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Revenge for Hire
By Natalie S. Ellis
For Hire, Book 2
Publisher: AUS Impulse (HarperCollins Australia)
Release Date: December 1, 2015
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 219 Pages (857KB)
About the book:
North West Side Chicago. A man's phone rings at 3am, and it's every father's worst nightmare - his little girl is in danger.
Fort Wayne, Indiana. Belinda 'Billie' Chapman is working the overnight shift at WVOX-TV when she's called away to photograph a car that's crashed into the second story of a house. But when a little girl is spotted in the house across the street, the aggressive behaviour of her guardian piques Billie's curiosity.
Nolan Voss has come to Fort Wayne to check on WVOX-TV, the station he owns. Rich, uptight and deliciously hot, he can't keep away from the fiery Billie, and that means being dragged into her plan to help the young girl.
Each step closer to finding the truth leads them to a dangerous plot that has come all the way from Chicago. Will the danger only fuel their irresistible attraction to one another? Or will one of them get burned?
EXCERPTBillie sent an email to Elliott, letting him know she’d upload a creative piece about the Porsche later on. He’d assume she was going to do the work, although he wouldn’t care if Ryan edited, as long as he had material for his news block. But she couldn’t take the chance that he’d slip and tell Rob. Once management wasn’t so pissed at Ryan, and they were genuinely impressed with all the imaginative stories Billie brought them, she’d tell them the truth and make her case for rehiring Ryan. Hopefully, she wouldn’t manage to get herself fired for her dishonesty.Once Ryan was bringing in a steady income again, Billie could work on her own life.She’d naively thought she could do whatever she wanted once she was out of the house her father ruled. But, so unused to making her own decisions, she’d automatically followed Ryan and took a job at WVOX. She hadn’t needed a college degree and the money was decent.Then, when Billie finally decided to enroll in the community university to pursue a degree in social work, Ryan got Trish pregnant. And when Trish couldn’t handle being a mother, Ryan needed Billie to take care of Savannah when he wasn’t home. If Ryan could get his job back and afford a sitter, Billie could get her life back. And do something with it.Her brother knew she was trying to help him, but he didn’t want her kind of help. He wanted to be a freelance videographer. If he didn’t have a daughter to support, Billie would back him one hundred percent. But kids needed food, a warm house and medical insurance. Ryan just didn’t get that.Worrying about Ryan and Savannah gave her a different kind of headache, so she pulled up her Photog Billie account on Facebook and posted a teaser about the car-in-the-house story, then moved onto Twitter to do the same.Ryan was taking forever to get back from dropping Savannah off at school. He’d probably stopped at the Friendly Fox, his favorite coffee house, for some caffeine and a muffin. Billie didn’t think she could stay awake much longer, so she wrote him a note explaining her ideas for a tongue-in-cheek story about a spaceship disguised as a car crashing into the house.The missing driver was obviously an alien trying to find his way home. Satisfied that Ryan could work his magic, she emailed Elliott to let him know she’d have an eighty-second package for his show, and stumbled into bed.As she drifted into the warm fuzziness of sleep, a round, pale face with big glasses and pigtails floated behind her eyelids. Is she his daughter? Why deny being that cute little girl’s dad? And why so defensive about putting her on the news?Billie yawned and rolled over. There was a story there. There had to be.She lifted her head to see the clock on her nightstand. Nine thirty. She’d sleep six hours, then go back to the scene of the crash before dark and nose around a little. Maybe she could find a neighbor outside who knew the little girl. More importantly, maybe she could uncover why the big guy kept changing his story, and why he didn’t want that girl’s face on television. If he wasn’t her dad, who was he?
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Natalie S. Ellis worked behind the scenes in TV news for sixteen years and will always miss the rush of a breaking story. But the seduction of writing a fiery romance with twisty suspense is even harder to resist, especially when she has a new curveball for the plot. Natalie enjoys living in her hometown of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and attributes her cheerful attitude to empty nesting, a supportive family, and way too many lattés.
A fan of romantic suspense I could not wait to dive into Revenge for Hire by Natalie S. Ellis, the second book in her For Hire series. An adrenaline, action packed beginning gives way to a solid mystery involving a young child. Colorful characters, emotional angst and just the right amount of sexual tension between the lead characters kept me turning the pages to discover what would happen next. Fans of mystery or suspense filled books will definitely want to add Ms. Ellis’ book to their collection.Ms. Ellis does a good job introducing the characters in her story; we meet Chris Panyard and his daughter Jilly and get a quick glance into what begins the mystery/suspense of the story. It certainly captured my attention right away. Moving the story forward ten days, the author then introduces us to the main characters of the story, Nolan Voss and Belinda “Billie” Chapman, two people who come from very different backgrounds but who find themselves working together at a TV station Nolan has inherited.I have to admit that I wasn’t very fond of Nolan at first; he was uptight, occasionally rude and he had issues dealing with his emotions. He also had an agenda for the station that no one was aware of or would like. Ms. Ellis does a good job developing him throughout the story though and I quickly became a fan. I had no problems connecting with “Billie” from the start; an attractive, smart, young woman, she’s got a lot on her plate and is just trying to keep her head above water. I understood her devotion to her brother and niece and was rooting that things would work out like she hoped so that she would have a chance to determine what she wanted for herself out of life.The relationship between Nolan and Billie develops as they work on what begins as a small story about a car that drove through a house. As Billie develops the pictures she’s taken of the damage, and the house across the street, she realizes there is more to the story than meets the eye and soon she and Nolan are trying to find out what is going on. Their instant chemistry was very hot and I enjoyed watching it sizzle. The mystery was also well written and takes several unexpected twists and turns, I kept wondering what was going to happen next.Will Chris and his daughter Jilly survive their harrowing experience? Will Nolan and Billie discover the truth without getting hurt? And what will the future hold for Nolan and Billie’s mutual attraction? You’ll have to read Revenge for Hire to find out, I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more of this author’s work.My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars