Hard to Trust

Hard Targets

Book 2
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From USA Today bestselling author Wendy Byrne comes the second book in a heart-pounding Hard Targets book...

Jake Shaw has accumulated a lot of bad karma in his lifetime. As a child, he and his siblings were recruited by the infamous Goren Petrovich, forced to do unspeakable deeds at his hand, often never knowing just what harm they were inflicting on others until it was too late.  Now he’s determined to right some of the wrongs he’s unwittingly committed. As an agent for The Alliance, a security organization specializing in the sort of cases no government agency can or will take on, Jake gets the job done, no matter the obstacles. But when he’s sent to track down beautiful, rogue CIA agent, Tessa Graham, he suddenly finds himself caught in a web of deception that even he couldn't have anticipated. Memories from the past threaten to overtake his current mission as he wades through lies and suspicions…and in the end it may be more than just karma that's out to get him.   

ABOUT THE HARD TARGETS TRILOGY:
Goren Petrovich was an infamous KOS agent in war-torn Yugoslavia, know for his ability to turn orphaned children into highly trained government assassins. One of his most notable protégées was Anya Danielovich (from the novel PLAY NICE by Gemma Halliday). But after the KOS disbanded and Petrovich fled to the U.S., he continued his training "academy"—this time for personal profit. Three of his talented U.S. pupils: Sabrina, Jake, and Max Shaw. But when the siblings break from his grasp and attempt to start over, living normal lives that have nothing to do with guns, death, or lies, they learn that you can never really escape your past...


Hard to Kill (book #1)
Hard to Trust (book #2)
Hard to Stop (book #3)

What readers are saying about the Hard Targets trilogy:

"A heart poundingly great romantic suspense read!!!"

"This book was so action packed, it kept me on the edge of my seat until the end. I could not put it down."

"So much works in this Romantic Suspense that will keep readers going until they find they finished the book in the middle of the night and want to start back over in the morning."

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Gemma Halliday Publishing
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Feb 16, 2015
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9781940371528
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English
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Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
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From USA Today bestselling author Wendy Byrne, comes the conclusion to the Hard Targets trilogy...

Max Shaw is a wanted man. He hasn’t figured out how or why there’s a price on his head, but after the third attempt on his life, he realizes this isn’t going to go away any time soon. Forced as a teenager to work as a covert assassin, he's no stranger to dangerous situations. But he thought he left that life behind him long ago.

To keep his former profession under wraps, Max is forced to team up with sexy Detective Gianna Collini. But can he trust her? Or does she have an agenda of her own? When the case becomes personal for them both, Max finds himself struggling to keep his past secret, his feelings for Gianna professional, and put his closet full of skeletons to rest once and for all...before a killer catches up to them both.

ABOUT THE HARD TARGETS TRILOGY:
Goren Petrovich was an infamous KOS agent in war-torn Yugoslavia, know for his ability to turn orphaned children into highly trained government assassins. One of his most notable protégées was Anya Danielovich (from the novel PLAY NICE by Gemma Halliday). But after the KOS disbanded and Petrovich fled to the U.S., he continued his training "academy"—this time for personal profit. Three of his talented U.S. pupils: Sabrina, Jake, and Max Shaw. But when the siblings break from his grasp and attempt to start over, living normal lives that have nothing to do with guns, death, or lies, they learn that you can never really escape your past...

Hard to Kill (book #1)
Hard to Trust (book #2)
Hard to Stop (book #3)

What readers are saying about the Hard Targets trilogy:

"A heart poundingly great romantic suspense read!!!"
"This book was so action packed, it kept me on the edge of my seat until the end. I could not put it down."
"So much works in this Romantic Suspense that will keep readers going until they find they finished the book in the middle of the night and want to start back over in the morning."

From USA Today bestselling author Wendy Byrne...

Trained as children to become an assassins by the infamous Goren Petrovich, Sabrina Shaw and her two brothers have had a less-than-normal upbringing.  After escaping his clutches, Sabrina and her brothers have tried to make a normal life for themselves.  Now Sabrina works for an organization called The Alliance, specializing the kind of jobs that no one else can or wants to do. Her current assignment:  find the daughter of a prominent politician who has disappeared, categorized as a runaway by the authorities.  It seems simple enough, until Sabrina uncovers the girl may have been the victim of a kidnapping that goes far beyond ransom requests. Now Sabrina must put her training to the test as she infiltrates a sex trafficking ring operating in Europe in order to find the girl...all while dodging a mysterious FBI agent and the demons from her own past.

ABOUT THE HARD TARGETS TRILOGY:
Goren Petrovich was an infamous KOS agent in war-torn Yugoslavia, know for his ability to turn orphaned children into highly trained government assassins.  One of his most notable protégées was Anya Danielovich (from the novel Play Nice by Gemma Halliday).       But after the KOS disbanded and Goren fled to the U.S., he continued his training "academy"—this time for personal profit.  Three of his talented U.S. pupils:  Sabrina, Jake, and Max Shaw.  But when the siblings break from his grasp and attempt to start over, living normal lives that have nothing to do with guns, death, or lies, they learn that you can never really escape your past...

Hard to Kill (book #1)
Hard to Trust (book #2)
Hard to Stop (book #3)

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NOTE: This is a 25,000-word novella. There will be a new Brown and de Luca Novel, GIRL BLUE later in 2019.


“Shayne has hit the jackpot with the pairing of self-help author Rachel de Luca and Detective Mason Brown. …he is a master storyteller.”

–RT Book Reviews on
 Innocent Prey, a Brown and de Luca Novel

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Hey, I’m Rachel and just so you know up front, I’ve got a mouth on me. Not in public–when I can help it. Cussing is bad for the image of a bona fide guru of self-help, or that which I call “the bullsh*t I write.” 


Only, I’m not so sure it’s bullsh*t, because in trying it out, I got my eyesight back after 20 years. Yeah, the corneal tissue came from a serial killer, and yeah, I started seeing his crimes. But still, eyesight. 


I also have the hottest detective in the universe attached to my proverbial–and, okay, wider than I’d like–hip. I got his 2 nephews with the package and I couldn’t fu–freaking love Jeremy and Josh more if I was their mother, which I’m way too young to be. 


That’s a lie, Rache. They’re twelve and eighteen. You’re thirty–


Don’t interrupt, Inner B*tch, I’m on a roll. 


 I also have my amazing bulldog, Myrtle. I understand her. She’s blind like I used to be. 


And I got a little something extra with my cornea transplant. “It’s a blessing and a curse,” said the greatest TV detective ever. 


Only my something extra was…let’s say down. And one of Josh’s sixth-going-into-seventh-grade pals has been kidnapped. The sick prick snatched him off his bicycle and left a note behind. “Wait for instructions.” Only none ever came. 


What a time for my antennae to be out of whack! I wanted my stuff back. 


So my wires are down, there’s a kid missing, I’m bathing in my pity pool, and things get worse. A big celebrity psychic shows up to help the cops find the missing kid. In my town. 


Yeah. No.


So there’s all that. But I’m out of room, so…just get the book, and I’ll tell you the rest. 


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“This is page-turning, non-stop suspense at its finest.” 

–RT Bookclub on   
Deadly Obsession, A Brown and de Luca Novel

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The Brown and de Luca Series

Sleep with the Lights On

Dream of Danger

Wake to Darkness

Innocent Prey

Deadly Obsession


Between a kidnapping, a double booking, and a crew of hapless volunteers, Charlee worries the writing conference will go to the dogs.

Mystery author Charlee Russo agrees to speak at a Portland writers' conference organized by her friend Viv Lundquist. When Viv picks her up at the airport, she frantically tells Charlee that her daughter Hanna has been kidnapped.

Charlee takes over the conference preparation so Viv can search for her daughter, but the situation gets tense when the hotel double-books the event with a dog show. Despite this, Charlee is compelled to investigate after she learns shocking secrets about both Hanna and Viv. Can she find Hanna in time, or will a plot twist lead her to a ruff ending?

Praise:

"This humorous cozy boasts an engaging sleuth, well-drawn secondary characters and numerous plot twists."—Booklist

"So good I wanted to read it twice! It has everything I love in a funny mystery: characters I care about, a plot that grabs me from page one, voice, and laughs galore. Clear your day, because this laugh-out-loud comic caper mystery is a one-sitting read!"—Jess Lourey, Anthony, Agatha, and Lefty-nominated author of the Mira James Mysteries

"Clark is the queen of the subtle misdirect and the casually dropped clue. I gave myself a resounding 'I could have had a V-8' head slap when I reached the end and realized she'd given me everything I needed to solve the mystery without me ever knowing it!"—Kristi Abbott, author of the Popcorn Shop Mysteries

"The backdrop for Clark's witty, engaging mystery is a writers' conference where everything that can go wrong does so, in a hilarious way. You'll both sympathize and laugh along with heroine Charlemagne 'Charlee' Russo as she balances saving the conference from total disaster with the dangerous task of rescuing the kidnapped daughter of a close friend."—Ellen Byron, Lefty-nominated author of the Cajun Country Mysteries

"Another winning entry in this wonderful series, Foul Play on Words is a clever, compelling mystery. The intriguing plot will pull you in immediately, and the engaging sleuth with quips at the ready will keep you laughing all the way through. A must-read for fans of humorous cozies!"—Cynthia Kuhn, author of the Agatha Award-winning Lila Maclean Academic Mysteries

"Foul Play on Words is irresistible. A perfect combination of comedy and suspense. Mystery writer Charlee Russo narrows down a long list of oddball suspects at the wildest writer's conference of all time. Every word funnier than the word before. A must read."—Gretchen Archer, bestselling author of the Davis Way Crime Capers

"Foul Play on Words is hilariously quirky with a side of neurosis. The misadventures of being a mystery writer were never so much fun."—Libby Klein, author of the Poppy McAllister Mystery Series

"Becky Clark is a talent to watch! Foul Play on Words is funny, quirky, and has everything cozy readers love: heart, humor, and mayhem!"—Diana Orgain, USA Today bestselling author of the Maternal Instincts Mysteries

From USA Today bestselling author Wendy Byrne, comes the conclusion to the Hard Targets trilogy...

Max Shaw is a wanted man. He hasn’t figured out how or why there’s a price on his head, but after the third attempt on his life, he realizes this isn’t going to go away any time soon. Forced as a teenager to work as a covert assassin, he's no stranger to dangerous situations. But he thought he left that life behind him long ago.

To keep his former profession under wraps, Max is forced to team up with sexy Detective Gianna Collini. But can he trust her? Or does she have an agenda of her own? When the case becomes personal for them both, Max finds himself struggling to keep his past secret, his feelings for Gianna professional, and put his closet full of skeletons to rest once and for all...before a killer catches up to them both.

ABOUT THE HARD TARGETS TRILOGY:
Goren Petrovich was an infamous KOS agent in war-torn Yugoslavia, know for his ability to turn orphaned children into highly trained government assassins. One of his most notable protégées was Anya Danielovich (from the novel PLAY NICE by Gemma Halliday). But after the KOS disbanded and Petrovich fled to the U.S., he continued his training "academy"—this time for personal profit. Three of his talented U.S. pupils: Sabrina, Jake, and Max Shaw. But when the siblings break from his grasp and attempt to start over, living normal lives that have nothing to do with guns, death, or lies, they learn that you can never really escape your past...

Hard to Kill (book #1)
Hard to Trust (book #2)
Hard to Stop (book #3)

What readers are saying about the Hard Targets trilogy:

"A heart poundingly great romantic suspense read!!!"
"This book was so action packed, it kept me on the edge of my seat until the end. I could not put it down."
"So much works in this Romantic Suspense that will keep readers going until they find they finished the book in the middle of the night and want to start back over in the morning."

From USA Today bestselling author Wendy Byrne...

Trained as children to become an assassins by the infamous Goren Petrovich, Sabrina Shaw and her two brothers have had a less-than-normal upbringing.  After escaping his clutches, Sabrina and her brothers have tried to make a normal life for themselves.  Now Sabrina works for an organization called The Alliance, specializing the kind of jobs that no one else can or wants to do. Her current assignment:  find the daughter of a prominent politician who has disappeared, categorized as a runaway by the authorities.  It seems simple enough, until Sabrina uncovers the girl may have been the victim of a kidnapping that goes far beyond ransom requests. Now Sabrina must put her training to the test as she infiltrates a sex trafficking ring operating in Europe in order to find the girl...all while dodging a mysterious FBI agent and the demons from her own past.

ABOUT THE HARD TARGETS TRILOGY:
Goren Petrovich was an infamous KOS agent in war-torn Yugoslavia, know for his ability to turn orphaned children into highly trained government assassins.  One of his most notable protégées was Anya Danielovich (from the novel Play Nice by Gemma Halliday).       But after the KOS disbanded and Goren fled to the U.S., he continued his training "academy"—this time for personal profit.  Three of his talented U.S. pupils:  Sabrina, Jake, and Max Shaw.  But when the siblings break from his grasp and attempt to start over, living normal lives that have nothing to do with guns, death, or lies, they learn that you can never really escape your past...

Hard to Kill (book #1)
Hard to Trust (book #2)
Hard to Stop (book #3)

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