Focus by Anna Brooks ~ New Release Review






Focus is the tenth book in the Guarding Her series by Anna Brooks. It is a contemporary western suspense romance and features a sister’s best friend trope.







I received an advanced reading copy (ARC) of this book from the author, publisher, or publicist. The receipt of this ARC did not influence my choice to review the book on this site. It also did not influence how I felt about the book or its characters, storyline, and overall feel. The opinions expressed in this review are my own. As such, they only deal with what is written on the pages of the book and how what is written and otherwise presented made me feel during and after my reading of the book.

Focus by Anna Brooks ~ New Release ReviewFocus by Anna Brooks
Series: Guarding Her #10
Published by Self-Published on April 4, 2022
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, Western Romance
Pages: 202
Format: E-Arc
Source: Publicist/PR
Buy: Amazon | Goodreads
RATING: four-stars

She was my sister’s best friend until tragedy struck, then she became my world. I wanted to stay with her and build a life together, but the pain from our past made a future impossible.

While she ran away from the memories and rose to fame, I left on a mission to seek vengeance. Then a call came that changed everything and our worlds collided once again, but this time, there was no going back.


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The tenth book in the Guarding Her series by Anna Brooks, Focus includes a protective alpha hero and an imperiled famous actress. Littered with classic romance tropes like a hero as protector, best friend’s sister, friends to lovers, and second chance romance, Focus will give both romance and romantic suspense readers all the emotion and adrenaline-packed feels in a short, tight, fast-paced package.

When Exie is kidnapped, the only thing that saves her from panicking is what Callan, her best friend, an expert in kidnapping and ransom, taught her to do: don’t panic and wait for him to come for her. Easy to say, harder to put into practice. Yet she does it, and he keeps his end of the bargain, too.

This is my first read by this author and I enjoyed the blend of romance and suspense, along with the twists and turns of the plot. Granted, some of the story plots were a little far-fetched and I did figure one out early on in the story, but not so much that I couldn’t enjoy the read. It is fiction, after all, and the characters were strong, both in themselves and in their belief in each other.

Overall, this was an enjoyable suspense read with great characterization and pacing. The story moved at a fast-paced and the love story, though complicated, was great.




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About Anna Brooks

The first time Anna tried to read a romance novel, her hair caught on fire when she leaned over a candle to sneak a peek at her mom’s Harlequin. She thinks being hit on the head with a shirtless Fabio until the smoke cleared is what sparked the flame for her love of romance.

Anna was born in Wisconsin, but currently lives in Texas with her husband and two boys. She writes sexy romance that always has a happy ending and loves bringing characters back for cameos. Less than six degrees of separation connects any of her novels.

When she’s not writing or reading, she’s watching reruns of her favorite romcoms, talking to her dog and cat like they’re human, eating carbs, or practicing hand lettering.

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Deanna Lynn has been a substitute teacher, a baker, a website designer, a ceramic artist, a business co-owner and a sales and marketing manager for a ceramic shop in Oklahoma. She reads widely, laughs often and loves to talk about writing, books, and this confusing thing called life.

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