Are you ever really innocent until proven guilty?
Sophia Naziri is wanted for questioning in the murder of a U.S. senator. She’s worried the police will show up on her doorstep any moment, but when Detective Colby Black appears, it’s to help her put out a kitchen fire, not take her in. Yet. His easy smile and persistence in getting to know her pushes all her troubles to the back of her mind, until a hit man tracks her down. Getting arrested becomes the least of her worries and the handsome detective could be her only way out—if she tells him the truth.
Colby Black’s sniper skills have been a blessing and a curse to him. As a member of a Hostage Negotiation Team, he can use them to save people, but sometimes he can’t protect the innocent despite his best efforts. When a hostage situation goes bad, he tries to put it behind him by helping out his mysterious next-door neighbor, Sophia Naziri. But she pulls Colby into a web of lies and conspiracy that will force him to use every skill he has in order to survive. Faced with the moment of truth, can he trust anyone around him—including the woman at the center of it all?
AUTHOR JULIE COULTER BELLON
Julie is the author of seven international suspense novels: Through Love’s Trials, On the Edge,Time Will Tell, All’s Fair, Dangerous Connections,Ribbon of Darkness and All Fall Down. She loves her work partly because she gets to travel to distant lands to research and add an authentic feel to all of her books. Her favorite cities so far are Athens, Paris, Ottawa, and London. She taught journalism at BYU for fourteen years and that kept her on the cutting edge of current events and world news—which is where she gets her story ideas.
She is the mother of eight children and when she’s not busy being a mom or a writer, you will find her browsing through bookstores to add to her book collection, at the library borrowing books, or reading the treasures she’s found.
MY THOUGHTS ON THE BOOK
Ashes Ashes is the book #2 of the Hostage Negotiation Team series. Although I did not read the first book (but intend to!), I found Ashes Ashes to be great as a book on its own! Colby Black is a retired Marine that works on a Hostage Negotiation Team as a detective. And he de-stresses by cleaning. Colby finds himself saving his beautiful new next door neighbor, Sophia, from a kitchen fire, saving her life, and yes, cleaning up. Colby becomes intertwined in Sophia’s life, despite the fact she continuously pushes him away. The book is filled with intense suspense, a heart-pounding plot, and great characters.
EXCERPT FROM ASHES ASHES
He rested his hands on her shoulders, but didn’t say anything.
“This is where I make my stand,” she told him. “If I don’t, I know I’ll regret it for the rest of my life. I have a chance to make a difference, to get justice for Philip.”
He let out a breath. “I know about wanting to make a difference, but what if you don’t make it out? Is it worth your life?” He gently turned her around to face him. “Because I don’t know if it is.”
She held her hand to his cheek, her brown eyes intense and searching his face. Putting a hand at the back of her neck, he pulled her to him, brushing his lips over hers. Her arms slid around his neck and she melted into his arms. His feelings that he hadn’t consciously admitted he had for her surged to the surface and his mouth pressed into hers, no longer gentle. She responded with just as much fire and Colby could barely suppress a groan. His hand slipped to her back, running the length of it. His entire body felt like there was nothing else, just her, and without her there was nothing.
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Disclosure: I received a free copy of this ebook to review; I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed in this review are one hundred percent my own.