Thursday, September 3, 2015

Do You Want Me by Nancy Fraser ADULT title (review and GIVEAWAY) GFT



by Nancy Fraser

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Decorated war hero Reece Michaels agrees to go undercover in order to bring down the Irish Mob. In return, the civilian life he’s coveted for the past six years will be returned to him.

Hired by mob boss Sean O’Malley to protect his youngest son, Reece soon discovers the young man needs more protection from his own family than its enemies.

What Reece doesn’t count on is his instant attraction to the police chief’s beautiful and willing daughter. Abby Mackenzie is the younger sister of a woman with whom Reece once had a torrid affair. He’s determined to not give in to Abby’s come-hither ways. After all, one Mackenzie woman was more than enough.


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EXCERPT


“We’re trying to take down Sean O’Malley and his drug operation. Sending in one of my detectives is not an option. You have history with Jason O’Malley. You guys went to school together.”

“We knew each other. I wouldn’t call us friends.”


“You need a job. O’Malley’s always looking for men who can handle themselves physically.”

“And you think he’d hire a decorated veteran?” Reece let out a long sigh. “O’Malley hires crooks, not ex-military.”

“If you can convince him you’ve become disillusioned with the military, with the lack of support for their veterans, he might buy it. Let him think you’re considering becoming a mercenary. If necessary, we can even create a police record for you.”

“I can’t miraculously have a police record.” When Mackenzie might have responded, Reece raised his hand. “I suppose we could develop one over the next few weeks. It would take me some time to get my shit together so I’d fit in with the thugs he calls his ‘guys.’”

“Do you have something in mind?”

“My uncle’s house. I want it out of foreclosure. We could say I broke in. Maybe got arrested for threatening the bank.”

“It’s a beginning, and a good one. What else?”

“Drugs. O’Malley’s got the old neighborhood wired. What if we put the word out I came home with some contacts?

Mackenzie nodded, as if warming to the suggestion. “It might work.”

“It would help to have Conklin pick me up while I’m schmoozing with O’Malley’s boys.”

“We can definitely arrange an arrest…or two. I’m glad to see you’re on board. I wasn’t sure you’d go for it...given our history and all.”

“Don’t get too grateful. I do want something for my time…other than a paycheck.”

“And, that would be?”

“The house. I want the city to buy it back for me.”

“I’m sure it can be arranged. Assuming, of course, we get what we need on O’Malley and his men.”

“You’ll have everything you need. You have my word.”

Reece stood. If he was going to help Mackenzie nail O’Malley and his crew, he needed to put some distance between himself and the police chief before anyone noticed.

“There is one other thing,” Mackenzie said.

Reece stopped a few feet short of the door. “Why am I not surprised?”

“My daughter has become involved with Billy O’Malley. I’m worried she’ll be in the wrong place at the wrong time. I need you to protect her, whatever it takes.”

“Lily? O’Malley’s crowd doesn’t seem like her kind. She was always far too ambitious to get involved with someone as rough around the edges as an O’Malley.” A self-deprecating chuckle escaped him. “Other than me, of course.”

The chief shook his head. “No, Lily’s married and living in Cambridge with her fancy professor husband.” Mackenzie lifted a picture frame from the corner of his desk and stared at it for a few moments. “It’s Abby I’m worried about. She’s young, impressionable. I’ve tried to warn her, but she insists Billy’s not like his dad and older brother.”

“I’ll do my best to keep her safe.”

A nerve twitched in the older man’s cheek and Reece suspected he wanted to give a fatherly warning about not touching his daughter. He needn’t worry. After Lily, Reece wanted nothing to do with another Mackenzie woman.

They were far more trouble than they were worth.


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Like most authors, Nancy Fraser began writing at an early age, usually on the walls and with crayons or, heaven forbid, permanent markers. Her love of writing often made her the English teacher’s pet, which, of course, resulted in a whole lot of teasing. Still, it was worth it.

Published in multiple genres, Nancy currently writes for four publishers. She has published twenty-two books in both full-length and novella format. Nancy is currently working on a Valentine’s story for 2016, her next Rock and Roll novella, the 3rd McCade Legacy book and a second fairy tale for Decadent Publishing.

When not writing (which is almost never), Nancy dotes on her five beautiful grandchildren and looks forward to traveling and reading when time permits. Nancy lives in Atlantic Canada where she enjoys the relaxed pace and colorful people.


Media:

Twitter  @nfraserauthor

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My review:

 
3.75 stars

Do You Want Me by Nancy Fraser is part of the ‘Beyond Fairytales’ series and features the tale of Reece Michaels, a decorated war veteran who returns home and faces a challenge of his ethics and his heart.  An irresistible offer results in his accepting an assignment to go undercover to assist the local police chief and get evidence to convict a local crime figure—and to protect the chief’s younger daughter, Abby, who is dating the shady figure’s younger son, Billy.  This is complicated by Reece’s history with Abby’s older sister, his attraction to Abby herself, and Abby’s relationship with Billy.  Honesty is an issue for both of them, and there may be no way to resolve their issues, especially since a mistake about who deserves to be trusted can be fatal.

This erotic romantic suspense novella has plenty of conflicts and twists that provide a loose interpretation of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, “The Devil’s Sooty Brother”.  The story about a returning soldier making a ‘deal with the devil’ and having a relationship with two sisters is modernized and given several twists.  I like the creativity behind the story and I thought that the conflicts that develop from unexpected relationships provided the potential for interesting revelations but they weren’t followed through as much as I expected.  I suspect that the brevity of the novella caused significant constraints and led to the accelerated pace that made the story a little jerky for me.  I think that a nice framework has been put in place but it would be nice to have more in-depth characterization and a longer story that gives a bit more detail so that some of the developments are a little more believable.  There are definitely sensual scenes that enhance Reece’s image as a sexy alpha male, and the storyteller is a nice touch to tie up some of the loose ends.  A fun light read.

11 comments:

  1. Thank you for hosting my stop today. Good luck to everyone in the draw.

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    1. You are welcome. Please forgive my tardy greeting and good luck with the tour!

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  2. I liked the excerpt, thank you.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it, Rita. Tanks for popping in!

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  3. Sounds like a great book - thank you for sharing! :)

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    1. You're very welcome, Victoria. Thanks for coming by!

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    1. Thank you for the compliment, Mary! Nice to see you!

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  5. Thank you to everyone for their comments. I've been away on a family outing and just getting back now. Good luck to everyone in the drawing.

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