Can an FBI agent obsessed with redemption and a grieving widow desperate to clear her husband’s name learn to believe in love again?
Shannon Riedel faces down danger when a gunman breaks into her office claiming her dead husband swindled him. When FBI agent Tony Crazaniak arrives to investigate, sexual heat sizzles. The ex-Delta Force operative’s massive presence and dark eyes trigger an attraction the young widow finds unnerving.
When Crazaniak convinces Shannon she needs his protection, they partner to unearth secrets her husband left behind—secrets involving a Tanzanian mine that yields perfect blue diamonds coveted by dealers around the world—secrets connected to a terrorist leader Crazanaik has vowed to take down.
With danger surrounding them, two emotionally wounded souls bond, but can they put their demons to rest and trust in love? Can they survive long enough to find out?
The gun Shannon came across at the bottom of a neatly folded stack of masculine attire on her bed shouldn’t have surprised her. She’d seen the agent’s Glock earlier.
Intrigued, she reached for the pistol, an object that seemed so out of place in her bedroom. As though she were familiar with handling firearms when she wasn’t, she wrapped her hand around the grip then jerked her head toward the bathroom door, conjuring up thriller fantasies.
But she didn’t have to conjure anything when she noticed a letter poking out of Crazaniak’s inside jacket pocket. Nor did she have to imagine the fact that the closet door stood slightly ajar. Her stomach clenched, a mix of anger and unease. Had the FBI agent been nosing through Tyler’s belongings?
Tit for tat—the urge to sneak a peak overwhelmed her. Her heartbeat ratcheted up as she shifted the gun to her left hand and reached for the letter.
At that instant, she sensed a presence behind her. Even as the sound of water pounded the walls of the tub enclosure, Shannon knew in her heart of hearts that six foot-plus of dripping wet, naked man stood not relaxing under the water jets, but hovering five heart-palpitating feet away.
“Want to toss me my clothes?” he asked.
Unwilling to face him, she remained quick-frozen like a pillar of ice.
“Tell me you weren’t snooping in my things,” he rumbled.
“Tell me you weren’t snooping in my closet.”
“ I wasn’t snooping.”
She eyed the edge of the letter. “I thought I’d treat your duds to some suds. You want to hang out in my robe for a few?”
“Not enough material there to cover my manly attributes. I’ll settle for day-old Jockeys, and what the hell were you doing with my pistol?”
“Nothing.” She almost turned around.
Her chest thumped. The thought of Crazaniak au natural not only spiked her pulse, it titillated her imagination. She waited for a chord of guilt to strum across her heart. It didn’t happen. Instead, discord fluttered low in her abdomen, and she sensed him moving closer.
Mal Olson writes adrenaline-kicked romantic suspense. When her consuming passion for writing allows time, she enjoys reading, flower gardening, jamming with friends on the mountain dulcimer, and hiking in a nearby state forest (or in the mountains somewhere). She has three grown children and one granddaughter and resides with her own special hero in southeast Wisconsin where she juggles writing time with her freelance landscape design business.
Praise for Shadow of Deceit:
Sizzling Hot Reviews ~ Shadow of Deceit is a fast-paced novel that will draw you into the chaos surrounding Tony and Shannon, and won't let you go until the end.
Beverly at The Wormhole ~ "Wow! This one has it all! Non-stop action, hot and sexy characters, betrayal, smokin' romance, and a thrilling plot."
Stacey Joy Netzel, award winning author of Lost in Italy ~ Shadow of Deceit delivers on the author's promise of adrenaline-kicked romance with great characters, a well developed plot, and action packed scenes that'll keep readers turning the pages and wanting more!
Gothic Mom's Book Review ~ In the 150+ books that I read per year, there are very few that receive a five star rating. Shadow of Deceit did just that. Non stop action, sexual tension, an adventure that had me on the edge of my seat...A fantastic book that had me from page one...
Storm Goddess Book Reviews ~ Shadow of Deceit is an excellent suspense novel from start to finish! ...If you're a fan of romantic suspense, add Shadow of Deceit to your list of reads. Mal Olson is on my list of authors to watch-and buy!
Lissette Manning, author ~ This was such an intriguing story. I enjoyed every minute of it. So much so, I couldn't put it down.
Cocktails and Books Review - Shannon ~ I love a good romantic suspense story that can draw you in immediately and keep you hanging on til the last page...An excellent read...
Keeping Up With The Rheinlander's ~ This read is quite a rush...action packed, full of sexual tension, tragedy and of course deceit!! ...I highly recommend this book if you like action packed drama with an interesting romantic twist! I look forward to reading more from Mal Olson!!
The Reading Reviewer - Mary Gramlich ~ Mal Olson writes with the perfect combination of mystery, suspense, and romance to keep every reader pleased with the turn of the page.