Date Published: February 2, 2015
Finbar Donahue, former Army Ranger, walked on the wild side in Iraq, but now he lives in the shadows. After his evasive partner, Les, was shot in a random drive-by, Finn discovers cash is siphoned monthly. He fights to keep his investment company afloat. When the late partner’s girlfriend, Amy Kintyre, applies for his bookkeeping job, Finn suspects she knows about his company drain and hires her.
Amy needs a nine-to-five with free evenings and weekends to get her fashion design business back on track. She unearths Les’ s secret bank account and alerts Finn. Freezing of the money laundering account sets off havoc within an Irish gang. Amy witnesses a gang fight between a brutal ISIS fundraising organization and the Irish. Desperate to escape a stalker’s crosshairs, she seeks refuge with Finn. As danger heats up, sparks fly hotter.
Les is alive. After cheating the Irish mob, he became their target. Mistaken identity took the life of his disabled twin brother. Now Les makes another deal—trading Amy and stolen drugs for their forgiveness. Stakes are high as Finn tracks assassins across the San Bernardino Mountains. If he gets her back, can he trust her?
Something unexpected and very sinister is going on, as rival gangs and terrorist groups fight for power, with Finn and Amy right in the middle of it.
The suspense is high, constant, and intense in the story, as the events start to unfold. The crimes are very much today's headlines, with terrorist groups, sex slaves, faked death, betrayals, and more.
Everything that is happening, seems to be somehow involved Amy and Finn, if in not another way, then as an eye witness. They both have a delightfully sarcastic tone, and skeptical outlook, as they run from one incident to the other, while trying to solve the mystery of someone stealing money from Finn's company. But like saying, it all seems to be connected.
The attraction between Finn and Amy is distinct, from the lust filled thoughts with the passionate action, as they fulfill their desires. What starts as a one night stand, develop into more, and feelings start to muddy it all up.
The dialog is, especially at the beginning of the book, in need of some finesse, it's at times missing the natural flow of the conversation, and feels stony.
The plot is intriguing, and filled with the unexpected. The suspense is energetic, and endless. The lust filled attraction gets credible, as more feelings are in the picture, and Finn and Amy find themselves falling for each other.
Interesting, very much up to date, suspense
~ Three Spoons
Book Buyers Best finalist Kathleen Rowland is devoted to giving her readers fast-paced, high-stakes suspense with a sizzling love story sure to melt their hearts. Kathleen used to write computer programs but now writes novels. She grew up in Iowa where she caught lightning bugs, ran barefoot, and raced her sailboat on Lake Okoboji. Now she wears flip-flops and sails with her husband, Gerry, on Newport Harbor but wishes there were lightning bugs in California.Kathleen exists happily with her witty CPA husband, Gerry, in their 70’s poolside retreat in Southern California where she adores time spent with visiting grandchildren, dogs, one bunny, and noisy neighbors. While proud of their five children who’ve flown the coop, she appreciates the luxury of time to write while listening to demanding character voices in her head.
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