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Jack of Hearts
     

Jack of Hearts

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by Sandra Owens
 

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Alex Gentry doesn’t scare easily. Working as an undercover FBI agent in the biker bar he and his brothers co-own, he hangs with deadly criminals in order to gather information. Danger is just part of the family business. But one thing has him terrified: his attraction to Madison Parker.

Madison is the cousin of Ramon Alonzo, son and second in command to

Overview

Alex Gentry doesn’t scare easily. Working as an undercover FBI agent in the biker bar he and his brothers co-own, he hangs with deadly criminals in order to gather information. Danger is just part of the family business. But one thing has him terrified: his attraction to Madison Parker.

Madison is the cousin of Ramon Alonzo, son and second in command to a notorious drug lord Alex is trying to bust. Alex has befriended Ramon as part of his cover, and Madison has unknowingly become his informant. Falling for her could risk this case—and both their lives.

All Madison wants is to get her new bookstore business off the ground, and for her creepy cousin Ramon—to whom she’s unfortunately indebted—to leave her alone. If she could only stop fantasizing about his mysterious new friend, Alex…

As the Alonzo cartel investigation heats up, so does their relationship. But will the secrets they’re keeping tear them apart—or get them both killed?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
01/02/2017
Owens (the K2 Team series) starts her Aces & Eights contemporary romantic thriller series, which pits undercover FBI agents against Miami’s underworld, with a strong story full of sexy romance. Alex Gentry and his two brothers own Aces & Eights, a biker bar, which gives them the perfect cover for their FBI work. Alex’s latest assignment is to get close to Ramon Alonzo, a man the FBI suspects of being a major player in a drug cartel. Unfortunately, Alex is very attracted to Madison Parker, Ramon’s cousin, who eagerly returns his interest. Though Alex tries to stay focused on his mission, he begins making secret nighttime visits to Madison. When they decide to openly date, Ramon, who has an unhealthy attraction to his cousin, threatens them both, and Alex swears he will keep Madison safe at all costs. Heated romance is at the forefront of this novel, backed by a compelling story that will lure readers into Madison and Alex’s world. Agents: Courtney Miller-Callihan (now at Handspun Literary) and Dan Mandel, Greenburger Associates. (Feb.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781503941380
Publisher:
Amazon Publishing
Publication date:
02/14/2017
Series:
Aces & Eights Series , #1
Pages:
284
Sales rank:
198,918
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

A bestselling, award-winning author, Sandra Owens lives in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Her family and friends often question her sanity but have ceased being surprised by what she might be up to next. She has jumped out of a plane, ridden in an aerobatic plane while the pilot performed thrilling stunts, and flown Air Combat (two fighter planes dogfighting, pretending to shoot at each other with laser guns). She’s also ridden a Harley motorcycle for years. She regrets nothing. Sandra is a 2013 Golden Heart finalist for her contemporary romance Crazy for Her. In addition to her contemporary romantic suspense novels, she writes Regency stories. Connect with Sandra on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SandraOwensAuthor, on Twitter @SandyOwens1, and through her website, www.sandra-owens.com.

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Jack of Hearts 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
aRomancelover 5 days ago
Great start to a new series! Working undercover, FBI agent Alex Gentry, along with his two brothers use their biker bar to hang with dangerous and deadly criminals but Alex (Heart Man) doesn’t scare easy. Getting close to Ramon Alonzo, second in command to a notorious drug lord was dangerous enough but it seems, there might be one thing or rather one person that scares him more—his attraction to Ramon’s beautiful cousin, Madison. All Madison Parker wants is to concentrate on getting her bookstore, Black Cat and Tea, off the ground and make it a success. Her hope is to distance herself from her uncle and cousin, who are nothing but trouble. When her uncle tries to involve her bookstore in their nefarious activities, she does her best to fight back. She hadn’t expected the sexy Alex to become her greatest champion. I have to admit that JACK OF HEARTS by Sandra Owens started out a bit slow for me, so much so that since I was in the midst of another family crisis, I ended up going back and starting from the beginning because it didn’t stay with me. I think that was more my problem than Sandra’s however, because soon I was totally caught up in the action, tension, and intrigue wrapping around a truly sweet love story. Alex and Madison belong together in such a way that they remind me of a modern-day Romeo and Juliet, but with a much happier ending. Family can have a way of sticking their noses in where it doesn’t belong, overpowering those who fall prey to their demands but when the underdog suddenly bursts from her shell and stands tall, you can’t help but cheer. Madison is such a character, strong and brash, and Alex (by the way, he might just be my new book boyfriend) supports her in every way possible even as he uses her as an informant. No matter how badass he tries to be, it is obvious that it rubs against the grain of his conscience to do, and so has her back even when it might endanger them both. One of the reasons that I so loved the K-2 Team series was the characters, the relationships between the characters, and the richness of diversity; well, she’s done it again! Alex, Court, and Nate Gentry are a trio of sexiness and I can’t wait for the others to have their stories. Madison isn’t one to kowtow to anyone, especially her creepy beyond creepy cousin, Ramon, or her overpowering uncle. Sandra has knocked it out of the park with the characters she’s conjured in JACK OF HEARTS. Her good guys are so likeable and her bad guys are so despicable…including Trina. My only criticism is that the editor in me found a couple of the POV changes a bit awkward but otherwise, it was very well written. I highly recommend JACK OF HEARTS, the first book in the Aces & Eights series by Sandra Owens to anyone who loves a romance featuring sexy good guys, strong heroines, truly bad, bad guys, lots of action, intrigue and well, steamy sexy tension and all that it entails. Be forewarned though, this ends with a cliffhanger but it only makes the reader want more…lots more. ***eARC provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unscripted review.
ReadingInPajamas 9 days ago
Review: JACK OF HEARTS (Aces & Eights Book 1) by Sandra Owens Publication Date: February 14, 2017 Genre: Romantic Suspense Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna Rated: 5 Stars I love this new series! It’s filled with ongoing suspense and tension then sexy hot romance, and relatable people that you want to spend time with. The writing kept me turning the pages to see what would happen next. Madison was easy to like and her reaction to things was believable, even when she made me groan. Alex? I’d sure like to meet an Alex! He is sweet and smoldering all at the same time, which makes for fun reading. I look forward to reading about his brothers and how things pan out for them, it should be fun. *Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
BooksAndSpoons 10 days ago
This story has equal amounts of danger, threat, and suspense with passion, affection, and love. It pulled me into the dark and treacherous world of biker bars, drug deals, and undercover assignments where fights, deals, and rivalry seemed to be everyday occurrences. I fell in love with the Gentry brothers and the palpable love they had for each other. The situation they had grown up in wasn't ideal in anyone's eyes, yet they made it and made something of themselves, something to be proud of. The brothers are tight, they always have each other's back, and they are not afraid to show that they care. Alex Gentry is the youngest of the brothers and in deep trouble because of his developing feelings for Madison Parker. The way he was open about his feelings towards her from the start and told about his intentions was endearing. There were so many times these two made me smile, and the rides on the bike just left me envious. When Alex and Madison were together there was fire and heat, the passion blazing. But Madison had her doubts, and I understood her point, her issues with trust and the complications that the secrets were causing them. Ramon Alonzo as the creepy cousin and vile culprit gave me the chills. The action was tour-curling fierce and had me holding my breath, inhaling the story, as is seamlessly flow from the pages. The images in the story are strong and vivid. I swear I could sense the heat in the air, hear the ocean roar, and feel the sand in my toes of the Miami beaches. Even though biker bars and MC clubs are not my favorite storyline, I was into the scenes the author created, the elements from fear to adoration were distinct and evident. The attractive Gentry brothers with their charm won me over immediately, the secondary characters adding to the allure and the possibilities of the coming events that were hinted at left me eagerly wanting more. Definitely keeping an eye on this series, you guys need to check this one out! ~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
Rhondaz 11 days ago
Jacks of Hearts by Sandra Owens......This is an awesome start to a new series, I am so excited to read more. The story is so well written and keeps you flipping pages with these amazing characters. I loved watching the story unfold for Alex and Madison. Sandra Owens is an fabulous author keeping us on the edge of our seats and loving the characters. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book from publisher via NetGalley.
Bette313 11 days ago
This is an awesome start to what should be a great new series from this author. It was a bit slow in the beginning but once all the characters are introduced and the storyline established it was great. Alex is an FBI agent working undercover with his brothers. They own and run a biker bar as their cover but are actually investigating Ramon Alonzo, a known drug trafficker. Madison is Ramon's cousin and is unwittingly caught in the middle of Alex and Ramon. She has information that could possibly help Alex so his attraction to her could be trouble. Big trouble. Keeping her safe could prove to be more difficult than building the case against Alonzo! Definitely a recommended read.
ytcruz 11 days ago
A great beginning for Ms Owens’s new series titled , Aces and Eights. You will be drawn to the storyline from the moment you start reading this book. The premise of this series is a biker bar owned by a set of brothers. In this one we have Alex Gentry, an FBI undercover agent. HIs Achilles heel is Madison, whom he befriends during this mission . She happens to be related to a man who is a drug lord and who Alex is trying to bring down. His attraction to Madison puts them both in danger. Both are keeping secrets and neither knows who the other one really is and represents. Not only are thee two characters strong, and likable, but so are the secondary characters. So if you are looking for a book filled with romance, suspense and hunky guys who happen to be brothers, this one is for you. Once again, Ms Owens displaces her talent. I was gifted this book by Netgalley. The opinions expressed are solely my own.
HeyerF4n 11 days ago
Loved this story. Three hot, undercover FBI agents (must be nice to have your brothers watching your back; wonder whether the FBI actually allow siblings to work together?) running a biker bar and a bookstore owner connected to a crime family. Light, flirty, fast read and with the exception of the prologue not at all dark. This was Alex and Madison's story but you get clues as to who might become the love interests of brothers, Nate and Court and it will be interesting to read Kinsey's story too. Going to look out for that one! Standalone story with a HEA. I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.