Against the Dark

The Associates

Book 1
Carolyn Crane
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"This guy is hot Hot HOT with a quick mind and a dirty mouth."
~ Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks

He’s a cocky, high-performance undercover agent who’s just nabbed the perfect fake fiance for a job. And she’s not at all happy about it.  

Cole is one of the Association’s top agents, but he’s up against a clever, dangerous psycho…and he’s running out of time. 

Then he catches Angel cracking the man’s uncrackable safe. He blackmails her into helping him. He can’t worry about her safety. She’s just some criminal…right?  

But the further they fall into Borgola’s web, the more he realizes Angel doesn’t deserve being pulled into danger…and the more real those fake kisses start to feel.  


"Action packed, sexy and lots of fun. I definitely recommend this one!”

Smexy Books

"…action-packed, genuinely suspenseful, wryly witty, and hot. Plus it has a villain who's so evil it's quite a satisfying thrill when he gets his comeuppance.”

~Dear Author

"Against the Dark is briskly action-packed, genuinely suspenseful, wryly witty, and hot. Plus it has a villain who's so evil it's quite a satisfying thrill when he gets his comeuppance."
~ Dear Author
"Action packed, sexy and lots of fun. I definitely recommend this one."
~ Smexy Books

**From the award-winning Undercover Associates series** 

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About the author

Carolyn Crane aka Annika Martin is a RITA® Award-winning author of romantic suspense and urban fantasy (and she writes erotic & dark romance as NYT bestselling author Annika Martin). She makes her home in Minnesota with her husband and two cats.

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Carolyn Crane
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Jun 1, 2013
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Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / Suspense
Fiction / Thrillers / Espionage
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Book 2
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

Book 3
"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


He's a killer.

Thorne McKelvey knows exactly how Nadia sees him—as a brute and a killer just kinky enough to play her sexy games. And that’s how it has to stay. Leaving her was the hardest thing he ever did, but his undercover mission could blow up at any second. No way will he drag Nadia down with him.

She can't risk her heart.

Maybe it was foolish to fall in love with her late father’s deadliest henchman, but Nadia Volkov’s not sorry; without Thorne she wouldn’t have their beautiful little boy. There’s nothing she won’t do to protect Benny, which means she must hide his identity—especially from his father.

Now Thorne has burst back into her home, searching for clues to a gangland mystery…and stirring a hunger Nadia hasn’t felt in two years. But Benny’s identity isn’t the only secret she’s keeping, and things are turning deadly. Can Thorne and Nadia trust each other long enough to stay alive and have a chance at happiness?


**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**

"This book was raw, dirty and quirky.  It was the perfect mix of suspense and sexiness." ~Fiction Vixen
"Into the Shadows feeds into that yen for the dark, damaged hero like catnip for felines." *A recommended read*  ~Dear Author
"If you like gritty, dark, violent romantic suspense, this is the book for you. I'm not sure I breathed through several scenes in this one." ~USA Today Book Blog
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