Burning Ache

Burning Ache

by Adrienne Giordano

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A CIA psychologist on the trail of a deadly weapon falls for her prime suspect and discovers she's not the only one who has him in her sights...

Way Kingston craves the peaceful solitude of the open road. Just him and the roar of a motorcycle. The kind of alone time that's hard to find in his tight-knit family. Too tight for his liking. Way's a grown-ass, former Marine. He doesn't need their collective noses in his business. Back in Steele Ridge, Way's building a new career as a gunsmith. Clients pay big bucks for his expertise, ingenuity...and discretion. Especially when national security is at stake. So when a smoking hot stranger with the swagger of a government agent walks into his workshop, Way knows her questions are fully loaded.

Roni Fenwick grew up in the foster system. With no family to watch her back, she can't afford to lose the few friends she has. Which is why it kills her to lie to Maggie Kingston. But the sheriff's not-so-little brother designed a game-changing bullet for the CIA. A bullet that's hit the streets. Now, the agency believes Way double-crossed them and has sent Roni to prove it. Except Way is tougher to crack than she anticipated. And much easier to fall for. His kisses drive her to distraction—something she can't risk with a killer at large.

As the investigation turns personal, Roni begins to trust in Way's innocence. But if he's not behind the top-secret leak, who is? Finding the truth could end her career...or both their lives.

If you would like to read the entire Steele Ridge series in chronological order, following is the correct order.
  • The Beginning - The Steeles
  • Going Hard - The Steeles
  • Living Fast - The Steeles
  • Loving Deep - The Steeles
  • Breaking Free - The Steeles
  • Roaming Wild - The Steeles
  • Stripping Bare - The Steeles
  • Enduring Love - The Steeles
  • Craving Heat - The Kingstons
  • Tasting Fire - The Kingstons
  • Searing Need - The Kingstons
  • Vowing Love - The Steeles
  • Striking Edge - The Kingstons
  • Burning Ache - The Kingstons

Product Details

BN ID: 2940160813646
Publisher: Steele Ridge Publishing
Publication date: 09/23/2019
Series: Steele Ridge , #13
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 28,628
File size: 712 KB

About the Author

Adrienne Giordano is a USA Today bestselling author of over thirty romantic suspense and mystery novels. She is a Jersey girl at heart, but now lives in the Midwest with her ultimate supporter of a husband, sports-obsessed son and Elliot, a snuggle-happy rescue. Having grown up near the ocean, Adrienne enjoys paddleboarding, a nice float in a kayak and lounging on the beach with a good book.

For more information on Adrienne’s books, please visit www.AdrienneGiordano.com. Adrienne can also be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AdrienneGiordanoAuthor, Twitter at http://twitter.com/AdriennGiordano and Goodreads at http://www.goodreads.com/AdrienneGiordano.

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Stream Title 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
My favorite of the series so far! Burning Ache is a delicious romance and a kick-butt romantic suspense. I honestly didn't have a clue who that antagonist was until their identity was revealed--don't get me wrong; it made 100% sense that it was them and all became clear once the big reveal happened, but Ms. Giordano did a fantastic job of hiding that person's identity even though we had many sections of the story from their POV as they went about doing their dastardly deeds. It was awesome ;) This book is the 13th in the overal Steele Ridge series and 5th in its spin-off series The KIngstons, but it would do pretty well as a standalone, I believe. Other series characters make appearances (Maggie of Craving Heat plays a pretty big role here), but you really don't have to have read their books to understand (and enjoy!) the events happening here. Can I just say, though--frangible ammo packed with acid? I'm a bit freaked out by the concept. Thanks, Adrienne Giordano! Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Way Kingston finds himself a suspect. The special ammunition he created is being used to kill people and the government thinks he's selling them to the bad guys. I know that Way is too honorable to do that. He's done so much to protect his country. Roni Fenwick has been sent by the CIA to make Way the scapegoat but she won't manufacture evidence. I hated how these powerful men demand she do that. I was thankful that she had morals. Can Way and Roni find out who the killer is and how they got the bullets? This story kept me on the edge of my seat. These two make a dynamite couple both personally and professionally. They work well together. Both are intelligent and focused. I liked their determination. Also, I enjoyed how Maggie Kingston was in the thick of the action. She's a strong character. Adrienne Giordano kept me guessing. The ending was a shock. I didn't see it coming. I always enjoy coming to Steele Ridge. Things are never boring in this small town. I'm looking forward to more adventures. I received a copy of this book which I voluntarily read and reviewed. My comments are my honest opinion.
IrishEyes430 More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of the Steele Ridge series since it began and this book is no exception! With Roni, the CIA psychologist investigating Way Kingston, a former Marine and now gunsmith you can tell that this book will be exciting. Way has invented a special bullet that has been sent only to the government, carefully accounting for each one. Suddenly these bullets start showing up in murders, yet the government claims they are all accounted for. This leads to a very suspenseful story that will completely blow you away at the end! I highly recommend this book.
WinnieL More than 1 year ago
Burning Ache is the 5th book in the Kingstons series. Although it was part of 2 series, it can be read as a standalone. However, having read the previous books would give you a more enjoyable read as it will help you feel more connected to the series. Way and Roni are great characters. Absolutely love their chemistry. Also enjoyed how Maggie was involved in the story. I love it when the author brings back familiar characters to the story, and also familiar traditions, for example, their Kingston family cook-off. The story was a mix of mystery and romance and it was captivating throughout. Can't wait for the next story.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
4 1/2 STARS! BURNING ACHE is book five in the Steele Ridge: The Kingstons sub-series and centers around former Marine turned gunsmith Waylon Kingston and undercover CIA agent Roni Fenwick. The Kingstons prove in book after book what an interesting family they are, so we already knew that Way was going to be a bit of a loner trying to stay out from under his over-bearing family's thumb. He would happily live on the back of his motorcycle cruising the open road if he could, but when trouble comes knocking at his door, that's beginning to look less and less likely. Roni is a complex character that we find difficult to read at first as she reluctantly sets out to pull the wool over her friend Maggie's eyes when she supposedly pops into Steele Ridge for a visit when in reality she's been sent to spy on Way and figure out if he's the reason the hugh-hush bullet he secretly developed for the government is now showing up on the streets. I recommend this book to anyone loving a suspenseful read with lots of heart and emotion that is backed by a close-knit family. You can't go wrong with any book you pick up in this series and I always heartily look forward to the next book to come.
Grandma_Tami More than 1 year ago
Waylon and Roni both have as one would say served the USA in some form or another but now they are on the hunt for are killer using Way's bullets that only the CIA is supposed to know about. Roni was sent is investigate Way, he being the smart man he is, figured it out and is now helping her find the truth. Now they need to find out who before their next on the list. Magie, of course, wants in on the action so she's around some too! LOVE this hope there is more to come!
green____ More than 1 year ago
Love Steele Ridge! What a great read! I really love revisiting Steele Ridge and it's characters! Loved Way's story... a wonderful romantic suspense tale that kept me guessing... This book was well written... enjoyed trying to figure out who the killer was! Kept me turning page after page!
Nicolerko More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars I love this series so much. This book was no different. I was instantly drawn into this book and I could hardly put it down. The suspense of who done it had me gobbling up the pages. I wanted to know who it was and I didn't guess it. Way and Roni were so good together. They brought something the other needed. I loved watching Roni with the Kingston family. I enjoy any scenes when that group gets together. They have a great family dynamic. This book is one you will definitely want to read. The characters are engaging and their chemistry is great. The whole book is just plain awesome. Just be prepared to have the urge not being able to stop reading. You'll be sucked in right from the beginning. I had a book hangover with this one.
Peachey04 More than 1 year ago
Action packed story line full of suspense and mystery. The characters interaction is amazing as Way and Roni work to prove his innocence and stop the murders. This is a great addition to the Steele Ridge series. A must read! I voluntarily read and reviewed this book; all opinions expressed are my own.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Burning Ache by Adrienne Giordano Steele Ridge – The Kingstons #5 Veronica “Roni” Fenwick is blindsided by a superior at the CIA when tasked with finding out how secret bullets became available to the public. She is sent to Steele Ridge to determine if the maker of the bullets has sold them on the street as well as to the CIA. Roni has mixed feelings about the mission because Waylon “Way” Kingston is the brother of a friend she made on a joint task force. That friend is Sheriff Maggie Kingston. Off Roni goes knowing that she will be potentially lying to a friend but the bullets are rather scary and should not be out in public and could Way be the culprit? She soon realizes that ex-Marine and custom gunsmith Way Kingston is a whole lot of man and more savvy than most. The fact that there is attraction between them makes everything a bit more difficult. Fairly soon the two realize they should work together to find out what happened and the roller coaster ride they take to find out who is killing people with the bullets and how the bullets ended up out and about makes for VERY interesting reading. I loved the way this couple found their HEA. It was iffy there for a little while but that just made it so much better. Did I enjoy this book? Yes Would I like to read more in this series? Yes Would I like to read more books by this author? Without a doubt Thank you to the author for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4-5 Stars
RachaelBrown More than 1 year ago
Burning Ache is another great addition to this series! The mystery was well-written with the perfect mix of romance and suspense. I love that I didn't suspect the person who was behind the crimes. Way is my new favorite Kingston, and Roni was the perfect match for him! I really enjoyed their story. I voluntarily read and reviewed a complimentary Advance Reader Copy.
linda quick More than 1 year ago
LOVED this book! This is a quickly moving story that opens with a bang and keeps moving until the very last page. Roni is a CIA officer that is assigned to look into Way, using her friendship with Maggie (his sister) and a way in. He's suspected of inventing a unique bullet that shouldn't exist, but does and is killing people. I love the Kingston family and particularly like Maggie and Way. Roni is an interesting character who is a bit broken, but still likable and engaging. I found myself invested in their story and wanting them to get their HEA ending. Fans of the genre will love this book. The author is on my must read authors' list.