Smoke and Mirrors – Review

Smoke and Mirrors by Taylor Anne
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Smoke and Mirrors

Series:  Up In Smoke Series

by Taylor Anne

Release Date: May 2016



Drug deal and Murder: In her fight for justice, Abby Monroe is forced to flee to protect herself and her family, seeking out the only man she’s ever fully trusted. Seeing him again threatens not only her safety, but her heart as well.

Injuries and Betrayal: After a close call with death, Graeme Tucker made some changes. No women, no danger. Just him and his beach bar. Until Abby shows up asking for his help and twisting his heart.
Lies and Deception: As Graeme and Abby struggle to stop a gang of ruthless criminals, old flames are rekindled. But all is not as it seems. Will Graeme stand by his word to protect Abby, or does he have a sinister agenda of his own?

Smoke and Mirrors is the first book in the Up in Smoke series by Taylor Anne.  This story is suspenseful with a fun mixture of romance and thrills. The plot is like many other romantic suspense stories, but I became engrossed much quicker than other similar stories.  There was a lot of twists and turns and was completely surprised with the ending.  

The story begins with Abby hiding out at her Uncle’s beach house while waiting to testify for a crime she witnessed.   She hopes Graeme, who she had a one night stand with at her cousin’s wedding, will help protect her. Even though that night was seven years ago, both Graeme and Abby can’t forget each other.  Graeme  owns a bar on the beach right down from where Abby is staying.  He is enjoying his life since he left the business of protecting people.  What will happen with Graeme sees Abby for the first time in seven years?  Will he be willing to help Abby? 

This story contains a lot of thrilling twists and turns and it is a fun and exciting read! A definite add to your TBR list!

Hello and Welcome! I am a romance author, leaning more to the suspense side. I enjoy the challenge of getting my characters stories on paper. Sometimes they want to argue – and they usually win. It doesn’t matter who wins that battle as long as they help me write the best story for you! I bring you romance and life that is comfy, cozy, and always fun!

I live in Southwest Louisiana with my husband. Our combined family consists of two daughters and two sons – and growing with in-laws and grandbabies. I love spending time with family and friends, relaxing on the beach, cuddling with my cat (Oscar), sipping on a glass of wine, and bringing happiness and smiles to others.

I am a member of Romance Writers of America and Bayou Writers Group. Please visit my website or  email me at subscribe to my newsletter for more fun at
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Rating Report
Amount of sex
3 / 5
How explicit
2 / 5
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Overall: 4 / 5