Young Delight: Don’t Say a Word by Amber Lynn Natusch

Posted September 15, 2019 by Lorna in Reviews / 10 Comments

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Young Delight: Don’t Say a Word by Amber Lynn Natusch
Don't Say a Word

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Series: Hometown Antihero #2
Genres: YA Romantic Suspense
Published by Tor
Released on September 17, 2019
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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The Delight

A small town full of dark secrets meets its match in Kylene Danners-if such a thing is possible. The daughter of an ex-FBI agent(now wrongly convicted murderer), Kylene has investigative prowess in her blood. It serves her well in this second book in this series when she gets involved with yet another mystery, the kind that could get her killed.


This book starts soon after the first book, Dare You to Lie, ends so we don’t miss much. Kylene, or Ky as she is called, is approached by Dawson, the youthful looking FBI agent that was featured in the first book. He needs to go undercover at her school to investigate missing teenage girls. So he poses as her ex, one who wants to get back with her. This causes all kinds of complications, the least of which is how it puts a damper on Ky getting back with her real ex-boyfriend, A.J. Miller. When she starts receiving anonymous phone calls from a girl who is informing her about what she knows about the missing girls, Ky is once again pulled into yet another huge mystery, one even darker than in the previous story. On top of that, Ky is still searching for clues concerning the murder that landed her innocent father in prison.

The characters made this book for me. Ky is full of snark and is very outspoken. Nothing seems to rattle her-well not until it’s over that is. She has no problems with taking on a bully or a raging murderer for that matter. She’s going to do whatever is necessary to survive. She’s turning 18 in this story. Dawson was not very likable in the first book, for me anyway. He believes Ky’s father is guilty since it was his mentor who was killed. He’s only 25, which is extremely young to be accepted into the FBI, so he has a lot to prove. He’s very protective of Ky and she is very snarky towards him. Slowly, but surely, she gets won over by Dawson and vice versa. It’s not quite a romance due to the age differences, but it totally acts like one at times. I quite liked both of them. A.J. is a different story. I loved his character and was actually rooting for him and Ky to reconnect. He’s the quarterback of the football team and is extremely popular at school. When Ky moved away for two years and came back, he hopes to reconnect with her. He definitely is one of my favorite characters. Is it a love triangle? Not yet, but maybe? Her best friends are Garrett, son of the police chief and Tabby, newly moved to town from Canada. They were both well realized by the author and personally, I would take either one as a best friend! Red herring characters abound in this book and while the culprit was someone that had been on my radar, there were plenty of others to choose from as well.

Like the first book, it’s left open for another one. I enjoyed this one immensely and hate having to wait as long for the next one. It’s young adult, but it’s written for older teens and up, mainly due to the darker subject matter. At least that’s my take on it. There’s a smidgen of teen drinking at a party, a bit of bad language at times and a few mentions of sexual situations, not all necessarily consensual, but part of the premise itself. Since this is YA, it should be noted that the main characters do not engage in actual sex, although more and more YA does include it.

I thought the book was well written with a well thought out mystery plot, engaging characters and a horrible town that I only want to visit in a book, never in person. I highly recommend this to ages 15-16 plus depending on maturity level.

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I’m a lifetime book addict and currently own nine Kindles, with only six still working. I do tend to wear them out! They pretty much are my favorite technology-well that and my cell phone. Okay, yes and my laptop. I spent most of my life in Kentucky, but moved to Maryland in my attempt to get closer to the the ocean a few years ago. Being retired helps. I have a B.S. degree in law enforcement with a minor in sociology, but never really worked in my major. Instead, I spent my entire adult life working in the medical field in some capacity. After retiring(early), I found my passion in reviewing books for a couple of blogs and I love it. My author favorites include, Dannika Dark, Amber Lynn Natusch, J.T. Geissinger, Colleen Hoover, Samantha Towle, K.A. Tucker, Karina Halle, Sarina Bowen, J.R. Ward, Mariana Zapata, Dianne Duvall, and I could go on and on. I read many different genre’s, but still like a romantic element in most, if not all of them.

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Sophia Rose
2 years ago

This series does sound great. I love the resurgence of YA thrillers.

2 years ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

They are really good and I’ve been reading the author since 2012. Lots of paranormal romance/urban fantasy. This is her first YA series.

Carole Rae
2 years ago

uuugghhhhh that town sounds horrible!

2 years ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

It’s a town I hope doesn’t exist anywhere that’s for sure!

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

I haven’t heard of this series before but I really like the sound of it. These characters do sound great which is a big plus. Thanks for putting this one on my radar!

2 years ago

It’s been a nice surprise from one of my favorite paranormal authors. I just tried to comment on your blog again. I’m not sure why I can’t any longer. My Google account is all messed up but I’ve tried several times and it never works.

Mary Kirkland
2 years ago

I do love a snarky character. New author for me but this sounds good.

2 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Oh it is good! Since you read paranormal she has some really good paranormal series out there as well. Caged, Force of Nature and Blue Eyed Bomb are the series names if you are interested.

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

These sound good Lorna. I think I will add them to my growing tbr pile.

2 years ago

I think you might really like them Kim.