Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Tour: Exchange of Fire by P.A. DePaul

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Sandra Walsh was a deadly sniper for the Sweet Briar Group, a covert agency with assassins for hire, until her last mission went horribly wrong, accidentally killing an innocent girl. Knowing she’s a danger to her team, Sandra goes off the grid, becoming a Shade—an agent declared dead but secretly hiding among the living. She intends to honor her vow never to pull another trigger or have contact with the spy world again. Until she meets Casper Grady…

Grady is a former Marine with a troubled past and a debt to pay. His life mission has gone from protecting the nation to helping local children and their families. The moment he meets Sandra, he knows there’s more to her than meets the eye, but he can’t help but be drawn to the mysterious femme fatale. And when Sandra’s past suddenly catches up to her, Grady is determined to protect her at all costs, no matter how dark and dangerous her secrets are. As the danger increases, so does their intense attraction. But when they’re forced to choose between each other and the people they’ve sworn to protect, their growing love might not be enough to keep them together—or alive…

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Exchange of Fire is the first book I've read by P.A. DePaul and it won't be my last. It is an action packed love story and I enjoyed every minute of it! The author kept me on my toes and, at times, had my heart racing. I LOVED it!

I was hooked from the very first page. The Delta Squad is on a mission to take down a sex slave ring. Each member of the team has their area of expertise and Wraith (one of the main characters) is the sniper. She misses her target, accidentally killing a victim, and is plunged into a world of guilt. She is unable to continue with the team and stages her own death to get away. She then becomes Sandra Walsh, a manager at a family fun center.

The center that she works at belongs to a man named Grady. Of course, they are attracted to each other, but Grady soon finds out there is more to Sandra than meets the eye. Though she wants him, she knows that she will have to run at any moment, so she keeps him at a distance. Grady is determined to break through her walls and claim her as his. When her apartment gets broken into and she has to go on the run, Grady is unexpectedly pulled in. While on the run, the sparks between them become too much to resist and they ignite a very passionate night. That is until she is reunited with her team. Of course this throws Grady for a loop and he is thrown off even further when he learns of her past.

While she is trying to survive the SBG that is not on her team, she is also trying to navigate her and Grady's rocky relationship. They try to put their personal feelings aside for the good of the whole and the community. This makes for a very emotionally volatile two people. Not too good to think with your heart when you need to be anticipating the enemy's next move.

The supporting characters in this story were just as important as Grady and Sandra. The group as a whole made the story, and I absolutely loved it. Everyone had a very specific role to play, and the author did it masterfully. I really felt I got to know each of the characters, and cannot wait for more of them. This is the first book of the SBG series and I am confident that it will be a do not miss series.




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Grady had had enough of the bullshit. Too many people were dropping in, and he was tired of being the only one who didn’t know the whole story. He needed to jump-start the explanations, and the best way to do that was to go for the throat. He lifted his chin and locked gazes with Cappy. He held up his fingers and started counting. “Cappy, Wraith, Talon, Romeo, Magician. Not your typical Christian names. Add to that Sandra’s confession that she’s a former sniper and Lethal Fuzzball Boy’s acclamation of her world-famous skill before she ‘died’ and became Jesus with her resurrection . . . I’m going to go out on a limb and say you’re the Commanding Officer of this clandestine team, right? Trained with them in Kansas and now lead everyone on missions? Tell me, does the company you work for start with a big C?” Cappy stiffened, and the reserved expression on his face eclipsed into a thundercloud. “What. The. Fuck?” “Here we go,” Romeo muttered, but everyone heard due to the sudden silence at the man’s bellow. Even the sun seemed to pause its ascent in the sky for a moment. “Someone had better start talking,” Cappy demanded in his gruff voice. “And, yes, I mean you, Wraith.” He spread his weight over his feet and slapped his hands on his hips. Sandra lifted her chin and met the CO’s incensed stare. If her arm hadn’t been touching his, he wouldn’t have known that a tremor raced through her before she opened her mouth. “I made the decision to fill Grady in on details I thought he should know. Especially after an assassin took shots at his head earlier this evening.” “Granger,” Talon inserted, crossing his arms. Cappy’s eyes flashed and his jaw hardened. He dipped his chin once as if to acknowledge Talon’s contribution and began to pace. “So, despite the oaths you took, you decided to compromise this team by talking to an outsider?” “Yes.” “And what else does he know?” Grady hated being talked around. “Not nearly enough,” he stated bluntly, not caring that Sandra now gripped his arm as if to warn him to back off. Grady had this guy’s number. He was completely lethal, no doubt, but he also seemed to be levelheaded and fair. Time to test that theory. “For example, why do you all act like Sandra’s a ghost? Why would a confessed sniper be insinuating herself into my company as an Operations Manager? Why was a gunman shooting at us earlier? Why did Calvin and Hobbes here”—he pointed to Talon and Romeo—“decide it’s better to break in than knock on the door?”


P.A. DePaul is a multi-genre romance author including paranormal fantasy and romantic suspense. She originally hails from Carroll County and Baltimore County, Maryland, but also lived in Macon and Warner Robins, Georgia. She currently resides in a beautiful community just outside Philadelphia. Exchange of Fire is the first novel in the SBG series with the second novel, Shadow of Doubt, releasing April 2015.




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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for this awesome review!! I'm so glad you loved this story!!! I truly appreciate your time in reading Exchange of Fire and writing the review. :)

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