Shadow of Deceitby Mal Olson
Once Crazaniak convinces Shannon she needs his protection, they
Shannon Riedel faces down danger when a gunman breaks into her office claiming her dead husband swindled him. When FBI agent Tony Crazaniak arrives to investigate, sexual heat sizzles. The ex-Delta Force operative's massive presence and dark eyes trigger an attraction the young widow finds unnerving.
Once Crazaniak convinces Shannon she needs his protection, they partner to unearth secrets her husband left behind-secrets involving a Tanzanian mine that yields perfect blue diamonds coveted by dealers around the world-secrets connected to a terrorist leader Crazanaik has vowed to take down.
With danger surrounding them, two emotionally wounded souls bond, but can they put their demons to rest and trust in love? Can they survive long enough to find out?
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Meet the Author
Mal Olson writes adrenaline kicked romantic suspense. She enjoys skydiving, ski jumping, SCUBA, hang gliding, big wave surfing, car racing, mountain climbing-that is, vicariously through her characters, who are always kick-ass, and often boss her around rather than allowing her to spin her stories the way she intends. (She did, however, personally engage in zip lining this past summer.)
Her debut novel Shadow of Deceit is an edge of the seat romantic suspense-thriller set in Milwaukee and parts of northern Wisconsin. A couple of her favorite reviews came from Beverly at The Wormhole, who said, "Wow! This one has it all! Non-stop action, hot and sexy characters, betrayal, smokin' romance, and a thrilling plot--" and Gothic Mom's Book Review, which stated, "In the 150+ books that I read per year, there are very few that receive a five star rating. Shadow of Deceit did just that. Non stop action, sexual tension, an adventure that had me on the edge of my seat...A fantastic book that had me from page one..."
Too Sexy For His Stetson is another romantic suspense-thriller. This time Olson's bossy characters lead her to the mountains of Northern Idaho, where a deputy sheriff and his female rookie deal with menacing white supremacists, a homicide, a murder cold case, and a threat to a nearby dam-all while trying to keep their hands off each other. Meanwhile, Rambo, the hero's retired K-9, quietly steals the show.
Olson also offers two short stories. Danger Zone, which has spent months in the Kindle top 100 free romantic suspense category, is a guaranteed fifteen minute pulse pounder where two strangers survive a rock 'n roll landing on an icy Milwaukee runway and chase a could-be terrorist into the danger zone. Me and Brad, a feel good romance, features an irresistible K-9 and was ranked in the Kindle free top 100 list for months in the Contemporary Romance category
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Shannon has had her world tor apart before. Now she finds herself in a new danger. A man thinks her deceased husband took money and a diamond from him and wants her to turn them over. Her only protection is FBI agent Tony Crazaniak. She doesn't trust him all the way and she doesn't think her husband has done anything wrong. While the danger keeps piling up around her she has to face the fact her husband had secrets he kept from her and that she may have to trust Tony. Tony knows Shannon is hiding things from him but he needs to keep her safe and track down the men behind the whole operation one who is a known terrorist. While they are together they both begin to fall for each other and have to hop they can truly trust each other. This book is packed full of danger and suspense. It seems like Shannon can't catch a break even though she has had the most horrible thing happen to her. Something she blames her self for and something no one should ever go through. I felt so sorry for her but I hated how she didn't trust the ones she should and did trust others. She has a lot to learn about her husband and she hates how it makes her feel. Tony is a great guy who puts up with a lot from Shannon. He is very protective and caring person. He has to put his wants to the side to do his job. I really like this book and how far both main characters grow and see the important things in life. They see each other for who each one is. Besides the danger there is also the romance. It may happen quickly between them but they have no one to hurt and they make a great pair. If you enjoy a book with suspense with great characters give this one a try.
Mal Olsen’s Shadow of Deceit is a romantic suspense brimming with sexual tension between two people dealing with personal tragedies that have left them scarred and afraid to take a chance on love. When Shannon Riedel is threatened and asked to return goods owed from her deceased husband’s unfinished gem mine deal, FBI agent Tony Crazaniak becomes her shadow, sticking to her, as she compares it, like toilet paper stuck to the bottom of one’s shoe. Shannon unwittingly finds herself caught up in a dangerous world of greed, blood diamonds, and terrorists. The plot of the story is okay; it’s fairly easy to predict upcoming events as Shannon gradually begins to consider the possibility that her husband, Tyler, may have been involved in a lucrative but shady deal. It’s completely understandable that Shannon desperately wants to believe her husband is innocent and that her boss, Rafiel de Rios (an Anthony Bandaros lookalike) could be guilty of the acts Tony suggests. However, I found Shannon to be a frustrating protagonist fighting Tony almost every step of the way in his investigation, even though she’s intrigued by the man and wants to get to know what’s behind the FBI persona Tony projects. She’s threatened, attacked, and followed on numerous occasions, yet she still won’t fully cooperate with Tony, who does everything he can to keep her safe. Even after she grows closer both emotionally and physically, she still withholds evidence essential to the case. Shannon trusts without question those closest to her, but this trait also becomes her greatest weakness making her gullible and vulnerable to the danger surrounding her. Tony has a personal score to settle with the terrorist, Abdul Ahad, and he is passionate in trying to find the evidence he needs to link Ahad with the diamond mine deal under investigation, and it quickly becomes clear to him that Shannon is key to resolving the case. However, I was surprised at how long he was willing to wait to question Shannon. He wasn’t as aggressive with her as I would have expected, and I think his lack of action was geared toward gaining Shannon’s trust. In the meantime, both Shannon and Tony continuously reflect on their attraction toward each other and their reluctance to take the relationship further. After all, Shannon’s involvement is still questionable, and Tony knows he should maintain a professional distance. Furthermore, even though two years have passed since Shannon lost her family, she still feels getting involved with Tony would be a betrayal to Tyler. The book has lots of action in the beginning and at the end. The middle of the book moves more slowly and focuses on the internal emotional conflicts Tony and Shannon face and their feelings and growing desire for one another. I found the romantic aspect to have greater emphasis rather than the FBI investigation in the overall plot. Love scenes are explicit and geared toward mature readers. If you’re a romance reader, you should check out Mal Olsen’s work. Source: I received a copy of the book from the author for an honest review.
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.
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.
(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!
Loved it! 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!