Karen’s Killer Book Bench: For The Love Of… (Luck of the Irish Book 1) by Kally Jo Surbeck

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Luck of the Irish Book 1


Some people do it for the love of money. Some for the thrill. Still others do it for the love of the kill, but they do it for the love of each other.

Mackenzie Harmon is a woman in a man’s field, but she’s the very best assassin money can buy.  A slight wrench has been thrown into her latest assignment. A third party has stopped her finalization of the contract. Until she can find and eliminate the mysterious man, she doesn’t get paid.

Getting paid mean she can’t get out.

Getting out means she gets even.

Getting even is her only desire until she meets him.

Gabriel Zumbrenen is also an assassin, but for half the money. He’s been sent in to handle the removal of a CEO of a major medical corporation. The man who had the contract before him, Mac, has failed. Gabe ’s job is to clean up the mess.

Luck of the Irish Book 1

Cold comes in many forms, but the bone-aching freeze that seeps in and takes possession of your joints is the most painful. And being in a rather fixed position as I was, there was no way to stamp feeling back into my toes, or move so the blood could carry warmth to other parts of my body. The cold was relentless. My only saving grace was that time was ticking, albeit slowly. Soon we would move.

I tried an old yoga trick where I minutely stimulated every single moveable appendage, focusing on that specific body part. I’d used the ploy so many times, on various assignments, my body went through the motions while my mind stayed fixed on target.

“Gabe,” I whispered, feeling a bit nervous because the loud voices in the house had toned down a bit. The angry shouts had dwindled to occasional outbursts. “Are you ready to move?”

A voice in the house shouted, “It’s my turn.” Then a door slammed.

Gabe nodded his agreement. A small glint of light had me looking down at his hands. I don’t know when he’d drawn his weapon but he held the Glock 18 from his shoulder holster. I looked from the gun to his handsome, angular profile and back to the gun. Full of surprises.

I heard snow crunch and felt adrenaline surge through my veins. Not but three feet in front of us, one of the guards stopped to light his cigarette. Gabe gestured to his watch then held up two fingers. After I nodded, he motioned for me to break to the right. He’d take care of the smoker and his partner by the front door.

Focus. Gabe could take care of himself. There was no way he could have survived this long in the business if he didn’t know what he was doing. My area of concern was the two men I knew had walked around to the back of the house. The three who had gone inside, they’d have their turn shortly.

Gabe’s hand came up to count down from five seconds. I slightly shifted my position so I could move quickly.

Move and not look back.

Meet Author Kally Jo Surbeck...

Kally is a Colorado native, born and raised. After a hiatus in Wyoming, she moved to Louisiana.  Over the years she has served the industry as the President, Vice President, and Treasurer of Colorado Romance Writers, The PRO Education Team Leader for Romance Writers of America and the Promotions Coordinator for Hearts Through History Romance Writers.  The youngest of eight, two brothers and two sisters-three god sisters, an avid reader and movie goer, Kally knows perhaps more than she should about kick-ass heroines and alpha men.  She loves to travel, meet her fellow readers and authors, supporting a world full of love, laughter, and camaraderie.  Kally Jo Surbeck is a multi award winning international best-selling author blessed to have titles in action/adventure, fantasy, historical, contemporary, short stories, poems, articles, and flash.


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**SPECIAL GIVEAWAY**: Kally is giving away a signed copy of FOR THE LOVE OF… to one lucky winner who comments on her Karen’s Killer Book Bench blog.

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40 thoughts on “Karen’s Killer Book Bench: For The Love Of… (Luck of the Irish Book 1) by Kally Jo Surbeck”

  1. Good morning, Kally Jo, and welcome to Karen’s Killer Book Bench! What a fun excerpt. I’m hooked! Love the twist of a female assassin. Thanks for sharing your book with us here today. 🙂

    1. Thank you very much for hosting me. Also, a very special thank you to you when I first joined RWA. You and Sharon Mingery were the lighthouses in a storm tosses sea pointing me to local support and becoming very special sister I respect greatly.

      P.S. Last year my website was stolen while I was in the hospital. A new one is being constructed but until then, please come to my Facebook page. I occasionally run small contests there and always share my news. My Instagram also carries all my information and I love cross promotion on both.

      Please come join me. Love to have you!

      1. It’s been a long and wonderful friendship. So sorry about your website. These hackers should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Good luck getting it all back online. Hugs!

    1. Kathleen,

      Thank you very much! I was working on a very different genres when MacKenzie took over my world and my critique partners. She is 100% true to herself. I was pleased to just see a review mentioning that bothers the hero and Heroines were different but unapologetically so and that made the story believable and intriguing. I was very honored.

      What do you enjoy reading, Kathleen?


      Kally Jo Surbeck

  2. Reviews

    4 out of 5 Stars
    Dynamic characters and an action filled plot make for a great read!. With its first page, For The Love Of will have you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens next. Kally Jo Surbeck has crafted a tale that combines an action packed plot and strong, memorable characters. The heroine and hero possess inimitable qualities that make them distinct. Mac is especially appealing, her strength and vitality virtually leaps from the pages to draw the reader in. From the plot’s inception, Mac’s plan to leave The Outfit lured me to continue reading. The first person point of view personalized Mac’s dilemma and allowed for a deeper understanding of what she was feeling. The additional characters within the story each have a purpose and are an excellent foil to Mac and Gabe. For The Love Of is very well thought out, from the technological gadgets to the network of crime and deception perpetuated by The Outfit. Readers will be astounded at the level of detail that went into this work. Kally Jo Surbeck does wonders introducing bits and pieces of information that will surprise readers with their subsequent importance within the context of the plot. The author has done an excellent job balancing the tension and intrigue with moments of humor, friendship, and passion. Kally does a wonderful job tying all the loose ends up and going out with as much bang as she started with.
    Amanda — Amazon Verified Purchase

    FIVE stars!!!
    I loved these characters. They lodged themselves in your heart and refuse to budge.
    Paula Beaty — The Romance Review Spot

    FOR THE LOVE OF… by Kally Jo Surbeck is a must-read, action-packed romantic adventure!
    BJ Deese — Ecatromance Reviews

    FOR THE LOVE OF… is fantastic! Danger, suspense, drugs, murder, and a fiery romance.
    Ansley Velarde — The Road to Romance

    5 stars
    Great book, kick ass herione and yummy hero.

    Mac and Gabe are two of my favorite people. Ok, they are not real people, but they seem like it to me. Mac is sexy, but doesn’t mean to be. She’s dangerous. She’s exotic. She’s an assasin! The heroine is an assasin and it works. You love her. You root for her. You understand her and what makes her tick.

    Gabe is ultra sexy, Greek God material. He’s an assasin, too. His mark is Mac. This can’t be good, right? Wrong! It’s a match made in heaven. Gabe and Mac are wonderful together. They both want out of the business, but the Outfit, keeps pulling them in. How can they get out of the business and escape the Outfit?

    The secondary characters are as compelling as the main characters and you’ll want to see what happens to them in future books. Mac’s friend and adopted little brother Bobby is one of the most wonderful and memorable characters. He’s a definite “”hunk in the making.”” I can’t wait for him to have his own book. It will be a total hoot.

    This was previously released as an e-book. But trust me, the print edition is worth it and the cover ROCKS!

    I loved it!
    C. Woolf — Amazon Verified Purchase

    With its first page, For The Love Of will have you on the edge of your seat…
    AmandA — Fallen Angel Reviews

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    ONE GREAT BOOK! Sexy strong characters … Intrigue … Organized crime … and assasins! What’s not to love! A gripping read that keeps your interest and has you cheering for the heroine, Mac. I hope Ms. Surbeck plans on reviving this book’s characters because they are too good to loose. I highly recommend you read this book. You won’t be disappointed.
    Kevin Fitzgerald — AmazonVerified Purchase

    If you like great sex, and action/adventure check out this book written by Kally Jo Surbeck. I recommend it!
    Tammy — Rebel Romance Reader Forum

    5 out of 5 Stars
    Fantastic Action Adventure for the Kick Ass woman in you!

    The best assasin money can buy, Mac just wants to get out of the biz. She has worked on her plan, and is now on the brink of escaping when it all goes to hell. And in the midst of it all Gabe, another assassin, half priced at that, enters her world. Not only has he been hired to handle her last kill, but he is being paid to kill her also. But, no one told him the woman he was hired to kill would tempt him like no other.

    But as the clock starts ticking against these two, they must trust each other to uncover the web of crime, deceit and lies. Will Mac sacifice herself or claim the happiness with Gabe?

    This is one kick ass action adventure. It is written in first person, not my favorite POV, but in this case, it works. Detailed description, along with a wonderful strong Alpha heroine and Alpha hero, makes for a delicious ride that will leave you breathless in the end.

    If you like shows like Alias, be sure to pick up For The Love of…You will thank me in the morning. 🙂

    Melissa A. Schroeder — Amazon Verified Purchase

  3. A female assassin. It’s got to be a great read. Love meeting new Author’s. I think I’m going to enjoy reading this.

  4. To any interested in the autographed copy (to whomever you desire and yes I will mail it to whoever you desire) of Book 1 in The Luck Of The Irish series For The Love Of… please, you don’t have to post a question or anything personal, just pick a number between 1-57 and at 9 pm CST I will pick whoever number is closest the the one I just put down. But this gives a wee bit of time if anyone is interested.

    Good Luck…
    Yes, I will ship overseas.

  5. Kally Jo’s books always are a favorite go-to read when I need to remind myself that woman can be kick-ass, too! She never ceases to amaze me with the worlds, characters, storylines, and utter brilliance she produces on the pages of her books. <3

    My number is 45. I wish I could say I choose numbers 1-57, but alas, that would be cheating. Is there a link to her professional Facebook Page and any other pages such as Amazon, iTunes, B & N, and other related book sites? I would give away my first two born children for an Autographed copy of For The Love of…Luck of the Irish Book 1.

    1. Thank you very much. I appreciate your kind words. Karen has kindly put the links to my books and buy pages at the top.

      I will add them again: these are general off circle and you would need to do a search for Kally Jo Surbeck.

      http://Www.mundania.com. right on the front page For The Love Of… will pop up. If you are looking for additional title there. Go to the author page. Letter S then find Kally Jo Due back

      http://www.amazon.com search Kally Jo Surbeck

      http://www.b&n.com search Kally Jo Surbeck

    1. Thank you, Helen. I hope you are intrigued enough to look into it a bit more. Good luck in the contest.


  6. Kally, I must admit, I’ve never heard of you. I’m just getting into this genre. After reading the blurb, etc, this sounds like an interesting story full of action, etc.. I really liked what I read. This is a great way to get to know a new author’s work.
    I see where C. Woolf reviewed this book and gave it 5 stars. I’m assuming this is Cynthia Woolf. If. She likes a book and gives 5 stars, I know I will like this book.

    1. Hi Judy,

      What a pleasure to meet you. That review is indeed from Ms. Cynthia Woolf. Many years ago, when we were all working hard to make Colorado Romance Writers and RWA the best we could, we were all in it together. That review still means the world to me. I’m glad to see you see the value of her bright mind as well.

      Good luck in the drawing.

      Kally Jo Surbeck

      1. Thanks Kally. I’m on Cynthia’s review team. I’m just getting ready to review the ARC, The Dancing Bride that came out today. It’s another fantastic book. I am now following you on Amazon so I will be informed of what’s going on with you.
        Have a great day!

        Judy Tulloch

  7. Kally, how wonderful to see you here and with your latest book. YAY. I can’t wait to read it.

    How awful that someone hacked your website. Post your link tot your Facebook page here, so we can all get to it.

    And message me:).
    Leslie Ann aka L.A. Sartor

  8. This is definitely going to be an interesting read just based on the premise. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Eileen,

      Thank you very much. I appreciate you taking out the time to learn a bit about my book and read the comments and reviews. It’s been a real pleasure. Good luck in the contest!

      Kally Jo Surbeck

  9. First, I would like to take an extra minute to thank Karen for hosting these days. I know her schedule is always full, but she is a woman of loving heart, who is always willing to offer that helping hand. A special round of applause to her for all she does.

    Second, to every single one if you who took that extra minute to share this and get the word out-Thank You. Bless you.

    Third, to each of you who took the extra extra time to leave a comment and ask a question, THANK YOU. As an author we all pray someone likes the premise, we hope the cover art comes in and draws the eye, but mostly we hope you, the readers, enjoy your escape into another world, make friends with our characters. Hopefully with us, as the author too.

    Lastly, if I had enough hard copies, I’d gift you each one. However, I am pleased to announce Helen Rodin Drake hit the nail on the head with 39! Congratulations, Helen. Just CM me with who you would like it autographed to and the mailing address and I will get it out a.s.a.p. Thank you all again!

  10. Any and all typos are mine and mine alone. A. Don’t ever answer on a smart phone who changes spelling regularly even after proofing it. And B. never ever type on a migraine day. I, as always, seek your humble forgiveness. If there is a way to edit a post, I don’t know about but one can share…. I’m up for trying.

    1. I’m sorry you feel that way. I pushed it to 10 central time. If the time limit runs longer. normally, I apologize.

      1. Ya I think they usually stay open for a couple days to a week before they close, not only one night, but Thanks for sharing your book with us it looks great Kally

        1. I am sorry about closing it early. My understanding was that it was only a one day event, but I have another book I am more than willing to give away if more people are still interested. And if it’s okay with the Lady Karen. Karen, you name the cut off time and I’ll offer up one more autographed book. How does that sound?

          Kally Jo Surbeck

          1. Hi, everyone. Yes, Kally, you can give away another book if you’d like. Let’s go with Thursday, April 6th? That way, two more days of comments and I’ll randomly pick a winner and announce it here then. 🙂

    1. Lori,

      Thank you very much. I hope you will read and enjoy FTLO and hopefully look forward to book 2 in the series Shades of Doubts. May it bring some action and joy into your life.

    1. Please see my aforementioned response. If people still have questions or comments or wanna play, I’ll offer up another if that is cool with Karen.

      Kally Jo Surbeck

      1. Yes If it is all good Please enter me I would love the chance to win a copy of your book. Thank you for doing this that is awesome of you.

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