Friday, August 24, 2012

Review of Shadow of Deceit - 5 stars!

Happy Friday!

Welcome to my stop at Shadow of Deceit blog tour! First of all, I owe an apology for the author and tour organizer Sizzling PR for being delayed with my post. I was supposed to post my review 4 days ago, but unfortunately due to some family matters, it got delayed. I am sorry.

My stop includes review of Shadow of Deceit, some information about the book and author and an excerpt from the book. Enjoy! Blog tour is organized by Sizzling PR and by the author Mal Olson and it runs until the end of August.

Author: Mal Olson
Title: Shadow of Deceit
Release date: 17th of February 2012
Published by: The Wild Rose Press
Reading level: FICTION – Adult: Suspense, Romance
Pages: 262 pages in PDF
Source: Received from sizzling PR for reviewing

Can an FBI agent obsessed with redemption and a grieving widow desperate to clear her husband’s name learn to believe in love again?

Shannon Riedel faces down danger when a gunman breaks into her office claiming her dead husband swindled him. When FBI agent Tony Crazaniak arrives to investigate, sexual heat sizzles. The ex-Delta Force operative’s massive presence and dark eyes trigger an attraction the young widow finds unnerving.

When Crazaniak convinces Shannon she needs his protection, they partner to unearth secrets her husband left behind—secrets involving a Tanzanian mine that yields perfect blue diamonds coveted by dealers around the world—secrets connected to a terrorist leader Crazanaik has vowed to take down.

With danger surrounding them, two emotionally wounded souls bond, but can they put their demons to rest and trust in love? Can they survive long enough to find out?

My review:

Want to have some suspense and action? Love sizzling romance? Shadow of Deceit is the book for you!

Shadow of Deceit by Mal Olson is easy to read, it is quick paced, fun and very entertaining! You have the intriguing suspense plot, interesting characters, action and thrills all in one book.

Shannon Riedel is a young widow whose husband is dead. She is FBI agent who is trying to understand why her husband died. When she is attacked by a gunman, another FBI agent, Tony Crazaniak is interfering and protecting Shannon from the unknown dangers, attraction sparkles. Both of them have some heavy luggage to carry from their previous relationships and they are struggling with several thins at the same time: Shannon wants to clear her husband's name,Tony has doubts about Tyler's innocence, killer chasing a valued missing item, potential threats of inside job and the undeniable attraction. The characters were well written and I found both Shannon and Tony believable and understandable.

Shadow of Deceit is a well-written and easy to read page tuner which you on' be able to put down until it's read.

5 Flowers!
5 stars.

Thanks goes to Sizzling PR and Mal Olson for providing me with the review copy!


The gun Shannon came across at the bottom of a neatly folded stack of masculine attire on her bed shouldn’t have surprised her. She’d seen the agent’s Glock earlier.

Intrigued, she reached for the pistol, an object that seemed so out of place in her bedroom. As though she were familiar with handling firearms when she wasn’t, she wrapped her hand around the grip then jerked her head toward the bathroom door, conjuring up thriller fantasies.

But she didn’t have to conjure anything when she noticed a letter poking out of Crazaniak’s inside jacket pocket. Nor did she have to imagine the fact that the closet door stood slightly ajar. Her stomach clenched, a mix of anger and unease. Had the FBI agent been nosing through Tyler’s belongings?

Tit for tat—the urge to sneak a peak overwhelmed her. Her heartbeat ratcheted up as she shifted the gun to her left hand and reached for the letter.

At that instant, she sensed a presence behind her. Even as the sound of water pounded the walls of the tub enclosure, Shannon knew in her heart of hearts that six foot-plus of dripping wet, naked man stood not relaxing under the water jets, but hovering five heart-palpitating feet away.

“Want to toss me my clothes?” he asked.

Unwilling to face him, she remained quick-frozen like a pillar of ice.

“Tell me you weren’t snooping in my things,” he rumbled.

“Tell me you weren’t snooping in my closet.”

“ I wasn’t snooping.”

She eyed the edge of the letter. “I thought I’d treat your duds to some suds. You want to hang out in my robe for a few?”

“Not enough material there to cover my manly attributes. I’ll settle for day-old Jockeys, and what the hell were you doing with my pistol?”

“Nothing.” She almost turned around.

Her chest thumped. The thought of Crazaniak au natural not only spiked her pulse, it titillated her imagination. She waited for a chord of guilt to strum across her heart. It didn’t happen. Instead, discord fluttered low in her abdomen, and she sensed him moving closer.


About the author:

Mal Olson writes adrenaline-kicked romantic suspense. When her consuming passion for writing allows time, she enjoys reading, flower gardening, jamming with friends on the mountain dulcimer, and hiking in a nearby state forest (or in the mountains somewhere). She has three grown children and one granddaughter and resides with her own special hero in southeast Wisconsin where she juggles writing time with her freelance landscape design business.

Website / Book Trailer

Buy Links: Amazon / The Wild Rose Press

      Happy reading!  


  1. A page turner with sizzling hot romance? Awesome.
    Glad you enjoyed!
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  2. Inga, Thank you so much for the great review! It's wonderful to be a guest on your website. I've been especially looking forward to this "visit" to Estonia. As you might guess, I have Scandanavian anchestory, (Olson) and I know your country has close ties to Finland. I love following your blogsite. (Mal)

    1. Hi Mal,
      Thanks for stepping by!
      Yes, I was aware you Scandinavian roots. :)
      Thank you for your kind words, Mal. It was my pleasure.