Thursday, April 17, 2014

Savage Deception by R.T. Wolfe - Review and Giveaway


(Romantic Suspense)



This review is done in conjunction with a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. The author will be awarding a $100 Amazon or BN gift card (winner's choice) to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Enter via the Rafflecopter at the end of the post, and you can see the rest of the stop by clicking on the tour banner.

Busy juggling loan sharks and Amber Alerts, Detective Nickie Savage makes time when the FBI seeks her expertise with a child trafficking ring. But when Nickie discovers that the men running the ring are the same ones who abducted her as a young teen, the case gets personal.

Risking her badge, Nickie goes rogue. Luckily, she has Duncan Reed, along with his wire tapping and surveillance expertise. But Duncan also wants to take their relationship to the next level.

Now, Nickie must choose: break her own rules and risk her heart or forge ahead alone.

My Review:

Some time ago, I read a book by this author in what seems to be a similar series.  She impressed me then, and she's still impressing me.  While I've clearly missed something previously (Duncan and Nickie are already a couple, and there's some backstory I didn't have and it took me a little while to catch up), I still dug right in to this book and really enjoyed it.

Nickie acts tough, but she's soft when it comes to Duncan, and no wonder. The man is crazy for her.  She's my favorite kind of heroine: smart, sassy, strong but one with heart.  I really enjoyed watching her do whatever it took to catch the bad guys, even when it was incredibly hard for her emotionally.

Duncan's awesome, too. I remember him from my other story about his brother and am glad he finally found his own love.  He's hot-headed, but loyal, smart and loving.  I don't think Nickie would have made it through this book without him, since she discovered something things that were pretty rough.  And Duncan's family is wonderful to behold.  Actually, all the secondary characters in this book really added flavor and fun.

The author is incredibly talented.  Her writing is strong, descriptive and nearly perfectly clean.  It's the kind of writing that essentially disappears and instead creates a movie in your mind.  I lost track of time with this book, once I figured out what was what.  It's exciting, interesting, nerve-wracking ... but it also touched my heart.  Clearly, I need to go back and grab her entire backlist because she writes the type of romantic suspense I really enjoy.

I'm so glad I got a chance to read this book.

4.5 Flowers - This was a very good book! I'd recommend it to my friends.

Enjoy an excerpt:

“This is our hotel.” Those were the only four words Nickie had spoken since Duncan picked her up at Vegas Metro. He’d expected her to be shaken after the day she’d had. He didn’t expect her to be shaking.

Heading for the elevator, he realized they were retiring to their room as the rest of the town was beginning their evenings. He heard them before the elevator arrived. Loud, drunk and male. The doors slid open to a small group of young men. They reeked of marijuana and alcohol. One did a double take at Nickie.

“The cop stripper!” he slurred. “I got your card in here somewhere.” He patted his pockets.

Nickie wore what she usually did. Button-down blouse, this one raspberry-pink, and black slacks … both tighter than most wear. She was never afraid to use her sexuality when it suited her. Her black boots had heels. Her gun was secured on her belt, along with her badge and cuffs.

Duncan saw it all through an angry haze of red.

The one patting his pockets took out some cash. The others whistled as they pulled out more Duncan stepped in front of Nickie.

“Come on, dude. Share!” they boy said to Duncan.

He wasn’t sure whose arm it was, but before he knew it a hand cupped her breast. As quickly as the arm reached her, Nickie twisted and had it wrenched behind the man’s back. “That’s assaulting a police officer, you stupid piece of shit.” Her voice was eerily calm.

“Hey!” another one defended, landing a hand on her shoulder. Duncan took it, bending it back until he heard a crack. The boy bellowed in pain as his friends stepped in to help.

Fists flew and heads bobbed. They were drunk and young. That excuse wasn’t going to help them. Duncan ducked easily taking two down with solid hooks as he heard the soft heels of the security officer running toward them.

About the Author: R.T. Wolfe enjoys creating diverse characters and twining them together in the midst of an intelligent mystery and a heart encompassing romance. It's not uncommon to find dark chocolate squares in R.T.'s candy dish, her Golden Retriever at her feet and a few caterpillars spinning their cocoons in their terrariums on her counters. R.T. loves her family, gardening, eagle-watching and can occasionally be found viewing a flyover of migrating whooping cranes.

R.T. Wolfe Website: http://www.rtwolfe.com
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19 comments:

  1. Hi R.T.; I'm following Nickie and Duncan's book tour on several fronts, scarfing up the excerpts as I go. For me this is the teaser portion of the main feature, allowing me to truly anticipate the reading of Savage Deception! I have already put this series at the top of my summer TBR~ June begins two months of free time to read, read, read! Btw, I'm still waiting for you to share that Nicke is getting a movie deal ;)

    ilookfamous at yahoo dot com

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    1. I'll get my phone calls out to Angelina and Matt Damon asap. Thanks for following this week. It's good to see your smiling face. Or, icon. :)
      Gratefully,
      R.T.

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  2. Love, love this series. What a great review. I can hardly wait to begin reading.

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  3. Thank you for having me back on your lovely blog! I'm honored with such a great review. Warm feedback such as yours has enticed me to insert a forward into this book explaining it is more of a splinter series from the Black Creek Trilogy. Book #2, Savage Rendezvous, is due out this summer. So dang fun.
    Gratefully,
    -R.T. Wolfe

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  4. Thanks for your review. Don't you just hate it when you jump into a series in midstream and discover the characters where in a previous book and they have history? Gotta go out and find that book now!

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

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    1. Eek. Black Creek Burning, Flying in Shadows, Dark Vengeance. Thank you, Karen. :)
      -R.T.

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  5. What a great review, I can't wait to read the book.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Such a flattering review, Rita. I agree. Thank you for stopping by.
      -R.T.

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  6. Good blurb! And good review!

    madtvk34 _(at)_ yahoo _(dot)_ com

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    1. Thank you, kindly, about the blurb. The review is good, yes!
      -R.T.

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    1. Dear bn100,
      If you like detective/mystery romance, give the Nickie Savage Series a try. So dang fun.
      Thank you for stopping by,
      -R.T.

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  8. I don't think I have a favorite detective romance, unless you count cozy mysteries.

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    1. Cozy mysteries might fall more under my Black Creek Series, Kim. None of my ebooks are more than $4.99.
      -R.T.

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  9. Such a positive review. Sounds fantastic.

    I can't think of a favorite right now.

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    1. Dear Mary,
      Isn't the review wonderful? I'm so humbled. I truly adore writing this series.
      Gratefully,
      R.T.

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