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Man of Mystery

by Lorelei Moone
Publication Date: July 6, 2016
Genres: Adult, Romantic Suspense, BBW

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Synopsis: What would you do if on your way home from your boring work, all of a sudden a handsome stranger leaps into the back of your car and asks you to drive him to the airport?

Be terrified? Threaten him and hope he gets out and leaves you alone? Those were my first instincts as well.

There was something in his eyes, something in the words he said that made me pause though. What if this beautiful man really did need my help? What if my refusal meant not only that his safety hung in the balance, but that of the entire country? So I drove him to Heathrow Airport, and my adventure began…

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MAN OF MYSTERY – CHAPTER 1

What a day. I sigh and rest my forehead against the steering wheel. After getting called in for my semi-annual appraisal and having all my achievements from the past six months swept under the rug because Karen took credit for them, I can’t imagine how today could get any worse.

Of course, traffic can always worsen any day. It’s warm, too warm to be driving a twenty-year-old rust-bucket without air conditioning. And opening the window does nothing except let in more hot air and fumes from the thousands of cars surrounding me in what has got to be a record for west London. The traffic is spectacularly horrible for a Thursday.

Can’t I catch a fucking break?

I pick up my mobile and after scanning the surrounding vehicles, I figure it’s safe enough to make a call. No coppers around at the moment. The last thing I need is another ticket.

“Hey, Maggie?” I say, greeting the groggy voice on the other end of the line.

“Yeah, Tess, what’s up?”

“Nothing. Same old, life’s a bitch. Shall we go out tonight? I could use the distraction.” The car ahead of me moves but I decide it’s not worth the effort to put mine in first gear, just to creep ahead four feet.

“Sounds great, but I have a date, and then straight to work. Another day perhaps?” Maggie yawns on the other end. Typical, ever since she’s started working the midnight shift at the airport, her routine has been all over the place.

“A date, huh? I’m jealous. Who’s the lucky guy?” I ask, even though I already suspect it’s that guy she works with, Alec, whom she’s been going on about nonstop lately.

“I finally decided enough is enough and asked out Alec. You know nowadays you can’t sit back and wait for men to make the first move. That’s all in the past. The dating scene is all about equal opportunities.”

“Mhm, if you say so. I guess I’m a bit old-fashioned that way.” Which is probably why I haven’t had a date in months.

“Say, you wanna talk about what’s going on? I have a little while before I need to start getting ready.”

“Thanks. Well, as I said. Same old.” I sigh, and squeeze the bridge of my nose to get rid of the beginnings of a tension headache.

“Your boss, Frank-something still bothering you?”

“No, I mean yes. Sort of. I had my appraisal today. Can you believe it? Of all my suggestions which were actually implemented these past six months, none of that was mentioned. That tart I told you about, Karen, presented everything like it was her idea, after making me do the groundwork. And now it looks like I’ve been doing fuck all and I’m not pulling my weight,” I rant.

“I see. Same old indeed. What can you do? People like her will do anything to get ahead, even if it means trampling those in her way. Keep calm, bide your time and return the favor or find another job. No other option.”

“Another job where? I ought to be grateful I have one at all with the way things have been going.” I take a deep breath and grip the steering wheel tighter until my knuckles turn white. I wonder if things ever get easier.

“True. If you ever change your mind on shift work, I could ask around at work?”

“Thanks, Maggie. That’s very sweet. I’ll let you know.” I’m getting desperate, but I’m not ready to work nights. Yet.

“Sure thing, Tess. OK, I’d better have a shower and all. I want to look my best for tonight.”

“Break a leg. And if he turns out to be a dick, I’ll break both of his.”

“Cheers. I’ll let you know how it goes.”

I put down the phone again, feeling slightly better after venting to Maggie. What are friends for, eh? The space in front of my car has opened up even further and I finally do pull ahead.

Metal boxes in all shapes and sizes as far as the eye can see. Perhaps there’s an accident up ahead. It’s going to take at least an hour to get to the motorway from here in this mess. That means I won’t make it home until God knows when.

Urgh. I rest my head back on the steering, wondering if anyone would notice if I had a short nap behind the wheel.

The click of my rear door followed by a gust of air causes a cold shiver to creep down my spine. Someone’s behind me!

“What the hell?” I instinctively snatch up my handbag and phone from the passenger seat while turning around as best I can to face the intruder.

“Shh…” The man cowering half on the back seat makes a calming motion with his hand, but doesn’t look directly at me. My heart is hammering in my throat, threatening to make me freeze up, but I react almost on autopilot anyway.

“Get out! Get the hell out of my car!” I shout, while rummaging furiously in my purse. “I have pepper spray.” My fingers grasp a small deodorant bottle. “And I’m not afraid to use it!”

“Be careful with that, if you blind yourself we’re both done for.” His gentle and calm tone surprises me. If he’s trying to mug me, he’s got a strange technique.

“I… what do you mean, we’re both done for?” I’m still pointing the deodorant bottle in his general direction, but am suddenly not so sure I want to spray him with it.

“I need you to drive. I swear I have a good reason to get into your car. Also, you’ve got that the wrong way around.”

My fingers shake even more intensely as he reaches out for the can, and twists the nozzle in his direction.

“There.”

“Shit. I’m sorry. Thanks. I mean…” Why the hell am I apologizing to this criminal? Still, I feel like a total idiot for threatening to spray him with what is essentially perfume. I suppose it would hurt if it ends up in his eye, but it’s not quite mace, is it? I lower my hand and take a proper look at him.

The stranger is still sort of hiding half in the foot well and half on the seat, skittishly looking out the window, while sneaking glances in my direction. He doesn’t look like a mugger. But then, I’ve never been mugged, how would I know what a mugger looks like?

Still, his suit and shirt make him look more like a businessman than a criminal. Or a waiter perhaps.

“Good thing you’re no longer intent on making me smell like… Lush Lavender, is it? Yeah. Not really my style,” he says with a subtle smile on his face.

A joke, really? Now?

“There’s no accounting for taste,” I respond, while keeping my gaze fixed on his eyes. Green, bright, focused. “Now, if you don’t mind explaining yourself.”

“Of course. What would you say if I told you that there are some very bad people heading to Heathrow right now with a cargo that could destroy the world as we know it?” he says.

“I would ask if you’ve been drinking.” I continue to stare at him, but he’s unfazed by my reaction and smiles again. How is he so calm? This whole thing has got to be a joke.

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ABOUT LORELEI MOONE

Lorelei Moone

Lorelei Moone is an up-and-coming author of paranormal romance  &  romantic suspense novels based in London. Her first book, Scottish Werebear: An Unexpected Affair has hit the virtual shelves on Amazon on 25 September 2015, and her second, Scottish Werebear: A Dangerous Business a month later on the 25th of October. A lover of all things sweet, and caffeinated, when she’s not writing about sexy bear shifters and their strong-willed curvaceous love interests, Lorelei can be found baking cookies or cakes for her family.

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Invisible, by L. A. Remenicky – A Re-Release & More!

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Invisible

By L. A. Remenicky

Re-Release Date: May 17, 2016

Published by Lavish Publishing

Genre ~ Romantic Suspense

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They found each other.  Then the killer found them.

Detective Jackson “Jax” McKenna walks into a psychologist’s office and finds that the doctor bears a striking resemblance to his first love, Lainie, who disappeared ten years ago after their disastrous first date ended in violence.

Dr. Elizabeth Parker is really Elaine Wilson, Jax’s Lainie.  She’s been in hiding since the night that changed both their lives.  Jax discovers the truth when the killer lets Lainie know he’s found her.  When Jax and Lainie go on the run to keep Lainie safe, old feelings resurface as the killer threatens their lives.  Can Jax save Lainie and help her stay Invisible?

 

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The name on the file folder, J. McKenna, gave me a chill. He had been wounded in the line of duty—shot by a bank robbery suspect. Seeing the name reminded me of where I came from and why the need for hiding existed. I pushed the memories down. I’m not that person anymore. That person doesn’t exist. It wasn’t necessary to touch the necklace underneath my sweater as a reminder, but it had become a nervous habit. The locket was the only thing I had kept from that life.

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The door opened and Sheila showed my patient in. As my eyes met his, my heart stopped for what seemed like hours. After reading the file, I was afraid of this. How many Jackson McKenna’s could there be? The hair is shorter and the face is older, but it’s him. I would know those eyes anywhere. Jackson McKenna. He was my first love and indirectly, the reason I had to use a cane to walk farther than across the room.

I cleared my throat and stood, reaching out to shake his hand as I would with any new patient, hoping he didn’t recognize me.

“I’m Dr. Parker. Please make yourself comfortable, Officer McKenna, and we can get started.”

When I realized his right arm was in a sling and we couldn’t shake hands, I dropped mine back to my side. Picking up my notepad and pen, I hoped he didn’t see the way my hands were shaking.

“It’s actually Detective, not Officer.”

He sat on the couch across from me, observing with those hazel eyes that have haunted my dreams for ten years, and then he shook his head.

“You remind me of someone I used to know a long time ago.”

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Book Review: I Am Atlas, by Ella Emerson

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I Am Atlas by Ella Emerson

Series: Playing God, #1

Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense

My Goodreads rating: 4 of 5 stars

Synopsis

Powerful, wealthy, wildly handsome Atlas has it all: successful company, stunning penthouse, and all the women and fun he could want. But when he meets the brilliant, graceful and mesmerizing Gwen, he is thunderstruck and wants to go to great lengths to have her, even if it means breaking his own rules and baring his secret soul.

When his livelihood is threatened by a competing rival, he must prepare for a corporate battle. But, with Gwen at his side he knows he will not lose.

But, what if she isn’t who he thought she was? What if nothing is as it seems?
Will Atlas lose everything?

How far is one man willing to go for the woman he loves?

This is a standalone novel, which can be read by itself. It is part of the PLAYING GOD series and some of the characters will appear in JUST AN ECHO releasing soon.

18+, Not suitable for persons under the age of 18. STRONG SEXUAL CONTENT, MATURE CONTENT, and STRONG LANGUAGE.

My Review

   

I Am Atlas is a contemporary romantic suspense novel that will leave you guessing long after the story ends…and that’s a good thing, if you’re ready for something different to end your year – or begin a new one.

Gwen Medina’s life can best be described as a sort of comfortable complacency. Living with her long-term boyfriend Matthew in a one-bedroom apartment, she finds herself longing for the life she’s always dreamed of – a life full of passion and adventure, with a happy marriage and all the other trappings of success. There’s nothing truly wrong, but something’s missing. Is it passion? Purpose? Commitment? She doesn’t know – and she can’t find the will to bring her fears out into the open. Unfortunately, a sense of complacency – and the reluctance to face it – comes with a price. As you might expect, in a matter of a few short hours everything changes. The world she’s come to expect comes crashing down, and the life she took for granted is swept away -leaving her confused, suddenly hopeless and alone.

Fast forward a few weeks to a gala fundraising event where Gwen meets Atlas, a devastatingly handsome, sexy billionaire and the enigmatic owner of Chimera, Inc., a powerful military technology firm. Dubbed one of the most eligible bachelors in the world, Atlas seems to have it all. In fact, he’s absolutely certain he’s at the top of his game, untouchable, without a care in the world. He loves the life he’s built for himself – the wealth, the power, the fame, the notoriety. He’s fearless. He’s so sure of himself that he isn’t aware of the one thing that’s missing: someone to share it with, a woman who isn’t in it for the fame, the money, or his empire. Until Gwen walks into his life and his world irrevocably tips on its axis.

Their attraction is immediate and intense. Atlas is caught completely off guard, irresistibly drawn to this uniquely beautiful, graceful young woman the moment she enters his line of sight. She is nearly instantly overcome by the power that rolls off of him in waves, consuming everything in its path.Within the next 24 hours, Gwen finds herself caught up in a new life, far from Matthew and their shared past, swept up in the spell of this powerful man’s world. As soon as Atlas learns that she lost her job when the company she worked for went under, he hires her to manage the marketing campaign for what promises to be his company’s crowning achievement – a new technology that will change the future for his military clients. And, despite his rule against fraternization, he can’t deny his feelings for Gwen … so inevitably, she becomes embedded not only in his life, but in his very soul. They are as powerful in the bedroom as in the boardroom. He’s never felt more in command of his life. She’s never felt success so close within her grasp. Their future is full of passion and promise.It’s almost too good to be true.

And therein lies the real story.

From the prologue to the epilogue, there are hints that there is much more to story than it would superficially appear. There is depth of meaning that isn’t immediately apparent. It’s more than a powerful romance – it’s a cautionary tale. And that’s what makes I Am Atlas unique among other current billionaire-themed romance novels.You can feel the build-up, but you’ll never predict the fall.

If you enjoy stories that keep you guessing, that mess with your mind and your emotions, I Am Atlas may be just the book you’re looking for. The characters are well-developed enough that you think you know exactly where the story is going – but believe me, you don’t. You know just enough about them to trust them all – but you can’t. The suspense ratchets up with every twist until you are so far down the rabbit hole you can’t put it down.

That being said, there were a few problems with the story that are worth mentioning. There is a rapid shift in POV at the very beginning that felt abrupt and initially confused me. I think the story would have been even more powerful in either third person or in alternating points of view; but that’s a personal preference for stories with this level of complexity. I also found some of the phrasing awkward throughout – which probably got my attention because I edit for a living. Finally, I felt a bit let down by the ending; not so much in the outcome, but there were a few scenes at the end that just felt out of place. I can see why they were there, but they didn’t move the story forward. It’s impossible to explain without spoilers, so I offer it merely as food for thought when you get there.

Altogether, I Am Atlas is an intriguing beginning to a new series – one that is aptly named ‘Playing God.’ You’ll have to read it to see what I mean. It wasn’t at all what I expected based on the title and the synopsis, but it was a truly compelling read, and I can honestly say that I look forward to more erotic, suspenseful stories from Ella Emerson as the series continues.

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