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Alex Rossi leads a double life, and it may cost Grace Nolan her son. The Devlin Group: A privately-owned rogue agency unhindered by red tape and jurisdiction. Grace Nolan walked away from the Devlin Group carrying Alex Rossi’s child in her womb and his bullet in her shoulder. But a ghost from the past has kidnapped her son, Danny. The ransom—Alex Rossi. To get her son Alex Rossi leads a double life, and it may cost Grace Nolan her son. The Devlin Group: A privately-owned rogue agency unhindered by red tape and jurisdiction. Grace Nolan walked away from the Devlin Group carrying Alex Rossi’s child in her womb and his bullet in her shoulder. But a ghost from the past has kidnapped her son, Danny. The ransom—Alex Rossi. To get her son back, Grace will have to step back into the life she’d left behind and reveal her secret to Alex. With vengeance for his mother’s murder nearly at hand and a deadly substance on the loose, the last thing Alex Rossi needs is to find himself at the business end of Grace’s gun. Now the clock is ticking as they race to save a child and stop a madman bent on destruction. But Alex has a secret of his own, and it may be the ultimate betrayal.


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Alex Rossi leads a double life, and it may cost Grace Nolan her son. The Devlin Group: A privately-owned rogue agency unhindered by red tape and jurisdiction. Grace Nolan walked away from the Devlin Group carrying Alex Rossi’s child in her womb and his bullet in her shoulder. But a ghost from the past has kidnapped her son, Danny. The ransom—Alex Rossi. To get her son Alex Rossi leads a double life, and it may cost Grace Nolan her son. The Devlin Group: A privately-owned rogue agency unhindered by red tape and jurisdiction. Grace Nolan walked away from the Devlin Group carrying Alex Rossi’s child in her womb and his bullet in her shoulder. But a ghost from the past has kidnapped her son, Danny. The ransom—Alex Rossi. To get her son back, Grace will have to step back into the life she’d left behind and reveal her secret to Alex. With vengeance for his mother’s murder nearly at hand and a deadly substance on the loose, the last thing Alex Rossi needs is to find himself at the business end of Grace’s gun. Now the clock is ticking as they race to save a child and stop a madman bent on destruction. But Alex has a secret of his own, and it may be the ultimate betrayal.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    Grace Nolan is an ex-secret agent trying to live a quiet life with her son Danny. Her life has been peaceful for the past nine years. But when Danny is kidnapped and Grace is told she must trade Alex Rossi, a member of the Devlin Group, for her son, Grace hurries to comply. Getting Alex to agree isn't going to be easy. He's the guy who shot Grace when a terrorist was holding her at gunpoint. He's also Danny's father...not that he knows about that. This is the first story in Shannon Stacey's Devli Grace Nolan is an ex-secret agent trying to live a quiet life with her son Danny. Her life has been peaceful for the past nine years. But when Danny is kidnapped and Grace is told she must trade Alex Rossi, a member of the Devlin Group, for her son, Grace hurries to comply. Getting Alex to agree isn't going to be easy. He's the guy who shot Grace when a terrorist was holding her at gunpoint. He's also Danny's father...not that he knows about that. This is the first story in Shannon Stacey's Devlin Group series. The characters felt like cardboard cutouts of many characters we've seen in romantic suspense books. I never connected with them. Alex has secretly kept tabs on Grace for years and is livid when he finds out that he has a son. Grace blames Alex for everything that has gone wrong in her life. There was a lot of melodrama that just made me roll my eyes. The suspense plot was predictable with no surprises. My rating: 3 Stars.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    Fast, easy read, sort of like a tv movie. Lots of action but no depth.

  3. 4 out of 5

    mad4rombks

    Kindle Freebie! 4/27/17

  4. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    I decided to read this book because of the secret baby plot. I like them when done well, and I was led to believe the heroine's reasons for keeping her son a secret from his father were reasonable. What I was told was correct - her reasons made sense and allowed me to enjoy the story without anger at her for keeping her son a secret. I really liked the chemistry and emotions between Alex and Grace. Their past history made the story more intense. I also liked the action scenes. Grace was a pretty I decided to read this book because of the secret baby plot. I like them when done well, and I was led to believe the heroine's reasons for keeping her son a secret from his father were reasonable. What I was told was correct - her reasons made sense and allowed me to enjoy the story without anger at her for keeping her son a secret. I really liked the chemistry and emotions between Alex and Grace. Their past history made the story more intense. I also liked the action scenes. Grace was a pretty kickass heroine. I especially liked that she was the one that rescued her son. What didn't work as well for me was her insistence that she go after the bad guys after recovering her son. As a mother, I can understand her need to rescue him herself. I can even understand the need for vengeance and wanting to hurt the people responsible for kidnapping him. What I can't understand is leaving him almost immediately after rescuing him and putting yourself back in danger...especially without waiting to see what kind of emotional trauma he might be suffering. Luckily - and this is reflected in my rating of the book - Grace realized she was an idiot and I felt like she learned her lesson. It came a little late in the game, but better late than never, right? I am kind of disappointed that it was so short. I would have liked to see more with Alex getting to know his son. In any event, I will be reading the next book in the series. Stacey managed to hook me.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Grace doesn't look like a woman on the run. She tries (and fails) to bake cookies for her son Danny after school. The secret from her past - that she's a butt-kicking secret agent - catches up with her at the beginning of the book, when Danny is kidnapped and held in exchange for her former co-worker Alex. Grace has a secret she must tell in order to get Alex to go along with her plan. Alex also has a secret that comes out in time. Could I see the happy ending coming a mile away in this paint-by Grace doesn't look like a woman on the run. She tries (and fails) to bake cookies for her son Danny after school. The secret from her past - that she's a butt-kicking secret agent - catches up with her at the beginning of the book, when Danny is kidnapped and held in exchange for her former co-worker Alex. Grace has a secret she must tell in order to get Alex to go along with her plan. Alex also has a secret that comes out in time. Could I see the happy ending coming a mile away in this paint-by-numbers thriller? You bet. Anything unexpected? Nope, not really. It's a fairly interesting book that kept me turning pages, but as other reviewers have noted, Stacey is no Hemingway. Not even a Patterson or a Kellerman.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    3.5 stars. I think this was a pretty good start to a series. It was a short book and I would have liked to have seen it be longer and I think that would have helped some of the character development. The characters are interesting enough that I intend to continue with the series.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Grace Nolan traded barbs with Carmen, the only girlfriend that she had and suddenly launched herself down the steps and into the kitchen, she flung open the oven door, grabbed the burning tray of chocolate chip cookies and dumped the charred mess into the sink. She could repel from helicopters, shoot to kill the bad guys on the run, so why was it so hard to bake her eight year old son cookies? Grace muttered back up the stairs, when Carmen saw the expression on her face and chuckled. Carmen had Grace Nolan traded barbs with Carmen, the only girlfriend that she had and suddenly launched herself down the steps and into the kitchen, she flung open the oven door, grabbed the burning tray of chocolate chip cookies and dumped the charred mess into the sink. She could repel from helicopters, shoot to kill the bad guys on the run, so why was it so hard to bake her eight year old son cookies? Grace muttered back up the stairs, when Carmen saw the expression on her face and chuckled. Carmen had been trying for years to get her back in the Delvin Group, a privately owned rogue agency unhindered by red tape or jurisdictions but Grace had Danny to think of now and she would not go back. Grace had been a damn good agent until that fiasco in London when Alex Rossi had shot her with her own gun no less! It was not until she got to the hospital that she found out that she was pregnant so she switched hospitals and settled down in a town to raise her son alone telling him that his father was a doctor, not even her parents knew who the father was. Everyone thought that is was her doctor. Grace hung up from Carmen then headed to the kitchen to pour her son a glass of milk, got the bag of cookies she hid in the cabinet and put several on a plate knowing her son would be home from school at any time. The kitchen door slammed but it was not Danny but a dangerous man she knew but could not place yet holding a picture of her son boarding an airplane. Danny had been kidnapped and they wanted to trade his life for Alex Rossi! Alex Rossi was leading a double life, he was Sean Delvin, owner of the Delvin Group and Alex Rossi a field agent. He had named his company to taunt the murderer of his mother and he had gotten close to nailing him. Maria Rossi had sheltered his body with her own when they were in the market square, her death was the second warning to his father who was trying to bring down a drug lord. Alex had been a boy at the time nut he could still see and hear the bullets slam into his mother while her body jumped and it was his mission to get revenge. He knew that Grace, his one time partner and lover had a child by her doctor and every time she talked to him as Sean Delvin, hearing about the son that should have been his made him want to beat the doctor to a plup. Now, Grace was about to come back in his life and he was suddenly jealous that she had contacted Sean instead of him no matter that they were both the same man, he wanted Grace to need him. Oh what a tangled web of lies and intrigue that Ms.Stacey spins! 72 Hours is one of those books that begs to be re-read as you read about Grace kicking some serious butt while trying to come to understand her need for Alex and find her kidnapped son without falling apart. 72 Hours flowed smoothly and was easy to read, quite believeable what a mother with agent training who saw red at the idea of her enemy having her son would do, and white hot sex all neatly packaged. An excellent read!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    I was in the mood for some fast-paced romantic suspense when I picked this book up and I got that. I also got danger, secrets, lies, and simmering sexual tension. Which is pretty much the yardstick by which I measure all books of this kind. So, YAY! Grace and Alex have some things they need to work through. This is before she pops in to kidnap him and hand him over for her son's life. Needless to say, their relationship is a little on the complicated side. Grace is harboring a few misconceptions I was in the mood for some fast-paced romantic suspense when I picked this book up and I got that. I also got danger, secrets, lies, and simmering sexual tension. Which is pretty much the yardstick by which I measure all books of this kind. So, YAY! Grace and Alex have some things they need to work through. This is before she pops in to kidnap him and hand him over for her son's life. Needless to say, their relationship is a little on the complicated side. Grace is harboring a few misconceptions about Alex. Alex is keeping secrets from her. And from most everyone else, come to think of it. Things are decidedly bumpy when they come together after so many years. As one would expect them to be. Normally, I'm not a fan of big secrets being kept--especially when the secret in question is a kid--but I get why Grace did what she did. She had a hard choice to make and she thought she was doing the one thing that would keep her child safe. I'm still not a fan of keeping those sorts of secrets, but... I get it in this case. I get it. Bottom line: I was looking for something that hit hard and left a few bodies in its wake and I got that. I liked the characters. I liked the chemistry between Grace and Alex (sexy times after an assignment are always nice, amirite?!?!) and I liked the secondary characters we got to meet. *thumbs up* -Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rogetwhi

    3.5 stars!! I wouldn't rated higher if not for a couple of things. 1. I wanted to see more of Alex with Danny and what happened after they all went home together. It didn't have to be long, just something to let me see them as a family. And 2. the constant changing of Danny's eye color...four different times in the book his eyes were described..twice they were called blue and twice brown?!?! Not big problems because I did like the book but a little extra and paying attention to details could've 3.5 stars!! I wouldn't rated higher if not for a couple of things. 1. I wanted to see more of Alex with Danny and what happened after they all went home together. It didn't have to be long, just something to let me see them as a family. And 2. the constant changing of Danny's eye color...four different times in the book his eyes were described..twice they were called blue and twice brown?!?! Not big problems because I did like the book but a little extra and paying attention to details could've made it so much better!!!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Larry Anspach

    Horrible. Sophomoric writing. I REALLY try to read a book through. At the halfway point, I decided I just couldn't do it this time. Character development was shallow. The book is filled with repetitive clichés. Horrible. Sophomoric writing. I REALLY try to read a book through. At the halfway point, I decided I just couldn't do it this time. Character development was shallow. The book is filled with repetitive clichés.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jennavier

    This was solid romance and a decent suspense novel. Not sure I love the two together, but overall it was enjoyable.

  12. 5 out of 5

    DarcLibrarian

    Better Together! Grace Nolan is devastated when her son Danny is kidnapped. The ransom, Alex Rossi her former lover and partner. Desperate she asks Sean Devlin for his address intending to force him to the rendezvous and then leave him to die in exchange for her son. What she doesn't know is Alex Rossi and Sean Devlin are one and the same. After a failed attempt to take him prisoner Alex discovers that Danny is also his son. The betrayal cuts deep but nothing will stop him from hunting the kidnap Better Together! Grace Nolan is devastated when her son Danny is kidnapped. The ransom, Alex Rossi her former lover and partner. Desperate she asks Sean Devlin for his address intending to force him to the rendezvous and then leave him to die in exchange for her son. What she doesn't know is Alex Rossi and Sean Devlin are one and the same. After a failed attempt to take him prisoner Alex discovers that Danny is also his son. The betrayal cuts deep but nothing will stop him from hunting the kidnappers and rescuing his boy. But can he also rescue his relationship with Grace. If he can't convince her that they are better together will he be doomed to be always alone. I really enjoyed this romantic suspense full of action, secrets and lies and enough sexual chemistry to set a Kindle on fire.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Grace walked away from Alex when she thought that he had betrayed her but for years she's been hiding a secret from him and she can no longer keep him in the dark. When her son is kidnapped she has no one to turn to except for Alex and when it's revealed that he's the father, he will stop at nothing to bring Danny home. As the truth comes out between them feelings that they tried to forget become harder to forget but can a covert operative find happiness with a woman trying to give her son the m Grace walked away from Alex when she thought that he had betrayed her but for years she's been hiding a secret from him and she can no longer keep him in the dark. When her son is kidnapped she has no one to turn to except for Alex and when it's revealed that he's the father, he will stop at nothing to bring Danny home. As the truth comes out between them feelings that they tried to forget become harder to forget but can a covert operative find happiness with a woman trying to give her son the most normal childhood as possible. A really great, fast paced, sexy read to start the Devlin Group series. Fun read!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Reggie

    Welcome to the Devlin Group Love this new series! Fast paced and action packed with lots of steamy moments. Imagine retiring from a job with a black ops and trying to live your life as a single, suburban mom, then being forced to take down the father of your child...the black ops leader. That’s where Grace Nolan finds herself. Grace has secrets...and so does her ‘baby daddy’, Alex Rossi. First they have to rescue Grace’s son.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Joanne

    Good book Loved this book. Full drama and intrigue. From the first page I was hooked. It has a bit of everything, action drama and love kept me entertained even though it's only a novella. Good book Loved this book. Full drama and intrigue. From the first page I was hooked. It has a bit of everything, action drama and love kept me entertained even though it's only a novella.

  16. 4 out of 5

    KDub

    It was fine. Pretty predictable and not a lot of depth.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Heidi Dover

    Was okay, but just didn't grab and pull me in. A whole lot of suspension of disbelief in a few things, like the setup, the procedure. Was an okay quick read. Was okay, but just didn't grab and pull me in. A whole lot of suspension of disbelief in a few things, like the setup, the procedure. Was an okay quick read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Holley

    A kick butt heroine and an equally dangerous hero. Oh, and a cute kid. Throw in some danger and hot sex. I'll definitely read another. A kick butt heroine and an equally dangerous hero. Oh, and a cute kid. Throw in some danger and hot sex. I'll definitely read another.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Stacey Conrad

    Not my favorite by her.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Shelly Crawford

    absolutely loved it!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Debi

    Great read Loved everything about this book. You feel like you’re there in the moments with Grace and Alex. Looking forward to reading the next book in the series

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Tyler

    A very quick read with lots of actions, but the characters were not really deep or complex. An excellent read to complete when walking the dog or cleaning the house.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Coco.V

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  24. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte Björk

    Read February 2021

  25. 5 out of 5

    Madlyn Jones

    Part of a series, so if this is your first introduction to the Devlin group. Do not read, you are going to have a lot of missing pieces. Alright as part of the series but not so great by itself.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Gemma

    I bought this because I like this author, but I definitely like her contemporary romances better than her romantic suspense. The Kowalski series is still her best stuff, IMO.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Book Binge

    I decided to read this book because of the secret baby plot. I like them when done well, and I was led to believe the heroine's reasons for keeping her son a secret from his father were reasonable. What I was told was correct - her reasons made sense and allowed me to enjoy the story without anger at her for keeping her son a secret. I really liked the chemistry and emotions between Alex and Grace. Their past history made the story more intense. I also liked the action scenes. Grace was a pretty I decided to read this book because of the secret baby plot. I like them when done well, and I was led to believe the heroine's reasons for keeping her son a secret from his father were reasonable. What I was told was correct - her reasons made sense and allowed me to enjoy the story without anger at her for keeping her son a secret. I really liked the chemistry and emotions between Alex and Grace. Their past history made the story more intense. I also liked the action scenes. Grace was a pretty kickass heroine. I especially liked that she was the one that rescued her son. What didn't work as well for me was her insistence that she go after the bad guys after recovering her son. As a mother, I can understand her need to rescue him herself. I can even understand the need for vengeance and wanting to hurt the people responsible for kidnapping him. What I can't understand is leaving him almost immediately after rescuing him and putting yourself back in danger...especially without waiting to see what kind of emotional trauma he might be suffering. Luckily - and this is reflected in my rating of the book - Grace realized she was an idiot and I felt like she learned her lesson. It came a little late in the game, but better late than never, right? I am kind of disappointed that it was so short. I would have liked to see more with Alex getting to know his son. In any event, I will be reading the next book in the series. Stacey managed to hook me. 3.5 out of 5 This review was originally posted by Holly on Book Binge.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Wanderer ♔ Wanderlust ♔

    I read this because of the secret baby trope. It was a bit of a surprise to see how many years the secret baby was a secret baby...err...child. But I understood why the heroine did it so it worked for me. I also felt like the hero's reaction to finding out about his son was believable too. They were in the middle of planning out the rescue so he had to set the "confrontation" aside for the moment and get down to the business of rescuing their son. I was a fan of the TV Show Alias, and the heroine I read this because of the secret baby trope. It was a bit of a surprise to see how many years the secret baby was a secret baby...err...child. But I understood why the heroine did it so it worked for me. I also felt like the hero's reaction to finding out about his son was believable too. They were in the middle of planning out the rescue so he had to set the "confrontation" aside for the moment and get down to the business of rescuing their son. I was a fan of the TV Show Alias, and the heroine in 72 hours made me think this is what Sydney Bristow would be like if she had a kid. I thought it was cool when she was the one to swoop in and get her son and how he was in awe of her :) One thing though, I thought this book was short but I felt like it was fine as is. I got all the good story without any additional padding. Random: Sometimes little things in a book will stand out for one reason or another. In this one, there's a part where the hero asks the heroine for a picture of the child so they can send it to their friends who are helping them with the rescue (this is before he realizes it's his son). She has the picture in her hands and he pulls it from her grasp as he is walking by and talking. I think other writers may have had her handing him the picture but that little thing stood out to me because it is a real action that people do all the time. Told ya, totally random, huh?

  29. 4 out of 5

    BBMoreB ~

    This was a free kindle book that I got a couple of months ago. When I read the product description it seemed like an interesting concept - it gives you a descent overview. The heroine, Grace Nolan, is an ex-agent trying to raise her son. The hero, Alex Rossi, is her ex-partner and the man she once loved. This book was a quick read - nothing really unexpected. This was the first book I read by Shannon Stacy. I wasn't overly impressed. The fact that I saw the ending coming from page one was very dis This was a free kindle book that I got a couple of months ago. When I read the product description it seemed like an interesting concept - it gives you a descent overview. The heroine, Grace Nolan, is an ex-agent trying to raise her son. The hero, Alex Rossi, is her ex-partner and the man she once loved. This book was a quick read - nothing really unexpected. This was the first book I read by Shannon Stacy. I wasn't overly impressed. The fact that I saw the ending coming from page one was very disappointing - I wish that the characters were more interesting - I found I was speeding through reading it so that I could (1) get to the end, (2) check it off the TBR list, and (3) move on. I am not going to continue the series but I have listed them here - in case anyone is interested. The second book is available - The hero is Tony Casavetti. The Heroine is Charlotte Rhames. On the Edge The third book in the series is coming out June 2010: The hero is John Gallagher. The Heroine is Carmen Olivera. - These are characters from book one. No Surrender: The Devlin Group, Book 3

  30. 5 out of 5

    Chatting About

    Alex Rossi aka Sean Devlin is leading a double life--he's the founder of Devlin Group as Sean Devlin; and he's Alex Rossi (his real name), one of Devlin Groups senior agents. His lifetime goal has been to find & kill the man who murdered his mother. Grace Nolan is an ex- agent, and considers Sean Devlin a friend. When her young son, Danny, is kidnapped, she's forced to ask Devlin Group to help her find & rescue him. The kidnapper just happens to be the killer Alex is seeking, and the killer knows Alex Rossi aka Sean Devlin is leading a double life--he's the founder of Devlin Group as Sean Devlin; and he's Alex Rossi (his real name), one of Devlin Groups senior agents. His lifetime goal has been to find & kill the man who murdered his mother. Grace Nolan is an ex- agent, and considers Sean Devlin a friend. When her young son, Danny, is kidnapped, she's forced to ask Devlin Group to help her find & rescue him. The kidnapper just happens to be the killer Alex is seeking, and the killer knows the secret connection between Grace & Alex---Danny is Alex's son---although Alex just found that out. He's furious Grace never told him about Danny. She was furious Alex shot her just before she found out she was pregnant!! This romantic suspense book has plenty of action scenes; tense moments; great one-liners; and great secondary characters who more than likely will have their own stories; I.e., Gallagher & Carmen.

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