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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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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

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.

She currently lives just west of Toronto with her husband and beagle and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada and Sisters in Crime.

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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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#Review of His Baby Dilemma (Shores of Indian Lake #9) by Catherine Lanigan w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @HarlequinBooks @Cathlanigan @catherine9721 @prismbooktours @PrismBookTours


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His Baby Dilemma
(Shores of Indian Lake #9)
Catherine Lanigan
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
December 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Must they always be continents apart?

Nobody expects Paris fashion designer Grace Railton to settle down in her Indiana town, least of all Mica Barzonni. Fifteen months ago, he turned to her for comfort and compassion following a farming accident that left him permanently injured. Then she returned to France and went silent on him.

Until, suddenly, Grace shows up on his doorstep with life-altering news. Mica, a father? He’s barely learned to navigate his postaccident life. But this could be his chance to become the man he’s always wanted to be—the husband and father Grace and their baby son need. Now Mica just has to convince her to stay.

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Okay, I’m just going to say it.  This is Ms. Lanigan’s best book.  Yes, best book.  If you can get past the awesome cuteness on the cover, the inside is pretty spectacular also.  Don’t get me wrong, all of her books are good but this one stands out; especially for the line that it is written for.  Let me explain:

  1.  The plot is pretty standard but what Ms. Lanigan does with it is brilliant.  The hero, Mica, is physically wounded and reading about how it doesn’t deal with and then deals with it is relatable.  Sure he wallows in pity but once he realizes that he is a father, the light bulb comes in and makes for some pretty funny scenes with the baby.
  2. Gorilla Tape – I was having flashbacks during this scene.  When our son broke his wrist, my husband used zip ties to put the plastic bag on his arm so our son could take a bath.  Needless to say, they were cutting off the blood flow and my husband panicked.  Our son thought it was hilarious.
  3. Grace is a strong woman.  She never comes off as weak unless she is kissing Mica.  😉  But what sets her apart is that even though her life is in Paris, she realizes what she has missed with her life.  Friends, family and a sense of calmness that she doesn’t get in Paris.
  4. The clothes in the closet.  Oh my, I would still give my right arm for a Chanel dress.  My grandmother used to dress in couture and I still have some of the pieces that she wore before she died.  Can I wear them?  Nope, but I do like to take them out and touch them every now and again.  Plus, who wouldn’t kill for a closet like that?
  5. The Barzonni family.  I just love them as a whole and it was nice to hear Mrs. Barzonni’s true feelings about what love means to her and how it shaped her life and her children.  She doesn’t mince words with Mica and he needed to hear it.
  6. While the plot is standard in places, Ms. Lanigan’s writing and ability to make us feel for Mica and Grace and what is holding them back is great.  These two will frustrate you because they are so in love with each other and won’t admit it.  Plus, add in their stubbornness and it made for great reading.
  7. This book is very fast paced.  Usually, Heartwarming stories have a slower pace but not this one.  This story grabs you from the beginning and then before you know it, its over.  I don’t like when I book this good is over.  I actually read it in one sitting.

I know that a “sweet” book isn’t for everyone but you really need to read Ms. Lanigan’s books.  This is a second chance romance and it was fun watching Mica and Grace dance around each other, try to be parents and fall back in love with each other.  Overall, this is the best book in the series and her best book…PERIOD!  Pick it up and you’re welcome.

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About the Author

Catherine Lanigan is the international bestselling and award-winning author of forty published titles in both fiction and non-fiction, including the novelizations of Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile, as well as over half a dozen anthologies, including “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living your Dream”, “Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul”, and more. Ms. Lanigan’s novels have been translated into dozens of languages including German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese, and Japanese. Ms. Lanigan’s novels are also available in E-books on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com, Apple Store, Mobi and Kobo. Several of her titles have been chosen for The Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Clubs. Her Vietnam war-based novel, The Christmas Star, won the Gold Medal Award Top Pick from Romantic Times Magazine and has also won Book of the Year Romance Gold Award from ForeWord Magazine as well as Book of the Year Romance from Reader’s Preference.

Lanigan is the author of a trilogy of non- fiction books regarding angelic intervention in human life: Angel Watch, Divine Nudges and Angel Tales published by HCI and Cedar Fort. Skyhorse published Lanigan’s “how-to” book on writing: Writing the Great American Romance Novel. Lanigan was tasked by the NotMYkid Foundation to write a non-fiction book addressing teen addictions. Ms. Lanigan’s first Young Adult adventure novel, The Adventures of Lillie and Zane: The Golden Flute, was published by Cedar Fort.

Currently, she has published eight novels in the Shores of Indian Lake series for Harlequin Heartwarming: Love ShadowsHeart’s DesireA Fine Year for LoveKatia’s Promise, Fear of Falling, Sophie’s Path and Protecting the Single Mom. Family of His Own pubs July, 2016. She has recently contracted for one more in the series: His Baby Dilemma.

As a cancer survivor, Ms. Lanigan is a frequent speaker at literary functions and book conventions as well as inspiring audiences with her real stories of angelic intervention from her Angel Tales series of books. She is an outspoken advocate for domestic violence and abuse and was honored by The National Domestic Violence Hotline in Washington, D.C. (THE EVOLVING WOMAN). She has been a guest on numerous radio programs including “Coast to Coast” and on television interview and talk show programs as well as blogs, podcasts and online radio interview programs.

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Tour Schedule

November 27th:
Launch
Busy Bumble Bee Book Reviews
underneath the covers
Thoughts of a Blonde
November 28th:
Mello & June, It’s a Book Thang!
Remembrancy
November 29th:
Hearts & Scribbles
November 30th:
Reading Is My SuperPower
Wishful Endings
December 1st:
It’s all About the Romance
Cafinated Reads
December 4th:
Heidi Reads…
Janices Book Reviews
December 5th:
Deal Sharing Aunt
Inside the Mind of an Avid Reader
December 6th:
I Am A Reader
Jorie Loves A Story
December 7th:
Book Lover in Florida
Rockin’ Book Reviews
Harlie’s Books
December 8th:
Colorimetry
Nicole’s Book Musings
December 9th: Grand Finale

Tour Giveaway

– 1 winner will receive a $50 Amazon eGift Card and a Prize Pack that includes: autographed copies of Family of His Own and Katia’s Promise, a gold edged Paris latte mug, and hand soap in a pretty pump bottle (prize pack to US only, if international winner then gift card only)

– 1 winner will receive an ebook of  Family of His Own (open internationally)
– Ends December 13th

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