Karen’s Killer Book Bench: Relentless Pursuit by Kathy Ivan


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New Orleans Connection Series, Book #2


If they stop running – they die.

Jennifer “Jinx” Marucci witnesses her brother’s shooting, and the leader of New Orleans’ Russian mob thinks her brother, Carlo, passed something valuable into her keeping—and demands its return.  Every instinct tells her to trust no one, but what choice does she have except to turn to the police?

Detective Remy Lamoreaux can’t believe his luck when Jinx walks through the doors of the New Orleans Police Department.  He’s tried for years to bring down Vladimir Dubshenko. Fate has finally handed him the opportunity to go head-to-head with the vicious mobster and lock him up for good before Jinx becomes one more casualty in Dubshenko’s lust for power.

Intrigue, kidnapping and danger combine to keep Remy and Jinx constantly on the move.  One thing is certain—if they stop running, they die.

New Orleans Connection Series, Book #2


“Jennifer, you’ll get to come back to your home and your life. Once Dubshenko’s out of the picture, everything will return to normal.”

She shook her head, and he watched her turn away, stepping further into the en suite bathroom. Whirling to face him, she replied, “Detective, nothing will ever be normal again.” With that, she closed the door, and the snick of the lock sounded as loud as a shot.

With a low growl, Remy stomped across his bedroom, yanking open his dresser drawer and pulling out clothing, tossing in onto his bed. He slammed the drawer closed, then flung open the closet door, snatched a backpack off the hook attached to the door. He shoved the few items into the bag and zipped it shut.

“I’ll be right back,” he snarled through the closed bathroom door. Dammit, he’d protect her, make sure she got her life back. He had no intention of letting Dubshenko win—again. Marching down the hallway, he threw open the door to his grandmother’s room, heading straight to her closet. Rummaging through the hangers, he found nothing he thought Jennifer could wear. He turned to the dresser and paused. Did her really want to be pawing through his maman’s drawers? He really didn’t want to see any of her unmentionables. Right. Suck it up, big man.

He skipped the first two, starting with the third drawer. T-shirts. Those would work. A huge grin split his face as he read a couple of the sayings. Picking out two he knew would scandalize Jennifer, he put the rest back and went on searching. Bingo! The next drawer held yoga pants with drawstring waistbands. His grandmother was a size or two bigger than Jennifer, but they’d have to do for now.

Okay, there was no way on earth Jennifer was wearing his granny’s panties. He shuddered at the thought. She’d have to make do with the one’s she wore now or go commando.

Rein it in, big guy. The thought of her, bare from the waist down definitely got a rise out of him. Literally. Or maybe with her in those yoga pants with the string tied in an itty-bitty bow. One good tug and they’d pool around her ankles and . . .

“Detective?” Jennifer’s voice behind him had him slamming the drawer, holding the two pair of yoga pants in his one hand, along with the T-shirts.

“Here.” He shoved a pair of the pants and a shirt at her in a jumbled mess and she grabbed onto them before the hit the floor. “Put these on and let’s get out of here. We’ve already wasted enough time. Dubshenko’s probably already looking for us. You can change in here.”

464673_119040621562988_1202681634_oAbout the Author, Kathy Ivan…

Kathy Ivan spent most of her life with her nose between the pages of a book. From best-selling authors to just-getting-started writers, as long as it was a good story, she devoured it and happily searched for the next romance novel. It didn’t matter if the book was a paranormal romance, romantic suspense, or action and adventure thrillers, sweet & spicy or sexy novella. As long as there was an alpha hero and a feisty heroine who got their happily ever after, she’d gladly spend her time with a psychic in New Orleans, or a mysterious stranger manipulating the fates of lovers. You might find her deep in the woods with her werewolf lover, or being wined and dined by the sexy vampire who loves her, or talking to ghosts.

Kathy turned her obsession with reading into the next logical step, writing. Her books transport you from a paranormal lodge in the Colorado Mountains in her Destiny’s Desire Series, to the sultry splendor of the French Quarter in New Orleans in her award winning romantic suspense and mysteries. Kathy tells stories people can’t get enough of; reuniting old loves, betrayal of trust, finding kidnapped children, psychics and even a ghost or two. But one thing they all have in common – love (and some pretty steamy sex scenes too).

A Florida native, Kathy has island hopped from one set of islands to another, having spent several years in Key West and Hawaii. Happily living in North Texas, she’s always on the lookout for a cowboy of her very own. (And if he’s a billionaire cowboy, well, she won’t say no to that.)

You can find more on Kathy and her books at www.kathyivan.com or visit her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/kathy.ivanauthor and follow her on twitter at www.twitter.com/kathyivan.


Links to Kathy’s website, blog, books, etc.

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Website:  www.kathyivan.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/kathyivan

Facebook: www.facebook.com/kathyivanauthor

For a list of all my books and buy links to the various retailers, visit my books page on my website at: http://www.kathyivan.com/books.html


Burst_08**SPECIAL GIVEAWAY**:  Kathy is giving away an e-book copy of RELENTLESS PURSUIT, New Orleans Connection Series, Book #2 (or one of her backlist books if winner already has Relentless Pursuit) to two lucky readers who comment on her **Author Peek** Interview or Karen’s Killer Book Bench blogs. Don’t miss the chance to read this book! Thanks, Kathy, for sharing your story with us!


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17 Responses to Karen’s Killer Book Bench: Relentless Pursuit by Kathy Ivan

  1. Robin Driscoll says:

    Loved the excerpt, would love to win

  2. Vicki Batman says:

    Hi, Kathy and Karen! I just had to stop and give you girls a big hug.

  3. Karen Docter says:

    Good morning, Kathy, and welcome back to Killer Book Bench! Love the excerpt. Remy is in so much trouble! 🙂 🙂 Thanks for stopping by to share your new release!

  4. I love the fiendish plotting of figuring out how to provide clothing for Jennifer…:) now, of course, I’m going to have to see how this resolves!

    • Kathy Ivan says:

      Thanks, Kathleen. I sometimes wondered, when folks are on the run — where did they get extra clothes. I mean, who’s got time to stop at the local Target or Wal-Mart, right? Especially when the bad guys are nipping at your heels. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Danyelle Wadsworth says:

    Loved the excert would love to win thanks for the chance

    • Kathy Ivan says:

      Hi Danyelle, thanks so much for dropping by Karen’s blog. I had such a great time writing Remy’s book. H’s been a personal favorite of mine, and he’s shown up in all of the New Orleans books.

  6. Lily Bishop says:

    This excerpt looks yummy!!!

    • Kathy Ivan says:

      Hi Lily! Glad you liked it. I had a blast writing Remy and Jinx and they adventures on the run. There were some light moments, and dark moments, but so much fun to go along on the journey with them. Thanks for dropping by.

  7. Rose Arbor says:

    Looks really interesting. I would love to win!

    • Kathy Ivan says:

      Hi Rose! Glad you liked the excerpt. It was a great story to write. Remy and Jinx really kept me on my toes, trying to keep them out of the hands of the bad guys. I hope I did them justice. Thanks for dropping by.

  8. Pauline Frost says:

    This sounds very interesting.

  9. bn100 says:

    it sounds interesting

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