Shadow of Doubt

Shadow of Doubt

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by P. A. DePaul

“Nonstop action and heart-melting romance on every page!" — Julie Ann Walker, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

The new SBG novel from the author of Exchange of Fire

When her secretly filmed tryst shows up on the internet, Michelle Alger goes on the run. She has no choice. Not only was her one-night stand


“Nonstop action and heart-melting romance on every page!" — Julie Ann Walker, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

The new SBG novel from the author of Exchange of Fire

When her secretly filmed tryst shows up on the internet, Michelle Alger goes on the run. She has no choice. Not only was her one-night stand the son of a US senator, but he’s been murdered—and she’s the number one suspect. With both the senator and an avenging drug lord on her trail, her life is in danger. There’s only one man she can trust. He saved her once, but will he still be her hero six years later?

Captain Jeremy Malone and the rest of Delta Squad have the senator’s order: find the mystery woman who killed my son. But to Jeremy, she’s no mystery. Six years ago his team of Green Berets rescued her from the torturous clutches of a Colombian cartel, and he’s never forgotten her. His personal and covert mission: find Michelle before anyone else. When he and Michelle do meet again, the sparks are explosive and consuming. They’re also dangerous as hell.

Because with each new bit of evidence, Jeremy suspects that Michelle’s innocence may be a ruse—a beautiful trap set by a woman who has even more secrets yet to bare.

Praise for Shadow of Doubt
“Nonstop action and heart-melting romance on every page! P.A. DePaul is a bold new voice in romantic suspense.”— Julie Ann Walker, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

Praise for Exchange of Fire
“If you enjoy military action, suspense, steamy romance, and a little danger, this is the series for you.” —Library Journal

"A pulse-pounding thrill ride from start to finish that will leave you clamoring for more."—Elle Kennedy, author of the Killer Instincts series

“A dynamic tale…fast-paced and riveting, with surprises at every turn of the plot.”—Fresh Fiction

“This book was everything I love about romantic suspense.”—Smitten with Reading

P.A. DePaul is a multi-genre romance author including erotic, paranormal fantasy, romantic suspense, and the SBG series which includes Exchange of Fire. 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.

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SBG Novel , #2
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P.A. DePaul is a multi-genre romance author including erotic, paranormal fantasy, romantic suspense, and the SBG series which includes Exchange of Fire. 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.

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Shadow of Doubt 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
This is the story of Jeremy Malone or Cappy, as everyone knows him and Michelle Alger, a woman he rescued when he was in the army six years ago. Even though she had been beaten and tortured, when they first locked eyes as he picked her up, they both felt the connection they had. After he loaded her on the rescue helicopter he wrote his name and phone number on a piece of paper, put it in her hand, kissed her in the spot behind her ear and told her if she ever needed him to call and he'd be there, no questions asked. Who knew it would be six years before she would need to call that number. There is an amazing collection of people who make up a black ops military group called Sweet Briar Group. Cappy is the commander of SBG. This is an awesome military romance. First of all, these people that make up SBG are all unique but amazing in their own way. They all have their deep-rooted issues and this story happens to be about Cappy's. The guilt eats at him constantly, for the past six years. He thinks what happened to his team and Michelle, is all his fault. He'll soon realize that the SBG team is more like family than he realized.  Every inch of this book is crucial to the story line. There are no boring spots. It's all action-packed and often had me reading on the edge of my seat. It's very hard seeing Michelle suffer through an episode of PTSD from her captivity in Columbia. Watching this super sexy, alpha military man be so gentle with her is touching. This is book 2 in the SBG series. I must go read book one. A reader can never have enough favorite books or authors. Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
Fantastic romantic suspense, fast paced action and really adorable couple, Jeremy and Michelle, trying to find a way to have a future and happiness with each other. That road is not easy, but the connection they have is so hot, real, and passionate, it just left me breathless. They both have their issues, they have their history, and to work on those, while running for their lives, makes the story intense. Add to that the constant danger, and you have a story that is hard to put down. The book is part of a series, and I wish I had read the previous book before, the plentiful of characters would have been more familiar, and there were several comments on the previous events, that would have made more sense. Just saying you could get more out of the story by reading them in order. Also, all the characters have their say, on the other words, their point of view in the story. This certainly can make a reader feel like they are living the moments with the team, but it can also spread the story so wide open, it comes to exhausting to keep up with it all. I usually like to just focus on one couple at the time, not bits and pieces of many developing relationships in different stages, as the case was here. But mostly I truly enjoyed the story, the action, the absolutely heartrendingly beautiful scenes between Jeremy and Michelle, and the team, that it is hilarious in its own weird, dysfunctional way. ~ Four Spoons!
HafwynD More than 1 year ago
Shadow Of Doubt is book 2 in P.A. DePaul's SBG series. I loved the first one and was seriously looking forward to this one. I expected it to be just as good, maybe a little better than Exchange of Fire (book 1) but it knocked it out of the water! This book blew me away! The setting, plot, and characters are all unique. Shadow Of Doubt can be enjoyed as a standalone novel, but reading Exchange of Fire will enhance your reading enjoyment. You will get a better sense of camaraderie between the group members and what they went through to make them the way they are. The book begins 6 years in the past with Michelle and the rest of her lab group taking an excursion into the jungle for a college class to collect samples. This went horribly wrong when gunmen showed up kidnapping Michelle. Jeremy Malone a C.O. in the Green Berets rescued Michelle from her hell and even as she dubs him Cappy he laid a silent claim to her that he never thought he would fulfill. He put her on the chopper and promised her if she ever needed him he would come running no questions asked. Move on into the present, Cappy is no longer a Beret and considered a dead man and is the CO of the Black Ops Delta Squad for Sweet Briar Group and Michelle is "dead" and placed in Witness Protection. Neither forgot the other, but when Michelle is framed for a murder and calls Cappy the connection felt during rescue is still there and becomes stronger every moment they are together. They have to fight the past and present to have a possible future. So many players after Cappy and Michelle and in the background a few romantic possibilities are in the making! I am so hooked on this series. The writing is realistic and engrossing. The action keeps me on the edge, just waiting to see where it is going to lead me next. Even serious moments that are made hilarious and you can not help but laugh. This series is a must read, you will not be disappointed. I highly recommend this book.
TheSassyBookster More than 1 year ago
A few pages into this book and my first thought was: "who goes to a South American country and wanders the rain-forest without armed military escort?" I wouldn't! And if I had to, I'd have to have an exceptional reason and a battalion of troops along with me as well as some air support! Unfortunately for our heroine, her decision to explore the Colombian rain-forest leads to the most horrific experience of her life. Michelle Alger was an exchange student on a trip to Colombia when she was captured and tortured by a cartel until she was rescued by a specialized military team led by Captain Jeremy Malone. Even though their interaction was very brief, a powerful bond was forged between them, a bond that would lead to them being reunited six years later. It's been six years since Colombia and Michelle has mostly kept to herself but the one time she lets her guard down, she becomes embroiled in a murder and goes on the run. Out of options, she contacts Jeremy for help. What she doesn't know is that Jeremy is a part of a clandestine group of operators headed by the senator whose son she's accused of killing and he has his orders regarding her. What follows is an exciting story of unending suspense, intense action and an unbreakable bond that ends in forever love. Both Michelle and Jeremy are unprepared for the strength of the attraction between them and Jeremy finds himself torn between following the orders he's been given and protecting Michelle. SHADOW OF DOUBT exceeded my expectations in every way and has netted Ms. DePaul a place at the top of my list of must-read authors because I was completely drawn in by the writing. The story is like a giant puzzle and only the reader has all the pieces and the task of putting them together to form a picture. Everything appears to be working against the characters and they can't just catch a break! Speaking of characters, Michelle was a warrior in my opinion. Her experiences were enough to break even a hardened soldier, but she kept her head up and fought to regain control of her life. And she was exactly what Jeremy needed. Jeremy was a man hardened by war and loss but with Michelle in his life, he has hope. I was not expecting how emotionally affected I would be by their bond and I loved that Michelle stood up to him and the rest of the team when needed. I really enjoy stories where there is a lot of interaction with secondary characters without the main characters being lost and that was one reason why I loved SHADOW OF DOUBT so much. The secondary characters are so much a part of what happens with the main characters that the story wouldn't be what it is without them. SBG put together a motley crew of people who each have a story to tell and whose personal experiences benefit the entire group in some way. I loved SHADOW OF DOUBT so much that even before I had finished it, I purchased the first book in the series and was on the author's website looking for information on the rest of the series. Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a confusing book. Too many people and to many different names. I couldn't keep up with whose who. Did not read all to boring.
Ayamekins More than 1 year ago
P.A. DePaul has done it again! I loved the first book Exchange of Fire, and Shadow of Doubt was just as phenomenal! The telling of Michelle and Cappy's story is one filled with twists and turns and yet told so well that you never get lost. The two of them had such a connection to each other when they first met, and the awful circumstances that bring them back together prove the connection to each other is still there and going strong. Cappy being there for Michelle and helping her deal with PTSD was such a wonderful thing. I cannot wait for the next book from the Delta Squad!
nancy-h_ More than 1 year ago
I'm in heaven. I adore this series. Shadow of Doubt by P.A.DePaul has it all. Action! Excitement! Romance and adventure! The story is easy to read. It flows beautifully and you are never bored. The characters make you laugh, cry and root for that happy ending. Cappy is the leader of an elite group of men and women. They protect the innocent. He makes you melt. He fell for Michelle under unusual circumstances. She is a survivor and I admire her strength. It is an awesome read and I highly recommend this book.
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
I was introduced to this author and series by Anna over at Herding Cat & Burning Soup. She had such good things to say about it, that I had to check out the first book in the series myself. I really enjoy strong female characters and one who is a sniper seemed a good fit. I liked the book, and was excited to see book 2 come available on Netgalley. This book picks up shortly after the end of Exchange of Fire. This time are heroine is from the civilian world and the hero is Cappy, head of Delta Squad. Michelle was rescued from being tortured by a Columbian Cartel 6 years ago. Rescued by Captain Jeremy "Cappy" Malone, the same night his entire team is killed in a car bomb at the cartel compound. Cappy went into the SBG, Michelle into Witness Protection. Cappy had given Michelle his number and told her if she ever needed him, he would come, no questions asked. And with her being the number one suspect in the death of a senator's son, she needs him. There were several times that I shed tears in this book. Michelle has been through a horrifying experience and her scars aren't just skin deep. Cappy thinks he's not good enough for her, what with all the members of his team dying that night and his survivor's guilt. These are two broken people who somehow miraculously fit together and make each other better. Their journey towards acceptance of themselves is skillfully intertwined with the overall story arc.  Bad guy Victor returns, still pulling strings and manipulating events to his benefit. But we also get to see more in-depth into the other members of Delta Squad and Senator Bob. There is a definite plan in place for the overall story arc, and each individual book gives us a bit more to puzzle over how it will eventually end up. This book spoke to me much more than the first one. I think with the characters and their personalities in place, more time could be spent on their interpersonal dynamics and how they relate to one another versus the outside world. There was less world building and more character building. I strongly suggest starting with book 1 for the complete experience and background. This was a 4 star read for me. Thank you to Netgalley and Penguin Intermix for the opportunity to read and review the book.
adria_r More than 1 year ago
Michelle Alger has endured enough hell on earth to make a grown man beg for mercy. Six years ago she was tortured by a Colombian cartel and while she was rescued, she has never been able to overcome the trauma, or forget the man who saved her. Now she’s wanted for the murder of a senator’s son and has no choice but to run. Not knowing who to trust she turns to the man who saved her life hoping that he can save her once again. Captain “Cappy” Jeremy Malone has never forgotten the woman he and his team of Green Berets rescued but given his new life as not only a member but a leader of the super elite Delta Squad, he was forced to push her memory to the back of his mind. Now with the senator ordering his team to bring his son’s killer to justice, Jeremy has no choice but to face his past and the woman who could make or break him. Once again author P.A. DePaul delivered a fast paced mix of action, suspense and mystery! Shadow of Doubt took another of the mysterious members of Delta Squad and laid his secrets bare. Cappy, the much loved and respected leader of the team seemed so indestructible. I didn’t think he had any weaknesses. About three pages into Shadow of Doubt that all changed. I loved the brief but very significant glimpse into Cappy’s life when he was just Captain Jeremy Malone. It gave me such a clear picture of who he was and who he became but it also showed such raw emotions that aren’t always present in the hardened warrior he became. With Michelle, he didn’t pull the macho man card or use her circumstances to control her. He was as straight forward with her as he could be without compromising his team but he also had this tenderness that revealed a lot more about him than all the action sequences could. Michelle, while the main victim of the story never gave up on survival. Even with severe PTSD and enough fear flooding her veins to make her into a total mental case, she kept herself together, only allowing herself tears when everyone was safe. She wasn’t what I was used to in a heroine; she was more of a damsel in distress which kind of irked me. She did have one great moment of awesomeness when she thought Cappy was being threatened. If Michelle had tapped into that side of herself from the very beginning, she would have been a much better heroine in my eyes. I get that she needed help out of the situation she was in but a little more physical cooperation and a little less “follower” attitude goes a long way in making a strong heroine. Shadow of Doubt definitely brought the mystery with the team trying to figure out who is responsible for the murder of the senator’s son. With so many possibilities, author P.A. DePaul lead me on a merry chase trying to figure out who the villain was. Each possibility was valid and I saw how each one could be “the one” but I didn’t even get close to figuring it out by the time the curtain was lifted and the identity of the antagonist was actually revealed. That’s truly one thing I hope DePaul continues to do in this series: Keep me guessing and on my toes. That’s what makes a solid romantic suspense. With Cappy’s past now out in the open that leaves only three more members of the team including the heartbroken but scary as heck Talon. Is it wrong that I want his book next? Of course, the romance novel reading Romeo could be interesting too. There’s no way that guy can be all smiles and charm all the time. Either way, I’m just as eager to learn these characters’ real names as I am their back stories so I’m good with whoever is next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series made a reader out of me! Fast paced, action paced with the ability to make you feel like you're right there with the characters.  Cappy  and Michelle's story will keep you up way too late and cause sleepless nights because you just can't put it down. Shadow of Doubt  is a stand alone book but for more insite to Delta Squad read Exchange of Fire first.  Excellent reads, I'm hooked on this author.  Can't wait for more from P.A. DePaul.
ehaney578 More than 1 year ago
P.A. DePaul dazzles me again in the second installment of her SBG series!  I’m so glad we’re back with the Delta Squad as they are tasked with finding a murder suspect for a senator’s son. When the suspect turns out to be a woman from Cappy’s past, he immediately starts looking for her. The woman he saved years ago could not be a cold-blooded killer…could she? What starts out as a murder investigation turns into a multi-faceted enigma that challenges all of Cappy’s beliefs in the woman of his dreams. Buckle your seatbelts folks, because you’re in for a wild ride! I really enjoyed SHADOW OF DOUBT! I loved Cappy and about fell out of my chair every time he took his shirt off! What a dream boat! The story was engaging and held my interest throughout the book and pulled at my heartstrings several times. Michelle’s journey has been a tough one; suffering from PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder) from her captivity six years prior really did a number on her. I loved how Cappy grounded her and was able to pull her from the PTSD episodes.  I thought Cappy and Michelle were paired well together but I did feel Michelle’s character was a little one dimensional. All we really saw of Michelle was her fragility after the kidnapping. She did toughen up at the end and I liked how she was able to start to empower herself. I’ll have to wait to see how she’s developed in the next books in order to see her depth and range. I did have one tiny issue with Romeo. Yes, he is a sexy ladies’ man and it’s obvious from EXCHANGE OF FIRE that he and Magician—a female Delta Force team member—have undeniable chemistry but they aren’t together. What I didn’t like was that I felt Romeo exploits that around Magician by flirting and hitting on other women right in front of her. I’m not sure if these two will be together or not but I think Magician can do MUCH better than that jerk. All-in-all, it was a great read full of suspense, a little intrigue…and did I mention Cappy taking his shirt off? *dreamy sigh* ***I was gifted an eBook copy from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own***
fr_larsson More than 1 year ago
Finding herself framed for murder, and caught on tape, Michelle runs, and needs help. She reaches out to the man who saved her six years ago, hoping he can come through with his old promise.. Jeremy gave up his old life and signed up with the covert organization Delta Squad, but never forgot his last assignment in Colombia, or the woman he saved. When she calls for help, he´ll do whatever he can to help. Contemporary romance, action, suspense and smutty fluff in a great combo.
taisheena More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book by CL Parker. The story was refreshing and seeing her perspective become dimensional on the pages was marvelous. I was so intrigued that I couldn’t put it down. I kept flipping pages until the end. Good surprises as well as bad ones. It will keep you enthralled. It’s a dog eat dog world as Shaw and Cassidy know. The story is wrapped around their quest to be a partner at their agency. They each try to seduce the other to get to the top. It is great fun to watch things unfold for this couple. I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Angela and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog Hero worship or rescue complex? Oh no, their relationship so much more than that. Cappy and Michelle had an instant connection from the first time they met. It wasn’t the best of circumstance, but it was obvious that the connection was strong. To prove, even after six years had passed, their feelings are still there. It was palpable, mutual and cannot be denied. After Captain Jeremy Malone aka Cappy and his team rescued Michelle Alger from a Cartels, they had gone their separate ways trying to survive the tragedy they experienced. But not a day passed that they didn’t think of the other. Their paths will cross again when Michelle is caught up in the murder of the Senator’s son. As fate would have it, Cappy leads the Delta Squad, who will help the Senator find the murderer and help find her freedom and maybe love. Unfortunately, so much has happened, so much is at stake, and there’s so much more they will need to deal with before they can ever be together. SBG is turning out to be a good series to follow. I thoroughly enjoyed the first installment, Exchange of Fire, and I found Shadow of Doubt even more enjoyable. It was a good blend of suspense, action, and romance. The twists and turns of the story kept me intrigued and reading on. I enjoyed Cappy and Michelle’s story; they’re sexual tension was off the hook. I also loved the camaraderie, banters and the fights this group has. But what I love most about this book is the secondary character build up which lacked from the previous installment. I feel like I got a good view of who the members of the team are, and it made me want to read more about them. Which brings me to the point of who the next book will be about. Looks like Romeo and Magician will be a couple. From what I can see there will be some angst and a lot of hurt in that story. But I’m hoping it will be Talon’s story. He’s been hurt bad, and he deserves his HEA. That’s definitely an anticipated read for me and I cannot wait! *ARC provided by publisher
kimmythegreat More than 1 year ago
**Book provided by the author for an honest review** This romantic suspense was amazing! The story takes place six years in the past with "Cappy" Captain Jeremy Malone and his team of merrimen on a rescue mission of a young woman by the name of Michelle Alger who was kidnapped by a drug cartel. The moment Cappy laid eyes on Michelle he was love struck. He felt this undeniable desire to scoop her up in his arms and nurse her back to health himself and never let her out of his sight! But life and work always get in the way. Present day, Cappy is struggling with the horrific reality of killing his team when exacting revenge on the cartel for what they did to Michelle. Michelle has been put into the Witness Protection Program along with her parents but in separate locations for there own safety. Michelle is framed for murder while on a date with Senator Bob Harris's son. Cappy is called on by Senator Harris to help locate the killer of his son, that just so happens to be thought of as Michelle! Senator Harris is one of the few aware of the secret team and has helped them with there missions via dealing with the bureaucrats! Once Michelle is located, the cat and mouse game begin with keeping Michelle alive, and finding the cat that is hunting them. Oh and keeping his wood tucked in his pants as well! Damn men! LOL! I love the relationships with the team members and there complicated issues with each other and themselves. It appears they would all follow Cappy through fire, he just doesn't realize how much that affects his personal life until later on in the book. The love story between Cappy and Michelle was definitely hero worship but reverse. Who wouldn't be in awe of a gorgeous man that comes to your rescue, but for Cappy to fall for her, seeing her bound and beaten is kind of amazing. The action had me on the edge of my seat as the team ducked and covered for their lives! I will forever swoon over a man in uniform, and hope like hell if I'm ever in a life or death situation that I am rescued by a hot, ripping man!! I'm keeping my radar open for the next book, and stalking the author because I loved this book!
oktravelchick_421 More than 1 year ago
The story of Michelle and Jeremy. Michelle has had a tough life (to be for sure!).  Actions that happened in her past, led her to her hero - Jeremy.  A super HOT military man that rescued her some years back. Wouldn't you know, she manages to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, and needs to depend upon Jeremy to save her once again.  The problem - Jeremy now works for the man that insists she actually did this bad act.  But Jeremy already knows her, and knows there is no way she could have done this. A continuation of the series, this brings back some characters we met in the first book.  Though it could be standalone, I think it's better if the books are read in succession for the most enjoyment. I really did enjoy this book and recommend it highly.  Lots of action, and romance, and hot military men! What's not to like?! Romance Readers received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. 
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
Great romantic suspense with lots of action as well as sexual tension. Even though as readers we learn early on the bad guys are, the story is written is such a way that you are still drawn into their journey to uncover the truth and prove Michelle's innocence. Michelle is such as strong character, even if she has trouble believing it herself. Cappy is the perfect hero, both protective and tender with Michelle. The relationship between the members of Delta Squad is impressive in both professional and personal levels. I really looking forward to Romeo and Magician's story as well as Talon's - I can't wait to see his walls come down. ARC via NetGalley
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
J: Just LOVED it!!! Great plot, lots of suspense and action, and believable romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Action, romance and unraveling mystery brings back what good books are made of. Miss reading books like this! A Must read, hell I may even read it again!