Double Review: Run From Fear (Trilogy #3) and Deadly Dance (A-Tac #5) and GIVEAWAY

Available: NOW Amazon/B&N

Type: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Forever

My Copy: Sent

With each step she takes, he tracks her every move, waiting for the perfect time. The perfect revenge. Until then, he’ll watch her . . .

RUN FROM FEAR

More than anything, Talia Vega wanted to leave behind her harrowing past. Moving eight hundred miles away, she succeeded . . . until the one man who knows her darkest secrets wanders into the restaurant where she works. Now the agonizing memories come crashing back-along with an undeniable desire for Jack Brooks, the ex-Green Beret who rescued her from a sadistic monster two years ago.

Jack Brooks knows that showing up unannounced is a purely selfish move. Talia doesn’t need his protection anymore, but he can’t get the raven-haired beauty out of his mind. And when a twisted madman is hell-bent on resurrecting her torturous past, Jack vows to do anything to keep her safe-even risk his own life to save the only woman he’s ever loved.

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She is supposed to be safe. Talia has worked so hard to start a new life for her and her sister. She is managing a bar now, she’s not the same person that was beaten and drugged and basically left for dead in some basement two years ago. She’s different. With the reappearance of her hero, Jack, she knows none of that other stuff is true. Talia is struggling. Struggling to make herself whole again. With strange occurrences happening all too frequently, Jack vows to once again to save her. To save the one woman who even after two years he can’t get out of his head. Talia knows she should trust him…and she can…with everything but her heart.

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Jami Alden is quickly climbing my “top authors”  ladder with this amazing romantic suspense!  Run From Fear is exactly what I look for in a romantic suspense book. The villain is sadistic and creepy, the romance is hot and heavy and dull moments are non-existent! Triple perfection!

I will be honest and say that I fell in love with this book as soon as Jack walked onto the page. Hooooooo boy, Nikki was in lust love at first sight! He is big….he is an ex soldier with a cracked heart and he is way protective. Love…..love….LOVE! I could understand where Talia was coming from though. After being held prisoner and tortured like she was it’s hard to stand back and let someone take over certain aspects of your life. She wanted all the control. Justifiably so from her perspective at least. Jack keeping tabs on her over the two years since he carried her bloody body out of that hell hole wasn’t something Talia could handle. She was used to people only doing things if they wanted something in return. Everything had strings attached. Everyone wanted something. She just couldn’t understand why Jack wanted to help her but didn’t want to use her. She spends a great deal of the book telling herself that jack wouldn’t use her but then thinking that exact thing. Tali was definitely not what I would classify as fragile physically. That girl had honed her body in an attempt to quiet her soul. She figured if she took responsibility for her body then she could fight back if she was ever faced with an attacker again. Talia should have known that what landed her in a dungeon was her love for her sister and if ever faced with that again she’d do the same thing over again. Talia loves fiercely and is selfless when those she loves are threatened. Jack and Talia together just worked. He forced her to see that all men weren’t like her ex and those who exploited her. He taught her that she could feel again and give herself freely again without expecting the worst in return.

I enjoyed the multiple villains in Run From Fear. It’s apparent early on that we aren’t dealing with just one person after Talia, though the poor characters don’t know that. It made the book much more suspenseful to know something everyone else didn’t. I thought the copy-cat killer was sadistic and just kinda sad at the same time. The guy grew up with a mother telling him how worthless he was so there is no surprise that he snapped like he did. I liked her Alden had him progress throughout the story. So often a reader doesn’t get to see that progression and instead they are just told how he started. It was nice to be shown that for once.

Run From Fear is an excellent romantic suspense that should fit right in with lovers of that genre! Wonderfully written with great character building and filled with suspense, I can fully recommend this one as well as the past two books in the series, Beg For Mercy and Hide From Evil!

I give Run From Fear by Jami Alden 4 stars! 

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Available: April 1, 2012 Amazon/B&N

Type: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Grand Central

My Copy: Sent

“As the intelligence officer for””A-Tac, a black-ops CIA unit masquerading as Ivy League faculty, Hannah Marshall is used to working behind the scenes. But when a brutal murder hits too close to home, Hannah finds herself in the middle of the action, falling in love while racing to outwit a sadistic mastermind. ” 
A KILLER CLOSES IN
After the death of her A-Tac partner, Hannah doubts everything she thought she knew about love and loyalty. When handsome Harrison Blake joins the team, she’s reluctant to trust him – or to act on her intense attraction to him. Then Hannah receives a podcast of a gruesome murder, and the only person who can help her find the killer is Harrison. 
Harrison has spent years trying to hunt down the cunning monster who killed his sister. Now investigating with Hannah, he faces a shocking possibility – his sister’s murderer has resurfaced. As the danger escalates, Hannah and Harrison grow closer, the desire simmering between them ignites. And when Hannah disappears, Harrison has only one chance to save the woman he loves.

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 The Cyber Killer has returned. Or so it seems. Harrison is sure that the recent disappearances of college students has to be related to the same killer that took his sister from him years before. Now working undercover with the A-TAC team he can’t be sure if the killer has found him out or if this rash of killings right under his nose is a coincidence.  His partner, Hannah can’t be sur either but working with Harrison so closely has really started to change her perception of him. No longer is he just the newest member of their tight knit team who works with computers. Suddenly he is larger than life. More. When Hannah becomes the killers next target can Harrison finally put his sister and his guilt to rest and step up for the woman he has slowly become to love?

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Dee Davis is a semi new to me author. I had previously read her novella in this series, Daring, but hadn’t read anything full length by her. When the opportunity to read this one was presented to me I jumped on it since I enjoyed the novella I figured I would give a full length a try. I enjoyed this romantic suspense, and not having read that rest of the series I didn’t find myself overly confused with past events either. Dee Davis gets all semi caught up fairly quickly without it feeling like a huge information dump.

I enjoyed that this seemed to be a bit of a variance from the main story arc of the shadowy group known as the Consortium. That group has orchestrated the past books storylines and though they turn up in this one the majority of the book doesn’t really talk about them. This is centered around a serial killer from Harrison’s past that seems to have returned in a big way.

Harrison was a great character! I loved how he was both brainy and had the muscle to back it up. Alpha male mentality  but not all in your face constantly. He also had a range of emotion I appreciated. Obviously distraught over the death of his twin sister years prior and the return of what looks like the same killer and hard as steel in his attempt to finally figure out the one case that he was too late for. I think brainy guys are hot, so Harrison totally worked for me. Add to that he was a strong character, mentally and physically, and I was instantly hooked. I appreciated his apprehension to being an in a relationship and thought it was cute he kept trying to tell himself that Hannah was only a “release of pent-up energy” for him. He felt fractured and so it was understandable he would feel like he couldn’t be in a relationship.

Hannah spends most of the book hiding. Hiding from her looks. Hiding from herself and hiding from Harrison. She tries to play off Harrison’s aversion to a relationship but it hurts her more than she is willing to show. She craves feeling included just like Harrison does and yet they both fight it. Hannah has a horrible past that involved the breaking of the one relationship a young girl should always be able to trust. As a result she balks at needing or trusting people and spends a good deal of energy keeping people out. Never letting them see the true her or know the pain that she suffers.  Even the group that she works with that is more like a family then co-workers. Though she covered her good looks with tinted hair and studious glasses, I thought her quirky looks fit her personality quite well. Smart and yet attention grabbing.

Since I haven’t read the rest of the series (a problem I plan on rectifying soon I hope) I didn’t appreciate the reappearance of past characters but I’m sure lovers of the series will enjoy that. I also think one of the last single group members, Simon, needs his own book. He needs to be taken down a peg or two by the forces of an emotional love.

The villain was scary…in fact when I put the book down to go to bed I checked the doors twice and that never happens to me. There was just something indescribably creepy about the entire thing. Gruesome and horrible come to mind to get across the way I thought of the murders and actions of this person. *shudder*

I didn’t like the fact that the undercover A-TAC team posing as college professors seemed to be able to stay off the radar of everyone. No one seemed to question the fact that they not only talk like cops/government, but they also act like it too. Professors simply don’t act like they do. At all. People would question professors acting like that did and so I found that aspect completely unbelievable.

I give Deadly Dance by Dee Davis 4 stars! 

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 Thanks to the wonderful people over at Grand Central publishing I have 3 sets of these books to give away to lucky winners! Each of the three winners will receive both books! This is open to US residents only (no PO boxes). I will leave this giveaway open until March 29th 2012 at 11:50pm EST. Winner to be picked by random.org and posted the following day.

GOOD LUCK!!! 

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17 Comments

  1. Both of these books sound awesome! I love romantic suspense. Both of these authors are new to me. I love to find new authors. Can’t wait to read! Thanks for the giveaway and awesome reviews!

  2. Wow, two 4-star reviews. Both books sound exciting. I love romantic suspense. I would love to win both books. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  3. I like both authors and would really love copies of these two books. I’m really liking these two book giveaways that seem to be popping up lately from publishers.

  4. Love Dee Davis’ book and can’t wait to read Deadly Dance. Jamie Alden is a new author and Run From Fear sounds like a great read. Can’t wait to read both books. Thanks for the giveaway.

    Kidsue99@yahoo.com

  5. Both of these books/series sound REALLY great! Thx for the intro to two ‘new to me’ authors and an AWESOME giveaway op!

    barbbattaglia @ yahoo.com

  6. I love romantic suspense and the A-Tac series. Jamie Alden, Run From Fear, a new author for me sounds like a great read! Thanks for the giveaway!

    myra0502 at yahoo dot com

  7. Thanks for the review and contest–I’ve enjoyed some of Jami’s other titles–sounds like a great series!

    f dot chen at comcast dot net

  8. Great reviews! Both books sound exciting. Thank you for this opportunity!

    Pam
    vanillaorchids69(at)gmail(dot)com

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