Behind the Mask

The Associates

Book 4
Carolyn Crane
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“I love this book! Check out Behind the Mask for one of the best sex scenes I have read this year!” ~Badass Book Reviews

TO SAVE HER TWIN SISTER SHE MUST SWITCH PLACES WITH HER...

When her long lost sister – a prostitute -  is won in a card game by a brutal drug cartel, Zelda knows what she has to do: take her place. Save her. Focus on infiltrating the shadowy group on behalf of the Associates, and try not to think about why she left the spying game years ago. She’s slept with dangerous criminals before; she can do it again. 

Hugo Martinez is one of South America’s most lethal and wanted men, a legendary mercenary living on a windswept mountain. Even at the height of the war he wasn’t in the habit of taking women captive, but the American whore has seen his face. And he and the orphan boy need a cook. He shouldn’t want this woman, but there’s something so unusual about her…

Little by little, Zelda finds herself falling for her captor…but is he the killer she’s been hunting all these years?

“I am hooked on Carolyn Crane’s Associates series.” ~Under the Covers Book Blog

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About the author

Lucky for Carolyn Crane, suspense novels have given her a safe outlet though which to work out her not at all insane fascination with tortured killers, dangerous secret agents, and kinky bank robbers. Today she is a RITA® Award-winning author of romantic suspense, urban fantasy, and other steamy tales adventure who has been published by Random House, Samhain, and now her own indie self. She is married to her best friend, and they live in Minnesota with their two adoring cats. Her dirty-writing alter ego is NYT bestselling author Annika Martin.    

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Publisher
Carolyn Crane
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Published on
May 19, 2015
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Pages
344
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ISBN
9780988313163
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Action & Adventure
Fiction / Romance / Action & Adventure
Fiction / Romance / Suspense
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Hunted by her psycho ex-husband for years, Lanie flees across the globe to start a new life in Bangkok with a whole new identity. 

She thought she was safe…but now familiar faces are appearing in the crowds. 

Has her past caught up with her?  

The last person she wants to turn to is her mysterious new frenemy—sexy, arrogant Professor Peter Maxwell. 

What could a linguistics expert do to help her, anyway? 

It’s not as if he’s a badass secret agent with a unique way of solving crimes. 

Right?

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


“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

“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**

Hunted by her psycho ex-husband for years, Lanie flees across the globe to start a new life in Bangkok with a whole new identity. 

She thought she was safe…but now familiar faces are appearing in the crowds. 

Has her past caught up with her?  

The last person she wants to turn to is her mysterious new frenemy—sexy, arrogant Professor Peter Maxwell. 

What could a linguistics expert do to help her, anyway? 

It’s not as if he’s a badass secret agent with a unique way of solving crimes. 

Right?

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


“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

I have debts to pay and secrets to keep. When someone threatens my life, I crash into him: Jackson Ludlow

The recluse billionaire of New York

Once, he had everything a man could want. Then, he lost the only thing that he ever loved.


So, he spent four years holed up in his mansion doing the only thing he knew how to do: make money. 


We are all wrong for each other. He’s cold, uninterested and demanding. 

I’m impatient and inexperienced. 


The only thing we have in common is that we both have secrets. 

And the closer we get, the more they threaten to destroy us.


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“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

 ********

**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.

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