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A Heartbeat Away
     

A Heartbeat Away

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by Maureen Smith
 

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DEA investigator Samille Broussard has been tasked to look into a series of mysterious illnesses targeting affluent Washington, D.C. teenagers. Her involvement in the high-profile case could take her career to the next level and help her make a name for herself. There's just one problem: She's been teamed up with dark, brooding FBI agent Brant Kincaid, who makes it

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DEA investigator Samille Broussard has been tasked to look into a series of mysterious illnesses targeting affluent Washington, D.C. teenagers. Her involvement in the high-profile case could take her career to the next level and help her make a name for herself. There's just one problem: She's been teamed up with dark, brooding FBI agent Brant Kincaid, who makes it clear that Samille lacks the training and experience to handle the dangerous case. Further complicating matters is the fierce attraction that simmers beneath the surface of their adversarial relationship.

As Brant and Samille delve into the investigation, they find themselves up against a criminal mastermind bent on destruction. Can they stop the predator before more teenagers fall prey to the deadly drug known only as Utopia?


Praise for the Romantic Suspense Novels of Maureen Smith

“…keeps you guessing and hoping that these two will get together and find the perpetrators responsible…one of the best romantic suspense stories I’ve read in a long time” — The Romance Readers Connection on A Heartbeat Away

“Few authors pen work that is so thoroughly engrossing the characters leave a lasting impression” — RT BOOK Reviews on With Every Breath

“With a deft touch and solid cast of characters, Smith gives equal credence to spicy romance and nail-biting suspense on her way to an explosive conclusion” — Publishers Weekly on Whisper My Name

“Smith weaves a captivating tale of mayhem and murder…a romantic suspense thriller that will stay with you long after you turn the final page” — San Antonio Express-News on Whisper My Name

“…a tense page-turner that will further enhance Smith’s reputation in the romantic suspense genre—a reputation that is well deserved” — RT BOOK Reviews on Like No One Else

“…a haunting, suspenseful story that documents Maureen Smith as a writer of considerable promise and ability” — Midwest Book Review on Ghosts of Fire

Editorial Reviews

The Romance Readers Connection - Lora McDonald
“…Smith gives you just enough of each situation to keep you guessing and hoping that these two will get together and find the perpetrators responsible for the drug distribution and the murder. The other characters in the story help to round out and solidify the relationship of the hero and heroine. The story is easy to follow and I loved the sexual tension and the element of surprise in the case. This is one of the best romantic suspense stories I’ve read in a long time.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940015561272
Publisher:
Maureen Smith
Publication date:
10/05/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
409,386
File size:
417 KB

Meet the Author

Maureen Smith is the author of twenty novels and three novellas. She received a B.A. in English with a minor in creative writing from the University of Maryland. She is a former freelance writer whose articles were featured in various print and online publications. Since the release of her debut novel in 2002, Maureen has been nominated for six RT BOOKreviews Reviewers’ Choice Awards and numerous Emma Awards, and has won the Romance in Color Reviewers’ Choice Awards for New Author of the Year and Romantic Suspense of the Year. Her novel, Secret Agent Seduction, won the 2010 Emma Award for Romantic Suspense of the Year. In 2011, she won the RT BOOKreviews Reviewers’ Choice Award for Recipe for Temptation for Best Kimani Series Romance. She also received the Emma Award for Steamy Romance of the Year for Recipe for Temptation, Romantic Suspense of the Year for Like No One Else, and Author of the Year.

Maureen lives in San Antonio, TX with her husband, two children, and two adorable miniature schnauzers. Please visit her website at www.maureen-smith.com.

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A Heartbeat Away 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it...more romantic suspense like this. Could not put it down!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Samille Broussard is a diversion investigator with the DEA. Headstrong and ambitious, she sets her sights on working in the FBI¿s lab, It¿s the break that she has been waiting for and is determined to prove that she is up to the task. Brant Kincaid is the FBI¿s ¿super agent¿ with a secret in his past that propels him to overachieve. Brant and Samille are thrown together to investigate the connection between a mysterious drug and ten high profile teenagers in comas. Samille is determined to prove that she can do the job and Brant is not so convinced because she is after all just a rookie. Despite the fact that the FBI and DEA are separate government agencies and do not perform the same tasks, Brant and Samille are able to carve out a good working relationship and in the midst discover a growing attraction that is undeniable. Ms. Smith creates an interesting suspense that only gets better as you turn the pages. In this novel, she provides a lot of detail explaining the job of a diversion investigator while still creating an intense investigation for the reader to become absorbed and attempt to work through. With a strong voice this author introduces an array of stand alone characters whose presence in presented in a clear and purposeful way. I as the reviewer felt that the romance, was slow to develop, but when it arrived, it left you with a feel of sentimentality, which only added to the ending which was nicely gift-wrapped. A.C. Arthur, Black Butterfly Review
harstan More than 1 year ago
IN DC nine teens attending a party fall into comas. Though the Capital police and the FBI investigate what happened, DEA becomes involved when the bodies of each one contains a substance similar to Ecstasy. With her pharmaceutical background DEA assigns Samille Broussard to work with the FBI on the case................. FBI Agent Brant Kincaid does not believe the rookie Samille is ready to tackle such a dangerous case as she has been out of the academy only six months. She on the other hand is elated to work with the professional who she believes can teach her so much about field work, but also has dreamed of leisure activities since they first met at the FBI Academy. Brant quickly admits that Samille seems to have a way with the students and more so with him as they make inquiries intoto what happened. However, neither is aware of the danger from someone who plans to make a fortune with the newest designer drug on the street.................... A HEARTBEAT AWAY is a terrific romantic suspense thriller that showcases two wonderful federal law enforcement heroes. The story line is action-packed, but does not neglect the growing attraction between the lead couple in fact the hard nosed hero is so distracted by his feisty intelligent partner he almost blows the case. Though a final twist seems unnecessary and subtracts from a great thriller, fans will enjoy this look into the illegal world of designer drugs, a classic supply and demand case of the market at work............... Harriet Klausner
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Miss_T More than 1 year ago
Every book I read from her is a perfect 10. I fall in love each time with the main characters.
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JoshJF More than 1 year ago
Great mystery and love story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Recommened!!! Great book!
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Parts of it read like soft porn. Wasnt really looking for erotica.
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This book reaffirmed why Maureen Smith is my favorite author! A mysterious romance...I couldn't put down
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Sweet-Sassy More than 1 year ago
Maureen Smith crafts quite an ENGAGING romantic suspense...she also provides very descriptive/informative details into the role of the DEA diversions investigators, all while keeping you entertained....the characters are MEMORABLE...the secondary characters aid in adding depth to the main characters, Samille and Brant...I enjoy the close-knit family ties displayed throughout...the INTENSE instant attraction and the verbal sparring between Samille and Brant keeps me turning the pages...and their back and forth antics as Samille and Brant make EVERY attempt to fight their growing attraction only serves add more INTRIGUE....Mrs. Smith will keep you on the edge of your seat as Samille and Brant start to unveil the many secrets surrounding this CHILLING and mysterious criminal investigation...A Heartbeat Away is definitely a GEM in the romantic suspense genre...at times it seems a bit too long, but it's still a worthwhile read.