Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Review Tour for Promises to Keep by Maegan Beaumont

Title: Promises to Keep (Sabrina Vaughn #3)
Author: Maegan Beaumont
Release Date: August 8th 2015
Publisher: Midnight Ink

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For three years, Michael O'Shea has been forced to act as a personal assassin for Livingston Shaw, the cold-blooded puppet master who controls the remote bioweapon implanted in Michael's back. When Shaw offers to release him if he can recover a kidnapped child, Michael works with every ounce of his being to put the pieces together before all the witnesses are murdered.

Meanwhile, police Inspector Sabrina Vaughn--the woman Michael passionately loves but has been kept from seeing--discovers the body of a little boy that bears a striking resemblance to the missing child. Against all his instincts, Michael must draw Sabrina into his life as one of the world's most notorious assassins if he's to overcome the legacy of his bloodthirsty past.

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A fan of mystery, suspense and thrillers, I could not wait to dive into Promises to Keep by Megan Beaumont.  Filled with colorful characters, lots of action and plenty of cringe worthy criminal behavior, this is a book which grabs your attention from the first page.  Although the third book in the Sabrina Vaughn Series, I found that I was able to read and enjoy this on its own.

Ms. Beaumont does a very good job developing the main characters of Michael O’Shea and Sabrina Vaughn right from the start.  A dangerous man with unique skills and the rare ability to kill almost anyone, Michael has been forced into the position of working for one man, Livingston Shaw.  A position he hates and would do almost anything to get out of.  Although the author first introduces Michael as a “gun for hire”, he’s a likeable character and as you get to know him, he’s not quite what you expect.  He started out in the business of killing as a way of getting revenge for what had been done to his family but he’s definitely got a moral code and a soft side he hides.

I also connected with Sabrina easily; she’s smart, a good cop and dedicated to her family.  Just getting back into the homicide department at work, she finds herself drawn into a case involving a dead child.  While it takes a bit longer go get to know Sabrina, she’s also likeable right from the start.  Plus it helps that Michael has been thinking about her from the very first page and we know that somehow he was involved in saving her life during a previous case she was involved with.

The secondary characters are very interesting and I really enjoyed getting to know Ben Shaw, Michael’s reluctant partner and the son of the man forcing Michael to work for him.  While I expected Ben to be a complete jerk, he does have some redeeming qualities and genuinely seems to want to help Michael find a way out of his predicament.  Ms. Beaumont created a lot of secondary characters for this book and she did a very good job with the ones engaged in criminal behavior – the drug dealers were scary and the other bad guys were just as creepy.  The mystery is well developed and Ms. Beaumont's voice as a writer is well developed, taught and experienced.  The story's pace is moderate to quick and there are plenty of twists and turns to keep you turning the pages to discover what will develop next.  

Will Michael and Sabrina find themselves on opposite sides of the law while trying to discover the identity of the dead child?   Will Michael finally be able to gain his freedom and be able to make a life for himself that might include Sabrina, the woman he can’t forget?  You’ll have to read Promises to Keep to find out.  I enjoyed it and look forward to reading the previous books in the series to find out more about Sabrina and Michael’s pasts.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Carved in Darkness (Book #1)

Past horrors bleed into a present day nightmare

Fifteen years ago, a psychotic killer abducted seventeen year old Melissa Walker. For 83 days she was raped and tortured before being left for dead in a deserted church yard... But she was still alive.

Melissa begins a new life as homicide inspector, Sabrina Vaughn. With a new face and a new name, it's her job to hunt down murderers and it's a job she does very well.

When Michael O'Shea, a childhood acquaintance with a suspicious past, suddenly finds her, he brings to life the nightmare Sabrina has long since buried.

Believing that his sister was recently murdered by the same monster who attacked Sabrina, Michael is dead set on getting his revenge--using Sabrina as bait.

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Sacrificial Muse (Book #2)
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She is his muse, and the fates require sacrifice.

San Francisco Detective Sabrina Vaughn is able to shrug off the nine red roses being delivered to her office every day. But when only eight roses arrive on the same day a Berkeley student's mutilated body is found, Sabrina fears that the killer is taunting her. Forced into a partnership with a deceitful reporter who somehow remains one step ahead of her, Sabrina discovers that she's the object of a psychopath's twisted delusion . . . and there may be no escape.

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Maegan Beaumont is the author of CARVED IN DARKNESS, the first book in the Sabrina Vaughn thriller series (Available through Midnight Ink, spring 2013). A native Phoenician, Maegan’s stories are meant to make you wonder what the guy standing in front of you in the Starbucks line has locked in his basement, and feel a strong desire to sleep with the light on.

When she isn’t busy fulfilling her duties as Domestic Goddess for her high school sweetheart turned husband, Joe, and their four children, she is locked in her office with her computer, her coffee pot and her Rhodesian Ridgeback, and one true love, Jade.

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FTC Disclosure:  I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour for a fair and honest review from the publisher via NetGalley.  My review is based on my opinion of the reading material provided.  


  1. Thanks so much for joining the tour and sharing your thoughts!
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  2. Thanks for reading and reviewing--it makes all the blood, sweat and tears totally worth it!