by Janie Crouch

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He'd protect her from any threat...
But what if the biggest threat is him?

Doctor Anne Nichols is back in Oak Creek, Wyoming, only because she has no other options. Here, she was always the shy, stuttering girl, invisible to everyone.

Except Zac Mackay. The very reason she left in the first place.

Zac's years in Special Forces taught him survival skills, and he's created a company--Linear Tactical--to teach those skills to others, so they never have to live in fear.

Then why is Annie, the last person he'd ever want to hurt, afraid of him?

Zac's determined to wipe the fear from the eyes of the woman who has never been far from his mind. And fix the mistakes--his mistakes--that put that look there in the first place.

But a predator has set his sights on Annie. And now survival skills will become much more than lessons...

Product Details

BN ID: 2940159140357
Publisher: Calamity Jane Publishing
Publication date: 09/25/2018
Series: Linear Tactical Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,023
File size: 2 MB

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Cyclone 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved zac and Annie. Great story
Anonymous 4 hours ago
Great book read the series handsome brave men and smart women who are also brave and strong
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Anonymous 2 days ago
A must read if you enjoy a great story that moves fast. Janie Crouch has a great talent with words and actions you have a hard time to stop reading.
Anonymous 3 days ago
Enjoyed the characters and scary plot.
Anonymous 3 days ago
Ok story but I skipped a lot of pages to get through it. It got better toward the end when there was an actual plot. Characters were good and believeable, but the angst of the lead female character got old after awhile.
DebDiem 6 days ago
Wow! Cyclone by Janie Crouch is an outstanding romantic suspense. Ms. Crouch has delivered a well-written book furnished with a cast of characters that is fantastic. I totally love these characters. Zac is a partner in Linear Tactical, a company that teaches various protection techniques. Anne has returned to her hometown after inheriting a house from her best friend's mother. Now she's a doctor at the local hospital struggling to pay off her education loans. Zac and Anne's story is packed with drama, humor, sexy bits, action and suspense. I enjoyed every page of this book and look forward to reading more from Janie Crouch soon. Cyclone is book 1 of the Linear Tactical Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.
Anonymous 7 days ago
I skipped a lot of this book. I don't like women who goes with their best friend man. Anne was in love with Zac in high school and she knew he was Becky's.
Anonymous 8 days ago
started out a little slow but drew you in the more you read.
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Enjoyed the story very much. Looking forward to reading the next book in the series, Eagle.
fantasylandblog More than 1 year ago
Janie Crouch is new to me author. I have to say I enjoyed this story. I have been reading a few suspensive type books lately but this one is a page-turner and I enjoyed the second chance story. And that is not something I usually enjoy. I was hesitant to read this story just on the premise alone. I don't like second chance stories and with a new author, it usually isn't something I do. But the blurb was too good to pass up. So I will say this. Give this book a chance. It really is good.
catlou More than 1 year ago
Zac and Annie have both returned to their hometown. They were sort of friends once, and Zac is determined to find out what has put the fear in her eyes and keep her safe from harm. When Annie’s working as an ER doctor, she’s confident and highly capable, but as a woman, not so much. As she and Zac are getting to know each other again, a predator that’s been hurting women in their local area has set his sights on Annie. Will Zac be able to overcome Annie’s impressions from the past and safeguard her from this growing threat? Will Annie need to protect not only her heart but her own life? This is an intriguing, suspenseful romance. The action is fast-paced and intense, full of emotions and steamy passion. The characters are well-developed and engaging. The storyline is strong and compelling, pulling you in from the beginning and not letting you go until the end. I highly recommend this perfect start to another fantastic series!
tracier More than 1 year ago
Cyclone is a friendship to love, flawed characters, suspenseful romance. The first book in the Linear Tactical series by Janie Crouch is off to a promising start. I enjoyed this story, the character dynamics and the overall interaction will definitely have me coming back for book 2.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this story, the combination of suspense and romance was great !
ShariJ1 More than 1 year ago
Cyclone by Janie Crouch is simply amazing! I finished this book in record time! This story is a heartwarming 2nd chance romance. It was beautifully written with the dramatic flare that is Janie’s specialty. Annie was forced to come home for the first time in six years only because she was feeling like a broke laughing stock. Her cheating childlike ex husband left her broke and alone. She never would have come back because Zac told her to leave. Zac is a widower that has never gotten over the lose of this wife and young son. He doesn’t let any woman get close to him. Until he gets in an accident and his world changes forever. I won’t spoil the story but I will tell you that I was on the edge of my seat and recommend this book to anyone who likes suspense romance! This is the perfect first book for this new series! I can’t wait to get the next book in this series!
Jenn2018 More than 1 year ago
Wow! I loved this super steamy, super suspenseful romance! It's a roller coaster ride that you won't want to get off of!
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
This fabulous story is first in the Linear Tactical series and it features Annie and Zac. Their past was a little complicated and a rocky patch six years ago sent her running away. The way the story was put together was brilliant! So much happened throughout the book and yet there was no unnecessary filler story anywhere. I love that! One sentence in the entire book blew me away. “I WISH I DIDN’T LOVE ZAC SO MUCH SO I COULD GIVE HIM TO YOU” It brought tears to my eyes. The entire book was amazing but that one sentence got me right in the heart. When you read it you’ll understand its meaning. This author has written a great story line with the perfect amount of sizzle and characters you wish were really your friends. This one is a must read! I can’t wait to read the next one.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.75 stars--CYCLONE is the first instalment in Janie Crouch’s contemporary, adult LINEAR TACTICAL romantic, suspense series focusing on a group of former Special Forces soldiers who own and operate Linear Tactical, an Oak Creek, Wyoming business focusing on survival skills, security and protection. This is Special Forces Green Beret / widower Zac ‘Cyclone’ MacKay, and ER physician Anne Nichols Griffin’s story line. Told from dual third person perspectives (Anne and Zac) CYCLONE follows the building relationship between Special Forces soldier / widower Zac ‘Cyclone’ MacKay, and ER physician Anne Nichols Griffin. Six years earlier Anne Nichols’ life imploded when her best friend, and Zac’s wife Becky, along with their young son Micah, was killed in an accident that left Zac a shell of his former self. On the eve of his last deployment, a few days following the death of his beloved wife, Zac destroyed Anne’s already fragile ego, a destruction he doesn’t remember yet is unlikely to forget. Fast forward to present day wherein Anne, now divorced, has returned to her hometown of Oak Creek, Wyoming, to take up a position at the local hospital, a position that places her in direct confrontation with the people from her past. Enter Zac MacKay, and the man with whom Anne Nichols was once in love. What ensues is the rebuilding friendship and relationship between Anne and Zac, and the potential fall-out as a serial rapist descends upon the small-town of Oak Creek, Wyoming targeting our heroine in the process. Anne Nichols Griffin is unable to forget the destructive nature of Zac MacKay’s anger and pain. Having loved Zac from afar, shy and withdrawn Anne Nichols would be the recipient of his hate spewed vitriol meant to hurt and destroy. An unwilling target but a target none the less, Anne bore the brunt of Zac’s grief and temper forcing our heroine to run, and never look back. Zac MacKay doesn’t remember the night he destroyed Anne’s life; a drunken night full of hatred that pushed away the woman with whom he would fall in love. The relationship between Zac and Anne is one of second chances, of a sort. A past mired in loss, pain, heart break and anger, Zac and Anne’s rekindling friendship struggles with Anne’s memories and Zac’s lack thereof. Anne refuses to reveal the truth about what happened, it is only when Zac faces a witness to his adolescent and destructive behavior does our hero truly understand the exact nature of Anne’s reluctance to accept Zac’s friendship at face value. The $ex scenes are intimate and passionate, without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. There is a large ensemble cast of colorful and energetic secondary and supporting characters including a few of Zac’s fellow Special Forces soldiers and business partners: Finn Bollinger, Aiden, Dorian Lindstrom, Finn’s son Ethan, Finn’s sister and local waitress Waverly ‘Wavy’ Bollinger, Sheriffs Curtis Nelson and Landon Rogers, ER nurses Riley Wilde and Mia Stevenson; locals Frank Jenkins, Mayor Barbara Dimont, diner cook Trey, and Frank’s buddy Shawn. Finn’s story line is next in EAGLE. CYCLONE is a story of family, friendship, forgiveness and unrequited love. The premise is engaging and spirited; the characters are broken, flawed but energetic; the romance is emotional and sensual. CYCLONE is a slow building story of drama and suspense, and the fated reunion between friendship and love.