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Mercy: Beartooth, Montana #5 by B.J. Daniels with Excerpt and Giveaway

Welcome to my stop for the Media Muscle/BookTrib tour for Mercy: Book 5 in the Beartooth, Montana romantic suspense series from B.J. Daniels.  Please be sure to check out the excerpt – and don’t forget to enter the blog exclusive giveaway where one US winner will get a paperback copy of the title.

Book Review:

The fifth book in the Beartooth, Montana romantic suspense series and B.J. Daniels manages to bring a deceptively simple story of attraction and trust into the center of an investigation into a gruesome series of murders.

Callie is a pretty but quiet and timid woman who works as a waitress in the remote Montana town.  Contrary to the expected, Callie is actually under investigation as a connection to the serial murderer, if not the murderer herself.  It’s rather an interesting premise that is far out of the norm, but Daniels makes it feel possible with her breadcrumb trail of half-revealed clues.  Callie is difficult to know, it is quite a way into the book before she started to grow on me: the timidity felt as if she was hiding things, and not simply trying to process events around her.

Roarke is a US Marshall, using some of his personal time to look into a series of murders from the cold-case box.  His instincts are on high-alert, and his track record proves that his instincts are usually right. When his brain starts making the connections, one thing draws him to Beartooth Montana, Callie.  Never staying in place for long, apparently being in proximity to all of the earlier murders, Roarke just knows this waitress has more story than anyone knows.

These stories all stand alone and do not require you read them in order: this installment adds a touch of the metaphysical and questions about evil and its nature: is it the people or the place that can engender evil, and can it be sensed with no outward manifestations of existence? Additionally, Daniels also manages to set scene and place, using the setting’s atmosphere to increase tension, as she draws Roarke and Callie together in a dance of suspicion that quickly turns to attraction and protection.  My favorite of the two in this series I have read: fans of Ms. Daniel’s writing will gobble this up and be anxious for more.

 

Mercy: Beartooth, Montana #5 by B.J. Daniels with Excerpt and Giveaway

Title: Mercy
Author: B.J. Daniels
Genre: Western
Published by: Harlequin HQN
Format:Paperback
Source: Media Muscle/Book Trib
Pages: 352
Audio Length: 8 Hours: 44 minutes
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One FlameOne Flame

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About the Book:

The hunt for a killer leads to a battle between justice and desire…

For U.S. marshal Rourke Kincaid, there's the law…and then there's his law. When the two don't agree, he always trusts his instincts. A killing spree has gripped the Northwest, showing a strange connection that only he sees, and now the old rules of justice no longer apply. Forced to turn rogue, he goes deep undercover to track his mysterious female suspect to a quiet, unassuming café in the wild, isolated mountains of Beartooth, Montana.

But encountering Callie Westfield complicates his mission in ways he never expected. As suspicious as she seems, her fragile beauty and sexy charm get to Rourke. Then the gory crimes begin anew. With his heart suddenly at war with his instincts, he has only two options. Either turn Callie over to the law, or put everything—including his badge and his life—on the line to protect her.

A copy of this title was provided via Media Muscle/Book Trib for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

 

When Rourke reached town after following Callie back, he parked on the main drag in front of the café. Originally he’d planned to just make sure she got inside her apartment without any trouble.

But after parking, he decided to walk the perimeter to be certain Carson wasn’t hiding in the dark like he had been earlier lying in wait for her.

As Rourke made his loop around the café, he was surprised to find that Callie had gone up to her
apartment, turned on the lights and then come back down. 

She was waiting for him at the bottom of her outside stairs.

Moonlight played on her face, making her dark eyes bright. Her hair, which she’d had pulled back earlier, now framed her face, the raven locks against her pale skin. She couldn’t have looked more beautiful. Or more desirable. He felt a tremor inside him like nothing he’d ever felt before. Red flag warnings were going off like fireworks in his head.

She smiled, and the moment he stepped to her, all he could think about was kissing her again. His mouth took hers hungrily, the kiss all passion and need as he pulled her into his arms. Lifting her off her feet, he pressed her against the side of the building. He could feel the soft curves of her body, the heat she radiated warming the October night.

Neither of them must have heard the vehicle approaching. Before they knew it, they were caught in blinding- bright headlights. Ducking back into the shadow of the building, they burst into nervous laughter, desire sparking like fireflies between them.

“Third date, huh?” Callie said, sounding as breathless as he felt.

The light glowing in her apartment just yards away drew him like a moth to a flame. He knew how dangerous this could be, and yet…

“I suppose we could consider this our second date,” he said, his voice husky with desire. “Maybe if I left and came back…”

She laughed and gave him a playful push. “Don’t get ahead of yourself, cowboy.”

“Go out with me tomorrow night. Dinner in Big Timber. Say yes.” 

Callie took only a moment to consider. “Yes,” she said, then raced up the stairs, stopping at the top to look back at him before disappearing inside.

 

About B.J. Daniels

B.J. Daniels' life dream was to be a policewoman. After a career as an award-winning newspaper journalist, she wrote and sold 37 short stories before she finally wrote her first book. Since then she has won numerous awards including a career achievement award last year for romantic suspense.

She lives in Montana with her husband, Parker, two Springer Spaniels, Jem and Spot, and a temperamental tomcat named Jeff. When she isn't writing, she snowboards, camps, boats and plays tennis.

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