Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Catherine Mann's PROTECTOR - with a fun giveaway!



Author Catherine Mann has been a long-time favorite of many romance readers, especially those who (like me!) love romantic suspense.  Her Dark Ops series has had hit after hit and I was fortunate enough to get PROTECTOR for Romance Junkies review.  I'm itching to get my hands on UNDER FIRE and GUARDIAN, the subsequent two books in the series. I was able to meet Catherine Mann last fall at the COFW booksigning in Columbus. My dear friend Judy came especially to see Cathy (they're old friends and Judy can call her Cathy) - so the evening was a win-win for me to see Judy and meet Catherine at the same time! She's a sweetheart and I was pleased to have met her. Check out the blurb and review for PROTECTOR below, then read on for the giveaway - I have two books up for grabs for one lucky reader here.

The blurb:
TRUST, LOVE …AND LIES.
After barely surviving enemy torture, Captain Chuck Tanaka doesn’t trust himself to do more than ride a desk—but new orders leave him no choice. Assigned to the investigation of a mob boss whose luxury cruise ship is reportedly a hub for terrorist activity, Tanaka goes undercover. His target: JoLynn Taylor, the mob boss’s daughter.
As a child, JoLynn saw her beloved uncle murdered. Since then, she’s stayed far away from her father’s crooked empire. But when he falls ill, she returns, hoping to mend the gap between them. Instead, she finds herself on the run, one step ahead of unknown enemies. The only thing keeping her alive is the man she knows as Charles Tomas, the only man she’s ever been able to trust.
Unfortunately, he’s also the man determined to destroy her family…

My (4 blue ribbon) Romance Junkies review:

How do you like your romantic suspense? If you prefer sensual, intelligent, and clever characters and an abundance of exciting action, PROTECTOR is the story for you. Author Catherine Mann knows her way around a thrilling romantic suspense and PROTECTOR is no exception.

Dark Ops Squadron’s Chuck Tanaka is hesitant about going back on assignment, after being captured and tortured on his last mission, nearly costing his life. His technical skills are much-needed on this operation and he eventually agrees. Keeping an eye on a beautiful woman aboard her father’s cruise ship shouldn’t be too difficult, right? Taking an undercover job as a blackjack dealer, Chuck finds himself in close contact with JoLynn Taylor. Before long, hidden surveillance is not enough and it becomes obvious that someone is after JoLynn. Her life is in serious jeopardy unless Chuck can keep her safe as they go on the run.

JoLynn has been away from her father for several years. Having witnessed her beloved uncle’s execution as a child, she has no desire to be near her father and his continuing mob lifestyle. Her interest in Chuck is instantaneous and intense. After her life is repeatedly threatened and she surprisingly learns his true identity, there isn’t time for much more than keeping themselves alive.

Catherine Mann has the alpha man down pat. She never fails to provide readers with capable, competent characters, an interesting storyline, and enough action to keep the story moving. A secondary romance adds even more richness to the reading experience. PROTECTOR is a wonderfully exciting book and I urge anyone who enjoys romantic suspense to check it out.


Now for the giveaway!  I will give one lucky reader my review copy of PROTECTOR together with a fully autographed print copy of LOVE BITES, the anthology of this year's Lori Foster/Duffy Brown Reader-Author Get Together in West Chester, Ohio. This book was available in print at this event, although it is available at online bookstores as an ebook.  All proceeds from this book benefit the Animal Adoption Foundation, a no-kill shelter located in Hamilton, Ohio.  


To be entered simply leave a comment - you choose the subject! You can talk about Catherine Mann's Dark Ops series, her yummy Harlequin Desires, her love of animals, or what you're doing to stay cool this summer! (We're sweltering here in Ohio right now.)  Tell a friend who mentions your name in their comment and I'll enter both of you an extra time.  So get busy, leave those comments, and give your friends a little nudge to stop by!  I'll draw the winner on Monday, July 23rd. A friendly reminder - if you want to post your email addy with your comment, that will go far in simplifying things if you're the winner.  If you don't want to leave your email addy, be sure to stop back to see if you've won.
Thanks for checking out PROTECTOR!

20 comments:

Laurie said...

Oh my I'm actually the first one here? I would love to win these books. I have read all of Catherine's books. I was also originally planning to attend the Reader Author Get Together, but changed plans so hubby could go to the Philly comiccon that same week.

Laurie

scotasblair@yahoo.com

LS said...

I love Catherine's books, especially the Elite Force series, I have the last one to read yet, as soon as I can. I would love to win this book, and will also have to get the rest in the series...

pamerd said...

Hi

Great post - I have the Elite Force series and love them. Looking forward to more from Catherine.

Thanks for the chance
Pam
tpibrew@msn.com

CuriousBelle said...

This will probably sound horrible but I have yet to read any of Catherine's books, but I do have all of the Elite Force books in my TBR pile. I am a huge fan of Lori Fosters and that is where I first heard of Catherine :)

curiousbelle1@gmail.com

Alex said...

I'm new to the romance suspense genre so I haven't read any of her books yet. So I feel a little behind everyone else. It's super hot here but the AC is helping lots.

sankofa0509@yahoo.com

Audra said...

It is hot here in the state of Kansas--I am going to cool off by swimming with my kids in MIL pool- I would love to have a good book to read
audie(at)wickerness(dot)com

Anonymous said...

I would so love to win those books. I
love Catherine Mann and i've read a few of her books which I absolutely loved by the way. I love Lori Foster also especially
the (Buckhorn Brothers).
For the summer i'll be reading romance and wear bright colors. Lol

aniya2@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

I have almost all of Cathy Manns books and have been lucky on occasion to find them at sales. I have one now in fact to read. I've read all of her special ops books and look forward to more in the future! She even sent me a Joanne Rock book and now I buy her's, too!

unicornhorse52@yahoo.com

flchen1 said...

Hi, Laurie--long time no see!

I've mainly read Catherine's category titles--still getting caught up with her single titles :) And ooh! Would LOVE to win this copy of Love Bites--have yet to make it out to Lori's get-together and am envious every year of all the fabulous writers and readers who go :)

As for heat, it's thankfully not too bad where we are and it's almost too cold when the kids head for their swim lessons ;) Lucky us!

Hope you're having a great summer! What a fun way to celebrate!

Lisa F. said...

I love Catherine Mann's books. She is an auto-buy author for me!

Judy F said...

I Love Cathy and her books. She used to live in Ohio and we become friends. She is a Doll. I love her Alpha males and her sweeping Desire books. I have her next two books to read. I am one lucky girl to have met her.

Barbara said...

Nice review Laurie. Catherine is one of my favorite's and a must buy as well. Please don't enter me in the contest as I got a copy of Love Bites at the get together this year.

Sandra ghl said...

I also discovered Catherine Mann's books through Lori Foster. I have just started reading her books and look forward to reading all of her books. Gotta love those alpha males. :) Sandraghl@yahoo.com

flchen1 said...

Oops--I forgot...

f dot chen at comcast dot net

lorimeehan said...

I love your books Catherine.
I'd like to ask if you have found homes for you Healer pups? They are so cute. I am a huge animal lover and live in a house hold of 5 dogs and 3 cats. I don't know how you can foster puppies and not want to keep them. I don't know if I'd be able to part with them. LOL

lorimeehan1@aol.com

Winnie P said...

One of my favorite things about Catherine Mann's FB page, is her posting of pix of her foster pups. Love her books too!

Jodi said...

I'm so far behind on my books! I have several of Catherine's books on my shelf. I was supposed to meet up with her several years ago when my dh was in FL, but a hurricane hit and our plans were changed. Then, this year I was really looking forward to meeting her at the RAGT. Oh well, some year! lol

Anonymous said...

I live in Lorain County Ohio right on the lake and it is over 90 here some days so Liking the heat I sit on my front porch and read or hit the boat dock benchs and read.
suzielea2004@yahoo.com

Joyce M. said...

Love Catherine Mann's writing and her heroes.

Laurie G said...

I've enjoyed reading several of her military hero books. I also like her powerful CEO's in her categories.

PROTECTOR WOW! I'd love to find out how Chuck handles Jo Lynn as they escape the MOB.

Plus LOVE BITES cute title , cute cover. Heard you had a fantastic turnout for your Get-Together!

johns lake at usa dot com