Against the Dark

The Associates

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“Action packed, sexy and lots of fun. I definitely recommend this one.”
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Playing the fake girlfriend of arrogant secret agent Cole Hawkins? It’s the last thing Angel wants to do. But she can handle anything for a weekend…right?

ANGEL left the safecracking game five years ago, and she’s worked hard to build an honest life. But when a beloved aunt is kidnapped, she must reunite with her girl jewel thief gang to get the unique ransom: a psycho’s prized diamonds.

It’s a simple job that turns into a nightmare, thanks to a surprisingly clever—and searingly sexy—security guard named Cole Hawkins, a man who might be more than he seems.

COLE is stunned when he catches Angel cracking the man’s supposedly uncrackable safe. She's just what he needs, so he blackmails her into posing as his fiance. He can’t worry that she hates him and he certainly shouldn't worry about her safety. She’s just some criminal…right? 

But the further they fall into Borgola’s web, the more he realizes he was wrong about Angel…and the more real those fake kisses start to feel.

 “…fast, fun, and sexy. Angel and Cole have great chemistry before, during, and after the two get down and dirty.” ~Dear Author

"This guy is hot Hot HOT with a quick mind and a dirty mouth." ~Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks  

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About the author

Annika Martin (aka Carolyn Crane) loves sexy stories, hot heroes, and wild, dramatic everything. She enjoys hanging out in Minneapolis coffee shops with her writer husband, and can sometimes be found birdwatching at her bird feeder alongside her two stunningly photogenic cats. A NYT bestselling author, she has also written as RITA award-winning author Carolyn Crane.

 
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Carolyn Crane
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Published on
Jun 1, 2013
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Pages
294
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ISBN
9780988313118
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / Suspense
Fiction / Thrillers / Espionage
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Seducing women to steal their secrets? No problem. Until he tries it with her.

Mac’s a spy—one of the best—a hot blond Viking with bad intentions. The singer in the Bangkok nightclub should be easy to handle: take her recordings while she’s recovering from the best sex of her life. Except she stirs feelings he thought he’d buried years ago.

Laney fled to Bangkok—new life, new identity, new everything. She keeps mostly to herself until the night she meets arrogant, gorgeous Professor Peter Maxwell. He shatters her defenses—along with her pride when she discover he only seduced her to steal some secrets.

 Just hours later, she finds him shirtless and sweaty, chained up in the hotel basement. He’s some sort of undercover agent. She should probably leave him there after what he did to her, maybe even kick him for good measure. But her pscyho ex is on his way back—she can feel it in her bones—and she could use a dangerous friend.

“Addictive and loads of fun to read…one of the very best romantic suspense novels I read this year.”  ~Dabney, The Passionate Reader

“Do yourself a favor and pick up this Carolyn Crane book.  It is  unique and stimulating and one of my favorites for this year.” ~Sunny, Love Affair with an Ereader

"Full of action and sparkling chemistry between Laney and Peter, this book is so much fun to read." ~USA Today  

“Wow...this book was most definitely a keep-you-at-the-edge-of-your-seat kind of novel. I went to bed when I was around the 60-65% novel, then woke up wide awake at 2:00 AM thinking about the book. There was no way I was going to go back to sleep until I finished the book. Yes, it was one of those.” ~Smitten with Reading

~Winner of the RITA award for excellence in romance fiction~

~ Named a 'Desert Island Keeper' at All About Romance ~  

Top Romantic suspense novel, romance novel, steamy romance, thriller

All four steamy, thrilling, award-winning Undercover Associates novels collected into one convenient and money-saving edition. 

AGAINST THE DARK

Secret agents like Cole should come with a warning.

Cole's a talented spy with a vast reputation--and an ego to match. But he’s up against a clever and lethal psycho…and he’s running out of time.

He's stunned when he catches Angel cracking the man’s supposedly uncrackable safe. She's just what he needs, so he blackmails her into posing as his fiance. He can’t worry that she hates him and he certainly shouldn't worry about her safety. She’s just some criminal…right? 

But the further they fall into Borgola’s web, the more he realizes he was wrong about Angel…and the more real those fake kisses start to feel. 

OFF THE EDGE

He’s a secret agent linguistics expert…and she’s on the run from a dangerous psycho. 

Mac’s a spy—one of the best—a hot blond Viking with bad intentions. Seducing the nightclub singer should be simple…except she stirs feelings he thought he’d buried years ago.

Laney fled to Bangkok—new life, new identity, new everything. She keeps mostly to herself until the night she meets Mac. He shatters her defenses—along with her pride when she discover he only wanted her secrets.

Just hours later, she finds him shirtless and sweaty, chained up in the hotel basement. He’s some sort of undercover agent. She should probably leave him there after what he did to her, maybe even kick him for good measure. But her pscyho ex is on his way back—she can feel it in her bones—and she could use a dangerous friend.

INTO THE SHADOWS

"God, I love Thorne! He's so ridiculously bad, yet vulnerable!"~Amazon reviewer 

Nadia thinks Thorne's just some killer. Well, he’s so deep undercover, he practically is.

Nadia fell for the most feared hitter on her late father’s payroll, but she’s not sorry; without Thorne she wouldn’t have their beautiful boy.

Now he’s burst back into her life after being gone for two years, arrogant and demanding, making himself right at home. She can’t let him figure out Benny is his…so she enlists a friend to play their son’s daddy.

Thorne knows exactly how Nadia sees him—as a brute and a killer willing to play her sexy games. And that’s how it has to stay. Leaving her way back when was the hardest thing he ever did, but it was the only way to protect her. Now his undercover mission has thrown them back together…and it drives him crazy to see her with another man…and another man’s baby.

BEHIND THE MASK

What do you do when dangerous criminals win your twin sister in a card game? Trade places, of course.

Zelda and her sister grew up with identical faces, but their lives couldn’t be more different—Zelda became a secret agent while her sister got caught up in drugs. Zelda will do this one last thing to save her sister. She’s handled lethal men before…she can do it again.

But things don’t go as planned. Zelda ends up getting traded deeper and deeper into South America. Suddenly she finds herself at the beck and call of a domineering and mysterious new captor. Is he just another criminal? Or is could this be the legendary killer she spent all those years hunting back in her secret agent days?

 “It's official: Carolyn Crane's Associates series is on my auto-buy list.” ~Kindles & Wine

“Into the Shadows feeds into that yen for the dark, damaged hero like catnip for felines.”  ~Dear Author

Rule #1: Don’t fall for your crime boss father’s favorite killer

NADIA fell for the most feared hitter on her late father’s payroll. Thorne’s a lost cause—as dangerous and damaged as they come, but she’s not sorry. Without Thorne she wouldn’t have their beautiful boy.

Now Thorne’s burst back into her life after being gone for two years, arrogant and demanding, making himself right at home. She can’t let him figure out Benny is his…so she enlists a friend to play their son’s daddy.

THORNE knows exactly how Nadia sees him—as a brute and a killer willing to play her sexy games. And that’s how it has to stay. Leaving her way back when was the hardest thing he ever did, but it was the only way to protect her. Now his undercover mission has thrown them back together…and it drives him crazy to see her with another man…and another man’s baby.


"It's going to be hard for another book this year to impress me more than this one... Into the Shadows is suspenseful, gritty, violent, sexy - everything I want in a romantic suspense." ~Smexy Books 

"Wow. I loved this book! This is one of my best books of the year and has reminded me why Carolyn Crane is one of my favourite authors. With Into the Shadows she has crafted a book that was emotionally intense, full of action and hot as hell."  ~Under the Covers 

"This is one of those reviews in which I just want to tell you "buy it, read it, and thank me later", but I know that doesn't work with you greedy people. So let me tell you why you should follow my advice... Because this book will rock your socks off!"  ~The Bookaholic Cat

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**This standalone suspense book is #3 in the Undercover Associates series, but it can be read on its own.**

**Nominated for the 2014 RITA award**

I remember him before he was a monster. Before they told us the prince was dead.

Aleksio grew up orphaned, hunted, separated from his brothers - because of my father.

Now the sweet boy is back, a dark prince, gorgeous and brutal in his Armani suit, wrapping my hair in his fist. He's my captor, my tormenter. He'll do anything to rescue his brothers...and I'm my father's only weakness.

"I'm the most dangerous enemy you'll ever have," he tells me, "Because every time you look at me, you see somebody good."

But I remember when Aleksio was my only friend. I remember when they lowered his tiny casket into the ground, and how I cried when they lied to us and told us the prince was dead.

“Twisted, sexy and dark--Dark Mafia Prince is everything I love in a stay-up-all-night-can't-put-it-down read!" ~M. O'Keefe 

"Explosively fantastic!"~KL Kreig

A top read of 2016! ~Totally Booked, Saints & Sinners Books, Romance Book Nerd

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