Friday, March 7, 2014

Double Barrel Book Blast/Giveaway–Hearts Under Siege and Risking It All For Her Boss



Published February 24th 2014 by Entangled: Ignite
Brady Fitzpatrick has spent a decade burying the pain of a broken heart while working for SIEGE, an information-gathering spy agency. That it kept him away from his family as well as his best friend Molly has been an unfortunate side effect. But when his brother, also an agent, is killed during a foreign op, Brady is drawn into a web of intrigue that threatens the lives of everyone he loves…

Molly Byrnes has loved Brady forever. As his best friend and a de facto member of the Fitzpatrick family, she holds them together in their crushing grief. But as a member SIEGE’s ground team, she doesn't buy the official line about Brady’s brother’s “accidental” death and launches her own investigation—only to uncover a shocking secret that she and Brady must get to the bottom of before their target finds them.

Tangled emotions land them in bed together, opening Brady’s eyes to the incredible, fearless woman who’s been there for him all his life. But after a lifetime of disappointment, how can Molly trust the possibility of a future with him…or if they can count on any future at all?

Will the truth bring them together?

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This book was an absolute dream! Due to bizarre circumstances, this review came as something of a surprise to me and I really wasn't looking forward to having to cram like a college freshman. Well dip me in butter and call me a crab leg! This turned into one heck of a romantic suspense roller coaster. I knew this was going to be something special from the first paragraph, my bookdar was going crazy. (and just FYI, my bookdar is RARELY wrong) Every element of this many layered book worked like a charm. There is just a plethora of elements at work in this story. There are family dynamics. This to my mind was the main theme. There is the friend to lovers trope. This is probably one of my favorite elements of any book. There is the fact that the hero, Brady, while a very laudable character, is a bit of a doofus. (too me anyway, but in a very sexy, edible way) There is a very involved plot line that stirs all the other elements, of course there is a heavy thread of very intense romance, and my favorite spice Molly. Molly kicks MAJOR butt, and is by far the strongest character is the book.

Molly and Brady's story spanned decades and is a testament to the superiority of the female gender. It was hot and spicy, but reminded my of one of those chipotle designer chocolate truffles, there may be a lot of heat, but there is still a sweet baseline. Natalie Damschroder ate her literary Wheaties when she devised this series and I can NOT wait for the second Fitzpatrick novel. If there was one little glitch in this delicious concoction of romance and adventure, it was Jessica. She was a weenie, and I really, really need bad things to happen to her. She is the fly in the Fitzpatrick family ointment, and was treated for more kindly than I would have liked. Was her presence enough to mar my perfect rating? Oh, hell no!! This book was spectacular, and you can bet money that I will definitely be enjoying this book at a more leisurely pace in the future. Unless something horrendous happens, this is going to be one of my "go to" series. Brava.

**Now only 99 cents at select retailers**
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Published February 24th 2014 by Entangled: Ignite
When High Risk Securities (HRS) agent, Eva Torres, botches an undercover job by failing to rescue both of the kidnap victims she was sent to retrieve, Quinn Blackwood—her former lover and the man who broke her heart—pulls her and one of the victims out of harm’s way. As a penalty for her sins, she’s offered the dull job of escorting a former bio-chemical warfare scientist to Washington D.C. to reunite with his daughter. Much to her displeasure, the job of monitoring her assignment is given to Quinn.

Quinn isn’t thrilled with the situation either. He taught Eva everything he knew about secrets, sex, and lies—but the biggest lie of all was the one he’d told himself: that his missions for HRS were more important than anything, including his relationship with Eva. Because now that they’re working together again, the urge to put his hands on her, to feel her beneath him, is killing him.

Things only get worse when their current operation goes wrong, and the scientist they’re guarding is kidnapped mid-air. Now, Eva and Quinn have to work together to find him before he is forced to create a monstrous weapon that could destroy entire cities. A hard task made more difficult when they find themselves fighting both the enemy and their building desire for each other. Can they work together for the sake of the mission without reigniting the passion between them—or will passion be the salvation of them all?

Big Risk. Big Reward. No Regrets.

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This was another wonderful romantic suspense in which the heroine takes the top honor awards. Eva has had a very traumatic life, surviving the streets of Bogata as an orphan. She has the perfect skill set for a field agent. Unfortunately her boss, an ex-lover Quinn, doesn't see it. I had a harder time getting to know Quinn and would have really liked more of a background on his character. He did have one absolutely delicious scene on the dance floor of a gay night club that I will probably reread a dozen times. This is a very, very fast paced and action filled romance that is heavy, heavy on the suspense. I was totally got off guard several times. (tough to do, congrats Sharron)

Eva won my heart because of her toughness, but also because of her loyalty. People mean something to her and rules, regs or stubborn bosses aren't really a concern when she has given her word. Yaaaay, girl power!! She also can lay the smackdown on some bad guys (and stubborn bosses). There is the best scene that takes place in a boxing ring. Sexxxxay squared! This is the start of a series based on the private agency High Risk Securities (HRS) and there is a very tiny red head that I am hoping gets her story soon. She really grabbed my attention. (sigh, no spoilers though) I really hated that I had to speed through this book and will definitely read this again before I read the next Hero for Hire book. That I will do so is a given. Well done, Ms. McClellan, well done.

**Now only 99 cents at select retailers**
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Natalie J. Damschroder is an award-winning author of contemporary and paranormal romance, with an emphasis on romantic adventure. Her 11 novels, 7 novellas, and 15 short stories have been published by Avid Press, Echelon Press, and Amber Quill Press. She currently publishes romantic adventure with Carina Press and urban fantasy romance with Entangled Publishing. Her paranormal romance series, The Soul Series, is self-published.

Natalie grew up in Massachusetts, and loves the New England Patriots more than anything. (Except her family. And writing and reading. And popcorn.) When she’s not writing, she does freelance editing and works part time as a chiropractic assistant. She and her husband have two daughters they’ve dubbed “the anti-teenagers,” one of whom is also a novelist. (The other one prefers math. Smart kid. Practical.)


I always planned to be a writer of some sort. However, when I went to college, I took journalism and creative writing and sadly, the teacher’s sucked the love of writing out of me. So I turned to my next love–science. At first, I wanted to be a marine biologist, but there was the whole shark issue. Frankly, they freak me out.

Instead, I discovered the joys of playing in the dirt-a profession more commonly known as archaeology. For years, I focused on excavating ancient sites that included projectile points, burn pits and the occasional burial.

My focus returned to writing when I took a position during the archaeological off-season and ended up answering phones for Princess cruise line AKA The Love Boat. Which, when you consider I write romance, is somewhat ironic. It was during that time that I took to reading romance. It wasn’t long before I fell in love with the genre and returned to my first love-writing.

Five years later, I sold to Silhouette.Five years after that, I landed at Entangled Publishing–


Today, I live in San Diego, also known as the City of Perfect Weather. I have an awesome husband who supports my passion for the written word in every way possible. We both love to travel so don’t be surprised to find locales I’ve visited appearing in my books and pictures popping up on the website. It’s a big world—both in my head and out there!



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Natalie and Sharron are teaming up to give away a Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Cover and $25 Amazon Gift Card!

                                           A Rafflecopter Giveaway                            

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Anna (herding cats-burning soup) said...

Ooo what nibble-able covers! They sound great too! I'm gonna have to grab both of them I think. lol My poor tbr pile!

Tore923 said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway. My book pile is so big lol.

Unknown said...

Great covers!! Definitely going on my TBR list. Thanks.

Unknown said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

pippirose said...

The covers are fabulous. Sizzling! :o)