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Nov 16 2017 9:30am

First Look: Rachel Grant’s Catalyst (November 21, 2017)

Catalyst by Rachel Grant

Rachel Grant
Catalyst (Flashpoint #2)
Rachel Grant / November 21, 2017 / $5.99 digital

We’re back at Camp Citron in Djibouti with Rachel Grant’s latest installment of the Flashpoint series, Catalyst. Another hot setting, another hot story! Who knew archaeologists had such badass, exciting lives?

Knowing that Grant, herself, is a scientist explains so much about her characters and their adventures. It also explains a lot about her latest suspense. Scientifically speaking, catalysts are substances that cause or accelerate a chemical reaction without being affected itself. Catalysts are also things that cause activity between two or more people without being affected, or people who precipitate an event or change. In Catalyst, we meet American aid worker, Brie Stewart, whose colorful past and the life she’s now making for herself are the catalyst for a grand adventure.

“Friends call me Brie. You may call me Ms. Stewart.”

“Stewart? Not Prime?”

She shrugged. “I legally changed my last name to my mother’s maiden name.”

“Like Prime Petroleum changed to Prime Energy a dozen years ago? Obvious and unconvincing greenwashing.”

“I wasn’t greenwashing, I simply no longer wished to be associated with Prime Energy, and the decision to change my last name sent a clear message to Jeffrey Senior.”

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Nov 13 2017 2:00pm

First Look: Rebecca Zanetti’s Twisted Truths (November 14, 2017)

Twisted Truths by Rebecca Zanetti,

Rebecca Zanetti
Twisted Truths (Blood Brothers #3)
Forever / November 14, 2017 / $14.99 print, $5.99 digital

Despite the advances science has given the world of reproduction, it’s still considered questionable by some folks. Imagine what they’d say to crazy-assed Dr. Madison if they found out she’d enhanced the in vitro fertilization process to make humans with extra abilities. We’re not talking X-Men enhanced—in Rebecca Zanetti’s world, the extra-abled humans are soldiers and survivors and honorable men … and boy are they oh, so compelling. The final installment of her Blood Brothers trilogy concludes with Twisted Truths and delivers a very positive result.

“You gonna study me?” he asked quietly.

Her mouth lost its firm line and she looked softer. She turned the car down a long dirt road toward a big white building. “Yes, I am. You, Ryker and Heath are special.” Suddenly she reached over and grabbed his hand, enclosing it with her soft skin. “You are the most special of all, Denver. Someday I’ll tell you why.”

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Oct 11 2017 2:00pm

5 Romantic Suspense Novels That Will Get Your Blood Pumping This Fall!

The heat wasn't just outside this summer and fall, but on the pages, too! Once the weather begins to change I’m always ready for autumn. There was a great crop of romantic suspense books over the last three months, and here's what you definitely don't want to miss!

The Hunting Grounds by Katee Robert

The Hunting Grounds by Katee Robert

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I think this might be one of my favorite books ever. We’re big hikers in my family, so anytime I can be outside in nature—or read a great outdoor adventure—I’m hooked. I’m also a fan of leveling the playing field, so I thoroughly enjoyed Maggie Gaines, who’s worked as a forest ranger for the last six years. She spent a year in the FBI in the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) unit, partnered with Vic Southerland, a veteran in the BAU. And in the fallout of her first big case that broke her, she kissed Vic. It was awkward because of the timing, and the fact that he had been married.

He’d gone years without seeing her, and now that they were in the same general area, it was like they were two magnets that could barely resist the pull.

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Sep 16 2017 10:00am

First Look: Rebecca Zanetti’s Storm Gathering (September 19, 2017)

Storm Gathering by Rebecca Zanetti

Rebecca Zanetti
Storm Gathering (Scorpius Syndrome #4)
Raz Ink / September 19, 2017 / $4.99 digital

When I cracked open Rebecca Zanetti’s newest installation of the Scorpius Syndrome series, I said to the Universe what I typically do when I start one of her books: hello great story, goodbye productivity.

I’m not typically a sci-fi or futuristic reader. I pretty much keep my timelines in the here and now, but I picked up a copy of Mercury Striking at a Romance Writers of America conference a while back because I love everything she writes (the man on the cover was so hot, but I really didn’t know what it was about). I cracked it open on the plane and was hooked right away. So much, that I have since read everything on her paranormal list. Who knew it was so good? Who knew! I’m particularly fond of the chapter headers, which serve as the diary entries for different characters.

The only way civilization will survive is if the women just take over. Duh.

- Maureen Shadow, Notes

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Aug 29 2017 8:30am

First Look: Dawn Ryder’s Take to the Limit (August 29, 2017)

Take to the Limit by Dawn Ryder

Dawn Ryder
Take to the Limit (Unbroken Heroes #4)
St. Martin's Press / August 29, 2017 / $7.99 print & digital

Sometimes in life, we don’t get it right the first time around. Neil Armstrong would’ve never walked on the moon if Pioneer 4 hadn’t made it past Earth’s orbit. The world would’ve never experienced the pleasure of ice cream if refrigeration hadn’t been invented. And Bram Magnus would never have fallen in love with Jaelyn if he hadn’t snuck a kiss.

Kisses …” She closed the gap between them, captivating him with the way her hips swayed. She stepped up to him and settled her hands on his chest. “… aren’t meant to be one-sided.”

Taken to the Limit is a dichotomy. On the one hand, it’s a story of retribution for Rick Sullivan, left to die in a filthy prison with a hatred burning in his gut for “members of the Shadow ops team that had taken down the Raven.” It’s also a creepy stalker story, centering on a guy named Gideon who worked with Bram’s team at Cobra Fire Base, Afghanistan.

When Bram shipped out for duty, he brought with him a photo of Jaelyn and her sister, LeAnn. He and LeAnn had been hooking up casually for a while, though it was Jaelyn he really wanted. The night before shipping out to Afghanistan, he discovered LeAnn cheating on him and finally gave into temptation with Jaelyn … their kiss rocked his world. But Bram wasn’t the only person affected by this new attraction.

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Aug 23 2017 8:30am

First Look: Gena Showalter Can’t Hardly Breathe (August 29, 2017)

Can't Hardly Breathe by Gena Showalter

Gena Showalter
Can't Hardly Breathe (Original Heartbreakers #4)
HQN Books  / August 29, 2017 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital 

I love a good Ugly Duckling story, and book four in Gena Showalter’s Original Heartbreakers series delivers the goods. In Can’t Hardly Breathe, we meet Dorothea Mathis and Daniel Porter.

After a childhood of torment for being overweight and uncool, and just generally everything the cool, beautiful kids were not, Dorothea is her best hype man, constantly finding it within herself to think positively: “Want change? You have to be the change.” Or “Be strong. Be brave. Stand up for yourself.” Her brightest moment was at the beginning of tenth grade when, in the throes of being bullied, Daniel stepped in and broke up the interaction … and told her, “I think you’re perfect just the way you are.” Sigh… Daniel was two years older and had been her lifelong crush. Over the summer his skin cleared up and his body filled out into a thing of beauty. But his teenage boy hormones ruled him, and he never knew Dorothea liked him.

She had two long-term goals: become a meteorologist, and have a large family. She’d always been fascinated by weather, in all its many forms, and the more kids she had, the more people who would be obligated to adore her. Now, however, she added a third goal: enchant Daniel.

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Aug 17 2017 1:00pm

First Look: April Hunt’s Hard Justice (August 29, 2017)

Hard Justice by April Hunt

April Hunt
Hard Justice (Alpha Security #3)
Forever / August 29, 2017 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

I’ve been enjoying April Hunt’s Alpha Security series. She’s got a cast full of characters that don’t overlap and dominate the current storyline, and she’s got a great storytelling flow. Her heroes are self-possessed and sexy, and her heroines are confident and interesting. Hard Justice is the third installation in the series, and I thought it was funny that one of the supporting operatives in the series could read between the lines on the reality of saving the day in Romancelandia:

Logan shook his head, looking equal parts amused and disturbed.

“You guys are dropping like flies at a fucking horse show. First Rafe, then Trey…now you. You, man. If Stone thinks he’s sending me on an operation that’s not at some fucking monastery with a horde of men in robes, then I’m not taking it. Shit happens when you go off on your own.”

Alpha Security isn’t an organization you can Google when your bike is stolen, rather “they were the men who got shit done when the government’s hands were metaphorically—or logistically—tied.” Charlie Sparks is the only female operative at Alpha Security, and is normally relegated to her comfort zone of computer genius. But when the DHS seeks her out specifically for a case they’re working on human-trafficking with a possible link to agency corruption, she finally gets a primary position on a case.

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Aug 9 2017 12:30pm

In Scarlett Cole’s Under Fire “Flaws Make Life Interesting”

Under Fire by Scarlett Cole

Flaws are a funny thing. There are situational flaws, like if your preacher swore in church. What if she was in the middle of reading scripture and the good book slipped off the podium and fell on the floor, closing and losing her place? A swift shit! would change the intended message (but it would sure as hell be funny). Diamond flaws are common and referred to as inclusions or imperfections. On the one hand, flaws interfere with the path of light, making the diamond less brilliant; on the other, that divergence alters the flow of light reflection and changes the way you look at it. Likewise, with character flaws. Superman is perfect and strong … and boring socially. I mean, how awesome would it be if Lois finally broke through to him and he grabbed her and pressed her against the wall and… well, you get my point. Flaws make life interesting.

Scarlett Cole gets it. She understands the importance of flaws and creates wonderful tension between characters as a result. In Under Fire, the first book in her new Love Over Duty series, Cole introduces us to Sixton Rapp and Dr. Louisa North. Six recently retired from his duty as a Navy SEAL and is excited to begin the newest chapter in his life as a part owner of Eagle Securities he’s starting with his two life-long friends, Mac and Cabe, who also happen to be retired SEALS. Lou is working on a cure for Huntington’s disease and meets Six at a fundraiser where she’s giving the keynote and he’s guarding the proceedings. She’s working to stave off a panic attack because she suffers from chronic anthropophobia (or extreme shyness). It’s so bad she keeps her bangs long enough to cover her eyes so she doesn’t have to look other people in the eye.

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Jul 31 2017 1:00pm

First Look: Liz Maverick’s The Transporter (August 1, 2017)

The Transporter by Liz Maverick

Liz Maverick
The Transporter (Hudson Kings)
Montlake / August 1, 2017 / $12.95 print, $3.99 digital 

Taking a leap of faith is one of the scariest things a person can ever do. Anyone, in any situation, can do it … changing jobs, leaving an abusive partner, moving across country, trusting a stranger … these are all leaps of faith. And I’m a big fan of them.

When I started reading the first installation of Liz Maverick’s new contemporary series about an elite group of mercenaries known as the Hudson Kings, I knew it was going to be a fun right away. They’ve got a secret lair in the middle of Manhattan, with a huge garage full of cars, motorcycles, armored vehicles, and costumes/uniforms to support countless roles required for jobs. They’ve also got a stable full of scary manpower.

“… Our team is former military, former gang, former white-collar badass, wherever, whatever, from all over the place. High-class, low-class, good with ideas, good with plans, good with hands … I guess you could say that he recruited the best, and the men who answered that call were looking for something.”

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Jul 4 2017 11:00am

6 Can’t-Miss Romantic Suspense Novels

I don’t know about you, but life at my house has been occurring at warp-speed. I feel like last week we were celebrating the holidays, and this week we’re sweltering in near-triple-digit heat. Plus, in the blink of an eye, my son just finished his freshman year in college. Didn’t we just enroll him in kindergarten? Thank God for a healthy TBR pile, a lot of road trips where books get the time they deserve … and great romantic suspense authors who keep you on the edge of your seats!

Fuel for Fire by Julie Ann Walker

Fuel for Fire by Julie Ann Walker

(Amazon | B&N | Kobo)

Walker’s at it again with a new installation of her Black Knights Inc. series about a US clandestine government firm that, well, is destined to save the day. Operative Dagan Zoelner is a badass field operative who does not support the Black Knights’ decision to send analyst Chelsea Duvall into the field to bring down the head of one of the “world’s most nefarious crime syndicates.” She’s smart, good at her job, and capable of anything. She also (unknowingly) holds his heart.

Dagan had spent the last handful of years keeping his heart encased in Kevlar. But Chelsea’s confession blew through the protective armor and pierced deep .

“You’ve always made me the best version of myself.”

Turn Me Loose by Anne Calhoun

(Amazon | B&N | Kobo)

I loved the setup for this story, too. Ian Hawthorn and Riva Henneman were young when their paths crossed—but whereas Riva was a college student selling drugs on the side, Ian was an undercover police officer with an underlying anger at the world. He set her up as a confidential informant and battled with his attraction to her for years, forcing himself to keep his distance. When their paths cross again as adults, they’re both in very different places, and the power has shifted between the two. I love that both characters are flawed and so very human. This was a great story.

How could he understand what it was like to feel powerless, to face someone with an iron grip on your present, your future? When had he ever been truly powerless?

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May 10 2017 8:30am

First Look: Rebecca Zanetti’s Lethal Lies (May 16, 2017)

Lethal Lies by Rebecca Zanetti

Rebecca Zanetti
Lethal Lies (Blood Brothers #2)
Forever / May 16, 2017 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

There’s never any lack of drama, suspense or romance in a Rebecca Zanetti novel. And when you combine the badass virtues that make her stories exciting with the Blood Brothers saga, it’s a winning combination. Every time.

…but he’d give anything to smell his mom’s lotion again. Her scent had been soft and sweet, kind of like he imagined pink roses would smell. If he’d been stronger, smarter…he could’ve saved her.

I’m fascinated by this notion of blood brothers. My family is so small that three generations of us can ride together in sedan. When I was younger, I always got to ride in the front seat; as a parent of just one child, I never had to choose whose soccer game or track meet to attend. But small though it may be, it’s mighty. I always knew someone had my back. With the Jones boys, neither Ryker, Heath nor Denver had anyone to lean on until they found each other. And once that bond was forged, all three knew it was unbreakable.

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Mar 4 2017 1:00pm

First Look: Cherry Adair’s Stormchaser (March 7, 2017)

Stormchaser by Cherry Adair

Cherry Adair
Stormchaser (Cutter Cay Series #4)
St. Martin's Press / March 7, 2017 / $7.99 print & digital

I’ve been a Cherry Adair fan since Kiss and Tell seventeen years ago. She’s one of the OG romantic suspense authors who drew me into the genre and got me addicted to the breathtaking notion of falling in love while running for your life.

And warmer temperatures on the horizon mean Adair’s latest installment of the Cutter Cay series, Stormchaser, is hitting the shelves at the exact right time. Fans of Jacques Cousteau and his magical underwater world will love this story!

We meet Dr. Callie West, a marine archaeologist hired by Jonah Cutter to work with his team aboard the Stormchaser on a salvage off the shores of Greece. From the get-go, she assumes Jonah is just another “modern-day treasure hunter” like the rest of his family. She also assumes she’s only going to be working on the Ji Li. Boy is she wrong on both fronts.

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Feb 19 2017 11:00am

Rachel Grant’s New Flashpoint Series Is Off with a Bang

Tinderbox by Rachel Grant

Reading Rachel Grant’s books is like being in the middle of an Indiana Jones movie. Only, in her stories Indy is a heroine, and Miriam is a soldier. Since Grant, herself, is an archaeologist, her plots always include badass science—but they also weave in exotic settings and sexy suspense. And in this new Flashpoint series, she incorporates even more of a healthy dose of adventure.

In Tinderbox, we meet Dr. Morgan Adler and Master Sergeant Pax Blanchard. Morgan’s work on a dig in the Djibutian dessert is already dangerous enough, just by geopolitical standards; but when you add in her desperate race from a dig to the closest military base … with a stolen artifact in the trunk … all bets are off. Poor Pax, acting on a tip-off about an en route with a “message” from said Warlord, has no choice but to detain Morgan. Out in the field, choices are made quickly or hesitation can mean death—whether the choice is being made by an archaeologist or a soldier.

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Jan 20 2017 9:30am

First Look: Christine Feehan’s Power Game (January 24, 2017)

Power Game by Christine Feehan

Christine Feehan
Power Game (A Ghostwalker Novel)
Berkley / January 24, 2017 / $27.00 print, $13.99 digital

Fear of the unknown held them.

Life often comes down to a series of choices. For most folks, the options are mundane: should I have the egg white omelette for breakfast, or the French toast? Coffee or tea? The comfy Birkenstocks or the four-inch pumps? But for Christine Feehan’s genetically engineered men and women, the options are always laced with life or death considerations.

Shadow Game was the first book in her GhostWalker series, and has always been one of my favorite romances. Since paranormal is not my usual go-to genre, it’s easy to remember reading about the genetically engineered supersoldiers who could communicate telepathically with one another (and with the women they love) and rushing through the book to see how it ended. Feehan’s written a dozen more GhostWalker stories since 2003, and I have discovered another great set of characters in Ezekiel Fortune and Bellisia in her most recent installation, Power Game.

The GhostWalkers are constantly forced to make choices, chief among them who to invite into their carefully cultivated and protected lives. It’s not like they run out of milk and go to the grocery store, then BAM, run into a pretty lady in the produce section. It happens to Zeke one morning when he goes into town to pick up spices for Nonny, the matriarch of the family.

She smelled—delicious. Sexy.

He instantly had the need to touch her skin, to bury his fingers in that thick mass of hair peeking out beneath the triangle of cloth.

She was vividly alive, a shimmering, beautiful woman he couldn’t take his gaze from.

[Some tough choices...]

Dec 1 2016 9:30am

Rachel Grant’s Poison Evidence Proves Love is the Key to Trusting Your Instincts

Poison Evidence by Rachel Grant

Trust is a precious commodity in any relationship. In most circumstances, it’s easily achieved. But when a brilliant US scientist whose husband was a traitor is asked to put her trust in a Russian spy who steals her away in the night to help find a missing sub in Palau’s Rock Islands, there’s not much hope in trust developing. And for the seventh installment of Rachel Grant’s Evidence series, Poison Evidence is a prophetic title … the very thing that could save the day also has the potential to destroy the people involved.

He smiled, liking this woman’s cool wits in the face of terror. He’d have to remember that she didn’t give in to hysterics. When she learned what he was, she’d be a cunning adversary.

Jack Keaton needs Ivy MacLeod and her ground-breaking technology to find a missing prototype Air/Underwater Unmanned Vehicle (AUUV). His reasons are his own, and though he is a Russian spy, he isn’t the bad guy. In fact, he’s trying to save her and the Computer-Aided Mapping system and drone she developed from falling into the hands of terrorists who bought the technology from her bastard of an ex-husband, convicted traitor Patrick Hill. Once Jack gets what he needs from Ivy, he’s willing to let her—and the technology—go. But because he refuses to tell her what he’s searching for and why, it makes it all the more difficult for her to let her guard down.

[Come on... let him in!]

Nov 10 2016 9:30am

Fall into Safe Hands with Romantic Suspense

The Best Fall Romantic Suspense

I’ve had a great couple of weeks reading romantic suspense from some of my tried and true favorites, but I’ve also tried a handful of new-to-me authors. As the weather keeps getting cooler, I’m happy to fall into a comfortable spot on the couch in front of the fireplace and break out a sexy new book.

Burnout by Tee O’Fallon

Burnout by Tee O’Fallon: It’s likely that these five words are the most chilling to any undercover detective: “there’s a hit on you.” And for New York City Detective Cassie Yates, who—along with her grandfather, father and three brothers—joined the family tradition of becoming a cop, the hit means she has to go undercover again, somewhere far away, to stay alive. When she flees to the small upstate New York town of Hopewell Springs with her K-9, Raven, she happens upon sexy Police Chief Mike Flannery. Under instructions from her partner and good friend, Dominick, and her brother (and Dom’s best friend), Gray, she’s discouraged from reaching out to any local law enforcement. The concept of staying under the radar is impossible when the hottest guy interested in whether or not she was staying in town or just passing through is the chief of police—and with the highest likelihood of figuring out what kind of trouble she’s in. When the shit hits the fan, Mike works to keep his little town safe …knowing that now Cassie is also a member of his tight-knit community.

As thorny as Cassie Younger was, she’d definitely gotten his attention. Besides being one hot tomato, she was a puzzle. A mystery he wanted—no, needed—to solve.

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Nov 7 2016 2:30pm

Don’t Assume in D.D. Ayres’ Explosive Forces

Explosive Forces by D.D. Ayres

The first time I heard the saying, “if you assume something, you make an ass out of you and me,” I was at my high school job and my boss was chewing out a colleague… meaning, another high school kid. I’ve thought about it a lot during the years, because wrapped up in a catchy idiom is some pretty sage advice. In D.D. Ayres’ newest installation of her K-9 Rescue Series, Explosive Forces, the powers that be could do with a little coaching on the risk of assumption.

Carly Reese is turning over a new leaf, leaving behind her former life as a model and opening a fashion boutique that will represent women artisans who create beautiful, one-of-a-kind creations for fair wages.

Her shop represented so much. A fresh start. A new life. Flawless wasn’t just about beauty. Or bling. It was about a woman empowering other women while owning her own style.

One night, while getting things ready for the upcoming opening, she hears whimpering and scratching coming from the vacant space next door. A good Samaritan at heart, she goes to check it out. Only, instead of just a dog, she finds a “derelict, passed out from drugs or alcohol, or both.” Before she can grab the big German shepherd tucked away in the corner and bolt, she realizes it’s tethered to a support post...and a fire is starting.

[Hurry, hurry!]

Oct 3 2016 2:30pm

First Look: Nichole Severn’s His Seductive Target (October 4, 2016)

His Seductive Target by Nichole Severn

Nichole Severn
His Seductive Target (Afterlife #2)
Nichole Severn / October 4, 2016 / $2.99 digital

Trust is a big issue in any relationship. You’ve got to trust your doctor when you’re sick. You’ve got to trust your son when he takes the car out for the first time. You’ve got to trust that your wife won’t cheat on you when you deploy for war. And when you’re a New York City detective investigating the death of your sister, you’ve got to trust that the FBI agent on the case will include you on his findings and do right by your murdered sister. In the most basic of situations, it takes time and experience to earn trust. When you’re a demon trying to regain your soul, you’ve got to earn it on the fly.

Former Detective Veranika (Nika) Russo has been put on suspension from the New York City Police Department, and stumbles across her sister’s murder scene one night while trying to earn her way back into the department’s good graces. Already on site is FBI agent Grayson Wyatt, who’s aware of her situation. Once she realizes one of the victims is her sister, Rachel, she’s determined to remain in the loop.

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Sep 29 2016 1:30pm

First Look: Rebecca Zanetti Deadly Silence (October 4, 2016)

Deadly Silence by Rebecca Zanetti

Rebecca Zanetti
Deadly Silence (Blood Brothers #1)
Forever / October 4, 2016 / $10.99 print, $5.99 digital

If it were the 1960s and Rebecca Zanetti was taking the stage with The Beatles for the Ed Sullivan Show, I would be the loudest, screaming-est fangirl in the middle of the front row. That’s how excited I was to start reading Deadly Silence, first in the new Blood Brothers series by my girl, Zanetti.

I’ve enjoyed her foray into more paranormal storylines, and I loved the first two installations of her post-apocalyptic Scorpius Syndrome series … but this? Deadly Silence harkens back to her super-successful Sin Brothers saga about the Dean Brothers, with secretive psychotherapy and military testing, supersoldiers, and intuitive lifestyles that scream “stay the fuck away from me.”

We are introduced to twelve-year-old Ryker Jones, struggling to keep his sanity and safety in another horrendous foster home situation, and its owner, Ned Cobb. It’s hard enough to look out for number one, but between his protective streak his yearning for some semblance of family, he finds himself bound to two of his foster brothers: Heath and Denver.

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Sep 4 2016 12:00pm

8 Romantic Suspense Novels Packing Heat

Cold Hearted by Toni Anderson

With the hottest summer on record almost behind us, it’s a relief to bring the sizzle inside with the air conditioning. These sexy romantic suspenses haven’t helped, either. Bodyguards and cops and soldiers, oh my! Cooler weather’s on the horizon, but a good romantic suspense will still make you break you out in a sweat.

Cold Hearted by Toni Anderson:

I love Anderson’s books, and am always super excited whenever she’s got a new one. Cold Hearted is the sixth installation of her Cold Justice series, and each one gets better and better. As usual, both of the main characters are written with equal strength and flaws, and with such depth. It’s as captivating to watch Detective Erin Donovan and FBI Agent Darsh Singh develop as it is the plot. Of particular interest is the racism Darsh faces, both at work and as part of a bi-racial couple. Erin and Darsh are working together on a serial killer/rapist case, and having been involved years ago, the tension between the two is palpable. I love this description:

He’d been circling her like a planet around its star since he’d arrived, and no matter he told himself it was about the case, that was a lie. And he wanted to get closer. Much closer.

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