Thursday, May 24, 2018

For the Love of a Centaur: Centaur Agency Book 1 by A.S. McGowan

For the Love of a Centaur
Centaur Agency Book 1
by A.S. McGowan
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Analise woke up in the hospital to find that her parents were dead. Her father’s business partner has inherited the ranch she grew up on. To make matters worse her father’s will stipulates she cannot receive her inheritance until she turns twenty-one. Now penniless and homeless, she agrees to a marriage of convenience with her father’s business partner. 

After turning twenty-one and with her inheritance in hand, she no longer wishes to be trapped in a loveless marriage. Moving out she builds a life for herself away from the ranch and her husband. When her husband shows up on her door step asking to give their marriage a chance, she jumps at the idea of a marriage of love. The problem is: everyone has been lying to her, her whole life. Now those lies may very well get her killed.

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Like our protagonist, Analise, I felt a little disoriented as the book began. She had been through a trauma. I was just being exposed to and learning about her situation. She had had a short lifetime, eighteen years, with her parents and now they are gone. As the book progresses we learn there were many secrets about their life she never discovered.

The man beside her in the hospital was her father's business partner. I was never quite sure of his age. Younger than her father but older than Alalise. A man she has had girlish crush on for years.
Now she finds herself in a marriage of convenience to him. She believes it is for financial reasons but is willing to make the best of it. For him, it is to keep her safe and being close to her is not an option he is willing to entertain. They move forward this way until Analiese turns twenty-one and comes into her inheritance.

Having been young and protected her entire life, living more than less in isolation, she is naive yet has an innate strength she uses to find her own way, and her own friends, when she moves out into the world. Her sense of betrayal stays with her and when she once again sees her "husband" under dubious circumstances, she is in emotional turmoil.

From the title and description we know this is a love story, but from "centaur" I wasn't sure what to expect. A shifter or a secret agent? The early secrets led me more towards the spy aspect. 
The dangerous situation near the end of the book leave no doubt.

I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series to learn more about a mysterious assassin.

The Ghosts of a Centaur
Centaur Agency Book 2

Stella left one life behind for another. Finding happiness in a new world, Stella never thought anything could destroy her new life. Until a package arrived containing a severed head. The threat was clear and the stakes were high. Leaving her new life behind, Stella hoped her choice would protect her loved ones.

Now twelve years later, someone had discovered Stella’s identity. People she loves are starting to die at the hands of a very cold and calculated killer. Forced out of hiding, Stella moves fast to protect her family. Can the Centaur Agency discover the identity of the killer in time? Or will Stella lose everyone she has ever loved?

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The danger comes closer to home as a video disc shows without a doubt the agents are being targeted.  With the birth of a child, Analiese and Matt become more vulnerable. Stella's identity is revealed, along with past secrets, and her ties and emotions are put to the test. We learn about leaks in Centaur itself and while this book has it happier moments,  is the series really headed to a darker place?!!?

The Making of a Centaur
Centaur Agency Book 3

Severely beaten, "Lucky" wakes up with no memory of who she is or where she came from. Rescued by the Centaur Agency, she sets out to discover her identity. Plagued by violent flashbacks, she finds herself afraid of the men around her. 

There is one man though that makes her feel safe. However time is running out for all of them. Will "Lucky" get her memories back in time to stop a madman? Or will her past catch up with her, leaving the most important person in her life to pay the price?

I am a wife and mother, who lives in a small Southeast Missouri town. I am the author of the Centaur Agency series. Currently I am working on book 3 in the series The Making of a Centaur which will publish in July 2017. I also have plans for a vampire trilogy that I am working on. I will be publishing the trilogy after I finish the 4 book Centaur Agency series. From there I also am working on a Werewolf series. So much planned with a little bit for everyone. 

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