Unholy Alliance by Kathleen Roland

UnholyAlliancebyKathleenRowland200A decade ago, Tori Rourke, and her cousin, Vivienne, ran from the Irish mob after witnessing a brutal murder. Tori was framed by the mob, and while she served time in prison, she worried that the killer, Seamus McGinn, had kidnapped her missing cousin.

Attorney Grady D. Fletcher, defender of the wrongly condemned, appeals Tori’s case and wins her release. Now, going by Victoria Morningstar, she runs a food truck from a seedy waterfront neighborhood, hoping to find her cousin’s kidnapper.

When Grady agrees to defend a new client, Samuel Peterson, who’s been accused of beating to death the wife of a noted professor, the evidence mounts. The professor is missing, as well as his laptop that contains data dangerous to national security.

And Seamus McGinn is back, and rumors of a massive annihilation is about to begin. As they race to assist the FBI, the bonds between Grady and Tori are about to be tested. It becomes clear Grady and Tori are falling fast for each other, but what to do about it is a different story. He’s a divorced dad who wants more time with his kid. She brings danger to his front door.

Grady has questions of his own; Is Vivienne at the center of the mob’s operation? How much will it cost Tori before she learns the truth? All Grady knows is the biggest danger is the one standing right behind you.

Review from Cathy Geha, Goodreads:

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Mar 20, 2017 Cathy Geha rated it really liked it
Unholy Alliance by Kathleen Rowland
Donahue Cousins #2

Can you imagine how you would feel after you had spent ten years in a maximum security prison for a brutal murder you had not committed? Can you imagine how you would feel about the lawyer that appealed your case and won? Can you imagine how you would feel about the person or persons who put you in prison for ten years? AND can you imagine how you would feel if one of your cousins, with you when the murder took place, disappeared?

Victoria Morningstar, once Tori Rourke – Irish mob princess, has three goals when she gets out of prison: find out what happened to her cousin Vivienne, set up her food truck and bring Seamus McGinn to justice. In her pursuit of these goals she has her past knowledge, a degree she picked up in prison and the support of her appeals attorney and his staff.

Attorney Grady Donahue Fletcher is a man driven to appeal wrong court decisions and he is good at it. He is also the divorced father of a seven year old and love-phobic. He also wants to find and put Seamus McGinn in prison.

With overlapping goals Grady and Victoria begin to work together and in so doing have some madcap, scary and other adventures. Add in a bloodhound, Halloween costumes, the FBI and both good and bad cops and you have another sometimes steamy, action-packed, fast-paced adventure in the Donahue Cousins Series.

I am looking forward to finding out who will have their story told next. Will it be Danker Donahue or someone else AND I also wonder what will happen to Vivienne.

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The Startup Affair by Sandra Smith

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“A slow-burn, that takes a while to catch fire, but when it does you won’t be able to put it down. A clever mix of infidelity, blackmail and startup culture commentary. Not your typical romantic suspense, but a reworking of a genre that will certainly benefit from a fresh voice on the scene. Sandra Smith is an original.” – Good Books Today

When unhappily married thirty-something, Cassie Jones, lands a new job as a marketing manager for an advertising-technology startup, she finally feels she may have a purpose in life beyond looking after her young son, and volatile, ex-Navy husband. But as soon as she meets the company’s enigmatic cofounder and chief engineer, Adam Crossley, Cassie feels powerfully drawn to him, despite the fact he is also married with children.

Cassie is old and wise enough to know that embarking on an affair, with anyone, let alone the cofounder of her new company is a bad idea. But as time goes on, the pair can’t control their feelings for one another, and they fall headlong into an illicit relationship, bringing about potentially devastating repercussions for everyone involved.

Things come to head when a researcher for News Group, a media conglomerate, catches wind of the affair after an illegal sting operation, and embarks on a malicious blackmail attempt. The lovers soon realise they have more at stake than just their marriages, as they become pawns caught in the crossfire of a hostile takeover bid from the company’s largest competitor.

Cassie is determined not to let anyone jeopardise the company’s destiny, after seeing how much of Adam’s blood, sweat and tears have been poured into building its technology, over the last four years. Adam is determined to protect his newfound love at all costs.

Will a drastic plan of action be enough to untangle the lovers from the toxic web of blackmail, intrigue, and cold-blooded murder?

Will they pull off an elaborate coup, in order to keep the company – and their relationship – alive?

Or will they end up in prison for the rest of their lives, sorry that they had ever met each other?

Read the jaw-dropping debut from new voice in the romantic suspense genre, Sandra Smith, to find out what fate has in store for Cassie and Adam.

Inspired by authors Paula Hawkins, Harriet Lane, and Gillian Flynn.

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Sandra Smith is a professional writer based in south west England. Prior to writing full time, she worked as a marketing executive for a number of technology and publishing companies in the UK and US. In addition to fiction, Sandra has released a series of cooking and lifestyle books and is a regular blogger on social media.

Sandra’s favourite fiction sub-genres to write for are romantic, technological and psychological thrillers, as well as non-fiction covering marketing, business, cooking and healthy lifestyle.

Sandra holds a degree in history from King’s College London and a certificate in psychology from UC Berkeley extension. She lives with her husband and son.

First Life by Stella Bonanno

BickhamCover.jpg“I only hope as dangerous as he is, his danger will be the very thing that saves me. But, it could also be the very thing that destroys me.”

19 year old Katarina Levy has only ever wanted to live a normal life away from the dangers and confinements of her deranged father, a Russian crime boss.

Lost in a haze of confusion, Kat awakens in the dead of night abandoned miles from home, deep in the forest. She is left wondering if this could be the bitter ending of her life or the sweet redemption she’s been longing for?

Until she finds solace in two brothers.

Brothers, Michael and Chris Cage, experienced an upbringing full of betrayal – torment no children should ever endure. All grown up, the brothers now strive to live a semi-normal life, all the while secluded from society deep in the woods of Abbotsford, British Columbia.

But when the past catches up to the present, decisions are forced to be made, directly effecting their relationships.

“Not truly believing he would hurt me—until, he did and I proved myself wrong. I only became vulnerable to his brutality.”

A review that is taken straight from Goodreads is:

Nov 24, 2015Ia Fai rated it really liked it
First life is a good story..a movie kinda..as the author claims full of suspense romance and thriller,
you will know that as you read and tend to finish in one sitting or two at max !
Edwina Tony rated it it was amazing
I am fond of reading suspense stories and this book of Stella Bonanno is a sure hit and i really enjoy the plot as
it is a nerve racking suspense story of a young girl who find a new life in a new secluded world with 2 strange men.
A best novel you would dare skipping a moment when you have started it..Highly recommended..
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Warrior Spirit by Jean Carroll

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SERIES: BOOK 1- THE KING OF IRELAND

Irishman Blackie O’Brien led a sinful and self-destructive life of women, alcohol and drugs. He was the best, champion steeplechase jockey in the history of the sport until a near-fatal racing accident ended his career.

But this was no” accident”- his ruthless ex-agent, Mickey Reegan, orchestrated the whole thing. It seems that the luck o’the Irish has deserted Blackie once and for all.

And Blackie is no ordinary Irishman. His lusty young man is the direct descendent of Brian Boru, the most influential High King of Ireland. If Ireland still had a king, Blackie would be it.

Now, Blackie is a man without a career and without a kingdom.
Warrior Spirit chronicles Blackie’s journey from the green hills of Ireland to the privileged horse country of Milddleburg, Virginia. As Blackie begins to despair over his future, in enters beautiful, young Meg who brings her horses to Blackie’s family farm where he’s been recuperating from the accident.

Their sexual chemistry is immediate.

But Blackie’s family has other plans for him. They believe he’s driven by the spirit of an ancient Irish warrior and demand he find a place in Ireland’s political leadership.

From fighting off alcoholic temptations, thwarting an attempted rape of Meg and stopping thugs trying to take his life, Blackie leaps over one hurdle after another. Will Blackie ultimately find the future he’s meant to have with the love of a good woman? Does Blackie get a second chance to turn his life around?
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Biography
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I started writing The King of Ireland series in 2008 when I had my second knee replaced. I was immobilized with ice on my knee for hours during the day and was, of course, bored to tears.
The “King’ story was something I had played with in my head for maybe twenty-five years.
Watching one more TV show, I decided to write it down. I wrote long-hand and quickly filled many yellow legal pads and kept on going. Luckily my sister-in-law was a very good typist, so I enlisted her help.
I made a lot of mistakes at first and along the way learned a great deal about the craft of writing and I’m still learning. I got a mountain of advice and help from agents, editors, contest judges, critique groups and friends. I found quickly that their was something called “word count” and it was frowned upon to have too much of it. So I had to pare my 300K word novel down to where somebody might look at it. Hence I now have a three book, one prequel novella series and might add more if my readers get invested in my characters.
I love my characters by the way and feel very close to them. I got highly insulted when a family member said Blackie just wasn’t her cup of tea!
I have a passion for horses just like my characters and have since I was a little girl and saw my first horse. Our property backed up to the Garrison Forest School for Girls in Maryland and they rode their horses through our woods.
I started riding when I was about eight years old and rode consistently until in my thirties and was lucky enough to have my own horse and pony for ten years. I did a lot of showing and did mostly jumping. Later I discovered dressage and became fascinated with it just like the main characters in my book.
I retired in 2010 and briefly before that I started riding again and it was glorious to on a horse once more. I’m retired from Johns Hopkins University where I worked for 27 years as an Electron Microscopist. I still work there part-time. The best thing is now I get to write full time and feel very blessed to be able to do so.