Monday, November 13, 2017

Favorite Romantic Suspense Side-Kicks

In Tequila Sunrise, out November 13, Melissa Cruz and Daniel Talley from the Agents Irish and Whiskey Series take center stage in an action-packed holiday novella. Working together to stop a Christmas party hijacking, Mel is the take-charge alpha badass, moving all her pieces around the board to defeat the bad guys. But it’s Danny, her lock-pick lover and AIW team side-kick, who ultimately saves the day. Side-kicks are a staple in action and romantic suspense, Danny a play on the arch-type I dearly love, and these are just a few of my favorites, all of whom back-up incredible leading ladies:

RoarkeIn Death Series by JD Robb – If Eve Dallas is a pillar of romantic suspense heroines, then her husband Roarke is a pillar of the heroes who support them. What starts as suspicion and friction leads to an enduring romance and beneficial partnership. Roarke makes some valuable contributions to Eve’s investigations, and he also offers the love, affection and acceptance that’s been too long absent in Eve’s life.

Rick CastleCastle (ABC) – Rick probably causes more trouble for Kate Beckett than he helps resolve, but when she needs him, Castle is always there. He’s also there with the joke when it’s most needed and at the end of the day with a glass of wine, a silly story, and a family that, for the most part, welcomes Kate with open arms.

Jack LawsonJJ Graves Series by Liliana Hart – Detective Jack Lawson is formidable in his own right, but JJ is the lead of this series.  Jack helps JJ solve their cases as much as she helps him. They’re best friends first, which deepens and complicates the dynamic, but it also gives Jack a better grasp of what JJ needs, at work and in love.

Bellamy BlakeThe 100 (CW/Kass Morgan) – Granted The 100 isn’t typical romantic suspense, but this dystopian tale keeps readers/viewers on their toes with danger around ever corner, while also delving into the complicated relationships that develop among a rag-tag group of teen cast-offs on post-apocalyptic Earn. Of those relationships, the Princess/Queen and her Knight dynamic between Clarke Griffin, the reluctant leader, and Bellamy Blake, who after a rough beginning, remains her loyal lieutenant, is one of my all-time favorite plays on the trope. They’ve had plenty of disagreements, but Bellamy takes Clarke’s side against their enemies, helps he make the difficult decisions, and there’s no question Bellamy would give his life for Clarke, as she has sacrificed others for him too.

Tequila Sunrise

Release Date: 11/13/17

Publisher: Carina Press

Series: Agents Irish and Whiskey

Blurb: True love perseveres in this Agents Irish and Whiskey spin-off novella from author Layla Reyne

Former FBI agent Melissa "Mel" Cruz spent years skirting the line between life and death, knowing the next assignment might be her last. Back from overseas and eager to enjoy life outside the Bureau, she's ready to give Danny Talley a Christmas Eve he'll never forget. 

A proven asset in high-stakes missions, Danny's known for having the skill and brains to get the job done. When the Talley flagship is hijacked during the company holiday party, he'll do anything to save his family, his love and everything they've all worked so hard to build. But their enemies have a secondary protocol—leave no survivors—and that plan is already in play.

Navigating through a tangled web of lies and betrayal, Mel and Danny race against the clock to retake the ship before their future goes up in flames. As the seconds tick down, they're forced to face their greatest fear—losing each other.

About Layla Reyne:

Author Layla Reyne was raised in North Carolina and now calls San Francisco home. She enjoys weaving her bi-coastal experiences into her stories, along with adrenaline-fueled suspense and heart pounding romance. When she's not writing stories to excite her readers, she downloads too many books, watches too much television, and cooks too much food with her scientist husband, much to the delight of their smushed-face, leftover-loving dogs.

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