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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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Happy Book Birthday & #Review of Royal Ruin (Flings with Kings #1) by Jessica Peterson w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @givemebooksblog @jessicapauthor

Title: Royal Ruin
Series: Flings with Kings #1
Author: Jessica Peterson
Genre: Royal Romance/Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 18, 2018


Blurb
To: Emily@EPDesigns.com
From: HRHKit@PrimrosePalace.org.uk

SUBJECT: ENGAGEMENT CONTRACT (Marked Confidential)

FROM THE DESK OF
HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCE CHRISTOPHER
Emily—Thank you for joining me for dinner tonight. And for agreeing to my proposal, as ludicrous as it is. Desperate times call for fake engagements. At least in my family.
I am attaching the contract we discussed. Our lawyers asked that I highlight the following clauses:
  • The engagement shall last ninety days
  • Both parties are to appear genuinely in love at all royal appearances
  • Beyond required public displays of affection, there shall be no contact of any kind between the parties
The first half of your payment will be deposited into your account upon the signing of this contract. Be sure to note your ring size. We would like to make prompt delivery
of the family emerald. The Queen and I thank you in advance for your discretion.
Cheers,
Kit
P.S.—Sorry to hear about your divorce. Your ex sounds like a proper knob head.
P.P.S.—You looked stunning tonight.

This is another trope that is catnip to me.  Royals!  Yes, I can’t get enough of them.  But what really stands out for me with Royal Ruin is Kit.  Yes, the hero of the book.  He wasn’t an alphahole, domineering and generally an ass.  He was sweet, had inappropriate thoughts about Emily but still maintained his stiff upper lip when he needed to.  Also, he didn’t back down when it came to Emily and her ex, Luke.  The bar scene alone had me cheering.  Let’s not forget that he had family issues to deal with and you had an almost perfect hero.  Yes, almost perfect.  He had his flaws like not really understand Emily when it came to her business.  I know, the Ms. Peterson is trying to mirror the real royals and she really does in so many instances.

Emily is a great heroine.  In the beginning of the book, I really wanted to hate her for what she did to Kit but then if it were different then there would be no book.  But she also stood out for me because of her convictions to her business.  Yes, it was a major source of irritation from both Kit and Luke but it was who she was and she wasn’t about to let that go.  But I will admit that at times I felt like I didn’t quite know her.  Ms. Peterson hasn’t written the book from both Kit and Emily’s POV but we get way more of Kit’s than hers.  Did I like that?  Yes, because we normally don’t get the hero’s POV at all.  That said, I felt a bit cheated when it came to Emily.  I would have liked some more about her.

Kit’s brothers, Rob & Jack and his sister, Jane are an absolute HOOT!  I can’t wait for Rob’s book.  They kept Kit grounded and had him realize that no matter what, they would be there for him and back him up with whatever decision that he made in regards to Emily.

The writing is fast-paced, hilarious, sweet, hawt, but above all honest.  I liked that Kit and Emily could talk to each other and mean it.  There was no pretense with them and in the end…sorry.  Spoiler, almost.  Ms. Peterson’s use of the King’s English is spot on and funny.  Yes, I said King’s English.  I read this book in one sitting and I can’t wait to re-read again.  Plus, waiting for Rob’s book.  Ms. Peterson has a winner of a book and a great start to a series.  Pick this one up.  You won’t be sorry.

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Author Bio
Jessica Peterson began reading romance to escape the decidedly unromantic awkwardness of her teenage years. Having found solace in the likes of Mr. Darcy, Jamie Fraser (OMG love the gingers!), and Edward Cullen, it wasn’t long before she began creating tall, dark and handsome heroes of her own.
She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband, Mr. Peterson, and her smelly Goldendoodle Martha Bean. She is the author of the super sexy STUDY ABROAD and FLINGS WITH KINGS series. Check her out at www.jessicapeterson.com
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