Genre: Suspense

THIEF’S MARK by Carla Neggers

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THIEF’S MARK by Carla NeggersThief's Mark by Carla Neggers
Series: Sharpe and Donovan #7
Published by Harlequin Genres: Suspense


 

FBI agents, Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan, are on the final day of their honeymoon and are halfway looking forward to several meetings they have set up with colleagues in London the next day before flying home and starting work and their new lives together.  But, as normal with their anticipated schedules, their plans are changed with the notification that Oliver York, a wealthy man they know is an international art thief as well as a semi-friend, has been involved with a death.  On top of that, just earlier that same day, they discover that Emma’s grandfather has experienced a break-in at his house.  There is no way they could be connected…or could they?

 

Emma and Colin immediately travel to Oliver York’s farm, where the death occurred, and try to help out however they can, but not to step on any toes.  When they get to the scene, Oliver’s on the run, an ex-MI5 agent is one of the witnesses, and no one can identify the dead man.  It’s a twisty journey that will take the various characters from London to York to Ireland to Scotland and even to the U.S. before the final answers will be discovered on why this man was killed and who was behind it.  The why of the killing makes Oliver relive the terrible night more than thirty years ago, when he witnessed his parents’ murder, and he was kidnapped.  Only the help of Emma, Colin, his trusted manager and the new love of his life, his childhood friend Henrietta, will help Oliver discover the truth about what happened that deadly night that has haunted him for so long.

 

A woman trying to make a go at her second profession and a reclusive, and former unacknowledged art thief, come together over a death in Thief’s Mark.  Oliver has spent his life trying to put what happened the night he became an orphan behind him.  His path has been a unique one, to be sure, and one that placed him in contact with Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan, as well as Emma’s grandfather, Wendell Sharpe. Henrietta’s path was not as twisty, but unusual on its own with equal parts of law enforcement and gardening.  I have to admit that I have often wondered if Oliver would ever have a happy ending as I have come to know him in the previous books.  I loved watching as Oliver not only discovered the truth about the night he was kidnapped, but to also open himself up to the love that was right there waiting for him.  I also loved watching as Henrietta put her talents towards proving that Oliver had nothing to do with the latest killing and to help him fill in the final holes of that pivotal night.  While Emma and Colin were definitely there and involved in solving the murder, this book was totally about Oliver and Henrietta’s love story and a great way to get Emma and Colin back at things after their honeymoon.  Thief’s Mark has all of the things I have come to expect from a Sharpe & Donovan book: thrilling suspense, humor, and just the right amount of romance to keep things from getting too gritty.  While I loved that Oliver has his happy ending, there are still a couple of characters that I am waiting to get theirs.

JUST ONE TOUCH by Maya Banks

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JUST ONE TOUCH by Maya BanksJust One Touch by Maya Banks
Series: Slow Burn #5
Published by Avon Genres: Suspense


 

Jenna risks her very life in taking her chance to escape the religious cult that has owned her for the majority of her life.  It doesn’t matter to her that she is in rags and has no shoes, Jenna just knows that if she doesn’t escape now then her life really will be in worse danger and maybe even over.  Strong determination is the only thing forcing Jenna’s run to freedom.  It appears that the fates or God is with her when she not only escapes, but finds a way into the city.  However, Jenna knows that she has to find a way to get even farther away from the cult before she can risk relaxing or feeling in any way safe, but fate steps in once again and all but steals her chance to safely escape.

 

Isaac Washington is one of the long-time agents with Devereaux Security.  On the fateful day he meets Jenna, he discovers her trying to figure out how to steal his company SUV.  However, before he can capture the kid trying to take his vehicle, bullets begin to fly, and Isaac is hit hard.  Isaac can feel his body shutting down and dying when to his surprise, the woman (Jenna) touches him and heals not only his bleeding wounds, but also lightens his very soul.  Isaac has no idea who this woman is, but he knows that she just saved his life and gave up her only chance at escaping the people who are firing bullets.  Isaac convinces Jenna to take his SUV and run; It might seem odd, but Isaac knows that he can find his “angel” once back-up has arrived.

 

Jenna is in shock when Isaac tells her that he is going to protect her no matter what and stop the danger she is running from. Jenna can’t remember the last time anyone was nice or, heck, even thoughtful to her.  Isaac has instantly fallen for the beauty that Jenna has both on the inside and the outside, and now he faces the tough challenge of not only destroying the danger trying to take her, but also convincing Jenna that she can believe in his love.  Isaac is prepared to go lone wolf to make Jenna safe, but all of Deveraux Security is determined to help Isaac and put all of their resources behind making Jenna safe and protected.  As the truth about Jenna’s past slowly comes out, Isaac and the members of the team deal with their rage and disgust of how Jenna has been raised and abused. Once the team learns just who is behind this last ditch attempt to kidnap Jenna, Isaac and the entire team know just how deadly the danger really is.  Jenna has a hard time trusting anyone or anything after so many years of barely surviving. It seems that the fates aren’t quite done messing with Jenna or Isaac quite yet, but just when the chips are down, both of them learn just how much support and backing they really have.  When the dust settles, will Jenna and Isaac have the chance to explore their love, or will fate have dealt them a final and bitter blow that will separate them forever?

 

A man on a coffee run meets a desperate woman on the run just as danger explodes around them in Just One Touch.  I have often wondered when Isaac would get his story and just what type of extraordinary woman he would be matched up with.  By the end of their story, I felt that Jenna was the perfect match for Isaac.  However, I will say that as Jenna’s story and reactions unraveled, there were several times that I wasn’t sure if she would be a good match to Isaac.  I really enjoyed watching as not only Isaac, but the entire team, worked hard to show Jenna just how the world should function and that abuse was not the norm. I also enjoyed watching as Jenna began to accept that she was worthy of love and friendship.  The ending of the final battle is just icing on the cupcake of Jenna and Isaac’s journey—and one that I felt was very fitting.  I also enjoyed the brief glimpse of their future.  Just One Touch is full of the dynamic suspense that I have come to expect with the Slow Burn series, full of spine tingling danger, friends that have your back—no matter what and lots of soft passion.

THE GAME by Vanessa Fewings

THE GAME by Vanessa Fewings

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THE GAME by Vanessa FewingsThe Game by Vanessa Fewings
Series: ICON #2
Published by HQN Books Genres: Contemporary, Suspense


 

Can she outwit the ultimate master in a timeless game of seduction? 

Chasing Icon, the world's slickest art thief, was the most seductive thrill of London art investigator Zara Leighton's career…until the clues led her to the man who holds command of her body and heart, Tobias Wilder, an American billionaire with charisma to spare. Her duty to capture him is complicated by the intensity of their passion. Her will to end their connection is tinted with red-hot need to never let him go.

Tobias's heists are about more than money and ego. His plot to orchestrate the perfect deception in Los Angeles is destiny. No one—not even Zara—knows the depths of his motivation. And no one suspects the truth behind a single artifact that holds the secrets to an entire civilization. Forced to deny one calling to satisfy another, he knows something must be sacrificed: his code of honor or his loyalty to Zara.

Vanessa Fewings has the magic touch.  I didn’t think there was any way The Game could live up to the excitement within Fewings first ICON book, The Chase, but boy did it!  Zara and Tobias totally Rock My World!  I’m so in love with this couple and their adventure!   Fewings impressive writing style takes the reader on a journey of a lifetime.  I’m not sure I can properly express how magical it was visiting all the art galleries in these books.  I could see each piece and feel the beauty as if I was standing before them.

 

The Chase featured mostly classic art but The Game gives us some sensational modern pieces that boggle the mind and make you beg for more. Fewings spectacular description of one piece will leave you breathless, guaranteed!  The Game delivers everything.  The suspenseful romance lover will eat this up in one sitting.  I am thoroughly impressed with Vanessa Fewings ICON series.  I was so geared up for The Game that I went back and read The Chase again which only reminded me why I love Zara and Tobias so much!  This is a couple you can’t help but root for!

 

I need more and I need it now! I was shocked by the ending and now I’m counting down the days until the final book in the trilogy, The Prize comes out! I hope this is very soon because I am excited to find out what happens to Zara and Tobias next!  I’m also sad because it means I will be saying goodbye to these fabulous characters and riveting story.  The Game is one sexy, sweet, edge of your seat treat!  If you hear me squeeing you will know I’ve gotten my hands on The Prize! 🙂

WILD RIDE by Julie Ann Walker

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WILD RIDE by Julie Ann WalkerWild Ride by Julie Ann Walker
Series: Black Knights Inc. #9
Published by Sourcebooks Genres: Contemporary, Suspense


 

Julie Ann Walker finally gives fans the book they have been waiting impatiently for featuring beloved hero Ethan “Ozzie” Sykes.  Wild Ride is well, a Wild Ride from start to finish.  Ozzie has always been the sarcastic, funny guy with a heart of gold.  He has appealed to me and many others since the beginning of the Black Knight’s Inc. series.  Wild Ride is book nine so it’s been a bit of a wait and well worth it. Reporter Samantha Tate is the perfect woman to wrangle Ozzie and steal his heart.  I love books where the hero and heroine have chemistry in the bedroom and these two do but what I like more is their humorous yet serious banter.

Ozzie and Samantha are both dedicated to their jobs and unfortunately that puts them at odds since Ozzie is supposed to keep Samantha from discovering the real work Black Knight’s Inc. does.  Thankfully, life sometimes forces people to confront their feelings and evaluate what is important in life.

Samantha is hysterically funny at the beginning when she…I don’t want to give anything away so I will just say she is electrifyingly determined to save her own butt. Ms. Walker knows how to throw her characters into a serious situation and make it funny without losing the intensity in Wild Ride.

The suspense plot in Wild Ride is great but the exploration of Ozzie and Samantha’s interpersonal relationship steals the show. Wild Ride has the right stuff! Wild Ride is a hold on to the seat of your pants and your heart read!  Walker can always be counted on to keep you entertained throughout her books and keep you coming back for more.  Nine books down in the Black Knight’s Inc. series and I for one am looking forward to more.

 

AFTER THE DARK by Cynthia Eden

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AFTER THE DARK by Cynthia EdenAfter the Dark by Cynthia Eden
Series: Killer Instinct #1
Published by Harlequin Genres: Contemporary, Suspense


 

Author Cynthia Eden brings readers another gripping series with Killer InstinctAfter the Dark begins with a bang as you are thrown into the middle of a spine-tingling tale.  After the Dark is brimming with chilling suspense and intense passion.  Ms. Eden weaves many threads together beautifully all of them leading up to a brilliant finish.

Samantha Dark hasn’t exactly had an easy life.  She has been betrayed in the worst way and lost her job but now she will do whatever it takes to right the wrongs and put a vicious serial killer behind bars.  You would think with all this Samantha wouldn’t have time for affection but when her ex-partner Blake Gamble comes charging back into her life she has little choice.  Blake is a man on a mission determined to lure Samantha back to work so they can find the killer that got away.  Blake and Samantha may have ignored their feelings in the past but that is hopeless now. It is impossible to miss the sparks that fly between these two.  Samantha and Blake make a great team in and out of bed.

Ms. Eden takes her readers on a perilous journey in After the Dark.  There are many times I had chills because of Ms. Eden’s impressive imagery.   I definitely felt the evil oozing from the killer. Scary!

Cynthia Eden delivers on all fronts giving her readers the perfect mix of suspense and drama in After the Dark.

CARNAL RISK by Kym Grosso

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KEPT by Maya Banks

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UNDER THE SURFACE by Anne Calhoun

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WITH EVERY BREATH by Maya Banks

WITH EVERY BREATH by Maya Banks

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TAKEN by Cynthia Eden

TAKEN by Cynthia Eden

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HONOR BOUND by B. J. Daniels

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MIDNIGHT QUEST by Lisa Marie Rice

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HIS UNDERCOVER PRINCESS by Avery Flynn

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STAR CROSSED by Emma Holly

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TANGLED by Kate Douglas

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AWAKENED by Kate Douglas

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BARE IT ALL by Lori Foster

BARE IT ALL by Lori Foster

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NIGHT SHADOW by Cherry Adair

NIGHT SHADOW by Cherry Adair

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SHADES OF MIDNIGHT by Lara Adrian

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SHADES OF TEMPTATION by Virna DePaul

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