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#Review of Ambush in the Everglades by Petie McCarty w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @authorpetie #romanticsuspense

Ambush in the Everglades

by Petie McCarty

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GENRE: Romantic Suspense 

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Plenty of action-adventure in this romantic-suspense tale. Photographer Kayli Heddon is given the biggest assignment of her career—a photo essay on the Everglades Restoration—and a special airboat safari is arranged, so Kayli can get her pictures. What she doesn’t count on is being stranded alone in the Everglades with her handsome and unpredictable airboat guide. Kayli is forced to learn some tough lessons. Trust means everything in the dangerous River of Grass, and a skilled partner makes all the difference in your survival. 

Skye Landers takes the airboat safari gig as a favor to his cousin who is called out of town. Skye doesn’t expect the governor’s photographer to catch his eye, but Kayli Heddon is unlike any woman he has ever met. He knows he should keep his distance, but common sense flies out the window whenever she gets near. 

Unfortunately, Kayli thinks honesty is the most important thing in a relationship—any relationship—and Skye Landers is a fraud. When secrets surface from his past, Kayli and Skye are soon on the run from more than just alligators.

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Excerpt One:

Leaping over palmettos and tree roots and dodging half-buried cypress knees, they raced for their boat as the whine in the distance grew louder. Kayli recognized the whine as a second airboat. She couldn’t stop running if she wanted to, Skye had a death grip on her hand.

“Tell me what’s wrong,” she shouted, “and why are we running?”

Twenty more yards, and they reached the airboat. The approaching craft sounded closer by the second.

He dropped her hand to grab the bow line. “Get in the boat,” he ordered.

She stopped dead. “No.”

He whipped around with a fearsome glare.

“Not until you tell me why we’re running.” 

This was so unlike the man she’d come to know over the last two days at close quarters. He looked . . . well, scared.

“Crane Tennapin is on his way here with drug runners to make a pick up.”

She felt the blood drain from her face. “Who is Crane Tennapin?”

“Another cousin, now let’s go.” He pushed on the bow of the airboat. “I’ve got to get you out of here. I’ll leave you at Sally’s.”

“I’m staying with you.”

“You can’t. I have to come back to help Crane.”

The whine grew louder and closer.

She froze. “You’re coming back to help a drug dealer?”

“Hell no!” he roared and softened his voice when she flinched. “Crane’s in over his head. He got mixed up with the Colombians before he knew about the drugs. Now they’re threatening to turn him in if he doesn’t help them with this drop.” 

He motioned her over and held out a hand. “Come on, come on.”

“What if you don’t get back in time?” She couldn’t believe she wasn’t scrambling into the airboat.

He had her by the shoulders in two steps and stared hard in her eyes. “I can’t let anything happen to you.” 

The emotion in his voice wrapped around her heart like long tentacles, and she couldn’t pull free. She didn’t want to.

Her arms flew around his neck, and Skye crushed her to his chest, his mouth hard against hers. A flood of emotion rifled through her unlike anything she’d ever felt in her life. She wanted to fold her soul into his and never let him go. She had wanted this can’t-let-you-go kiss from the moment she laid eyes on Skye. She wanted the kiss to last forever.

Precious seconds were squandered. The airboat whine grew louder, and his head jerked up. 

“Damn.”

“There’s no time to get me out.” 

No way would she leave him, not with drug runners coming. She might never see him again.

He pulled back and gazed into her eyes. “You have to trust me.”

She nodded. “What’re you going to do?”

“Sink the airboat.”

Ms. McCarty is fast becoming one of my favorite writers.  In fact, I hope that she continues in the romantic suspense category.  She writes her action scenes that make you feel like you are right in it with the characters.  Her heroines can hold there own and the heroes realize that the woman in their life is quite capable.

Kayli is no shrinking violet.  Look, I would be freaking out about leeches and roaches like any sane person so I can get that with her.  She takes her punches and moves on from it.  Skye doesn’t need to “rescue” her in the book.  Oh no, I can’t even imagine how that would have worked out.  Not well, not well at all.  In fact, I think Kayli would have left him high and dry even if he tried.  They were equals in the end and it made for a better relationship and book.

Now, did Skye really lie to her about his lineage or what he really was?  Not really.  He had his life on the river and that was good enough for him.  He enjoyed it and was good at it.  In fact, I think he was a bit embarrassed about it.  Did he tease her at the beginning of the book?  You bet but it made for great tension between them and made them work hard for the relationship that neither one of them saw coming.  I love when an author does that with their characters.

The secondary characters in the book are top-notch.  There is a bit of Native American folklore that was extremely interesting and very important to their story.  Especially Skye.  When everything was said and done in the end, Wren was the most important character in the book.  The mysticism towards the end of the book was intriguing and made the whole book come together.  Ms. McCarty did her research when it came to sights and sounds of the river, too.  Just once I would like to ride a riverboat for the rush.  Well, and to also see the Everglades in person, too.

Ms. Carty has written a brilliant action-packed, slow-burn romance in the suspense department.  Again, she is becoming one of my all-time favorite authors.  Pick her books up to read.  You won’t be sorry.

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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 an opinionated Nanday conure named Sassy who made a cameo appearance in No Angels for Christmas. 

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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#Review of The Angel and the SEAL (the Mystery Angel Romances #3) by Petie McCarty w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #romanticsuspense @authorpetie

The Angel and the SEAL

by Petie McCarty

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GENRE:   Romantic Suspense

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The Angel and the SEAL . . . a cozy mystery with romantic suspense from the Mystery Angel Romances series. An angel hidden in every book waiting for you to figure out who . . .

Navy SEAL Sean MacKay’s teammate is murdered after stealing a deadly nerve-gas formula from Syrian terrorists. Naval Intelligence believes MacKay’s teammate was a traitor and shipped the stolen formula to his sister in the states for safekeeping. MacKay is given orders to find the sister before the terrorists do and to retrieve the stolen formula at all costs. 

Foreclosure looms for Cory Rigatero as she fights to keep her rustic resort near Mt. St. Helens afloat after her brother deserted her to join the SEAL Teams. Cory’s whole world dives into a tailspin when Sean MacKay shows up at her resort with the news of her brother’s death and the wild suspicion her brother may have sent her traitorous classified documents. No way will Cory trust MacKay — the man who once seduced her and then vanished into the night without a trace.

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Excerpt Two:

A scream ripped through the air.

Mac jerked his head up in time to see the end of the dock collapse—with Cory in the middle of it—and Vern streaking for the water. The black Lab galloped out of the rear garden, barking his fool head off.

Mac vaulted from the tractor and had his feet under him before he grabbed his next breath. Panic put wings to his feet. Cory hadn’t bobbed up by the time Vern reached the collapsed end of the dock. The old man disappeared beneath the surface, and Garth perched at the end of the sagging dock, barking his complaints.

Dear God, not Cory. Don’t let anything happen to my Cory.

Mac’s feet left the lakeshore on a dead run, and he sliced into the water, stroking before he completely submerged. A handful of power strokes and he reached the spot where Vern had gone down. Mac dove under to find the old man red-faced and struggling to hold his breath while he heaved on a dock piling that had toppled over and pinned Cory’s legs to the lake bottom. In the crystal-clear water, Vern’s eyes had gone wide with fright. Cory monitored his approach but lay limp and had ceased to struggle.

Smart girl. Conserve your air.

Two dock boards remained pinned to the collapsed piling and framed her lithe body like the sides of a coffin. He stroked to her side, put his shoulder under the closest dock board, and prayed it would hold tight to the piling as Mac pressed upward with all his might. Thank God, Vern saw what he intended, and though short on air himself, the old caretaker scooted around and tugged Cory free from beneath the piling.

Mac waited until they were well and clear before he dropped the mass to the lake bottom. His heart jolted hard when he saw Vern go limp. He had nothing left.

Mac wrapped one arm around the caretaker and the other around Cory and pushed hard for the surface, thankfully but a few feet up. Mac managed to hold both their heads above water and kicked hard for shore. Garth howled and whined as he paced the length of what remained of the collapsed dock. Mac dragged both bodies up and out of the water the minute his feet found purchase on the lake bottom, then he laid them both out on the sandy shore. Vern rolled to his knees and began to cough and hack.

Mac crouched over Cory lying limply on her side, her eyes closed. He detected a weak heartbeat when he laid two fingers to her throat and leaned his cheek close to check for breathing. Hearing only his own labored breathing, he tugged her chin down with a thumb and stuck a finger into her mouth, intent on clearing an air passage.

Teeth clamped hard on his finger.

“Yeow!” He managed to yank the entire digit free.

“Well, get our finger out of my mouth,” Cory huffed and struggled to sit up. “What are you doing?”

Mac stared open-mouthed. “Trying to resuscitate you.”

“I was just spent, not dead. I used up everything I had struggling to get free of the piling.”

Before she could lodge another complaint, Mac dragged her to his chest and held her as though he’d never let her go.

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Oh my.  I’ve been reading Ms. McCarty for a while now, I will have to say that this is her best book.  Why?  It is chopped full of suspense, action, romance and it deals with what constitutes a family when you feel like you have no one left.

Mac and Cory have a second chance at romance when things go south with her brother but the miscommunication between them, the mixed signals and basically not have a true sense of faith between them almost lets them NOT have that second chance.  Ms. McCarty wrote them with such emotional depth that at times, I wanted to smack both of them for their lack of trust in each other.  Oh, it led to some somewhat hilarious dialogue but once the dust settles, these two just need to sit down and actually talk to each other and not assume about the other.

Mac found his family with the SEALs and particularly with Brian, Cory’s brother.  What he didn’t expect was how badly their dad didn’t want Mac near Cory because of his childhood.  That nearly broke me about his childhood but it also made him realize that he could have a family with Cory and lodge family in the end.  He didn’t need the SEALs anymore but they needed him.  He found Cory again and wasn’t going to let go.

Cory could be extremely stubborn when it came to Mac.  At times, I wanted to smack her more than Mac.  She only reacted to Mac throughout the book without asking the key questions and only assumed on her part.  On the other hand, she is very loyal to her employees and almost too strong for her own good.  Her conversations with Senior were great.  She didn’t take much off of him and let him know it.  She just didn’t do that with Mac as much.

The suspense plot in the book is amazing.  There is always something going on.  Sabotage on the resort and the two goons that are after her for whatever they think Brian left her.  I’m telling you…its nonstop with the action.  Ms. McCarty has done her homework with it and it shows.  The mystery part is spot on, too.  I NEVER figured it out.  Like, seriously.  Never.  Plus, like the book says, there is always an angel and I didn’t figure that one out either.  In fact, I’m still in shock over the angel.  Part of the mystery deals with the Mafia.  Oh yes, old school Mafia.

I have really enjoyed this series by Ms. McCarty.  Its a sweet romance series with mystery and suspense.  I never know how it is going to end up or who the angel is but it doesn’t matter.  I can count on her for an exciting, emotional and a mystery/suspense tale that leaves me satisfied and looking forward to the next one.

 

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 an opinionated Nanday conure named Sassy who made a cameo appearance in No Angels for Christmas

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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#Review of Kill Shot (Spies R Us #2) by Amber Malloy w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #romanticsuspense

Kill Shot

by Amber Malloy

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GENRE:   Romantic Suspense

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Invited to speak for the United Nations, International Attorney Ashe Marcille is on the fast track. However, everything changes when she finds her law partner dead. Left with no option but to abandon her hard-earned career, she goes on the run.

Walker Knight, owner of a high-tech security firm, left the spy games years ago. A former agent for J8, he had no intention of returning to that life until the agency calls in one last favor. It should have been an easy job—pick up then drop off a lawyer with no questions asked. But, best laid plans…

Attracted to the attorney from the minute he laid eyes on her, Walker sets out to solve her case. Until he can figure out who wants her dead, he’ll have to keep her close…very close. 

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Excerpt One:

O’Brien’s, the Midtown Manhattan pub, aired the NBA playoffs on every television in the bar. Walker Knight ordered another round of Jameson for his boys. His crew—younger than him by at least ten years—congratulated each other on a job well done.

“To the best security team this side of the Pacific.” He lifted his drink for a toast.

“Come on, boss. We thought you were going to say ‘in the world’,” a newbie joked.

“That’s a tall order. It’ll take more than one job together for that.” Walker wanted to celebrate, just not to the level of wasted. His crew had no problem staying up all night, but he needed to catch some zzzs. “Next round’s on me.”

They’d spent eighteen hours on a plane to the Middle East. In three short days the team had taken down a faction of a religious sect named Glory’s Soldiers. Pleased with their quick extermination of the zealots, WLK Security’s oil clients had provided them with a major bonus.

As he was signaling for the bartender to settle their tab, a newbie squeezed in beside him.

“What’s next?” the rookie asked.

With a total of three partners—two from his school days and one silent—they ran a private security firm. Walker led their missions and could always tell the adrenaline junkies from the dedicated worker bees.

“Give it a couple of days,” he lied. Walker honestly didn’t think he would see the guy again. The kid’s jumpy nature grated on his nerves.

The bar cheered at the Knicks’ three-point basket at the buzzer. After signing the credit receipt, he chucked deuces to his crew. Dead on his feet, Walker headed for the exit. He couldn’t wait for his head to hit the pillow.

As his phone vibrated in his pants, he fought the urge to ignore it, but habit forced him to fish it out of his pocket.

“Walker,” he answered.

“Well, if it isn’t my Knight in shining armor,” the woman cooed.

Walker stopped in his tracks. That voice was straight out of his past. A form of Neverland—not all bad, but not one he wanted to deal with.

A shoulder check from a drunk blonde got him back into gear. She winked on her way past, and he smiled in return but offered nothing more. “Thought I would never hear from you again. How did you crawl your way back from the dead, Eden Morgan?” he said.

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You know when you read a new to me author and you keep thinking why haven’t I read her before?  Yep, that’s me with Ms. Malloy.  That said, there were a couple of things that kinda nagged me but it didn’t take away from my overall enjoyment of the book.  In fact, I really want to read the first book in the series and the set up for the third book is awesome.

Here a few things that nagged me:

  1.  Instalove/instalust between Ashe and Walker.  At times, I can suspend it when it comes to romantic suspense/thrillers because of the intense action and the situations that the couple is usually thrown in.  Unfortunately, for me, it didn’t work for me.
  2.  At times, I felt like I was missing pages of the book.  It was like it just stopped in places and then picked up later on with me stretching my head trying to fill in the gaps.
  3.  There is a plot thread revolving around Walker that I didn’t feel like was finished.  I kinda missed Tom and the Cape.
  4.  A couple of the J8 agents I really, really just didn’t connect with at all.  In fact, I kinda disliked them.  Not Vann or Lola.  Loved them.

Things that I absolutely LOVED:

  1.  Ashe!  She is no shrinking violet.  We don’t get her full backstory until about midway through the book but it sure does explain a lot of the beginning and her responses to what is happening to her.  In fact, her connection to someone in the book…I about fell out of my chair.  I NEVER saw that coming and it was a great way to show some real, honest conflict between Ashe and his former employer.
  2. Walker is a bad*ss.  He would do anything for Ashe.  He knew to get involved with her was a mistake considering how a relationship ended before but he kept going forward regardless.
  3. Walker and Tank taking down their owners.  You just have to read it and I loved it.  Brilliant writing and a great plot thread.  The Barbie Doll wives were hilarious, too.
  4.  There are a couple of different plot threads in the book but trust me, it will all make sense in the end.  They are all part of the bigger picture and I love how Ms. Malloy was able to weave it all together in the end.  Bravo.  I got lost a couple of times but in the end, it was so worth it.
  5.  The overall plot of the book was AWESOME.  Very relevant to the times and I won’t go into right now.  Like I said before, there are a couple of threads and it would definitely spoil the book for you.  Let’s just say that I have never read a book with that kind of plot before and it made me think about some things.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book.  Ms. Malloy’s pacing is perfect.  She knew exactly when to speed it up and then slow it down.  There are smexy times so be forewarned.  I look forward to Lola and Connor’s book next.  Should be a doozy. 

 

 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Amber Malloy dreamed of being a double agent but couldn’t pass the psyche evaluation. Crushed by despair that she couldn’t legally shoot things, Amber pursued her second career choice as pastry chef. When she’s not writing or whipping up a mean Snickers Cheesecake, she occasionally spies on her sommelier. Amber is convinced he’s faking his French accent.

Buy links:

https://www.amazon.com/Kill-Shot-Spies-Us-Book-ebook/dp/B07RX7FSSW/

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kill-shot-amber-malloy/1131637044

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