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Complicated Creatures: Part One: in a Romantic Suspense Thriller Series [Kindle Edition]

Alexi Lawless
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)

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***For a limited time, you can get the novella for free – just copy & paste this address into your browser http://alexilawless.com/***

Ready for a powerful, take-no-prisoners heroine? Then this action-packed series is for you . . .

Luck is Jack Roman's middle name— and Chicago is his Empire. He lives to work, loves to play, and makes no commitments. But when the mysterious Samantha Wyatt moves into the adjoining penthouse, he's immediately drawn to her, a striking, elusive woman who transitions seamlessly from wood-paneled board rooms to high-stakes, high-risk rescue operations in the most dangerous parts of the world.

Intrigued by her self-possession, aroused by her incredible passion, and disarmed by a vulnerability she cannot hide, Jack pursues Samantha into the nexus of her dangerous present and her enigmatic past. When Samantha takes on the renowned war photographer Wesley Elliott as a client, Jack realizes the only woman he wants may be the one he cannot have...

COMPLICATED CREATURES is a mesmerizing, labyrinthine romantic suspense that will leave you wondering: Do you really want to know everything about the one you love?

REVISED EDITION: Includes editorial updates

Note to the Reader: Complicated Creatures is the first novel in a provocative series... and it ends on a cliffhanger, be warned! Recommended for readers 18+ for mature content…

Interview with the Author:

Q: So, what prompted you to write the Complicated Creatures series?

A: It's simple, really. I'm a huge fan of romance, romantic suspense and action thrillers, and I felt there was something really missing in combining these genres. I also wanted to write really powerful female leads who, while impressive, are incredibly relatable, smart, self-reliant and gutsy.

Q: Who or what inspired the lead character, Samantha Wyatt?

A: Honestly, I just took what I liked most about the male leads in some of my favorite stories and turned the whole thing on its head. I started thinking, "What if James Bond or Jack Reacher were a woman? What if she was the head of a multinational corporation? What if she led a team of commandos--what would that be like?"

As I considered all the possibilities, Samantha became much clearer in my mind. I saw a woman with true grit, style and the kind of savvy we admire but rarely see in female characters in romance or action/thrillers. And it makes for an intriguing question--what kind of man can get a woman like that? And would she even let him?

Q: Does your series have an intended audience?

A: Sure. YOU. This series starts out as romantic suspense-driven, but it's definitely got plenty of action, thrills and a tantalizing bit of mystery. It's written from both a woman and a man's perspective, and features a really fantastic supporting cast of characters with their own unique points-of-view and personalities. Reviews have been coming in from both men and women. So I'd say anyone who loves Damn Good Fiction will enjoy this series.

Q: When is the next installment coming out?

A: Part Two: Hell or High Water is already out and available. The prequel to the series, Goddess Rising, should be available in about a month on Kindle Scout and the final installment for the series is targeted for Fall 2015. Readers and fans can stay tuned to updates, excerpts and new releases at my website: http://alexilawless.com/

Happy Reading!


Thriller & Suspense Categories:

» International Espionage

» Thrillers 100 Must Reads

» Romantic Suspense Series

» Military and Navy SEAL



Editorial Reviews

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"A Stellar Read!"
"James Bond-- only sexier!!"
"Warning!! This Book is Addictive!!"

From Amazon Top 100 Best Selling Author, Alexi Lawless, comes a powerful new series of thrillers unlike any you've ever read...
In a refreshing shift from typical romantic suspense and thriller novels, where women are often seen as decoration or sidebar content, Lawless has crashed onto the scene in a big way. Her debut novel, Complicated Creatures sets the stage for a trilogy that features a strong female lead character, Samantha Wyatt, who critics are calling a "sexy, female James Bond."

"Alexi Lawless is a brilliant writer! Her new emotionally charged provocative novel, Complicated Creatures: Part One, is filled with excitement, sensuality and suspense. Reading it left me breathless more than once, for a variety of reasons and left me wanting for more!" Don D. Mann, Best-Selling Author, Inside SEAL Team SIX, (Hunt series)
                 
"Ian Fleming Meets Danielle Steel, only WAY better than both!" -Shadra Bruce, MomsGetReal Blog

"Complicated Creatures excited me, engaged my imagination, and gave me characters with real emotions." -Ronda Del Boccio, Best Selling Author

"What a pleasant surprise this was! For a debut novel it's a very well developed story written in a sophisticated, engaging style. The author has a style of her own - complex, rich and sensual descriptions mixed with a lot of action." -Ellie V., Ellie Reads Fiction Blog


"Consensus: Alexi Lawless knocked it out of the park."- Red Head Sara, Blogger

"All of the characters are outrageous in the best possible ways." -Evan Couzens, Author




Product Details

  • File Size: 709 KB
  • Print Length: 382 pages
  • Publisher: VIVRANT Press Publications; 2 edition (April 23, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JW98CPA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,495 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alluring, Suspenseful & Compelling April 28, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Every once in a while I'll run across a novel that manages to be romantic, engaging, emotionally charged and well-written... keeping me locked into a story that has all the elements of a truly entertaining read. In the novel Complicated Creatures that is definitely the case as Alexi Lawless weaves a story about Jack Roman falling down the proverbial rabbit hole when he falls for Sam Wyatt, a woman as seductive and alluring as she is mysterious and multi-layered.

The well written novel has a sharp, lush and vivid writing style that makes you feel the motions of the characters, sucks you into their gravity and brings this story to life. There was one paragraph that really brought this fact into the foreground...

"One glance at the way he looked at her, and Sam knew exactly what he was. A lethal habit, she thought. The accelerator on a race car. A halo jump on a crystal clear day. The best possible rush with the worst possible consequences."

This is a novel that sweeps you up and takes you on a thrilling ride of romance, seduction, danger and an emotional roller coaster. It left me eager for more and desperate to see the journey Sam and Jack found themselves on next. Sam and Jack are two characters that manage to forge a connection with each other and with the reader, creating a compelling story that feels real and authentic as well as exciting and entertaining.

Overall, this was incredibly engaging and it was a promising start for the series. I'm definitely eager to read more.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and sensual romantic thriller! July 3, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
What a pleasant surprise this was! For a debut novel it's a very well developed story written in a sophisticated, engaging style. The author has a style of her own - complex, rich and sensual descriptions mixed with a lot of action.

I was surprised how in-depth she went in the discussion of military operations, real estate business practices, martial arts, Italian cuisine and so much more. I did like the careful attention to detail we see all across this book, but the information became overwhelming at times. It made things look too good to be true, taking away from the otherwise realistic nature of the story and the characters.

That said, I really liked Sam and Jack and all the rest of the supporting cast. It's a densely populated world and it took me some time to figure out who is who and to keep track of all characters. Sam definitely stands out among most contemporary romance heroines - she is strong, independent, and at the same time loyal and caring. She is perfect at presenting a particular image of herself - self-possessed, composed, in control. but deep in her heart things are not exactly like this.

Jack was just the perfect hero - smart, sexy, successful. He fell for Sam and he fell hard. It was a surprise for him but he was open and honest, willing to risk his heart and take a chance. The relationship was not easy with Sam keeping Jack at a safe distance, never truly revealing herself to him.

The thriller element was very engaging and kept me involved throughout the story. There was a particular plot twist in the end that I didn't see coming and it makes me very anxious about the next book in the series.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar read April 28, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed this book for several reasons. Interestingly enough I had selected it as a train read for my frequent commute to and from Chicago.
The story is has a portion of it unfolding in Chicago and the author obviously shares an interest in some of my personal favorites such as Trump Towers and the surrounding area along with several other areas in Chicago.
However, we don't stay in Chicago the entire read as this is definitely an international thriller.
The pacing is quick throughout and while there is a good amount of romance and suspense, the author also weaves action into the fabric of this read. The writing style is spot on and the author delivers.
There are a few parts throughout that are a bit racier but they fit perfectly in the story and the pace stays consistent throughout this read. There are definitely no lags.
The lifestyles of the main characters take them out of the country and the international backdrops add substance to a story that is already very nicely delivered.
The author does an excellent job describing the characters. The attention to detail is spot on and was much appreciated as it added good depth to the story.
It is a fast paced story with a back drop of obsession - not just obsession with a person but the obsession of living the "good life" and doing well.
Sometimes when one pursues an obsession, the scars of the past are uncovered and that is the case in this story.
The main characters also learn once you've been in the fire and enjoyed the heat- well, everything else then seems tepid. They also learn- nothing is without risk when you play to win.
Stellar read.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great characters May 21, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Okay, so this book was recommended to me by a friend, and I'm really glad she did. All of the characters are outrageous in the best possible ways. There's a good mix of sex, romance, and fighting, both military and otherwise. Sam and Jack make for a great pair in the way they constantly push and test each other out of their own comfort zones, and their supporting cast is just as interesting.

It does end on a big cliffhanger, but with the major plot twists (plural) near the end, I think I'm more excited about reading the next book than anything else. Sam runs the show, and I'm looking forward to coming along for the rest of the ride. If you're on the fence, buy it; it's definitely worth the read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful start to a new series!
I was beginning to think that maybe I was losing my love of reading due to a lengthy slump where I just couldn’t find anything that gripped me. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Maria's Book Blog
5.0 out of 5 stars Samantha Wyatt Rocks!
OMG...I have found a new favorite series in this genre!!!! I am only like a quarter of the way through book 1 but already have book 1.5 and book 2. Why? Read more
Published 10 days ago by Raeven Hawkes
5.0 out of 5 stars Have to know
This book sucked me in and has left me needing to know what happens next. Off to buy the next book.
Published 15 days ago by ACMC
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read, but has a Cliffhanger
The first few pages had me a little nervous since the author introduces a lot of characters very quickly. Read more
Published 17 days ago by E. L. Sapp
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
So much more than I expected actually. It’s not just a thriller and it’s definitely not just a romantic suspense. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Steph Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five star!
Can I just say Sam is the bomb!! Such a cool chick. Like from the first chapter I was so in love with her. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Andy
5.0 out of 5 stars No T, No Shade
Alexi Lawless, honey you are tearing it up! This book reads like a movie! I am all about these boys you got—Carey, Jack, Talon, Rush and now WES? What’s up with that? Read more
Published 19 days ago by Allen K
1.0 out of 5 stars Author failed to finish writing the book.
I felt ripped off when I finished the book. The author did not resolve any of the multiple plot lines that she started within the book. Read more
Published 20 days ago by kcg
5.0 out of 5 stars Bond. Samantha Bond.
Omg this woman is basically my new favorite superhero. I’m loving the whole alpha-female vibe she’s got going. Leading a team of SEALS? Yes. Giving Jack a run for his money? Read more
Published 20 days ago by Kyle
5.0 out of 5 stars HOT
Really HOT. The action is great, the romance is smart and erotic. I really enjoyed this. Definitely recommend!
Published 23 days ago by Kennedy
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More About the Author

ALEXI LAWLESS.
Corporate Runaway. Novelist. Wanderer. Bourbon Drinker.
...and Now: Amazon Top 100 Best Seller

It's simple really: I wanted heroines who were strong, powerful women in charge of their kingdoms, dreams, and destinies. So I began to write characters I wanted to read, and as soon as I opened that Pandora's Box-- well, it became a passion. The kind you quit your 9-5 to devote your life to. The kind that wakes you up in the middle of the night to write. I hope you enjoy these characters as much as I enjoy writing their stories.

Interested in launch dates, exclusive free content, playlists and excerpts from the series? Subscribe for updates from me at: www.alexilawless.com

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