This week at Mother/Gamer/Writer we’re celebrating the hot new romantic suspense titles from our friends at Forever/Forever Yours for the months of July and August! Each day we will highlight an author and their novel with interviews, reviews, excerpts and an EPIC GIVEAWAY on August 2nd! Be sure to follow along so you can meet these fabulous ladies and win a copy of their novels!!
Today’s Featured Author is Dee Davis. Dee is the author of the Romantic Suspense Series, A-Tac; about an elite CIA black ops unit masquerading as faculty at an Ivy League college in NY. Today it’s our pleasure to review Dire Distraction the seventh and final action-packed novel in the series! We also have an exclusive excerpt from the novel for you to enjoy!
Dire Distraction by Dee Davis
Series: A-Tac #7
Published by: Forever Yours, Grand Central Publishing on June 4, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Romantic Suspense
Source: ARC From Publisher
View on: Goodreads
Grab it: Buy on Amazon
About the Book:
As the commander for A-Tac, a black-ops CIA unit masquerading as Ivy League faculty, Avery Solomon is the best of the best. He'll stop at nothing to ensure the safety of his team, but when a mystery from the past resurfaces, he puts himself directly in the line of fire.
PUSHED TOO FAR
After years of covert missions, Avery harbors regrets that continue to haunt him. He still blames himself for his wife's death fourteen years ago-until an A-Tac operative finds a photo that suggests Avery's wife may still be alive. Determined to discover the truth, Avery heads deep into the hostile territory of Southeast Asia, ready for danger and violence-only to find himself captured by desire . . .
Wilderness guide Sydney Price never backs down from a challenge. She has her own reasons for wanting revenge against the men being hunted by Avery. Though she tries to deny her attraction to the tough, handsome warrior, the spirited Sydney soon finds him impossible to resist. Now she and Avery must work together to uncover the truth-and stay alive. But as the enemy closes in and old secrets unravel, the line between partners and lovers vanishes like mist in the jungle . . .
In the seventh book in the A-Tac series, Avery the “commander for A-Tac, a black-ops CIA unit masquerading as Ivy League faculty”, has lived with the guilt of losing his wife 14 years ago. Sydney, a Wilderness Guide, has also lost someone she cared about. Neither is what the other expects, when they’re teamed together.
But with the possibility of Avery’s wife still alive, he can’t just let it go. Not even when it screams setup.
If you enjoy contemporary romance with strong characters then you’ll enjoy this read. I would’ve enjoyed more weakness from Sydney in the beginning of the story, but she’s likable character that grew on me as the book progressed. Avery’s pretty cut and dry but I like his dedication to not only Sydney but to his team. I’m definitely looking forward to going back and catching up with the rest of the series!
Since this is the last of the series, here’s the entire list in order:
3 out of 5 Controllers
Excerpt from DIRE DISTRACTION by Dee Davis
Avery took a sip of his beer, turning his attention to the TV. The first Angels batter was up with C.C. Sabathia on the mound for the Yankees.
Behind them, the doorbell rang.
“Harrison,” Nash said, shooting a sideways glance at Drake as he bit into a burger. “Told you he’d be here.”
“It’s open,” Avery called. C.C. threw a curve ball for strike three.
“Sorry I’m late,” Harrison said, something in his expression sending alarm bells jangling. “I sort of got sidetracked.” He held up a mangled looking black box, his eyes telegraphing regret.
“Dude, you’re not supposed to be working,” Drake protested. “The Angels are playing the Yankees. Where I’m from that’s almost sacrosanct.”
“Big word, Drake,” Nash said, turning to look at Harrison, his eyes narrowing at the sight of the black box in Harrison’s hand.
Apparently Avery wasn’t the only one to sense something was up.
Never late for the party, Drake swiveled around, looked first at Harrison, then at Avery and then back at Harrison again, the game forgotten. “You’ve pulled something off the drive.”
The mangled hard drive had been recovered in an abandoned terrorist encampment in Afghanistan. A-Tac had received intel about the possibility of a Consortium-funded operation, but when they’d arrived, the camp had been abandoned, everything of consequence removed or destroyed.
Except for a notebook that had helped them stop an assassination attempt. And the remains of the hard drive. Avery hadn’t doubted for a minute that if there was recoverable information, Harrison would find it. But he’d also been fairly certain that there wouldn’t be anything left to find.
Clearly he’d been wrong.
“I’m sorry,” Harrison said. “I know the timing sucks.” As if to underscore the sentiment, the solid swack of bat-meeting-ball echoed through the room, but nobody turned to look. Not even Drake. “But you’re going to want to see this.”
Harrison’s gaze locked with Avery’s, and suddenly he wasn’t all that certain he wanted to know. But there was nothing to be gained in putting off the inevitable. Whatever the Consortium had in store for them next, he was ready.
“Okay then,” Avery said, switching the TV off with the remote, then pushing the burgers out of the way as they all gathered around the table, “what have you got?”
“It’s a little startling.” Harrison paused, clearly searching for the right words. “And kind of personal.” His gaze met Avery’s. “You might want to hear this on your own.”
Avery shook his head, crossing his arms over his chest. “We’re all family here. So tell us what you’ve found.”
Harrison hooked the box up to his laptop and hit a key. A woman’s face filled the screen. Her dark hair curled around her face, brown eyes glittering with some unshared emotion, her generous mouth giving nothing away.
Avery’s heart stopped. His breath stuck in his throat. And he felt as if someone had just kicked him in the gut.
She was dressed in fatigues, standing next to a bearded man leaning against a table, his hand resting intimately on her knee. “Sweet Jesus,” Avery said, the words strangled. “This was on the back-up drive we found in Afghanistan?”
“yeah.” Harrison nodded, his face filled with worry. “I was just as surprised as you are.”
“Is that?” Drake said, turning to Nash who was staring open-mouthed at the photograph.
“Yeah.” Nash nodded. “Martin Shrum. Avery’s old partner. From before A-Tac days. And Evangeline, Avery’s wife. But I thought she was—”
“Dead,” Avery finished, emotion cutting through him as he caressed the ring he wore on his little finger. “She is. For almost fourteen years now.”
“Yeah, well, Avery, there’s more.” Harrison clicked the picture so that it zoomed in and then moved it so that they could better see the table behind the two people. “Look at the wall.” He enlarged the picture again.
“It’s a calendar,” Drake said, stating the obvious.
Avery’s blood ran cold, his eyes reading the date, his mind trying to process the seemingly impossible.
“Holy shit,” Drake continued, his incredulity only adding to the surrealistic horror of the moment. “It’s dated December of last year.”
Bestselling author Dee Davis worked in association management before turning her hand to writing. Her highly acclaimed first novel, Everything in Its Time, was published in July 2000. Since then, among others, she’s won the Booksellers Best, Golden Leaf, Texas Gold, and Prism awards, and been nominated for the National Readers Choice Award, the Holt Medallion Award, and two RT Reviewers Choice Awards. When not sitting at the computer writing, she spends her time exploring Manhattan with her husband, daughter, and Cardigan Welsh corgi.[/note]
Now that you’ve met ALL the wonderful Forever Authors, check back tomorrow for…
THE EPIC GIVEAWAY!!!