Reflection (A Whitney Steel Novel - Book One)

Reflection (A Whitney Steel Novel - Book One)

by Kim Cresswell

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A romantic thriller fueled with heart-pounding suspense and high-octane action in the tradition of Karin Slaughter, Lisa Gardner, and Michael Connelly.

"Holds you captive to the very end." -- New York Times Bestseller, Dianna Love

After receiving a lead pointing to the world's first cloned human, now a small child,Whitney Steel vows to unravel the truth. However, sifting through the facts proves to have dangerous results, including death threats and murder.
When she's nearly killed, but is saved by undercover FBI Special Agent Blake Neely, he refuses to let her get in the way of his own objective--at least not right away.
Caught in a lethal game between a billionaire obsessed with genetic perfection, his hit man's thirst for retribution, and a Colombian drug lord fresh out of prison determined to make Blake pay for his twin brother's death over a decade ago...
Can they save an innocent child before it's too late?
Faced with tough choices, with deadly consequences for many--Whitney soon realizes that sometimes a story becomes more than just a story.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940045946025
Publisher: Kim Cresswell
Publication date: 05/15/2014
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 500 KB

About the Author

Kim Cresswell resides in Ontario, Canada and is the bestselling and award-winning author of the action-packed WHITNEY STEEL series. Kim recently signed a 3-book German translation deal with LUZIFER Verlag for the first three books in the series: Reflection, Retribution and Resurrect. The popular series will be published in German beginning in 2018. Her debut romantic suspense, REFLECTION (A Whitney Steel Novel - Book One), has won numerous awards: RomCon®'s 2014 Readers' Crown Finalist (Romantic Suspense), InD'tale Magazine 2014 Rone Award Finalist (Suspense/Thriller), UP Authors Fiction Challenge Winner (2013), Silicon Valley's Romance Writers of America (RWA) "Gotcha!" Romantic Suspense Winner (2004), Honourable Mention in Calgary's (RWA) The Writer's Voice Contest (2006). LETHAL JOURNEY won RomCon®'s 2014 Readers' Crown (Thriller) and was a finalist in From the Heart Romance Writers (FTHRW) Golden Gate Contest (2003).

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Reflection 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
LadybugLinLH More than 1 year ago
The first time I read Lisa Scottoline I knew I was in the presence of an expert...a woman with an intimate knowledge of law. That's how I felt as I read about investigative reporting as told by Kim Cresswell in her book REFLECTION. One of the things I LOVE about this book is it's a fast paced, high energy, on the edge of your seat, nail biting suspense story, told by a woman. It is just so empowering that her heroine, no matter how terrifying life has suddenly become, digs deep, finds her core of courage, and plows on. This is one of the finest suspense stories I have EVER read...and in the long run it's not gender directed...I don't care who you are, if you suddenly found yourself at the center of as many attempts to bring your life to a fast, painful and dramatic end as Whitney Steel does, I don't care who you might be, you're gonna be shaking in your boots...that Whitney doesn't turn tail and run, and if she means to save not only her own life, but the lives of those she holds dear, she cannot run from the darkness on her tail, shows incredible strength, resilience, and yes, depth of responsibility for all those her life has touched and will touch. I am in awe of Kim Cresswell. The way she ended this book, I'm almost certain there will be more Whitney Steel stories coming our way, and I for one am going to be on her band wagon watching for them. If you are looking for the best of the newest authors, the up-and-coming STARS, you HAVE to try Kim Cresswell's Reflection...You won't be sorry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sexy crime caper! Page turner, fun to read! The characters are likeable and their feelings are intense - looks like there's more to come!
Ginas-Library More than 1 year ago
I received this book for a fair and honest review.   This book is a page turner from page 1. It is a fast paced Mystery that will leave you on the edge of your seat wanting to know what happens next. The main character Whitney is a very independant and stubborn woman. She won't take no for an answer and won't let up on her story. Given her past with trusting men, she is unable to fully trust Blake Neely. Is Blake really as he seems, or is hiding things of his own? Whitney and Blake do have one thing in common however. Aside from the fact that the are mutally attracted to each other. They both want Nathan to pay for what he has done. I found the idea of cloning a human interesting. I'm glad they have not tried to do this scientifically yet. Or at least not to my knowledge!
Lori_Zalewski More than 1 year ago
A pulse-pounding opening is just the beginning of the non-stop action in Reflection by Kim Cresswell. Whitney Steel is a headstrong investigative reporter who wants to expose the truth at all costs even while falling for Blake Neely, an undercover FBI Special Agent. As they work to take down an evil billionaire, the romantic tension builds until they give in to their desires. But, is a physical relationship enough for Whitney when she believes Blake is keeping something from her? Watching Whitney and Blake’s struggle to trust each other makes them an intriguing couple. Meanwhile, Cresswell works multiple storylines with stunning plot twists that keep the pages flying by. Completely captivated with this romantic suspense, I could barely take a breath before reaching the high-octane climax. Cresswell masterfully ties up the major plot points while leaving the door open to revisiting these characters again. I, for one, hope she does. I was provided a copy of the book from the BTSeMag for purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Books4Tomorrow More than 1 year ago
A truly edge-of-your-seat, never-a-dull-moment read, Reflection has a dramatic start and just never slows down. When her ex-husband is killed while trying to tell her something important, investigative reporter, Whitney Steel, realizes that she may be on to the story of a lifetime. Too bad then that Nathan Shaw, Blake Neely and an enemy from her past want to prevent her obtaining the information for her story; and at the heart of all this, an innocent child. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book as it moves forward all the time with no lengthy descriptions or angsty inner dialogue. The romance in the story is tastefully written and skillfully distributed throughout the book so as to enhance rather than interfere with the main storyline.   The characters are fleshed out and vividly described thus giving the reader captivating mental images that truly makes the story come alive. I love a strong female protagonist who can hold her own, kick butt and doesn't indulge in self pity. Whitney Steel is exactly that. Blake Neely, the male protagonist, is extremely realistic with his inner battles about keeping Whitney safe, the death of his sister and, ultimately, his own mission. Let's not forget the bad guys in this story. Ruthless, mean and self-serving are just some of the adjectives that come to mind. Add to that vengeful and the author has some truly nasty but highly realistic antagonists to give our heroes a run for their money. I highly recommend this five-star page-turner to those who love a suspense laden novel with constant action and well balanced romance. The extra complication at the end gives this book a unique quality, and, oops, let me stop before I give too much away! As the book has a slightly open end, let's hope that we'll soon see another book by the highly gifted Kim Cresswell. (Ellen Fritz)
Shellbelle1 More than 1 year ago
Fantastic debut book for author Kim Cresswell.  Hot , steamy, fast paced romantic suspense! I couldn't put the book down! I highly recommend this book and look forward to more books by this author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Trul amazing book. A very mystery with a tint of romance in it
SinfulTeri More than 1 year ago
I really liked this story. Whitney the journalist just can't take herself away from a story especially when people she love get involved and hurt. Whitney gets the story from her ex-husband and Senator that a man named Nathan Shaw has cloned a human and that is not only morally wrong but against the law. Now it is up to Whitney to find out the truth and put Nathan Shaw in jail. Whitney also wants to save the little girl that has been cloned and make sure that she is safe. While checking into the story about Shaw, Whitney meets an FBI agent (not that she knows he is FBI at first) and instantly can feel some chemistry except Whitney doesn't want to believe that there is any. She can't bring herself to get into any relationship where she is in danger and she can't trust the man that she is with. She knows that Blake is lying about something, she just can't figure out what. Plus it doesn't help that Blake is currently Shaw's security manager and is sent to keep Whitney away from the labs. IN the meantime Shaw has decided that anyone snooping too close into his experiments have to be taken out and not just send home but dead. He has sent someone after Whitney and if Blake gets into the way he has no problem taking him out at the same time. Shaw is a ruthless man and just the right type of villain. This story has a lot of twists and turns that keep you hanging through the entire story. Just when you thought the story would end Kim throws another one in there just to keep you on your toes. A great read!
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Who doesn&rsquo;t like a good thriller, a cat and mouse chase to the death, a great plot and strong, vital characters? Did I mention the sick and all powerful business mogul who is dabbling in illegal human cloning? <b>Reflection</b> by Kim Cresswell had me from the introduction of the gutsy investigative reporter, Whitney, beautiful, damaged and determined to make it HUGE in a predominantly male world. Lunch with the ex is not always a fun thing, but when bullets start flying around Whitney and her ex-husband, a prominent politician and she receives a cryptic message from him as he lay dying, her life a she knows it is about to do a complete one-eighty as she finds herself in the middle of a story that will rock the world, providing she lives long enough to get her byline. An undercover FBI agent, Blake has been working for the eccentric mogul Nathan Shaw as head of security, together, while still keeping his identity secret, Blake and Whitney are determined to do two things, bring Shaw down and stay alive. But is Shaw the only one after Whitney, or is he like a puppetmaster pulling enough deadly strings to get make staying alive impossible for anyone close to Whitney? Has a human been cloned? Can Shaw be taken down? Will all of the threats be neutralized? Kim Creswell kept the tension taut, the writing fast-paced and crisp and the characters completely believable and well-fleshed out! Blake and Whitney were a perfect dynamic duo, completely likable, magnetic and just bristly enough with each other that I just KNEW the heat factor would combust! I cannot thank Kim Cresswell enough for my review copy!
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
Holy intrigue within intrigue!  What a brilliantly thought out and well put together romantic suspense.   This was definitely an intriguingly phenomenal read.  Cresswell is an amazingly captivating and suspenseful storyteller who is able to switch gears at the flip of the hat.  It&rsquo;s just like real life.  One moment she has you on the edge of your seat with suspense, the next you&rsquo;re giggling at the budding relationship, and then your heart is breaking because the unthinkable happened.  It&rsquo;s all the scarier because it&rsquo;s becoming possible.  The premise of this novel is a definite possibility in today&rsquo;s world.  All of this happens while she keeps you enthralled within the pages of this novel.   The entire cast of characters that Cresswell has developed for this novel is amazingly well developed.  Even the characters who don&rsquo;t make it out of this story alive are well developed individuals.  That said, none of them overshadow the main characters.  These two individuals become as well known to you as your next door neighbours.  They are strong, loveable individuals that you want to see succeed.  It&rsquo;s easy to feel for them throughout their trials. Overall, this was a brilliant, suspenseful, romantic novel that is complete in and of itself.  It also leaves room for a sequel, where we get to see more from these individuals whom we&rsquo;ve come to know and love.  I cannot wait to read more from this awesome author.   Please note that I received this novel free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Lauryn_Kelly More than 1 year ago
The idea is compelling. Reflection has elements of a good mystery/suspense novel, with peril, bad guys, details and reasons explained along the way. However, most of the story felt like I was watching the two characters ogle each other with a few explosions thrown in for good measure rather than focusing on a plan to infiltrate and the clone. Whitney's and Blake's relationship felt forced and too soon. When they meet, they have &quot;insta-lust.&quot; A week later, they say they've fallen in love. In my opinion, the sex scenes could have been left out entirely. There were inconsistencies (i.e. age changes, items mysteriously returned when they had been removed.) Everything seems to happen a bit suddenly - all the events happening basically within a week or so. Some things were a little too convenient or quite unrealistic, such as Blake repeatedly leaving a person he knows is in danger alone while he goes off to run errands. These were just a few issues I had with the book. Underneath it all, there's a good idea. With some cleaning up and tightening up the plot, this could be a real thriller. Sadly, it just wasn't the book for me. 2.5 stars. Note: I received a free copy from the author for a fair and honest review.