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#Review of Protecting Her Secret Son by Regan Black w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @ReganBlack @reganbauthor

Protecting Her Secret Son

by Regan Black

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GENRE:  Contemporary  Romantic Suspense

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BLURB:

Shannon Nolan thought she’d escaped a nightmare world of ruthless crime – until her son is kidnapped! With nowhere else to run and no one else to trust, she puts her life in the hands of her boss, firefighter Daniel Jennings.

 

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Excerpt Two:

In her back pocket, her cell phone buzzed, belting out the old-school ringtone she used for unknown calls and text messages. She set aside the paint cup and pulled out her phone, swiping the screen to view the text.

No words, only a picture of her son. He was strapped into a car seat, his shirt rumpled, his pale blond hair windblown, and his cheeks and eyes were red. His lashes were spiked with tears and his lower lip thrust forward in a pout.

What had happened? Then she realized what she was looking at and her heart thudded in her chest. Staggered, terrified by her worst fears, she dropped the phone as she doubled over, clutching her stomach as if she’d taken a punch.

Daniel caught the phone and steadied her with a hand at her elbow. “Shannon? What’s wrong?”

“I—I’m not sure.”

The ringtone sounded as another text came in and she grabbed the phone from Daniel.

If you want to see your son again, tell his father to cooperate.

Her stomach clenched and she clapped a hand over her mouth. Whoever was behind this had chosen the wrong leverage. She’d never had any influence over Aiden’s father. Naturally, the sender’s number was blocked, but she hit the icon to call back anyway. It rang and rang, and no one answered.

“I have to go,” she said.

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What can I say about Regan Black and this series?  I love it for one.  Second, her characters come to life and third, Ms. Black knows how to write action/suspense scenes like no other.  True.  When the bullets start flying, you feel like you are there.  My heart pounds, my pulse quickens and then I’m left breathless in the end.

The Escape Club is back in action again.  I love Grant.  And that he plays the drums.  Plus, I just love how Grant just knows what to do.  Plus, he respects the people that he is trying to help.  He doesn’t dumb it down for them.  Shannon goes through a lot in the book and Grant is always patient and kind.  But I digress.  Daniel is right beside her, too.  He was also patient and kind, too.  In fact, what really sold me on the romance side of the book was that they already a relationship as work colleagues.  Shannon is no TSTL woman but trust me when I say, she has gone through a lot just to get to the point in her life before Aiden is kidnapped.

Daniel, I felt like was just kinda floating through life until Aiden is kidnapped.  He’s a great guy, fireman, and contractor but was kinda directionless in a sense.  Shannon gives him purpose but also just confirms what he really wants out of life and with whom.  *swoon*  I loved that he had some family issues, too.  It made him human and also brought to the for front about his working with dad and in some degree, Shannon in the end.  Plus, I just loved his mother, Tess.  And yes, his dad could be a toot but in the end, he just wanted his son to be happy.

The suspense in this book is top notch.  Bullets flying, kidnapping, fires, and killings.  Oh yes, there is a killing and I kinda lost it for a moment.  It was sad but also sweet at the same time.  I felt bad for Shannon losing the only person that really tried to be good for her at the end of marriage…I won’t say anymore because I would definitely spoil it for you.  I figured out fairly early the “who” but the journey to the end of the book is breathtaking.  You just don’t know what is going to happen until it does.  That’s awesome romantic suspense.  Ms. Black always puts me through the wringer but the end is of so satisfying.

I can not enough about Ms. Black and this series.  Great writing, characters that relatable and situations not too “out there” and romance that rings true.

 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Regan Black, a USA Today bestselling author, writes award-winning, action-packed romantic suspense and paranormal romance novels featuring daring heroines and sexy heroes. Raised in the Midwest and California, she and her family, along with their adopted greyhound and two arrogant cats, reside in the South Carolina Lowcountry where the rich blend of legend, romance, and history fuels her imagination.

 

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#Review of A Love Restrained by Becky Flade w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @beckyflade @Becky-Flade #romantic suspense

A Love Restrained

by Becky Flade

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GENRE:   Romantic suspense

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BLURB:

Old secrets, new threats…What are they willing to sacrifice?
Philadelphia police officer Kylee Parker is dedicated to protecting and serving. She sees the work in absolutes: right and wrong, black and white, good guys and bad guys. That is, until she chases a drug dealer into a dead-end alley and finds the bad boy she had a painful crush on throughout her teen years has turned into a more dangerous and more attractive man.


Jayson Donovan knows he doesn’t deserve someone as good as Kylee Parker. As the right hand man to a local drug-pushing mobster, he’s solidly on the wrong side of Kylee’s moral compass. But he can’t help reaching for her time and again when he knows he shouldn’t.
Even when his secrets threaten them both.

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Excerpt One:

Spring in the city brought people out of winter hibernation like a siren song but as the temperature rose, so in turn, did the crime rate. Cops had to be sharp as they walked the streets of Philadelphia. In her ten years on the force, on these streets, she’d seen a lot of crazy and often stupid criminals do a lot of crazy and often stupid things. But to be so brazen, or so plain dumb, as to do a hand-to-hand drug buy right in front of two uniformed officers rode high on her list of top ten. “Tell me you saw that?”

“Saw what?” Hunks of half chewed soft pretzel fell from Sherman’s mouth.

Pete Sherman’s not a bad cop, just not an observant one whose paunch portrayed his love of all things fried and his reupholstered recliner. He hadn’t seen a thing in the last six months. But he took direction well, despite the fact he had seniority.

“There, across the street.” She pointed. “The junkie walking east just scored off the guy in the leather bomber heading west. I swear the dealer looked right at us before the exchange. Call it in, Pete, and grab the junkie. I’m going after the dealer.”

Sherman didn’t argue. She took off into a quick lope, kept her footsteps light so as to not alert the man she pursued. The spring day had drawn people out and the complaints of the pedestrians she weaved through grew loud. The guy glanced over his shoulder, and the edge of his mouth tipped into a grin before he sprinted around the corner.

“Cocky jerk.” She turned the corner, and shouted, “Stop! Police.”

She ran clean and fast, closing the distance between them with little effort. The dealer ducked into an alley she knew to be a dead end. She slowed and put one hand on the butt of her service pistol as she approached. He had his back to her, his hands on his hips as he stared at the brick wall in front of him.

“Philly PD, you’re under arrest. Slowly put your hands above your head and against the wall to your left.” She closed the few feet between them, using her free hand to release the handcuffs from her belt, the other remaining on her weapon. She cuffed him, with practiced efficiency, and then read him his rights before leading him out of the alley, preferring to do the pat down with her partner present.

“Kylee Parker, I’ll admit I daydreamed a time or two about you cuffing me, but it was never in this context.”

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You know when you start reading a book with an opening like that, you keep thinking that the book would be snarky?  This book is NOT snarky.  It’s an emotional rollercoaster about a second chance at love between two people that on paper shouldn’t be together but the heart knows what the heart wants.  This book got me from the beginning.  I loved everything about it.  And I mean EVERYTHING!  If I had to say, it’s probably my top pick of the year.

Here’s why:

Kylee Parker – my kind of heroine.  Strong, smart and a cop.  She has some baggage associated with being a cop but she is good at her job.  I liked that about her.  She has issues and that doesn’t include the issues surrounding Jayson.  Her confusion over her feelings about Jayson is relatable but not predictable.  Sure, she hates him, then loves him but doesn’t fall into bed with him at every turn.  As childhood friends, they’ve both grown and that’s where the confusion starts.

Jayson Donovan – just delicious.  But I digress.  Hearing his backstory and his family issues, your heart will break but he does try to rise above it.  The one thing that keeps him sane is Kylee.  I won’t go into all of Jayson because he holds many secrets that spill out in the course of the book that are just jaw-dropping.  Yes, jaw-dropping.

The plot – The blurb is totally misleading.  But I completely understand why Ms. Flade wrote it that way.  Any more and she would have spoiled the book.  You will get to know all about Jayson and Kylee when they were growing up and how they ended up as adults.  Ms. Flade does an excellent job of more jaw-dropping moments in the book and you think, will she stop?  Nope.  Not until the very end.  Yes, the very end.  Hang on for a wild ride in the third part of the book.

Writing style – Its written more in 1st person (Kylee) but you also get Jayson’s thoughts and feelings, too.  She does a great job of never dumbing down the characters in the book and fleshes them out.  The secondary characters are just perfection.  Everyone has a part to play in the book.  Ms. Flade writes beautifully and her characters come to life.  The book is written in three acts.  I’ve never read a book like that and I really liked it.

Emotional – the book will have you on a rollercoaster.  Literally.  Between the budding relationship between Jayson and Kylee, you have both of them with their separate families and then when the families are together.  Both sets of families have secrets that they have kept from Kylee and Jayson and when things are starting to be revealed, your mind will be blown.  Also, don’t expect a lot of smexy times.  They are there but honestly, I don’t think they were needed.  Of course, they ARE needed but Ms. Flade makes us care about her characters without all the unnecessary stuff.

Suspense – Oh my word.  This book never stops after the first act.  The second and third acts are riveting and will leave you second guessing.  Especially the third act.  That act literally had me on the edge of the couch.  I held my breath for most of it and threaten my son if he tried to talk to me.  Ms. Flade does suspense like no one else.  And yes, I read a lot of suspense books so I can spot formulaic suspense anywhere.  Not here.  She keeps you on your toes with all the twists in this book.  *sigh*

I connected with the characters from the beginning.  Both of them are flawed, have baggage but love each other so much that they are willing and do sacrifice their own happiness for the other.  *sigh*  What Jayson did at the end of the first act?  *swoon-worthy* but I had tears.

I can’t impress you to read this book.  I’m so sorry that it ended.  I miss the chaos, the love but most importantly, Jayson and Kylee.  I could read more about this couple for years to come.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

A city girl, born and bred, I tend to place my stories in and around southeast Pennsylvania, or at least have a character or two from the area. Home is where the heart is and I make mine with my very own knight in slightly tarnished armor, three beautiful daughters, my son-in-law and two grandsons. When I’m not busy living my own happily ever after, I’m writing about someone else’s.

I’d love to have you visit with me at any of my virtual homes or write to me directly at beckyfladeauthor@gmail.com

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The book will be on sale for $0.99.

 

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#Sneak Peak of Pawn (Mr. Rook’s Island series #2) by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff! @MimiJeanRomance #romanticSuspense

Pawn

COMING NOVEMBER 3rd

Mr. Rook’s Island Series, Book #2

by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

From NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller Mimi Jean Pamfiloff, Comes Part Two of Mr. Rook’s Island, a Sexy, Dark, Romantic Suspense.

 

SHE KNOWS HE’S BAD. THE QUESTION IS, HOW BAD?

 

Stephanie Fitzgerald is nobody’s pawn. Determined to discover the truth about a missing loved one, she lands a job at the world’s most exclusive resort, working for the only man with the answers—Mr. Rook. He’s shockingly handsome, thoroughly intimidating, and completely off-limits.

But the truth she seeks isn’t black and white, and Mr. Rook is a far more dangerous temptation than she ever knew.

Will Stephanie resist her desires, or will she be lured into Mr. Rook’s world of hidden sins?

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EXCERPT

All RIGHTS RESERVED. Copyright 2017. Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

PROLOGUE

It wasn’t supposed to be like this, you know. Such a fucking mess. But I should’ve guessed this was coming. Because when life becomes nothing but should-haves, there is no other possible outcome. My big sister, Cici, should’ve come home from her exotic island vacation four months ago. My father should’ve told me that Mr. Rook, the owner of the resort, came to see him with the news that Cici had drowned, instead of leaving me in the dark. I should’ve known better than to borrow money from a very dangerous man in order to fund my search for her. There are so many should-haves that I’m sick to my stomach with remorse.

But by far, my biggest regret is the moment I stepped foot on this island. Because once I set eyes on the devastatingly handsome Mr. Rook, I couldn’t stop myself from wanting him, from dreaming about him, from feeling drawn to the connection between us. I know it’s wrong.

Nothing good will come of it.

Because now I’m beginning to believe that Cici didn’t die drunk, swimming in the middle of the night. Just like I suspect that this past week with Rook—the touches, the forbidden kisses, the sexual hunger in his steel blue eyes—was an elaborate hoax meant to distract me.

Because he’s not just a wealthy businessman.

This island is no paradise.

And I’m no fucking idiot.

So while resisting this man will be the hardest thing I’ve ever done, I will find out what really happened to my sweet Cici. Otherwise I won’t ever be able to let her go, and my broken heart will be the end of me.

My name is Stephanie Fitzgerald. I am twenty-six years old, London born, New York raised, and I am the newest employee of Mr. Rook’s Island, where “your fantasy is our business.”

Read CHAPTER 1 here

About the Author

MIMI JEAN PAMFILOFF is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling romance author. Although she obtained her MBA and worked for more than fifteen years in the corporate world, she believes that it’s never too late to come out of the romance closet and follow your dream. Mimi lives with her Latin Lover hubby, two pirates-in-training (their boys), and the rat terrier duo, Snowflake and Mini Me, in Arizona. She hopes to make you laugh when you need it most and continues to pray daily that leather pants will make a big comeback for men

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