Wednesday, March 1, 2017

[Pat's Review]: "Jack of Hearts"

romance novel cover, romantic suspense, Jack of Hearts by Sandra Owens
Jack of Hearts by Sandra Owens
Publisher: Montlake Romance (February 14, 2017)
Series: Aces and Eights, 1
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Alex Gentry doesn’t scare easily. Working as an undercover FBI agent in the biker bar he and his brothers co-own, he hangs with deadly criminals in order to gather information. Danger is just part of the family business. But one thing has him terrified: his attraction to Madison Parker.

Madison is the cousin of Ramon Alonzo, son and second in command to a notorious drug lord Alex is trying to bust. Alex has befriended Ramon as part of his cover, and Madison has unknowingly become his informant. Falling for her could risk this case—and both their lives.

All Madison wants is to get her new bookstore business off the ground, and for her creepy cousin Ramon—to whom she’s unfortunately indebted—to leave her alone. If she could only stop fantasizing about his mysterious new friend, Alex…

As the Alonzo cartel investigation heats up, so does their relationship. But will the secrets they’re keeping tear them apart—or get them both killed?

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Pat's Review:

This novel has it all!  Bikers who happen to be undercover FBI agents, a dangerous drug dealing family, a young woman who started out as a snitch but ended up being in love, and a hot, sizzling romance.

Alex Gentry, along with his brothers Nate and Court, own and operate Aces and Eights, a rough and tumble bar that caters to bikers. It is also their cover for their work with the FBI. They are investigating the Alonzo family for money laundering and drug deals, and Alex has worked on a friendship with Ramon Alonzo, son of the patriarch of the family, Jose. Things are starting to heat up, and Alex wants to be in the middle of it. At a casual meeting while playing pool, he sees Madison Parker. She's all fire and beauty . . . and Ramon's cousin. Ramon is a little too friendly with Madison and she lets him know she doesn't like it, so Alex intervenes. Madison appreciates her champion, and feels a dangerous pull to him. He also feels this pull, but knows if she finds out he's FBI -- and out for her family -- she'll hate him. But it's his job and he has to take the risk.

Madison and her roommate, Lauren, are opening their dream store; a book store called High Tea and Black Cat Books. They even have the obligatory black cat named Hemingway. Madison's mother and Ramon's father are twins, and when Addison's father died, Jose stepped in and helped them. Madison is still not very fond of that side of the family, but Alonzo gave her start-up money for the bookstore, and she knows she will regret it. After meeting Alex and the sparks she felt: "What did she know of him other than he was Ramon's friend, he owned a biker bar with his brothers and he qualified on all counts as a bad boy?" Unfortunately she really liked bad boys!

Suspense, action, and sizzles make this book a great read, and an excellent start to a new series. I'm looking forward to the next novel.


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Pat received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley.

*Note: The quote used belongs to Sandra Owens; TBQ's Book Palace does not claim it.

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Thanks for the review, Pat! 


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