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#Review of Under the Radar (a High Stakes novel) by Dee. J. Adams w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #romanticsuspense @DeeJAdams

Under the Radar

by Dee J. Adams

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GENRE: Romantic Suspense

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BLURB:

Two brothers. Two best friends. One robbery gone wrong.

With a court date looming, a near-fatal car accident, and a house invasion, the four surviving witnesses to an armed robbery know they are targets. In a desperate attempt to stay safe, they take matters into their own hands and go off the grid a week before the trial.

Danny St. John was stuck in a dark place of guilt and regret after a personal tragedy. On the run from violent criminals, he is forced to spend time with the one woman who makes him feel too much. Victoria Lopez needs to protect her heart, but she also misses the guy Danny used to be and thinks she might be able to bring him back. Now, evading gunmen together in Sequoia National Forest, Vic will risk everything to keep Danny safe.

Eric St. John isn’t a big fan of his sister-in-law-to-be, Zoe Turner. Sure, she’s beautiful, but also bossy and brash. When Eric and Zoe are forced to rely on each other for survival, he sees a side to Zoe he never anticipated, a side he definitely likes. But as the two grow closer, so do the men hunting them down.

Time nearly runs out as each couple must not only brave the perils of the wilderness and their growing feelings for each other, but also outwit their pursuers in a deadly game of cat and mouse.

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Excerpt One:

Something moved in the bushes just outside the window in the corner of the room. Zoe’s pulse leapt as she sat up in bed.

“Did you hear that?” Vic whispered almost soundlessly.

“I thought you were sleeping.” Zoe’s voice wasn’t much louder.

“Tried. Not successful.”

They heard the tiniest scrap on the glass and both of them bolted out of bed. “Stuff the pillow under the blankets,” Zoe ordered softly. “Shoes,” she said next as she grabbed her flats. Before they could leave the room, an explosion of sound came from the front of the house and Zoe swung Vic into the closet, followed her in, and shut the door as the window in their room blasted apart. Seconds later, heavy footsteps crunched over broken glass.

Fear and nausea erupted in Zoe’s gut like a geyser. Grunts and thuds coming from the hallway marked the sounds of a fight and she held her breath, waiting for someone to pull open the door. She’d pulled Vic into a death trap by jamming them into this closet.

Bullets erupted outside the door and Zoe slapped a hand over her mouth to hold back a scream. The noise stopped and long tense seconds passed as Zoe and Vic stared at each other, the whites of Vic’s eyes clear in the dark. Before Zoe knew what happened, Vic slammed the door open and pounced on the man in front of them, putting him in a chokehold while hanging onto his back. It was the same thing Casey had done when she’d fought off her ex last year. The gun bounced on the floor and Zoe scrambled to reach it, her hands shaking and breath billowing in and out of her lungs.

Good jeez…what a ride.  Where has Ms. Adams been all of my life?  This is my first read from her but not my last.  I definitely will be snatching up the other 3 books in this series.  And no worries about missing anything.  This book stood alone.  And while everyone knows that romantic suspense is my all time favorite.  Ms. Adams does not disappoint in this area at all.  Nope.  I was holding my breath during a couple of parts.

What kinda left me meh were the romances in the book.  Don’t get me wrong, I loved Zoe and Eric.  Danny and Victoria were good, too.  But I felt like the romance felt a bit off since we were dealing with two completely different romantic couples and their time on the page was split when it came to that aspect.  I honestly felt like the friendship were much stronger in the book than the romance.  Danny is the one character that I felt the sorriest for.  You just have to read the beginning of the book to feel that and I thought his grief was plausible and the guilt he felt realistic.  Zoe was a trip.  Eric uptight and Victoria at times, a tease but together, on the run, they were unstoppable.

The action in this book is some of the best I’ve ever read.  I really felt like I was in a movie just watching it unfold.  Ms. Adams does a great job of putting you right there with her characters and the thing that impressed me most was the attention to detail in her settings.  In most suspense stories, personal hygiene etc. is mostly left out but Ms. Adams puts it in there so that we can see that her characters have the same concerns that we do.  The plot is extremely plausible, realistic and made for an awesome read.

Again, I’m kicking myself that I haven’t read Ms. Adams before.  Her pacing is fantastic, the characters she writes are real people and the situations that she puts them in keeps you turning the page for more.  Don’t be like me and skip this book or author.  Trust me, you’ll kick yourself later.

 

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

After graduating high school in Texas, Dee J. moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting. For twenty years, she acted in television and worked behind the scenes as an acting/dialogue coach for sitcoms.  Writing happened accidentally after a vivid dream and the urging of her husband to “Just write it down.” Three weeks, fourteen hours a day, and four hundred and fifty (long hand) pages later, she had her first novel.  Dee J. loves writing books filled with action, mystery and love. (Not necessarily in that order.) Her experience in show business led to her narrating many of the books in the Adrenaline Highs series for Audible.com. She is the wife of a wonderful man and mother to a fabulous daughter. She’s a dog lover all the way, with a fondness towards Boxers and Pit Bulls. She is a member of several organizations, including Romance Writers of America and SAG-AFTRA.

 

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Review of Rescued by the Spy by Laura A. Barnes w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #suspense #historicalromance

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Kidnapped for revenge

Haunted by the man who murdered her family, Raina LeClair must always be two steps ahead of her sworn enemy through disguise and espionage. When her newest masquerade lands her back in the hands of the man she had previously kidnapped, she is awakened to the pleasure of his touch. When the threat of treason comes into play, Raina can no longer work alone to stop the destruction of England. Can she learn to trust the man who she once betrayed or will her obsession for revenge own her heart forever?

Kidnapped for love

Kidnapped and left for dead, Charles Mallory is always two steps behind in the quest to find his lady kidnapper. Discouraged, Charles turns his attention to a treason plot that is threatening his beloved England. Only to discover the lady who not only held him hostage, but stole his heart, mixed up in the crossfire. Unable to persuade her of the danger she is truly in, Charles resorts to kidnapping her to his family’s cottage. There they learn the true threat lies within their passion for each other. Can he convince her of the love in his heart or will he be left destroyed by this lady once more?

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Bessie looked back to the bar again and realized that Ray was no longer in sight. She couldn’t afford to lose her job at the tavern, but she was so lonely for a man. It had been ages since a fine-looking bloke like this one, has paid any attention to her. The sea captain who was in last week scared her and she escaped his clutches by faking an illness, but next time she would not be so lucky. He was due back in port any day now and Ray had promised her to the captain.

“Have you seen any other strangers in town, besides myself?” he whispered in her ear.

She would not admit to him about the sea captain. Her life depended on it. The owner of the bar was involved in illegal activities with him and she had overheard their plans. She shook her head no while looking over her shoulder again.

Charles felt her grow tense in his embrace. Her body shook from the fear of something or someone and he had a sense on who that was. He pulled her back into his arms more and nuzzled at her neck, feeling her relax again.

“I can protect you Bessie, you need not tell me a single word. If the question I ask you is correct, stroke your hand along my arm. Do you agree?”

Bessie raised her head to stare into the stranger’s eyes, he did not seem as dangerous as the other men coming into the tavern. More of a charmer than anything. She decided to trust him, he might be able to help her escape before it was too late. Slowly she lifted her hand and let it glide down his arm.

Smiling at her he lowered his head again, pretending to kiss her. “Has there been any unusual activity in town within the last few weeks?”

Her hand caressed his bicep, shaping it to her palm.

“Have there been other strangers in the village?” he questioned her again.

Moving down his arm she wrapped her fingers around his wrist.

“Anyone by the name of Shears?”

Her fingers tightened on his wrist as her body grew tense in his arms again. She raised frightened eyes to his as she slid off his lap.

“I need to get back to work sir,” she explained as she let go of his arm.

His arm snaked out quick, grabbing her by her wrist.

“A few hours you say?”

She nodded her head at him as she picked up his empty glass. He dropped her wrist and swatted her on her backside playfully.

“Well Miss Bessie, I will wait here for you; then we can use that room of yours for more fun later,” he winked at her.

Bessie smiled at him, forgetting he frightened her with his questions. His smile held many promises she wanted to enjoy. She wandered back to the bar with the empty glass, smiling over her shoulder at him.

Charles raised his glass at her when she looked back at him. He continued to smile, looking her body up and down in appreciation. When he noticed her blush, he knew he had her convinced that he only wanted a good time. He would wait around here until he could go to her room, then he would get the answers he desired. She knew a lot more than she was letting on, but something had frightened her. Not something but someone. He was close. If he was near, then so was she.

 

This was an interesting book.  Interesting that it was a true historical romantic suspense novel and I honestly don’t read a lot of them.  Sure, some of the ones that I have read have some intrigue to them but this one was a spot on suspense book.  Kidnappings, threats, some violence and a twist that was truly OMG.  But dear readers, you really need to read the first book.  I didn’t and there is a story arc that is being played out that I didn’t get into at first.  I’m still a bit confused but I think that wouldn’t confuse some people.

Raina is one of the best historical heroines that I have read in a very long time.  She’s smart but hurting at the same time.  Conflicted yet so sure of what her mission is.  Dealing with Charles in the first book (again, didn’t read it) and then picking up where it left off, kinda felt off for me.  That said, once this book started moving, it just took off.  Its a fast paced book with plenty of twists to keep you into the story of Raina and Charles.  I just loved Charles, too.  Perplexed at his feelings for Raina, he really had a hard time with his feelings for her.

The secondary characters are very interesting and really help the story along, too.  The villain in the book is vile and I’m really interested to see what is going to happen next.  Yes, even though I didn’t read the first one, I would definitely read Zane’s book in a heartbeat.  There are some loose threads in the suspense plot of the book that I MUST know what is going to happen.  The romance between Raina and Charles is spot on.  I might have had some problems with the plot of the book (simply because I didn’t read the first one) but the romance is swoon-worthy.

If you are looking for a true historical romantic suspense book, look no further.  Ms. Barnes has written one that left me wanting more.

About the Author:

I have always dreamed of being an aspiring author. I am making my dreams come true, one word at a time. When I am not writing, I am spending time with my family. I love reading books on lazy afternoons, and late into the night. Anytime really. Married 28 years to the love of my life and we have three wonderful children and two sweet grandbabies. Besides writing, I have always wanted to travel. In the last few years we have gotten our passport stamped in England and Scotland. We are hoping to add Italy to the list soon. My debut novel is Rescue By the Captain.

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Happy Release Day & #ARC Review of Anywhere with You by Christina Elle w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #romanticcomedy #giveaway @givemebooksblog @christina_elle1

 

Title: Anywhere With You
Author: Christina Elle

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: June 27, 2018

 

Blurb
You are cordially invited to… tick off the bride. 
Teegan Michaels has attended six weddings for her sorority sisters dateless and she refuses to go to the last one alone. Not when she has a perfectly respectable—not to mention hot—NFL player ready to save her from humiliation. Who cares that he’s the bride’s ex-fiancé and only wants to go for revenge?

 

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Excerpt
She peeked a glance up at him, catching mostly only a broad shoulder because of his height. His long arms swung at his sides and his posture stern as he stared at the romantic beach scene in front of them. They were about thirty feet from the other guests when Wes slipped his hand into hers. She stiffened on contact and her brain shut down.
Low, so only she could hear, he said, “We have to sell it, remember?”
She nodded, not trusting herself to say anything while her heart did backhand springs in her rib cage. Holy crap. She was totally holding Wes Stevenson’s hand. And she totally sounded like a teenybopper thinking that.
Be cool,

Tee. Be cool.
It was going to be tough though since her version of cool had never been anything close to his. Or anyone else’s for that matter. Standing up straighter, she closed her hand around his, taking in the feel of skin against skin. The closer they got to the already filled area, the more erratic her heartbeat became. She was going to face Juliet, her family, and friends. And they were all going to chastise Teegan for bringing Wes. 
Damn. She wished she’d thought about that before this moment. She could’ve feigned sickness for the entire weekend. What was going around right now? Yellow fever?
Malaria? She’d even take a good case of salmonella. Anything to get her out of seeing the judgment in everyone’s eyes. The same judgment she saw at every other Delta Gam wedding she’d attended.
With a date, without a date…it didn’t matter. It followed Teegan anyway. The man in question didn’t seem bothered by their impending fate. He stood tall and wore a confident smile. Zero nerves radiated off him.
The Ice Box, they’d called him on the football field. Because he was always cool under pressure. Man, what she wouldn’t give to have some of that superpower right now.
He squeezed her hand, which made her look up at him. He lifted his chin, gesturing in front of them. She looked toward a receiving line that included the bride and groom.
Juliet and the man she’d left Wes for. 
Excellent.
Teegan couldn’t wait to greet them both on this glorious, fantastic evening. Why, oh why, had she agreed to this? It would’ve been better not to attend at all, rather than bring Juliet’s ex to Juliet’s wedding.
Oh, God.

Her heart was beating at an unhealthy rate. She might faint. 
Hey, that wasn’t a bad idea. If she fainted—The hand attached to hers tightened. Wes. She was doing this for Wes. Just think about that. This had to be a million times worse for him.
I needed this book.  Yes, needed.  Since February, our house has been neck deep in baseball and tomorrow it will officially end.  (Last day of the second baseball camp) I needed a cute, sexy, rom-com to read.  I’ve read all of Ms. Elle’s romantic suspense books and they are excellent, so I went with the knowledge that it would have some funny moments.  She didn’t disappoint at all.  In fact, there were some parts that I shouldn’t have laughed at but I did.  And that’s what I needed.
I won’t go into the plot; just read the blurb.  This is a friends to lovers story that hits all the right buttons with me.  Tee and Wes are connected by college and Tee is Wes’ sister’s best friend.  OMG!!!!  Misty and her husband were HILARIOUS!!!  The whole “dress up” scenes were just too damn funny.  Trust me.  You will laugh out loud.  So while we have the whole best friend’s brother vibe going on, you can also see that something was brewing back in college with Tee and Wes.  *swoon*
The revenge part of the plot was nicely done.  I particularly loved the game scenes; Twister is the best.  Juliet is so NOT a nice person.  I just couldn’t see why the other girls even liked her, or Wes for that matter.  I mean seriously?  She wasn’t even a mean girl.  Just a non-person that was greedy, needy and basically a class A *itch.  Now, the other girls were a hoot and they really seemed to care about Teegan even if she thought that they pitied her instead.
Wes and Tee as a couple were a dream.  Tee really gave it to him near the end of the book.  He deserved it and I think that he knew it, too.  You can’t have your cake and eat it, too and except Tee to be okay with it.  She’s a very strong woman but she wasn’t going to let him get away with that crap.  And oh my, the scene with him, Misty, Tee and the other girls afterward?  I had tears, yes, tears.
Do yourself a favor and pick this book up.  You will be laughing, swooning, cheering for Wes and Tee during the games and come away with a great friend to lovers story that I will definitely re-read and put on the keeper shelf.  Ms. Elle is a great writer and it shows with this one.  Can I admit that I miss the grannies and guns?  Just saying…
Author Bio
Christina believes that laughter really is the best medicine, which is why in her stories she blends a healthy dose of hilarious hijinks with gritty suspense.
When she’s not writing fun contemporary romance or quirky romantic suspense, Christina can be found devouring books in every genre, watching Chris Hemsworth on TV, playing board games with her family, working out, checking out Chris Hemsworth on Facebook, napping, stalking Chris Hemsworth on Instagram, and shopping…for Chris Hemsworth’s latest DVD.
Christina lives near Baltimore with her husband and two sons, who give her an endless supply of humorous material to write about.

 

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