Meet the Characters in the Deadly Games Series

Welcome to the Kiss and Thrill blog! I’m Lena Diaz, author of the Deadly Games Thrillers series. To celebrate the release of my newest novel, Take the Key and Lock Her Up, I thought it would be fun to review the characters in the series (mostly the Buchanan family) and how the books relate to each other. The books are stand alone. You don’t have to read them all to understand each one, but it’s more fun if you do, because you get to enjoy the recurring characters from earlier books and watch them grow and change.
takethekeyBut before I talk characters, here’s the blurb for the newest book, Take the Key and Lock Her Up.

A trained assassin…

A newly minted detective…

A killer who locks his victims away for years…

When their worlds collide, no one is safe, not even the Buchanans.

Detective Emily O’Malley just stumbled upon a killer’s lair—and the remains of a woman he kept locked away for years. But this killer isn’t done yet. More women are missing, and all clues point to Devlin Buchanan—the man who seems to know just a little too much. Emily’s instincts are rarely wrong, and now they’re telling her this sexy, mysterious man is hiding something big …

As a trained assassin for EXIT Inc—a top-secret mercenary group posing as an international tour company—Devlin “Devil” Buchanan isn’t afraid to take justice into his own hands. But when the hot new detective on his trail gets too close to the organization and a contract is placed on her life, Devlin does the only thing he can: he turns rogue agent and kidnaps her to save her life.

With EXIT Inc closing in and passions running hot between them, Emily and Devlin must work together to find the missing women and clear both their names before time runs out … and the key to freedom is thrown away.

Writing Devlin Buchanan as an assassin was a lot of fun and a really difficult challenge. He’s a true bad boy hero, but once you find out why he kills, I hope you’ll come to love him as much as I do, and as much as Emily comes to love him by the end of the story.

Now for a quick sketch of who’s who in the series.

Book #1: He Kills Me, He Kills Me Not

Logan Richards is a Chief of Police in Florida who works to find a serial killer before he can come back and kill the lone surviving victim of his sadistic games, Amanda Stockton.

Pierce Buchanan, an FBI Special Agent from Savannah, Georgia, is a secondary character who helps Logan catch the killer. Madison McKinley, Logan’s sister, is also introduced as a secondary character.

Book #2: Simon Says Die

Pierce Buchanan is back in this book, this time as the hero. His best friend, Logan Richards, is out of the country on his honeymoon with his new bride Amanda. Logan asks Pierce to look after his sister, Madison, because he suspects something is going on, something she’s afraid of but is keeping secret. In the time between books 1 and 2, Pierce and Madison have already dated and split up, for reasons only Madison knows. Pierce is understandably reluctant to have anything to do with her again, but he can’t tell his best friend no. In this story the big question is whether the serial killer, Simon, who is stalking Savannah is also stalking Madison. Or whether Madison is involved in something else altogether.

The entire Buchanan family is introduced in this book. We meet the single-father, Alex, and his five adult sons: Braedon, Pierce, Devlin, and identical twin brothers Matt, and Austin. Pierce’s FBI partner, Tessa James, is also introduced.

Book #3: Ashes, Ashes, They All Fall Dead

Matt Buchanan plays center stage as a private investigator who helps the FBI with a cold case. He works with FBI Special Agent Tessa James on the case, which has more twists and turns than either of them ever expected.

Book #4: Take the Key and Lock Her Up

Devlin “Devil” Buchanan is a reluctant hero in this newest novel, when he saves police detective Emily O’Malley. That starts an entire series of twists and turns and puts the entire Buchanan family at risk.

I hope you’ve enjoyed learning about the Deadly Games Series. Do you have a favorite series you follow? Comment for a chance to win a free digital copy of Take the Key and Lock Her Up. The winner will be announced on Thursday.

Click HERE to access buy links for Take the Key and Lock Her Up.

Or visit my website for more information.

Posted on August 5, 2014, in Author Spotlight, Lena Diaz and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 47 Comments.

  1. The Buchanans sound like quite a family! I imagine that a Xmas reunion might be quite an event. Pity there isn’t a sister around though, to provide genetic balance. She could be a cyber security expert developing Quantum Cryptography techniques to save the world’s banking system. Perhaps she just hasn’t been born yet? LOL

    A favourite of mine is the J D Robb (aka Nora Roberts) ‘In Death’ series. There is something very special about a beautiful female cop sorting out the thugs and villains!

    I think I might enjoy your series Lena … especially if you use a few red herrings to confuse me! *wink*

    • Thanks for stopping by, Quantum. I know tons of people who love the In Death series. I still haven’t taken the plunge because I want a new couple, a brand new romance, in every book I read. Maybe one day I’ll give it a try. I do hope you try my series and that you enjoy it!

      • I agree with you, Lena. Sounds like a great series, and I know I’m missing out, but I was hooked on Nora for YEARS and don’t have the time in my life that In Death would require (because you know I’d need to catch right up!)

    • I love the JD Robb series, too, Quantum. I love seeing how one couple grows in their love as they navigate a harsh world. I also love kick -a** heroines. Lena, you should give it a try and Quantum, if you love those books, I know you’ll love Lena’s too.

  2. Happy release day, Lena! I really like Laura Griffin’s Tracers series because each book features different scientists from the Delphi Forensic Center and uses science to solve a puzzle mystery plus a steamy romance. Fantastic combo imho.

    • Hi Krista! Thank you. Release day is always exciting. I agree on Laura Griffin. Have only read one book so far but it was full of action and I really enjoyed her writing style.

  3. Happy release day, Lena!!! Hope your day is a blast!

    I’m really enjoying Elisabeth Naughton’s new Aegis Security series.

  4. Congratulations on another fabulous book, Lena. I’ve enjoyed meeting the Buchanan clan and the wild adventures in the Deadly Games series. Love, love YOUR books!


  5. Oh LENA! I am flying through Chapter 5 (took a break to visit here) and I LOVE IT!!! I knew Devlin would be my favorite Buchanan brother…you really pulled it off. Congratulations and I wish you a straight shot to the NY Times Best seller list.

    Beside this series, I would have to say the Will Trent series by Karin Slaughter is my auto-auto-auto-buy. (If Manda says the same thing, and she probably will, she’s copying me!) 😉

    Happy release day! Off to FB.

  6. I’m so excited to find out how you handle Devlin! I love it when a bad boy (or girl) is redeemed. I love series, but I don’t think I can pick just one. Happy release day! 🙂

  7. Happy Release Day, Lena!!! I am so excited for you and I have packed up this book to take to Jamaica with me next week. Can’t wait to read it on the beach!!!

    As for favorite series, I still love the paranormals–JR Ward and Sherrilyn Kenyon. I will always be a vampire fangirl. 🙂

  8. I was lucky enough to win a copy of He Kills Me, Be Kills Me Not a year ago and that started my love of your books. I immediately bought the next 2 and have Take The Key and Lock Her Up on my wish list. I also follow Laura Griffin’s Tracer series and Allison Brennan’s Lucy Kincaid series. Emily March/Geraldyn Dawson had a series about the Callahan family I really liked. There were 4 brothers I think. Thanks for the chance to win .

  9. Happy release day!! Hmm…I like to follow the Buchanans and the Deadly Games series. YOU are an autobuy for me. I cannot wait to crack this book open.

  10. mandacollinsauthor

    Congratulations, Lena! So excited to read this one! As for series, there are so many I follow. One of my favorites though is Laura Griffin’s Tracers. And there’s this author called Lena Diaz who writes these awesome romantic suspense books! Love her!

  11. Hmmm…. let me see… which series is my favorite? Could it possibly be the Deadly Games series? Loved it even when we called it Nursery Rhyme …. and will continue to love it no matter what they call the series! The Buchanan brothers (and their step dad) rock! Their women are some of the strongest ever written.

    Congratulations on your new release (about time) and look forward to reading the rest (write faster)! Subliminal messaging brought to you by me. 🙂

  12. Carmen Pacheco

    I’m with Carey: Lena Diaz is an auto-buy for me, too! I’ve already had the pleasure of swooning for Devlin. I know you will, too! 😉

    As far as series, there are so many to whom I pledge allegiance, lol! My favorites revolve around Sherrilyn Kenyon’ s Dark Hunters, League series, and CON. 🙂

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