Friday 17 July 2015

✤ Flash Point ✤ Brooke Blaine ✤ BlogTour + Giveaway + Excerpt ✤

© Bianca Janeane

• release date: 12 July 2015
• standalone Romantic Suspense
• 260 pages

5 Stars

The first time I saw her, I knew I’d have to kill her.

It’s been five years since the brutal death of her mother, and Katherine Shaw still relives the nightmares of that night.
She escaped.
The danger should’ve been over.
She couldn’t have been more wrong.
When her father, a prominent judge, receives a chilling death threat, her past comes hurtling into her present.
The warning is clear: They’ve got unfinished business, and they’re coming for her.

Katherine Shaw.
Rich girl? Check.
Spoiled and obstinate? Check.
A beautiful fireball who pushes every button he has? That was not listed on the dossier Jason Garrett receives when he’s assigned as one of her bodyguards. The last thing he ever expected was that his tempting client would prove to be more dangerous than those he’s protecting her from.

Their attraction would be forbidden even under the best circumstances. But as the threat draws near, the tension between the two of them rises, culminating in an explosive flash point that will blindside them both.

Excerpt from Flash Point

© Brooke Blaine 2015

The wind whipped around them suddenly, a ferocious gust that caused Katherine’s long locks to go flying in every direction. She looked a bit like Medusa right then, hair thrashing about like snakes, hypnotic jade eyes blazing, and just as she lifted the hood of her jacket over her head, the wind died down.

“Yeah, that just figures,” she muttered, as she put her hand inside the hood to smooth down her hair.

Jason’s phone buzzed in his pocket, the caller ID reading Thompson. He answered before the second ring. “Sir.”

“Just calling to check in with you, Garrett. I spoke with Kirkpatrick and went over the rundown on our end, and he gave me—”

“Ow, shit, motherfucker—”

A string of curses continued to fly from Katherine’s mouth, her arm caught in an awkward angle over her face. The bracelet on her wrist had hooked onto the jacket liner of her hood, and the more she tried to yank it free, the more it snagged.

Thompson’s voice turned apprehensive. “Is everything okay over there? Is that Katherine—”

“Yes, yes, she’s fine,” Jason said.

“She doesn’t sound fine.”

“Just a little…female issue.”

“Female issue…? Ohhhh. I see. Well, good luck with that. Talk later.” Thompson hung up swiftly, and Jason shook his head. Wimp.

Katherine stomped her foot as she continued to wrench her arm free, and he tried not to smirk at how ridiculous she looked.

I should just leave her like that, he thought in amusement.

“Are you gonna talk on the phone all night or are you gonna fucking help me sometime this century?”

“Do you really want me to answer that?” he asked.

“No, what I want right about now is a chainsaw to free myself and then stick up your ass.”

He shoved the phone back in his pocket. “Sounds like foreplay.”

She stopped struggling for a moment, and he tried not to notice the way her shirt had ridden up to display a few inches of her creamy skin. “Now the sense of humor comes out? Now?

Stepping forward, he grabbed her wrist with one hand and tried to get her bracelet free with the other, but it was lodged in tight. Her pulse beat rapidly under his thumb, and he stroked over it once before realizing what he’d done. A quiet gasp escaped Katherine’s lips.

“Hold still,” he murmured, tightening his grip. “It might hurt.”

With a quick snap, he ripped the hood away, a chunk of tattered material still clinging to the mangled jewelry. She pulled the bracelet off her arm and rubbed her wrist.

“Thanks,” she said, a bit breathless.

He nodded as he backed away, and she got the hint to keep moving and not mention it.

They walked together in silence, for once, until a cluster of buildings came into view, and Katherine directed them toward it. When he saw her look over at him from the corner of his eye, he braced himself for the next round of questioning he knew was coming.

“So…you never told me your first name,” she said.

“No, I didn’t.”

“Well, that’s rude. I thought we just had a moment there, Jason.”

He stopped in his tracks, and she burst out in victorious laughter.

How the hell did she know that?

“And you thought I was unobservant.” She wore a smug look on her face. “I may be a lot of things, ruiner of jackets included, but give me a little credit here.”

“Where did you hear that?”

She shrugged. “It was a hunch. I’d referred to you as Jason Statham when I was talking to Steven at my father’s house, and I noticed you flinched when I said it. So, either you get that comparison a lot, or it was an involuntary reaction to hearing your name and trying not to react. Thank you for confirming my suspicions.”

Well I’ll be damned. Not just a pretty face, are you?

“Oh,” she said then, taking a step back. “Oh, no. That’s not…a tiny sliver of respect I see in your eyes, is it?”

He grimaced. “No.”

“Thank God,” she said with mock relief as she climbed the stairs to the main doors and stopped just outside them. “I couldn’t take it if you actually liked me.”

He had nothing to say to that, too busy trying to see past the mask she wore that he’d only briefly thought about earlier. She was observant. I wonder what else she’s hiding…

She turned around. “Can I ask you something?”

“God knows you would anyway.”

The Katherine that faced him now wore a serious expression, with no trace of the sarcastic woman he’d had to deal with the past few days. She cocked her head to the side as she studied his face.

“Are you always this much of an asshole with your clients, or am I just lucky?”

Before he could summon an answer, she reached for the door handle but then pulled away so he could enter first. She stayed beside him as she walked them to her class, and he knew she didn’t expect a response. After getting her settled and taking position against the wall nearby, he entertained her question.

Two things he knew for sure: First, he was definitely an asshole. And second, under the current circumstances, he’d never refer to Katherine Shaw as lucky.

Katherine's mom was killed five years ago - and Katherine saw it all happen.
Her Dad's an important judge in Atlanta, and to keep her safe, he sent her to live with her aunt in London for a while. But now she's back - at college. Getting a business degree - so not what she wants (Art) and not what her Dad wants either (Law).
When new threats against her life are being made, the judge hires a team of bodyguards to guard Katherine's body ☺


former Navy SEAL - turned bodyguard.
Jason and his colleague Kirkpatrick move into an apartment with Katherine - because she can't stand to live in her Dad's house - the house where her mom was killed - and because she wants to be closer to college.
And of course - being that close to an incredibly hot ex-SEAL 24/7 is turning her on A LOT!!!
And Jason doesn't seem immune to her hotness either...but he tries to stay strong... ☺
Let's guess how long that will last? ☺

While we hear about the story from both Katherine's and Jason's POV, we also get to hear a few lines from the bad guy here and there.

Lots of funny, suspensy moments will happen until we get to find out how the story will end for our darlings☺


NOPE . . .
I'm not telling you

psssst - no Ciffy - it's a standalone romance ..

I really enjoyed the book.
It was a really cute and fast-paced romantic suspense story.

Katherine is still totally scared and scarred on the inside from what happened to her mom - but she tries to hide it with jokes and sexual innuendos ☺
But Jason gets to know her pretty fast - his first impression of her was totally wrong though ☺
Kat keeps those poor bodyguards on their toes every minute of the day - and night!

I don't want to give away too much - but there will be some tiny little whoa-moments towards the end ☺☺☺ 

FLASH POINT was a really great and funny romantic suspense ....
GO AND BUY IT - I bet you'll want Jason to guard your body too!!!! ☺☺☺


ARC received for an honest review

Wow, wow, wow!  That is all that needs to be said about Flash Point - go and buy it!

I have read collaborations involving Brooke Blaine before, but this is her debut novel - and what a novel it is.

Flash Point is full of suspense, romance, lingering looks and a fair share of drama.

 And OMG the chemistry between our MC's, Katherine and Jason - I swear anyone near them would have a bad case of proximity-lust!  *Fanning myself* I swear the UST between them is off the charts.

But with things that have been and are happening to Katherine, it is hard to know who to trust.

And boy is there a big one of these thrown in 
I swear. usually I have a bit of an idea when something like it is going to happen, but holy heck, this one really blindsided me!

There is plenty of intrigue, and you will be left wondering who you can trust - and it may not be who you think.

There is also lots of funny banter between Katherine and her body guards.  Their interactions, though they are thrown together, feel organic.  There were times I laughed, there were times I may have shed a tear.

From the minute I picked up Flash Point, I did not want to put it down (even though I had to, to go and be an adult for the day - boooo!).  It is a fantastic stand-alone novel, and I look forward to reading whatever Ms Blaine has for us next!




You could say Brooke Blaine was a book-a-holic from the time she knew how to read; she used to tell her mother that curling up with one at 4 a.m. before elementary school was her ‘quiet time.’ Not much has changed except for the espresso I.V. pump she now carries around and the size of her onesie pajamas.

Her first solo novel, a romantic comedy, is due out in early 2015, but first, she thought she’d write a raunchy story with her best friend that would scar her conservative southern family for life.

If you’d like to get in touch with her, she’s easy to find - just keep an ear out for the Rick Astley ringtone that’s dominated her cell phone for ten years.