Culinary herb gardener Ada Blaine lost her beloved husband at a tender age. To survive the devastating loss, Ada channeled a family tradition into a successful business.
Former Marine Rich McConnell left behind a nasty divorce and traded a promising military career for a hardware store with no complications. The game changed when Ada showed up at a mutual friend's Christmas Eve bash looking drop dead gorgeous. Rich can't keep his hands off the elusive gardener, and his subtle charm weakens the wall around Ada's heart.
Then a sniper's bullet shatters a quiet spring morning -- along with Rich's illusion of second chance love with Ada -- and he fears his covert past has caught up with him. Their sweet, touching passion and determination join forces, creating a story of late in life love amidst spine tingling life threatening danger.
"What's on your mind today, Rich? You seem fidgety. On second thought, we'll both have tea. Coffee might just make you jump out of your boots." The storm door bounced shut behind her.
Rich squinted into the sun topping the trees along the lakeshore. Best to quit thinking about what he'd like to jump out of, and it sure as hell wasn't his boots.
Months ago the bottom dropped out of his comfortable, predictable world when Ada strolled into Tom and Mary McGraw's annual Christmas Eve gathering. Damn. He'd known Ada for years and always pictured her as trim, and... well, sturdy.
That night she'd looked sleek, all curvy in some kind of clingy getup. Not her usual chinos and denim. Plus, she'd done something to her eyes that made her look drop dead gorgeous. Hell, he'd never noticed her eyes before. Nor had he gawked at her extremely attractive backside. This morning while watching her pull weeds his gawking had gotten him in deep shit.
The door creaked open. Ada returned, carrying a tray. "Here." She moved forward. "I'll set our tea on the table against the wall and--"
The tray flew apart like an exploding grenade!
Scalding hot liquid stung his face, and thick cream arced like a fireworks display. Cups, saucers, and teapot crashed to the floor. In one fluid move, Rich pushed off the steps.
Frozen, Ada was staring at what remained of the tray in her hands when he slammed into her. He twisted, taking the impact as they hit the floor. Together they rolled across the porch and crashed into the wall of the cottage. Pinned beneath him, she lay motionless.
"Are you hit?" Rich scanned the woods north of the cabin. He ran a quick assessing hand over her body.
"No... I mean, hit? What are you talking about? You hit me," she accused in a tense whisper, and began to struggle.
"Lie still." He ordered, blood pounding in his ears. His words halted her frantic efforts. He laid a hand on her cheek and turned her head, forcing her to look at him. "That was rifle fire."
Like a snared rabbit, her eyes grew wide.
"Don't move, Ada," he repeated, softening his tone. "We're protected here, and I've got to find out what the hell is going on before we stand up like targets."
Posted by Author Petie on 17th Feb 2013
Deadly Revenge is the perfect sequel to Deadly Reflection, the first book in the Deadly Triad trilogy. Nancy Kay has created a setting that makes you feel at home in Pine Bluffs and characters you'd want for your neighbors. Add in heroes that you can easily fall in love with and heroines you'll fight for and you have the perfect recipe for a bestseller. Nancy adds suspense to keep you guessing and to keep the story clicking along on all cylinders. You can't go wrong with the Deadly Triad Series. Too bad we have to wait a few months for the last book in the trilogy. I wish it was ready now.
Posted by Val Pearson on 7th Feb 2013
What a refreshing read this was and for a variety of reasons. Most romance books that I read always include twenty something main characters. In Deadly Revenge, the main characters happen to be middle aged, which being close to middle aged myself, helps me to relate more to the characters and on a deeper level. It's proof that being middle aged does not mean that your love life has to be desolate. Although Ada and Rich have known each other for quite some time, they can pin point just when their friendship turned into admiration. Not only is it enjoyable to read a love story about middle aged characters, but it's also brought to the reader's attention that these two characters are established in both their professional and personal lives. I personally find it exhilarating to know that Ada and Rich know exactly what they want out of life and love. They admit their strengths as well as their weaknesses.
I think Ada has to be my favorite character so far in this series. She's stubborn to a fault but is also steadfast in knowing that no threat is going to make her live in fear. Rich is fiercely loyal to Ada and vows to protect her no matter what the cost. Being an ex-marine, he brings an element of badass to the table which just increases his hotness factor. I found Deadly Revenge to be laced with intrigue and humor with a steady progression that kept the story flowing sweetly. There was not a dull moment. The ending was surprising as well as action packed. I certainly didn't see that twist in the story coming.
Deadly Revenge is book two in the Deadly Triad series. Book one is Deadly Reflection which involves Ada's niece Cassie and Nick McGraw, a Philadelphia Detective. Book three in the Deadly Triad series is Deadly Encounter which is TJ and Lanie's story. Each book in this series can be read as a standalone. However, I can guarantee once you have read one, you will want to read them all. It's no wonder that Nancy Kay is one of my favorite authors, each time I read a new book she's written, I fall in love with her writing style all over again. So to Ms. Kay I say once again, you've written another stellar book and I look forward to reading the final book in the series. To all the readers I'd like to say hurry out and buy Deadly Revenge, it's a must have for your book shelf.