The Secrets That Shape Us (paperback) by W. L. Brooks

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  • The McKay Series Book 2

    After uncovering a devastating secret, Casey McKay left her beloved home town and pretended not to look back. For years, the truth her sisters hid from her has kept her away. Now, in desperate need of Casey’s help, her sisters have hired a PI to find her.

    As a private investigator, Ryan Keller is used to getting into sticky situations, but nothing could have prepared him for the likes of Ms. McKay. Unable to resist her appeal for help, Ryan returns with her to Blue Creek. Little do they know they are walking right into a deadly plot to destroy the McKay sisters.

    The closer they get to the truth, the harder it is for them to resist temptation. But succumbing to their desires puts Ryan in the crosshairs of a vengeful foe. To save them, Casey must face her past and the secrets that have shaped her.

    Rating: Spicy
    Page Count: 298
    Word Count: 71979
    978-1-5092-2210-0 Paperback
    978-1-5092-2211-7 Digital


    Chapter One


    His brother was a dead man. He was going to die a slow and painful death. And, for good measure, Ryan Keller would even throw in a nice long lecture on the merits of responsibility.

    Ryan had asked his older brother to do him a small favor. Though, technically, it wasn’t even a favor he was asking for. No, he was asking Jake to do his damn job! He should have known better. Jake had always been a loose cannon, never playing by the rules, and doing what he wanted when he wanted.

    Must be nice, not having any real responsibilities or anyone to answer to. He had simply asked his brother to meet with a prospective client. When was the last time he’d asked him to do anything? Jake had dropped the ball, and now Ryan had to fix it—again.

    The Keller brothers owned a private detective agency called Sleuths, and even though Jake was consistently absent, they were doing quite well. Ryan shook his head. If he hadn’t been finishing up another case, he would have taken the meeting himself and been spared the drama, but he had been right in the thick of things when the woman called.

    What was her first name? Ryan drummed his fingers against the steering wheel. Alexandra. That was it. Alexandra McKay had heard about their agency from a guest staying at her bed and breakfast. Usually he did a thorough background on new clients, but he’d been previously engaged and hadn’t had the time; he was going into this with less information than normal.

    What he did know was that Ms. McKay owned and operated a bed and breakfast in the small town of Blue Creek. She needed to find someone and had called their agency for assistance. Which was all well and good, but Ryan had made the mistake of asking Jake to go in his stead.

    He didn’t know why he had been surprised when he received a phone call from Ms. McKay—a displeased Ms. McKay. She had informed him Jake had not only missed the meeting but also hadn’t called to let her know he wasn’t coming. She’d reminded Ryan it was bad business practice not to meet with potential clients, not to mention rude.

    Now here he was driving to the mountains of North Carolina to see Ms. McKay. She had been more than understanding about the situation with his brother, but she hadn’t been as forthcoming with information pertinent to her own case. In fact, she’d been downright evasive, which was strange, but he wouldn’t complain. He was thankful she was giving Sleuths another chance. In his line of work, reputation was key, and he had assured her he would be there and be prompt.

    Ryan passed the Welcome to Blue Creek sign around noon. He had an hour and a half to spare before he was scheduled to meet Ms. McKay, so he decided to stop for a bite to eat. He drove around the town square, and two things caught his attention: two buildings, standing side by side, with the same name.


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