Thursday, July 23, 2015

Virtual Tour & #Giveaway for Cuba Undercover by Linda Bond

Welcome to my stop on the Virtual Tour, presented by Pump Up Your Book, for Cuba Undercover by Linda Bond. Please leave a comment or question for Linda to let her know you stopped by.  You can enter her tour wide giveaway, for a $25 Amazon GC, by filling out the Rafflecopter form below.  You can follow all of the stops on Linda’s tour by clicking on the banner above, the more stops you visit, the better your odds of winning. 

Cuba Undercover
by Linda Bond

Publisher: Entangled: Select Suspense
Release Date:  July 14, 2015
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length:  221 Pages
Format: eBook/Print
ISBN: 978-1943336647

About the book: 

His revenge will change her life forever…

Cuban-American TV reporter Rebecca Menendez’s success comes from playing by the rules. When she’s kidnapped by a fierce and intensely handsome man who needs her help, however, all of those rules seem pointless. Nothing could have prepared her for being taken hostage…or the irresistible reward if she complies: information about her long-thought dead father.

Antonio Vega has spent almost every day of his adult life dreaming of revenging his father’s death. With his sister’s life and freedom in jeopardy, Antonio isn’t taking any chances. But once Rebecca and Antonio are in Cuba, they’re immersed in a world of corruption, deceit, and betrayal. It’s a deadly game…and there are no rules. 

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Linda Bond loves to read. She started with those great Nancy Drew books. Remember Nancy Drew and ‘The Secret of the Old Clock?”  How about ‘The Mystery of the 99 Steps?’  She really liked smart, gutsy heroines, even at a young age. In high school, Linda discovered historical romances by authors like the great Kathleen Woodiwiss.  She read at least three books a week.  So many her mother actually called a conference with her teacher, worried, and overwrought that her innocent little girl was reading those trashy romance novels.

What was she learning?  Linda’s teacher just looked at her mom and said, “Your daughter reads three books a week?” Linda’s mother said, “Yes, at least. And I don’t know what to do.”

“Let her read,” Linda’s teacher responded.  And, so she did.

Harold Robbins and Jackie Collins took Linda out of her high school hallways and into the glamorous Hollywood Hills.

John Grisham, James Patterson, and Harlen Coben can still keep Linda up all night. Turning pages, ladies, turning pages.

Linda lives for a good romantic thriller. Which is probably why she’s a reporter.  She’s addicted to the rush of adrenaline that comes with finding and crafting a great story.

Each day Linda writes about someone’s unique life.  In Linda’s world, 400 words must carry the weight of 400 pages. Linda writes a dreaded synopsis every single day- under deadline.

Now, Linda is retraining herself to do just the opposite.  She’s punching up her pages with powerful passages. With each new chapter, Linda smiles, because she loves to tell a story.

It’s really as simple as that.

The best way to really know Linda Bond is to read what she writes.  That’s where the real fun begins.

For More Information
Visit Linda at her website

As a huge fan of romantic suspense, I could not wait to dive into my copy of Cuba Undercover by Linda Bond.  I looked forward to reading a book set in Latin America with a Hispanic hero and heroine, who could maybe shed light on what it’s like growing up and living between two vastly different cultures.  While Ms. Bond’s book wasn’t everything I had hoped for, it is filled with plenty of action, danger and just a light touch of romance.

Ms. Bond does a pretty good job developing the characters of Rebecca Mendez and Antonio Vega.  I think it was easier for me to connect with Rebecca’s character because she was a woman who grew up wanting the best of the American dream and she was willing to put in the hours and work hard at her chosen profession.  She was also likeable because of her stance on domestic violence and her willingness to make it her “cause” as a reporter.  I had a harder time connecting with Antonio because I didn’t approve of his methods in “kidnapping” Rebecca, regardless of his cause, and taking her to Cuba, knowing what he does about her family was an iffy choice.  He’s also a bit too “Machismo” in his behavior and his attitude that nothing he does is wrong.  He's also just a touch too emotionally erratic for me and I just had a hard time connecting with him.  

The secondary characters were interesting and I especially liked Rebecca’s cameraman “Dallas Jones” and enjoyed watching him and Rebecca as they collaborate throughout the book.  The book takes several twists and turns as you realize why Antonio kidnapped Rebecca and as she discovers what life in Cuba is really like.  Ms. Bond did a good job with the details on the island, what it’s like and what life is like there under their present political climate.  In that respect the book lived up to what I was hoping for.

Will Rebecca and Antonio’s “secret mission” work?  Will the romance developing between them while they are under pressure survive their return to normal everyday life?  You’ll have to read Cuba Undercover to find out.  This is the first book I’ve read by Ms. Bond and I look forward to reading more of her work.

My Rating:  3.5 Out of 5 Stars

Linda is giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

  • Terms & Conditions:
  • By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
  • One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive one $25 Gift Certificate to Amazon
  • This giveaway begins July 14 and ends on August 11.
  • Winner will be contacted via email on August 12.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.

Good luck everyone!

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FTC Disclosure:  I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Publisher via NetGalley as a part of a book tour for a fair and honest review.  My review is my opinion of the reading material provided.  

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