Thursday, 29 June 2017

King Of Clubs - Sandra Owens - Release Blast

Passions—and tempers—flare as one star-crossed couple gets a second chance at love.

Aces & Eights #2
Sandra Owens
Releasing June 27, 2017
Montlake Romance

In the second novel in acclaimed
author Sandra Owens’s Aces & Eights series, passions—and tempers—flare as
one star-crossed couple gets a second chance at love.

Covert FBI
agent Court Gentry loves his brothers, his job, and his Harley-Davidson. Once
he loved a girl, too, but when she broke his heart, he put his emotions on
lockdown…until she crosses his path again.

On vacation
six years ago, free-spirited Lauren Montgomery fell hard for Court Gentry. She
returned home happier than ever, only to descend into a spiral of abuse by her
ex-husband, Stephan. When Stephan threatened to kill any man who touched her,
Lauren cut Court from her life—but not from her heart.

When Lauren
and Court reunite after her friend marries his brother, Court guards himself
against the person who made him feel such intense passion and pain. Except the
undeniable spark between them is impossible to contain and heating up fast. Six
years ago, it was love. Now, it’s just lust. Keeping it merely physical is a
foolproof plan…right?

When Stephan is released from prison, Lauren can’t outrun her past anymore, and
Court vows to protect her. But with Lauren in imminent danger, Court must
question his heart and risk his life to save the woman he never stopped loving.


4 Stars 

King of Clubs is the second title in the Aces & Eights series and features Court Gentry and Lauren Montgomery.  This story is a second chance romance, and a romantic suspense.  Although this is the second title in the series, it can be read as as standalone I haven't read the previous title and in no way felt lost throughout this title.

Ms Owens has created a pair of characters that are both flawed, whilst at the same time quite believable.   I had mixed emotions when it came to Lauren's character.   In some ways I found her really quite endearing, and I definitely felt sorry for what she had endured in her past.  I respected the fact that she is a survivor, but some of her doubts and resistance really frustrated me.  Court on the other hand I really adored, he's a sexy, bad-ass undercover FBI agent.  I felt in some ways that Lauren played on his vulnerabilities left over from his childhood.  Nevertheless she grew on me as she developed as a character throughout the story line. 

The plot is full of twists and turns that kept me completely engaged.   A great blend of action, intrigue, suspense and romance.  I would recommend this title to anyone who enjoys a second chance romance, combined with a suspense and intrigue. 

A best-selling, award winning author, Sandra Owens lives in the
beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Her family and friends often
question her sanity, but have ceased being surprised by what she might get up
to next. She’s jumped out of a plane, flown in an aerobatic plane while the
pilot performed death-defying stunts, has flown Air Combat (two fighter planes
dogfighting, pretending to shoot at each other with laser guns), and rode a
Harley motorcycle for years. She regrets nothing.

A member of Romance Writers of America's Honor Roll, Sandra is a 2013 Golden
Heart® Finalist for her contemporary romance, CRAZY FOR HER. In addition to her
contemporary romantic suspense novels, she writes Regency stories.