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Peek Inside Betrayed by a Kiss

Marnie Somerville is sure Dane MacLain is just another bad guy. Her job as resident investigator at Whitman Enterprises is to track down the owners of delinquent accounts, but something about Dane’s case is off. The secret files and cover-up she finds after hacking her boss’s computer have her fleeing her former employer...right into Dane’s arms

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Marnie Somerville is sure Dane MacLain is just another bad guy. Her job as resident investigator at Whitman Enterprises is to track down the owners of delinquent accounts, but something about Dane’s case is off, and Marnie can’t resist a good mystery. The secret files and cover-up she finds after hacking her boss’s computer are more than she expected, and now she’s fleeing her former employer...right into Dane’s arms.

Former detective Dane MacLain has spent the last year gathering intel against Whitman Enterprises, the company he believes is responsible for his wife’s death. When a beautiful and intense woman shows up with information, Dane is willing to accept all she has to offer, especially when the help comes in such a sexy package. Caught in a deadly cat-and-mouse chase, Dane must do everything he can to protect Marnie as they run for their lives.

The An Unlikely Hero series is best enjoyed in order:
Reading order:
Book #1 - Betrayed by a Kiss
Book #2 - Tempted by a Touch
Book #3 – Seduced by Sin


"Wow! I love this book!" ~Karla Andrews, Goodreads review

"This book was awesome and had you entranced until the very last page." ~Teresa Martinson Jensen, Goodreads review

"If you enjoy fast paced romantic suspense, you will love this book." ~Linda Quick, Goodreads review

"I'm always on the lookout for a sexy romantic suspense read and THAT is EXACTLY what I got with Betrayed By a Kiss." ~Kathleen, Goodreads review

"I'm so glad I gave this book and new to me author a try. Would I read more of Kris Rafferty's books in the future? HELL YEAH I WILL!!!" ~Kathleen, Goodreads review (same reviewer as above)"
There was action, suspense, surprising betrayals, family, and love...Would I read from this author again? Most definitely!" ~Reviews and Random Thoughts

"The plot was amazing and had me hooked from the start." ~Reviews and Random Thoughts (same reviewer as above)
"I love kick-ass strong female heroines, and this story provided one..." ~Elaine Gore, NetGalley review

"Wow. I was literally biting my nails through this whole story! It's on edge, dangerous & heart racing! Everything that I love in a book!" ~Lauren Townley, NetGalley review

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633757349
Series: An Unlikely Hero, Book 1
Release Date: Aug 29, 2016
Page Count: 270
Imprint: amara next
Genre: law enforcement/firemen, mystery & suspense, romantic suspense
Tropes: bodyguard/protector, redemption

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By Kathleen August 11, 2016

Release date, August 29th 2016

Story Rating ~ 4 Stars!
Hero Rating ~ 5 Stars!
Heroine Rating ~ 5 Stars!
Romance Rating ~ 4 Stars!
Heat Level ~ 3.5 Stars!
Action Level ~ 4 Stars!
Ending ~ 4 Stars!
Overall Rating ~ 5 Stars!

I’m always on the lookout for a sexy romantic suspense read and THAT is EXACTLY what I ...more

By Natalie August 13, 2016

If you're looking for a great suspenseful read, this may be the book for you.

The plot was amazing and had me hooked from the start. Marnie was a reforming 'criminal' and experienced hacker for Whitman Enterprises (WE), tasked with investigating delinquent accounts. Her latest project was Dane MacLai ...more

By Mellena August 24, 2016

Betrayed By a Kiss is a book where I expected one thing and got something so much better! It blew my socks off! I LOVED Marnie! If I could turn fictional characters to life and were gay I would totally marry her. She was THAT awesome. She was so kick ass that I wanted to be her and was so into Dane ...more

By Elaine August 29, 2016

This is an action packed suspense, a real page turner that I just didn’t want to put down until I’d finished it. You are immersed into the action from the very first page, with car chases, treks through the wilderness, lethal gunmen and so much more.

At the heart of the story is Dane MacLain, an ex-d ...more

By Kim August 02, 2016

This is a non stop action packed romance. The first paragraph starts out with action all the way until the last chapter. Marine has had to look out for herself since she was five. She doesn't know how to depend on anyone else. Dane is hoping she'll learn to with him. Dane wants to find his wife's ki ...more

By Karla August 05, 2016

Wow! I love this book! It kept me on my toes. Who really killed Danes wife? Will marnie make it out alive? Will Elizabeth talk? Filled with alot of suspense.
A must read! ...more

By Elizabeth August 29, 2016

**3.5 Stars**

Marnie, a reformed hacker turned investigator for Whitman Enterprises, has been working a case for two months that just seems off. As she can't resist a mystery, she decides to do a little digging on her boss's computer. She never expected the truth she would uncover, nor that she'd be ...more

By books are love September 07, 2016

Received in exchange for a honest review.

Dane is amazeballs. How protective he is of his daughter and sister wow. And when Marnie comes into the picture and he just brings her into his world and trusts her implicitly is wonderful.

I felt for Marnie. She thought she was going legit and finds out that ...more

By Jennifer September 01, 2016

Marnie Somerville loves her job as the resident investigator at Whitman Enterprises, because she gets to use her skills tracking down the owners of delinquent accounts. She's never had questions about any of the cases that come across her desk, until she is working on the MacLain file. Marnie loves ...more

By Teresa August 17, 2016

**I received a copy of Betrayed by a Kiss from Entangled Publishing and Net Galley in exchange for an honest review**

Betrayed by a Kiss is my first time reading Kris Rafferty and I have to say that the aura of mystery and non stop action is very good. The book will have you turning pages just to fin ...more

By Jessica September 19, 2016

Holy romantic suspense - Betrayed by Kiss kept me on my toes!! I was devouring chapter after chapter because there was never a spot where I could stop reading. I had to see what happened next for the main couple. I loved it.

The book starts with a bang and doesn't seriously let up until the very last ...more

By Arec May 31, 2017

Wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about this book. I normally don’t go for contemporary, especially with a suspense/thriller aspect to it. But I was pleasantly surprised by the novel. I enjoyed the author’s style and storytelling. It’s been a long time since I enjoyed a hero such as hers and the ...more

By Vivian April 06, 2018

I enjoyed this latest book written by this author very much. She knows how to pull you in immediately from the very beginning. It starts out with action which makes it very difficult to put it down. Parts of it actually had me sitting on the edge of my seat. When she was at Whitman Enterprisers and ...more

By Patricia August 30, 2016

Lighter than most books I read but no less enjoyable.

A great paced romantic/suspense book that captivated from the start.
Marnie Somerville is a fantastic heroine with smarts that just compelled me to keep reading.
Detective Dane MacLain was another character with intelligence to go along with his se ...more

By Jennifer April 22, 2017

Betrayed by a Kiss by (Ebook) This book starts out with a huge bang. Hacker Marnie races to save a retired cop after finding out that her former boss has put a price on his head. The beginning of this book really drew me in. Marnie was hired for her hacker skills to find out information about her bo ...more

By Teri November 19, 2017

OK I don't know what part of this book made me have the warm brown fuzzies about the characters, the fact that she was a street kid who made good AND a freaking nerd whoop whoop as a nerd myself she did me proud. The fact that my girl was all over it and had "people"!?!?! I loved her strength and in ...more

By Mercedes Salvador-McClellan September 06, 2020

Moving forward

Marnie haven't had an easy life but she was a survivor at heart. Dane lost his wife, his job, and almost lost his daughter. He wanted to destroy those that hurt him. Fate put Marnie in his path. They worked together to eliminate the evil threatening their lives and those they love. Wil ...more

By Jackie September 06, 2020


So many twists and turns. I liked the book but almost feel like I’m lost with lots of questions. I like Caleb and want a happy ending for him. Although a bad guy by profession he is really a good one. I like Dane and marnie together they are adorable. Looking forward to next books. ...more

By A_Friend September 27, 2020

Betrayed by a Kiss

Awesome read, characters and storyline! Got into this book from the first page. So much to figure out. Ex-cop trying to find the murderer of his wife and the kidnapping of his daughter. With help from someone who had an unknowing hand in it, helps get the guys. Family togetherness ...more

By Wendi September 26, 2020


Kept me interested. I did not want to put it down. Characters were interesting and complicated. Would highly recommend reading this book. ...more

By Carmen August 06, 2017

I loved this story!

Marnie and Dane made an amazing RS couple. From beginning to end, I was hooked.


By Pamela September 10, 2020

Mystery and drama

She is a computer hacker who finds some evidence her employer is a crook. A killer is on the loose and there is a cover-up by the cops. Surprised along the way - of course. Nice ending. ...more

By Sandra August 09, 2016

I received a free copy via Netgalley in return for an honest review.

3.5 stars - rounded up because the heroine Marnie was pretty damn awesome. this is an enjoyable, fast-paced and action packed romantic suspense.

After a very rough childhood and past as a grifter and hacker Marnie works for Whitman ...more

By Brigitte February 06, 2017

Dane was a detective until there was a family tragedy which subsequently led to his retirement. He is convinced that his wife's murderer is still on the loose and is determined to obtain the proofs. It's a difficult task as he is always finding obstacles in his way.

Marnie is computer geek who is ve ...more

By Samantha September 06, 2016

*4.5 Stars Rounded Up

This is a book that you will be unable to put down!

It starts out with our leading lady, Marnie, in the middle of a chase, and even the very first sentence catches your attention (Kris Rafferty certainly has a way with words!). She is a badass tech girl that is rough around the e ...more

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Kris Rafferty

About the author

Kris Rafferty

Kris Rafferty was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the youngest of four in a rambunctious Irish-American family. She became obsessed with books early on, and remembers her first library adventure. She wrote her first story when she was six and never stopped. She received her BA at U/Mass Boston, married the love of her life, has three perfect children, and earned her third degree black belt in Parker American Kenpo Karate. She plays classical piano, loves road trips, and is a fanatic for warm water ocean. If she's not writing, she's reading all sorts of romance. Ms. Rafferty lives happily ever after in North Carolina, writing.

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