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Black Dawn
     

Black Dawn

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by Cristin Harber
 

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What happens when nothing is as it seems?

After inventing a sought-after intel program, Lexi Dare is on a one-woman mission to stay alive. Both at home and at work. Because how did she end up with a ring on her finger and an abuser in bed as she readies to hit the high point in her career? Everything should be perfect. Amazing job. Handsome fiancé.

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What happens when nothing is as it seems?

After inventing a sought-after intel program, Lexi Dare is on a one-woman mission to stay alive. Both at home and at work. Because how did she end up with a ring on her finger and an abuser in bed as she readies to hit the high point in her career? Everything should be perfect. Amazing job. Handsome fiancé. It's all a disaster.

Parker Black is the brains behind Titan Group, an elite security firm. In his world, everything is ordered and controlled, except what he feels for his buddy's girl. Something in her eye screams for help, but he has no idea what.

When Lexi disappears, Parker realizes what he should have known. The lines blur between friendships and work, and they must find each other to survive a terror attack that only Lexi can stop.

Black Dawn can be read as a standalone and does not have a cliffhanger.

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Kirkus Reviews
2015-07-07
A hacker stuck in a destructive relationship fends off terrorists all while being wooed by a handsome fellow hacker in Harber's (Hart Attack, 2014) romantic thriller.Lexi Dare prefers anonymity; her business adviser, Shadow, is the only person who knows she's celebrated hacker SilverChaos. Her latest code, Monarch, is likely to ignite a bidding war in its upcoming auction. Lexi's personal life, however, is a struggle; she can't find the strength to leave her abusive fiance, Matt. When Matt's pal Parker Black, of a private security force called Titan, witnesses Matt assaulting Lexi, he intervenes. But Matt is only one of Lexi's troubles. Shadow's already enlisted Parker, who, unbeknownst to Lexi is hacker BlackDawn, to provide security for the Monarch deal. And sure enough, a terrorist faction wants simply to steal Monarch, targeting its creator as well, while Parker and Lexi struggle to ensure her safety. The novel, despite the presence of hackers and terrorist baddies, is first and foremost a romance. Once Parker rescues Lexi, for example, their flourishing romance sidelines everything else as it leads to the (inevitable) sex scenes. This part of the story takes up so many of the pages that it's a little too easy for readers to forget about the people looking to harm Lexi. Suspense, accordingly, dips. Nevertheless, the couple's moments together provide many erotic highlights. The Arab terrorists, meanwhile, aren't much of a threat until near the end, when their plot is finally hatched with devastating consequences. It's Matt who proves the most terrifying of the villains. His abuse of Lexi, for instance, isn't just physical. He manipulates her, making her believe that it's her fault when he hits or berates her, a frighteningly realistic portrayal of the dynamics of abuse that elicits a stronger emotional response than the largely nameless terrorists. Harber fully embraces a few of the genre's trademarks, including endless references to blue eyes: Parker's are "smoldering," Lexi's "icy." But this hardly lessens the couple's overall chic, two intelligent characters with invigorating tech skills and their own superbikes. Sure to appease readers interested in romance, but Harber supports it with a solid thriller foundation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781942236177
Publisher:
Mill Creek Press
Publication date:
07/14/2015
Series:
Cristin Harber's Titan Series , #8
Pages:
286
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Cristin Harber is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author. She writes sexy, steamy new adult, romantic suspense, and military romance. Readers voted her onto Amazon's Top Picks for Debut Romance Authors in 2013, and her debut Titan series was both a #1 romantic suspense and #1 military romance bestseller.

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