No Ordinary Love [Incognito Series Book 1]
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by Karen Wiesner
Category: Suspense/Thriller/Mystery/Crime EPIC eBook Award Winner
Description: A woman without a past. A man without explanations. Their love has no beginning. No end... Kira Gunn, 25-year-old wunderkind, remembers nothing about her life before 31-year-old Vincent Carson. He's been her guardian, her protector, her business partner and her passion for 15 years, yet he remains an enigma who seems to exist solely to give her everything she wants and needs. Who is he? Where did he come from? Who is she and where did she come from? The vague nightmares she's had as long as she can remember--gunshots, utter terror and the gentle eyes of salvation--and Vincent's tender resistance to help her discover the answers of her uncertain past are taking its toll on her body, her heart and her soul. How can she trust a man whose past is as gray as her own? But how can she leave Vincent, the only home she's ever known? For he is her salvation. The love they share is no ordinary love... Kira has become the sole reason for Vincent's existence since the moment her vulnerable, trusting child eyes met his own. As Kira struggles with unseen demons, Vincent fiercely guards the truth, even as his own heart takes the wounds of her battle. She wants the one thing he can never give her. To seek out the truth of her past would be to put both of their lives in danger...and could mean losing the only thing in the world that matters to Vincent--Kira's love.
eBook Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press, 2006
eBookwise Release Date: August 2006
32 Reader Ratings:
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [388 KB]
Reading time: 267-375 min.
"This read has you sitting on the edge of your chair, pure and simple. It is packed with high stakes, tension and intrigue while the bond of love shared between Kira and Vincent gets tested, hammered and attacked. I was gripped by the emotional turmoil that Kira found herself in. If you are looking for a tight, fast paced story with serious turns and twists to keep you guessing yet demand a satisfying HEA that makes it all worth while, then I believe NO ORDINARY LOVE will meet your expectations. It blew mine away. I'm still reeling from that even as I type this."--The Long and Short of It Reviews
"This is a page turner, taut, nail-biting thriller interwoven with a poignant, powerful romance. It is truly a book I could not put down. There are some spicy love scenes, but emotions far outweigh lust. My need to learn who actually are the good guys and the bad drove me to turn page after page. Revelations came just often enough to keep me off balance until the end, which is happy in spite of all the angst to get there. My recommendation? Buy it. Read it. Soon!"--Alegria, Coffee Time Romance, Karen Find Out About New Books
"No Ordinary Love is a superbly written story that will keep readers entertained from the first word to the last. This reviewer read the book in one setting. I was just unable to put it down. Ms. Wiesner has given readers a book not to be missed, one that will have readers ready and waiting for book two in the Incognito Series."--MyShelf.com
"5 Stars! This is the first book in the Incognito Series. I found it to be a very solid foundation for what could very well turn out to be one of the best romantic suspense novels of the year. It overflows in action and drama, with just the right amount of romance. Pre-order a copy if you can. Outstanding!"Detra Fitch, Huntress Reviews
"5 Cups! No Ordinary Love is no ordinary book. Vincent and Kira are transcendent characters, almost larger than life, yet very human in their flaws and frailties. Love burns bright between them, but for Kira it is tarnished with fear, and for Vincent intertwined with duty. Can they possibly escape this baggage and build a real relationship? This is a page turner, taut, nail-biting thriller interwoven with a poignant, powerful romance. It is truly a book I could not put down. There are some spicy love scenes, but emotions far outweigh lust. My need to learn who actually are the good guys and the bad drove me to turn page after page. Revelations came just often enough to keep me off balance until the end, which is happy in spite of all the angst to get there. My recommendation? Buy it. Read it. Soon!"--Coffee Time Romance
"5 Beacons! This first book of the Incognito Series has me hooked! I was completely engrossed with these characters from word one. Page after page, I felt more connected to the story-line and was extremely impressed by how Ms. Wiesner worked in the underground tunnels and "mole people" that inhabit them. What a wonderful piece of originality. Typically a book on secret organizations and espionage can be very predictable and flat, but there was never a time I felt that this book was lacking. Very nicely done!"--Lighthouse Literary Reviews
"4.5 Stars! Having read some other books written by Ms. Wiesner, I must say that I think she's really hit her stride as an author. This book was the best one of hers that I have read to date. I thought she did a wonderful job of building the blossoming romance as well as keeping us on our toes as Kira and Vincent try to stay one step ahead of those who would take them down. The story moves from the first page to the last and I never found myself wishing for story changes or for more/less action. I felt like Ms. Wiesner was anticipating my desires as a reader and was able to deliver the story I wanted. I will say you'd better hold onto your hats at the end. Wow! There are more twists, curves and hairpin turns than on a mountain road. I couldn't put it down and was surprised at how some of the things turned out. No Ordinary Love is a delightful blend of romance and action. Both segments mesh so well that it will entertain and delight both romance lovers and action/adventure lovers alike."--Once Upon a Romance Review
"A surprising and outstanding read. No Ordinary Love is a superbly written story that will keep readers entertained from the first word to the last. This reviewer read the book in one setting. I was just unable to put it down. Ms. Wiesner has given readers a book not to be missed, one that will have readers ready and waiting for book two in the Incognito Series."--MyShelf.com
"What a fabulous mystery romance No Ordinary Love is! The author, Karen Wiesner, has created a story to thrill all! The first book in the Incognito Series, No Ordinary Love, rolls from the crest of a riveting wave of storytelling!"--Pamela Faye, Rolling Seas Reviews
"No Ordinary Love by Karen Wiesner grabs the reader from the first page and never lets go until the last, with fast and spine-chilling action. Vincent is a remarkable hero--tough, dangerous, a killer when he has to be. His only vulnerability--a need for love."--Jane Toombs
"No Ordinary Love, the first book of the Incognito Series, is a superb romantic suspense thriller that has the audience wondering what is going on from the prologue in which an agent of an unnamed (at that point) group realizes what happened. The exhilarating story line never slows down until the final confrontation as Kira's thirst for her heritage leads her and her champion from relative safety into dangerous situations. The cast--especially the lead duo and the agent searching for them--seems genuine, which in turn makes the conspiratorial cover-up by a clandestine group feel real, too. As always, Karen Wiesner writes a must read for sub-genre fans."--Harriet Klausner
"As much as I can rave about this story, I have to say that the HEA is unconventional. It's there, but Karen wisely has kept it within the reality and confines of The Network. It may frustrate the reader but... think about it. How must Kirsten and Ash feel? How intense must the feelings be of love and passion, repressed emotions, yet filled with the hope that there is more? That there can be more? I'd say quite a bit. Enough to keep me reading and wanting more too. I can't wait until the next book!"--Michele Oberlander, The Long and Short Of It
Angelo's footsteps resounded through the stark corridor of the underground compound as he walked toward the white room where they were keeping the child.
Drop the girl into an orphanage.
That was what Oversight Committee wanted to do with the girl. Angelo grimaced. He rarely agreed with the powers that be, but in their covert organization he did what he was told. This time he knew he had no choice but to allow the lamb to go into the system. She knew far too much. At just ten years old, she'd seen too much as well. She'd been in hiding for so long, running from the threat stalking her family. Only a few hours ago, she'd seen her father gunned down. The girl's confusion since then had been total, making Angelo wonder if she'd really understood what happened on that dead end street. If she remembered...
Angelo gritted his teeth. Someday the girl would remember. Someday she would figure it out. Angelo couldn't allow that. Not when he was so close to getting what he needed. The girl's memory would have to be erased.
When he reached the door of the white room, he hesitated. Much as he wasn't looking forward to it, he'd have to tell Kyle what they planned to do to keep the organization secure. Better that Kyle hear it from him.
From the first, Angelo had seen that Kyle wasn't an operative who performed his duty like a well-programmed machine, the way he'd been trained to. He did his job, but he did it his own way. He was an operative worth more than an entire team. But, when Kyle found the girl covered in her father's blood out there tonight, something had happened to him. The child had gone into his arms--into the arms of a stranger--and refused to accept anyone else's comfort. From that moment, Angelo understood his prize operative had lost his allegiance to the organization. His loyalty was to the girl. Probably because Kyle had been, for all intents and purposes, abandoned as a child himself.
Kyle wouldn't agree with what they had to do to contain this leak, Angelo knew. But they had no choice. Focus on the mission. Right now, what mattered was that this girl had seen too much and she would have to be silenced. She would have to disappear. Permanently. It was the only way to maintain structural integrity.
Taking a deep breath, Angelo pushed his card into the scanner and waited for the door to open. By the time Kyle found out, it would be too late for him to change anything.
The white room was the shape of an octagon with flat, brilliant white walls untouched by decoration or places to hide. The bed they'd brought for the girl was empty save for a G.I. Joe action doll and an untouched sandwich. A full glass of milk had been spilled on the floor.
The girl was gone.
Swearing, Angelo turned back and flew down the hall before the doors had even hissed to a close behind him. God only knew what the girl's parents could have taught her about escape. If she'd somehow gotten out, an alert would have sounded instantly. Unless...
The realization growing in Angelo's mind seemed impossible. Unthinkable. Even when he had the undeniable proof right in from of him, he couldn't get himself to believe it.
Kyle had taken the girl. They'd trained him to disappear without a trace, to be a master of disguise and deception. He was one of the best operatives they had. Regardless, he and the girl would be hunted and they would be found.
Kyle had taken her before they could wipe her memory. Sooner or later, those memories would return.
The girl would be alone at some point, Angelo acknowledged while he unconsciously held the action doll in a strangling grip. And then Kyle wouldn't be able to protect her from her fate.