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Mirror Series (Mirror Me, Rule of Thirds, Walk in My Shadow) by Stephanie Tyler/SE Jakes

NY Times Best Selling Author Stephanie Tyler/SE Jakes Mirror Series is a Dark Mystery/Suspense Romantic Thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

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The first 3 books, Mirror Me, Rule of Thirds and Walk in My Shadow are stories based on characters in WITSEC with FBI, CIA, serial killers and a huge amount of action/suspense thrown in.  Of course there is also some very wonderful romance.  My reviews are below:

My Five Star Review of Mirror Me:

Mirror Me is the story of  Kayla Peters who is in the Witness Protection Program because of her serial killing twin sister.  Kayla is desperate for a normal life but knows there is no way to get one until her sister is caught.  Abby Daniels, the US Marshall charged with protecting Kayla decided to set her up in a rental house in Abby’s home town.  A small town mostly retired military and their families.  A rental house that just happens to be located next to her retired Delta Force brother Teige Junos.

Abby and Teige intrigue each other and after one hot kiss, Teige can’t get Abby out of his head but a killer is coming and Teige’s instincts to protect kick in.  Teige, Abby and her new partner, Jacoby Razwell, work together to keep Kayla safe and stop a killer from killing again.  It is a roller-coaster ride you do not want to miss.

Abby and Teige are basically the main characters but stories for Abby and Jacoby start in this book and finish in the next two.  All of these characters are well developed and I absolutely loved each one of them.

My Four Star Review of Rule of Thirds

Rule of Thirds is the story of Jacoby Razwell FBI and in WITSEC due to his serial killing sister, and Special Agent Ward Thayer.  We first meet Jacoby in Mirror Me and I knew there was more to him then meets the eye.  You are not going to believe this guys history.

Again, this story is very much a psychological thriller and things get a bit messy and graphic. There is a lot of history between these two men that finally comes full circle and you can feel the love down deep in your soul with every word Stephanie writes.  Jacoby is on the hunt to find his sister and stop her but who exactly is the one being hunted.  This book is a true roller-coaster ride that keep me whispering, “oh no” several times.

If you love a good thriller with some amazing male love thrown in, then you definitely want to pick up this book.  You can absolutely read this as a stand alone.

My Four Star Review of Walk in my Shadow:

Walk in my Shadow is the story of US Marshall Abby Daniels and CIA Special Agent Vance. Abby has a new witness she is protecting and Vance is trying to located his brother Ethan’s (who happens to have been Abby’s former friend and lover) killer.  Vance does a few questionable things in the beginning that I was sure Abby’s brother Teige or Jacoby was going to kill him for.  Teige and Kayla as well as Jacoby and Ward make an appearances in this book and it was wonderful to see them again.  Abby is one tough woman and I loved her the minute I met her in Mirror Me.  She is just as tough and capable in Walk in my Shadow. I love books with strong woman who can absolutely keep up with the boys and at times even pass them.  (I would suggest you read Mirror Me before you read this book.  A few things happen in that book and you’ll want to know them before heading into Walk in my Shadow. Stephanie does re-cap a bit but trust me, you are going to want to know it all.)

The chemistry between Abby and Vance is completely off the charts even from the very beginning.  All Vance wants to do is protect Abby, Abby can certainly protect herself but can she survive a third encounter with a serial killer.

As with the other books in this series, there is a killer, lots of action, adventure and romance.  Many things come to light in this book and you are introduced to a new character, CIA Agent Knox’s, who will be getting is own Mirror book.

I have read just about every book by Stephanie Tyler/SE Jakes and each and everyone is wonderful.  Her writing flows smoothly, books are easy to read and the stories always keep me turning the pages.  I would highly recommend any of her books.

To find out more about the Mirror Series, check out Stephanie’s website here.

Find Stephanie Tyler here: Facebook, Internet, Goodreads, Twitter, Amazon.

Find SE Jakes here: Facebook, Internet, Goodreads, Twitter, Amazon.

As Always, Keep Writing/Keep Reading ~ janisf

 

Guest Blogger: Lea Bronsen with The Hotter the Love

Please welcome Lea Bronsen to my blog today to talk about her new release The Hotter the Love book 3 in her Hot Model Mine Trilogy. I’ve read all three books and loved each one. Here’s what I thought of The Hotter the Love:

“I was extremely lucky to receive and advanced reader copy of this final book in Lea’s Trilogy – Hot Model Mine.
A lot happened in Book two – Mine to Love and the Hotter the Love picks up the story. Our sexy cover model Yushka and hard working author Andrea are working hard to make their relationship work even with several obstacles in their path. There are many decisions to be made before this couple can have a chance at a happily ever after but I was rooting for them from day one. The chemistry between these two is off the charts hot and really has been since they met.  Yushka is an amazing character and I absolutely loved the way Lea wrote him throughout this series. He is a truly good, kind, straight forward person and you felt it in every word. He will hold a special place in my heart for a very long time.
You can absolutely read this book as a standalone. Lea does a great job of recapping the first two books to get you up to speed and then finishing out this love story. Go pick it up today!” ~janisf

Everyone say Hi to Lea and give her a big welcome!! 

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Hi and thank you so much for hosting the third and last book of the Hot Model Mine trilogy!

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After sexy cover model Yushka proposed, life is more turbulent than ever for erotic romance author Andrea. He is expecting a baby with his ex-girlfriend, who says she doesn’t want to keep it. How will Andrea’s sons take upcoming life changes? To make things more complicated, her ex goes to great lengths to coax her back, and one of her sons’ girlfriend is a tad too interested in Andrea’s young and very handsome fiancé…

On the writing front, Andrea anxiously awaits news on her latest manuscript submission, and she has to decide whether to accept her publisher’s offer to model in a sexy photo shoot—the same kind she and Yushka did in Cannes—in the hopes of making a new “Cover Photo of the Year”. Considering the erotic poses the previous photographer demanded, can Andrea model with another guy other than Yushka?

Excerpt
We enter a hall so big the tiniest sound echoes. It’s quite humbling. I shrink in my clothes and barely dare to breathe. Dark wood furniture towers over us, with a mix of contradictory smells—orchid-scented sanitizer and old dust—filling the space.
Shoes clamping on a hardwood floor, we follow the tall, silver-haired man into a living room with exquisite furniture, gold-framed mirrors, and classic paintings on the walls. Heavy velvet curtains adorn the windows, and an impressive floor-to-ceiling library on one side has to contain literary curiosities from every part of the world. Marveling, I study each magnificent object.
The man stops and glares across the room, his facial expression clearly one of annoyance. What an oppressive atmosphere.
Yushka stands beside him and stares in the same direction.
I follow their gaze. A young and strikingly beautiful woman is half-seated on a green velvet couch with her legs folded underneath her. Dark doe eyes and pink lips stand out in a pale, oval face. A waterfall of rich, glowing auburn-colored hair contrasts with her white dress. She looks cast in a scene from the Russian classic Doctor Zhivago. Beneath full breasts, a pregnant belly protrudes, far too round and big for her frail frame. Jekaterina?
My chest tightens. The more I look at her, the more her beauty takes my breath away. She’s the woman Yushka was in love with last year. The one he slept with and impregnated.
Her gaze is riveted on him, the recognition and warmth fiery.
I shoot him a glance. His features are tight, as if he’s trying to hide his reaction, but he doesn’t take his gaze off her. This is exactly what I feared. They’ve had feelings for each other. Maybe meeting now will revive them. He has fallen for her once, so why would he not fall for her again?
I feel bad, nauseous, want to get out of here. But she’s carrying the baby girl I’m going to call mine very soon. I need to overcome my unease. Hopefully, once the formalities are done, this is the only time we’ll have to meet.
She tells him a few words in Russian, her voice the cooing of a turtledove.
Yushka replies calmly, but his throat sounds choked. He grabs my hand, palm sweaty, and leads me to a sofa opposite hers. His discomfort is more than clear in his features. He tears his gaze from her and searches me, his expression vibrating with an intensity I seldom see. It hits me—he’s afraid.
I squeeze his hand. “Is everything okay?”
“Yes,” he replies instantly, but his tension is palpable.
My chest tightens to a painful level. What is he so nervous about? From his interaction with Jekaterina, this has nothing to do with the baby. It’s about them, their relationship, and me. Is he afraid he’ll have to choose between us?
Goodness, I’m delirious. I sit very still, take small, shallow breaths, and pray for everything to be all right. Then bolt out of this house after the arrangements are resolved.
Jekaterina addresses me, her dark pupils glimmering. “You’re very beautiful. Are you a model, too?”
I’m as taken aback by her speaking a fluent English as I am by her compliment, and need a few seconds to shake myself. “Um, no, I’m not.”
She raises a brow. “That’s funny. I would’ve sworn you were a model. So how did you two meet?”
“At an author conference.”
Yushka clears his throat. “Andrea writes books, and I’m featured on the cover of her last one.”
“Oh, how exciting.” Her lips curve upward. I can’t decide whether it’s a genuine smile or she’s faking it.
“Yes,” he continues. “That’s why we … uh … were bound to meet. They had organized a Meet-and-Greet for authors and cover models of their books.” Why does he sound like he’s trying to make an excuse?
She flutters her long lashes at me. “What kind of books do you write?”
Before I can answer, her father walks over to a cabinet and picks up a bunch of papers. “All right, enough chit-chat.” His voice booms like thunder.

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About the other books in the series

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The Perfect Shoot (book #1)
When Andrea Johnson, writing as author Cindy Vega, signed up for a Meet & Greet with the cover model of her latest book, she didn’t expect sparks to fly. Yushka is dangerously good-looking and too young for her. But their connection is instantaneous, and during a photo shoot with the two, the photographer picks up on their growing attraction. Seeing the potential for THE cover photo of the century, he decides to push their comfort limits…

Get The Perfect Shoot at http://www.evernightpublishing.com/the-perfect-shoot-by-lea-bronsen/

Mine to Love (book #2)
The writing conference in sunny Cannes was fantastical, a dream. Back at home, reality catches up with author Andrea Johnson and the sexy cover model of her book, Yushka. With tough working schedules, challenging family relations, and seductive temptation from all sides, the couple’s explosive romance is put to the test. Will their love be strong enough to have a future?

Get Mine to Love at http://www.evernightpublishing.com/mine-to-love-by-lea-bronsen/

About Lea Bronsen:

I like my reads hot, fast, and edgy, and strive to give my own stories the same intensity. After venturing into dirty inner-city crime drama with my debut novel Wild Hearted, I divide my writing time between psychological thriller, suspense romance, and erotic dark/contemporary romance.

I love to hear from my readers! Write to leabronsen@yahoo.com or meet me on:
Website / Lea’s Crazy Nights Blog / Facebook profile / Facebook page / Twitter / Amazon

Thank you, Lea, for stopping by Book Reviews by janisf and leisha.  It was great to have you here to share your Hot Model Mine series with us.

As Always, Keep Writing/Keep Reading ~ janisf

After the Fire (One Pass Away Book 3) by Mary J. Williams

After the Fire is a Contemporary Sports Romance with a sexy quarterback, a girl from the past and decisions that changed their lives.

It’s the third book in Mary’s One Pass Away series but all books can be read as a standalone. Recommended for readers over 18 years old.

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My Four Star review:

After the Fire is the first book I’ve read by Mary J Williams and I’m looking forward to reading the other novels in this series.

Gaige Benson stole my heart in the very first chapter.  At the age of 13 he found a football and taught himself how to throw it. Kids from Brooklyn didn’t dream of big and better but things changed for Gaige after he sent a football sailing into a strangers hands.  From that day forward football meant everything to Gaige.  He played in high school, got a full football scholarship to Yale and was the first pick in the NFL draft.  Things were right on track for this talented, smart, good looking young man.

Violet Reed has dreams of her own and the big one is becoming a doctor.  A chance meeting sends the ball sailing in this very well written story.  It’s full of emotion, laughs, friendship, football and of course love.

If you enjoy a nice “second chance love” kind of story, then definitely pick up this book.

 

More About After the Fire:

“In his lifetime, Gaige Benson has dreamed of only two things. Playing football and Violet Reed.
WELCOME TO THE NFL
The Seattle Knights have the hottest players in the game. On and off the field.
Second Chances. First Love.
Gaige Benson is the NFL’s golden boy. He’s done it all. Won every award. Except that elusive Super Bowl ring. This year he is hanging up his cleats and he plans on going out a winner.
Even a golden boy has secrets. Will Gaige’s past be the one thing that derails his future?
Violet Reed almost lost it all. Her sight, her dreams of becoming a doctor, and the only man she ever loved. A miracle saved the first two. Sixteen years later she is getting her second chance at love.
Secrets kept them apart. Will the truth separate them forever?”

Find Mary Here: Facebook, Internet, Goodreads, TwitterAmazon.

One Pass Away:  After the Rain (Book 1), After all these Years (Book 2), After the Fire (Book 3).

I received a copy of this novel directly from NetGalley.

As Always, Keep Writing/Keep Reading ~ janisf

Double Down (Ozark Magic #1) by N. J. Young

Double Down by N.J. Young is a Contemporary Romance Ménage with a Mystery and Suspense story that will keep you turning the pages.

It is recommended for adult readers and can be read as a standalone novel.

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My Four Star Review:

Double Down is a very hot and sexy erotica ménage with a really wonderful suspense story thrown in. I absolutely adored Izzy and the brothers Graham and Chris. I will admit, there were several times I wanted to smack Graham in the head for being an idiot but I did love the idiot.

The mystery was action packed with an ending that revealed some interesting stuff. Overall, it was a well written, fasted paced story, with characters that kept me turning the pages.

This is the first book I’ve read by NJ but it will not be the last.  I would highly recommend Double Down and look forward to reading more from this author.

Book 2 – Fierce Temper – Tess and Milo’s story is available now.

More about Double Down:

“Izzy Craig might live in a town called Magic, but her life is anything but. After nursing her beloved grandfather, he has passed away, leaving her to manage a busy lake resort and an unrequited crush on the town’s sheriff, Graham Nolan. Things start to look up when Graham’s estranged brother Chris comes to town. If she can’t have one handsome Nolan man, maybe his twin will do.

Graham’s feelings for Izzy have always been complicated . . . and intense. When he realizes that his brother has encroached on his territory, he’s not sure if he can deal. They’ve tried sharing a woman before, and that ended in heartache for everyone. But when Izzy’s sketchy uncle enters the picture, Graham’s cop senses go on high alert. He may very well have to trust his brother, Izzy, and himself, if he wants to keep the woman he loves safe.”

Find N. J. Young here: Facebook, Evernight PublishingInternet, Goodreads, Amazon.

I received a copy of this book directly for the publisher.

As Always, Keep Writing/Keep Reading ~ janisf

Into the Nothing (Broken Outlaw Series Book 1) by BT Urruela

Into the Nothing is the first solo novel by BT Urruela and is a Contemporary Romance with some Military and Mystery/Suspense thrown in.  This book has it all: wonderful writing, a sexy leading man, a strong and independent leading woman, romance, a loving family, a little mystery, amazing military men and a loving dog!!

It is intended for readers 18 years and older.

Thank you, BT Urruela, for your military service.

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My Five Star Review:

So a friend of mine asks me if I’ve read BT Urreula‘s book.  My first reaction was, “you mean the really good looking military man, with the great body, excellent tattoos, and keeps popping up all over social media?”  Yes that’s the guy.  To be honest, I’m not really sure what I was expecting when I picked up Into the Nothingbut I was pleasantly surprised at how much I truly enjoyed it.  To me, it was obvious it was written by a man (because let’s be honest, they speak completely different than woman do) but it was refreshing and exiting at the same time.

From the moment I met Xander, I absolutely loved him.  He is your typical alpha male but he also has this softer caring side that was wonderful to read.  He’s been traveling for nine years working his way someplace so he can find closure on his past.  Along the way he runs into Paige Watson and her family.  Paige is a feisty woman who I immediately thought was perfect for Xander.  They did quite a bit of “dancing” with a great deal of sexual tension going on between these two characters and since this is a romance you can imagine where the “dancing” finally leads.   Paige’s written voice was very similar to Xander’s with the use of strong language and some male jargon but to me I thought it fit this woman’s personality. Paige goes through a really rough patch towards the end of this book and my heart was breaking for her but I was very happy with how the book progressed.  (And that’s the only spoiler you’re going to get from me.)

BT takes you on several twists and turns throughout the book and you meet some great secondary characters that I’m hoping pop up in the second book.  To me this book did not leave me with a cliffhanger feeling.  The initial story ends but it’s obvious BT has more story to tell.  I’m looking forward to reading the second book in his Broken Outlaw Series.

About Into the Nothing

“Xander Evans has been on the road for many years. Never settling. Always moving from one place to another, unable to let go of his past. He lived a tragic childhood, spending most of those years in foster care. He’s never felt like he’s had a home. That is until he stops in the small town of Truman Valley, Missouri, where he meets a woman who will change everything he’s ever known.

Paige Watson has it all. A loving family, beautiful home, and a great career. The only thing she’s missing….is love. After escaping an abusive relationship, she opens her heart up to a stranger. He is unlike any man she’s ever met. He came into her life and turned it completely upside down. Everything is perfect. That is, until one fateful night.

A night that would tear the Watson family apart, never to be put back together again.

A night that would send Xander away to prison for life.”

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Want to know more about BT Urruela?  Click here: http://www.bturruela.com/about/

You can also find him here:  FacebookTwitterAmazonGoodreads

Pick up your copy of Into the Nothing on Amazon.

You can find other male romance writers over on Facebook in the Romance & Erotica Author Fraternity group page.  It currently has 8 male authors who love to interact with their fans.  It is a hilarious group, so plan to laugh a lot, and it’s also one of my favorites.

Check out BT’s first book co-written with K.L. Grayson – A Lover’s Lament

BT is also the Brand Ambassador and & Co-Founder of VetSports. Find out more here: http://www.vetsports.org/

As Always, Keep Writing/Keep Reading ~ janisf

 

shelter Me (A Shelter Novel-Book 1) by Stephanie Tyler

shelter Me is the first book in a new Trilogy by the amazing Stephanie Tyler.  It’s a contemporary romance suspense/mystery and filled with secrets, well defined characters and of course romance.   shelter Me grabbed me right from the very first page, it sucked me in and never let me go!  I am in desperate need of the second book, pieces of Me!!

Recommended for readers 18 years and older.  Shelter Me is available July 25, 2016.

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My FIVE Star Review:

Cathryn “Ryn” Taylor is an up and coming artist who has no memory of the first 17 years of her life.  As with many artists, she gets lost in her painting for hours at a time and that’s just how she likes it.  She’s a strong female who can defend herself but she’s still considered the “crazy artist.” Her best friend, Brayden, owner of his own art gallery and who has been selling Ryn’s paintings for a few years, wants her to come to NYC for her very own showing.  Brayden is her family and he goes out of his way to keep her protected.

Lucas Caine is a complete mystery.  He’s gorgeous, danger vibrates off him in waves, violence surely follows him, he has alpha male written all over his body and facial features but Ryn can’t seem to get him out of her system.  It turns out, Lucas can get Ryn out of his system either.  The chemistry between these two characters is off the charts hot!

As with any of Stephanie’s novels, the writing is amazing.  She paints such a clear picture of what’s happening and weaves a story together so well that I couldn’t help but get pulled right in.  Her characters are very well developed and keep you guessing throughout the book.  Secondary characters play a very big role in this book and that’s something I truly love in a novel.

Shelter Me is the first in a trilogy and the ending left me wanting the next book immediately.  I wouldn’t say it was a “cliff hanger” ending because the story unfolds with each chapter but it definitely leaves you wanting more of this intriguing story.  I will say that it’s obvious to me that you must read this book before any others in the series.

I absolutely love Stephanie’s story telling style and I would highly recommend all of her books.

More about shelter Me:

“There are ghosts in my past—ghosts I can’t recognize.

My painting heals me, but Lucas Caine has made me come alive. My past could take both those things away forever. What started out as an undeniable need to create was quickly turning into danger as my longing for memories fed the rough canvases I filled.

Falling for Lucas will force me to revisit my lost memories—and possibly lose myself, my art, and him in the process.

And now he has me skating the thin edge between desire and fear as I use a past I don’t remember to leverage a future I’m not sure I want.”

Excerpt:

“I’m prickly with sensation as goose bumps rise on my skin.  Blood rushes, pounding a beat between my ears until it’s all I hear.  The scene in front of me plays out, wordless.  Soundless. Silent slow motion.

And there’s nothing but a palpable danger vibrating through me.  My skin crawls, throat tightens.  I’ve backed up to the bricks which scrape along my jacket, almost catching me to the surface.

It’s like I’m watching something with another layer over it, an overexposed negative of one thing superimposed over another.

In front of me, Lucas is fighting three men.

But in my overexposed memory, I’m fighting someone – something else, even though Lucas isn’t letting any of these men near me.

A sob racks through me but I stifle it.  I need to be strong.

Activity resumes at its normal volume.  The gauzy curtain lifts to reveal real life and I see and hear the fight happening inches form me.  The sounds of bodies scraping against concrete and fists making contact with flesh and bone overwhelm my already fragile senses.

I look down and realize that, at some point, I’ve pulled the knife out of my bag to protect myself in case they come near me, but Lucas was fighting like he could take all of them.

And he could. Because he did.”

Want to read more?

Head over to Stephanie’s website to read Chapter 1.  http://stephanietyler.info/books/shelter-me/

Reading Order: 

shelter Me – Book 1 – Amazon Link – releases July 25, 2016

pieces of Me – Book 2 – Releases November 2016

Book 3 – Releases January 2017

Find Stephanie Tyler HereFacebook, Internet, Goodreads, Twitter, Instagram.

As always, Keep Writing/Keep Reading ~janisf

Heart Strike (Delta Force Book 2) by M. L. Buchman

Heart Strike by M. L. Buchman is an action packed, military suspense romance with an explosive ending and lead characters you can’t help but fall in love with.  This is book 2 in the Delta Force series and you can absolutely read it as a stand alone, which is what I did, but I do plan to pick up book 1 – Target Engaged.

Heart Strike Releases August 2, 2016

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My Five Star Review:

This book has it all, strong Delta women in leading roles, strong Delta men trying to keep up with them,  a mission, action packed gun fights, explosions, team conflict and let’s not forget the hot and steamy falling in love part.

M. L.’s writing is amazing.  He puts so much detail into his stories that I always have a clear picture of the action and the scene before me.  It is fast paced, the writing is easy to follow and it always leaves you wanting more of his stories!

I immediately loved Melissa “The Cat” Moore. She has a tough mission coming onto an established team and trying to determine how she fits in.  This is also the team with the first female Delta Operator, Carla Anderson.   I loved how the woman hit it off right away but I think that had a great deal to do with Carla.  (Who was featured in the first book Target Engaged and who I need to read more about.)

Now Richie Goldman, the smartest soldier in the world (in my opinion), Mr. Geek who basically has a head full of knowledge and is also a major warrior, completely stole a place in my heart.  I absolutely enjoyed this character and watching him fall in love with Melissa.  His scenes are so much fun to read and I love the way his mind works. The Unit is extremely lucky to have him on their team.

As you can probable figure  out, I enjoyed this story and I highly recommend it.  Grab it, take it to the beach this summer, you will not be disappointed.

More about Heart Strike:

DELTA FORCE: The deadliest elite counter-terrorism unit on the planet
• A precision strike force
• The most out-of-the-box thinkers in any military
• Will die to get the mission done

SERGEANT RICHIE “Q” GOLDMAN: The smartest soldier on any team
SERGEANT MELISSA “THE CAT” MOORE: Newest on the team, determined to be the best

Rescued from an icy mountaintop by a Delta operative, Melissa Moore has never met a challenge she can’t conquer. Not only she will make Delta Force, she will be the best female warrior in The Unit, and woe to anyone who says otherwise. Technical wizard Richie Goldman is Bond’s “Q” turned warrior. A genius about everything except women, he takes point on the team’s most dangerous mission yet. When the Delta Force team goes undercover in the depths of the Colombian jungle, surviving attacks from every side requires that Richie and Melissa strike right at the heart of the matter…and come out with their own hearts intact.

Find M.L. Buchman here:  Internet, Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter.

Reading order and Links to Amazon: 

Target Engaged – Delta Force book 1 – https://amzn.com/B011SPAJ74

Heart Strike – Delta Force book 2 – https://amzn.com/B01G5UCXM6

 

As always, Keep Writing/Keep Reading ~janisf