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#Review of Sheik Defense by Ryshia Kennie w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @ryshiakennie @HarlequinBooks

Sheik Defense

by Ryshia Kennie

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GENRE:   Romantic Suspense

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BLURB:

Tossed overboard, Ava Adams had been left for dead, drifting at sea.  But security specialist Faisal Al-Nassar was determined to find her.  He owed her father a great debt and had never forgotten the connection he and Ava had once shared.  Yet after rescuing Ava he discovered she barely remembered him.

Amnesia had left Ava uncertain of who had tried to kill her.  She did know, however, that Faisal was a man she could trust.  The sheik’s embrace was familiar and enticing…and possibly even more dangerous.  How could she succumb to feelings for her protector when what she didn’t know could get them both killed?

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Excerpt One:

Ava Adams opened her eyes. Her head ached and something deep inside her hurt. That hurt was overshadowing the thumping that seemed to want to break her skull. Yet it wasn’t pain. Not a physical pain but something more emotional. Fear. Anger. She didn’t know what. Instead, she shivered. She was alone and she wasn’t on the yacht. Where was she?

The yacht was gone. She had no idea what had happened to either it or her father. It had disappeared while she’d slipped out of consciousness. She had no idea how long she’d been unconscious. Nothing held any relevance, not time nor space—nor anything that had happened. All of it was a frightening blur.

The breeze ran light, cool fingers across her damp skin and she shivered. She didn’t know how long she’d been unconscious, all she knew was that she was alone and there was no land in sight. Her head pounded and her vision was blurred. She couldn’t see clearly no matter how hard she tried. She was fighting to remain conscious so that she could make that promised call to get help. Her father was counting on her.

The thought made her prop herself up despite her shaking limbs. She tried not to look at the dark water. There was only a thin layer of rubber and canvas between her and it. She couldn’t think of it any more than she could contemplate the fate of her father. All she knew was that the yacht was gone and with it her father. She didn’t know when it had disappeared or if her father was on board or if he was even alive. She struggled to sit up and the world spun. She took a deep breath and passed out.

The next time she came to, she could see that the sun was higher in the sky. It was behind her and she guessed that she might be heading west. She had no idea what that might mean about where she would end up. Or if she would end up anywhere except maybe at the bottom of the ocean.

Fear threatened to overwhelm her even as her gut knotted along with her fists. Her head spun and she had to fight not to black out again. She needed to think and yet she was fighting not to lose consciousness again. She needed to get help not just for her but for her father. He needed her. He was alone.

That thought collided with another. Was her father alive? She’d heard the gunshot as the life raft had slipped away from the yacht, carried by the ocean current. There had been silence after that as she’d drifted farther away.

The gunshot had echoed long after the actual event. The haunting reminder was like an omen. She could die out here and her father could already be dead. Those scenarios were ones she couldn’t, wouldn’t consider. Not anymore. She refused to think of him as anything but alive—just as she was determined to reach land, one way or another.

She took a deep breath and again she fought to sit up. The life raft rocked, threatening what stability it had as water sloshed in the bottom. She wasn’t sure how it had taken on water unless it had been in those first moments as it had gone from the yacht to sea. The sea had been rough. It hadn’t calmed much since then. It was cloudy and the breeze was picking up, only a bit of sun peeked through the otherwise dreary sky.

She had nothing. She looked down. She was virtually naked. The skimpy sleeping outfit had been a bad choice. Fortunately, her father had thrown his jacket over her. Who would have known that a trip that had begun as a lark would end like this?

It wouldn’t end.

Determination shot through her chilled body. She had too much to do with her life. She had a new career that had yet to begin. Again she repeated that promise to herself and to her father. They would live. He would live. They had to.

Something cold pressed against her hip. She slipped her hand under the waistband of her panties and pulled out her father’s phone. She’d forgotten it was there.

Her heart stopped. She remembered that he’d handed it to her. It was a miracle that it had not dropped to the bottom of the dinghy, into the water that was gathering there.

She held it, the memory of her father handing it to her clear in her mind.

“Call Faisal.”

She knew, as did her father, that if anyone could help them, it was Faisal. He headed the powerhouse investigative company run by his family, Nassar Security. At least he was in charge of their Wyoming branch.

The phone slipped in her damp hands.

 

I won’t go into my secret love of reading about sheiks but let me just tell you that this series about the Al-Nassar sheiks has been nothing but brilliant.  I’ve loved all the brothers but I will say that Emir is still my favorite.  There is just something about the oldest in the bunch and how he just takes over in the book.  I also liked reading bits of an update between him and Kate.  I won’t spoil it for you.  However, I felt like that Faisal’s book is the best of the bunch, overall.

Let me explain.  This a great friend to lovers story that is wrapped up nicely in the mystery/intrigue that Ms. Kennie has written.  I loved the action in this book, too.  There is a lot going on but once again, Ms. Kennie doesn’t bog it down with a bunch of nonsense.  Ava is one of those heroines that you just knew that she could and can take care of herself.  Of course, this doesn’t sit well for Faisal during much of the book but it did make me chuckle a time or two.  I also loved that even though Ava went out on her own, Faisal didn’t go all alpha on her.  He appreciated that she did do a lot of the legwork herself.

But of course, it wouldn’t be a true romance if we didn’t get a peek at their lives when they first met and the “what ifs” and “what could have been” between Faisal and Ava.  Their romance felt true and heartfelt.  I would be remiss to tell you that the bad guys in this book are truly evil.  Again, this is what makes this book so special for me.  You know who they are but the motivation behind their actions is slow to build and when it comes to a climax…it’s a doozy.

I’m going to miss the Al-Nassars.  I’m hoping that eventually Tara, their sister, will get her own book.  She deserves some happiness considering what happened to her in Emir’s book where we are introduced to all the brothers.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

The Canadian prairies are my home and while the prairie landscape is blessed with beautiful blue skies, it also has four seasons that come on full throttle – especially winter and because of that I like to travel.  Often on those trips, stories are born.  

In 2011 I won my city’s writing award, and was the first romance writer to do so since its inception.  In 2013 my romantic suspense was a semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Awards.  Published in historic romance and paranormal romance as well as romantic suspense, in February 2016, my first novel was published by Harlequin Intrigue.

There’s no lack of places to set a story as my imagination and the too long prairie winters may find me seeking adventure.  The memories of those worlds both near and far, the words of a stranger, the furtive look one man gives another, often become the catalyst for a suspenseful story with a deadly villain and an intrepid hero and heroine who must battle for their right to love or even their right to live. 

When not dreaming of other stories, I can be found scouting out a garage sale or two, dusting off my roller blades or just thinking about the next adventure that may be miles away or in my own backyard.  

My website:  http://www.ryshiakennie.com

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/ryshiakennie

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Author.RyshiaKennie/

My blog:  http://ryshia.blogspot.ca

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https://www.harlequin.com/shop/books/9781488012945_sheik-defense.html

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Author Interview & #Review of A Stranger She Can Trust (Escape Club Heroes) by Regan Black w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @ReganBlack @reganbauthor

A Stranger She Can Trust

by Regan Black

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GENRE: Romantic suspense

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BLURB:

Outside a busy Philadelphia nightclub, a woman stumbles from her taxi. Beaten and bruised, she is an amnesiac who must rely on a handsome stranger to help her uncover her identity. Carson Lane—a paramedic with his own dark history—can’t help but bring this beautiful, vulnerable woman under his wing. As they begin unraveling who she really is, he realizes falling in love could be the biggest risk of all.

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Excerpt Three:

“Would you like us to take you home or call a friend or family member for you?” Grant asked.

A fresh bolt of panic shot through her like white-hot lightning streaking through a dark sky. The sensation left her gasping. She knew what they were asking. She knew what it meant to call someone. She just couldn’t remember the numbers or names that would connect her to someone familiar. The concept of family made her feel marginally better and a thousand times worse, though the word didn’t induce quite as much dread as friend did. Alexander was the name on the matchbook, and Grant and Carson were here and had been kind to her. Those three names were the extent of her world.

She wanted answers as much as the men asking the questions.

“No. I guess not.” She studied the man named Grant sitting behind his desk. The hard jaw and thick build gave off an air of no-nonsense toughness, but his warm brown gaze didn’t induce any fear, and the gray hair salting his temples added a trust factor.

“I can’t tell you where I live. I mean, I don’t know the answer.” She fisted her hands in frustration, and her short fingernails bit into her palms. “I don’t know who to call. The names…” Her breath rattled in and out of her chest. How could her head feel so full and empty at the same time? “The names are just gone,” she finished in a hoarse whisper.

Welcome Regan Black! Please start off by telling us a little about yourself.

 

Thanks so much for having me here and helping me celebrate the release of A Stranger She Can Trust today. I’m a wife and mom and I love spending the majority of my days in fictional worlds with imaginary friends under the ‘strict’ supervision of our greyhound, Bandit, and two cats.

Is A Stranger She Can Trust a single title, or part of a series?

 

This romantic suspense novel stands alone, but is part of the Escape Club Heroes mini-series. The premise of the Escape Club is a place where people can come for help with situations that might fall through the cracks of typical law enforcement. In addition, the club owner – a former police officer – often employs firefighters and other first responders when they are in tough situations.

 

Please share your setting for A Stranger She Can Trust. Have you ever lived or visited there? If so, what did you like most?

 

The book is set in Philadelphia and the club is located in a refurbished warehouse on a pier on the Delaware River. When I was little we lived in Philly for about a year and visited the Liberty Bell before it was moved to its current location. I was too young to remember much about that time, but we did recently visit the city as part of my son’s college search. I think Philly is a dynamic and fascinating city with the contrast of history and contemporary advances.


When did the writing bug first bite?

 

I’ve been in love with books for as long as I can remember. Reading and writing were a safe escape for me because I was a ridiculously shy child. Writing books wasn’t something I thought I had the time or talent for, but I’m very glad that a rather ‘desperate’ experiment when our kids were young revealed how much I enjoy crafting stories.

Who are you favorite authors, book/series?

 

A lifelong, avid reader, I have so many favorite authors and books and I adore historical romance novels. Sabrina Jeffries, Julia Quinn, and Lisa Kleypas would top that list. J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter, pretty much anything Nora Roberts writes, the Isaac Bell novels by Clive Cussler, just to name a few.


If you could have an author roundtable discussion with any authors, who would you invite?

 

Ray Bradbury, Nora Roberts, Clive Cussler, Eloisa James, and C.S. Lewis.

Do you have any hobbies or special things you like to do in your spare time?

 

We enjoy spending time as a family playing video games, board games, and movies. We should probably post a sign warning visitors that any mention of Marvel or Star Wars will inevitably result in an hours-long discussion packed with opinions and theories. Unless it’s the hockey playoffs, then visitors should expect a distinct lack of conversation while the game is on.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve heard or seen?

 

Hahaha. In this age of the internet where the unexpected and bizarre is a mere click or search typo away? One of the funniest things I’ve ever seen was the time one of our foster greyhounds leaped onto the bathroom counter to admire her reflection.

What is the one thing that you would tell an aspiring writer to do?

 

I encourage aspiring writers with some of the best advice I received early on. Ask yourself what it is you’re writing when the story is flowing effortlessly. Write more of that.

The sooner we learn to honor and follow our natural strengths, the sooner we find the joy in our writing process and that joy makes all the difference as we build our skills and stories.

 

Oh, my.  I haven’t read a Romantic Suspense from Harlequin in a while and I’m sure glad that I read this one.  Ms. Black blew me away with Lissa and Carson.  The suspense was there in spades.  The action/danger…check.  The romance…not so much as a traditional romance but the respect, ying and yang of them…you bet.  Let me try to explain.

In romantic suspense, there are no flowers, unicorns or normally dating per se.  Ms. Black knows this but it’s the little things that Carson would do for Lissa.  His sister’s clothes for instance.  The oil that she needed to help her heal.  The comfort food.  It all added up to be romantic.  Lissa’s gestures of cooking, never giving him an inch when it came to his abilities to help other help and his paramedic skills.  Plus, the boldness that Lissa had in the truck.  Delicious, in my book.  It showed a side of her that I didn’t expect and it was welcomed.

I won’t go into the plot of the book but I will say that I loved that Carson’s partner, Sarah and Lissa’s friend, Noelle were connected.  You have to read the book to find out how but it made the plot that much richer.  It was almost like Carson and Lissa were destined to meet in a sense.  *wink*  Which, by the way, the plot was just too engrossing for me.  I never did figure it out until Ms. Black spelled it out for me.  Normally, I can figure it all out but not with this one.

I also liked the whole Escape Club.  Grant is awesome and I need to go back and read the other stories in the connected series.  The whole idea that the club is the central point intrigues me.  I haven’t read a connected romantic suspense series in a while and I will definitely be picking this one up.  Ms. Black kept me on my toes with how she plotted out this story.  The pacing is great, the characters wonderful, even if Lissa’s parents weren’t, and the action wasn’t too over the top.

If you haven’t discovered Harlequin’s Romantic Suspense line.  You should.  When I read Ms. Black’s backlist I about died.  She’s written with Debra Webb.  SQUEE!!!!!  She’s written in the Colby’s world.  *thud*

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

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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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A Stranger She Can Trust on BN: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-stranger-she-can-trust-regan-black/1124690528

 

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Excerpt from Wrecked by Cynthia Eden w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @cynthiaeden

Wrecked

by Cynthia Eden

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GENRE: Romantic Suspense

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BLURB:

SHE LEFT HIM ONCE.

LOST Agent Ana Young was only fourteen when she was abducted by a madman, but unlike many kidnapping victims, she did go home. Now, her mission is to find the missing. But her new case has her on the hunt for the escaped convict who’s obsessed with her. And Ana has an unlikely partner-the sexy, supposedly-by-the-book FBI Agent she had one amazing night with and had to forget.

NOW HE HAS TO PROTECT HER 24/7…

FBI Special Agent Cash Knox knows that Ana, the petite, tough-ass former bounty hunter, can get the job done again. But this time, someone else leads them to “Bernie-the-Butcher,” someone who’s been watching Ana. Waiting for her.

FROM A CRAZED KILLER.

Now, catching a deranged murderer means Ana must trust her guarded heart to the gorgeous, complicated G-man she wasn’t supposed to fall for.

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Excerpt Three:

“There are just so many of them,” Ana said, glancing over at her desk and the files that were spread out there. “All those people . . . still missing. All those families . . . just hoping that their kids will come home. Husbands, looking for wives. Mothers, looking for their daughters. Friends, looking for—” She broke off, her lips pressing together. “I just want to help them.”

And that was why she’d finally given in and joined LOST.

The Last Option Search Team was Gabe’s baby. Years ago, his sister had vanished, and when the local authorities hadn’t been able to find her, Gabe had joined the search. Unfortunately, he’d found his sister too late. He’d buried her instead of returning her home, and after that terrible tragedy, Gabe had made it his mission to help other families. The agents who worked at LOST were truly the last option for so many. People turned to LOST when their hope was gone. When the FBI and the cops and everyone else said the case was dead . . . LOST kept looking.

And the agents at LOST had been showing amazing results. Hell, within the last year, they’d even stopped two serial killers. They’d saved victims, not just found bodies. They were making a huge difference in the world.

And I want to be part of that difference.

So maybe she’d been burning the midnight oil as she reviewed case files. One in particular kept nagging at her. Cathy Wise. The girl had been just thirteen when she vanished.

And I was fourteen when I was abducted. Only Ana had gotten to go home again.

Cathy . . . hadn’t. Not yet.

“I get personally involved,” Ana confessed. “I know I should probably hold back but . . .” But I can see myself in these cases. We have to help the victims.

“No.” Gabe’s voice was soft. “We need to be involved, Ana. We need to care. It motivates us to get the job done.” He inclined his head toward the files. “But you can’t let the job consume you. As hard as we try, there will always be other cases out there. Others who go missing.”

Her stomach twisted because she knew he was right. Every day, someone new vanished. Every day, a life was destroyed.

“That’s why I’m in your office now,” Gabe added. A faint smile curved his lips and his eyes glinted. “Not just because I wanted to interrupt your nap time.”

Trust me, with the dream I was having . . . I’m glad you did interrupt.

“We have a new case.”

Ana took a quick step toward him.

But Gabe lifted a hand. “Before you get too excited, this case comes with some strings.”

Strings? What was that supposed to mean? She was over her probationary period at LOST. She’d been handling cases on her own for weeks now.

“You’ll have a partner on this one.”

Well, yes, that was standard LOST procedure. Always have someone watching your ass. That was a Gabe Spencer directive that had come down on day one.

“He’s . . . not with LOST.”

Okay, now she was curious. “Then who is he with?”

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Award-winning author CYNTHIA EDEN writes dark tales of paranormal romance and romantic suspense. She is a New York Times, USA Today, Digital Book World, and IndieReader bestseller.

 

Cynthia is also a two-time finalist for the RITA® award (she was a finalist both in the

romantic suspense category and in the paranormal romance category). Since she began writing

full-time in 2005, Cynthia has written over thirty novels and novellas. Cynthia lives along the Alabama Gulf Coast.

 

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