Ring Around the Rosie by Julie Bellon!
Ring Around the Rosie Blog Tour and Giveaway!
I’m so happy to be able to participate in the blog tour for Ring Around the Rosie, the closing novel in Julie Bellon’s Hostage Negotiation series! Julie is a great writer (and a dear friend) and I’m so happy for her and her success with this awesome series!
Ring Around the Rosie
ex-wife of a law enforcement officer, Sarah Reed has known loneliness
and loss. In order to cope, she makes a life for herself that’s full of
routine while building a wall of ice around her heart. Everything
about her is as predictable as she can make it until a tiny detour for
her ex-husband, Ron, changes her life forever. Caught in a bomb crisis,
Sarah is taken hostage by a man who wants Ron and everyone around him
to suffer—and his idea of suffering is more terrible than Sarah had
Captain Ron Reed has seen the worst of humanity in
his job with the Hostage Negotiation Team, but he never expected his
past to come back with a vengeance—literally. Aaron Starks, a
criminal explosives expert, has stolen next-gen bomb technology and uses
it to force Ron to bargain for the lives of his team and his ex-wife,
Sarah, the woman he still loves. But the situation escalates when Ron
discovers that Starks has an even bigger objective in mind—using the
bomb to show how vulnerable America and her people truly are.
is willing to risk everything to save his country and those he loves,
but when negotiations break down, will his sacrifice be too little too
My review couldn’t be any more glowing. I’ve loved Julie’s books – great suspense with delicious (and clean!) romance running throughout. Her Hostage Negotiation Team series has been awesome from the beginning but Ring Around the Rosie is by far the best one. What a great way to wrap up the series! Captain Ron Reed has the tough-but-tender thing down perfectly. Sarah Reed, his ex-wife, is the perfect combination of softness and strength. Together they have such a great story of lost chances, regrets, and rekindled romance. I’m a sucker for second chance love stories and this one is a perfect example. The twists and turns in the story keep you guessing what on earth could possibly happen next. If you like romantic suspense you will LOVE this whole series!
Her words were cut off by a blast of hot air and fire, an explosion so large it blew them all backward. Ron hit the floor hard and lay there dazed and groggy. Glass and debris rained down. Confetti-sized menus and napkins floated like snowflakes in slow motion all around him. For a second the entire world was a silent tunnel with him at the end of it. It would be so easy to just close his eyes and let the blackness suck him down into unconsciousness. But he couldn’t. Not yet. Get up. Get everyone out.
“Sarah?” he croaked. He tried again. “Sarah?” His legs felt like lead and the urge to just lie back was stronger than ever. No. Keep moving. “Claire?” He coughed and tried to catch a breath, but couldn’t get the oxygen to his lungs. With a shallow intake of air, he turned over on his stomach and used his arms to raise himself to a sitting position. The inside of the diner looked like a destructive madman had rearranged it. The booths were toppled or stacked on top of each other. The hostess station was next to him now. The only thing that was still standing where it had before the blast was the four walls, the ceiling, and the antique counter. “Sarah,” he called again. “Bart? Colby?” The little girl. Was she still in the back with her mother?
No one answered. Where is everyone? He crawled forward. Sarah had been nearly right beside him. Now there was no sign of her. He rubbed his eyes and coughed. Moving slowly, he prayed she was alive. It didn’t take long to find her sandwiched between an overturned booth bench and the podium for the hostess station. With some effort he managed to maneuver close to her, the adrenaline kicking in as his blood pounded through his system. Don’t let her be dead. Not like this.
is the first two thirds of the book . . . Suspense readers as well
as anyone who just enjoys an absorbing story will enjoy this one.” —Jennie Hansen, Meridian Magazine
Julie Coulter Bellon is one of my favorite romantic suspense writers,
and this book is her best so far! It charters deep emotions and a
complex plot. At the same time it traces the resurrection of a marriage.
It has good writing, good plotting, and a very satisfying ending. —Award-winning romance author, G.G. Vandagriff
Julie is married with eight children and eleven published books. She loves
to travel and her favorite cities she’s visited so far are probably
Athens, Paris, Ottawa, and London. She would love to visit Hawaii,
Australia, Ireland, and Scotland someday. She loves to read, write,
teach, watch Castle, Hawaii Five-O, and eat Canadian chocolate. Not
necessarily in that order.
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