First I owe a HUGE apology to Dellani Oakes for not posting this review months ago. You see, I wrote the review and saved it in MS Word but never posted it online. It only came to my attention when I went to Twitter and saw the words Book Review trending yesterday. Wanting to participate, I went to Amazon but saw my review for Undiscovered by Dellani Oakes wasn’t there. Thinking the Amazon police took it down, I went to Goodreads and nope, nothing there either. That’s when I realized what I did or in this case, didn’t do.
I swear ever since I turned 35, it’s been all down hill memory wise. Anyway, sorry Dellani and here’s your overdue review.
Dellani Oakes is back with another romantic suspense and she brings it with Undiscovered. The story begins with a hot shot movie producer nearly gunned down on a Daytona beach in broad daylight. Despite the assassin’s attempt to stay concealed, he is spotted by a witness, Cadence Stuart. Fearing for his witness’s life, Detective Scott has to do what he can to keep her alive until the killer(s) can be found.
However things get complicated when he falls desperately in love/lust with Cadence. Things get even more sticky when his partner and ex, Vanessa Weinstein, is also assigned the case. As volatile as the situation seems, it’s the perfect solution, Vanessa, with the help of Scott’s friends, keep him in check while they all do their best to protect their only witness. As the killer closes in, secrets are revealed and the case is blown wide open when a photo reveals more about the identity of the perp.
Undiscovered is a romance novel filled with just the right amount of suspense, humor and strong characters for a discerning reader. Dellani Oakes does a magnificent job of taking us through a dangerous and often times thrilling, Daytona Beach. If you like your cops and robbers hot then this is the book for you!
When Cassie got to apartment, she was startled to see that Amato was nowhere in sight. He must be sleeping, Cassie thought to herself. Putting the groceries on the kitchen counter, she took off her jacket and began looking for a solo cup to put her cereal and milk into. As she munched down she reached for yesterday’s paper and out of it slipped a piece of paper. Picking it up, Cassie noticed it was a legal document of some sort. Curiosity killed the cat and she read it, to her shock it was a will, Amato’s will. It read: I Jonathan Amato of Brooklyn, New York, revoke my previous wills and condicils and declare this to be my last will and testament. Article I I am married to Irene Butler and all references in this will to my spouse are references to Irene.
Through the dirty window only a sliver of sunshine pierced the dimly lit hallways of the abandoned apartment building Detective Amato was now using as a hideout. Leading Cassie through the maze of littered corridors, they came to a staircase that went up 4 stories. In the stairwell, they encountered a homeless man sitting on the steps with his dog on his lap. Looking up at her, he smiled a toothless grin which Cassie returned rather nervously.
In complete silence she followed Amato until they reached a beige steel door with the number 42 written in worn out brass. It became obvious why Amato chose this place, it was a government housing project. These places were well built to endure the abuse doled out by tenants and the neglect from building managers. If he was ever compromised, this place would give Amato the precious…
Not wanting to let go, Fiona, held on to her daughter Cassandra as they embraced on the stoop. “Come back home, you hear me?” she said still hanging on. “Got it ma,” Cassie answered, as she let go of her mother’s hand. With everything she needed, Cassandra had to find Detective Amato and save him from himself.
It was going to be a tough task since he hadn’t responded to her calls in weeks. The only clue she had was an envelope of cash with her name on it. This alone, showed just how dire his situation was. Cassie was no fool, she knew things with his brothers in blue had gone sideways and he was most likely in the wind. Now all she had to do was find out where, but if she failed, the consequences could be fatal. It was only a matter of time before…
Romance and suspense, who would’ve thought those worlds would go so good together? I had never even heard of the term romance suspense until I was given “The Ninja Tattoo” and Immediately I was hooked. Over 15 years ago, I just stopped reading romance because the genre had become too formulaic. You were either in two camps, bodice ripping or family oriented storytelling. Being in my early twenties, neither appealed to me, let alone, spoke to me. That all changed just last year, when I was introduce to a real story which happened to have a romance element in it. So you bet your butt when the next book came out this past week, I HAD to have it! “Conduct Unbecoming” picks up where The Ninja Tattoo leaves off, with action, thrills and of course, romance.
So Teague McMurty is back and this time he has to help his friend Nadeya (an old army buddy) after she is caught in the middle of a military conspiracy. After her boyfriend is brutally killed, Nadeya goes on the run and has nowhere to go and no one to turn to. Little does she know, her friend Aileen, reaches out to Teague on Nedeya’s behalf. To complicate matters, Aileen is an old ex of Teague’s!
Whether Teague likes it or not, his friends are at his side to make sure justice is served. However, it won’t be easy, the people hunting Nedeya aren’t amateurs and will stoop to anything to make sure Nadeya’s silenced once and for all. To complicate the mission, Nedeya doesn’t want to be found. Not knowing who to trust, Teague has to be careful not to lead Nedeya’s killers to her front door. But he’s Teague, he’s got this…
I give Conduct Unbecoming 5 ♥♥♥♥♥ hearts and recommend you buy this book! Today, Conduct Unbecoming is available on Amazon for .99 cents and if you haven’t read The Ninja Tattoo, what are you waiting for? Here’s an excerpt on the Cereal Author’s Blog and links on where to purchase it are posted below.
Join us today at 9 p.m. EST (US) for the Fantastic Blog Hop Facebook Event. Yes, we’re doing it again, and bigger than ever! Join authors; Karen Vaughan, Dellani Oakes, Marta Moran Bishop, Joan Hazel, Ruth Davis Hays, Dominica Malcom, Joan P. Lane and Juli Morgan for fun, games and possibly Fabio? 🙂
The event will last from Thursday 9 p.m. until Friday 11:55 p.m. so come on over, and have fun. I plan on giving away a copy of my novel Hag as well as post a few teasers for my next book, “Eternal Bond.”
Amato went to the rendezvous point at the 52nd street junk yard to meet New York’s infamous investigative reporter, Javier Marín. It was an unusual cool June morning but Amato wasn’t the least bit nervous in fact, he was determined to get this done. Feeling the breeze on his face, he brushed his over grown black hair out of his face. He grew it out to throw off the cops, he also grew a beard in case he wound up on the street and needed to blend in with the homeless. Amato spent most of his days planning the next move.
In his new persona, he managed to sneak into his old apartment and discovered it was ransacked. Someone was obviously looking for something however, they left his plasma T.V. and the wireless speakers untouched. Meanwhile his desk drawers were pulled out and their contents spilled…