Author: Susan Rae
Date Published: June 22, 2012
Freak accident, or attempted murder? Kate needs answers to her brother’s plane crash,
but can she trust undercover DEA agent “Spike” Larsen to deliver them?
Kate Reynolds’s quest to unravel the mystery of her brother’s plane crash throws her into
the turbulent wake of suave pilot/mechanic Everett Larsen. His gray gaze ignites in her a
passion as powerful as a jet stream, but it also sparks a memory—one she can’t quite reel
in. A bitter divorce has taught her to trust no man, so how can she trust Larsen?
Drawn by a cryptic message Keith left on his answering machine, Everett “Spike” Larsen
flies to Milwaukee for answers, but he is unprepared for the torrent of emotion he feels
when he sees Kate—after his wife’s death, he thought himself no longer capable of such
emotion. He is afraid to give into his feelings for Kate—afraid to love again. But when
Kate insists on helping out at her brother’s aircraft repair shop and gets too close to the
truth, he is even more afraid to lose her.
the intriguing characters and storylines that pop into my head and fleshing them out into
compelling manuscripts. Romantic suspense is a natural to me, because it allows me to combine
my love of a good mystery with a passionate love story. It also lets me express my appreciation
for the outdoors in the settings which I recreate on the page.
My first novel, heartbeats, is a story of romance and danger set against the background
of busy Chicago and the quiet, rural cornfields of northern Illinois. heartbeats has garnered
numerous awards, including RWA Golden Heart Finalist for Best Romantic Suspense Novel and
Best First Book by First Coast Romance Writers.
In freefall, my second novel, danger and suspense are juxtaposed against the tranquil
valley of Sylvan Lake (fictitious) in the Kettle Moraine Forest and the sun-dappled waters of
Door County, Wisconsin.
When I’m not sketching characters or working out plot problems, you might find me
on the golf course working on my handicap. I also enjoy traveling around the country seeking
out new settings for my novels with my husband and my empty nest puppies, Ginger and
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My Review:This was a mystery romance read and I truthfully enjoyed the book very much. Character development was spot on as was the pace of the writing and action. I pretty much had the villain picked out before the halfway mark, but there were other characters who threw in a surprise of their own along the way. Somewhat typical of romance novels, I wanted to shake some sense into Kate Reynolds and Everett Larson for not being honest with each other and keeping pertinent information to themselves. That didn't stop their animal magnetism for one another . Definitely an adult read as the physical aspect of a couple scenes was very steamy and sizzled my socks off!.
Her high heels beat a steady tattoo across the tile floor as she made her
way toward the sign that read “Surgical Intensive Care”…
“Excuse me,” she said, her voice sounding amazingly calm despite the butterflies
that swept and dove in her stomach. “I’m Kate Reynolds. I’m here to
see my brother.”
The nurse glanced up and then spoke to another nurse who was in conversation
with a man who stood just a few feet from Kate. “Julie, the sister’s here.”
Kate looked over to them. Almost as one, they turned to gaze at her. Both
seemed to hesitate, and then the nurse smiled — but her eyes took on a sympathetic
cast. Kate’s heart skipped a beat.
“My brother, Keith…is he…?” Her words trailed off, and she swallowed,
unable to voice her greatest fear. The trip from San Francisco to Milwaukee had
taken a long, grueling, and quite turbulent seven hours. During her layover in
Denver, she’d checked in with the hospital. Keith was in surgery, and although
his condition was grave, he was still alive — then.
“Your brother is holding his own, Miss Reynolds,” the nurse assured her.
“At least for now.”
Kate’s knees began to buckle. She hadn’t realized until now that she’d been
holding her breath.
The man reached for her, grabbed her arm, steadied her.
She stared down at his hand, strong and masculine. She was stunned by his
touch, stunned by her own weakness. This weakness wasn’t like her. It was just
that it was all so much like that other time — the time her parents had crashed
in their experimental plane. She was nine. Her parents had died. Then, just a
few years ago, she’d thought she’d lost Keith, too.
Everett Larsen stepped up to the glass partition, careful not to draw attention
to himself. Glancing at the monitor, he studied it briefly and then allowed
his gaze to settle on the woman seated beside the bed.
So this was Keith’s little sister, he thought. He knew he shouldn’t have
allowed himself to come face-to-face with her earlier. It was a mistake. Still,
despite the shell-shocked look in those blue eyes, there was no denying the fact
that Kate Reynolds had blossomed into one helluva woman.
His cell phone vibrated at his side. Cell phones weren’t allowed in this part
of the hospital — he should have turned it off. He glanced at the incoming
number. He’d make it short.
“Larsen here,” he said quietly.
He listened to the guy on the other end for a few seconds.
“Great. You’ll let me know the minute you find something.”
Again he listened.
Returning the phone to its holster, he turned back to the room. This time,
it was Keith he studied. Just what had Keith been up to?
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