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Title: Cyclone
Series: Linear Tactical Series #1
Author: Janie Crouch
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: September 25, 2018

 

Blurb

 

He’d protect her from any threat…But what if the biggest threat is him?
Doctor Anne Nichols is back in Oak Creek, Wyoming, only because she has no other options. Here, she was always the shy, stuttering girl, invisible to everyone. 
Except Zac Mackay. The very reason she left in the first place.
Zac’s years in Special Forces taught him survival skills, and he’s created a company—Linear Tactical—to teach those skills to others, so they never have to live in fear.
Then why is Annie, the last person he’d ever want to hurt, afraid of him
Zac’s determined to wipe the fear from the eyes of the woman who has never been far from his mind. And fix the mistakes—his mistakes—that put that look there in the first place.  
But a predator has set his sights on Annie. And now survival skills will become much more than lessons…

 

 

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Excerpt
“I was here a couple of years ago, but only for a day or two,” Anne told Zac, looking away. She had booked a room out of Oak Creek both times she’d dared come back. The thought of staying at The Mayor’s Inn had been too painful. She couldn’t even look at that hotel without feeling sick to her stomach.
And she’d avoided everyone—particularly Zac—as much as possible. Just in case his words about not coming back were still true. She tried to swallow the panic that threatened to overwhelm her. Maybe he still felt that way now, even though he hadn’t said anything at the hospital.
“There.” He pointed at her. “That look that just came into your eyes. I saw it at the hospital. It’s like you’re afraid of me, Annie.” He took a step closer and she instinctively one back. One of his eyebrows shot up, letting her know she’d proved his point. “Do you think I’m going to hurt you?”
“No.” Not physically. She’d never worried that he’d hurt her that way, despite having five inches and probably fifty pounds—all muscle—on her.
But he was right. She couldn’t continue living in Oak Creek with them ignoring everything that had happened that night. What had been said. What had been done. Maybe she would’ve tried to, and to avoid Zac forever, if he hadn’t ended up in her ER. 
But the truth was, there weren’t enough bushes in this town for her to jump into. She was going to run into Zac. A lot.
Sometimes all you could do was face the past.
She pulled a breath in. “I’m not scared of you. I mean, I know you would never hurt me physically. For crying out loud, you wrecked your motorcycle rather than hit a dog.” She’d meant for her laugh to seem breezy, but it just sounded stilted. “But yeah, I mean, we can’t pretend like that night never happened. The stuff we did. Stuff you…we said.”
His eyes narrowed. “That night we spent together after Becky died.”
“Yeah. That night.” As if they’d had another. “The bottom line is, I can’t leave here, Zac. No matter what you said then, or even if you feel the same way now.”
He shook his head, brows furrowing. “I don’t expect you to leave. You’re obviously a respected doctor, more than competent. Why would you think I wanted you to leave?”
Some of the tension she’d been carrying since his arrival in the ER began to ease. He was right. Something said in grief and anger six years ago didn’t necessarily hold true all this time later. She was silly for thinking it did. “Okay, well, it’s good to know you don’t feel the same as you did back then.”
He took a single predatory step closer, and she tensed again. “I said something that night to make you think you needed to leave?”
She stared at him, her mouth flopping open like some sort of fish. “You don’t remember what you said?”
Those words would be engrained in her memory forever.
Get out and don’t come back.
He rubbed his forehead. “That whole night is fuzzy for me.”
I can’t even bear to look at you. You just betrayed the only person in this town who ever wanted you here. 
Tossing her naked into the hallway before flinging her clothes at her. 
“What do you remember?” She forced the words past a throat that seemed to have dried up.
His hand moved to the back of his neck. “Honestly, not much at all. It’s sort of a blur.”
She retreated a step from him again. That night had been the most important night of her life. The best. The worst. It had changed the very fabric of her being. 
And it was sort of a blur for him.
A few things.  One, I love a good romantic suspense.  I’m a Harlequin Intrigue Whore.  Yes, I admit it.  I think I’ve read just about all the books in the line from BJ Daniels and Julie Miller.  I will admit that I’m new to Ms. Crouch and her writing.  I know, considering that I worship at the altar of Harlequin Intrigue, I’m having to backtrack and read her backlist.  So the chance to read a new series from her, I jumped at the chance.  Why can’t ALL the books be out NOW?  Like seriously.  Do I have to wait until the end of October for Finn’s book?  I cry BS.  *pouting*  And yes, I’m going to throw a small temper tantrum and normally, I don’t do that, like ever.  But this series has introduced me to some extraordinary men and a town full of characters that I instantly fell in love with.
Zac is such a sweetheart.  Truly he is.  I know that the above excerpt doesn’t like you know that but I felt his pain all those years from the death of his wife and son.  I won’t go into the why of that but it plays a huge part in the romance between Zac and Anne.  This is an excellent second chance at love blended with just the right amount of suspense.  Ms. Crouch has just a deft hand when it comes to the suspense element.  She knows her stuff and how much a reader wants.  In fact, in some respects, the suspense element takes a back seat to the romance in this one.
I really want to talk about Anne and Zac when they were teenagers but that would totally spoil the book for you.  But let me just tell you that I really think these two were destined for each other even back then; they just didn’t know it.  That is what makes this such a great second romance.  After reading the excerpt, I’m sure that you are completely confused but let me tell you it just gets better once hear the whole story.  It is heartbreaking to say the least.  At least, Zac realizes the mistake and tries to make it up to her.
What endeared me to these characters are that Zac and Anne no matter happened that night 6 years ago, they were grown up about it and moved on from it.  They lived in the now, not the past.  And also, the guys, Adien, Finn, and Dorian are just plain fantastic.  And Riley, Wally, and even Mia.  Again, this town and all the characters are just plain awesome!  This is six book series and I can’t wait to read about the other guys.  I just don’t like to wait.  And with this series, I could binge read this in a weekend.  And I will when all of the books finally come out.
Author Bio
USA TODAY bestselling author Janie Crouch writes what she loves to read: passionate romantic suspense.  She is a winner and/or finalist of multiple romance literary awards including the Golden Quill Award for Best Romantic Suspense, the National Reader’s Choice Award, and the RITA© Award by the Romance Writers of America.
Janie recently relocated with her husband and their four teenagers to Germany (due to her husband’s job as support for the U.S. Military), after living in Virginia for nearly 20 years. When she’s not listening to the voices in her head—and even when she is—she enjoys engaging in all sorts of crazy adventures (200-mile relay races; Ironman Triathlons, treks to Mt. Everest Base Camp) traveling, and movies of all kinds. 

 

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Excerpt from A Reason to Stay by Linda Charles w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #contemporaryromance @lindacharles167

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Rachael, a successful lawyer in Sydney, returns to her foster family and the only place that ever felt like home: Mindalby, to help with the failing family business, the town’s bakery. With the cotton gin’s closure, all businesses are struggling, and it looks like the only option is to close up the bakery and hope to sell. But when Rachael returns, she realises that her skills give her other options: refreshing and revitalising the bakery and a chance to rekindle her love of baking.

Irishman, Mike O’Malley is a staying kind of man, looking to settle down in Mindalby with a woman who loves the wild country and wants to get involved in the community. Rachael is not that girl, but the attraction is hard to deny. Determined to show Rachael that Mindalby can be a home, he draws her out into the community and deeper into his life. But when it comes time to make a decision, can he trust Rachael to risk her heart?

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‘Sorry,’ she said. ‘I don’t play ball.’

He hugged the ball close to his chest. He understood that. None of his sisters were into sport either. But, he loved his sports; it was a major part of his life.

‘What do you play then? I’m up for anything.’

She rubbed her hands against the afternoon chill, as her clear blue eyes met his. His heart hammered. They were the prettiest eyes he’d ever seen, and if he wasn’t careful his concentration would take a serious hit, and he’d sound like some daft prick.

‘I’m not very sporty. How did they go?’

Mike shook his head. ‘Another loss,’ he all but whispered.

She gave him a soft smile. ‘Oh, that happens. Are you having a reconnoitre with them?’

His lips quivered, but he couldn’t hold back. He let out a belly laugh.

She’s gorgeous. A one-off.

About the Author:

Linda Charles is a contemporary romance writer who lives in Newcastle in the Hunter Valley, NSW. She was born and raised in Sydney where she studied and taught drama for many years. She loves to read, travel and enjoys a good conversation. Following a move to the Hunter Valley she started to write her own stories. Linda is a member of the Hunter Romance Writers, Romance Writers of Australia, and Romance Writers of America.

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#Review of Priscilla (the Widows of Wildcat Ridge #1) by Charlene Raddon w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #historicalromance #series

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After losing her father and husband in a mine disaster, Priscilla Heartsel faces poverty and eviction from her home by a heartless mine owner. Tricked into a bank robbery gone wrong, Braxton Gamble finds himself shot and unconscious in Priscilla’s bed. Can they survive long enough to find a love more precious than gold?

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She loosened her grip on the cookie and it landed in her lap. “You’re planning to get married? Yet you were kissing me in front of everyone only moments ago?”

“Only because you’re who I plan to marry.” He grinned.

She retrieved her cookie, left it on the table and returned the plate to the pantry.

“Hey,” he said, “I wasn’t through with those.”

“Too bad.” Hands firmly planted on her hips, she glared at him. “I have no intention of remarrying, and if I did, what makes you think it would be to you?”

Braxton got to his feet. “I’m crazy about you, Pris, and I think you care for me too.”

“Well, you’re wrong. Get out.”

Moving around the table toward her, he said, “Okay, Pris. Don’t get your dander up.”

Relieved that he was going to leave quietly, she relaxed, but as soon as she did, he reached out and hauled her into his arms. Before she could voice a complaint, he kissed her. Again. She tensed and tried to break free.

Oh, but it felt so good. While cursing herself for not fighting harder, she kissed him back. A tingling began below her abdomen and she felt flushed and hungry for something she couldn’t name, except that she wanted more of what Braxton offered. Her hands slipped behind his head and she pressed closer, noticing he was ready for her.

“Lord, but I could go on kissing you forever,” he murmured.

“Shut up and just do it,” she whispered back.

She felt him smile against her lips, but not for long. He slid his tongue along the seam of her lips until she opened to him, then slipped it inside. He tasted like oatmeal and coffee. Sweet, heady, and strong.

He pressed his aroused body closer to her, and she couldn’t help wriggling. Her heart pounded, her blood on fire.

The next thing she knew, he’d picked her up and was heading for the stairs. Priscilla knew what he planned and opened her mouth to object.

A knock came on the door. “Braxton, are you in there?” Etta hollered. “Irish and Logan have been sighted riding toward the Lucky Lady. You coming with me?”

“Aw, hell,” he muttered, letting Priscilla’s feet touch the floor. “I gotta go. I’m sorry, Pris, darlin’.”

“It doesn’t matter. What we were doing was insane anyway.”

He glowered at her. “You still going to claim you don’t want me?”

“I don’t want to marry.”

“That’s fine with me. We’ll just live together.”

“Ha! Get out of here.”

“I’m going.” He stalked to the door and slammed it behind him.

Another great historical by a first-time author for me.  I didn’t know what to expect when I picked up this one.  You never know, do you?  Well, let’s just say that I was pleasantly surprised by this book, and yes, I plan on reading the next books.  I just have to find out about Thalia, Hester, Cordelia and the other women that are left after the mine accident that took most of the men in town.  Plus, Mortimer is a just a hoot when he gets caught in his own lies and fantasies going on in his mind.  I know, he supposed to be the “villain” but I just thought he was a wonderful character for these women to stand up to and realize that they will not be bullied anymore.

Brax and Priscilla are wonderful together.  For a clean romance, there is a sizzling amount of chemistry between these two.  Yes, I said clean.  Kisses only but wow can Ms. Raddon write the buildup between the characters and this is a historical romance where most of the time sex wasn’t talked about at all.  I’ve read some really good books with bad romances and smexy times all rolled into one.  You don’t have to worry about that in this book.  Ms. Raddon delivers.

I absolutely loved the mystery element in the book and the whole plot arc that will be featured in the rest of the series.  I’m really enjoying when authors do this.  You get a complete romance between two characters but the plot isn’t finished.  The suspense/mystery will be featured in the other books.  Plus, this one had me guessing into the very end.  I never would have thought that…oops.  almost give it away but let’s just say, I never saw it coming.

I want to thank Ms. Raddon for writing a beautiful romance filled with some sweet moments, suspenseful scenes and a good mystery and villain that I can’t wait to read about some more.  Peeps, I can not recommend this book to anyone and everyone.  It was exactly what I needed to read right now.

About the Author:
Charlene Raddon’s first serious attempt at writing fiction came in 1980 when a vivid dream drove her to drag out a typewriter and begin writing. Because of her love of romance novels and the Wild West, her primary genre is historical romance. Kensington Books originally published five of her novels. These were later released as eBooks by Tirgearr Publishing. Currently, Charlene is an Indie author with . She also designs book covers, specializing in western historical.

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