#Review of Into the Light (Dark series #2) by J.G. Sumner @jg_sumner

Romantic Suspense 

Date Published: February 28, 2017

Publisher: Limitless Publishing

 

Laney Pearson was shot at point blank range…

With the help of his friend and colleague, Dr. Nathan George, Josh Stone managed to save her, giving them both a new start and a second chance at love. But when Laney’s parents try to take their recovering daughter back to Missouri, Josh fears he’ll lose her…possibly forever.

 

A mysterious stalker and Laney’s family aren’t the only ones who want Josh and Laney apart…

Jillian Stone has struggled with her own demons, always leaning on her brother Josh for support. When she sees him doting on Laney, spending days on end by her hospital bed, Jillian grows increasingly jealous. She pictures a life where Laney is gone and she and Josh can be closer… much closer.

A familiar shadow still threatens the light…

They thought Laney’s stalker was completely erased from their lives, arrested when he tried to kill her. But they find it wasn’t Laney’s ex-boyfriend who tormented her for weeks on end, even if he was the one who pulled the trigger. They are now on the lookout for the real stalker, who becomes braver with each passing day, always in shadows, never creeping into the light…

They fear he might be back to finish what he started… sending Laney to an early grave.

Excerpt 1

 

Dr. Josh Stone stood helpless as Laney, seemingly in slow motion, fell to the floor. The thud of her body hitting the tiles shot goose bumps through his flesh. For a brief moment, he was paralyzed. His girlfriend, also a trauma nurse, had been shot by the patient they had been taking care of. The sight of the man sitting up and grabbing Officer Miller’s gun from his holster replayed in Josh’s brain. The man pointed it at Laney and shot her several times before anyone was able to subdue him. Now, Josh stood helplessly as she lay motionless on the floor. How could this happen in his trauma room? Why couldn’t he protect Laney? His knees seemed to buckle as he sank to Laney’s side, stethoscope dangling from his neck.

Laney’s curly blonde hair covered much of her face, but it was clear she was unconscious. Josh gently shook her, hoping for the slightest response. There was none. She had been shot in the chest.

Someone shrieked. One of the ER nurses, Dinah, looked shocked, both hands covering her mouth. She pointed to the floor. A puddle of blood oozed from under Laney. His nose wrinkled from the metallic aroma.

Josh fought the anger raging inside him. He wanted to make the son-of-a-bitch who shot Laney pay for hurting her.

For now, he had to let the cops handle it. Josh took a deep breath and struggled to regain his composure, but failed miserably.

“My God! Laney! How could this happen?” His face was hot. He swiped at it with his blood-soaked hands and realized he was crying.

“Dr. Stone! Dr. Stone!”

Josh looked up. Dinah’s lips were moving, but her words weren’t computing. A couple of techs and nurses eased Laney from his arms. Not only did he feel the emptiness, but it also plagued his heart and his soul.

Josh helped lift Laney onto a gurney. Dinah placed her hand on his shoulder. “You need to help her. She needs you now more than ever.”

Dinah put her cold hands on Josh’s flushed face. “Dr. Stone, I know you’re in shock, but you need to focus. You’re the only one who can save her.”

Josh turned his head, causing the frigid hands to fall from his face. He rubbed his swollen eyes and surveyed the room. The devastation was beyond words. Officer Miller had the man who shot Laney subdued in handcuffs. He lay on the table with his disheveled hair covering his face. Someone must have sedated him because he wasn’t moving. Equipment had been knocked over and supplies thrown everywhere. Josh’s heart rate sped up as he cast his eyes down at the pool of blood surrounding his feet.

“Where is she?”

“They’ve taken her to the OR to get her prepped. You need to get down there right now. Dr. Nessler is coming in to finish up with this guy.”

Josh darted out of the room with an urgency he never felt before. With each step he took, his pace quickened until he was in a full sprint to the OR.

When Josh arrived, the anesthesiologist already had Laney intubated and sedated and was inserting a central line. The nurses had just finished putting in peripheral IVs.

“Hang two units of O positive PRBC’s. Tell the blood bank to have more on standby. She will need them.”

“Are you sure you want O positive and not O negative?” questioned Sandra, the OR nurse.

“Yes! Laney is O positive!” Josh barked.

He rushed to Laney. He took a step back seeing her naked body lying lifeless on the table. Blood still seeped from the bullet wounds. He took a deep breath, steadied himself, and promptly got to work.

“Has anyone called the cardiothoracic surgeon?”

“Yes, he’s been called,” Sandra stated.

“Who’s on call today?” Josh mentally crossed his fingers it was his friend Nathan.

“It’s Dr. George. He should be here any minute.”

Josh sighed. “Thank God. Have chest x-rays been performed?”

“Yes, we also did a CT of her abdomen. There were two bullets that landed there. One hit the large intestine. The other looks as though it may have grazed the liver. There doesn’t appear to be any bleeding, so it may not have been hit. A bullet also went through the right lower lobe of her lung. The worst of the injuries is her heart. She took a direct hit to her left ventricle. She’s losing a lot of blood. I have everything set up when you’re ready to go, Dr. Stone.”

“Let’s get her chest cracked. We can’t waste a moment. Dr. George will start to work as soon as he gets here.”

One of the techs handed Josh a scalpel. He made an incision straight down the center of Laney’s chest to her abdomen. They would need the entire area to work. Once the incision was made, the tech handed Josh the saw. He carefully cut down the middle of the sternum. The sound of metal against bone was raw like Josh’s emotions. It was surreal to know it was Laney.

Josh pulled apart Laney’s sternum and held it open with a sternal retractor.

“Oh, Jesus.”

“Dr. Stone, what is it?” the nurse asked.

“The bullet went through her ventricle.” Oh my God, she’s not going to make it. Josh stared at Laney’s heart losing blood at an alarming rate. If something wasn’t done fast, she would bleed out.

Oh.My.Word!  Yes, a new to me author that knocked my socks off.  Just wow!  I don’t think I’ve ever read a romantic medical thriller like this one.  I was gripped from the first page and finally, in the end, let out my breath.  Once I started reading, I didn’t stop.  The flow, the writing, the characters, romance, and suspense were all top notch.

I’m used to reading the standard romantic suspense/thriller where the hero is some kind of law enforcement and the heroine is almost TSTL but what I got in this one were medical professionals that were smart, giving and loving.  Just re-read the excerpt above and you will understand a little bit about what I’m saying.  Josh is beyond awesome.  In love with Laney but also very fearful of her safety.  Not totally alpha but once she is hot, he fears that he will lose her forever.

Laney, my poor Laney.  Getting shot, having overbearing parents, a stalker that just won’t quit and did I mention Josh’s sister, Jillian?  Pyscho at best.  I loved how this is somewhat a second chance romance but in reality, it’s not.  I didn’t read the first book and in some ways, you should read it first.  It explains a lot about the events leading up to Laney getting shot and how Josh and Laney got together in the first place.  Did I feel lost?  No, but I’m that reader that once I fall in love with the characters in the second book, I HAVE to read the first one.  He He!

The suspense in the book, again, is top notch.  I couldn’t breathe in some parts and Ms. Sumner, being a nurse, let me feel all the action in the hospital.  The hospital scenes were like watching a good medical drama of yesteryear…ER came to mind.  The villains are heinous and you will hate them with a passion.  Even Laney’s parents got on my nerves at times.  I actually told my Kindle that Laney is a grown ass woman…leave her alone.

Overall, I highly, highly recommend this book.  It’s a keeper on the shelf, as will the first book, too.

Deserves so much more. a 10 at least.

 

Highly recommended

 

JG Sumner is a Registered Nurse who went rogue.  As good as she was at starting IV’s, she enjoys writing the down the stories in her head even more.  Most of the time the characters won’t stop pestering her until she has them down on paper.

JG can often be found with a glass of red wine or prosecco in front of her computer.  When she’s not creating, she enjoys the outdoors hiking, bike riding, snowboarding, and camping.

JG has a very dry sense of humor, and should never be taken too seriously.  She loves to hear from her fans, and even those who aren’t and would love to hear your opinion on her books.

JG writes romantic suspense/thrillers including: A Shot in the Dark, Into the Light, The Surrender Trilogy including Surrender, Shattered, and Saved which will be available through Limitless Publishing soon.

Contact Information

Website: Website domain in process

Facebook: www.facebook.com/jgsumner

Twitter: @jg_sumner

Purchase Links

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Shot-Dark-1/dp/1680589709/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1485742997&sr=8-1&keywords=j.g.+sumner

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-shot-in-the-dark-jg-sumner/1125525742?ean=9781680589702

 

Happy Book Birthday & ARC #Review of Team Russian by Ally Adams w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @allyadamsbooks

Team Russian

by Ally Adams

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GENRE: Contemporary Romance  

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BLURB:

He’s tall, dark, handsome and athletic and just that little bit mysterious. Star of the Saint’s team, The Russian has had a high profile relationship with a Hollywood director’s daughter for years and now that it is over, he just wants to focus on his sporting career. Due to injury, Carla Brooker’s professional sporting career as a basketballer with the Suns is about to come to an end, but not before she needs a date for her team’s gala ball night. When these two sporting hotshots meet, they are more than a good fit, they are made for each other … if they can just file away their history and find a way to be together.

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Excerpt Two:

The doors opened and a few of the flight attendants came out, along with a handful of passengers. Buzz was out first and greeted us. He wrapped an arm around Laura and gave me a wink as they left, as though all was forgiven for his prank. Some of the Saints’ crew followed, then the coach, and Lucas who gave Mia a wave and pointed in the direction of the journos. She nodded, knowing he had to give a quick interview first.

Tomás came into sight, greeted us all and left with Alice, and then Nik and The Russian appeared. The Russian’s eyes scanned the area and found mine, and he gave me a smile that would launch ships. He walked towards me, threw his bag over his shoulder and wrapped his spare arm around me, pressing me hard to him, our lips locked. It was so healing, his lips on mine, his skin against mine, just the feel of his strong body encompassing me, and he didn’t stop kissing me. I couldn’t believe it, in front of his teammates and everything!

“Geez, not in public you two, cut it out,” Lucas teased, coming over and giving Mia a showy kiss.

“Get a room, Russian,” Nik added as Sasha threw herself at him, and then we heard the sound of flashes and The Russian released me just a few inches, enough to draw a breath.

“So needed that,” he said. “Hello, Brooker.”

“Hello Russian,” I grinned up at him, admiring his dark eyes and beautiful face. He looked exhausted.

“We need to get home immediately,” The Russian said, slightly breathless. “Let’s go.”

He released me only enough so I could walk, tucking me into his body, ignoring the flashes of cameras. When we got to my car, he threw his bag in the back seat and sat back while I drove, annoying me by rubbing his hand over my leg, and anywhere else he could get access to before I hit him away for being distracting. We hardly spoke, we just wanted to be together, to be near each other.

The Russian hustled me straight into my bedroom, closing my bedroom door with his foot and knocking me onto the bed.  When we were settled, he stopped and placed his forehead on mine.

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I flat out fell in love with this book from the opening line.  As you know I don’t typically read sports books but I was intrigued about this one.  It has a heroine that plays basketball and the hero plays soccer.  Two sports that NO ONE writes about.  Plus, the hero is Russian.  *sigh*  Again, I was hooked.  Plus, the author is from Australia so that also perked me up.  I couldn’t wait to see her take on woman’s basketball.  I will have to say that this book doesn’t focus on the actual sports.  It does, however, focus on the physical effects, going to therapy, workouts and dealing with the stalker fans.

Was I disappointed because of that?  HECK NO!!!  As most know, I worked for a major hockey team for about 5 years and I got burned out.  I loved the fact that Ms. Adams focused on the character development of Alex (the Russian) and Carla.  We actually get to see these two fall in love with each other.  And deal with his teammates, a crazed stalker and family issues.  Being a reverend’s daughter can’t be easy but I felt like I could have used some more closure with Carla’s mother.  I understood the issue with her but I really felt like Carla was left out to dry, even with all of her success.  She saw the closeness of Alex’s family and at times, I felt like she wanted that too from her own family.

Alex and Carla are a dream together.  There are some major trust issues with Alex and they are warranted.  His ex keeps coming back in the fold and I love how he dealt with it in the end.  He He!!!  I will have to say the first time the sexy times rolled around, I was proud of Carla for telling Alex that she didn’t feel comfortable doing something.  I’m also proud of the author for writing it, too.  That is a brave thing for an author to bring up and for the heroine and hero to actually talk about what they want in the bedroom and when.

Overall, I worshiped this book.  I bought Lucas’ book will because…you need to read this one to find out.  *swoon*  Heck, even Carla thought he was hot.  The teammates of Alex’s just make the book.  They were supportive, funny, sexy and oh so good with their WAGs.

Do yourself a favor and read this book.  No major issues, no big black moment, just two people falling in love with each other and dealing with their professions as best as they could.

Your welcome!

 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

ALLY ADAMS is a journalist who lives in coastal Victoria, Australia with her husband and furry friends.

She is a literature major, avid romance reader and writer. Ally freelances for two lifestyle magazines and has just completed her fourth Saints Team novel. She is now looking towards a whole new series!

Ally’s books:

  • Team Lucas
  • Team Tomas
  • Team Niklas
  • Team Russian

Connect with Ally at:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/allyadamswriter

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https://www.amazon.com/Ally-Adams/e/B00XHS9TJU

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https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06WD7QY53

Reviewers for Ally’s Saint’s books:

“Team Lucas should come with a warning: once you start you won’t be able to put this Saints team novel down until the very end,” Jaymy M

“It was hot, sexy and passionate. I wasn’t expecting to fall in love with this novel so much but I did and I love the author even more for doing just that!” Christine, Goodreads

“This is one of the best sports romances I ever read. I have re-read it now a couple of times and each time I fall in love with it a bit more.” Claudia, Goodreads

“So much fun to read. Really, the sometimes funny and witty dialogues between the leads were just amazing. I would have to quote half the book here just to try to give you my favorite examples.” Jeri T. Ryan

“This is a hot, steamy read filled with passion from beginning to end … a great read for readers who love hot guys and hot stories…and women who have a head on their shoulders.” Tonja Drecker

“Ms. Ally had me sold and hostage from the very first page.You need to read the story!” Darlene, Goodreads

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#Review of Sheik’s Rule by Ryshia Kennie! @ryshiakennie

Yummy!

 

Sheik’s Rule – March 2017

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He’s an investigator on a mission, but it’s impossible to ignore the brilliant woman helping him complete it… 

His sister’s life is at stake, and despite his wealth and power, Sheik Emir Al-Nassar feels helpless. At least heading his family’s security agency provides him with resources to track down her kidnappers. But when the ace profiler he’s sent turns out to be K. J.—Kate—Gelinsky, Emir is furious. Finding the kidnappers’ desert hideout is dangerous enough without the distraction of a beautiful woman.

But K.J. is unlike any woman he’s ever known. Her fearlessness and incisive mind inspires Emir’s admiration. And her compassion breaches his guarded heart. Still, rescuing his sister is a perilous mission. And allowing desire to cloud his focus could endanger them all.

 

Excerpt from Sheik’s Rule:

 

“You’re the new agent?” he asked, the words heavy with disbelief. “You’re the one Adam recommended?”

“Yes,” she said brightly. “I’m K.J.—”

“This won’t work,” he said. His thoughts were clouded with anger at the thought of what Adam had done, of how much time might be wasted, and of Tara whose life would be fur- ther endangered now that there was no help forthcoming.

Her wide, smoky-blue eyes narrowed. “By ‘this,’” she said slowly, “you mean me?” She took a step forward. Now she was in his face.

He frowned. If she were a man that would have been a mistake. But she was no man.

“That’s what you were meaning, wasn’t it?

I’m not a man so…” She let the remainder of the sentence hang.

He paused long enough to take a breath to control the anger that made him want to lash out at someone, anyone. “You need to get on the first flight home,” he said through clenched teeth.

“Give me a chance.” There was no hesitation in her voice or in her stance as she faced off with him, her head up, her eyes sparking as if enjoying the challenge.

“It’s not me that’s the problem or needs to give you a chance,” he said. All he could feel was the pressure of an invisible clock ticking and the betrayal of a friend thousands of miles away. Adam knew the customs, the inherent sexism that still wove through the ancient tra- ditions of the desert tribes. He knew it all and, still, he had sent her.

“I know,” she interjected. “It’s the customs, the tribes outside the city, the—”

“It won’t work,” he interrupted, thinking of the desert and where he suspected Tara’s kidnappers were hiding. He’d always been an equal opportunity employer and supported his sister, Tara, in her fight for change. It was a man’s world. It didn’t matter how much he disliked the fact, it was a truth that, for now, wouldn’t change.

“Look, I know what I’m getting into. I’m qualified,” she said, her bag swinging from her shoulder, her eyes bright with passion. “I specialized in Middle Eastern studies—an exchange student.” She waved one delicate, well- manicured hand at him.

Just looking at that hand confirmed every doubt he had. It wasn’t just about customs, she was female and because of that and so many other things, she was the wrong person for the job.

“I’ll help you find your sister. You just need to trust me.”

“No!” The word came out with all the pent- up fury that had built since the fateful call from Tara’s kidnappers and now the full im- pact of it sparked in his eyes as his temple pounded and his fists clenched.

“No,” he said with less edge but with no room for negotiation. He was wasting time, had wasted time, first waiting and now in a senseless airport run. “I don’t care what you specialized in. You’re a woman and because of that you’re going home,” he said bluntly. “I’ve wasted enough time. I’ll speak to the pilot and we’ll get you out of here.”

“You’re not being fair.”

“I’m not being fair,” he repeated, emphasizing each word. If she’d been a man he would have had her by the collar up against the wall, his face in hers. But she wasn’t and that was the problem. “You’re useless to me. I’d have to watch out for both you and me. That’s a distraction. Look at you—you couldn’t swing a punch or…”

One minute he was seething, glaring at her, and the next he was flat on his back.

“You bloody flipped me,” he snarled, leaping to his feet.

Okay, let’s just look at the cover.  Feel free to lick your screens.  I have.  Don’t judge.  I’ll let you in a dirty little secret of mine.  Sheiks are my catnip.  I discovered them years ago through Harlequin Presents and I devour them at every chance I can.  There is something about the total alphaness about them.  Normally, I don’t like the alpha hole but with sheik’s…I’m hooked.  They bark, don’t bite too hard and are totally devoted to their family and the women that they love.  *swoon*

When Ms. Kennie sent me an email to see if I would review this series, I jumped.  Another dirty little secret, Harlequin Intrigue is my all time favorite line from them.  I have no shame.  I admit it and I own it.  So that said, put sheiks and Intrigue together and I’m a goner.  Why did I absolutely love this book?  First off, Emir.  Go back and lick the cover;  I’ll wait.  Secondly, his total devotion to his family.  Third, that Kate literally throws him on his butt at the airport.  Adam knew what he was doing by sending her to help.  He He!  Fourth, that growing up in two different worlds, he didn’t know how to handle Kate in the beginning and also to keep it together when it came to his sister, Tara.

Let’s talk about Kate.  We don’t much of her background but I loved what I saw.  I hope in future books, we get a glimpse at her again.  I see her still working for the security firm and being a really good friend of Tara’s.  But what made her special to me was the fact that she understood Emir’s culture and respected it.  She didn’t feel the need to butt in when it wasn’t warranted but got the needed information when she needed.  Plus, she is the calm in Emir’s world.  He knew it and his brothers knew it, too.  I loved the line that Zalib (I think) said, “Father fell in love with mother in less than 24 hours.”

Now to the intriguing part…I never saw it coming.  I thought that Ms. Kennie did an excellent job of putting two different plot points together and letting it play out.  The villain is creepy and so mental that at one point I really thought Tara was not going to make it.  She is one tough cookie and I can’t wait to get to know her better in the other books.  Ms. Kennie takes her time with suspense plot but also brings a newness too.  Gun fights!  Oh my…loved it.

If you are looking for a new writer, love mystery/suspense, a sheik that is lovable and intense, a heroine that doesn’t hold and is smart then this book is for you.  I can’t wait to read the other brothers books.  And of course, that means more covers to lick.  Your welcome.  😉

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Ryshia Kennie is the award-winning author of her city’s writing award and a semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Awards. There’s never a lack of places to set an edge-of-the-seat suspense as prairie winters find her dreaming of warmer places for heart-stopping stories.  Settings with deadly villains threatening intrepid heroes and heroines, who battle for their right to live or even to love, in a place that neither – or both, may call home.  www.ryshiakennie.com

 

 

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