Title: The Executioner
Author: Shauna Allen
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 11, 2017
~ Five brothers, one family tragedy, untold heartache. ~
A stray bullet ended my Army career, forcing me to follow in my father’s prison guard footsteps.
My sister’s disappearance ten years ago annihilated my family, forcing each of us to find a way to cope.
But I’ve survived. Adapted.
At least until Genevieve Stone showed up, digging into the truth in the name of journalism and finding her way deep under my skin. I’m determined to do whatever it takes to find my sister, but when the case is blown wide open by the sexy reporter, I’m left with the ultimate question . . . can I trust her?
I’m a soldier, heart and soul.
I don’t do love.
War and death and pain are my church.
My name is Asher Creed.
I am the Executioner.
***Reader note: This is the first of a 6-part emotional family saga series. Each story is 100% male first-person point-of-view, and while each full-length novel is guaranteed to have a complete HEA romance, their family mystery remains unsolved until the end of the series.
***Due to profanity, mild violence and very strong sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18. Also, please note the title. The hero is, in fact, an executioner on death row. While there is no intent to make any social or political statements, please do not read if this will be offensive to you.
5 Stars from Tiffany!
The Executioner and so Much MORE!
Not only is Shauna Allen giving her readers the hunky Asher Creed, but a handful of sexy, alpha Creed brothers! We start off with Asher, The Executioner, in book one. He is my favorite type of alpa, big and brooding on the outside and nothing but a soft teddy bear on the inside. He's the kind of guy that can say "my woman" and make is sexy, not annoying.
Asher Creed is all man. Retired from the Army Rangers due to injury and now a Prison Guard, he's seen a lot and it shows in his personality. With a bit of a chip on his shoulder from the way his Army career ended, Asher isn't out looking for friends or lovers. He's a content guy, work and family seem to keep him busy enough. Until she butts her way into his life.
"This woman intrigued me, tempted me, summoned something deep and hidden from within my soul."
Gah! That's the teddy bear stuff I LOVE. While Asher seems like a total prick, he really isn't. He's a little lost in life right now. The disappearance of his baby sister weighing on his mind constantly. Keeping his family together and in touch, it's a lot for one guy to take on alone. Enter Genevieve, his knight-ess in shining armor. Asher's perfect match. Although, the big lug doesn't know it yet.
Now I didn't like Genevieve right away. The girl came on way to strong for me and I didn't think she was the right fit for my new book boyfriend Asher. She was nosey and straight forward, kind of pushy really. All the things I ended up appreciating about her in the end though. Funny how things work out.
Asher was smitten with the beautiful Gen, however like him, she's got quite the pile of baggage from her past that affects her everyday of her life. Gen has never seen "true love" and is pretty sure it isn't something that exists, so she's not looking for it by any means. Forever isn't a word she uses often. Which is fine for Asher, until he realizes he's in too deep.
"I wanted a friendship. I wanted Communication. Transparency. I wanted it all. And I never wanted that before."
While these two are adults, this whole relationship thing is new to them. The seriousness of it all is scary. She's been on her own for along time and he's from a family so close they can smother at times. It's a fine line and they are learning to walk it together.
"She was just what I needed, even though I knew, deep in the back of my mind, that she could shatter my heart."
Oh this guy!! It hasn't been long for these two and I am not a fan of insta-love, but this worked and worked well. Not only do we follow the beginnings of Asher and Gen, we also meet the entire Creed family, setting up the series perfectly. I want to know more about Levi, Silas, Jamison and Joshua Creed, as well as thier sister Claire, who are all written with a mysterious vibe in this first book. That's the kicker, to find out what happened with Claire, we have to read all of the brothers stories first. Oh hurt me, if they are anything like Asher's, you can count me in!
"Yes, I was a Ranger with a bum leg, but I'd somehow moved past the negative connotation that used to hold over my head. In the weeks I'd know this woman, I'd become someone different. Someone with a future. Someone who had hope."
5 Stars from Renee!
This is a new author to me and I was so glad I picked up this story. The story has laughs, grief, suspense, and heartbreak.
This is Genevieve (Gen) and Asher’s story. Asher is super close with his family. Asher was in the Army but when he got injured he became a prison guard. Now he is busy with work and his family. But Gen is about to jump into his life and cause a bunch of problems. She is a journalist who is seeking out the truth of his sister’s disappearance. She is about to blow the case open and rock Asher’s world with all the secrets that are out there. Can they solve the case together? Or will the past keep them from falling and solving anything?
I could connect with the characters and the story was a great read.
I highly recommend this book.
“Are you part of the execution team?”
I swallowed, the thought of lying to her heavy in my throat. There was a reason we never divulged who was on the team. The stigma and attacks on our humanity would come from all angles, and in the end, it would change nothing. I am an executioner. It’s a job. Someone has to step up and do it. I was simply one of the few who were willing to swallow the emotional baggage that comes with putting another human being to death. I’m willing because maybe, just maybe, I’ll finally be able to bury the beast in me that snarls and snaps, thrashes and rages, thirsty for vengeance against the unknown monster that took my sister away.
“You know I can’t talk about that, Genevieve. I’m sorry.”
Her gold-green eyes sparked. “I thought so.”
I frowned, not answering.
“Okay. Let’s try this . . . hypothetically speaking, if someone were a part of the execution team at the prison, would they take part in every execution?”
“Theoretically, barring some certain circumstances, yes. Most likely. The warden has assembled a team he trusts and that rarely changes.”
She nodded and forked up a bite of meat. “How do you think those people feel? About killing another human being?” Her gaze was direct and unwavering.
I set my fork down and thought carefully about my reply. “I think they don’t think about it like that.”
“Does it make you sad?”
A beat passed heavily between us. Two. “No.”
She said nothing, returning to her meal, and I followed suit. Eventually, the cloud that filled the room seemed to dissipate as she digested my answers. “Tell me about your brothers. I’m dying to know about them.”
She shrugged one shoulder and sipped her wine. “I just am. Are they like you? Big and sexy and moody?”
“I’m not moody.”
She laughed. “Not denying the big and sexy, huh?”
I fought the grin that wanted to bust loose and forked my salad. “We’re all big and sexy, I won’t lie.”
“I’m sure. What else?”
I thought of my brothers and our time together yesterday. Even as distant and strained as we’d become, I knew we all still loved each other fiercely. “Well, I’m the oldest. Levi is next. He’s a businessman in Austin, divorced, no kids. Jamison is a SWAT sniper in Dallas, goofy and single. Joshua works as a criminal profiler for the FBI in Virginia. He’s brainy and quiet and single, as far as I know anyway. And the baby is Silas. He’s an up and coming MMA fighter and he lives in Houston.”
“So none of you have girlfriends or wives? Really?”
I shrugged. It sounded weird when you put it that way. “Other than Levi, we’ve all managed to avoid it.”
One brow lifted in challenge. “Avoid it?”
“Yeah.” I scooped up the last of my food.
“Are any of you gay?”
I nearly choked. “No.” I grabbed my water and sipped. “Why would you ask that?”
“Well, no women. Maybe there are men.”
“No. Only careers.” And grief, but I didn’t admit that out loud.
Her foot suddenly found my leg under the table. “I’m glad to hear it.”
I ran a hand under her jeans and up her calf. “Interested in my brothers?”
“Glad to hear it.” I caressed down her leg and massaged her instep.
Her eyes fluttered closed as I continued rubbing her foot. Suddenly, I was overwhelmed by the need to taste her again. “Are we done here?” My voice was gruff, even to my own ears.
Her eyes slid open and met mine. “I’m not sure.”
“I am.” Keeping our gazes locked, I stood and rounded the table to stand beside her. “Get up.”
Her eyes flared, but she did as she was told. I felt her heated focus on me as I shoved our dinner dishes to the side of the table, making room in front of us. “Sit.” I indicated the spot where her plate had just been.
She only hesitated a moment, the air becoming thick between us. The blood was rushing through my veins like fire and I desperately needed to quench it. My erection strained behind my jeans and it was all I could do to control myself when she looked at me like she was getting off on my dominance. I wasn’t a kinky man, but I definitely liked to be in charge, in the bedroom and out. Call it the Ranger mentality.
Shauna grew up an only child with two open and loving parents in Central Texas. She’s married to her high school sweetheart and is the mother to three awesome kids, including one in the United States Air Force. She is the award-winning author of the Jack ‘Em Up series and the upcoming Family Creed series. Shauna also writes emotional Contemporary YA novels as SC Montgomery and works as a freelance editor. She loves all things sexy, sassy, and Gerard Butler.
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