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Money laundering, diamond smuggling, and international terrorism bring together an unlikely group of people to help a restaurateur out of a troublesome situation and possibly save her life.
When Callie James’ ex-husband shows up after fourteen years asking for a place to “lay low” for a couple of days, she sends him on his way. The arrogant French journalist was a cheater, has questionable ties with terrorist groups, and had never taken the time to get to know their thirteen-year-old son. The strait-laced, no-nonsense businesswoman had no time for Daniel Odile-Grand’s hard-luck story.
But when Daniel is injured outside her restaurant and she learns it wasn’t an accident, Callie goes into full protective mode of her ex. Fearing for his safety, Daniel escapes from the hospital and makes his way back to Callie. When a mysterious couple visits her and gives her only hours to produce Daniel, Callie James realizes she’s out of her comfort and in over her head. Daniel’s sympathetic exposés of known terrorists have won him no friends anywhere in the world. Callie knows her savvy sommelier is right when he says she only has one option… find her ex-bartender, the man she’d turned in for smuggling rare antiquities through her business.
When Cash Logan and his unique set of skills… and odd group of friends enters the picture, the masterminds behind the money laundering call in the big guns to get rid of Daniel, Cash, and his crew… and Callie.
Starting at a slow-burn, this read idles at high with deal-making and deal-breaking behind the scenes because I was never sure who knew what or had the upper hand. Cash and company are not what they appear to be and Callie is ashamed of her initial perceptions as the men put themselves at risk to keep her safe.
Callie annoyed me to no end for most of the story. She’s a walking contradiction of herself. Her strict ethics and determination to always do the right thing made her stiff and unapproachable. However, when she morphed into Daniel’s protector—for the sake of their son… the son he’d never had time for—I thought I was having a stroke. To me, the narcissistic adulterer simply wasn’t worth the time and trouble. But to be fair, Callie’s fight for Daniel’s life helped her find her backbone. When she switched from defense to offense, I was cheering her on.
Ambushes, kidnappings, and explosions blurred the story enough to make me wonder who’d be left standing. The final double-cross was perfection and prove even the smartest criminals are stupid.
Thriller and espionage readers will devour this read in one sitting!
It took fourteen years to construct a safe world for her and her son–and only one night for her ex to unravel it.
Celebrated Seattle restaurateur Callie James is more than a little thrown when her ex-husband, French investigative reporter Daniel Odile-Grand, shows up after fourteen years asking for her help. Even more disturbing: as she throws him out, Daniel is deliberately hit by a car, hurled through the front window of her restaurant–broken, bloody and unconscious. He flees from the hospital and breaks into Callie’s apartment, where he passes out. Reluctantly, Callie hides him. When she gets back to her restaurant, two assassins walk in, insisting that she find Daniel for them by tonight or pay the consequences.
Overwhelmed and hopelessly out of her depth, Callie hires the only man she knows who can help her: Cash Logan, her former bartender, a man she had arrested for smuggling ivory through her restaurant two years earlier, and who still hasn’t forgiven her.
The assassins blow up her restaurant. It’s Callie’s nightmare. And the worst is yet to come as she and her unlikely, incompatible ally discover that the most perilous dangers are far closer to home than they’d imagined.
Published by: Blue City Press
Publication Date: May 5th 2020
Number of Pages: 224
ISBN: 1733438211 (ISBN13: 9781733438216)
Series: A Callie James Thriller, 1
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