“Uhgn.” *Clears throat* “Uhgn.” *Clears throat harder* Sorry, everybody. I’m still staring at the delicious man in the header. I love a man in a tuxedo. Oh, who am I kidding? I love looking at men in pretty much anything…or nothing. Bad, P.A. DePaul! Be good! Okay. Okay. Now, that you have the worst impression of me, let me introduce myself, my name is P.A. DePaul and I’m the author of the Romantic Suspense “SBG” series.
I hope you’re in the mood for some steamy, action-filled Romantic Suspense! I’m hoping with four words I can convince you to add Exchange of Fire, SBG #1 to your TBR pile. Ready? Okay: Female sniper. Former Marine.
Convinced? Dang. I can’t see if you’re nodding or not. Well, hopefully between the back-cover blurb and my four little words above you’ll click on one of those retailer links to enter a world where a clandestine Black Ops team works for SweetBriar Group (AKA SBG), a corporation the public believes is an environmental company, and risks their lives on missions no one can know about.
FYI, Shadow of Doubt, SBG #2 (releasing April 21, 2015) continues with another member of Delta Squad, you know, just in case you wanted to read Cappy’s story (He’s the C.O. of Delta).
Thank you so much for spending time with me today. I truly appreciate each and every one of you! ❤
Faking her death was easy, living with her past is harder, but nothing is more dangerous than falling in love…
Sandra Walsh was a deadly sniper for the Sweet Briar Group, a covert agency with assassins for hire, until her last mission went horribly wrong, accidentally killing an innocent girl. Knowing she’s a danger to her team, Sandra goes off the grid, becoming a Shade—an agent declared dead but secretly hiding among the living. She intends to honor her vow never to pull another trigger or have contact with the spy world again. Until she meets Casper Grady…
Grady is a former Marine with a troubled past and a debt to pay. His life mission has gone from protecting the nation to helping local children and their families. The moment he meets Sandra, he knows there’s more to her than meets the eye, but he can’t help but be drawn to the mysterious femme fatale. And when Sandra’s past suddenly catches up to her, Grady is determined to protect her at all costs, no matter how dark and dangerous her secrets are.
As the danger increases, so does their intense attraction. But when they’re forced to choose between each other and the people they’ve sworn to protect, their growing love might not be enough to keep them together—or alive…
**** 5 Stars ****
I started reading this book knowing this was going to be a military romance, not knowing the full content of the book. This is the first book I’ve read by P.A. DePaul. As an avid reader, I was completely drawn to the HOT cover and the synopsis drew me in and I WANTED to give Exchange of Fire a chance hoping it would satisfy what I was looking for in a book…and I believe it did.
We are introduced to Sandra Walsh, a member of SBG (Sweet Briar Group) that is an agency that contracts assassins. We get a back story of her in the middle of a mission; she’s in the position of a sniper which I thought was FANTASTIC because this character was by no means weak. She’s skilled in more ways past what she’s capable with a gun. When the mission goes wrong, situations begin to occur in a domino effect. In the end… she’s declared “dead”. Her family/team mates from the squad believe she’s dead.
She starts life over in a quiet town and this is where Grady comes in. Grady is a small business owner and also an ex-marine, he’s drawn to Sandra in ways that hopes to include her in his peaceful and happy life. Sandra fights her feeling towards Grady knowing that someone or anyone is not meant to be in her future with the decisions she’s made that the past life she has.
Sandra has horrible flashbacks from the life-changing moment of being a sniper; it covers the details of how one life altering event can affect a person. Grady tries to be there for Sandra but when things unfold; he can’t help but walk away. Even after being told that he should stay away.
This story doesn’t just only include Sandra and Grady but we get introduced to the Delta Squad and their personalities…and when all the men comes together, personalities explode, crude humor, deadly skills they also are capable keep you on the edge of the seat and every scene is thrilling and full of suspense and as a reader there are moments where you can’t turn the page fast enough.
I look forward to more books in the SBG series, the teaser at the end of the book definitely was exactly that, a teaser that leaves you hanging off the edge. Exchange of Fire while is romance, I would state that it’s a military contemporary romance, full of action and an outstanding storyline. While there is some sex, this books is by no means would I say an erotic romance, so if you’re looking for erotic or erotica romance, this may not be the book for you but don’t let that deter you from picking up this book because it’s definitely worth adding to your TBR. ~Reviewed by Shannon
To give this excerpt some context, our hero, Casper Grady (former Marine), told our heroine, Wraith (AKA Sandra Walsh), to never come near him again after they escaped one assassination attempt, which forced her to come clean about all the lies she told and endangered his livelihood and the children who flock to his business. It’s been two days since his heart had been ripped out by that horrible revelation.
A little background: Wraith (sniper for Delta Squad) faked her death after her last mission went horribly wrong in order to escape SBG (or more accurately its CEO). The CEO got wind that she’s still alive and instead of celebrating, he sent assassins after her to rectify her still breathing status. In order to remain “dead,” Wraith fabricated a new persona, Sandra Walsh, gained employment in Grady’s company, and never breathed a word about her past.
The front doorbell chimed.
Shit. He wasn’t expecting company at this time of night. A variation of the stupid line from A Christmas Carol scrolled through his head: Expect the first ghost when the bell tolls one. He definitely needed more sleep.
He swung the door open and instantly gripped the door handle until his palm protested the biting metal. Ghost indeed. After two days of being haunted by images, the real thing took his breath away. His heart actually leapt for joy before plummeting with reality. “What are you doing here?”
Sandra’s irises darkened and she visibly swallowed hard. Her gaze swept from his messy hair to his sock-clad feet, then back up, focusing on his now bare chest.
His ego and libido loved the smoky desire radiating off her a little too much. He crossed his arms, arching an eyebrow. Damn it, why am I flexing?
She lifted her chin, and a glint he had learned over the months to be her brazen-it-out-’til-you-get-your-way stole over her hazel irises. “I need to do a sweep of the house. Make sure no one’s hiding to get you.”
Grady snorted. “I don’t need you to peek under my bed for monsters. I’m capable of checking myself.”
Her jaw thrust out. “It will only—”
The wood beside his head splintered. A rash of slivers imbedded in his neck and shoulder.
“Oomph.” The air expelled from his lungs as the back of his head slammed against the hardwood floor. One hundred thirty pounds of solid muscle tackled him, landing on top of his ribs.
He blinked and spied three bullet holes dotting the drywall and door frame. Shit!
He scrambled backward on his elbows, cursing his socked feet for slipping against the wood. His bare skin and drenched jeans clung to the floor, making it harder for him to move.
Sandra wrapped his chest tight and pushed, driving him back as she lifted her ass and found traction with her tennis shoes.
The lamp his mother had given him toppled off the small table resting beside the front door. The base shattered and the lightbulb blew, throwing the area into shadows.
More bullets whizzed past and she wheezed, “Almost there,” still heaving them straight back.
Like a dumbass he continued to allow her to use her body as a shield “Let me up,” he bit out just as a bullet slammed into the floor where his leg had just been.
Motherfucker! No sound outside echoed to warn him of the shots.
She let go and he jammed his shoulder blades against the three-foot-wide side of the stone fireplace partition. He ripped the Beretta he hadn’t stopped carrying since Saturday night out of its holster and crouched to get as small as possible. Adrenaline flooded his bloodstream, reminding him of his combat days. Except then he’d had on full body armor, not just a pair of wet jeans and socks.
She inserted herself between his legs and crowded against him. His free arm instantly went around her shoulder, pulling her in. Goddamn it, he shouldn’t be noticing how right this felt or contemplating burying his nose in her hair.
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P.A. DePaul is a multi-genre romance author including paranormal fantasy and romantic suspense. She originally hails from Carroll County and Baltimore County, Maryland, but also lived in Macon and Warner Robins, Georgia. She currently resides in a beautiful community just outside Philadelphia. Exchange of Fire is the first novel in the SBG series with the second novel, Shadow of Doubt, releasing April 2015
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