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#Review of Collateral Risk by Gwenan Haines w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #romantic suspense

Collateral Risk

by Gwenan Haines

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GENRE: Romantic suspense

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BLURB:

After losing her sister to a serial killer years earlier, scientist Mia Lindgren survives by focusing on the most dangerous viruses known to man. She’s become adept at shutting herself off from human contact—until her lab partner drowns under suspicious circumstances.

Forced to accept the assistance of Nick Doyle, an FBI counter-terrorism expert on leave, she soon realizes someone at the Institute for Research of Infectious Diseases is involved in a deadly deception. As she and Nick race to find a killer who will stop at nothing to accomplish his version of Armageddon, they can’t ignore their own chemistry. But can Mia truly put the past to rest?

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Excerpt Two:

Mia finished reading the articles and took a chair opposite him. If it hadn’t been for the fact they were talking about the end of the world, it would have been cozy, sitting there with her. Small problem.

“If he wasn’t dead, I’d say it would be natural for him to have them. Working with this stuff is what we do. If he came across those articles, he’d keep them.” She hesitated, averting her gaze. “I would too.”

“Well, you’re right about one thing, Bride of Frankenstein,” he said. “The man’s dead. And I’m guessing this has something to do with it.”

“So you believe my theory—about him not really drowning.”

“I’m starting to. I called to get the results of the autopsy and hopefully should have them in a day or two if nobody decides to stall.”

“You think they’re going to stall?”

“I don’t know. We’ll see. I’m supposed to be on leave, so it’s possible the powers that be don’t want me getting involved in something I shouldn’t be.”

They got that right. Under the yellow overhead light, Mia’s hair fell down over her shoulders in pale waves. He’d never seen it down. He almost wished he hadn’t.

She gave him a hard look. “Maybe you shouldn’t. I mean, you’re supposed to be getting better, aren’t you? Healing. This can’t be helping.”

“It is helping,” he said quietly. “You’re helping.”

She looked away. For several seconds, she didn’t speak. “I don’t think so,” she said at last. “I’ve never helped anybody. Not even my own mother.”

“Mia—”

“Stop, okay?” She held up a hand. “Just stop.”

“Okay.” He wanted to reach out and take her hand in his. No, he wanted to take her upstairs and show her how much she’d helped him heal, one long kiss at a time. But if he told her that he’d lose her. Whatever had happened to her in the past had scared the hell out of her. If he pushed too hard, he’d lose her.

And he wasn’t going to get involved with her in the first place. Wasn’t that what he kept telling himself?

4 in a row.  That is a record for me.  Plus, this is a new to me author.  And it deals with bioterrorism, something that I know nothing about.  I read the authors notes and definitely have a new found respect for the CDC.  Oh and Ms. Haines, I had heard about that island.  That’s some spooky stuff right there.

If I had one thing to nitpick about the book is I would have liked a bit more of the romance.  I know, I know.  Believe me, I felt the connection between Mia and Nick but I felt like it was more of an HFN.  Both of them had some serious relationship issues to be worked out.  Nick’s dead wife and Mia’s whole family issues but I still would have liked a cleaner ending.  But hey that’s just the romantic in me.

The thriller part of the book is phenomenal.  Yes, phenomenal.  There were times that I had to read some parts twice just so I could get a better sense of everything that was going on.  While the plot is simple in context, Ms. Haines has written it where there are some red herrings that I never saw coming.  You definitely have to pay attention and I love when an author makes me think while I read a suspense/thriller book.  Plus, I learned a lot about bioterrorism.  People, that’s some scary shit.  Sorry for the language but it is.  And the depths that some people will go to to make it happen.

Ms. Haines writing is very fluid and taunt.  She knows how to write a very balanced suspense/thriller.  The book starts off fast and really doesn’t let up.  Okay, there is that one time.  *wink wink*  I also liked how her secondary characters are fleshed out and not just window dressing or plot devices that make no sense.  Mia mom, Angela, is one of those characters that at first glance would be throwaway but she has depth and I especially liked how she and Mia tried to bond in the end.

Do your self a favor and pick this book up.  It’s taunt, thrilling, suspenseful and characters that you truly will care for.  Plus, I have a soft spot for the “wounded” FBI agent.  Oh yes, I didn’t mention that about Nick?  My bad.  He He!!  And if you are worried about Mia being soft?  Don’t be.  She’s tough.  Just scared when it comes to having a real relationship with anyone.  *sigh*

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Gwenan Haines lives in New England with her daughter and a Siberian husky born on Halloween. She’s been hooked on suspense ever since her mom read her an old Nancy Drew mystery when she was five years old. She also loves romance and fantasy. Her paranormal novella, WRAITH, and novel, SHIFT, the first two installments in the SHADOW WORLD series, are under contract with Wild Rose Press’s fantasy line. When she’s not plotting her newest mystery, she teaches community college and writes lots of poetry.

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#Review of Bargaining with the Boss (an Accidentally Yours novel) by Jennifer Shirk w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @entangledpub @entangledpublishing @JenniferShirk @ocwriter_jen

Bargaining with the Boss

by Jennifer Shirk

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GENRE: Romance

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BLURB:

Kinsley just wanted to have some fun for a change. Then she wakes up in a stranger’s bed, with her bridesmaid dress on backward and a hazy memory of what happened at her friend’s wedding. With a quick escape, she can get back to her predictable life. But then she meets her new boss—the same guy she’d woken up next to—and seeing him with a clear head doesn’t make him any less attractive.

Mixing business with pleasure has never been Damon’s style, and easily avoided, but the hotel he just bought comes with an unexpected perk—its manager. “Sensible” Kinsley today is as alluring as “impulsive” Kinsley was the night before, and she talks him into a deal. If she can turn around the hotel by the end of summer, he won’t tear it down to put up a more profitable casino.

Their plan is simple…until falling for each other becomes more than they bargained for.

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Excerpt One:

Kinsley jumped up and launched herself into his arms. “Thank you,” she breathed into his shoulder. “Thank you for believing in me.”

Damon stilled. Then his arms slowly came around her and he pressed her to his chest. “You’re welcome,” he whispered in her hair.

She made no movement to separate herself from his embrace. She knew it was wrong—highly inappropriate, actually—to be standing in her office, burrowing in her boss’s chest like a chipmunk. Anyone could barge in. But he felt so nice, so warm with that freshly showered, masculine scent all his own. She couldn’t resist staying in his arms a little longer until good sense entered her brain again.

Kinsley dropped her arms and they both slowly drew apart. Damon didn’t look happy. In fact, his jaw was clenched so tight, it looked like it might shatter. She just hoped this little overly affectionate stunt didn’t cost her her job.

“Sorry,” she muttered, her face growing hotter with every passing second. “Sometimes I let my emotions get carried away. I didn’t mean to…jump you. It’s just that I’m so grateful.”

Damon remained silent, his brows furrowed together as if contemplating how to tactfully fire her without hurting her feelings.

“It, uh, won’t happen again,” she assured him. “The hugging part, not the thanking you part.”

“I know what part you were referring to,” he growled. She swallowed. “Oh, right. Of course. Sorry for the… Sorry.” Somebody tape my mouth closed now.

Damon held up his hands in a time-out sign. “We’re off the clock, right?” he asked.

Dread had her hesitating. Was he really going to fire her? She nodded and slowly met his steel-blue eyes.

Then before she could blink, Damon St. James pulled her back into his arms and kissed her.

Another catnip read for me.  That’s 3 in a row.  I think that’s a record for me.  Anyway…let’s face it.  It’s an Entangled Bliss book, the author is a fave of mine, Jennifer Shirk and yes, I do like “sweet” books.  As most know, I don’t watch the Hallmark Channel at all.  I avoid it actually but when it comes to reading sweet romances I’m all in.  In fact, I actually prefer them over all the hot books.  Just don’t tell everyone.  I’ve got a rep to protect.  LOL!

What drew me to the book was the author.  I’ve read most of her books and I just love her writing style.  She writes what I love to read.  Sweet romances that have a depth to them, humorous situations but most importantly, the slow build of the romance.  Ms. Shirk doesn’t rush her stories.  She lets the characters talk and act in their own way and doesn’t muck up them with filler.  Sure, Damon and Kinsley had some outside distractions and secondary characters to deal with but the bulk of the book is about Damon and Kinsley.

Kinsley could have come across as a complete airhead but what I really liked about her was that she didn’t have the self-confidence that she thinks she doesn’t have.  Her ex did a number on her but Damon gave her a chance.   But she earned it.  Damon is damaged.  Yes, I said it.  I loved him though.  I liked how he finally had the sit down with his dad…10 years too late but still.  It was sweet that they finally were able to talk and set things straight.  Of course, you can’t read a Ms. Shirk book without a sibling or two to cause some sort of trouble.  Wade…I can’t wait to see what she does with him in a future book.  *hint hint*  I really liked him and would love to read his backstory.

Overall, Ms. Shirk does it again.  I don’t know what I would do if she ever stopped writing.  I know, crawl into a little ball and rock myself.  Even if you don’t read sweet romances, you really need to check out Ms. Shirk’s work.  You won’t be sorry.

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Jennifer Shirk is a USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of sweet (and sometimes even funny) romances for Montlake Romance and Entangled Publishing. She loves coffee, wine, the people living in her house and God. (Not necessarily in that order). Strong literacy and library advocate as well.

She resides in a beach resort in NJ, so when she’s not writing or working on her tan, she’s taking care of her most treasured possessions: her husband, daughter, puppy (Sox) and four hermit crabs.

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#Review of Secret Baby, Second Chance (Sons of Stillwater #3) by Jane Godman! #harlequinromsuspense @HarlequinBooks @JaneGodman

 

 We’re so excited to be hosting Jane Godman and her Secret Baby, Second Chance Blog Tour today! Please leave a comment to let her know you stopped by!
Title:
SECRET BABY, SECOND CHANCE
Author: Jane Godman
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 288
Genre: Romantic Suspense
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She’s alive! Vincente Delaney has finally found his girlfriend, Beth Wade, who disappeared a year and a half ago, alive. But he’s shocked to discover someone with her: their child, a little girl he never knew about! Once upon a time, lone wolf Vincente never expected forever with Beth, but now he must put everything on the line to protect her and their family.
Beth was forced to leave Vincente to protect everything she held dear. But now the threat to her loved ones’ lives has reared its ugly head again. As danger approaches, she and Vincente must delve into her past to cast out the darkness jeopardizing their future.

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Book Excerpt:

As he approached, he sized up the building. Nothing about it made him think of Beth. It had a slightly neglected air, as if the owner didn’t have the time, energy or money to spend on it. He  contrasted that with the Stillwater house she had lived in. That had been as neat as wax. Being organized seemed to come effortlessly to Beth, spilling over into how she dressed, her surroundings
and how she dealt with other people. Vincente wondered, not for the first time, if the reason she had struggled with their relationship was because she couldn’t neatly package up her feelings for him. When they were together there was no controlling what they felt. It had always been raw, primal…and incredible.
The thought spurred his feet up the front step. His heart was pounding so loud it almost drowned out the sound of his knock on the door. Prepared for disappointment, his nerves—already under intense pressure—were ratcheted up to crisis level when he heard a voice calling out.
“Did you forget something, Detective ?” It wasn’t just any voice. It was Beth’s voice.
He wondered how she would react if she checked who it was through the peephole in the door. Her words indicated she thought Laurie had come back again and he heard a key turn in the lock immediately after she spoke.
The door swung open and the smile on her lips faded. As she gazed at him in shock, Vincente took a moment to drink in her appearance. Her hair was shorter, just reaching her shoulders now instead of the waist-length mass in which he had loved to bury his hands. It was scraped back into an unflattering ponytail. She looked thinner. And tired, definitely tired. Almost to the point of exhaustion. But maybe the reason for that was sitting on her hip.
The baby wore pink sweatpants and a T shirt with butterflies embroidered all over. Not quite a toddler, she was a perfect little girl. Her black hair clustered in a halo of curls around her head and she studied Vincente with eyes that were huge, dark and framed by thick, spiky lashes. The hint of olive to her skin and the full ruby lips were additional confirmation of his first suspicion. It was
like looking in a mirror .
Vincente almost took a step back in shock as he gazed at his daughter.
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 This book is my catnip.  Romantic suspense, secret baby, second chances and small town.  Yep, Ms. Godman had me at the title of the book.  Then throw in the cover, the blurb, and the first paragraph.  But really sold me on the book as a whole was Vincente and Beth.  I loved reading about how they ran hot and cold during their first run as a couple.  The fighting, the hot making up sessions afterward.  Catnip.  Both characters had some issues when it came to relationships but none more than Vicente.
I times I really wanted to slap Vincente upside his head when it came to how he viewed relationships.  Look, I get the abandonment issue with his mother but his stepmother did everything that she could to make him feel wanted and loved.  Keep this in mind though, I haven’t read Bryce and Cameron’s books so maybe I missed out on some more of their backstory in regards to how they were brought up but still.  Vincente…get over yourself.  You have a second chance with the only woman that you ever truly loved and a daughter now.  Anywoos…other than that, Vincente was a dream.  He realized that he did need to finally put the past behind him and get it together if he wanted a second chance with Beth.
Beth, I could totally understand the motivation to disappear.  I would have freaked out if I got the letters and photos.  That was just too creepy for me and then to find out in the end who was doing it?  I honestly thought it was someone else and I was wrong.  Love when an author does that to me.  I’m no Sherlock but sometimes I do get it right.  Not here.  Ms. Godman puts up a few red herrings so when the truth is finally revealed, you are left gobsmacked.  Plus, the secondary characters from the past were interesting.  Rick really sticks out for me.  You will have to read the book to find out why.  Plus, since I didn’t read the other books in the series, I loved getting to know Laurie, Cameron, Bryce, and Steffi.  They are great at being there for Vincente and Beth. Let’s also not forget about Vincente and Beth’s daughter, Lia.  She is NOT plot device but a character in her own right.
In fact, the line from Vincente is classic:  “She trashed the place,” he whispered.  He expression was stunned.  “As soon as you left the room, she just went for it.”
Nothing can prepare a new daddy like Vicente like that.  There were other moments between Lia and her daddy.  I had the giggles at times with Lia and the dog, Melon.  I know that they could be perceived as humorous plugs but in the end…well, you just need to read the book.
Overall, I just loved this book.  I read it in one afternoon but it has definitely stayed with me.  I’m still thinking about the scene in the bedroom when Vicente went all “bossy” with Beth and her reaction to it.  Oh yes, this book has some sexy times and they are hawt.  Just a friendly warning.  *wink*
I will definitely look Ms. Godman’s books up.  She is a new to me author that I really liked.  Her style of writing, pacing, characters and overall, how did she fool me in the end, has me hooked.
About the Author
JANE GODMAN worked in a variety of shops, bars, and offices before settling into a career as a teacher. She was born in Scotland and has lived in Germany, Wales, Malta, South Africa, and England.  Home is now the Wirral, a beautiful English peninsula situated between Wales and Liverpool.
Jane still gets the urge to travel, although these days she tends to head for a Spanish beach, or a European city that is steeped in history. Venice, Dubrovnik, and Vienna are among her favorites.
When Jane isn’t reading or writing romance, she enjoys cooking and spending time with her family. She is married to a lovely man, has two grown up children and has recently discovered the joy of becoming a grandparent.
Jane writes paranormal romance for Harlequin Nocturne and SMP Romance, thrillers for Harlequin Romantic Suspense, and self-publishes her steamy historical and gothic stories.  
Her latest book is the romantic suspense, Secret Baby, Second Chance.
                                                                                                    

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