Release date: June 21st, 2012
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Freak accident, or attempted murder? Kate needs answers to her brother’s plane crash, but can she trust undercover DEA agent “Spike” Larsen to deliver them?
Kate Reynolds’s quest to unravel the mystery of her brother’s plane crash throws her into the turbulent wake of suave pilot/mechanic Everett Larsen. His gray gaze ignites in her a passion as powerful as a jet stream, but it also sparks a memory—one she can’t quite reel in. A bitter divorce has taught her to trust no man, so how can she trust Larsen?
Drawn by a cryptic message Keith left on his answering machine, Everett “Spike” Larsen flies to Milwaukee for answers, but he is unprepared for the torrent of emotion he feels when he sees Kate—after his wife’s death, he thought himself no longer capable of such emotion. He is afraid to give into his feelings for Kate—afraid to love again. But when Kate insists on helping out at her brother’s aircraft repair shop and gets too close to the truth, he is even more afraid to lose her.
Freefall by Susan Rae is a contemporary romance novel with a good storyline, great characters and a mysterious accident that might not be an accident at all.
Kate Reynolds gets the message that her brother Keith was in a plane accident and rushes to his bedside. Her world turns upside down when she hears that he is in a coma and the doctors are not sure how long this is going to be. Then she discovers her brother has a fiancée she never heard about and strange things are happening at Keith’s business. In order to save Keith’s business she will do anything in her power to find out the truth.
Everett “Spike” Larsen is an old army buddy of Keith and a DEA agent. He has been contacted by Keith just before the accident but never heard about what. So Everett goes undercover to find out the truth about Keith’s accident because he is convinced that it wasn’t an accident at all. Meeting Keith’s sister Kate will complicate things because she lights up the candle inside him he thought was burned out long ago.
That Kate and Everett keep a lot of secrets from each other isn’t a good thing to start a new relationship with, but luckily those two characters are very forgiving towards each other. In the end they both do this to keep the other save and to find the truth about Keith’s accident.
Susan Rae has written a great novel where two people with damaged relationship in the past are able to find happiness again. This book has great characters, a good storyline and is very easy to read. I truly enjoyed reading this.
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The pilot gazed off into the clear blue Midwestern sky for a final safety check to make sure no planes were coming in. Satisfied all was clear, he thrust the throttles forward.
“Okay baby, here we go!”
The plane’s powerful engines roared. The twin-engine Comanche started to roll, slowly at first, and then quickly gained momentum. The pilot’s blood raced as the ground flew past him. An excitement he found nowhere else coursed through his veins. He pulled back on the column, knew the moment the wheels left the ground, and smiled in wonder — no matter how many times he did this, the rush was always the same.
The plane soared up past the terminal, up over the hangars and the landlocked cars in the parking lot below. As the Comanche gained altitude, the pilot marveled at the sleek phenomenon of speed slowing down.
Then all hell broke loose…
Her high heels beat a steady tattoo across the tile floor as she made her way toward the sign that read “Surgical Intensive Care”…
“Excuse me,” she said, her voice sounding amazingly calm despite the butterflies that swept and dove in her stomach. “I’m Kate Reynolds. I’m here to see my brother.”
The nurse glanced up and then spoke to another nurse who was in conversation with a man who stood just a few feet from Kate. “Julie, the sister’s here.”
Kate looked over to them. Almost as one, they turned to gaze at her. Both seemed to hesitate, and then the nurse smiled — but her eyes took on a sympathetic cast. Kate’s heart skipped a beat.
“My brother, Keith…is he…?” Her words trailed off, and she swallowed, unable to voice her greatest fear. The trip from San Francisco to Milwaukee had taken a long, grueling, and quite turbulent seven hours. During her layover in Denver, she’d checked in with the hospital. Keith was in surgery, and although his condition was grave, he was still alive — then.
“Your brother is holding his own, Miss Reynolds,” the nurse assured her.
“At least for now.”
Kate’s knees began to buckle. She hadn’t realized until now that she’d been holding her breath.
The man reached for her, grabbed her arm, steadied her.
She stared down at his hand, strong and masculine. She was stunned by his touch, stunned by her own weakness. This weakness wasn’t like her. It was just that it was all so much like that other time — the time her parents had crashed in their experimental plane. She was nine. Her parents had died. Then, just a few years ago, she’d thought she’d lost Keith, too.
Everett Larsen stepped up to the glass partition, careful not to draw attention to himself. Glancing at the monitor, he studied it briefly and then allowed his gaze to settle on the woman seated beside the bed.
So this was Keith’s little sister, he thought. He knew he shouldn’t have allowed himself to come face-to-face with her earlier. It was a mistake. Still, despite the shell-shocked look in those blue eyes, there was no denying the fact that Kate Reynolds had blossomed into one helluva woman.
His cell phone vibrated at his side. Cell phones weren’t allowed in this part of the hospital — he should have turned it off. He glanced at the incoming number. He’d make it short.
“Larsen here,” he said quietly.
He listened to the guy on the other end for a few seconds.
“Great. You’ll let me know the minute you find something.”
Again he listened.
Returning the phone to its holster, he turned back to the room. This time,
it was Keith he studied. Just what had Keith been up to?
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I write, basically, because I just can’t help myself. I can't resist the challenge of taking the intriguing characters and storylines that pop into my head and fleshing them out into compelling manuscripts. Romantic suspense is a natural to me, because it allows me to combine my love of a good mystery with a passionate love story. It also lets me express my appreciation for the outdoors in the settings which I recreate on the page.
My first novel, heartbeats, is a story of romance and danger set against the background of busy Chicago and the quiet, rural cornfields of northern Illinois. heartbeats has garnered numerous awards, including RWA Golden Heart Finalist for Best Romantic Suspense Novel and Best First Book by First Coast Romance Writers.
In freefall, my second novel, danger and suspense are juxtaposed against the tranquil valley of Sylvan Lake (fictitious) in the Kettle Moraine Forest and the sun-dappled waters of Door County, Wisconsin.
When I’m not sketching characters or working out plot problems, you might find me on the golf course working on my handicap. I also enjoy traveling around the country seeking out new settings for my novels with my husband and my empty nest puppies, Ginger and Nikute.