I am the ghost that haunts your dreams. I am a liar, a protector…a killer…I am death.You think you know my story, but you have no idea. My death was just the beginning.I’m a dead man.
In the years since I escaped the shadow organization that owned me, my vow to protect my family is the only thing that kept me alive.
Until I meet her.
Too bad I need the monster to protect her from the demons of her past.
Too bad she’s not that innocent.
Cliffhanger Warning: I know you want the whole story right now. But that’s not how things went down. And I think you know by now when it comes to ORUS, things don’t always go according to f*cking plan.
(The Deep Duet unfolds over the course of two books. Deep will be followed by Deeper, releasing on January 29th)
Ovary up, bitch. This is the plan.If she wanted her plan to work, it was going to require sacrifice, which meant getting this car down the fucking ravine and then climbing down herself. Time
to put on her big-girl thong.She gathered up her long blond hair and secured it with a ponytail holder. Time to get to work. She only had a couple of hours. She’d been following Rafe DeMarco every Tuesday for months. This was the path he’d take. It was too late for another plan. Besides she’s been setting this up for months.She had selected the perfect spot for this. Right before the guardrail began. As an added bonus, there was a path she could use to initially climb down and a rock outcropping she could stand on to wait for him.She’d scattered broken glass to make it look like an accident. Once the car was in neutral, she jogged around to the trunk and started to push.
Her ribs throbbed. That asshole in krav maga class had forgotten they were training and had gotten in a brutal hit. She’d have bruises for days. But it wasn’t like she could wait to heal up.
Even as the sweat popped on her brow and her body screamed, inch by inch she pushed until she finally started to get some momentum. And then managed to get car right up to the edge. With one more deep breath, she rolled the car over the edge.
The crash, boom, thud sounds echoed all through the ravine as the car tumbled front-over-end down the jagged edges of rocks. A quick glance at her watch told her she needed to haul ass. DeMarco was likely turning on to the road by now, so she didn’t have time to waste.
It was a stupid thing, but she felt a pang of hurt looking at the shiny blue paint she’d picked out, all crumpled and cracked. That was the first car she’d ever bought for herself.
She’d never had her own car before. Her father had preferred for her to be chauffeured, and her brothers had felt the same way. So she’d been excited to pick out a car on her own. And look at it now… a martyr for the cause.
“Your sacrifice will not be for nothing, young Toyota.”
The back of the car was now completely smashed and bent, so it looked like the car had skidded off the road and plunged down the embankment. She shivered. Under her coat, she only wore a thin dress, one that clung to her curves. But it was part of the plan, so she’d pushed past the mortification. It would all be worth it soon.
She clasped her forehead, rubbing at the stress ball of tension that had settled behind her eyes. Now or never.
The entire scene had been meticulously planned. With a deep breath, she scooted around the guardrail and held her breath as she started down the nearly nonexistent trail. Sand and razor-sharp rocks were more than happy to mingle with her toes and cut up her feet, but she kept moving.
The son of a bitch had better take the bait. He will. This whole plan banked on Rafe DeMarco being a decent enough human being to care about someone else potentially being hurt. Either that or curious enough to stop and see what the hell was going on.
The glass was hard to ignore. As were the random clothes she’d strewn about. She just prayed some other stray motorist didn’t decide to be a Good Samaritan. But this was an access road, rarely ever traveled.
She shoved aside the lingering feelings of doubt and concern and guilt. This man had taken everything away from her, deliberately and systematically. She was going to return the favor. And she was going to get her life back. It didn’t matter how long it took.
She shivered again when she remembered his dark eyes peering at her from behind the mask. He’d just killed her father. Two bullets in the skull. Cold. Efficient. His lips had been set in a firm, grim line.
She’d gasped from her hiding place, the fear and the shock and despair leaking through her body like a chemical spill. She still remembered the sound of his voice as he muttered a single word. “Fuck.” When he’d pulled aside the curtain, she’d been so sure he was going to kill her too. Positive he was going to murder her like he’d done her father. But he hadn’t. He’d let her live.
That was his first mistake.
Maybe he’d assumed she’d be so traumatized by the situation that she wouldn’t remember. Maybe he thought she’d be grateful he hadn’t killed her. Maybe he thought she’d forget his face, his voice, the way he made her feel.
Bad luck for him. She remembered that day in startling clarity. The day he’d turned her family upside down. Come to think of it, she needed to have a slogan for when she saw him again. Like in The Princess Bride.
“My name is Diana Vandergraff. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” She wasn’t the villain here, so she wasn’t going to have some long, drawn-out bragging speech. But he would know. She’d make sure he understood the series of events that had led to his world crumbling.
She wanted him to know.
You know what makes this duo so good? Besides their writing style? The heroes and heroines that they come with. Seriously. I’ve read every book in this series featuring Blake Security and I’m still just blown away at how they have come up with the different characters and storylines but still manage to pull them all together and it makes sense. When reading a series like this each duet can be read on its own which is good but you still have that one person that ties it all together. That person is Rafe. Yes, Rafe.
Let me explain, hopefully without spoilers. Rafe is an ex-assassin/deep undercover FBI Agent/ORUS agent that most people believed died. He left his sister, Lucia and best friend, Noah Blake to go on with their lives. Little did he realize that Noah and Lucia would fall in love, get married and start a family. Then you have Jonas, the ex-cop, and JJ, Lucia’s best friend that are now with Blake Security. Plus, let’s not forget Oskar and Matthias, who also work for Blake Security. BTW, can’t wait to read their stories. Of course, when Rafe reappears, not everyone is happy about it or trusts him for that matter.
Enter Diana and all bets are off. I wish I could tell you about the story but I can’t without spoilers. What I can tell you is that this story is more character driven than the others. Not as much action but that’s perfectly fine by me. We finally get to meet and understand Rafe and what he has been doing and why he did it all those years ago. Diana is tied to his past but not everything is what it seems. Of course, Rafe doesn’t have a clue except that he knows that Diana is hiding something. He just thinks it something else.
The smexy times are plentiful and meaningful. There is nothing that these two couldn’t do together but I’m not sure that the road to happiness is going to be a good one. There are too many secrets, a betrayal that is going to cut deep but there is a love brewing that cannot be denied. Plus, with the men and women of Blake Security behind them, nothing will and can stop them. Like I said, Rafe and Diana’s story is a bit different. We get to know them as individuals and then as a couple. But I’m sure that the action will be non stop in the conclusion.
A couple things a bit off topic. Yes, I know going in that the book ends with a cliffhanger. And yes, it drives me crazy but I’m not left hanging too long. And also I have a bone to pick with Nana. You lied. I thought this was going to be Matthias’ book. Sneaky dog you!
NYT & USA Today bestselling author M. Malone lives in the Washington, DC metro area with her husband and their two sons. She holds a master’s degree in Business from a prestigious college that would no doubt be scandalized by how she’s using her expensive education.
Independently published, she has sold more than 1/2 million ebooks in her two series, THE ALEXANDERS and BLUE-COLLAR BILLIONAIRES. Since starting her indie journey in 2011 with the runaway bestselling novella “Teasing Trent,” her work has appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than a dozen times.
She’s now a full-time writer and spends 99.8% of her time in her pajamas.
USA Today bestselling author Nana Malone’s love of all things romance and adventure started with a tattered romantic suspense novel she “borrowed” from her cousin.
It was a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana, and Nana was a precocious thirteen. She’s been in love with kick-butt heroines ever since. With her overactive imagination constantly channeling her inner Buffy, it was only a matter a time before she started creating her own characters.
While she waits for her chance at a job as a ninja assassin, Nana works out her drama, passion and sass with fictional characters every bit as brazen and kick-butt as she thinks she is.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katee Robert delivers the next book in her sizzling O’Malleys family series, hailed as “The Godfather meets Romeo & Juliet.” In UNDERCOVER ATTRACTION Aiden O’Malley, one of the most dangerous men in Boston, offers ex-cop Charlotte Finch her last chance for justice.
Meet Aiden and Charlie!
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Title: Undercover Attraction
Author: Katee Robert
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 28, 2017
Publisher: Grand Central/Forever
Series: The O’Malleys
Page Count: 352 pages
Format: Digitial and Print
Scandal. Wealth. Power. Seduction. Welcome to the world of the O’Malleys.
Ex-cop Charlotte Finch used to think there was a clear line between right and wrong. Then her fellow officers betrayed her, and the world is no longer so black and white. Especially when it’s Aiden O’Malley, one of the most dangerous men in Boston, who offers her a chance for justice. The only catch: she’ll have to pretend to be his fiancée for his plan to work.
Aiden can’t afford to let anyone see the man behind the mask. To run the O’Malley empire, he has to be cool and controlled at all times. But the moment he meets Charlie, they’re playing with fire. Her slightest touch is enough to send him over the edge. At first their “engagement” was a way to eliminate his enemies. Now he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her safe– even if he has to destroy his own family to do it.
His brows slanted down, and then his expression cleared. “You’re worried about me? Bright eyes, you don’t have to be.”
Either he was lying to make her feel better or he’d missed the cold calculation in Alethea’s eyes when she’d watched them walk out. If he didn’t dance to the tune she set, she would have no problem killing him. She wouldn’t lose a wink of sleep at night over it.
Charlie gripped his hand tighter. “Promise me.”
“You know I can’t. I’ll do whatever it takes to see this through, and if that means getting into another situation like the one we just left, I won’t hesitate.”
She wanted to shake the stubbornness right out of him. “Even if it means you don’t walk out alive?”
He started to give her a pat answer. She saw the second he registered that she was actually scared for him—not herself. The mask slipped, and something like wonder dawned. Aiden pulled her into his lap and framed her face with his hands. “The end justifies the means. You know that.”
She’d thought the same thing earlier. Now she wasn’t so sure.
But he wasn’t going to listen to her tonight. Either he hadn’t seen the danger or he was determined to downplay it. If she kept pressing, it might mean a fight, and that was the last thing Charlie wanted. She’d never been more aware of time flowing, a river that she couldn’t fight. Aiden wasn’t hers. She couldn’t protect him. She didn’t even have a real right to demand he take more precautions. She was just a woman whose aims had lined up with his.
She kissed him. There wasn’t anything left to say that they couldn’t communicate with their bodies. She shifted to straddle him, the move making her dress ride up to indecent heights. All Aiden’s careful control was gone in an instant, replaced by a frenzy that matched her own. He slid his hands up her thighs to her hips, pushing the dress even higher, and grabbed her ass, grinding her against him.
All her fear and anger turned to desire, creating an inferno bound to incinerate them both. She could care less. Charlie reached between them and undid his slacks to pull out his cock. She palmed him. “Condom?”
He opened his mouth and then considered. “Fuck, I don’t have any.”
Damn. Disappointment soured in her stomach, but she shoved it away. “Then I guess we’ll have to get creative. I need you inside me. I don’t care how.” She pushed away his hands and slid down the seat to kneel between his thighs.
Or she tried to.
He caught her halfway through the move and shook his head. “No, bright eyes.”
“What?” Surely he wasn’t rejecting a blow job? That had to break some kind of international law. It just wasn’t done. “You’re starting to give me a complex.”
Aiden lifted her back to his lap, this time facing away from him. The passing lights showed her reflection in the glass separating them from the front seat. Her blue eyes were wild, her hair tangled from his fingers, her dress in danger of slipping off her breasts. Behind her, Aiden was barely a shadow. He moved her hair to one side and kissed her neck. “You come first, bright eyes. Second, too, if I have any say in it.”
She licked her lips. “One of these days, I’m going to tie you down and give you all the blow jobs I’ve been craving.”
“One of these days…” He bracketed her throat with one hand, keeping her head tilted to the side, and coasted the other hand up her inner thigh, spreading her legs further. “One of these days, I’ll let you.”
She nodded. “Good answer.” The move increased the pressure of his hand against her neck, and she squirmed, turned on far more than she should be.
His wandering hand reached the junction between her thighs, and he parted her, idly stroking. “I think I like that you’re worried about me.” His finger circled her clit and away. “I like it a lot.”
“Mmm.” What was she supposed to say to that? She’d already had to face the fact that she didn’t have the right words because she didn’t have the right.
His finger pushed into her slowly. “I won’t be without a condom again, bright eyes. Feeling you so hot and wet around my finger makes me crave the same around my cock.” He pumped as idly as he’d touched her to begin with. “A woman like you could make a man forget himself.”
It was hard to think, with his hard body behind her, his erection pressing against her ass, and his hand moving between her legs. She tried despite that. “Only for a while.”
“No, bright eyes. Not just for a while.” He dragged his mouth down the line of her shoulder. “When I’m inside you, all I can think of is you. When I’m near you, all I can think of is getting inside you again. If you gave me half a chance, I’d be buried to the hilt right now, condom be damned. That’s crazy.”
She rocked against his hand, letting her head fall back to rest on his shoulder. He let go of her throat. The only warning she got was his thumb brushing her sternum and then he pushed down her dress, baring her breasts completely. Aiden cursed. “Next time you forget such a vital part of your wardrobe, the moment I find out, I’m going to fuck you. I might give you the option of dragging you to the nearest bathroom…if you’re lucky.”
Praise for UNDERCOVER ATTRACTION
“Robert (Forbidden Promises) combines strong chemistry, snappy plotting, and imperfect yet appealing characters in her fifth O’Malley contemporary.”—Publishers Weekly on UNDERCOVER ATTRACTION
“Imagine the erotic sensibility of Red Shoe Diaries expertly fused with the ruthless power struggles that fueled The Sopranos and you have some idea of the flavor of Robert’s RITA–nominated O’Malleys series. In the fifth installment, she doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to the searing sensuality of the love scenes or the brutal danger propelling the plot, thus delivering exactly the kind of intense love story her readers crave.”—Booklist on UNDERCOVER ATTRACTION
Dirty words, dirty words. Yes, lots of them. Oh, my word. *fans self* Seriously. This is one of the hottest books that I’ve read in a long time. And get this, there is a great plot to go with it. Plus, come on its Charlie and Aiden. I fell in love with this family a long time ago and the series just gets better and better. In fact, I can’t wait to see what happens with the “villain” Dmitri in the next book. Yes, you heard that right. If you don’t have a clue about the series, it’s about a family of mobsters in Boston and how they deal with the business and the partners that they find along the way. Fiercely loyal and will betray even themselves but Ms. Roberts has written the series that every nuisance, word, emotion, betrayal, and character makes sense.
I normally don’t read mobster books. I know, it is another sub-genre that I just don’t “get” but don’t mess with my O’Malley’s. But what truly draws me into the series is how intense driven it is. Most times I’m holding my breath and only exhale when there are smexy times. I can finally relax and feel the emotions between Charlie and Aiden. Plus, Aiden is just plain dirty. *growl* Charlie and Aiden fight their attraction but that’s what makes it so sweet in the end. They can truly be themselves with each other when they can’t with other people. Aiden has been the mystery man to me throughout the series and I’m so glad that I got to know him now. Charlie is just too cool. I loved how she had to decide what shade of gray she believed in with everything that had happened to her.
Seeing the other couples and how they are doing is great, too. I love it when an author doesn’t forget about them and gives you an update. Don’t worry about reading the other books first. This one does stand alone but you might be reaching for the one-click button afterward. Trust me on this. Overall, again, I can’t get enough of this series and I’m so looking forward to the magic that Ms. Robert’s is going to have to weave with Kiera and Dmitri. If you have read the series, you will understand what I mean.
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her 2015 title, The Marriage Contract, was a RITA finalist, and RT Book Reviews named it ‘a compulsively readable book with just the right amount of suspense and tension.” When not writing sexy contemporary and romantic suspense, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her children, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.
You read that right, guys!!! A new Finn and Carrie novella from Jen McLaughlin and the Out of Line world is hitting the virtual shelves TODAY, and you can read it for only 99 cents RIGHT NOW! We all know that the holidays are right around the corner, and what better way to spend it than with some of your favorite characters?
When we last saw Finn and Carrie in Blurred Lines, she was pregnant and they were happily married. Time has passed, a baby was born…are they still happily married? Time to find out in I’ll be Home for Christmas!
I’ll be Home for Christmas: an Out of Line novella
Nothing could make me leave my family alone for Christmas—except maybe my father-in-law. I swore to Carrie I’d make it home in time, and I’m keeping that promise. One way or another…
I’ll be home for Christmas.
Some promises can’t be kept, and sometimes things just don’t work out. Finn is my world, my life. But when my worst nightmares come true, I’m faced with the impossible truth. Without him…
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I will have to admit that it has been a while and a few books since I read about Finn and Carrie. Like, forever ago it seems. In fact, after reading this gem of a novella, I’m going to go back and re-read the series from the beginning. Just reading about Finn, Carrie, Riley, Noelle, Marie, Ben and Hernandez brings back so many emotions, smiles, swoon worthy moments and the perfect HEA’s for the couples. Of course, since I know Ben’s story is up next, I’m sitting here waiting impatiently now.
What makes this book for me are the relationships that have grown over time and flourished. It’s wonderful to see Riley and Finn actually being friends, all things considering with Carrie all those years ago. Plus, just knowing the Finn and Carrie are happy now with their kids is just awe…It’s not all unicorns and rainbows though. Carrie’s dad asks Finn to be a bodyguard one more time for him but this time, all the guys go with him. Carrie’s not so sure this time and when Finn pinky promises his daughter, your heart will melt.
I loved how the girls rallied around each other when they thought the worst at happened. Carrie’s come a long way in dealing with her issues. Plus, knowing that she had your love for Finn to keep her going was priceless.
Overall, even if you haven’t read the other books in the series, you won’t be lost. Ms. McLaughlin does a great job of telling you what happened in the other books but just enough to wet your appetite for more. *wink* This story is spicy (Facetiming will never be the same again) but is also full of love, laughter and friendships. Plus, Susan is just a cute kid. Pick this one up. It’s just what I needed to kick off my holiday reading this year.
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Jen McLaughlin is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of sexy New Adult books. Under her pen name Diane Alberts, she is a multi-published, bestselling author of Contemporary Romance with Entangled Publishing. Her first release as Jen McLaughlin, Out of Line, released September 6 2013, and hit the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal lists. She was mentioned in Forbes alongside E. L. James as one of the breakout independent authors to dominate the bestselling lists. She is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.
Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal-clear water. Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal-clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, and a cat. Her goal is to write so many well-crafted romance books that even a non-romance reader will know her name.