Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Witness Pursuit: Character Interview & Review

One life.

Twenty-one-year-old New Zealander Lydia Sands witnessed the hit-and-run of a powerful man’s son. Her bodyguard is shot when the killer returns to dispose of her and The Program puts her in hiding. A year later, the case remains unsolved and her handler needs to get her further from the killer’s reach. Lydia detests the thought of being close enough to endanger the man who nearly died protecting her, even if it’s aboard a super-yacht traveling the South Pacific.

Tyler Whitehall’s shooting stole weeks from his memory. Physically recovered, he oversees security for Whitehall Shipping. While on a family holiday, Tyler is suspicious of the woman accompanying them without notice or security clearance, as his nephew’s caregiver. Stronger than suspicion is his incomprehensible attraction to her, and his instinct to protect her.

Once sensitive information is leaked, Lydia undergoes re-identification to evade a killer and protect the man who’d die to save her. Her bodyguard has just begun his pursuit, and she may have underestimated his abilities.

CONTENT WARNING: Sexual content

A Lyrical Press Contemporary Romance

My Review:
4 Stars

I really enjoyed this book. As I am sure you all know, romantic suspense is my favorite genre to read. I love the combination of a good suspenseful mystery and romance to boot. This book had that. It kept my interest and kept me on my toes. There was more than one part where I was all, I think I know what's gonna happen, and then I was surprised. I LOVE it when a  book can do that. Also, have I mentioned that I have been addicted to Aussie/New Zealand books lately? I love the descriptions, love the slang, not sure why, but I am hooked. I don't want to give to many details away because I hate being a spoil sport and you are going to want to read this book yourself. Plus, just take a look at that cover: Hello hot guy!

Just know this is a great book. I was on the edge of my seat. All the deceit, half truths, lies and missing memories. *squee* It was wonderful. I was drawn in from the very beginning. Heck even before page one, the description had my interest. I'll be honest with you, I am mostly a one woman show here at Love Books! I get so many review requests that I have begun to be very picky. If the books description doesn't get my interest then I pass on doing a review. I was hooked by this description. I wanted to know more about Lydia and Tyler and what the heck was going on. How she felt about him not remembering her, what happens if the killer finds her, and how it all would end. So thanks Ms. Wadsworth for a book that had me engrossed until the very end.

Now below, enjoy this interview between Joanne Wadsworth and the heroine Lydia. Then stick around for the excerpt. Have a great day everyone.

Hi, and thank you so much for having me on your blog today.

WITNESS PURSUIT is book one in my Bodyguards series, a heart-pounding line in which each story will bring you a bodyguard and the woman he protects. I’m sitting here with my heroine, Lydia Sands, from WITNESS PURSUIT.

Joanne: Hey, Lydia. Thanks so much for taking the time to come and sit with me today.

Lydia: I’ll always come and talk to you, Joanne. You sent Tyler to me right when I needed him the most. Although-- *frowns while tapping her fingers on her knees* --we do need to have words about why he had to get shot. It was agonising to witness both that and his memory loss. You’re cruel.

Joanne: Um, well sorry. All cruelty aside, Tyler’s memory loss was actually necessary. He certainly came back even stronger, as well as more intent on discovering exactly who you were.

Lydia: Yeah, but right when I couldn’t have him knowing. The hardest thing I’ve ever done was keeping the secrets I had to from him.

Joanne: Tyler’s a bodyguard. You can’t stop a bodyguard from doing what they do best.

Lydia: I certainly gave it a good shot. I didn’t want to be his client. I wanted whatever time we had left before I went through re-identification to be solely with him.

Joanne: Tell me more about Tyler. What draws you to him?

Lydia: He’s incredibly strong. He’s smart, caring, sexy as hell. The one issue I have though, is he cares more for my wellbeing than his own. I’ve really got to train that out of him.

Joanne: *grins* Yeah, good luck with that.

Lydia: Are you saying it’s not going to happen?

Joanne: I can almost guarantee it. How about a fun question? A deserted beach or a fabulous resort? Which would you choose?

Lydia: A deserted beach. I love what Tyler can do when we’re all alone. Wow. His ability to pursue really goes into high gear at those times, and a deserted beach means I can wear a bikini, or not. *chuckling*

Joanne: You tease. Still, thanks so much for joining me, Lydia. I really enjoyed writing your story, and I can’t wait to share it with readers.


Here’s an excerpt to tempt you:

Down the super-yacht’s hallway, Lydia walked toward Tyler then slowed as her gaze dropped to her case in his hands. “What am I going to do with you?” She shook her head, tut-tutting under her breath.

“You’d already packed.” He slid a hand around her waist and led her to his room. “I’m simply moving your belongings from one room to another, and I’ll show you exactly what you can do with me.” He closed his bedroom door and flicked the lock.

She set her hands on her hips. “Ah, is that to keep me in, or others out?”

“Both.” He dumped her bag beside his drawers and unzipped it. “What did Saria say?”

“We had a long talk, and she said yes. She’ll let me go through re-identification first, and follow as soon as she sits her finals. They’re in just a few weeks.” She stepped up to him. “Ben will place my application tomorrow, although he said it might take a few days for all the arrangements to be made. He told me to hold tight and wait.”

Gritting his teeth, he opened his bottom drawer and piled her clothing in. “He approved of it all, this fast?” He’d have words with Ben. She should be with him.

“Of course. It was his idea to start with.” She gripped his arm. “I never said I’d move in with you, and now you’re unpacking for me?”

“Lee.” He dragged her into his arms. “I want you here, no matter the length of time.” He lifted her and laid her on his bed. Stealthily, he moved in to lie over top.

“I know you do. Oh, do you feel that? The ship’s moving.” Cranking her head to the side, she peered out the windows where the lights of the resort flickered.

“We’re sailing to the far side of the island. There’s a quiet cove, and it’ll be the safest place for you.”

“I hadn’t forgotten.” She slid her hand down his chest and played her fingers over the ridges of his abs under his shirt. “As long as we’re all safe, I can deal with it, for a short while.”

He lowered his forehead to hers. “Since you insist on going through re-identification, I need to be able to track you once you go under. I’m giving you fair warning now.”

“Ah, excuse me. That sounds highly illegal. The whole point of re-identification is so no one can find me.”

“Yes, but I’m not a threat to you, and only you and I will know what I’ve done.”

“And what will that be? Ex-act-ly?”

“By track, I mean I’ll place under your skin a very small tagged chip. It’s like a GPS system, but it’ll have a direct signal to me.”

“And…” Her gaze narrowed.

He rubbed his cheek against hers. “I’ll be able to check in with you, no matter where you are in the world. We can hardly have an exclusive relationship without there being some form of relationship.”

“Sooo, you’re asking me to go against the rules of re-identification?” She gave him a look that said she wasn’t going to agree.

“You’re very stubborn, but I happen to be twice as bad. Whether you agree or not, I’m going ahead with it.”

No one would take her from him. Not ever again.

He’d make certain of it.




Where Romance Meets Fantasy and Adventure…
Reading romance books captivated Joanne Wadsworth as a teenager, particularly when she tucked herself into bed at night and continued to dream those stories as she slept. She'd visualize the direction, taking the hero and heroine on an adventure unparalleled to what she'd read. Today she is devoted to writing romance, bringing her imagination to life within the lines of young adult, contemporary, and historical Highlander.
Born in New Zealand, Joanne works both as a writer and a financial controller, all while keeping up with her four energetic children and dreamy husband.

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