June 4, 2018 Blitz, Book Review 1 ★★★★

Review, Excerpt, & Playlist: Cozen by Bethany-Kris

Cozen by Bethany-Kris
Published by Self-published on June 4, 2018
Genres: Suspense
Pages: 267
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Coz-en (kuz-uhn)
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.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.


By Lily

Cozen is in a world and class of her own!

When Bethany-Kris writes, I read. It’s as simple as that. From her newsletters, outtakes or Ask Me Anything (AMA) posts, she always has me craving for more. Cozen was just what I anticipated, feeding my need for a story steeped in romantic suspense. The bonus was it is the introduction into a new world of organised crime that has swept me up with the possibilities of what’s ahead.

Cozen was everything I hoped for in a heroine. Each step she took was well considered and thought out. Always on her game until she became distracted by the man who made her feel way more than she should. The attraction between Cozen and Sargon was so compelling neither of them could resist adding to the danger of being caught.

Sargon took liberties no employee should. He was his boss’ eyes and ears when it came to Cozen. He took taking care of Cozen above and beyond what was expected of him. Flirting dangerously with the trust he had been afforded, I held my breath in anticipation fearing he would take one too many risks.

Danger was constantly lingering in the air, threatening to blow the job to smithereens. Patience was the key to Cozen’s success and she insisted it be adhered to at all times. I, along with the Astors, wondered when she would get started. She was in no rush and it meant there was a slow introduction to the story. Then around a quarter of the way into the book it had eased into a page turning story I couldn’t put down. It coincided with the moment the flirting was thrown out the door and the steamy scenes broke through.

Before I knew it, the story was coming to the end… and what an ending it was! The details revealed a plot twist that came out of the blue to me. It gave the story another boost to what I considered a good entertaining tale. Cozen’s story is full of danger and thrills played out in a seductive game of winner takes all. A standalone book that opens the door to a new world immersed in organised crime you won’t be able to resist!

4 Stars

Genres: Adult, Romantic Suspense, Organized Crime. Erotic, Heist Romance







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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