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November 2014 – Author of the Month: Kella McKinnon

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Kella McKinnon

Kella McKinnon author of the In Deep series.

I recently reviewed In Deep and In Deeper. I LOVED these books. I love how the suspense and passion will leave you begging for more. I have not read anything that has captivated me like this in a long time. Check out this series, you will not be disappointed.

Congrats Kella!



Check out Kella’s website for a Cristos forgivable or not poll by clicking on the picture above.

In Deep            In Deeper

Check out my reviews of In Deep and In Deeper by clicking on the covers.

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Oh Cristos, what have you done? Readers weigh in on his rash behavior…

  Well Cristos, you seem to have stirred up some controversy!  It seems that readers either love you or hate you. At the moment the score is leaning slightly towards love, but that could change at any moment…

When I wrote the In Deep series, I knew that Cristos’s rash actions in the second book in his attempt to keep Brielle would offend some readers, and make others down-right angry. What I’ve been hearing from those who have read the books is a mix of many different emotions… and just as many opinions.

Here are some of the words most commonly used to describe this complicated, lovable (or unlovable?) man. Which camp are you in?

Pro-Cristos:                         Anti-Cristos

intriguing                               unlikable

determined                           misogynistic

sexy                                         violent

hot alpha male                     ego-centric


And where do I stand?

Though I can see both sides, I’m with Cristos on this one.

Yeah he’s completely selfish and a little unstable, but he’s spent his whole life just trying to survive… the guy hasn’t even had time to learn how to put others first… but he’s at least willing to learn.

Would I want to date a man like Cristos in real life?

Um, hell no!

Chances are things would not work out the way they did in In Deeper, and I probably would have killed the man at some point, or at least hit him over the head with a heavy, blunt object. But this is why I read… it’s fantasy… suspended disbelief… where anything can happen, and I, personally, can go along for the ride without having to deal with any of the consequences.


In Deep by Kella McKinnon ~ Reviews

Thank you Book Crush, for the review!

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In Deep by Kella McKinnon

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Book Details

What would you do if you met a man that made you burn like wildfire from the inside out? Burn so hot that with one touch you forgot to breathe?
And if you knew that he had dangerous secrets? Would you be able to walk away?
I couldn’t. As strong as I know I am, I kept going back for more of him. That body… those eyes…
I saw him for the first time on my very first day in Vegas, and even then I think a part of me knew, because I couldn’t look away. It was like that moment when you see something flying towards you and you know it’s going to hit you before you can ever move out of the way, so you just watch, transfixed, as it crashes into you. Cristos Vicario: owner of the illustrious Adagio…

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New Review from The Sassy Bookista!

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4.5 sexy STARS!!!
I’d never read this author… now I want to devour every book she’s written! Kella McKinnon is fantabulous!! Her style and flow and character development and…everything about this book was excellent!!

The good stuff? Ohmigosh! Where do I begin?! I won’t spoil too much, and in fact only skim the surface. This is a book you MUST read!

Characters… Brie and Cristos, both, exceeded the expectations I deducted from the blurb. They were intriguing, complex, and mysterious. I find that some books have a Hero and heroine who are great together, interacting with dialogue, but fall flat separately. This book was far from that! They could both stand alone and be just as engaging. Brie was a strong and independent woman. A woman who’d been through some pretty awful events in her life and had plans to put that hurt, fear, anger, and helplessness to good use. Brie has big dreams. It was great to see! She wasn’t about to be pushed around even if Criss was an incredibly sexy alpha male. And the amazing Criss? He was a casino owner who was sexy and mysterious. A noted play-boy. Never giving the same woman more than one night. Not even ‘night’. More like get-in-get-off-get-out. I’m honestly not a huge fan of characters like that. Unless they move me. Move me to an unexpected emotion. And Criss most definitely did!!

So why only 4.5 and not 5 stars? Well if I’m completely honest, I don’t know. There were a few characters that I’m sure I’ll get more from in book 2, but that didn’t stop me from wondering about them. Every. Chapter. I felt Brianna’s brother hovering the back of my mind. A looming sense and that, at times made me feel as if I couldn’t get the full enjoyment of the book.

The way the story line developed through each of the characters eyes? Terrific! The hints of Cristos’s past weaved within? Brilliant! The laugh-out-loud moments I had with Brie’s inner monologue? 2-thumbs-up! And the attraction, sexual tension, the heat, the passion, need, lust, and want between them? SCORCHING HOT my friends!! Like pages in flame and melting kindle pieces!!! Read this book. You will not be disappointed!!

And oh yeah! Those words at the beginning of each chapter…I may or may not have highlighted every. single. one!

Hot! Hot! Hot! Available now on Amazon!

For a limited time, 10/1 till 10/4, try “In Deep” (part 1) for free!


When Brielle Dalton meets the owner of one of the biggest casinos in Vegas, she has no idea that he’s a man with dark secrets who doesn’t know trust, and has never been loved. But what begins as a casual fling quickly becomes addictive, as she’s pulled further and further into a world of danger and lust. Falling in love has never known such an epic battle as this.

Cristos Vicario has sworn not to get involved with a woman beyond an occasional one night stand, but from the moment he first lays eyes on Brielle, he finds himself breaking one hard rule after another. He tries so many times to walk away from her as he struggles to survive his father’s violent legacy and keep her safe from it… But when you crave someone more than your next breath, you always go back again. Not only that, but you do reckless, unforgivable things to keep her.

In Deep: Prologue




I had my whole life planned out, more or less, when I got off that plane. I liked to be flexible and leave room open for opportunity, but I knew who I was and I knew what I wanted for my future. Or I least I thought I did. I guess we’re all wrong, sometimes.

I was in Vegas to finish my Ph.D. dissertation in anthropology, and of course have a little fun in my relatively care-free last days as a student, because life was just too short to do anything else. I’d never realized how short until I lost my father five years ago. God, how I mourned him. I still do… but when the tears finally stopped and time made things bearable again, I realized that the tragedy had changed me. In a way, his death gave my life more poignancy… more purpose. I used to be buried in textbooks, buried in goals… but now I made sure to live in the moment whenever I could, do things just because I wanted to, throw caution to the wind sometimes… have fun and live life.

My older brother Jake didn’t take Dad’s death quite the same way, though I wish for his sake that he had. He had been single-mindedly searching for our father’s killer since the day he died, and I kept telling him he needed to live his own life instead, before it passed him by. He had yet to listen to me, but I wasn’t going to stop trying. And I never stopped worrying that Jake was going to get tangled up somehow with the same people that killed our father; that I would lose him too.

But for now, Vegas was everything I’d dreamed it would be, all bright lights and swarms of humanity from every walk of life. An anthropologist’s veritable playground. I stepped off that plane full of dreams, but I never dreamt of the soaring heights and devastating misery I would find there. I would come to believe it was all meant to happen… every last moment. I even began to wonder if there really was such a thing as fate, and whether I ever had a choice, from the first moment I saw him.

The first time was from a distance, on my very first day there, and even then I think a part of me knew, because I couldn’t look away. It was like that moment when you see something flying towards you and you know it’s going to hit you before you can ever move out of the way, so you just watch, transfixed, as it crashes into you. Cristos Vicario: owner of the illustrious Adagio hotel and casino and reputed billionaire playboy. He sure as hell wasn’t what he seemed on the surface. That man had secrets. Terrible secrets. No one knew about the dark and dangerous world he lived in, and neither did I, not until it was already far too late. Not until a lot more people had died for the one goal he relentlessly pursued. And not before I found myself inextricably tied to him forever.

When I met Cristos, and I unwittingly and irrevocably changed the course of my life, I would never have guessed that our pasts were already intertwined in a most horrific way. I certainly didn’t know what kind of man he really was, or how he would single-handedly change my entire world, taking away my freedom and giving me the key to my dreams in one fell swoop.

How could I have known that the one man who should have been my greatest nightmare would become the one thing I couldn’t live without?