New Release Book Review (& Author Giveaway): Cozen by Bethany Kris


by Bethany-Kris 

Publication Date: June 4, 2018 
Genres: Adult, Romantic Suspense, Organized Crime. Erotic, Heist Romance



coz-en (kuz-uhn) verb 1. trick or deceive. • obtain by deception.

She was named most appropriately.

Cozen Taylor has more than earned her place as one of North America’s most successful thieves. Her name is whispered amongst criminal elite as the go-to thief when someone needs a heist.

She has never failed.

A call from the Miami-based Astor family could change all that with a job that seems almost impossible to complete. The mark should be simple—a stolen family heirloom, the man who has kept it hidden for over twenty years, and six months to return the piece to its rightful owners.

Nothing is ever that easy.

Three-hundred million for a successful heist. No smart thief would turn the offer down. Cozen didn’t expect a complication like him to put a kink in her plans, though. Sargon Makri—tall, dark, gorgeous, and entirely dangerous. For her life, her heart, and for the success of the heist.

The last thing Cozen needs to be thinking about is Sargon, and how she can get him into her bed … especially when he just happens to be her mark’s bodyguard. The thrill of the job has never been more addicting to Cozen, and she will risk everything to make the heist a success.

But at what cost?

From author Bethany-Kris comes a whole new world. A North American network full of criminals battling to stay on top, and painting the streets red in war as they dabble in the game of betrayal. Malicious, cunning, forbidden, and violent—welcome to The Empires and Badlands.



My Thoughts

I did not know what to expect with this book, and that turned out to be a good thing because I was constantly surprised at each revelation.

I am going to work backwards and firstly say, wow! What a twist in the final part of the book. I definitely did not see that coming, and it surprised me in the best way. I think I need to reread the book soon just to see if there were any clues along the way that I missed.

I did enjoy the latter part of the book more than I did the first part.  There was a greater sense of urgency because Cozen’s plans to steal the heirloom were coming to a head.

This is not to say the beginning of the book was disappointing. Not at all; it was very, very good. The “dance” between Cozen and Sargon was intriguing. When they meet, there’s an unspoken attraction, a connection between them. And here’s the dilemma for Cozen. Does she focus on the job she was hired to do? Or does she let a man she’s wildly attracted to steer her from her chosen path?

There are many interesting secondary characters in this book. I hope that we get a further look at this world in future books.  




Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to four young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something … when she can find the time.

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