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#Review of Under the Radar (a High Stakes novel) by Dee. J. Adams w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #romanticsuspense @DeeJAdams

Under the Radar

by Dee J. Adams

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GENRE: Romantic Suspense

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BLURB:

Two brothers. Two best friends. One robbery gone wrong.

With a court date looming, a near-fatal car accident, and a house invasion, the four surviving witnesses to an armed robbery know they are targets. In a desperate attempt to stay safe, they take matters into their own hands and go off the grid a week before the trial.

Danny St. John was stuck in a dark place of guilt and regret after a personal tragedy. On the run from violent criminals, he is forced to spend time with the one woman who makes him feel too much. Victoria Lopez needs to protect her heart, but she also misses the guy Danny used to be and thinks she might be able to bring him back. Now, evading gunmen together in Sequoia National Forest, Vic will risk everything to keep Danny safe.

Eric St. John isn’t a big fan of his sister-in-law-to-be, Zoe Turner. Sure, she’s beautiful, but also bossy and brash. When Eric and Zoe are forced to rely on each other for survival, he sees a side to Zoe he never anticipated, a side he definitely likes. But as the two grow closer, so do the men hunting them down.

Time nearly runs out as each couple must not only brave the perils of the wilderness and their growing feelings for each other, but also outwit their pursuers in a deadly game of cat and mouse.

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Excerpt One:

Something moved in the bushes just outside the window in the corner of the room. Zoe’s pulse leapt as she sat up in bed.

“Did you hear that?” Vic whispered almost soundlessly.

“I thought you were sleeping.” Zoe’s voice wasn’t much louder.

“Tried. Not successful.”

They heard the tiniest scrap on the glass and both of them bolted out of bed. “Stuff the pillow under the blankets,” Zoe ordered softly. “Shoes,” she said next as she grabbed her flats. Before they could leave the room, an explosion of sound came from the front of the house and Zoe swung Vic into the closet, followed her in, and shut the door as the window in their room blasted apart. Seconds later, heavy footsteps crunched over broken glass.

Fear and nausea erupted in Zoe’s gut like a geyser. Grunts and thuds coming from the hallway marked the sounds of a fight and she held her breath, waiting for someone to pull open the door. She’d pulled Vic into a death trap by jamming them into this closet.

Bullets erupted outside the door and Zoe slapped a hand over her mouth to hold back a scream. The noise stopped and long tense seconds passed as Zoe and Vic stared at each other, the whites of Vic’s eyes clear in the dark. Before Zoe knew what happened, Vic slammed the door open and pounced on the man in front of them, putting him in a chokehold while hanging onto his back. It was the same thing Casey had done when she’d fought off her ex last year. The gun bounced on the floor and Zoe scrambled to reach it, her hands shaking and breath billowing in and out of her lungs.

Good jeez…what a ride.  Where has Ms. Adams been all of my life?  This is my first read from her but not my last.  I definitely will be snatching up the other 3 books in this series.  And no worries about missing anything.  This book stood alone.  And while everyone knows that romantic suspense is my all time favorite.  Ms. Adams does not disappoint in this area at all.  Nope.  I was holding my breath during a couple of parts.

What kinda left me meh were the romances in the book.  Don’t get me wrong, I loved Zoe and Eric.  Danny and Victoria were good, too.  But I felt like the romance felt a bit off since we were dealing with two completely different romantic couples and their time on the page was split when it came to that aspect.  I honestly felt like the friendship were much stronger in the book than the romance.  Danny is the one character that I felt the sorriest for.  You just have to read the beginning of the book to feel that and I thought his grief was plausible and the guilt he felt realistic.  Zoe was a trip.  Eric uptight and Victoria at times, a tease but together, on the run, they were unstoppable.

The action in this book is some of the best I’ve ever read.  I really felt like I was in a movie just watching it unfold.  Ms. Adams does a great job of putting you right there with her characters and the thing that impressed me most was the attention to detail in her settings.  In most suspense stories, personal hygiene etc. is mostly left out but Ms. Adams puts it in there so that we can see that her characters have the same concerns that we do.  The plot is extremely plausible, realistic and made for an awesome read.

Again, I’m kicking myself that I haven’t read Ms. Adams before.  Her pacing is fantastic, the characters she writes are real people and the situations that she puts them in keeps you turning the page for more.  Don’t be like me and skip this book or author.  Trust me, you’ll kick yourself later.

 

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

After graduating high school in Texas, Dee J. moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting. For twenty years, she acted in television and worked behind the scenes as an acting/dialogue coach for sitcoms.  Writing happened accidentally after a vivid dream and the urging of her husband to “Just write it down.” Three weeks, fourteen hours a day, and four hundred and fifty (long hand) pages later, she had her first novel.  Dee J. loves writing books filled with action, mystery and love. (Not necessarily in that order.) Her experience in show business led to her narrating many of the books in the Adrenaline Highs series for Audible.com. She is the wife of a wonderful man and mother to a fabulous daughter. She’s a dog lover all the way, with a fondness towards Boxers and Pit Bulls. She is a member of several organizations, including Romance Writers of America and SAG-AFTRA.

 

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Nook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/under-the-radar-dee-j-adams/1128543190

 

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/under-the-radar-22

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#Review of Heart of a SEAL (a Hearts of Valor novel) by Dixie Lee Brown w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @DixieLeeBrown #romanticsuspense

Heart of a SEAL

by Dixie Lee Brown

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GENRE:  Romantic Suspense

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BLURB:

They’re brothers in arms, Navy SEALS risking their lives for their country . . . and the women they love.

This is Luke Harding’s story.

Six months in a desert hellhole taught Navy SEAL Luke Harding things he never wanted to learn about life and death. Only tender memories of the beautiful brunette he met a few weeks before his deployment helped get him through the torturous days and nights. Back in the States after a perilous rescue, physically and emotionally damaged, Luke’s about to plunge into a new kind of war. In a seemingly bucolic Idaho town, Sally Duncan faces real—and unpredictable—danger.

All Sally ever wanted was a safe place to raise her nine-year-old daughter. Her identity hidden behind a façade of secrets and lies, can she trust Luke—a man she barely knows—with the truth? Even as they give in to long-denied passion, a killer with a personal vendetta is setting an ambush that will leave them praying for a miracle and fighting for the future they may not live to see.

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Excerpt Three:

Screaming wasn’t really Sally’s style. The best she could do at the moment was crawl out of the reach of the enraged lunatic and hope he came to his senses.

“Go ahead. Touch her again and see what happens.” The suggestion, coming from the darkness behind Emmett’s vehicle and delivered with steel-edged composure, took her completely by surprise.

Sally swung toward the new player, forgetting Emmett for the moment. The voice was all too familiar, stirring unwelcome memories. Eyes watering from Emmett’s blow, she squinted to see the man standing in the darkness just beyond her yard.

“Luke?” Sally staggered to her feet, clenching her teeth against the sick feeling that swirled in her stomach.

It couldn’t be him. Not the man she’d fallen hard for before he deployed with his SEAL unit over a year ago. Not the man who’d refused to see her when she hurried to the hospital in Bethesda after hearing he’d been rescued from a terrorist prison. Rushing to his side because she’d thought they meant something to each other, she’d quickly learned the truth of the matter. His disregard had let her know, in no uncertain terms, that the feelings had been one-sided. That man had no reason—or right—to show up at her door.

Sally searched the shadows near the street, where the voice had originated. When she finally made out his silhouette, her breath caught in her throat.

Luke didn’t spare her a glance.

“Who the hell are you?” Emmett turned to face him.

“Does it matter?” Luke’s words contained a dangerous warning that Sally had never heard before.

As he stepped from the shadow of the SUV, his military fatigues and the duffel he carried reminded her of the homeless people who’d camped on Elk Creek last fall. A knife in a leather sheath hung at his side. His face was etched with lines of exhaustion, and he might have carried himself stiffly, but otherwise he was the same man she remembered. Light brown hair, longer and a bit more disheveled than the last time she’d seen him, always tempted her to run her fingers through it…even now.

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Ms. Brown, I’m so very sorry this is late.  I loved this book.  Every ounce of it.  This just reminds me of why I love romantic suspense so much.  When we meet Sally and Luke, we don’t have to worry about them getting together because this is a second chance story.  We did have to worry about it is the “who is trying to kill us”.  And of course, I NEVER saw that one coming.  I was sure I had it figured out but no.  You had to throw the curveball.

Peeps, this book is fast.  The action never stops.  Like ever.  Even with the smexy times, it moves at a fast pace so you need to pay attention and don’t start it at night.  Why?  Because you need to pay attention.  Ms. Brown writes a suspenseful romantic thriller with just a dash of humor to keep things from getting too dark.  There are some dark issues that both Luke and Sally went through to get where they are in the book and Ms. Brown does a fantastic job with that.  Even with Sally’s daughter, Jen in the mix, she even has her own little “trouble” thrown in there.  Don’t worry though, its necessary to the whole book.

Travis, Daniel, Matthew, and Garrett (must read his book), are wonderful additions to their story.  Plus, I can’t wait to read their stories.  Matt’s story is next and yes, I pre-ordered it already.  Plus, the setting of the book is wonderful.  No one sets anything in Idaho.

Folks, I can’t praise Ms. Brown enough with this book.  Strong characters, an ending that I NEVER saw coming, and a strong family unit among friends that is unbreakable.  She reminds me why I romantic suspense is my favorite genre.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Dixie Lee Brown lives and writes in Central Oregon, inspired by gorgeous scenery and at least three hundred sunny days a year. Having moved from South Dakota as a child to Washington, Montana and then to Oregon, she feels at home in the west. She resides with two dogs and a cat, who are currently all the responsibility she can handle. Dixie works fulltime as a bookkeeper. When she’s not writing or working, she loves to read, enjoys movies, and if it were possible, she’d spend all of her time at the beach. She is also the author of the Trust No One romantic suspense series, published by Avon Impulse.

 

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#Review of Collateral Risk by Gwenan Haines w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #romantic suspense

Collateral Risk

by Gwenan Haines

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GENRE: Romantic suspense

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BLURB:

After losing her sister to a serial killer years earlier, scientist Mia Lindgren survives by focusing on the most dangerous viruses known to man. She’s become adept at shutting herself off from human contact—until her lab partner drowns under suspicious circumstances.

Forced to accept the assistance of Nick Doyle, an FBI counter-terrorism expert on leave, she soon realizes someone at the Institute for Research of Infectious Diseases is involved in a deadly deception. As she and Nick race to find a killer who will stop at nothing to accomplish his version of Armageddon, they can’t ignore their own chemistry. But can Mia truly put the past to rest?

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Excerpt Two:

Mia finished reading the articles and took a chair opposite him. If it hadn’t been for the fact they were talking about the end of the world, it would have been cozy, sitting there with her. Small problem.

“If he wasn’t dead, I’d say it would be natural for him to have them. Working with this stuff is what we do. If he came across those articles, he’d keep them.” She hesitated, averting her gaze. “I would too.”

“Well, you’re right about one thing, Bride of Frankenstein,” he said. “The man’s dead. And I’m guessing this has something to do with it.”

“So you believe my theory—about him not really drowning.”

“I’m starting to. I called to get the results of the autopsy and hopefully should have them in a day or two if nobody decides to stall.”

“You think they’re going to stall?”

“I don’t know. We’ll see. I’m supposed to be on leave, so it’s possible the powers that be don’t want me getting involved in something I shouldn’t be.”

They got that right. Under the yellow overhead light, Mia’s hair fell down over her shoulders in pale waves. He’d never seen it down. He almost wished he hadn’t.

She gave him a hard look. “Maybe you shouldn’t. I mean, you’re supposed to be getting better, aren’t you? Healing. This can’t be helping.”

“It is helping,” he said quietly. “You’re helping.”

She looked away. For several seconds, she didn’t speak. “I don’t think so,” she said at last. “I’ve never helped anybody. Not even my own mother.”

“Mia—”

“Stop, okay?” She held up a hand. “Just stop.”

“Okay.” He wanted to reach out and take her hand in his. No, he wanted to take her upstairs and show her how much she’d helped him heal, one long kiss at a time. But if he told her that he’d lose her. Whatever had happened to her in the past had scared the hell out of her. If he pushed too hard, he’d lose her.

And he wasn’t going to get involved with her in the first place. Wasn’t that what he kept telling himself?

4 in a row.  That is a record for me.  Plus, this is a new to me author.  And it deals with bioterrorism, something that I know nothing about.  I read the authors notes and definitely have a new found respect for the CDC.  Oh and Ms. Haines, I had heard about that island.  That’s some spooky stuff right there.

If I had one thing to nitpick about the book is I would have liked a bit more of the romance.  I know, I know.  Believe me, I felt the connection between Mia and Nick but I felt like it was more of an HFN.  Both of them had some serious relationship issues to be worked out.  Nick’s dead wife and Mia’s whole family issues but I still would have liked a cleaner ending.  But hey that’s just the romantic in me.

The thriller part of the book is phenomenal.  Yes, phenomenal.  There were times that I had to read some parts twice just so I could get a better sense of everything that was going on.  While the plot is simple in context, Ms. Haines has written it where there are some red herrings that I never saw coming.  You definitely have to pay attention and I love when an author makes me think while I read a suspense/thriller book.  Plus, I learned a lot about bioterrorism.  People, that’s some scary shit.  Sorry for the language but it is.  And the depths that some people will go to to make it happen.

Ms. Haines writing is very fluid and taunt.  She knows how to write a very balanced suspense/thriller.  The book starts off fast and really doesn’t let up.  Okay, there is that one time.  *wink wink*  I also liked how her secondary characters are fleshed out and not just window dressing or plot devices that make no sense.  Mia mom, Angela, is one of those characters that at first glance would be throwaway but she has depth and I especially liked how she and Mia tried to bond in the end.

Do your self a favor and pick this book up.  It’s taunt, thrilling, suspenseful and characters that you truly will care for.  Plus, I have a soft spot for the “wounded” FBI agent.  Oh yes, I didn’t mention that about Nick?  My bad.  He He!!  And if you are worried about Mia being soft?  Don’t be.  She’s tough.  Just scared when it comes to having a real relationship with anyone.  *sigh*

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Gwenan Haines lives in New England with her daughter and a Siberian husky born on Halloween. She’s been hooked on suspense ever since her mom read her an old Nancy Drew mystery when she was five years old. She also loves romance and fantasy. Her paranormal novella, WRAITH, and novel, SHIFT, the first two installments in the SHADOW WORLD series, are under contract with Wild Rose Press’s fantasy line. When she’s not plotting her newest mystery, she teaches community college and writes lots of poetry.

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