• Rebecca Zanetti,  Reviews

    Hidden (Deep Ops, #1)

    I received this book for free from NetGalley, Zebra in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

    Hidden (Deep Ops, #1)Hidden by Rebecca Zanetti
    Series: Deep Ops #1
    on September 25, 2018
    Genres: Thriller, Mystery Suspense, Romantic Suspense
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    Hide. That’s all Pippa can do to escape the terror chasing her. But now that she’s off the grid in a safe house, she finds plenty of interesting things to watch through the window. Like her new neighbor, with his startling green eyes, killer smile, and sexy bad-boy tattoo . . .

    Run. Malcolm West is fleeing the hell he unleashed in his last assignment as an undercover cop. A backwoods bungalow sounds like the perfect place to start over. Until he discovers he’s been set up . . .

    Fight. Someone’s gone to a lot of trouble to bring them together. No matter how much he resents that, and his own driving needs, Malcolm will have to dig deep and let loose the banished killer inside himself, or Pippa’s fears could come true faster than the flip of a bolt in a lock . . .

     

    Going into a book, I normally know, what genre and a little bit about the plot. However, with Rebecca Zanetti newest series, Deep Ops, I tried to know as little as possible. I wanted to see if knowing nothing at all about a book makes a massive decision on the rating that I give a title. I’d concluded that knowing little to nothing about the characters and plot, doesn’t make a huge difference. If anything, it made me enjoy the book even more.

    I started Hidden well into the evening with only the lights from my Kindle illuminating my room. How ironic it is that Hidden was a mystery suspense thriller and the movie that was on was also a thriller…. not so providential when your sister reminded you that it was movie night and we had planned to watch a thriller that night.

    In Hidden, the heroine, Pipa, was leaving the life of a hermit with a mild case of agoraphobia…or so I thought. It changed when Malcolm West was introduced, and I learned that he used to be an undercover cop. No sooner than those words crossed my page I came to realize that maybe there was a huge reason Pipa chose to live the way she did; hiding from a past that was horrific to even this reader.

    Rebecca Zanetti used an event from our history that our heroine with the help of our hero had to navigate. Rebecca Zanetti has done an overwhelming job of incorporating this bit of history without over-dramatizing or romanticizing the events.
    By the time I completed Hidden, I knew that I wanted to read more of this series and a get to know the back story of the secondary characters. With one-character… Wolfe being the prominent character that I want to see get his own story.

    Hidden, an exceptional start to Deep Ops. I totally recommend Hidden to any advent fan of mystery suspense.

     

    About Rebecca Zanetti

    Rebecca Zanetti wrote her first story when she was six – a romance between a princess and neighboring prince. The princess fell out of her castle and the prince rescued her. A happily ever after was had by all.

    This theme of romance has been carried through Rebecca’s works until present time. While today’s heroine may have a medical degree, black belt in Karate and her own 401K, she’s still after that happy ending. And today’s prince may have fangs and wear a black hat, but hey, a modern princess likes a guy who bites.

    Rebecca attended Pepperdine University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Journalism with a Political Science emphasis. While there she worked as the Editor-in-Chief of The Graphic newspaper, a member of the Pi Phi Sorority and an intern for President Reagan, who still gave 3-5 speeches a week, even though he was no longer president.

    After college, Rebecca worked as an art curator and a Senate aide before heading to law school, where she received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Idaho. She married Tony Zanetti in the middle of her second year of law school and became pregnant with their first child during the third year. She graduated law school, gave birth three weeks later, and took the Bar Exam three weeks after that. All she remembers about the bar exam is that it was so quiet in the testing room, she thought about taking a quick nap. But she continued on, passed the bar and became a lawyer. She worked for a large firm, then a small firm, then the county while also teaching legal classes at her local community college. Now she writes romances about vampires, cowboys, and soldiers.

    Growing up amid the glorious backdrops and winter wonderlands of the Pacific Northwest has given Rebecca fantastic scenery and adventures to weave into her stories. She resides there with her husband, children, and extended family who inspire her every day. Rebecca has completed several manuscripts, winning award throughout the writing industry for her work. She currently writes the Scorpius Syndrome series and the Realm Enforcer series (a Dark Protector spinoff) for Kensington Publishing, and the Sin Brothers series and the Lost Bastard Series for Grand Central Publishing.

  • Book Tour & Giveaway,  FIRST LOOK CELEBRATION

    Get a First Look at IN MY SKIN by Shannon McKenna!

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    Here’s your FIRST LOOK at NYTimes and USA Today bestselling author Shannon McKenna’s upcoming romantic suspense novel, IN MY SKIN! Join us as we get our first peek at this thrilling tale of deadly danger and burning desire. Don’t miss out on information about an Obsidian Files novella, an excerpt, plus TEN people will win an eBook copy of RIGHT THROUGH ME or MY NEXT BREATH, the first two books in the series.

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    Title: In My Skin
    Author: Shannon McKenna
    Release Date: June 19, 2018
    Publisher: Self-published
    Series: The Obsidian Files #3
    Genres: Romantic Suspense
    Format: Print & Digital
    Synopsis:
     
    Come back to me …

    Luke remembers a few things. Just not his last name, or anyone he ever knew. He knows that he’s a supersoldier, genetically enhanced and loaded up with brain implants. He just escaped from a year-long hell of captivity, and to protect his family and friends from his tormentors, he blocked his memories. Now he needs those memories back, fast … or he and those he loves will die agonizing deaths.

    Luke’s dangerous plan to reconnect with his past—and stay alive in the present—has drawn his enemies’ attention to the tough and sexy Dani LaSalle. He’s duty bound to protect the luscious beauty from the evil pursuing them, but he can’t control the scorching desire she awakens in him.

    Dani’s strict routine has been trashed by Luke’s explosive arrival. This rock-hard slab of valiant, smoldering manhood appears out of nowhere, saves her life, spirits her away to his mountain lair and bewilders her with tales of sadistic researchers, enhanced assassins. Is this gorgeous, problematic sex god just plain crazy—or is she? But Luke can do things with his mind that are just as wild as what he can do with that body … and she can’t say no.

    And there’s no time to wonder. As their passion burns hotter, Obsidian moves closer … and Luke and Dani must place their lives and their hearts on the line just to survive …

     

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    Get a special look at the upcoming novella in The Obsidian Files!

     

    To celebrate twenty years as a published author, Shannon wrote LIGHT ME UP as a gift to her loyal group of readers! The release date is still TBA, but please enjoy the cover and blurb!

    All night long …

    Tycoon and secret supersoldier Noah Gallagher never expected to beat the Obsidian Group at their evil game—genetically altering runaway kids—but he did, with the help of the brave and beautiful Caro Bishop, the love of his life. The two of them survived that wild adventure, but only just. Noah is crazy for his new bride, knowing all the while that being with him puts her at constant risk. Their love, their closeness, and the intense passion they share are shadowed by fear. Obsidian’s relentless hunt to recapture its rebels will never stop.  Noah would die to save her—but now is not the time to tell her that.

    Caro’s relaxing on their deluxe honeymoon in Italy, rediscovering treasures of Renaissance art, when they’re invited to the public unveiling of the latest secret sensation in the art world, the newly excavated Cross of Orazio. Caro is beyond thrilled. Noah is not. The guest list is packed with politicians, corporate moguls, celebrities, and entourages. Social media coverage will follow them everywhere.

    Caro’s wild to go and Noah can’t deny her pleasure of any kind. They’ll stay off the red carpet. Admire the cross and leave for an erotic rendezvous he’s planned in advance, right down to the rose petals and silken cords. What could go wrong?

    Everything. The fabled Cross of Orazio is more than it seems, and now he and Caro are right in the line of fire …

     

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    IN MY SKIN Excerpt

    Copyright © 2018 Shannon McKenna

    Dani stepped through the passageway—and started backwards, with a stifled shriek.

    An enormous dark man loomed in the shadows. Huge. Buzzed dark hair, vast shoulders, all bulked up with black body armor like a commando.

    His eyes gleamed in the darkness with terrifying intensity. “Don’t scream.” His voice was deep, hoarse and scratchy. “I won’t hurt you.” He made a shushing gesture with his hands.

    “Who the fuck are you?” Dani’s back thudded against the wall. “What are you doing here in my house?”

    “We need to talk.” His voice was very calm. “Quietly.”

    “About what?” Her voice shook.

    “Shhh. Keep it down. About Naldo.”

    She went nuts, writhing in his grip.  “It was you!” she hissed. “You hurt Naldo!”

    “No!” He whispered the words urgently into her ear. “No, no, no. That wasn’t me.”

    She fought him, but there was an uncanny quality to his implacable grip. A sinking-into-quicksand feeling, as if he was using her own energy and the harder she fought, the tighter he held her.

    He wound her into a shaking. Her legs were trapped between his rock-solid thighs. She strained against him, fear rising to a screaming pitch. “What the fuck do you want from me?”

    “For you to listen.” The vibration of his deep, quiet voice against her ear sent racking shivers through her.

    She swallowed to calm the shaking. “Fine,” she said. “Talk. Make it snappy.”

    “Don’t be afraid,” he urged.

    Dani let out a bark of incredulous laughter. “Hah! For real?”

    “I won’t hurt you, Dani. I swear it.”

    She squeezed her eyes shut and just tried not to hyperventilate. “Then why not come to the goddamned door like a normal person if all you want to do is to talk?”

    “It hasn’t been a normal day. You never would’ve let me in.”

    “Right! Let go of me! Asshole!”

    “Shhh,” he whispered again. “I came in to warn you that you’re in danger.”

    She twisted in his grip, just enough to catch the flash of his dark gaze.

    “Oh really.” Her voice dripped sarcasm. “Am I. Now there’s a news flash.”

    “Not from me,” he said impatiently. “From the people who hurt Naldo.”

    “What do you know about Naldo? Who hurt him?” She turned to study his face again. “Wait. I saw you earlier,” she said slowly. “You were in the ER. Wearing a lab coat.”

    “Yeah, that was me,” he admitted.

    “I thought you were a new resident, maybe starting an ER rotation.”

    “Nope, not a doctor. I was there to protect you,” he told her. “I’m here now for the same reason.”

    “I didn’t ask for your protection,” she replied savagely. “Whoever the hell you are!”

    “Getting around to that. Now listen. Naldo had a—” His body went still. “Shhhhh.”

    She froze too, waiting. Listening. “What in the hell is going on?”

    “They’re moving in on us.” He breathed the words out almost soundlessly. “Don’t make a sound.”

    It was too damn much. She yanked one of her arms almost free. “The only problem I have right now is you! Let … me … go!

    His hand clamped over her mouth. She pulled back and bit his hand, hard. He pulled his hand free with a hiss of pain, and she started to screech.

    In a blinding instant, she was clamped against his body so tight she could hardly breathe.

    He hoisted her off her feet. Kicked open the door to the laundry closet. Hauled her inside.

    And there she was, in the darkness in her clutter of brooms, buckets and mops, jammed in between her ironing board and her washing machine with a huge, mysterious, terrifying man.

    So close, he was practically plastered to her body.

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    About Shannon McKenna:

    Shannon McKenna is the NYT bestselling author of seventeen action packed, turbocharged romantic thrillers, among which are the stories of the wildly popular McCloud series and the brand new romantic suspense series, The Obsidian Files. She loves tough and heroic alpha males, heroines with the brains and guts to match them, villains who challenge them to their utmost, adventure, scorching sensuality, and most of all, the redemptive power of true love. Since she was small she has loved abandoning herself to the magic of a good book, and her fond childhood fantasy was that writing would be just like that, but with the added benefit of being able to take credit for the story at the end. Alas, the alchemy of writing turned out to be messier than she’d ever dreamed. But what the hell, she loves it anyway, and hopes that readers enjoy the results of her alchemical experiments. She loves to hear from her readers.

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  • Laura Griffin

    Cover of Night (Alpha Crew #3)

    Cover of Night (Alpha Crew Book 3) by [Griffin, Laura]Cover of Night

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    Author: Lauren Griffin

    Series: Alpha Crew Series

    Print Length: 166Pages

    Publication Date: September 4, 2017


     

    Sparks fly when a journalist and a Navy SEAL cross paths in Thailand in this third entry in the thrilling and sexy Alpha Crew series from New York Times bestselling author Laura Griffin.

    Journalist Karly Bonham is on her first overseas mission, covering the new United States ambassador to Thailand, when she is taken hostage by terrorists, with only her wits and courage to keep her alive–until help arrives in the form of Navy SEAL Ethan Dunn.

    As part of an elite SEAL team called Alpha Crew, Ethan has been on countless harrowing missions, but he knows this one is different the instant he meets Karly—the sexy young reporter who somehow managed to escape the terrorists’ clutches. Ethan is impressed by her, especially when he learns she has intel that could be the key to a successful rescue op. Ethan knows working with a civilian raises the stakes on an already dangerous mission. But with the clock ticking down, he enlists Karly’s help to thwart a vicious plot and bring a terrorist mastermind to justice.

    Featuring Laura Griffin’s signature “heart pounding, nerve-jangling suspense, combined with sizzling sex” (Fresh Fiction), Cover of Night is a fast-paced, romantic thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

    Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) called shell shock or battle fatigue syndrome, is a serious condition that can develop after a person has experienced or witnessed a traumatic or terrifying event in which serious physical harm occurred or was threatened. Goldberg, J., MD. (2016, February 27). Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Retrieved September 12, 2017, from http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/post-traumatic-stress-disorder#1

    In Laura Griffin latest book in her Alpha Crew book #3, Karly Bonham a journalist who’s covering the new United States ambassador to Thailand has witnessed the after math of a terrorist attack. With only her wits and courage would keep her from being the next casualty.
    When help arrives in the form of Navy SEAL Ethan Dunn, it has become Ethan duty to keep Karly safe.
    Cover of Night hits on a topic that few of us has experienced. But our men in Blue, or military knows all too well. Even though this book talks about PTSD it isn’t the main theme of the book. Cover of Night is a military adventure story full of intrigue and romance.
    I love the adventure, I just hated the way the story ended. When I finally got into the story I turned the page just to find that I was at the end.
    All in all Cover of Night (Alpha Crew) was fun and well written. I started this series from the beginning and each book can be read as a stand-alone title.
    I would recommend this title or series for any reader into military romantic suspense


    Books In This Series

    At the Edge: Alpha Crew Part 1 by [Griffin, Laura]

    At the Edge: Alpha Crew Part 1

    Edge of Surrender: Alpha Crew Part 2 by [Griffin, Laura]

    Edge of Surrender: Alpha Crew Part 2

    Laura Griffin

    Biography

    Laura Griffin is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty books. She is a two-time RITA Award winner (for the books Scorched and Whisper of Warning) as well as the recipient of the Daphne du Maurier Award (for Untraceable). Booklist magazine calls Laura’s popular Tracers series “the perfect mix of suspense and romance.”

    Laura got her start in journalism before venturing into the world of romance fiction. She lives in Austin, Texas, where she is working on her next novel. Visit her website at http://www.lauragriffin.com and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/LauraGriffinAuthor

    To hear about new releases, sign up for Laura’s newsletter at: http://lauragriffin.com/subscribe/

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