Monday, May 25, 2015


Torque is the second book in Shauna Allen's "Jack 'Em Up Series.  This is Jesse and Rachel's story. 
You can purchase Torque at: Amazon
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I loved this book. The characters are well written, easy to connect with and are just regular people, not millionaires, super naturals just the guy or girl next door.
Jesse has recently been released from prison, he is working for his best friend Blake at Blake's garage " Jack 'Em Up."  Jesse is an expert at rebuilding motorcycles, but is worried that his past is causing Blake to lose business.
Jesse has had a thing for Rachel for what seems like forever, but he never has acted on it, he feels as if he is not good enough for her and that she can do better.   Jesse feels that he has a dark side since he beat the guy who was abusing his sister bad enough to land him in jail. He has also been keeping a secret since childhood.
Rachel has had a huge crush on Jesse since she first met him in school. Rachel is a successful attorney but she is tired of working with her ex-fiancee and she really doesn't agree with the direction that their firm is taking. Rachel is interested in helping people more than she is interested in making a ton of money. 
Rachel approaches Jesse about rebuilding her dads old Indian motorcycle. When Jesse says yes she is really excited about not only having her dads motorcycle rebuilt and learning how to ride it, but she is also hoping to spend more time with Jesse.
Jesse begins working on Rachel's dad's old Indian motorcycle at Rachel's house on the weekends and they start connecting on a level that Jesse feels could be bad for Rachel but he just can not seem to stay away from her.
That is until he ends up back in jail and Rachel decides to represent him. He just doesn't know how to handle that situation and it causes a huge problem.
Rachel knows that Jesse is keeping something from her, but he just is not ready to talk to anyone about his long hidden childhood secret.
Rachel and Jesse have really great chemistry and things heat up quick.  You just can't help but fall for Jesse, he is just such a great guy.  He is one of those characters that is written so well you hope to bump into him yourself someplace.
Shauna handles a really touchy subject in this book and she does it with class and compassion.  She makes you stop and think about how something that happens in childhood really can follow you and effect your adult life.
This is a must read if you love romance, a bit of action and reading about subjects that other authors often steer clear of.

Monday, May 18, 2015

                                    Behind The Mask

Title: Behind The Mask (Associates, #4)
Author: Carolyn Crane
Release Date: May 19, 2015
Category: Romantic Suspense

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When her estranged sister is won in a card game by a brutal drug cartel, Zelda knows what she has to do: take her place. Save her. Focus on infiltrating the shadowy group--and try not to think about why she left the spying game years ago. She’s slept with dangerous criminals before; she can do it again.
Hugo Martinez is one of South America’s most lethal and wanted men, a legendary mercenary living on a windswept mountain. Even at the height of the war he wasn’t in the habit of taking women captive, but the American whore has seen his face. And he and the orphan boy need a cook. He shouldn’t want this woman, but there’s something so unusual about her…
Meanwhile, Zelda finds herself falling for her captor…but is he the killer she’s been hunting all these years?

About the Author:  Carolyn Crane

I am a RITA-winning author of romantic suspense, urban fantasy, and other tales of love and adventure (and erotic & dark romance as NYT bestselling author Annika Martin). My books have been published by Random House and Samhain, and I also go the indie route. I work a straight job as a marketing writer, I love to read in bed and run, I’m passionate about helping animals, and I make my home in Minnesota with my husband and two cats. 

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Hi!! Hey, thank you so much for having me over to your lovely blog! It’s so nice to be here. Hi readers!!

Okay, I’m here with an excerpt of my new book, BEHIND THE MASK.

In Behind the Mask, my heroine, Zelda, masquerades as her sister, a prostitute, in order to save her when she is won in a card game by a brutal drug cartel. Zelda gets shuttled around and yada yada yada my hero, a retired legendary killer, takes her captive at his home on a windswept mountaintop in South America.  (To be a cook for him and a boy he cares for…at least…errr…that’s how it starts out. And he doesn’t know she used to be in the CIA and used to hunt him! Oops!)

 So things are a little tense between Zelda and Hugo for much of this book. In this scene, he’s just brought her to his home (in South America). She’s injured from the last scene where he saved her life. He wants to care for her. She is a little freaked that he might be this legendary killer. And she has all these guilt issues from an old case.

He raised his inky brows. “It was not a request. You will come over here. You will give me your arm. You will stand here quietly as I wash it properly.”
She felt her lips part in shock, felt heat invade her face.
“It is best.”
Suck it up, she told herself. He just wants to wash it. She forced herself to put one foot in front of the other, senses tingling.
When she got to him, he took her hand once again, held it gently. She was close to him now—close enough that she could feel his breath on her ear as he growled, low and slow, “Was that so hard?”
She had the weird sense that he was enjoying this.
He went to work, rather expertly irrigating the wound over the sink. She stood there, fully given over to his strange, rough brand of care.
“You’re delaying dinner,” she said.
“Then you’ll cook faster.”
She bit her lip, praying for him not to get it in his head to stitch her up, much as she needed it. Of course he’d be good at it. Medievally meticulous, the way he’d been with the knives on the field. He was a man into control and precision.
Hugo patted her skin dry.
“Thank you.” She pulled her arm, but he didn’t let go—he kept hold, studying the wound.
“This will require a stitch,” he said. “Perhaps two or three.”
“No,” she said.
“It is not a matter of debate. The cut is deep.”
“Please, Hugo,” she added softly, using his name, aware that she was pulling him, that she could pull him, affect him. It was a little bit of a thrill, like walking a bloodthirsty bear on the end of a fragile silken cord.
“Do you remember what I said? This is not a democracy.” He released her and grabbed an ice cube from the freezer. “You will hold this to the flesh.” He pressed the ice to her wound.
She complied, full of disbelief and awe at the way he was steamrolling her with his one-pointed confidence.
“Seriously, Hugo—”
“Shhh,” he said.
Shhh? Nobody said shhh to her. Treated her like this. Ordered her. She was the co-leader of the fucking Associates.
He torched the needle with a lighter, then rubbed it down with alcohol and threaded it with green fishing line. His technique was good; he was even doing the sterile area. He sterilized his forceps, then he took the ice from her and placed her arm down on the less sterile side of the setup, holding it in place, angled just so. And she found herself thinking about those black leather gloves.
“You can look away if you like.”
Right. You couldn’t pay her enough to look away from his hand and his beautiful confidence and his utter commitment.
She watched him position the needle at the end of the forceps, felt the pierce when it broke the skin, felt it sink. He worked with steady force, pushing and then pulling with the forceps. His technique was excellent, and little by little she let herself relax into his hold, even into the pain. She found she trusted him. This was a man who committed fully on the battlefield and here, now, he was utterly invested in caring for her.
No—it was more than that. His touch nourished her. And with a lurch in her heart she realized that, aside from the occasional handshake, she’d barely been touched since the Friar Hovde case. And she certainly hadn’t been handled like this. Cared for.
Her eyes felt warm. Tearing up.
What the fuck?
She blinked. She would not let him see her crying.
His grip tightened on her arm as he drew the needle through. Gentle. Efficient. Ruthless.
He made a quick, professional knot and then straightened up and looked into her eyes. He was silent for a long time. “It will be all right, seƱorita.”
She nodded, flooded with feeling.


Read more: Links for BEHIND THE MASK are here at my website.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

                             A Shot Of Red

  Now available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and iBooks.
Learn more about the author at: Tracy March.Com

Excerpt : 
Her only ally is the one man she's forbidden to love.

After fleeing D.C. following a one-night stand that had her reeling, biotech company heiress Mia Moncure has thrived working with a humanitarian aid team administering vaccines in Haiti. When the United States is threatened with a flu epidemic, Mia's grandmother demands her return to unveil a new flu vaccine for Moncure Therapeutics. She arrives to find that her ex-boyfriend, the company's PR Director, has died in a suspicious accident in Switzerland that Mia soon suspects was murder.

Determined to reveal a killer, Mia heads to Switzerland where she's threatened as she discovers a plan to infiltrate the vaccine for nefarious purposes. Desperate for backup, she turns to sexy Gio Lorenzo, Communications Director for her mother, a high-ranking senator--and Mia's one-night stand. While negotiating their rocky relationship, they race to uncover a deadly scheme that could ruin her family's reputation. But millions of people are being vaccinated, and there's more than her family's legacy at stake. Mia and Gio struggle to discover the truth about the scheme and their feelings for each other, but it just might be too late.  

My Review: 
Tracy March has really written a great book with this one.  Her characters are well developed, the scenes are detailed and richly written.
I enjoyed the twists and turns this one took. Action packed and it was a believable crime.  She keeps you guessing with this one, who will die next?
Brent, Mia's ex-boyfriend has died in an accident or so that's what everyone thinks, but Brent was looking into something which is why he was in Switzerland. He left a cryptic message for Mia with his mother, once Mia returns to the United States she receives a call from Bents mother asking her to come to her home. After viewing the message Mia and Brent's mother are left with questions that only can be answered if Mia travels to Switzerland.
But Mia is supposed to be doing a tour to promote the families latest vaccination for the Flu, how will  she get out of the tour and out of the country without anyone knowing?
Will Mia and Gio uncover the mystery in time to stop thousands more from dieing?
Who killed Brent? Why was he in Switzerland?  Who is now trying to kill Mia? Is she getting too close to solving the mystery?
Mia and Gio the two main characters in this book have such a hot chemistry and  bit of history. They work well together and compliment each other.  Mia is spontaneous and unpredictable and has trouble expressing her emotions.  Gio is calm, level headed and head over heels for Mia. When Lila Mia's grandmother asks Gio to go to Switzerland to help Mia and to keep Mia safe he can not refuse.
You can tell that Tracy March has done her homework in this book, the places, the murder weapon all very well thought out and researched.
The ending was a total surprise and I will not spoil it for you, just be ready to have your mouth hang open.