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5+ stars for Key to the Past by Judy Kentrus #romanticsuspense #romance #bookreview

Title: Key to the Past (Book 2 in the Key Series)

Author: Judy Kentrus

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Book Blurb:

Virginia Hennypenny has worked hard to prove she could fit into a man’s world, running her construction company. Her well-ordered life is shaken when she receives a key with an accompanying riddle for her birthday from Margie, her late, eccentric grandmother.

The key to the past isn’t always pleasant, but the mystery must be solved to prove one’s innocence. Even if you can’t hold the answer in your hand, it can be right in front of you. The slow hand may not be yours, but your heart will recognize the treasure of love it will hold.

Does the key open a door or a box, or is it a symbol for something? Her older sister Matilda faced the same questions. Virginia has two months to solve the riddle until her next sister’s birthday.

Stuart Anderson takes pride in running his construction and restoration company. He was given a mind-controlled prosthetic hand after losing a hand in Afghanistan when an IUD went off.

When the historical society announces the restoration of one of Beacon Pointe’s most historical but haunted locations, he submits a bid. Stu anticipated Virginia Hennypenny would be his competition. They’ve been butting heads since high school. They have to get beyond their competitive streak when they’re forced to work together. When bodies are discovered in the walls, they’ll need the supernatural’s help to solve the murders.

My Review:

Can Virginia find her future through the key to the past? I love a romantic suspense that features supernatural elements. Key to the Past is an emotional, riveting book I couldn’t put down. The characters are reason alone to read this book, but the mystery and world-building combine to make Key to the Past an unputdownable read.

It starts with the world-building. In a series like this one, it’s imperative to have consistency and continuity throughout each book. Judy Kentrus has taken great care to make sure the world-building is consistent with book one. Every character, every plot arc, every scene is expertly written. The details are realistic, even the supernatural elements. I found myself being drawn into the story the more I read.

The characters add so much to this story, and I connected with all of them. Stu and Vinny are rivals since high school but have hidden feelings for each other. I love this dynamic because even before they fell in love, they took care of each other. They challenge each other, sure, but it only fuels the passion.

The plot has many layers but each layer weaves together to create an outstanding romantic suspense. The plot progression is paced perfectly with the right balance of emotional tension and romance. I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

My Rating: 5+ stars

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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. 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 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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