“I don’t want you in jeopardy. Is that so hard for you to understand?”

“We’re in a war. I’m a criminal. Is that so hard for you to understand?
We’re fresh out of those bubbles you like to put me in.”

“You don’t have to help them hurt you, Lareina. You don’t.”

“No. I can get to them first.”

“That’s what I’m for.”

“I know.”

There was nothing to say to that. They were silent.

Silas knocked once and let himself in. If he cared what they thought of his intrusion, it didn’t show. “I’m here to interrupt your little powwow.” He directed his conversation to Christian. “I know you’re a big man, all scary and shit. But that don’t mean a damned thing around here.” He slapped two pills down on Lareina’s nightstand. “Your antidote. You better take it within the hour.” He ignored her raised eyebrows, keeping his focus on Christian. “You’ll need one of those every night for at least a week. Here are your choices…You can be a part of the solution, or you can wake up and start chasing us again. But I have to say you really are shit at it. You ain’t that hard to elude. So give it a good think.” He turned to leave.

“Silas!” Lareina wanted to laugh. She sooo wanted to laugh. She put a restraining hand on Christian. “You drugged us?”

Silas glanced back, unrepentive. “My way is effective, decisive and keeps you out of the mix. You can’t think straight with him around, anyway. Maybe you need to be asleep.”

“Boy, I’m going to beat the snot out of you.” Her uncontrolled grin nixed the threat.

“When I’m in the market for a mosquito bite, I’ll let you know.” He let himself out.

Silas was Silas. Lareina knew that when she collected him. She created him. Damn, he was good.

Christian was another matter altogether. He hadn’t said a word. That was never a good thing. “Christian?”

It took a minute before he responded. When he did, it was devoid of emotion. He snapped his eyes at her, deeply sincere with his intent. “You might want to start getting unattached and resign yourself to knowing I’m going to kill him. I’m informing you now, so when it happens you will be able to recall I warned you.”

Lareina felt a chill.

Hell has two fires — War and Women Lareina Elliot, guidance counselor for Presque Isle Academy, discovered her idea for making students loyal to the government is being implemented in the Excellence Program to further the war. It has become her life’s work to undermine that effort. When she is arrested for being a Revolutionary sympathizer, her brothers: Kaiden, Fisher, and Silas come to her rescue with help from three of Lareina’s top students: Alec, Orion, and Yukiyo. On the run but armed with intelligence and more, they seek to learn how she was exposed and by whom. Christian Deverell, the agent assigned to Lareina’s case is relentless. He’s been playing cat and mouse with her for years. There is no way she can escape him. It doesn’t matter that he and Lareina are on opposite sides of the law, or that their history is long and dirty. It doesn’t matter that he commissioned her adopted brother, Silas, to assassinate her. The only thing of importance is his love for Lareina and his promise to protect her, always. Silas McKade, soldier élite, Lareina’s secret weapon. The man who never misses is on the government’s payroll to do whatever he likes to whomever he chooses. He has a death warrant for Lareina—the woman who means everything to him—and a soul full of hatred for Christian—the man he wants to be. He’s either going to break Lareina’s heart or stop it altogether. In the midst of their personal wars, Lareina’s crew stumbles across the activities of a secret society. The Vanguard is a new nemesis. They have been undermining the government and letting the Revolutionaries shoulder the blame. Now, they’ve become bold and plot to remove both entities, unless Lareina’s team can stop them. That is, if Lareina’s team wants to stop them. Kaiden & Fisher, Alec, Yukiyo, Orion and Silas are KAYOS.
Novelist, Reviewer, Content/Concept Editor, Blogger, T-shirt Wearer, and Professional Snacker; I am a native Baltimorean and a veteran West Virginian whose family is blended from three distinct cultures. I began as a poor kid with a heart condition who was not expected to live past the age of three. (I sure showed them.) While self-teaching my way through a failed school system, I served as a lookout for prostitutes, errand girl for drug dealers, and file clerk for boosters. This developed in me a love for all things Disney. (Interestingly, I was never inclined to do drugs or anything illegal.)

5.0 out of 5 starsRead this for a glimpse into the next Civil War
ByBruce Loganon February 5, 2017
Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase
Set several decades into the future, this book is reminiscent of, and every bit as avant garde as was George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four when released in 1949. For the fan of dystopian fiction, it’s a feast and for and for anyone interested in a good yarn with equal doses of love and warfare, it’s a page-turner. This work is exceptionally well written by an author with a lively imagination. A spirited read. Well done, Tracy.

5.0 out of 5 starsAwesome read. Highly recommend
ByRamboon May 27, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition
An awesome story with an entourage of insanely cool characters.
Set in a dystopian society where a new civil war has begun, Kayos takes you deeper than your typical action story.
With the world at stake, Lareina, and her group of teenage assassins battle move for move. In living chess match against the antihero you can't help but admire, this eclectic group defines loyalty and family in a scary way all their own.
Delving into the mind of the characters and watching the strategies unfold; it's impossible not to get lost in the KAYOS.
It's an awesome read that you'll finish way too soon.

5.0 out of 5 starsDon't laugh this novel off. It could be your future.
ByFreia Hooper-Bradfordon January 22, 2017
Format: Paperback
Okay, one problem. I let my breakfast get cold when I got started on the book. Coffee too. The pace was very fast and I just had to know more, so I read fast and was not disappointed in the constant changing plot. Pay attention to the characters when you first start out, they are quite a mix of personalities will thicken the plot as the story continues. Lareina is tough but at the same time, she is caring and compassionate. Christian is one smart man with a thick skin but there is a soft side to him that you feel more than read. Then there is the school for only over the top bright students. For this time period, it would take unusual bright students to escape the establishment of the times. I actually don't doubt that a school like that exists in our future a few decades from now. I think the author nailed it when it comes to what we will be facing (those of us who will be alive four decades from now). I won't give away anymore, because you got to read this to know that this futuristic novel gives us a glimpse into the scary part of the near future, kind of like George Orwell's scary novel 1984.