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Monday, 12 June 2017

NBTM, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - A Stranger She Can Trust (Escape Club Heroes #2) by Regan Black


Romantic suspense



Outside a busy Philadelphia nightclub, a woman stumbles from her taxi. Beaten and bruised, she is an amnesiac who must rely on a handsome stranger to help her uncover her identity. Carson Lane—a paramedic with his own dark history—can't help but bring this beautiful, vulnerable woman under his wing. As they begin unraveling who she really is, he realizes falling in love could be the biggest risk of all.

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“Would you like us to take you home or call a friend or family member for you?” Grant asked.

A fresh bolt of panic shot through her like white-hot lightning streaking through a dark sky. The sensation left her gasping. She knew what they were asking. She knew what it meant to call someone. She just couldn’t remember the numbers or names that would connect her to someone familiar. The concept of family made her feel marginally better and a thousand times worse, though the word didn’t induce quite as much dread as friend did. Alexander was the name on the matchbook, and Grant and Carson were here and had been kind to her. Those three names were the extent of her world.

She wanted answers as much as the men asking the questions.

“No. I guess not.” She studied the man named Grant sitting behind his desk. The hard jaw and thick build gave off an air of no-nonsense toughness, but his warm brown gaze didn’t induce any fear, and the gray hair salting his temples added a trust factor.

“I can’t tell you where I live. I mean, I don’t know the answer.” She fisted her hands in frustration, and her short fingernails bit into her palms. “I don’t know who to call. The names…” Her breath rattled in and out of her chest. How could her head feel so full and empty at the same time? “The names are just gone,” she finished in a hoarse whisper.

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5 out of 5 (exceptional)

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This was a great suspenseful, sweet, interesting book! The story line flowed extremely well and kept my attention from start to finish. It was full of great, strong, loving characters.

As this book is part of a series, I have to note, it is definitely a standalone book, part of a series. I think you could benefit from reading them all in order, but it isn’t necessary and doesn’t affect the book you’re reading if you haven’t read the others.

These characters are incredible. They are strong, broken, loving, caring, men and women. They are fierce protectors and even bigger lovers. They protect what is theirs to protect and open their lives to protect others.

One thing I thoroughly enjoyed while reading this story were the constant curve balls I felt were thrown my way. Every time I felt like I kind of had it figured out there was something new thrown in the mix. I think the author really did a great job writing a story with intense details and descriptions that keeps you on your toes.

I would definitely recommend reading this series. It was an enjoyable read and one I’m glad I had the opportunity to read!

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *

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Regan Black will be awarding a $50 Amazo/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Thanks so much for having me today and helping me celebrate the release of A Stranger She Can Trust!

What do you do when you’re not writing?
As basically empty-nesters (one of our kids has graduated and the other is still at college) my husband and I enjoy kicking back after work with our favorite television shows, movies, or -during the hockey season- the game of the evening.

What was your favourite book as a child?
Books and reading were vital to me as a shy kid and they still are. My favourites were the Laura Ingalls Wilder series and the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.

Are you a planner or a pantser?
I’m a pantser at heart and would much rather take off with an idea and let it run wild and free. But when my contract obligations increased a few years ago (a great problem to have), I had to learn how to create a plan that wasn’t so detailed that it ruined my joy in the writing process. (I love the surprises along the way). It’s taken some trial and error, but I’ve found the right balance.

When was that point in your life that you realized that being an author was no longer going to be just a dream but a career you were going to turn into reality?
The day I made my first sale - with a book many people told me was too dark to sell - was when I knew I could make this a viable career. The way hasn’t been all smooth sailing, but it’s the challenges that help us grow and find out what we’re made of. I’m blessed to have the excellent support of my husband and kids through all the highs and lows.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Shortly after my first sale (2004), I made a long range plan and set goals for the following year, three years, five years and ten years. As publishing changed, very few of those goals became reality and none of them in the ways I expected. LOL Ten years from now, because writing has become so essential to my daily life, I see myself still writing and enjoying the adventure of every book.

Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?

There is an entire series that is dear to my heart. I wrote it early in my career as a romantic suspense, but the manuscripts were sidelined because of what I was learning about the market and myself. Every once in a while, I consider going back to that world and bring it up to snuff for publication. I have yet to work up the courage to do it.

Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

The premise of the Escape Club books is basically a tribute to the firefighters and first responders who are every day heroes in our communities. They show such courage, commitment, and dedication, rushing in to dangerous situations to protect us.

The stories themselves are pure imagination and that’s just one reason I love my job as an author. It’s so much fun getting to know people - characters - who become nearly as close as real friends to me as I write each book.

How did you come up with the title?
A Stranger She Can Trust was originally part of a proposal in which all the titles were more like No Easy Escape, Escape Plan, etc. As I’ve turned in each book, the editorial team and I have discussions about the titles. Personally, I believe I stink at giving my books titles (see the evidence in the proposal) but I’ve found it’s easier to make stronger suggestions once the book is done. That’s when I can see potential themes or factors that help us create more compelling titles.

What has been the toughest criticism you’ve been given as an author?
During one of my first writing workshops, I paid extra for a critique by one of the expert speakers - a writing professor from a nearby university. For no reason we ever understood, he took an immediate disliking to me in his first presentation, sniping at me so much in the discussion that the other attendees asked if we knew each other. I should have skipped the private small group critique, but I was too stubborn and told myself I would take anything constructive and forget the rest.

He tore my work apart for several minutes, making the other writers present cringe, finishing with, “No one will ever want to read more from you.” He called me out on a couple of ‘crutch phrases’ and to this day, I avoid them. So while it was a rough experience, I did get some good out of it in addition to the life lesson that you can’t please everyone and one man’s opinion is just that - one opinion. It helped me develop the tough skin you need as an author.

Is there a certain type of scene that is harder to write than others? Racy? Love? Action?
I love writing action scenes, in fact it’s one of my strengths and something my co-authors often appreciate. Sometimes the love scenes are the tough for me, making sure the emotional impact is on the page as much as the physical intimacy. In A Stranger She Can Trust, the real challenge was balancing the overwhelming grief and loss both characters are coping with in their individual ways.

Thanks again for hosting me today! Readers can look forward to the next Escape Club Hero in Protecting Her Secret Son, coming in November 2017 from Harlequin Romantic Suspense.

Live the adventure!


Regan Black, a USA Today bestselling author, writes award-winning, action-packed romantic suspense and paranormal romance novels featuring daring heroines and sexy heroes. Raised in the Midwest and California, she and her family, along with their adopted greyhound and two arrogant cats, reside in the South Carolina Lowcountry where the rich blend of legend, romance, and history fuels her imagination.

Tour Organised by: Goddess Fish Promotions


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks for coordinating a wonderful tour!

  2. Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Lisa. Good luck in the giveaway!

  3. Thanks so much for hosting this tour stop! :)

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    1. Thanks Rita! I appreciate you stopping by :)

  5. I liked the book excerpt, and I am looking forward to reading this story.

    1. Great news, Juana. Thanks for being here. :)

  6. I like how the premise is a tribute to the firefighters and first responders! Thanks for the chance to win!

    1. Thanks, Kim! Our first responders are so important to all of our communities. Good luck in the giveaway :)

  7. Thank's for the excerpt, giveaway, and review. Sounds interesting.

  8. I appreciate the review!


  9. Hope you are having a fabulous weekend! Looking forward to checking out this book!

  10. I really enjoyed reading your interview, thank you!