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Stalker in the Shadows (Love Inspired Suspense) [Kindle Edition]

Camy Tang
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Book Description

"Consider this a warning."

Lately, nurse Monica Grant feels she's being watched. Followed. And then she receives a threatening letter—accompanied by a dead snake. If she doesn't stop her plans to open a free children's clinic, she'll end up dead, too. Terrified, Monica turns to former lawman Shaun O'Neill—who believes the same madman murdered his own sister five years before. She understands how much it means to the handsome, heart-guarding man to save her—and her dream. Even if he has to lure a deadly stalker out of the shadows—straight toward himself.

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About the Author

Camy Tang writes romance with a kick of wasabi. She used to be a biologist, but now she is a staff worker for her church youth group and leads a worship team for Sunday service. She also runs the Story Sensei fiction critique service. On her blog, she gives away Christian novels and ponders frivolous things like dumb dogs (namely, hers), coffee-geek husbands (no resemblance to her own...), the writing journey, Asiana, and anything else that comes to mind.

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Someone was watching her.

Monica Grant glanced around the bustling central plaza in downtown Sonoma, California, and rubbed the back of her neck, but the ugly, prickly feeling wouldn't go away. She remembered the well-worn phrase from her Nancy Drew books—"the hair stood up on the back of her neck"—but she'd never realized how true it was. Until now.

She couldn't actually see anyone looking at her—there were tourists strolling around Sonoma City Hall and the fountain, cars driving slowly around the square, shoppers stepping in and out of the quaint shops. A few locals across the street noticed her looking at them and waved hello. She waved back with a smile, recognizing them as staff from a nearby restaurant. The Grant family's successful day spa, Joy Luck Life, had helped bring even more activity to the small tourist town, and all of her family was acquainted with most of the local business owners and staff.

But as she continued walking along the line of shops and historical buildings, the creepy feeling crawled up her shoulder blades. She whirled around suddenly, but didn't catch anyone in the act of staring at her, or ducking into a shop doorway to escape her notice.

It had been a silly thought, anyway. She wasn't a spy. She was probably imagining things.

She turned to enter Lorianne's Cafe, a popular new restaurant owned by one of her high school classmates, which served California fusion cuisine made exclusively with local produce. She thought the feeling of being watched would go away as soon as she entered the building, but an uncomfortable shaft of prickling shot down her spine. She turned to look out the restaurant's glass front doors, toward the green park area around Sonoma City Hall, but couldn't see anyone except a few tourists walking by.

"Monica Grant, are you stalking me?"

The voice, still betraying the slight Irish lilt of his homeland, made her turn. "Mr. O'Neill! I should say,you're stalking me."

Patrick O'Neill's light blue eyes creased deeply at the corners. "Seeing you at the Zoe International charity banquet last week wasn't enough. I had to get in more of your lovely company." He enfolded her in a hug that made her cheek rasp against his usual Hawaiian-print, button-down shirt. Quite a contrast to the tuxedo he'd worn at the annual dinner that Zoe International, an anti-human-slavery organization, had hosted to thank its donors.

"Are you here in Sonoma just for the day?" Monica asked. "Or are you staying overnight before you head back down to Marin?"

"I'm here for a few days, spending time with my new grandson."

"That's right, I heard about the new baby yesterday from Aunt Becca." At first Monica had been shocked because she'd thought the new baby was Shaun's son, but quickly realized her mistake—it was Brady's son, Shaun's nephew. She hoped Aunt Becca hadn't noticed her initial stunned reaction.

"What have you been up to in the seven whole days since I've seen you?" He tugged at a silver lock of hair on his wide forehead. It brought back an image of Shaun doing the same gesture.

She forced her mind away from his eldest son. "I'm still taking care of Dad since he had his stroke."

"He's doing better? Last week, we were interrupted before I could ask you about him."

"He still needs a live-in nurse, but I'm also taking him to physical therapy several times a week, and he's gaining mobility back. He doesn't need me quite as much, which is good, because my sister Naomi announced her engagement six weeks ago. She's planning her wedding, so sometimes when she has to take off work at the spa, I fill in as manager for her."

"Will she still be manager when she marries?"

"No, she's going to start her own private massage therapy business in the city, closer to her future husband's office. We're trying to hire someone to take over when she leaves, but until then.. " She had to stifle a small sigh. Because she still took care of her dad, filling in for Naomi stole precious free time that she didn't have. The spa needed to hire someone soon.

"From nurse to manager." His blue eyes were more piercing than his son's. "It doesn't sit with you well?"

His insight startled her. "I loved being an Emergency Room nurse," she said, "but I have to admit I don't regret quitting my job at Good Samaritan Hospital when Dad needed me. What I'd really like to do is run a free children's clinic for Sonoma and Napa counties."

Unlike Monica's father, Mr. O'Neill didn't roll his eyes at her. Instead, he nodded gravely. "Then you should do it, my girl. You only have one life to love."

His phrasing touched her on a deeper level, stirred up things she had left collecting on the bottom. She shifted uncomfortably, then changed gears, giving him a teasing look. "So who are you meeting for lunch? Yet another struggling hotel owner whose hotel you're going to buy and then turn into a raging success?"

"No, I'm just here having lunch with my son." He gestured behind him.

Brady, his second eldest son, lived only a few miles from Sonoma in Geyserville. Monica's gaze flickered over Mr. O'Neill's shoulder, past the hostess waiting patiently behind the desk, toward the restaurant's bar…and she froze.

Shaun O'Neill stared right back at her. Her breath stopped in her throat and seemed to hum there. She recognized the strange sensation, something she had only felt twice before in her life—at her first sight of a cherry red Lamborghini, and the very first time she'd met Shaun O'Neill, ten years ago at a Zoe International banquet.

Her heart started racing as he rose from his seat at the bar and walked toward them. His expression was unfathomable. Was he happy to see her? Indifferent? Something about the way he held his eyes made her think he felt the same rush of intensity she did.

No, she had to find a way to smother the electricity zinging through her veins. Shaun was a cop, and she would never, ever date anyone in law enforcement. In the E.R., she had seen what that profession did to the families left behind, had tried to heal the unhealable pain of losing a fine man to a criminal's gunshot. She knew her heart wouldn't be able to handle it.

She also knew she wouldn't be able to handle him.

As he approached, his scent wrapped around her—a thread of well-tooled leather, a hint of pine, a deep note of musk—a combination uniquely Shaun's. "Hi, Shaun." She gave a polite smile that hopefully masked the way he made her feel so…alive.

"Hi, Monica." The deep voice had a slight gravelly edge to it, promising danger and excitement. "It's been a long time."

"I didn't know you were back in Sonoma."

"I quit the border patrol," he said softly.

"What?" Surprised, she looked up at him and immediately drowned in the cerulean blue sea of his straightforward gaze. Shaun had always been aggressive with his stance, with his looks—and he was that way now, standing a little too close to her, staring a little too intently. "I.. " She cleared her throat. "I thought you loved the border patrol. The last time we met, you were so enthusiastic about it."

"I'm back to spend time with my family. I'm thinking of applying for the Sonoma Police Department."

"Not as exciting as the border patrol," she remarked, looking for his reaction.

He shrugged.

How strange. He still had that bad-boy air about him, but there was something that reminded her of a wounded dog. No, a wolf. A wounded wolf. She wanted to reach out to him, to help him if she could.

Wounded wolves still bite. She had to remind herself that he wasn't her type. She had to stop now so she wouldn't go any deeper. She wouldn't submit herself to the kind of pain she'd seen in the Emergency Room. She shook off the memory of a cop's widow's shaking shoulders and forced her mind back to the present.

Then something invisible raking along her spine made her jerk. She turned to look out again through the glass of the restaurant doors but only saw the same view of Sonoma City Hall, made of local quarried stone that looked more flint-gray today under the overcast skies. Different tourists from the last time she'd looked walked around the grounds now.

She was being paranoid. She had to get a hold of herself.

She turned back to Mr. O'Neill. "The last time we talked, you mentioned how you were going to sell the Fontana Hotel in Marin and do consulting work rather than buy another hotel. Do you know when that's going to happen?"

Mr. O'Neill smiled at her. "Does your question have anything to do with the rumors I heard that your father's going to expand the spa and add a hotel?"

Monica grinned. "Guilty as charged. I have a lunch appointment in a few minutes, but do you have time today to talk about possibly consulting for him?"

He gave her a sharp look. "Have you talked to Augustus about this yet?"

Heat like a sunburn crept up her neck. "Uh…Dad mentioned yesterday how he needed help now that he's actually decided to go forward with the hotel."

Mr. O'Neill smiled. "I do have time this afternoon." He turned to Shaun. "Did you want to come with me or pick me up later?"

"I'll come with you." His voice was light, but his blue eyes flickered to Monica.

She had to remind herself that she wanted to speak with his father, not with him. "Great. Thanks, Mr. O'Neill. Three o'clock at our house?"

"Sounds good. Who are you meeting for lunch, by the way?"

"It's a potential investor for my free children's clinic. Phillip Bromley."

Shaun's jaw suddenly tightened and his eyes be...

Product Details

  • File Size: 383 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense (January 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006847B86
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story January 8, 2012
By Megan
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Stalker in the Shadows is a great suspense novel and while I don't read a lot of that genre I really enjoyed this book. I was never completely sure who the stalker was - as soon as I thought it was one person, the story would make it obvious that it couldn't be that person and then maybe it could be. I think that is what a good suspense book should do.

This is a Love Inspired novel, so the length of the story is on the shorter side, allowing you to read it rather quickly! The only complaint I have is with the book (NOT the story). I have read many Love Inspired books and this is the first time I've ever felt the need to almost break the spine in order to read it - the printing was too close to the binding for comfort. A way to avoid this problem would be to purchase a copy of the e-book instead.

Stalker in the Shadows is the third book in a series. I haven't read the first two books, but I don't feel that by reading this book first I was lacking any of the back story. Unlike other books that are part of a series, I don't think Stalker in the Shadows gave too much information about the previous stories - so I can read them without it being ruined for me.

If you love reading suspense, you should love this book.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book to review. I was asked to give my honest opinion of the book - which I have done.***
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, Fast Read! January 1, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the third book in this series and it doesn't disappoint. The book has all the elements of suspense yet still holds your interest and isn't formulaic. You will be guessing at the ending through most of the story. It's fast-paced yet still offers ample character development so that you feel invested in the outcome of the book because you've become enmeshed with the characters. I'm not a big fan of Love Inspired but I do make an exception for the "Suspense" novels and Camy Tang does a great job with the storyline in this novel. It's a fast read and holds your attention. A good way to spend an evening relaxing is by reading this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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If you like suspense and romance in a quick-to-read format then this is just the book for you. Stalker in the Shadows packs quite a punch for a short 200 page novel. Camy Tang knows how to pace the novel well for this format so that things move quickly but never too quickly and so that my attention never waned.

I loved Stalker in the Shadows and I will now make sure I go back and read the first two books in this series. Not because I needed to for this book to make sense, but because I liked Ms. Tang's writing and also because I liked the setting and the family. I want to know more about them. Stalker in the Shadows was a nice stand alone with characters from the earlier novels and I think there were mentions of things that happened, but nothing that gave away what happened in the books (except the couple outcomes, but the reader knows those going in anyway).

Monica was a great main character. She was strong, but she had her faults that she needed to work through. It was something I really didn't see coming, but understand fully as I deal with it as well. I think a lot of women will find Monica easy to relate to. She's a great character. I admired her strength. I also enjoyed Shaun who is a bit tortured. He has some things in his past he needs to work through, but in typical human fashion, he thinks he should hang onto that guilt. I liked watching him in the protector role in the book, it suited him. I also liked seeing him start to work through his issues. He was easy to relate to as well, as his issue was guilt and I think we all carry some form of guilt with us. The chemistry between Monica and Shaun was great as well. I was cheering for them through the book and at times wanted to hit both of them over the head, but that was what made the book interesting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So suspenseful and it had many twists!!! January 2, 2012
By Melanie
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Stalker in the Shadows is the third book in the Sonoma Series. I haven't read book one, Deadly Intent; but I have read book two, Formula for Danger, and that book was really good!

The only other book I've read by Camy Tang is Protection for Hire! And while that book is still my FAVORITE book by her, Stalker in the Shadows is a close second!!

One thing I really liked about Stalker in the Shadows was the characters - particularly Shaun O'Neil. There was so much to his character that he quickly became a favorite of mine in this novel.

The story was so suspenseful and it had many twists - I found myself trying to figure out who the stalker was, but as the characters were introduced, I kept switching and in the end it was a SHOCKER!

There wasn't anything in this novel that I think would offend anyone - no swearing, etc. It was a wonderful read that I absolutely loved and if there is another book in the Sonoma Series, I will definitely want to read it!

*I received a complimentary copy of Stalker in the Shadows from the author to review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All opinions expressed are my own.*
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars grab it quick ! January 2, 2012
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As the title suggests, Stalker In The Shadows tells the tale of Monica Grant, a young nurse meeting resistance to her plans to open a free children's clinic in the form of death threats and a series of sinister photos of her from a stalker. But Monica isn't going to roll over and give up just because somebody wants her to and, enlisting the help of Shaun O' Neill, former Border Patrol guard, to look after her, the pair try to uncover who is stalking and threatening Monica, especially when it transpires that this same person may be the murderer of Shaun's sister several years before.

I love the interplay between the characters and the blossoming romantic interest despite their determination not to give in to it. Outwardly vulnerable Monica has hidden inner strength and apparently strong Shaun, who dedicated his whole career to protecting people, has an inner vulnerability so the two complement each other perfectly. Despite the evil stalker, it's a feel-good novel highlighting people's positive attitudes in the face of adversity and trusting in things turning out for the best.

It's a short book - only 215 pages - and I raced through the whole thing in two days, unable to tear myself away from the events unfolding on the page ! The Love Inspired Suspense novels are only on bookstore shelves for 30 days maximum so grab it quick before it's too late.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great suspense-filled romance!
Stalker in the Shadows
By: Camy Tang

Another great read by Camy Tang. I love her work! Read more
Published 11 months ago by mustlovetoread
5.0 out of 5 stars Stalker in the Shadows
It was a good book. I like the Love Inspired books because there is not alot of garbage in them.
Published 21 months ago by sue
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for entertainment
The suspense part of well done for a new author, but seemed to jump to conclusions I could not follow. The romance part I could really have done without. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Sonoma Series Book 3
Nurse Monica Grant wants to start a free children's clinic. After helping a migrant workers son because they couldn't afford a hospital visit, it has been her dream. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Jutzie
2.0 out of 5 stars Stalker in the Shadows
Okay, I've read all three books in this series. I found this book insulting to men and frankly to the reader. Read more
Published on April 21, 2012 by Karen A. Peale
5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting read you won't wanna miss!
Monica Grant is dead-set on starting a free children's clinic in Sonoma, California. She has worked as an Emergency Room nurse but wants to make an even greater impact. Read more
Published on March 1, 2012 by Kim W
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
There are some dark clouds on the horizon for nurse Monica Grant, the heroine of "Stalker in the Shadows." Monica's on a mission to open a children's free clinic. Read more
Published on January 22, 2012 by H. Harden
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little suspense novel
Stalker in the Shadows is a fast-paced novel filled with suspense, romance, and inspirational moments. Read more
Published on January 15, 2012 by Marcia Morphew
4.0 out of 5 stars A differen kind of Love Inspired Suspense Book
Stalker in the Shadows is an excellent book to read. Just make sure you have a quiet place to read it because you don't want to miss any details that will help you figure out who... Read more
Published on January 15, 2012 by Keyfocus
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing LI read
After reading "Protection for Hire" (not a Love inspired, but still a Christian Romance/Mystery) I read Mrs. Tang's upcoming "Stalker in the Shadows", which IS a LI book. Read more
Published on January 15, 2012 by LMMS8
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Camy writes Christian romantic suspense as Camy Tang and Regency romance under her pen name, Camille Elliot. She grew up in Hawaii but now lives in northern California with her engineer husband and rambunctious dog. She graduated from Stanford University in psychology with a focus on biology, but for nine years she worked as a biologist researcher. Then God guided her path in a completely different direction and now she's writing full time, using her original psychology degree as she creates the characters in her novels. In her free time, she's a staff worker for her church youth group and leads one of her church's Sunday worship teams. She also loves to knit, spin wool into yarn, and is training to (very slowly) run a marathon. Visit her website at to read free short stories and subscribe to her quarterly newsletter.

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