Keeping 6 is the second book that I have read by Freya Barker. This time it’s a romantic suspense. It’s not a genre I read a lot of, so it was interesting to see if I would enjoy it. If you want to know my thoughts about this book, keep on reading!
Title: Keeping 6
Series: Rock Point Series #1
Author: Freya Barker
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: May 2, 2018
Bookstore owner Kerry Emerson finally seems to be back in control of her life. Her failure of a marriage firmly in her rearview mirror and her recent business expansion a success, she is in charge of her own future. One that is looking better than ever.
The sight of the tall man, with the familiar salt and pepper goatee pushing open the door of her store, sets her hair on end. He doesn’t exactly bring good memories.
FBI Special Agent in Charge, Damian Gomez, is just looking for a decent cup of coffee when he walks into the small store offering books and brew. The pretty, feisty woman behind the counter is an unexpected surprise. Not at all unpleasant, especially since her finger that used to hold a wedding ring is now bare.
Her wild hair, boho style and silvery grey eyes suddenly hold a lot of promise. But when his office is pulled into an international investigation into the trafficking of rare books and manuscripts, the straight-laced SAC realizes he has to keep his distance from the woman who might well be involved.
Easier said than done, since fate seems determined to throw them together.
Cover The cover is really unique. There haven’t been many books that have so many elements put together on its cover. I have to say that this doesn’t give me a lot of clues to figure out what the book is about, besides the FBI. Keeping 6’s cover does make me curious though.
Plot Keeping 6 is the second book by Freya Barker that I have read. A Change of View was my first read from this author. I highly enjoyed it, so I had to check out more. Keeping 6 is the first book in a new romantic suspense series, Rock Point. Romantic suspense isn’t a genre I’ve read a lot of so I was really curious. Keeping 6 started off exciting, a kidnap and the aftermath of it. Fast forward a few years and the detective from that kidnapping runs into the woman who was kidnapped at her bookstore. This detail made me connect to the book even more, haha. As a major bookworm, owning a bookstore would be a major dream. While some things in this book were predictable, it also kept me guessing. I had to keep reading, because I wanted to know who was causing all the problems for Kerry. She goes through so much, but all she keeps thinking about are her friends and bookstore. Damian is in charge of the investigation she finds herself involved in. At first I really didn’t like him. He’s too full of himself and I didn’t like how he took charge of the situation at times. Especially how fast he kind of just threw himself at Kerry. I get the whole romance between them, but I would’ve liked to see more of a buildup. That was lacking in this story. In the end, I did enjoy them together and I can’t wait to see how this series continues. Besides romance, I liked that this author also gave us a mystery to solve. I love this take on a typical romance story.
Characters Kerry has come a long way. Being kidnapped really woke her up and made her realize the marriage she was in wasn’t for her. After saving money she was finally able to open the bookstore she always dreamed of. It was going so well, she was even able to open a second store. I connected with Kerry right away when it came to her love of books. Kerry is a strong woman and is in control of her own life. This makes it hard for her when things start happening at her bookstore and her car in run off of the road. All she is worried about is her friends. Kerry is her own woman, but I liked that during this story she started being okay with people helping her. She realized even though she was getting help, that didn’t mean Kerry wasn’t independent.
Damian really annoyed me, haha. He was so arrogant and thought he was the greatest thing there was. During this book we got a better look at what was really going on in his head. It’s not that Damian didn’t want to settle down, but just couldn’t go there. Seeing what happens to spouses when they lose their husband in the line of duty makes it hard for him to want to settle down. Damian may be a jerk, but he does everything he can for the people he cares for. I think it even surprised him when he realized what he was willing to do for Kerry. In the end, he won me over.
Freya Barker loves writing about ordinary people with extraordinary stories.
Driven to make her books about ‘real’ people; with characters who are perhaps less than perfect, but just as deserving of romance, thrills and chills, and some hot, sizzling sex in their lives.
A recipient of the RomCon “Reader’s Choice” Award for best first book, “Slim To None”, and Finalist for the Kindle Book Award with “From Dust”, Freya has not slowed down.
She continues to add to her rapidly growing collection of published novels as she spins story after story with an endless supply of bruised and dented characters, vying for attention!
Freya Barker knows how to mix romance and suspense quite while. I wonder who the next book will be about. Have you read anything by Freya Barker? What book should I read next?