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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 Heart of a Highlander (a Real Men Wear Kilts novel) by Maxine Mansfield w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #timetravel #romance @LeekyShortz @WildRosePress

Heart of a Highlander

by Maxine Mansfield

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GENRE: Time Travel/Romance

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BLURB:

Staff Sergeant Ian Mackay didn’t care if he lived or died. He’d left what really mattered strewn across Afghanistan three years ago. All the self-help groups and doctors in the world couldn’t assuage his guilt. But when an accident takes his life and Fate steps in with an offer to fix what was once unfixable, he jumps at the second chance to save his men. Now he’s stuck in a strange land, in an even stranger time, and expected to bed his equally strange but desirable new bride. Healer Aila Gordan of the Sutherland clan thought her betrothed dead, had even seen his lifeless body the night before their wedding. Why then is her sworn enemy, Ian Mackay, standing before the priest, waiting for her to repeat the vows that would make her his wife? The fairies must have possessed his body, a frightening notion, indeed. But marriage to the handsome laird, possessed or otherwise, couldn’t be any worse than living in her brother’s castle where, like all women in 1643 Scotland, she has no freedom. And if the kiss at the altar is any indication, she could just steal the heart of a highlander.

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Excerpt Three:

“I’m from the future, Aila,” he spat out. “Almost four hundred years from now to be exact. But I’m not from this body you now see me in. You were right. The original Ian Mackay was dead that night you found him. He was one of my ancestors, you see, and we shared the same name and linage. When I died in an accident—in the future—Fate himself sent me back into the past and into this Ian Mackay’s body to correct a mistake that should never have happened in the first place.”

“What should nae have happened, Ian?” she asked.

He gulped. “Your death, Aila.”

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Yall this book.  I love a good time travel and this one is the best I’ve read.  There were things that I wasn’t expecting at all.  Let me explain if I can.

Fate is hilarious.  Great characterization and I felt the frustration that Ian had whenever he was trying to talk to Fate.  There is a saying that Karma is a fickle bitch, well, Fate at least has a sense of humor.  I loved how Ms. Mansfield used Fate to flesh out Ian’s backstory and his motivation to get back to his own time.

Ian is one of those characters that you just love from the first page.  He means well and has a heart of gold.  His issues with PTSD are real and are dealt with honestly.  He really did feel bad and thought they only way to help was to go back in time.  Little did he know how much Aila would change his life for the good.  I especially loved how Ms. Mansfield shaped their relationship as equals based on his parent’s relationship in the past.  Most often, historical writers still have their women as fragile women that can’t handle much on their own.

Which brings me to Aila as the heroine.  She was strong, smart and funny all at the same time.  Her belief that Ian was a fairy is hilarious.  The Scots are very religious and believe the legends that are passed on.  (Watch Brave, you’ll understand what I mean)  But what really stood out with me was her ability to believe Ian in the end and loving him no matter what.  Now her brother, Fergus was a tool in the beginning but towards the end, he ended up being a great character for both Ian and Aila.

But folks, this book is set in the Northern Highlands so some of the dialogue is Celtic (LOVE), and their way of life is brilliantly played out.  Ms. Mansfiled did her research and it shows.  She also doesn’t weigh the book down with all the very small details that some authors do when writing this time period.  She has a very deft hand and knows when to back off and just let her characters tell the story.

Again, this book.  It’s spicy and I love how Ms. Mansfield lets the characters own it.  It feels natural and not rushed.  Pick up this book and read it.  The ending is beautiful.  I wasn’t expecting it and I sighed and swooned in the end.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Hi, my name is Maxine Mansfield and I write erotic romance, be it Fantasy or Time travel from my easy chair in the great state of Alaska. A magical place where the summer days are long and bright, and the winter nights even longer.

Web site: www.maxinemansfield.com

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Time-Highlander-Real-Wear-Kilts/dp/B07HFHGHMG/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maxine.mansfield.9

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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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