Lethal Journey

Lethal Journey

by Kim Cresswell

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"An entertaining and complex novella with some solid twists at the end."--Cheryl Kaye Tardif, international bestselling author of SUBMERGED

Manhattan District Attorney, Lauren Taylor, is about to take on the most important case of her career, prosecuting Gino Valdina, acting mob boss of New York’s most influential crime syndicate.

For three decades, Gino Valdina has led New York’s Valdina crime family. Since his recent indictment for murder, the leadership of the family is in turmoil, appalled by the death of one of their own, Gino’s wife, Madelina. Without the support of the family behind him, Valdina will do anything to save himself.

But Lauren soon discovers, things aren’t always as they seem when she’s tossed into a mystery, a deadly conspiracy that reaches far beyond the criminal underworld and a journey into the past makes her a target…and anyone she’s ever loved.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940045291989
Publisher: Kim Cresswell
Publication date: 12/01/2013
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 154 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Kim Cresswell resides in Ontario, Canada and is the bestselling and award-winning author of the action-packed WHITNEY STEEL series. Kim recently signed a 3-book German translation deal with LUZIFER Verlag for the first three books in the series: Reflection, Retribution and Resurrect. The popular series will be published in German beginning in 2018. Her debut romantic suspense, REFLECTION (A Whitney Steel Novel - Book One), has won numerous awards: RomCon®'s 2014 Readers' Crown Finalist (Romantic Suspense), InD'tale Magazine 2014 Rone Award Finalist (Suspense/Thriller), UP Authors Fiction Challenge Winner (2013), Silicon Valley's Romance Writers of America (RWA) "Gotcha!" Romantic Suspense Winner (2004), Honourable Mention in Calgary's (RWA) The Writer's Voice Contest (2006). LETHAL JOURNEY won RomCon®'s 2014 Readers' Crown (Thriller) and was a finalist in From the Heart Romance Writers (FTHRW) Golden Gate Contest (2003).

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Lethal Journey 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
HumorMyWay More than 1 year ago
This was a very surprising story with an ending that will blow your mind. No one seems to be innocent from friends of the family to business associates everyone seem guilty. The author puts so many twists and turns your head will spin as you try to work out who did it and who will be next on the killers list. The author gives you flash backs of Lauren that she would rather forget that pulls you in making your heart break for this family. There was death in her family at a very young age, she has lost so much and may lose more even her life before the killer is done.. The who and why will really bring home news in today’s headlines. The author gives you an action packed, intriguing, intense suspenseful mystery from the first page that keeps your heart beating overtime as she pulls you from one scene to the next keeping you so invested you forget you are listening. Ms Hansen does a great job on this narration the only issues I saw was when she was speaking in her own voice she sounded like she was reading it, it wasn’t as smooth as the rest of the audio. The narrator’s voice is good, her character voices are outstanding really pulling you in with true emotions and excitement. There are no background noises or any places where the volume changes. I heard no repeat of words just a smooth exciting listen. If any breaks were taken I could not tell. Her many different character voices are outstanding you have no trouble knowing who is speaking or what emotion they are feeling. Her female voices were just as wonderful as her males. This is one narrator that can really pull off the emotion turmoil that the author wants you to feel giving you a highly entertaining listen as you are impacted by the facts of being hunted down as bullets fly around you. I had no trouble visually playing the scenes in my mind as the narrator unfolded them for me. Ms. Hansen’s really puts the excrement into the read grabbing your attention and holding it from the first page to the last making your heart beat faster as her tones match the action going on around you. I really enjoyed this audio it has a great plot which at times has you one the edge and at other times blow my mind. There is a little romance from a man from Lauren past who she never got over. He takes keeping her safe seriously as things heat up between them it gets even hotter when the plot thickens as the author spins a tale of danger making the read keep guessing who wants her dead. Everything is pointing to Gino Valdina the head of the New York crime family whose wife was killed and is on trial for her murder. It goes much deeper than this when family and friends end up dead leaving Lauren at a lost. She is on a downward spin as friends look to be enemies. Nick adds a lot to the story line as he does his best to keep Lauren safe. He has ghost of his own that has haunted him through time but seems to be getting his act together. Her father is a very strong man who has always been there for her always being her hero. I liked all these characters and supporting characters that give so much to the plot and adds lots of mystery. Although this is somewhat a romance the story is based more of mystery, thriller and suspense. It is a very entertaining story that will keep you on the edge time and again. The ending did cross my mind at one point but I wasn’t sure it still have a very big impacted. If you are looking for a short read or listen that keeps you invest this is the one for you with thrills
Lori_Zalewski More than 1 year ago
Find this review and more at Lusty Penguin Reviews! Lovers of romantic suspense and thrillers with thoroughly enjoy Kim Cresswell’s novella Lethal Journey. Cresswell effectively tells her story, alternating points of view between District Attorney Lauren Taylor and Detective Eric Brennen. After years apart, former lovers Lauren and Eric join forces to bring down Gino Valdina, the leader of a crime syndicate. Lauren wants to put Gino behind bars because her father wasn’t able to do it while he was a district attorney. Eric’s reasons are personal too—Gino murdered his father. While working together, Lauren and Eric discuss the reasons they broke up in the first place. Eric saw Lauren as a spoiled daddy’s girl. On the other hand, Lauren didn’t like how Eric’s social drinking got out of hand. Cresswell effectively uses flashbacks to fully accentuate how Lauren and Eric have grown and changed in the years they were apart. The chemistry between them sizzles and builds throughout the story until they succumb to a night of passionate and hot lovemaking. Lauren and Eric are a fascinating couple as they decide if they should give a relationship another chance while solving the overlying mystery and conspiracy. Edge-of-your-seat action, compelling characters, and the shocking conclusion make Lethal Journey an outstanding not-to-be-missed thriller. I received an eBook copy of the book from the author for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Wintry8 More than 1 year ago
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. I love a good romantic-suspense novel and I was so happy that this one exceeds the expectations I had for it. I’m used to a suspense novel that only gets intriguing by at least the 15th page. Lethal Journey is not one of those books. I was pulled in from the get-go and couldn’t stop reading no matter how hard I tried, and only stopped once real life hit me over the head and made me put it down. The plot was strong and well-written, without leaving even a little bit of a clue as to whodunit. I loved that, because when it all came out, it made the shock-factor go through the roof. Fast-paced and completely riveting, this book was everything I love about romantic thrillers. The tension between the two main characters leaped off the pages and their chemistry had me burning up and more than once I shouted at the page that the two of them should just get a room and work things out. Of course, in the next sentence something related to the mystery would happen and bam! Sexual tension dissipated. But it never lasted long. There was a big douchebag idiot in the book and boy was I happy at the way his story played out. Some might pity him, some might hate him. Me? I just got this warm feeling close to the end.  Typically I would give this book a five-star rating, but I’m giving it a four, because I would have liked a bit more of the characters backstory and I found it was a bit too short for my liking. Still an amazing read and a fantastic book that is perfect for a stormy night.
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
Cresswell`s latest story is intensely suspenseful and extremely emotional.  She draws on real life events, even if they aren`t those most of us encounter everyday, to create an unforgettable tale.  Cresswell uses medical and legal jargon to enhance her story.  You are immersed in the world of the DA & of the crime syndicate of New York.   The characters in this novel are all quite well developed.  I appreciate how you can really see them fighting against their pasts to be the people that they want to be, rather than the one that that society expects.  The real life, down to earth dialogue enhances each of the characters.  Cresswell also uses the appropriate dialect and slang for each of her characters, making each more realistic and unique.   Overall, this was a brilliant romantic suspense that will really keep you guessing.  I was definitely thrown for a loop at the end.  It`s a great, quick read for everyone.   Please note that I received this novel free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Shellbelle1 More than 1 year ago
Lethal Journey by Kim Cresswell is a winner. This romantic suspense story has all the elements a good book should have. The book is well written. The main characters are well developed and come to life. The secondary characters are realistic and are a huge support to the characters and plot. The plot is original, well executed, and fast paced. The overall flow of the story is fast paced, intense, and full of surprises. The sexual chemistry between the main characters is sizzling. Overall, this is a very good book. District Attorney Lauren Taylor is about to go to trial in a high profile case against mob boss Gino Valdina. This case can make or break her career. This case may also be the end of her life. Mysterious accidents begin to happen to Lauren and her father, who is the head district attorney. Threats are made, evidence disappears, people are being hurt. All evidence and clues lead to Gino Valdina. It is almost impossible to prove he is behind everything that is happening. It is obvious he has connections inside the courts and inside the police department. What makes this case even more dangerous is the fight for power inside the mob’s circle. They are all vying for Gino’s position as mob boss. The only person Lauren can turn to and trust is her former boyfriend, Detective Eric Brennan. Their relationship had ended on a bad note. As Eric learns of Lauren’s troubles he realizes these may be related to the case he is working on. He is working on finding his father’s killer in a mob related raid. Could these two cases be related? Can he save Lauren from the same fate as his father? As Eric and Lauren investigate the accidents, the crimes committed, the relationship of those crimes to her present case, they realize they may have a chance of a permanent relationship that can last. It can only last if they can stay alive. LThis book was intense, edgy, and kept me on the edge of my seat. There were surprises I did not see coming. I highly recommend this book! Kim Cresswell is a very gifted writer and is the master of suspense.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
***I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.*** Lethal Journey is a short crime novel that is incredibly intriguing and fast paced. Lauren Taylor is an attorney working in the District Attorney’s Office. She is the lead attorney prosecuting a very well know mafia boss accused of killing his wife. Lauren has a lot to prove as her father is the lead District Attorney, and he will be retiring soon, not to mention the rivalry between her and the other male attorney, Troy. As the trial date nears, Lauren and her father begin receiving threats and several attempts are made on their lives. Detective Eric Brennan is also investigating the Valdina family because he thinks it’s connected to his father’s killing. This is where the story gets very interesting because Lauren and Eric were once lovers and now find themselves thrown together again. Will they find romance again before one if not both of them are killed? The novel is more crime thriller than romance although I was able to see and feel the incredible chemistry between Lauren and Eric. When I say it is a thriller and fast paced, I am not kidding! There is so much that happens in the course of this short book that it will make your head spin. Once I started reading, it was very hard to put down. I would think I knew who was behind all the killings and disappearances, and the author would completely pull the rug out from under my feet. The last few pages were unbelievable!!!! I really did not see that ending happening. In fact, I had to stop and re-read the last few pages to make sure I was reading the words correctly. There has only been one other crime thriller that has fooled me like this one did. It was very well-written especially seeing as it was a shorter novel. I am looking forward to reading more by Kim Cresswell. If you are in the mood for a fast paced thriller, give this one a try!