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Edge of Truth — out in June

“A breathtaking romantic thriller. The characters are so real they leap off the page, the love story is hot and the action never lets up. I couldn’t put it down.” – New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards

“Edge of Truth has it all — danger, desire, and heart-pounding action. Brynn Kelly captures you on page one and doesn’t let go!” – New York Times bestselling author Laura Griffin

“Dark and deep — a twisting romantic suspense that will grab you and never let go” – New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden

Tensions sizzle in this electrifying novel guaranteed to capture your heart and take your breath away. Fans of Julie Garwood, Suzanne Brockmann and Jayne Ann Krentz will devour this action-packed, emotionally stunning tour de force, where every page reveals another damning secret and daring gamble.

Rotting in an African dungeon is the last place journalist Tess Newell expected to find herself. Held hostage by the terrorist group she’s investigating, Tess’s salvation—and temptation—arrives in the form of another prisoner. A French Foreign Legionnaire with a sinful smile and too many secrets to be anything but dangerous. Yet she knows he’s her only hope of surviving.

The Legion is the only family Flynn has. His sanctuary and his purgatory, after years spent in hell. When a mission goes south and Flynn is captured, it’s not the enemy that worries him, but the brazen, alluring reporter whose prying questions threaten to bring down his world—and the walls he’s built around his heart.

Yet after a daring escape, Flynn must risk it all and go on the run with Tess to retrieve the evidence she needs. The chemistry between them threatens to detonate but, with the enemy fast closing in, time is running out to unravel the truth from the lies in this deadly conspiracy...


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Deception Island

“A taut romantic thriller readers won’t want to put down” – Library Journal, starred review

A Booklist Top 10 romance debut

“nonstop action and romantic tension sizzle” – publishers weekly



“Everything I love in a romance” – Heather Graham


“a raw, dark, emotional novel” – Kat Martin

“Romantic suspense at its best” – Carla Neggers

“A keeper” – Cindy Gerard

Rafe Angelito thought he was done with the demons from his past—until his son is kidnapped. Blackmailed into abducting an American heiress, the Legionnaire soon finds himself trapped in paradise with a fiery, daring beauty who’s nothing he expects … and everything he desires. But when he uncovers her own dark secret, Rafe realizes he’s made a critical mistake—one that could cost him everything.

Mass-market paperback out February 28 — preorder now

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A raw, dark, emotional novel of danger and intrigue that will keep readers turning the pages. | Kidnappings and pirates and romance — oh my! Brynn Kelly’s fresh new voice is sure to become a mainstay among romantic suspense aficionados! Deception Island is a keeper. | Deception Island is the perfect book for someone searching for a hero with a dark past, enough passion for any woman’s deepest desires, and an amazing code of honor. The story, and the heroine with a wild heart and a fierceness to match, make this one you’ll never forget. | Intense and exciting, Brynn Kelly’s Deception Island is romantic suspense at its best!

Kat Martin, New York Times bestselling author | Cindy Gerard, New York Times bestselling author | Sharon Sala, New York Times bestselling author | Carla Neggers, New York Times bestselling author


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Captivating and cutting edge! Deception Island offers smoldering chemistry, cunning twists, and a whole lot of heart. Brynn Kelly delivers everything I love in a romance. | Sexual tension, mystery, and danger crackle off every page! | Nothing short of brilliant. Crisp fresh writing, unforgettable characters, delicious plot twists. Brynn Kelly is my new favorite author.

Heather Graham, New York Times bestselling author | Laura Kaye, New York Times bestselling author | Lena Diaz, award-winning author

About Brynn

“The romantic suspense genre just got a hot new talent” – RT Book Reviews

After an award-winning twenty-year career as a journalist, Brynn Kelly has abandoned fact in favor of her first love, fiction.

She’s delighted that she gets to spend her days in a bubble of delicious words and fiendish plots, turning all those stranger-than-fiction news reports into larger-than-life romantic thrillers for HQN Books, a Harlequin/HarperCollins imprint.

Brynn has a journalism and communications degree and has won several prestigious writing awards, including the Valerie Parv Award and Pacific Hearts Award. Her acclaimed debut novel, Deception Island, was nominated for a Golden Heart Award® by Romance Writers of America. She’s also the bestselling author of four nonfiction books in her native New Zealand, and a mother of two.

In her (guffaw) spare time, she murders Italian arias studies classical singing, indulges her theatre geek tendencies, and doesn’t do nearly as much yoga as she should.

She is working on a third novel and a novella in the Legionnaires series, to be published in 2018.

Represented by Nalini Akolekar of Spencerhill Associates.

What. A. Ride. Deception Island held me in its clutches from the very start. From the ambitious storyline to the well-crafted characters, this debut novel speaks of a promising future in fiction for author Brynn Kelly. | Rough, raw and real, with a storyline that hypnotized me and some of the best character development I’ve had the fortune of reading. | A brilliant thriller that will have you begging for more. The plot is a maze of surprising and harrowing twists and turns that lead to a dynamic conclusion. | An unforgettable premiere. | A smashing debut! This pulse-pounding romance will leave you breathless and aching for more. | Surprising twists and turns, coupled with strong, dynamic characters, makes this one a pleasure to devour. | Non-stop suspense and desire. | A wildly suspenseful tale of peril and love.

Harlequin Junkie | The Romance Reviews | Fresh Fiction | Debbie Haupt, The Reading Frenzy | Miranda, Joyfully Reviewed | Val, StuckInBooks.com | Jane Bowers, Romance Reviews Today | Booklist


Deception island

Time to get this over with. Rafe Angelito signaled his two crewmen. They pushed the RIB off the beach and leapt in, the scrape of the hull on pebbles the only sound in the moonlit bay. As he'd predicted, the American had brought her yacht closer to shore than usual for the night, to shelter from the trade winds belting through the Indian Ocean.

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Edge of Truth

Tess clutched the bare mattress and gulped a lungful of stale air, her heart jackhammering against her ribs. A nightmare? No - men were shouting, outside. She widened her eyes, then squinted. Open, closed, open, closed, it made no difference. Black was black was black. She sat up with a lurch and shuffled back against the damp stone wall to at least get a fix on which way was up.

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