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5+ stars for Key to my Heart – Book 1 in Key Series by Judy Kentrus #romanticsuspense #bookreview



Title: Key to my Heart – Book 1 in Key Series

Author: Judy Kentrus

Genre: Romantic Suspense, Later in Life Romance


Book Blurb:


Matilda Hennypenny is content, running her B&B, and raising her three adopted daughters, Faith, Hope and Charity. Life isn’t always kind, having lost her fiancé, under questionable circumstances. Her life changes when she gets a special skeleton key for her birthday, from her late, eccentric grandmother, Margie. Virginia, Ginger, and Irene, her stepsisters, will receive the same special gift in the month of their birthdays. The stipulation is Matilda has to discover what her key opens before Virginia’s birthday in June. The puzzles won’t be solved until the last sister opens her gift. Does the key open a door, or a box, or is it a symbol for something? She has two months to unlock the secret.


Hudson Rhoades has been living a lie for over a year. He’s been staying at Hennypenny’s B&B while working in Beacon Pointe. While dying, Matilda’s fiancé made Hudson swear he’d protect Matilda and her daughters. The people he scammed would go after her. She has the missing key.


Page-turning, romantic suspense.


My Review:


Can Matilda discover what her key opens and solve the puzzle in time? What a beautiful, mysterious romantic suspense. One of the reasons why I love reading Judy Kentrus’ books is her originality. I love a good mystery and this book is chockful of intrigue and clues. The premise is original. The characters will capture your heart. The romance is unexpected and fraught with suspense. I couldn’t stop reading this tale and lost sleep over it.


Let’s start with the world-building. This plot is complex and needs intricate world-building. That’s where Judy Kentrus comes in. She’s built a world that’ll pique any reader’s interest. What does the key open? What is the puzzle? Some of the answers come in this book while others will be revealed in the next books in the series. Compelling and oh so irresistible.


The characters leap from the page and into your heart. I connected with Matilda right away. She’s been through a lot but keeps on living. My heart went out to her many times. Hudson is an enigma character throughout most of the book. I liked him immensely. The other characters are well-written and add depth to the story.


The writing is honest, emotional, and filled with clues. I whipped through the pages the more I got into it. The writing is brilliant with a nice balance of romance, suspense, and mystery.


A great start to a new series, Key to my Heart is a romantic suspense I strongly recommend.


My Rating: 5+ stars


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Download the FREE prequel to the series: One More Night With You



Author Biography:


Judy Kentrus, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, Seasoned Romance, Historical Romance


I’ve always been a romantic at heart and I married my high school sweetheart. I make my home in the Poconos of Pennsylvania. Before I let the dog out, I make sure there aren’t any bears around. I’m a mom with two grown children who have given me six grandchildren.


We love to travel. Many of the places we’ve visited have inspired me to use as a storyline. I never know what will give me an inspiration, but my mind is always working.


When I’m not giving couples their happily-ever-after, you can find me in the kitchen, baking, especially cookies. I’ve been dubbed the cookie queen by my family and friends. You’ll find a new recipe every month on my website.


Want to find out more about my books and what’s coming? Be sure to sign up for my newsletter, via my website. My stories are fun, sexy, romances that will make you laugh, cry, and fall in love.


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Reviewed by: Nancy

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