Title: LIES (Phoenix Undercover Book 1)
Author: C.A. Harms
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: November 24, 2015
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
"Some things are just too far out of our control.”
BlurbFBI Agent Joshua Phoenix goes undercover…Deep. Thrust into a world of drugs and criminal activity, integrating himself into the Russian Mafia turned out to be much more than Josh bargained for. It’s dark and it’s dangerous. The lives they destroy along the way will never be the same. The things he is forced to do will haunt him forever. Even more importantly, he never planned on meeting her… A chance encounter with Real Estate Agent Gabriella Shannon, has Josh questioning his ability to complete his mission. And now the dark world may consume them both. He’s in too deep. Leaving now would only risk the safety of those around him. But when his cover’s blown Josh is forced to make a decision that will reroute his future. One decision. The hardest decision he will ever have to make in his life. And those he meant to protect will be the ones who suffer the most…
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ExcerptPlacing my elbows at the edge of the countertop, I collapsed on the barstool, feeling exhausted. I had never been on a date where I felt like I needed a vacation only two hours in. “What can I get ya?” the young guy behind the bar asked. “A decoy, maybe a smoke bomb.” He looked at me in confusion. “Date from hell, dude. Ever had one of those moments where you’re wondering how the fuck you got yourself in such a mess?” He chuckled and looked up over my shoulder. “Oh.” He smirked and nodded. “Marissa.” The fact he knew her name made me cringe. I had a feeling this was worse than I had initially thought. “Oh fuck, what? She’s a stalker or some freaky chick that’s gonna claim we’re engaged? I’ll spend months getting her to leave me the fuck alone, won’t I?” He handed me a beer and shook his head, chuckling to himself, then poured a shot of tequila and set it on the bar next to my beer. “You’re gonna need that.” I let my head fall to my hands and grumbled as I mentally cussed out Greyson and myself for even showing up. “Good luck, man.” I didn’t even lift my head. It was pointless; I knew he was eating this up. His laughter faded as he worked his way down the bar, serving others. “I see you don’t suffer from coulrophobia,” came a soft whisper from my right. I immediately lifted my head and was taken aback by the girl sitting at my side. How had I missed her? Oh, I know, I’d had tunnel vision as I ran from Cruella toward my next drink. “What?” I asked, yet all I could focus on was her piercing blue eyes. I had never seen eyes that blue before. “The fear of clowns,” she stated. “Coulrophobia.” I remained focused on her beauty, taking the time to look at each feature, wondering why in the hell she couldn’t have been the brunette from the coffee shop. My night would have been a whole hell of a lot better if she was in Marissa’s place. I knew I was staring, but I couldn’t stop myself. She had mentioned something about clowns, but I was lost. I had no idea what she was talking about. My gaze fell to her plump, full lips, and I smirked. No red lipstick graced them. They held only a sheer film of shiny gloss, and I loved that she preferred the more natural look. When they curved upward in a smile, I didn’t feel even the slightest bit embarrassed that she knew I was checking her out so closely. When her eyes met mine, she nudged her head toward Marissa. “I was referring to your date. She kinda resembles a clown.” I stared at her and could see she was fighting back her laughter. She lifted her drink to her lips and took a small sip before lowering it. I could no longer hold back my own smile. “I fucking hate clowns.”
Josh Phoenix, FBI agent, gets a new assignment and has to go undercover into the Russian Mafia. Wanting one last night out before he has to go deep into the Mafia, he and his best buddy gets a date and go to hang out at a club. But when his date shows up she's not the same put together woman he saw in a coffee shop, she's a loud, makeup painted on, annoyance.
The same night Gabby's sister has dragged her out to the club to let lose but she just wants to be home relaxing. When she see's Josh attempting to get away from the clingy girl by his side she's curious about him. And when he comes over near her at the bar she can't help starting a conversation with him. A conversation that leads to a kiss and then Gabby leaving without giving Josh her name. After that kiss Josh isn't letting her get away easily and tracks her down. But he's starting his assignment and relationships are hard to keep while undercover. Can Gabby and Josh make it work, especially when more dangers and secrets come out?
This was my first book by C.A Harms but it certainly won't be my last. Not only did I really enjoy her writing but I need to get the conclusion to Gabby and Josh's story as soon as possible! There was a lot of shit happening in this book and the struggle that Gabby and Josh were having trying to keep their relationship together while he wasn't around a lot was so intriguing. I really want to see them make it work but right now everything isa big mystery so I hope the second book is out soon.
I don't really want to say too much about this book and give anything away but I can say that I really liked it. There were twists thrown into the story that I so did not see coming. After the first one i was on edge the whole rest of the book because I knew anything could happen and I was both nervous and excited to see what would be thrown in next. The twists and overall craziness is what made me love the story and I think the next book will be even better.
Bottom line, everyone needs to read this book now that it's out. There was romance, intrigue, crime, and smexy times - what else could you want from a book?!?
About the AuthorC.A. Harms is like any other addicted reader. She enjoys happy endings and HEA love stories. She hasn't always been a lover of Romance and had once been addicted to a good Mystery. Just recently she has taken on a new liking and now is a full blown Romance novel addict. She lives in Illinois and enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. You will always find her with her kindle or paperback in hand as it is her favorite pass time.