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  • Writer's pictureJudith D Collins

Under The Palms

Series: The Kingsleys #2

ISBN: 978-1662511936

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Publication Date: 05/21/2024

Format: Other

My Rating: Currently Reading (ARC)


During a weekend retreat, a powerful family plays a dangerous game of dark secrets and cold-blooded ambition in a novel by Kaira Rouda, USA Today bestselling author of Beneath the Surface.

Under the direction of the Kingsleys’ new president, Paige, the family has gathered for a weekend retreat at a luxurious Laguna Beach resort.

Still clinging to the hope of succession are the sons of Richard Kingsley, the family patriarch and CEO: John, the oldest, who’s clawed his way back from a dark tragedy, and Paige’s estranged husband, Ted, the golden boy. When Richard’s ex and his wayward daughter join the fray, Paige finds herself with two fast allies. They know a secret that could shatter the family legacy. Call it leverage, call it revenge, the Kingsley women believe they have the upper hand.

But as the power games begin, greater threats than the howling Santa Ana winds are coming.

Because this weekend, amid so much greed and betrayal, no Kingsley is safe. It’s family. Watch your back.

About the Author

Kaira Rouda is an award-winning USA Today and Amazon Charts bestselling author of contemporary fiction that explores what goes on beneath the surface of seemingly perfect lives. Her novel, The Next Wife, won two Silver Falchion Awards for Best Suspense Novel and runner up to Best Book of the Year. To date, her noels have been translated into a dozen languages.

A former magazine editor and society columnist, Kaira won the Stevie Award for Women in Business for creating the first female-focused residential real estate brand, Real Living, and growing the brand to more than 22 states before its sale to Berkshire Hathaway. Her first book, Real You Incorporated: 8 Essentials for Women Entrepreneurs led to a national speaking tour where she inspired thousands.

Active in the areas of homelessness, food security, and empowering women and girls, in her twenties, as a volunteer, she created the first emergency walk-in shelter for homeless families in Central Ohio. Kaira has received numerous awards for her community service including the national Kiwanis Service to Mankind Award, and most recently was named a Kickass Woman of Orange County by Orange Coast Magazine. Kaira was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsome to the California Volunteers Commission.

She lives in Southern California with her husband, Congressman Harley Rouda, and is at work on her next novel. Connect with her on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest: @KairaRouda; and on Facebook at Kaira Rouda Books.

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Kaira also belongs to the following writing organizations:

Exceptional Authors. Standout Books. Elevator Talk.


"Behind the Book & The Author"

With Bestselling Author Kaira Rouda

Coming, May 2024!

The Kingleys



Praise for the Kingsley Series

"In UNDER THE PALMS, the endlessly entertaining Kaira Rouda has created a high-octane whodunnit as unpredictable as the Santa Ana winds. Rouda brings back the notorious Kingsley crew, dropping them at an exclusive resort with a hidden, dangerous underbelly, tosses in corporate intrigue, plenty of backbiting, and a shocking murder. This heart-stopping page-turner will leave readers begging for more time with the Kingsleys in all their dysfunctional glory."

~ Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of The Overnight Guest and Everyone Is Watching

“… Complete mastery of the psychological suspense thriller genre. Original, clever, deftly crafted, and featuring the author’s distinctive and narrative driven storytelling style …”

~ Midwest Book Review

“Darkly funny, scandalous, and utterly satisfying.”

~ Kirkus Reviews

“An exceptional psychological thriller. Suspense fans will be amply rewarded.”

~ Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

“Succession meets White Lotus on the open seas. With a penchant for revealing the darker side of wealth and the antics of family values deteriorating, Kaira Rouda takes us on a journey where an embattled family gathers for a high-stakes weekend, clambering to the top, and risk everything.”

~ Georgina Cross, author of One Night, Nanny Needed, and Amazon bestselling author of The Stepdaughter

“It’s Succession on a yacht in this delicious and fast-paced thriller! Beneath the Surface has it all—secrets, lies, and rich family drama. Filled with characters you love to hate, this was a twisty and entertaining ride I never wanted to end. Rouda is at her best!”

~ Jeneva Rose, New York Times bestselling author of You Shouldn’t Have Come Here

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