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Peek Inside Slater's Revenge

Mackenzie Baudin is at the top of Coercion Ten’s hit list, and Agent Josh Slater is assigned to protect her. Her penthouse, which is now his domain, is way too small for the both of them.

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After all these years, OPAQUE agent Josh Slater is finally closing in on the crime boss who bought his father for a bank account. But that entails returning to his hometown to protect his boss’s niece -- the only women he ever loved.

Sexy, gorgeous Mackenzie Baudin also happens to be at the top of the organized crime’s hit list. He knows he can never reveal the real reason why he was forced to leave her behind years ago, but he’ll do whatever it takes to gain her trust.

Each book in the Shades of Leverage series is STANDALONE:
* Slater's Revenge
* Dangerous Lies


“What a fantastic read this book is and kept me flipping those pages! The suspense was over the top. Take a bow Miss Claudia, this one knocked my socks off!” –Lori Z., Goodreads

“Wow, this was an action packed romance with an old flame twist. The author does a great job of drawing you in to Mackies love for the hardened Slater.” –At a Glance Book Reviews

“Wow! My first book by Claudia Shelton but not my last! Full of suspense and romance. Loved it!” – Sue H., Goodreads

Edge of your seat action and sexy romance in one fast paced package!” –Erika C., NetGalley

“Fantastic read!  An action packed romantic suspense that kept me on the edge of my seat all the way through.” – Bette H., Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640635449
Series: Shades of Leverage, Book 1
Release Date: Mar 26, 2018
Page Count: 341
Imprint: amara next
Genre: law enforcement/firemen, mystery & suspense, romantic suspense
Tropes: across the tracks, bodyguard/protector, forced proximity, reunited lovers

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By Maria11 March 24, 2018

Action packed with lots of twists and turns. You can’t trust anyone so it seems. Josh and Mackenzie had a past that the.y both haven’t forgotten even though they want the other to not know. MacKenzie is tough and can hold her own. Josh is the brooding hero with issues. Lots of kinda far fetched stuf ...more

By Ayekah March 11, 2018

What a fantastic read this book is and kept me flipping those pages! The suspense was over the top.
Josh Slater is a man of many talents, which you read in the blurb on the book. His boss sends him on a special assignment, one that is the last thing he would ever want in his life. Returning to his ho ...more

By Kelly April 02, 2018

Wow! This….I can’t form the words to explain how good this book is. It is so suspenseful and quite the page turner! Incredibly intense with tons of action and angst between Josh and Macki will keep you turning the pages. Macki is a former vice cop and Josh is part of OPAQUE. Everyone thinks OPAQUE i ...more

By Reading In Pajamas May 30, 2018

✦Review: SLATER’S REVENGE (Shades of Leverage) by Claudia Shelton
Publication Date: March 26, 2018
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna
Rated 4 Stars

I enjoyed this book. It was full of suspenseful danger and a who-done-it mystery that kept you guessin ...more

By Bette March 17, 2018

Fantastic read! An action packed romantic suspense that kept me on the edge of my seat all the way through. This is a new to me author and she definitely gained a new fan with this one. There's a nice easy flow to her writing and the characters are well developed and intriguing. There's so much goin ...more

By Ann L March 29, 2018

Wow, this is a new for me author and I loved this story, it's got action, danger, suspense and was so thrilling it kept me entertained throughout

I received a complimentary copy from Netgalley and I am voluntarily leaving my own honest opinion ...more

By Bec April 01, 2018

OPAQUE agent Josh Slater hasn't seen Mackenzie 'Macki' Boudin in years, but when he's sent to protect her, he knows he has to face the past. However, he knows protecting her won't be easy, especially after the way he left her at a time when she needed him most. Still, he's determined to keep Coercie ...more

By Linda June 15, 2019

Good main characters with a painful history that still hurts them all these years after.

Mackenzie or Macki as Josh calls her is a multi-level successful, fierce woman. She is also someone who does NOT like being told what to do. Her chauffeur Ed mentioned that she got back up every time life knocke ...more

By Nikki June 09, 2019

Finally, read book 1 - I read book 2 initially and managed to confuse myself slightly lol!

Josh has been a government agent for years. He felt that he owed the man who helped him out of his hometown something. Even though he left behind something, or rather someone, very important - Macki. Now the sa ...more

By Teresa March 19, 2018

**I received a copy of Slater's Revenge from Net Galley in exchange for a voluntary and honest review**

Slater's Revenge is the first book by Claudia Shelton that I've read but its actually a continuation of Slater's Leverage by the author. I felt that in order to understand more about Coercion Ten a ...more

By Linda March 27, 2018

Claudia Shelton is one of my favorite romantic suspense authors. I was given an arc copy for an honest review.
Slater's Revenge, was a page turner that kept you guessing who the bad guys were to the very end.
OPAQUE special agent, Josh Slater is assigned to protecting a love interest from his past, Ma ...more

By Miriam March 09, 2018

This is a voluntary review of an advanced copy.

What an action packed book full of intrigue and romance! When Macki's uncle finds out that her life is in danger, he sends her ex-boyfriend and OPAQUE agent, Josh to keep her safe.

Slowly throughout the book, we find out more about their breakup and othe ...more

By Cathy February 28, 2019

I really enjoyed Slater's Revenge. First of all, both the H/h were truly likeable and believable. I'm not a huge fan of second chance romance, but Macki and Josh's back story was realistic, and I found myself wanting them to get back together.

The action in the story was well-drawn. It was like a th ...more

By Mags June 09, 2019

Slater's Revenge was an enjoyable story. That had plenty of suspense and action. As well as an interesting back story between lead characters Josh and Mackenzie (Macki) And I enjoyed how their story developed. Although it lacked something in the romance department if I'm honest. Nevertheless, it was ...more

By Ellen June 10, 2018

Undercover Emotions
Mackenzie (Macki) Baudin, former undercover cop on the Riverfalls, IL police retired after suffering a very personal attack. Now she runs the best hotel in town and supervises charity work. Her uncle, the only family left after her parents died, insists on a high security level an ...more

By Denise March 28, 2018

I was on a roll when I went into this one due to its promise of suspense. I soon found out to this is a second chance romance that adds to the spice. One former cop Mackenzie and agent-protector Josh give you one energizer of a ride in this one once they come together thanks to what is after her. I ...more

By Rebecca February 14, 2019

Keeps your interest

It started off interesting and kept my interest but I had no problem laying it down and coming back to it. Enjoy any book where the female lead is strong and carries a gun. But she needed to be more actively involved and he needed less low points or being hurt so many time. ...more

By poppy August 30, 2018

This was a good action-packed read. It had plenty of twists and turns and I found myself pulled in and hooked from the very start and while I just loved the chemistry between Mackenzie and Slater I did think he was a bit of a jerk at times but I think that had a lot to do with his issues about going ...more

By Tracie June 13, 2019

4.5 Stars The first book in the Shades of Leverage, Slater’s Revenge, is a great start to this series. Action, suspense, an engaging storyline and well developed characters. This is one series based on this book I will be looking forward to reading more of. I would recommend this book to readers. ...more

By T.C.Winters March 08, 2018

Josh and Macki are thrown together when Macki's life is in danger, but their past still burns between them. Slater's Revenge is a fast paced romantic suspense involving dirty cops and special op agents from OPAQUE, a private security group that has secrets of its own. ...more

By Ida September 02, 2019

I really liked this book. Josh and Macki. The action in the book kept me wanting to see what would happen next. ...more

By Lorraine October 25, 2020


This was really a fantastic story. The characters in this book bought the plot of the story together. It was wonderful. ...more

By Sue March 12, 2018

Wow! My first book by Claudia Shelton but not my last! Full of suspense and romance. Loved it! ...more

By Karla March 29, 2018

Wow!! I was on the edge of my couch. And I totally didn’t see that coming. What a great book. Lots of action. Lots of attitude. And add in a touch of sexy scenes. ...more

By Tami March 12, 2018


I didn't bond with the heroine so much, but the action was outstanding in this romantic suspense. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series. ...more

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Claudia Shelton

About the author

Claudia Shelton

Award-winning author Claudia Shelton thought she wrote mainstream when she began writing, but before long, someone told her she sounded more like romance. Then those pesky alpha heroes and the women strong enough to love them, started running through her mind insisting she write their own happily-ever-after. Since then, she's focused on HEA with a splash of suspense or intrigue, becoming a two-time finalist in the Daphne Du Maurier (Unpublished) awards for excellence in mystery and suspense. During her down-time from writing, you'll find her sipping a cup of cocoa in winter's chill or enjoying a drink by the water in summer's heat--either way, she's always enjoying life.

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