Title: Unholy Alliance
Author: Kathleen Rowland
Genre: Romantic Suspense
A decade ago, Tori Rourke, and her cousin, Vivienne, ran from the Irish mob after witnessing a brutal murder. Tori was framed by the mob, and while she served time in prison, she worried that the killer, Seamus McGinn, had kidnapped her missing cousin.
Attorney Grady D. Fletcher, defender of the wrongly condemned, appeals Tori’s case and wins her release. Now, going by Victoria Morningstar, she runs a food truck from a seedy waterfront neighborhood, hoping to find her cousin’s kidnapper.
When Grady agrees to defend a new client, Samuel Peterson, who’s been accused of beating to death the wife of a noted professor, the evidence mounts. The professor is missing, as well as his laptop that contains data dangerous to national security.
And Seamus McGinn is back, and rumors of a massive annihilation is about to begin. As they race to assist the FBI, the bonds between Grady and Tori are about to be tested. It becomes clear Grady and Tori are falling fast for each other, but what to do about it is a different story. He’s a divorced dad who wants more time with his kid. She brings danger to his front door.
Grady has questions of his own; Is Vivienne at the center of the mob’s operation? How much will it cost Tori before she learns the truth? All Grady knows is the biggest danger is the one standing right behind you.
Victoria Morningstar has spent the last ten years in prison, innocent of the brutal murder she was convicted of. Now, thanks to attorney Grady Fletcher, she’s a free woman. Free from prison, yes, but not from the Irish mob or the man who framed her for murder, Seamus McGinn.
By day, she runs a food truck out of a less than stellar neighborhood and by night, she’s scouring every lead she can to try to find her cousin, Vivienne. Tori’s convinced Seamus has kidnapped her cousin, doing unspeakable torture to her. Tori’s drive propels her into danger but instead of being cautious, she plows ahead.
Grady agrees to defend a new client and the more he investigates, the more he realizes McGinn is back and on the hunt for Tori. Corruption, political intrigue and attempts on Tori’s life throws Grady into the middle of a feud he can’t stop and his heart might be the next victim. Will he throw his son in the crosshairs of the mob to save Tori or is it all too much for him?
I loved this heart-pounding thriller and while the publisher states it’s romantic suspense, I’d classify it more as a thriller. There’s tons of action scenes, a suspenseful plot and the romance really takes a back-seat. A tad disappointing to this romantic suspense fan, thus the four-star rating.
Tori is an amazingly tough and strong heroine. I don’t know if I’d throw myself into the clutches of the one man who framed me for murder. I’d disappear, trekking to Antarctica and living with a colony of penguins.
This is my first book by Kathleen Rowland and I must admit that Unholy Alliance scared me a few times. She’s got an incredible ability to build suspense with detailed narration and characters’ high stakes. I could visualize each scene and it played out like a movie. The secondary characters were well-developed and intriguing. Even McGinn piqued my interest. Highly recommend this thriller!
“Don’t let the anxiety of freedom consume you.”
My Rating: 4 stars
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Book Buyers Best finalist Kathleen Rowland is devoted to giving her readers fast-paced, high-stakes suspense with a sizzling love story sure to melt their hearts. Writing a romantic suspense Irish American series for Tirgearr Publishing, Deadly Alliance is followed by Unholy Alliance with a release date of March 29, 2017. Keep an icy drink handy while reading these hot stories.
Kathleen used to write computer programs but now writes novels. She grew up in Iowa where she caught lightning bugs, ran barefoot, and raced her sailboat on Lake Okoboji. Now she wears flip-flops and sails with her husband, Gerry, on Newport Harbor but wishes there were lightning bugs in California.
Kathleen exists happily with her witty CPA husband, Gerry, in their 70’s poolside retreat in Southern California where she adores time spent with visiting grandchildren, dogs, and neighbors. While proud of their five children who’ve flown the coop, she appreciates the luxury of time to write. If you’d enjoy news, sign up for Kathleen’s newsletter at http://www.kathleenrowland.com/
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N