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Posted November 17, 2012
Shadow of Deceit is one kick-ass romantic suspense that literally has you turning the pages to find out what FBI Special Agent Tony Crazaniak, bent on revenge, is going to uncover next, and what the widowed Shannon Reidel, full of guilt over her husband and child’s death, is going to find herself embroiled in every time she turns around. The two are dynamite together as they search for a diamond called the Shadow of Kilimanjaro. The dialogue alone is riveting, the sex is hot, and the emotions are so well written you can’t help but become entrenched in their lives the more they uncover their inner secrets that truly motivates them every step of the way. Action-packed from start to finish. Whew! A fantastic read. ~ Carol Henry, author of Amazon Connection and Shanghai Connection—Romantic Suspense Adventure.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 24, 2012
Want to have some suspense and action? Love sizzling romance? Shadow of
Deceit is the book for you! Shadow of Deceit by Mal Olson is easy to
read, it is quick paced, fun and very entertaining! You have the
intriguing suspense plot, interesting characters, action and thrills all
in one book. Shannon Riedel is a young widow whose husband is dead. She
is FBI agent who is trying to understand why her husband died. When she
is attacked by a gunman, another FBI agent, Tony Crazaniak is
interfering and protecting Shannon from the unknown dangers, attraction
sparkles. Both of them have some heavy luggage to carry from their
previous relationships and they are struggling with several thins at the
same time: Shannon wants to clear her husband's name,Tony has doubts
about Tyler's innocence, killer chasing a valued missing item, potential
threats of inside job and the undeniable attraction. The characters were
well written and I found both Shannon and Tony believable and
understandable. Shadow of Deceit is a well-written and easy to read
page tuner which you on' be able to put down until it's read.
Posted July 9, 2012
(3.5 stars) Olson's writing is fast pace, full of action and blossoming romance - just they way I like my romantic suspense! I love the chase and the suspense, and Shadow of Deceit had a good a very good plot, the reader is guessing Shannon's deceased husband's character just as much as Tony, and that I really liked. All the action makes sure that you keep on reading, there were few lulls but they weren't boring or slow because it was then that the romance was growing - number one reason I love romantic suspense instead of just suspense. ;)
Both characters are very well written, they are live like with real emotions and actions. I especially liked Tony's character, a sexy FBI agent who gets distracted by Shannon during his investigation to find a terrorist leader. And I did really like Shannon too but with her background story I found her way too sad - having your husband and baby die on you at such a young age... I just didn't like that part - I suppose I love my romance a little bit more happy ( is that stupid, it might be, but that's my preference, can't help it ), sure it can have drama but there is enough sadness in the world so I escape to novels to avoid it.
Shadow of Deceit was really good, and I did enjoy it - if it had been less sad on Shannon's part this could have easily gotten 4 stars from me. Romantic Suspense fans this is for you!
Posted April 1, 2012
Ever since her accident, Shannon Riedel has been rebuilding her life in hopes of coming to terms with her ordeal. The loss of her husband and six-month-old son is something she feels every day. In order to hold on to their memory, she talks to them each and every day. Yet it does nothing to replace the desolation she feels inside. Deep inside, she blames herself for their dying, even though part of her knows it's not true.
When an armed man bursts into her office on the day of the two year anniversary marking the events that took her family away, Shannon finds herself wondering whether she knew her husband at all. The man claims Tyler owed him money as well as a disk and a diamond he says are his. Unable to accept that her husband may have been involved in sordid dealings, she tells him quite clearly that she doesn't know what he's talking about. This, unfortunately, angers him and fuels his urge for retribution. Unable to give him what she doesn't have, she does the only thing she can, she runs.
Tony Crazaniak never imagined he'd feel anything for anyone ever again ever since the fiasco in the Middle-East years ago. The voluptuous beauty has caught him by surprise and he can do nothing to stop the urges that are slowly rising inside him. Thwarting the gunman's plans, he vows to protect Shannon at all costs in hopes of discovering just what her husband was into just before he died. Part of him says she's innocent, that she may not know what Tyler's dealings were, but to be on the safe side, he knows he has to consider every side of the story.
As attempts on their lives are made repeatedly, Shannon realizes she may be way in over head. Tyler's secrets are slowly coming into the light, secrets she had no idea existed. When it becomes apparent that Tyler did indeed know about the diamond and the mine, she realizes she barely knew her husband at all. Yet part of her wavers. She wants so much to believe that Tyler was a good man, that he never meant their family harm.
As the tension escalates, she finds herself drawn to Tony in more ways than one, a fact that disturbs her greatly because she doesn't want to tarnish the love she had for Tyler. Despite this, she knows she can't keep fighting what she feels for long. Giving in to her heart's desires, she places her trust into Tony's hands. He's the only one who can protect her as they strive to make sense of what's going on. Their goal is to work together in hopes of setting all wrongs to right if they can only live long enough to achieve it.
This was such an intriguing story. I enjoyed every minute of it. So much so, I couldn't put it down. The heat between Tony and Shannon was palpable. I think Mal did a wonderful job in creating the world she built for her characters. The situations they find themselves in are things we can certainly relate to in real life. I think I've just become a fan of Mal's work. Can't wait to read more!
Posted April 28, 2012
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Posted May 21, 2012
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