Title: Hard to Kill
Author: Wendy Byrne
Review: Sabrina Shaw and her two brothers were raised with a less than normal up bringing- they were trained assassins by the infamous Goren Petrovich. Sabrina and her brother’s escape and now work for an organization called the Alliance. They specialize in jobs that no one else wants. Think Phoenix Foundation from the TV show MacGyver expect the woman has the ability to take down grown men, escape using her wit and sassy mouth vs using a little red knife and duct take to make things go boom.
When the daughter of a prominent politician disappears everyone calls her a runaway but Sabrina uncovers the girl was kidnapped and taken into sex trafficking. Sabrina does everything she can to bring the girl home but to destroy the operation that took her.
Hard to kill is action packed from page one to the very last page never really giving the reader a moment of down time. Sabrina never once stops to think through the situation or formulate a plan of attack which makes me wonder how she has survived all those years but then when the reader question her abilities the author reminds you of her past as a child assassin. Kane the undercover FBI agent helps Sabrina escape the sex traffickers only to find her being hunted. The author created Kane Travis as the All American Hero. When the story gets dark because it is based around human sex trafficking Kane gives the light and humor to the story. So much works in this Romantic Suspense that will keep readers going until they find they finished the book in the middle of the night and want to start back over in the morning.
The story has romance but it doesn’t over shadow the main story but helps create a flow that will take the reader to the very end where the author leaves you with a few questions about Sabrina's past and her future as well. Hard to Kill is the perfect mix of mystery, action, romance for a great pool side read. I can’t wait to read another from this author - Wendy Byrane.
I was given an advance copy exchange for my honest opinion.
Thanks Heidi for this review
Published: Expected publication: August 11th 2014 by Smashwords Edition-GEMMA HALLIDAY PUBLISHING
Page Count: ebook
Quick Review: 5 out 5 stars –
Why I Read this Title: I was given an advance copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
Synopsis: Trained as children to become an assassins by the infamous Goren Petrovich, Sabrina Shaw and her two brothers have had a less-than-normal upbringing. After escaping his clutches, Sabrina and her brothers have tried to make a normal life for themselves. Now Sabrina works for an organization called The Alliance, specializing the kind of jobs that no one else can or wants to do. Her current assignment: find the daughter of a prominent politician who has disappeared, categorized as a runaway by the authorities. It seems simple enough, until Sabrina uncovers the girl may have been the victim of a kidnapping that goes far beyond ransom requests. Now Sabrina must put her training to the test as she infiltrates a sex trafficking ring operating in Europe in order to find the girl...all while dodging a mysterious FBI agent and the demons from her own past.
Author Information: Wendy Byrne was born and raised and still makes her home in the Chicago area. She’s married and has two grown sons, a great daughter-in-law and two adorable grandchildren.
Wendy has a Masters in Social Work and worked in the child welfare field for twelve years before she decided to pursue her dream of writing. She joined Romance Writers of America in 1999 where she met an incredible group of women who shared her passion and helped her learn her craft.
Her first published novel Fractured was released in 2011 and was picked up by a major book club and made available in hardcover. Her second book, Mama Said…., was released in 2012 and was a finalist in the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence Contest in the romantic suspense category.
She self-published The Christmas Curse in 2012. Her book, Bad to the Bone, will be out in 2014 from Entangled Publishing and Hard to Kill will be out 2014 from Gemma Halliday Publishing. She plans to self-publish, Accused, in Spring 2014.
Between teaching college classes, trying to get her morbidly obese cat to slim down and tempering the will of her five-year-old granddaughter, who’s determined to become a witch when she turns six so she can fly on her broom to see the Eiffel Tower and put hexes on people—not necessarily in that order—somehow Wendy still manages to fit in writing. She spends the remainder of her days inflicting mayhem on her hero and heroine until they beg for mercy.