Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Review & Tour: Luke's Redemption by Anni Fife

Title: Luke's Redemption
Author: Anni Fife
Genre/Age: Romantic Suspense/Erotica
Series: King Security Series (Book One)
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
Format: ebook via Goddess Fish Promotions
Rating: ✺✺✺
SynopsisChased by her criminal kingpin father, Katya Dalca runs to New Orleans and straight into the arms of Luke Hunter. Sucked into the carnal world of the French Quarter, she succumbs to Luke’s potent sexuality. He not only steals her breath, he steals her heart and the only leverage she has against her father. She is left with no choice except to pick up the pieces and rebuild her life alone.

Undercover DEA agent Luke Hunter thought his newest assignment—recover a stolen flash drive to gain the trust of the Russian mob—was like any other. But his target brings him to his knees, and after one taste of her intoxicating beauty, he's in too deep. Doing his job means walking away, leaving his heart behind with nothing but a promise to reunite. It's a promise he can't keep. 

When Katya's past reaches out and her world unravels, her only hope is the one man she is most vulnerable to—Luke.

The smell of beignets wafted up and distracted, I lifted the bag and took a deep breath. Whoosh! Fine sugar blew up out of the bag and coated me.

“Shit, honey, you look sweet all over.”

Oh, just great.

Blinking sugar out of my eyes I looked up. And up. He was tall, well over six foot. Midnight-blue eyes rimmed by a deeper blue-black smoldered lazily down at me. “You’re holding the best beignets in the world. You gonna stand there or you going to take a bite?”

“Umm.” Jeez, Katya. Say something.

“Here, let me hold that for you.” He took the coffee from my hand. “Go on, babe. Take a bite. It’ll be the best thing you’ll ever taste.”

Still struck dumb, I did what he asked and lifted a beignet out of the bag and took a big bite. Oh! It was like sinking my teeth into a sweet pillow of ambrosia.

“Good huh?”

I nodded and stared back at him. Then, without uttering a word, I stuffed the rest of the beignet into my mouth. He grinned at me, shaking his head. “Want to wash it down with this?” He held out my coffee.

My fingers brushed against his. Yikes! I couldn’t stop the slight tremor caused by his touch. I took a gulp of coffee - half rich chicory, half hot milk - and finally found my voice. “Would you like one?” I offered the bag of beignets to him.

“Would be like taking candy from a baby,” he grinned. “But don’t worry, I’ve got my own.” He dangled a packet like mine in front of me.

Then we both stood there and smiled at each other while we gorged on sugary donuts. He would reach for my coffee to free my hand. Then after I ate some fluffy yumminess, he’d hand it back to me so I could take a sip. We swallowed the last of our beignets and licked our fingers.

I didn’t even know his name, yet I was more turned on than I had ever been in my life.

Last year, Anni Fife closed the door on a successful career in television, to fulfill her lifelong passion, writing. In the space of one month, she closed her business, packed up her city life and moved to a small seaside village. ‘My writing has always been constrained by client briefs,’ Anni says. ‘Now, I finally have the opportunity to write to the beat of my own heart.’ LUKE’s Redemption is Anni’s debut novel and she hopes you enjoy reading it as much as she loved writing it. Anni loves to spend hours walking on the beach searching for pansy shells, more hours drinking red wine with her gal posse, and the most hours writing steamy romance novels filled with hot alpha men and the sassy intelligent women they can’t live without. She is currently working on her second novel, GRAY’s Promise.

Anni is published by The Wild Rose Press, and is a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA).

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**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for honest review.** 

When secrecy brings you together then rips you apart...

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Katya wants out. Out of her father's grasp and away from his criminal empire. After hearing of his plans to marry her off to a man she despises, Katya has no choice but to flee. But on the way out, she takes a flash drive for insurance. Little does she know, but her father isn't the only one interested in the drive.

Luke is just doing his job. He's the good guy, working hard to put criminals behind bars. At least, that's what he keeps telling himself. His new assignment of retrieving the flash drive is becoming a disaster-in-the-making as he feels himself quickly falling for Katya's sweet smile and sugar coated lips. 

After one amazing night together, neither of their lives will ever be the same. But when the sun rises, the sting of betrayal leaves Katya with a broken heart and Luke with instant regret. With thousands of miles between them, years pass by. Then Luke and Katya somehow find themselves back together, again, desperately trying to mend their hearts and survive the turmoil of a vengeful nemesis, painful memories, and secrets galore.

This book had a lot to offer. There was romance, mystery, and action. A few surprises and twists, too. Several of the secondary characters were entertaining and the love scenes had plenty of spice. Once I started reading this book, I had a hard time putting it down.

I was completely on board with the story for at least the first three-quarters of the book. Then, I noticed some repetition and plotlines that dragged on, almost as if the story got away from the author a bit. I think there could have been a satisfactory ending about 50 pages earlier, completely omitting the entire scene with Julian. It's just my personal opinion, as my enjoyment tends to wane if a story goes too long and delays conclusion.

Despite that, I really enjoyed this book. The first half left me on the edge of my seat, watching our couple meet, separate, and come together, again. I actually liked the way the POV changed from first-person when with Katya to third-person when it was Luke's side of the story. That was something I hadn't really seen before. 

In closing... 
It looks like Luke's best bud, Gray, will be next to have his story told. I am looking forward to it! Four suns!

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