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#Review and Happy Book Birthday to Deep (The Deep Duet #1) by M. Malone & Nana Malone! @minxmalone @nanamalone

 

 

Title: Deep
Series: The Deep Duet #1
Authors: M. Malone & Nana Malone
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 8, 2018
Blurb

I am the ghost that haunts your dreams. I am a liar, a protector…a killer…I am death.You think you know my story, but you have no idea. My death was just the beginning.I’m a dead man.

In the years since I escaped the shadow organization that owned me, my vow to protect my family is the only thing that kept me alive.

Until I meet her.

Too bad I need the monster to protect her from the demons of her past.

Too bad she’s not that innocent.

Cliffhanger Warning: I know you want the whole story right now. But that’s not how things went down. And I think you know by now when it comes to ORUS, things don’t always go according to f*cking plan.

(The Deep Duet unfolds over the course of two books. Deep will be followed by Deeper, releasing on January 29th)

 

 

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Excerpt
Ovary up, bitch. This is the plan.If she wanted her plan to work, it was going to require sacrifice, which meant getting this car down the fucking ravine and then climbing down herself. Time
to put on her big-girl thong.She gathered up her long blond hair and secured it with a ponytail holder. Time to get to work. She only had a couple of hours. She’d been following Rafe DeMarco every Tuesday for months. This was the path he’d take. It was too late for another plan. Besides she’s been setting this up for months.She had selected the perfect spot for this. Right before the guardrail began. As an added bonus, there was a path she could use to initially climb down and a rock outcropping she could stand on to wait for him.She’d scattered broken glass to make it look like an accident. Once the car was in neutral, she jogged around to the trunk and started to push.

Her ribs throbbed. That asshole in krav maga class had forgotten they were training and had gotten in a brutal hit. She’d have bruises for days. But it wasn’t like she could wait to heal up.

Even as the sweat popped on her brow and her body screamed, inch by inch she pushed until she finally started to get some momentum. And then managed to get car right up to the edge. With one more deep breath, she rolled the car over the edge.

The crash, boom, thud sounds echoed all through the ravine as the car tumbled front-over-end down the jagged edges of rocks. A quick glance at her watch told her she needed to haul ass. DeMarco was likely turning on to the road by now, so she didn’t have time to waste.

It was a stupid thing, but she felt a pang of hurt looking at the shiny blue paint she’d picked out, all crumpled and cracked. That was the first car she’d ever bought for herself.

She’d never had her own car before. Her father had preferred for her to be chauffeured, and her brothers had felt the same way. So she’d been excited to pick out a car on her own. And look at it now… a martyr for the cause.

“Your sacrifice will not be for nothing, young Toyota.”

The back of the car was now completely smashed and bent, so it looked like the car had skidded off the road and plunged down the embankment. She shivered. Under her coat, she only wore a thin dress, one that clung to her curves. But it was part of the plan, so she’d pushed past the mortification. It would all be worth it soon.

She clasped her forehead, rubbing at the stress ball of tension that had settled behind her eyes. Now or never.

The entire scene had been meticulously planned. With a deep breath, she scooted around the guardrail and held her breath as she started down the nearly nonexistent trail. Sand and razor-sharp rocks were more than happy to mingle with her toes and cut up her feet, but she kept moving.

The son of a bitch had better take the bait. He will. This whole plan banked on Rafe DeMarco being a decent enough human being to care about someone else potentially being hurt. Either that or curious enough to stop and see what the hell was going on.

The glass was hard to ignore. As were the random clothes she’d strewn about. She just prayed some other stray motorist didn’t decide to be a Good Samaritan. But this was an access road, rarely ever traveled.

She shoved aside the lingering feelings of doubt and concern and guilt. This man had taken everything away from her, deliberately and systematically. She was going to return the favor. And she was going to get her life back. It didn’t matter how long it took.

She shivered again when she remembered his dark eyes peering at her from behind the mask. He’d just killed her father. Two bullets in the skull. Cold. Efficient. His lips had been set in a firm, grim line.

She’d gasped from her hiding place, the fear and the shock and despair leaking through her body like a chemical spill. She still remembered the sound of his voice as he muttered a single word. “Fuck.” When he’d pulled aside the curtain, she’d been so sure he was going to kill her too. Positive he was going to murder her like he’d done her father. But he hadn’t. He’d let her live.

That was his first mistake.

Maybe he’d assumed she’d be so traumatized by the situation that she wouldn’t remember. Maybe he thought she’d be grateful he hadn’t killed her. Maybe he thought she’d forget his face, his voice, the way he made her feel.

Bad luck for him. She remembered that day in startling clarity. The day he’d turned her family upside down. Come to think of it, she needed to have a slogan for when she saw him again. Like in The Princess Bride.

“My name is Diana Vandergraff. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” She wasn’t the villain here, so she wasn’t going to have some long, drawn-out bragging speech. But he would know. She’d make sure he understood the series of events that had led to his world crumbling.

She wanted him to know.

You know what makes this duo so good?  Besides their writing style?  The heroes and heroines that they come with.  Seriously.  I’ve read every book in this series featuring Blake Security and I’m still just blown away at how they have come up with the different characters and storylines but still manage to pull them all together and it makes sense.  When reading a series like this each duet can be read on its own which is good but you still have that one person that ties it all together.  That person is Rafe.  Yes, Rafe.
Let me explain, hopefully without spoilers.  Rafe is an ex-assassin/deep undercover FBI Agent/ORUS agent that most people believed died.  He left his sister, Lucia and best friend, Noah Blake to go on with their lives.  Little did he realize that Noah and Lucia would fall in love, get married and start a family.  Then you have Jonas, the ex-cop, and JJ, Lucia’s best friend that are now with Blake Security.  Plus, let’s not forget Oskar and Matthias, who also work for Blake Security.  BTW, can’t wait to read their stories.  Of course, when Rafe reappears, not everyone is happy about it or trusts him for that matter.
Enter Diana and all bets are off.  I wish I could tell you about the story but I can’t without spoilers.  What I can tell you is that this story is more character driven than the others.  Not as much action but that’s perfectly fine by me.  We finally get to meet and understand Rafe and what he has been doing and why he did it all those years ago.  Diana is tied to his past but not everything is what it seems.  Of course, Rafe doesn’t have a clue except that he knows that Diana is hiding something.  He just thinks it something else.
The smexy times are plentiful and meaningful.  There is nothing that these two couldn’t do together but I’m not sure that the road to happiness is going to be a good one.  There are too many secrets, a betrayal that is going to cut deep but there is a love brewing that cannot be denied.  Plus, with the men and women of Blake Security behind them, nothing will and can stop them.  Like I said, Rafe and Diana’s story is a bit different.  We get to know them as individuals and then as a couple.  But I’m sure that the action will be non stop in the conclusion.
A couple things a bit off topic.  Yes, I know going in that the book ends with a cliffhanger.  And yes, it drives me crazy but I’m not left hanging too long.  And also I have a bone to pick with Nana.  You lied.  I thought this was going to be Matthias’ book.  Sneaky dog you!
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M. Malone
NYT & USA Today bestselling author M. Malone lives in the Washington, DC metro area with her husband and their two sons. She holds a master’s degree in Business from a prestigious college that would no doubt be scandalized by how she’s using her expensive education.
Independently published, she has sold more than 1/2 million ebooks in her two series, THE ALEXANDERS and BLUE-COLLAR BILLIONAIRES. Since starting her indie journey in 2011 with the runaway bestselling novella “Teasing Trent,” her work has appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than a dozen times.
She’s now a full-time writer and spends 99.8% of her time in her pajamas.
Nana Malone
USA Today bestselling author Nana Malone’s love of all things romance and adventure started with a tattered romantic suspense novel she “borrowed” from her cousin.
It was a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana, and Nana was a precocious thirteen. She’s been in love with kick-butt heroines ever since. With her overactive imagination constantly channeling her inner Buffy, it was only a matter a time before she started creating her own characters.
While she waits for her chance at a job as a ninja assassin, Nana works out her drama, passion and sass with fictional characters every bit as brazen and kick-butt as she thinks she is.
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#Review o Power Struggle (a Detective Madison Knight book, #8) by Carolyn Arnold w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @Carolyn_Arnold

POWER STRUGGLE

by Carolyn Arnold

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GENRE: Suspense/Mystery

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BLURB:

One hit man who’s back for revenge.

One detective who’s not going down without a fight.

It’s been ten months since Detective Madison Knight almost died at the hands of Russian Mafia hit man Constantine Romanov. She hasn’t seen hide nor hair of him since he escaped police custody and fled to Russia soon after his arrest, except now her latest murder investigation gives her reason to believe he’s back in town. Seeing as the victim is the man who killed her grandfather, her perspective may be a little skewed, but with the MO smacking of Constantine and the victim’s connections to the mob, she finds it hard to be objective. Still, she’s doing her best to consider all the evidence.

When she receives a threatening letter from Constantine, however, her suspicions are confirmed. And he’s made it abundantly clear that not only does he plan to finish what he started but he has her family and loved ones in the crosshairs, too. Madison vows to do whatever it takes to save them, but as the hours race by, the body count rises. And the stakes only get higher when Madison’s sister, Chelsea, goes missing.

Now, Madison’s only play is to take Chelsea’s disappearance for what it really means: Constantine is calling Madison out for one final showdown. And they won’t both survive…

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Excerpt Three:

This was really happening. Constantine was back for her and her family. Her first thought went to Troy but was followed quickly with images of her sister and her nieces. Her parents lived in Florida and should at least be safely out of his reach, but the rest of them? She fumbled as she tried to get her phone out of her coat pocket.

God, who should she call first? She needed to make sure everyone was safe—right now. Maybe if she called Troy and then the station, she could have officers go by her sister’s, to her nieces’ school and the youngest one’s daycare, to her brother-in-law’s office, and after that, she could make a call to the local Florida cops to check in on her parents, just in case.

She pressed the speed dial for Troy and let her gaze continue to skitter over the parking lot for any sign of Constantine. She was too exposed and vulnerable standing there, and tremors shot through her. But if he was just going to pull a trigger, why the taunting note? She had a horrible feeling a single bullet wouldn’t inflict enough torture for Constantine’s liking.

Troy’s phone continued ringing in her ear.

“Pick up!” she cried out.

Two women were walking toward her with quizzical expressions on their faces. Madison made eye contact with one of them.

“Are you okay?” the woman asked.

Madison bit down on her bottom lip and ran a hand through her hair. She nodded. “I’ll be fine. Thanks.”

The one who’d asked how she was shrugged and bugged out her eyes at her friend as if Madison was crazy. They kept walking toward a sedan parked two down from Madison’s Mazda and got in.

“You’ve reached the voice mail of—”

Madison hung up, gripping her phone tightly. Why wasn’t he answering?

Troy had the day off. He was planning to go into the station later for her meeting with Winston and the police chief, but otherwise, he could be anywhere. If Constantine knew where to find her this morning, he’d likely tailed her from Troy’s house.

She got into her car and tugged on her seat belt.

Maybe Troy was just busy, or his phone was on mute, or…

She tried him again, and it rang to voice mail once more.

This time she left a message. “Troy, it’s me. Call me back the second you get this,” she rushed out. “Constantine’s back.”

She ended the call and thrust the key into the ignition, ready to tear out of the lot, but there was one more number she could try to reach him. It was primarily reserved for his boss in case a call came in requiring Troy’s SWAT team since he was on call 24-7, even on his days off.

She tried that number. It went to voice mail, too.

She pressed her phone to her forehead.

Please don’t tell me he’s…

Madison put the car into gear, and her phone rang. She answered quickly. “Troy?”

“You got the T part right, but this is—”

“Terry, something’s happened,” she blurted out, panic shredding her insides. She pushed the button on the kiosk to lift the barricade at the parking lot’s exit.

“What is it?” Terry sounded nauseated, as if he’d already been struck with bad news. “Are you all right? Where are you?”

“I’m fine, but—” She checked her mirrors. Constantine could be watching her right now.

“Maddy?” Terry prompted. “You’re scaring me.”

She pulled out onto the street. “Constantine’s back.” She swallowed the mouthful of bile that had risen in her throat. The sour taste hit her tongue, but it was nothing compared to the unsettled and knotted ball in the pit of her stomach, nor the one in her chest. What if he had… No, she couldn’t even finish the thought. She just had to get to Troy. She floored it through a yellow light.

So I’m back with a review of a mystery/thriller w/romantic elements and to say that I’m hooked on Madison Knight would be an understatement.  This is the first book that I’ve read by Ms. Arnold and it will not be my last. To say that my pulse pounded in my throat, my anxiety hit the roof and I could not put this book down until the very end.  Yep, this is that book.  True, I read a lot of romantic suspense, mysteries, mystery/thrillers but I got much more than that in this book.

Madison Knight is a detective in a major crimes division (LOVE the show Major Crimes) and is the only female.  Her boyfriend, Troy is part of the S.W.A.T. team and they have their ups and downs in regards to their relationship.  She has confidence issues that need to be dealt with in regards to Troy and let’s not forget that she also has to deal with a mother that still can’t accept the fact that she’s a cop.  To say that Madison has some things outside her job would be a lie.  But that’s what makes Madison so human and real to me.  I felt like I knew her.  And yet, I didn’t know her.

But what really got me about this book is how real and authentic to felt.  I watch a lot of cop shows on television and no one can match my love for Jack Ryan/Tom Clancy but Ms. Arnold has written one of the best female cops that I’ve ever read.  And yes, I love Eve Dallas and her yummy Roarke but I connected with Madison on a more personal level.  She cares too much for her family and after everything that she has been dealt with Constantine, it is still raw for her.  I liked how Ms. Arnold didn’t shy away from the effects of how Madison is dealing with it.  Most authors wouldn’t go that far but Ms. Arnold does and its brilliant.

I swear this book near lets up.  I didn’t take a break until I absolutely had to go the bathroom.  That’s how involved I was with it and I never wanted it to end.  That said, it did and it totally blew me away.  I have got the first book in the series to read and I can’t wait to see how it all began for Madison.  Madison is just one of those characters that will stay with you after you finish.  Not to mention the story itself.  Ms. Arnold writes a fast-paced, taunt, thrill ride that you will not forget.  Just remember not to drink anything so you can read right through.


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CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series—Detective Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, McKinley Mysteries, and Matthew Connor Adventures—and has written nearly thirty books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures.

Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.

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Happy Book Birthday & ARC #Review of Mr. Dirty (a London Billionaire standalone) by Nana Malone! @givemebooksblog @nanamalone

Title: Mr. Dirty
Series: A London Billionaire Standalone
Author: Nana Malone
Genre: Contemporary New Adult Romance
Release Date: December 13, 2017
Blurb

*This is a standalone novel with a HEA!

I have a dirty mouth. That’s the truth. Women love it. And I have no plans on changing. Why would I?I like my life. The women, the partying, the fun.

Until I meet my new neighbour.

She’s messing with my good thing. She’s annoying, and persistent, and a pain in the…well you get the idea. She’s also gorgeous, and smart…and completely immune to me.

And now she needs my help with a little Ex payback and I’m more than happy to lend my expertise. Now all I have to do is keep from falling for her in the process. How hard can that be?

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Oh.My.God.  This is such a fun book.  And dirty.  And emotional.  And smart.  Yes, smart.  Ms. Malone is one of my go-to authors and she doesn’t disappoint in this offering in her London Billionaires series.  I read Mr. Big but don’t worry, you don’t need to read it to enjoy this one.  When I say smart, its written more in the tone and voice of Nathan and I loved it.  I really enjoy the male POV and besides the alternative chapters, most authors won’t tackle it but Ms. Malone does and she does it brilliantly.
Nathan is the manwhore that you fall in love with from the start.  The opening of the book sets the tone for him but he is so much more than just having a different bedmate every other night.  He really cares for Sophie.  From the very beginning.  The “lessons” that he decides that she needs is just a ruse to get to know her and yes, sleep with her but in the end, that’s not what happens.  I also loved that even with all the issues that he has with his dad, he can talk to his stepmother.  The scenes near the end of the book with her just about broke me.  What grown man, billionaire talks to his mom about falling in love?  Nathan does and it is beautiful.  Plus, he buys a theater.
Sophie is the complete opposite of Nathan but that’s why the relationship works.  The complete each other and in ways they didn’t even know.  But what’s even better about Sophie is that she didn’t want to fall in love with Nathan, but she did and when they black moment came up, it was her, not him, that had to realize that she never let him explain.  She just reacted and walked.  In most books, it’s the other way around but Ms. Malone just knows to twist it just a bit and her…she just knows.  And that’s why I love Ms. Malone.
Ms. Malone writes a fast-paced book.  Nothing ever lags and I appreciate that in more ways than I can ever express.  Her writing is tight, fluid, and emotional.  Manwhore or not, you will fall in love with Nathan.  And Sophie.  I will warn you though that it is written in British English.  *sigh*  All the slang is there and at times, I really felt like I was in London.  Plus, the romance between Nathan and Sophie is relatable, emotional, funny, dirty and just plain fun.  He might be a billionaire but he’s just a regular guy falling in love and hating the pain that goes with it.  Sophie is just a lady that wants to be loved and not forgotten in the process.  *sigh*
One of the best books that I’ve read this year and you won’t be disappointed.
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Author Bio
USA Today bestselling author Nana Malone’s love of all things romance and adventure started with a tattered romantic suspense novel she “borrowed” from her cousin.
It was a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana, and Nana was a precocious thirteen. She’s been in love with kick-butt heroines ever since. With her overactive imagination constantly channeling her inner Buffy, it was only a matter a time before she started creating her own characters.
While she waits for her chance at a job as a ninja assassin, Nana works out her drama, passion and sass with fictional characters every bit as brazen and kick-butt as she thinks she is.
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