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April 3, 2017
California author Kathleen Rowland has taught elementary school, worked as a programmer/analyst, beginning her writing career writing computer programs and perhaps that has contributed to her success in her now popular venue of writing sizzling romantic suspense novels. As she has stated, ‘I’ve learned to keep the reader guessing about both the romance and the mystery until the end. I learned to hold back information. The love story is more important than the crime which may have been the reason the couple came together. Readers who are mostly women need to fall in love with the hero through the viewpoint of the heroine.’ Kathleen manages to pace her novel to seduce the reader to almost unwittingly surrender to the complex twists and turns of what is a very solid adventure while peppering the plot with enough erotica to please the curiosity of the reader.
We now enter into the realm of Kathleen’s writing finesse and having read DEADLY ALLIANCE it is apparent that was Book 1 of the Donahue Cousins Novels: UNHOLY ALLIANCE is subtly listed as ‘A Donahue Cousins Novel #2. Or as Kathleen offers, ‘Finn and Amy appear as secondary characters. It’s spring when Tori Rourke is released from prison, but it is a false spring. Framed by the Irish mob for a murder she didn’t commit, she begins hunting down her missing cousin’s kidnapper. Her attorney, Grady Fletcher, fears her past stalks her and will destroy a life she was never meant to have. What to do about their budding love is another matter.’

From her synopsis she offers the foundation for this story: ‘A decade ago, Tori Rourke, and her cousin, Vivienne, ran from the Irish mob after witnessing a brutal murder. Tori was framed by the mob, and while she served time in prison, she worried that the killer, Seamus McGinn, had kidnapped her missing cousin. Attorney Grady D. Fletcher, defender of the wrongly condemned, appeals Tori’s case and wins her release. Now, going by Victoria Morningstar, she runs a food truck from a seedy waterfront neighborhood, hoping to find her cousin's kidnapper. When Grady agrees to defend a new client, Samuel Peterson, who’s been accused of beating to death the wife of a noted professor, the evidence mounts. The professor is missing, as well as his laptop that contains data dangerous to national security. And Seamus McGinn is back, and rumors of a massive annihilation is about to begin. As they race to assist the FBI, the bonds between Grady and Tori are about to be tested. It becomes clear Grady and Tori are falling fast for each other, but what to do about it is a different story. He’s a divorced dad who wants more time with his kid. She brings danger to his front door. Grady has questions of his own; Is Vivienne at the center of the mob’s operation? How much will it cost Tori before she learns the truth? All Grady knows is the biggest danger is the one standing right behind you.’

While it is an odd feeling to share the name of one of the main characters, the manner in which Grady Fletcher is drawn makes it an honor! As with DEADLY ALLIANCE this Book 2 is a very solid read. Kathleen has tackled legal issues, crime and romance and blends them all in a superb, addicting novel. Grady Harp, April 17
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