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Monday, December 18, 2017

Collateral Risk by Gwenan Haines - Book Tour - Review - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host Gwenan Haines and her new book, “Collateral Risk”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Gwenan and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!

Collateral Risk
by Gwenan Haines


GENRE: Romantic Suspense



After losing her sister to a serial killer years earlier, scientist Mia Lindgren survives by focusing on the most dangerous viruses known to man. She’s become adept at shutting herself off from human contact—until her lab partner drowns under suspicious circumstances.

Forced to accept the assistance of Nick Doyle, an FBI counter-terrorism expert on leave, she soon realizes someone at the Institute for Research of Infectious Diseases is involved in a deadly deception. As she and Nick race to find a killer who will stop at nothing to accomplish his version of Armageddon, they can’t ignore their own chemistry. But can Mia truly put the past to rest?



Mia finished reading the articles and took a chair opposite him. If it hadn’t been for the fact they were talking about the end of the world, it would have been cozy, sitting there with her. Small problem.

“If he wasn’t dead, I’d say it would be natural for him to have them. Working with this stuff is what we do. If he came across those articles, he’d keep them.” She hesitated, averting her gaze. “I would too.”

“Well, you’re right about one thing, Bride of Frankenstein,” he said. “The man’s dead. And I’m guessing this has something to do with it.”

“So you believe my theory—about him not really drowning.”

“I’m starting to. I called to get the results of the autopsy and hopefully should have them in a day or two if nobody decides to stall.”

“You think they’re going to stall?”

“I don’t know. We’ll see. I’m supposed to be on leave, so it’s possible the powers that be don’t want me getting involved in something I shouldn’t be.”

They got that right. Under the yellow overhead light, Mia’s hair fell down over her shoulders in pale waves. He’d never seen it down. He almost wished he hadn’t.

She gave him a hard look. “Maybe you shouldn’t. I mean, you’re supposed to be getting better, aren’t you? Healing. This can’t be helping.”

“It is helping,” he said quietly. “You’re helping.”

She looked away. For several seconds, she didn’t speak. “I don’t think so,” she said at last. “I’ve never helped anybody. Not even my own mother.”


“Stop, okay?” She held up a hand. “Just stop.”

“Okay.” He wanted to reach out and take her hand in his. No, he wanted to take her upstairs and show her how much she’d helped him heal, one long kiss at a time. But if he told her that he’d lose her. Whatever had happened to her in the past had scared the hell out of her. If he pushed too hard, he’d lose her.

And he wasn’t going to get involved with her in the first place. Wasn’t that what he kept telling himself?



Excellent read!  Fantastic characters!  Creative storyline with realistic details!

I love a good mystery, suspense book and this one totally fits the bill!

 Mia Lindgren, is a scientist who completely throws herself into her work full-time, because she lost her sister to a serial killer a few years earlier.  Mia thought she had put her past behind her, however, that is all about to change after Mia’s lab partner turns up dead under very suspicious circumstances. Mia realizes she is about to fall back into the suspense, mystery, and intrigue realm while she tries to determine if there is another killer on the loose.  As it starts to become more apparently so, Mia is forced to work with Nick Doyle, a sexy, but just as feisty, FBI counter-terrorism expert on leave.  Together they team up to stop a madman interested in creating his version of Armageddon.

Bioterrorism is still a hot topic these days and a scary, but true possibility.  Although, hopefully, the more we are aware and prepare, the more likely we can prevent and stop future attacks.

I hate reading books or watching shows that are just so farfetched or there’s no way that would ever happen and makes the whole book/show look so fake and phony – that is not the case here!

There are so many well thought out passages and very detailed scenes that it is obvious the author did an impressive job researching the material and representing the public health industry in a truthful and realistic manner.

As someone who has a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health and Urban Planning, and have worked on Center for Disease Control (CDC) projects and other government contracts, I am all too familiar with terrorism, bioterrorism, and weapons of mass destruction.  So, I was very intrigued to read this book and it did not disappoint.

Of course, this book is not overly technical, there is a lot to the mystery and suspense side and even a budding romance!

I really liked the main characters, Mia and Nick.  They were genuine, likable, and relatable.  They both had real problems, flaws, and baggage.  They worked well together, and their witty banter really played off each other.  The characters fit well together and just seemed to complement one another.  Not to mention their chemistry and passion that sizzled on and off the case.

All in all, I would definitely recommend this book as it has a lot to offer the reader!  Although, this book is listed as book three in the series, it can absolutely be read on its own.  I had not read the previous books in the series and had no problem following along or understanding this book.

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations.**

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Gwenan Haines lives in New England with her daughter and a Siberian husky born on Halloween. She’s been hooked on suspense ever since her mom read her an old Nancy Drew mystery when she was five years old. She also loves romance and fantasy. Her paranormal novella, WRAITH, and novel, SHIFT, the first two installments in the SHADOW WORLD series, are under contract with Wild Rose Press's fantasy line. When she’s not plotting her newest mystery, she teaches community college and writes lots of poetry.






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  1. Gwenan ~ It is great to have you here! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! I really enjoyed reading and reviewing your book, thanks for providing the copy! :)

    1. Thanks so much for hosting me. I'm really glad you liked the book. :)

  2. congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

  3. Great review, sounds like a wonderful book. Thanks for sharing :)

  4. Thanks for the giveaway; I like the excerpt. :)

  5. What books are you looking to read in 2018? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

    1. Good luck! My TBR pile is very high right now. Lots of mysteries - the new Louise Penny book, The Broken Girls, The French Girl - and of course romance. :)

  6. Wow this looks like a really great read, i will have to check it out!

  7. I really enjoyed reading the entire post today. This is a new author for me so thank you for the reveal!

  8. I was wondering what the author has planned next?

  9. I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy new Year, thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Nice to meet another new-to-me author. My usual read is in the Historical Romance genre but on occasion I do enjoy reading a good mystery. This one sounds like it fits the bill. I'll be following along with the tour to learn more.

  11. Congrats and good luck with your writing career, last day of the giveaway, wahoo!