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#Review of Racing Peril (the Tetrad Group #1) by January Bain w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #romanticsuspense @JanuaryBain #thriller

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Revenge. Greed. Murder. And an insatiable passion…

Silk O’Connor resolves to take justice into her own hands on the steps of an LA courthouse. The scumbag who killed her sister is holding a press conference, set free by a corrupt justice system bought off by his rich father. Inconceivable. There is no way she will just let him walk away.

Jake Marshall is a decorated war hero on leave, filling in for a friend at Sterling Security—and protecting the very man who used his car as a weapon and murdered Silk’s only family. The war has left him with PTSD, fighting to salvage his own sanity, and a sniper is the last thing he needs.

The two clash when Jake finds Silk preparing to mete out her own frontier-style brand of justice from the courthouse roof…and the adrenaline-fueled high-stakes world of sex trafficking it ensnares the pair in tests them to their absolute limit.

And when Silk enters this den of depravity, she knows only one thing for certain, she may never come out alive.

What others are saying about Racing Peril.

From the editor, Rebecca Fairfax: “I love the unique ‘Januaryness’ January Bain brings to her writing. It’s a blend of her immense imagination, her fully rounded characters, her well-researched stories, the fast pace she tells them at and it’s all wrapped up in her love for what she does and sprinkled right through with her Canadianism. You can’t go wrong with one of her books, whether it’s the fun, sexy romps of her Brass Ringers series or the high-octane blast of this romantic suspense series. Just read Racing Peril and you’ll be rushing for book two, Racing the Tide!”

Dear Reader,

January Bain is an extraordinary author who has great talent in capturing the story and creating memorable characters. Romantic suspense is not easy to write. You must create characters who are vibrant and electric, make sure neither the romance nor the suspense overshadow each other, and craft a story that keeps the reader on edge from beginning to end. January Bain has done just that with RACING PERIL. It is one of my personal favorites and I know it will be one of yours, too. Thank you, January, for writing such an excellent story. This is a real treat for readers. I hope there are more like this to follow. – Desiree Holt, USA Today and Amazon bestselling author

Read an Excerpt:

“What the hell do you think you’re doing? Get off me!” she screamed in instant pain. Both mental and physical. She had failed. The worst possible outcome.

“Is anything broken?” a strong male voice asked, the low timbre of the tone vibrating through her.

“Who the fuck cares!” she screamed, attempting to push him off along with the rifle she still clutched. He pulled it from her hands, checking that the safety was reengaged, and laying it aside.

Instead of letting her up, he rolled her over and straddled her hips. He grasped her hands as she flailed about, striking out at him, wanting to cause him pain. Tears began rolling down her cheeks. A sob escaped from her chest, loud, as all the terrible anguish that had built up since the accident broke free, a tidal wave of emotion born of pain and loss.

He held her steady as the tsunami flooded through her, a force far beyond her control in charge. Unavoidable. Unstoppable. It pushed her heart to release its crushing burden. The pain of the accident. Images of her sister in her coffin at the funeral. The pitifully small number of mourners to say goodbye to a young life cut so tragically short. The first clod of earth hitting the top of her casket—all the heart-bruising moments locked in her brain of the past few weeks, fucking her up. Then the images came from further back. Happier memories of her and Ashley in simpler times. Watching a movie together. Playing a favorite video game. Cooking up a feast to celebrate one of their birthdays. And her sister’s favorite—shoe shopping. All the record of her sister she would have to last a lifetime.

Her loud sobs eventually turned into soft hiccups. A catharsis born of the trauma and guilt she could no longer escape left her fighting exhaustion, yet strangely eased, some of the overwhelming tension that had driven her for weeks gone. Her other senses rushed in to fill the void. She became aware. Too aware.

I’m going to start off by saying that Ms. Bain is fast becoming a favorite author of mine.  While she is still new to me, I’ve come to love her voice, her characters but especially how she constructs her stories.  Plus, they are suspenseful, thrilling and sexy all at the same time.

I couldn’t get enough of Silk and Jake.  These two were destined to be together.  From the moment that they met, the action never stopped.  This is a very fast paced story.  But I also need to tell you that it is on the shorter side.  What makes this story work is Ms. Bain.  She packs a lot into Silk and Jake’s story but it is easy to follow, it’s palatable and a plot that makes sense.  You don’t have to suspend belief in this story.

Jake is going through some nasty stuff when he meets Silk and convinces her that her actions will not help her at all.  Silk finally agrees and the race is on with these two.  I won’t go into the action at the being and why Silk knew what she knows but she is one tough cookie.  And that’s what I really enjoy about Ms. Bain’s heroines.  They are flawed but no wallflowers.  They don’t “need” a man to rescue them from a situation, but maybe from themselves.

Jake is a dream.  When he realizes that Silk is right, he will do anything to make the wrong, right.  Plus, well, you just need to read the book.  Like I said before, the action never stops.  Between the mystery, suspense, thrilling action and some smexy times, this book has it all for me.  Again, Ms. Bain is fast becoming a favorite author of mine now.  Her characterization, plot lines and making this reader feel like they are right there…

Do yourself a favor and find this author.  Buy her books.  Read her books.  You can thank me later.

About the Author:

I think I’ve wished on every falling star, every blown-out birthday candle, and every coin thrown in a fountain to be a storyteller. And I know where it all began! I was blessed by being read to by my mom every night at bedtime. 🙂
I love spending hundreds of hours researching the unusual and the mundane to create books that feature strong, kickass women, hot complicated men who aren’t afraid to take risks, and wild adventures full of twists and turns.

You can find me hard at work every morning without fail in my office with a furry baby trying to prove she does a better job of guarding the universe than anyone.

I enjoy talking books, so please connect on Facebook!

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Buy link:

Amason: https://www.amazon.com/Racing-Peril-Tetrad-Group-Book-ebook/dp/B07PBX6NB4/

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1130790669?type=eBook

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#Review of Sun Storm (the Gathering Storm series #1) by Marlow Kelly w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #romanticsuspense @marlowkelly1

Sun Storm

by Marlow Kelly

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GENRE:   Romantic Suspense

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BLURB:

In Montana to prove her portable solar panel can solve the world’s energy problems, naïve scientist, Dr. Marie Wilson must first fight to survive and then expose the powerful businessman intent on destroying her life’s work. 

Ex-special forces soldier, David Quinn is haunted by the horrors of combat, and yearns to be left alone with his beehives, but agrees to do one last job for his old mentor.

When the scariest man she’s ever met becomes her savior, Marie discovers a heart of gold beats beneath his surly demeanor.

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Excerpt Three:

“You’re the one who broke into my cabin. I didn’t make you associate with criminals. And for the record, my life hasn’t been all sunshine and flowers since you crashed through my door,” she shouted back, shocked by her own reaction. What was wrong with her? She never argued, raised her voice, or confronted anyone. David was making her crazy. It was the only explanation. For some reason, she had no problem arguing with him. Maybe it was because he was so aggravating.  

She pointed a finger at him. “And I’m really sick of you forcing me into cars.” It was as if all her fear and stress were curled in her chest waiting for an outlet, and he was it.

“What?”

“I’ve known you for less than twelve hours, and you’ve pushed me into a vehicle three times.” She knew she was being unreasonable, but couldn’t stop.

He rolled his eyes. “Where are my manners? The next time someone’s trying to kill you, I’ll just politely ask if you’d like to get in my truck. Do you want me to curtsey while I’m at it?” He shouted the last part.

“There’s no need for sarcasm.” She sat straight, folding her hands in her lap, hoping if she gained control over her body, then she would gain some much-needed restraint over her emotions.

“I think there is, and do up that window. It’s freezing in here.”

She did as she was asked, but only because her fingers were numb with the cold.

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Wow.  Just wow.  This book has it all.  Thrills, lots of suspense, romance, very fast paced, a plot line that makes perfect sense, and more twists than a mountain trail.  Seriously, this book is everything I’ve been craving in a romantic suspense book for a while now.  This book moves very quickly.  Don’t even try to catch your breath and be prepared to start it and have the need to finish it in one sitting.

David and Marie are some of the more mismatched people that an author can come up with as a hero and heroine.  Sure, we’ve all read the alpha Special Forces hero to the rescue of the naive, sheltered scientist but Ms. Kelly gives them qualities that they didn’t even think they had themselves.  Marie does not come off as helpless, just confused.  David is the biggest marshmallow and he knows it.  He just doesn’t like to admit it to many people.  Also, their backstories are powerful and lend themselves to the overall arc of the book and to the relationship.

I wish I could go into the plot with a lot of detail but that would spoil it.  Let’s just say that Ms. Kelly sets up the whole story up from the beginning with most of the major players in place.  You know the major plot points but Ms. Kelly has a way of throwing you off guard and decides she needs to add a person or two to really shake it up.  I’m looking forward to her other stories in this series to further explore that.  And yes, I can’t talk about it because, well, you just have to read the book and trust me, you will be gobsmacked.  In fact, in some ways, it’s still processing in my head.

I can not tell you how much this book meant to me.  It surprised me, left my neck hurting not to mention my fingers wrapped around my Kindle and can’t wait to dive into the next one in the series.  Ms. Kelly is just brilliant in her storytelling, characterization and taking the romantic suspense/thriller genre to a whole new level.  I can’t believe that I’m just finding out about her and the books that she has written.

Don’t do what I did and find out about her too late.  You will definitely be sorry and kick yourself for it.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

After being thrown out of England for refusing to drink tea, Marlow Kelly made her way to Canada where she found love, a home and a pug named Max. She also discovered her love of storytelling. Encouraged by her husband, children and let’s not forget Max, she started putting her ideas to paper. She enjoys writing suspenseful, fast-paced romance stories that always feature strong women.  

 

Marlow is an award-winning author and a member of the Romance Writers of America.

For more information about Marlow’s books check out her website at www.marlowkelly.com

 

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#Review of No Cowboys No Angels (The Mystery Angel Romances #1) by Petie McCarty w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @petieauthor #mystery #suspense

No Cowboys No Angels

by Petie McCarty

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GENRE: Contemporary Romance

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BLURB:

A cozy romantic mystery with suspense, Book 1 from The Mystery Angel Romances series. An angel hidden in every book . . . it’s up to the reader to figure out who.

In No Cowboys No Angels, Kellen Brand’s inheritance turns out to be a whopper—one dilapidated farm in West Virginia and one guardian angel!

Since Kellen is convinced no sane woman would choose to live in Riverside, she vows to sell her farm and quick. Her handsome neighbor Luke Kenyon must block the farm sale or risk exposure of his family’s secrets. While Kellen has located one potential buyer, she faces a town full of objectors. Someone is trying to frighten her off, and Luke is forced to step in and rescue her more than once.

Unfortunately, Kellen can’t seem to stay out of trouble. She stumbles onto a clandestine hazardous-waste-dumping operation next to her farm, and she prays Luke has one more rescue up his sleeve. It’s her only hope of staying alive.

Unless her mother really did leave her a guardian angel . . .

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Excerpt Two:

Luke’s jaw muscles flexed hard, and his eyes narrowed. “Well, that settles it.”

“Settles what?”

“You’re not going to the mill ever again.”

“What?”

“You heard me.”

She turned sideways in her seat to make sure he could see her glare. “You can’t tell me what to do.” She didn’t want to go anywhere near the mill, but she wasn’t going to let him boss her around.

“I can and I just did.” His jaw clenched again. “You’re not going to the mill, and that’s final.”

She crossed her arms over her chest in a huff. “I’ll go over there if I want to.”

But, I don’t want to.

“No,” he yelled.

“Yes,” she yelled right back.

He slammed on the brakes and turned to give her a glare of his own. She happily returned it. In a breath, he was across the narrow gap, his mouth closing over hers before she could mutter a reproach. Not that she wanted to. The kiss was long and deep, the pressure of his hand tight against her neck as though he would never let her go. She melted into his kiss and could feel the depth of his fear for her safety.

His hands cupped her cheeks as he broke the kiss, so she couldn’t get away. “Do not go to the mill,” he whispered huskily, “please.”

Dazed, she stared into his amazing chocolate-dark eyes. “Sure, whatever you say.”

She caught a quick breath. Her mind reeled in a jumble. Fearful he’d only kissed her to get his way, she needed to find out. She tugged him to her, wanting to kiss him again with an urgency she had never felt before. She could feel the fear in his last kiss. He had let her in behind his carefully constructed barricade.

Luke hesitated, his lips close enough to hers the connection was almost imagined. She could feel the heat of him against her cheeks and chin. His lips brushed hers once and then nuzzled her cheek. Her heart stuttered a beat.

Full disclosure, this is not my first book by Ms. McCarty.  She is fast becoming one of my favorite authors.  Just saying…

This book, y’all.  There is so much that I absolutely loved about it.  Its got romance, mystery, suspense, action, small towns, two very wounded characters, the mob, guardian angels and a horse named Windsor.  Yes, there is a horse.  At times, I swooned, gasped, laughed and generally had a great time reading Luke and Kellen’s story.  Please be advised this a sweet romance and I hate to use sweet because you can feel that if these two had the opportunity, they would jump each other but Ms. McCarty doesn’t write like that.  There is a slow building romance between them, once they get past all the misunderstandings at the beginning of the book.

I didn’t know what to think of Luke from the start but in the end, he definitely won my heart.  I can totally understand why he did in terms of the town and his dad.  His secret is pretty big but once you understand why he did it, it makes sense and your heart will melt at the same time.  His story is part of the mystery that will just melt your heart.  The suspense part is the mob and I just loved how Ms. McCarty wrote this plot point.  I laughed, cringed and in the end, it made me think about things.  The henchmen were laughable but well thought out.  And trust me, when all is revealed in regards to the mob, I was shocked.  The web was much bigger than I thought.

Kellen has a right to feel like she does when she goes back home.  Growing up with her brother and mother wasn’t easy.  I’ve been to the Appalachian Mountains on a mission trip in high school and I totally got it.  I saw firsthand the poverty and the lack of funds for most people.  Yes, I used an outhouse because it was all they had.  I learned to appreciate what I had back home; so I understood what she, Joey (her brother) and David went through growing up.  The other characters like Sally, Vera, Rick, Hank, Corazon, Nuvida, and even Falcone were just awesome.  Each one had their own part in the book and were very well written characters.

Lastly, there are guardian angels in the book.  Duh!!!!  Trust me, you will NEVER figure it out.  And no, it is not Luke.  Even though, he pulls Kellen out of enough jams throughout the book.  Ms. McCarty has written a book that had me from the beginning and never let up.  I can’t wait to see what the next book in the series is about.  Yes, I’m that invested in the series already.  She had me at guardian angels and a cowboy on a horse named Windsor.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Petie spent a large part of her career working at Walt Disney World—”The  Most Magical Place on Earth”—where she enjoyed working in the land of fairy tales by day and creating her own romantic fairy tales by night, including her new series, The Cinderella Romances. She eventually said good-bye to her “day” job to write her stories full-time. These days Petie spends her time writing sequels to her regency time-travel series, Lords in Time, and her cozy-mystery-with-romantic-suspense series, the Mystery Angel Romances.

Petie shares her home on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee with her horticulturist husband and a noisy Nanday conure named Sassy who made a cameo appearance in No Angels at Christmas coming April 2019.

Visit Petie’s web site online at http://www.petiemccarty.com or her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/petie.mccarty.

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