New Release Book Review: Keeping 6 by Freya Barker

Keeping 6

Rock Point Series #1
by Freya Barker

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: May 2, 2018 
Cover Design: Rebel, Edit & Design

Bookstore owner Kerry Emerson finally seems to be back in control of her life. Her failure of a marriage firmly in her rearview mirror and her recent business expansion a success, she is in charge of her own future. One that is looking better than ever. 
The sight of the tall man, with the familiar salt and pepper goatee pushing open the door of her store, sets her hair on end. He doesn’t exactly bring good memories. 

FBI Special Agent in Charge, Damian Gomez, is just looking for a decent cup of coffee when he walks into the small store offering books and brew. The pretty, feisty woman behind the counter is an unexpected surprise. Not at all unpleasant, especially since her finger that used to hold a wedding ring is now bare. 

Her wild hair, boho style and silvery grey eyes suddenly hold a lot of promise. But when his office is pulled into an international investigation into the trafficking of rare books and manuscripts, the straight-laced SAC realizes he has to keep his distance from the woman who might well be involved. 

Easier said than done, since fate seems determined to throw them together.


My Thoughts

I’m a big fan of romantic suspense books because they incorporate two of my favourite genres. There’s a mystery to solve and two people hoping to find their way to each other. I get this in Keeping 6 and the icing on this cake is our hero and heroine are in their 40s; an age group I easily relate to.

I really enjoyed the characters of Kerry Emerson and Damian Gomez. I found Kerry to be a strong, smart and resourceful woman who was a good match for the grounded and surprisingly romantic Damian. They just clicked in all manner of ways.

The mystery kept me guessing until the end and I enjoyed the insight into world of high value books. Damian works with some interesting people but I did feel there were too many of them. I forgot who was who and found myself having to backtrack to figure out who was who.

In addition to the mystery, there was plenty of humour, with Damian’s family providing much of it. With five sisters and a mother, I am surprised he’s as calm as he appears.

Fans of the Cedar Trees series will be happy to find there’s a cross over with some characters.

I enjoyed Keeping 6. It’s a great start to the Rock Point series and I am looking forward to reading future books.


Freya Barker loves writing about ordinary people with extraordinary stories. Driven to make her books about 'real' people; with characters who are perhaps less than perfect, but just as deserving of romance, thrills and chills, and some hot, sizzling sex in their lives. 

 A recipient of the RomCon “Reader’s Choice” Award for best first book, “Slim To None”, and Finalist for the Kindle Book Award with “From Dust”, Freya has not slowed down. 

She continues to add to her rapidly growing collection of published novels as she spins story after story with an endless supply of bruised and dented characters, vying for attention!



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