- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1901 KB
- Print Length: 138 pages
- Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing (29 Mar. 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06X9DY642
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,281,228 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Unholy Alliance: Donahue Cousins Series: #2 Kindle Edition
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We now enter into the realm of Kathleen’s writing finesse and having read DEADLY ALLIANCE it is apparent that was Book 1 of the Donahue Cousins Novels: UNHOLY ALLIANCE is subtly listed as ‘A Donahue Cousins Novel #2. Or as Kathleen offers, ‘Finn and Amy appear as secondary characters. It’s spring when Tori Rourke is released from prison, but it is a false spring. Framed by the Irish mob for a murder she didn’t commit, she begins hunting down her missing cousin’s kidnapper. Her attorney, Grady Fletcher, fears her past stalks her and will destroy a life she was never meant to have. What to do about their budding love is another matter.’
From her synopsis she offers the foundation for this story: ‘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.’
While it is an odd feeling to share the name of one of the main characters, the manner in which Grady Fletcher is drawn makes it an honor! As with DEADLY ALLIANCE this Book 2 is a very solid read. Kathleen has tackled legal issues, crime and romance and blends them all in a superb, addicting novel. Grady Harp, April 17
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.”
Disclaimed: I received an ARC from the author in the hopes I'd review it.
My Rating: 4 stars
From there, Victoria starts a business operating a food truck in the right part of town to collect information for her quest of finding her cousin Vivienne, who had been with her the night of the murder Victoria was framed for.
On the one hand, it was a fast-paced read, which I always appreciate. The premise was interesting, a woman just out of prison after being framed for a crime, with the unusual goal of wanting to operate a food truck, and the deeper goal of wanting to rescue her cousin from an organized crime mob (or at least find out what happened to her cousin). I also liked the surprising twist, which I won’t mention here because I don’t want to give it away.
On the other hand, it was a bit choppy. For one thing, there were a lot of characters to keep track of for such a short read. I felt like I was kept on the surface sometimes like reading a long summary, rather than being able to sink into the story.
Balancing the plusses and minuses led me to the middle rating of three stars.
This book will appeal to those who like female-centered suspense with a hot side of romance.
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