violent psychopath, while battling his temptation for the alluring woman he's charged to protect with his life. As the fatalities continue to mount, so does the intensity of his desire for a woman who should be forbidden, but is determined to dial up the heat.

International bestselling author Kerrigan Byrne laces dangerous, edgy content with palette-cleansing humor in this sexy, character-driven series debut that will leave you wondering... Is there such a thing as A Righteous Kill?

Editorial Reviews


#1 Romantic Suspense
Amazon Top 100 Author
Amazon Hot New Release Bestseller

"This romantic suspense worked so well for me... The author sets up many characters that could be the serial killer, keeping you guessing the whole time.  A great heroine -- smart and funny. She brings in a lighter tone to an otherwise darker book. She made me laugh and smile throughout the entire story... sexual tension is off the charts and done so well... And even better, Hero has a lot of overprotective, alpha brothers who I think will all get books. Definitely looking forward to more in this series."  ~USA Today Review

"Kerrigan Byrne pens stories that are intense and captivating with characters that you can't help falling in love with
." ~ USA Today Bestselling Author Tiffinie Helmer 

"From the moment, I started reading A Righteous Kill, Kerrigan Byrne immediately grabbed my attention and made me NEED read on right until the very end! Twist after twist, Ms. Kerrigan weaves together a devastatingly incredible mystery...
 ~Sugar and Spice Reviews

 "I gave this a FOUR AND A HALF OUT OF FIVE STARS!! That's right, this book was wonderful and well written. A true masterpiece!
 Marcie,  Tempting Reads Review

From the Author

If you're anything like me, the best night is one spent with a brawny Highlander, a mysterious Celtic Shapeshifter, or a hot-headed Irish Lord.  My books span the spectrum of romantic fiction from sweeping historical, to paranormal, to suspense. Though I will always promise my reader one thing,
Memorable and sexy Celtic heroes who are guaranteed to heat your blood before they steal your heart.  Lose yourself in the enchanted Celtic Isles. You never know who, or what, will find you...

Go Raibh Maith Agat! 

(Many Thanks)

Product Details

  • File Size: 640 KB
  • Print Length: 394 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615910661
  • Publisher: Ardent Publishing; 1 edition (July 1, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G76ORX2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,163 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars That's a good thing! October 28, 2013
By 4fun
Format:Kindle Edition
Let me start out by saying this book was different from any other romantic suspense book I've read. And that's a good thing. Hero, the main character and young lady who escaped certain death at the hands of a serial killer, was not written as the typical lost soul, scared of her own shadow, needing a man for her recovery, heroine you usually read in these type of stories. Luca, one of the FBI agents assigned to protect her, was not perfect. Sure he was easy on the eyes, but he had his own psychological and emotional stew simmering beneath the surface. And he focused way too much on the quality of his shoes. I liked that! I mean come on! A man who's into expensive perfect fitting shoes, who's an attractive, and dangerous Latin lover to boot!? I call PERFECTION!! But seriously, this was a very well written book, with a story that grabbed you and wouldn't let you go until the disturbing end. The humorous banter intertwined within the characters had me LOL more than once and highlighting so many passages on my Kindle it now looks dangerously close to one of my graded reports returned to me from back in my high school days! The secondary characters had as much charisma as the main ones and I hope the author continues this into a full series with a separate book for each of Hero's brothers. For now I'm happy to know at least there's another book in the works and I'll get to see more of Vince, Luca's FBI partner.

Well played, Ms. Byrne. Well played.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish it never ended! October 28, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I've been a fan of Kerrigan Byrne since I first read Unspoken. I was hesitant about reading a romantic suspense because her Highlander Historicals were so amazing. But let me tell you... I wasn't disappointed. A Righteous Kill had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. But what surprised me the most is how often I laughed as well. The hilarious banter between the hero and heroine had me gasping for breath almost as often as the steamy parts did. And let me just say... Oh. Wow. Seriously, this is one book that should NOT be missed!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A righteous read! October 28, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
As someone who is continually fascinated by the history and development of Catholicism, this book was a tasty meal for my mind to devour. I started reading on Saturday afternoon, read all the way through and finished it Monday morning. The author's use of language, and witty banter between the characters made it a wonderfully easy read. Of all the female main characters I have read, Hero is one of my favorites. Her attitude, and her outlook of the world made it easy to relate to her, and her spunky wit in contrast to the uber severe FBI agent found in Luca made their relationship pop off the page.

I cannot praise this book enough. If you like action, with many twists and turns; this is an ideal example. It is like a roller coaster for the mind. The author takes you into so many different scenarios of how it COULD end, that by the time you reach the ending, there is still the shock and surprise that makes it enjoyable. Not predictable at all.

I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys suspense, with a romantic overtone. Two enthusiastic thumbs up!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can I give it six stars? October 28, 2013
By Cyndi
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm wishing I had more than five stars to give this read. I've been an avid fan of Byrne's since I stumbled upon her Highland Historical novellas, and have devoured every word she writes. When I heard she'd be releasing a contemporary thriller, I couldn't wait to see what she'd do with it. All I can say is...WOW. This book has all the poetic prose I've come to love from Byrne, and doesn't sacrifice one whit of the heat she brings to all her heroes and heroines. I fell in love with Luca and Hero from the start. An un-put-downable page turner from beginning to end!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping suspense! October 27, 2013
By Cindy
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Whether Kerrigan Byrne is writing a highland historical romance or a contemporary romantic suspense, she knows how to create an entertaining tale. In A Righteous Kill, she's masterfully woven chilling scenes, sexy characters and funny moments into a very compelling story. I would recommend this book to everyone who loves a thrilling ride.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I have found a new author to follow November 2, 2013
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I am new to this author and I wonder how I could have missed her previous books. This is a funny, scary mystery packed full of funky characters and hot guys. The sexual tension between Hero & Luca is enough to drive the reader crazy, the suspense level is off the charts, and the humorous exchanges between the characters will have you laughing out loud. I was hooked from the very beginning of this book. This is an awesome romantic mystery with many twists & turns. The epilogue is actually the perfect set up for the next book in this new series. I highly recommend this book; and I will be reading more of this author's work.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding murder mystery November 2, 2013
By LSmith
Format:Kindle Edition

A serial killer is still out there with a media-given nickname due to the nature of his killings. One woman who was meant to die survives and is rescued. Two FBI agents are assigned to protect her. There is an attraction and chemistry between one of the agents and the woman. In the meantime, there are more deaths, more clues and a frantic race against time before she becomes a victim again.

If this sounds familiar, it should be to avid readers of mysteries. Many of these elements are in many of these types of stories. However, Kerrigan Byrne manages to take all of these elements, add a few other characteristics to the story and the characters, and produce a novel that is a superb work of mystery, murder, romance, sex and even humor.

Dubbed “John the Baptist”, a killer has wreaked havoc by killing several women, most of whom were prostitutes and all of whom are redheads, and leaving cryptic clues. One woman, Hero Katrova-Connor, who was not a prostitute but instead an artist, was meant to be a victim but survived. When two FBI agents, Luca Ramirez and Vince, are assigned to protect her as well as continue the investigation, the story gets better.

The reader will learn about Hero’s family with many idiosyncrasies. Hero herself has them as well and the names of most of the family members have a Shakespeare quality. This trait is not unexpected from this author, as Ms. Byrne has become a best-selling author with here Highlander romance books. She takes some of the traits from those stories and applies them here in her first mystery novel. These add to the story for not only introducing wonderful characters, such as Hero’s brother who is also an agent. The character development that I enjoy in Ms. Byrne’s books is at its best here.
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2.0 out of 5 stars More tawdry romance novel than thriller
When I bought this audio book, I was expecting a suspenseful police thriller, not a tawdry romance novel. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Alaskana
4.0 out of 5 stars Great new series
I didn't realize until the end that I was going to be dragged into another series, but here we are. And I can't wait until the next one. Read more
Published 2 months ago by shopzilla
5.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely loved this book
I absolutely loved this book. The interactions between the characters were great and I read it all in one sitting! The only problem is I really want the next one right now! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Cbust25
3.0 out of 5 stars Just OK for me..
Jane said: "I liked the William Shakespeare quotes at the beginning of each chapter. But they were unrelated to what was happening. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Trish R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it had me fooled I thought it was some one else that did it. Brutus et to Brutus
Published 5 months ago by Curtis Watkins
5.0 out of 5 stars I had not read anything by Kerrigan Byrne, but ...
I had not read anything by Kerrigan Byrne, but after reading this book, she will be on my must read list.
Published 6 months ago by June B Rodgers
5.0 out of 5 stars OMG
I can't believe she could out do herself but she has with this book!!!!!
Published 7 months ago by kathy evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Kerrigan knocked this one out of the park!
Wow! This has to be 'THEE' best book I've read in awhile. If the spine tingling creepiness of JTB doesn't keep you up at night, the smoldering heatwave between Luca and Hero... Read more
Published 8 months ago by American Girl!
5.0 out of 5 stars great Book
I loved this book, it is very well written and the characters are easy to like . You actually feel that you are in the book the way the author writes the dialog.
Published 8 months ago by Coop
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
Completely hooked!! I just could not stop reading this book!!! And I can't wait to read what will happen next!
Published 8 months ago by Vanessa Diaz
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More About the Author

Kerrigan has done many things to pay the bills, from law enforcement to belly dance instructor. Now she's finally able to have the career she'd decided upon at thirteen when she announced to her very skeptical family that she was going to "grow up to be a romance novelist." Whether she's writing about Celtic Druids, Victorian bad boys, or brash Irish FBI Agents, Kerrigan uses her borderline-obsessive passion for history, her extensive Celtic ancestry, and her love of Shakespeare in almost every story.

She lives at the base of the Rocky Mountains with her handsome husband and three lovely teenage girls, but dreams of settling on the Pacific Coast.

Kerrigan loves to hear from her readers! To contact her or learn more about her books, please visit her sites:!/kerrigan.byrne.9

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