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Casting the Dice by @SueWardDrake is a Best Books of '21 pick #romanticsuspense #bestbooks #giveaway

Title: CASTING THE DICE (Big Easy Brothers #2)

Author: Sue Ward Drake

Genre: romantic suspense

Book Blurb:

This should have been easy…

Military deep-sea diver turned bounty hunter, Hal Guidry, needs to collar a fugitive now. Not yesterday. Right now.

But inside the New Orleans mansion, he instead finds a woman who fires his blood. A woman who knows only her name. A woman definitely in danger.

As her memory returns, girl-next-door librarian, Annie Swanson, doesn’t recognize the oh-so-handsome hunk who’s calling himself a friend. Once she discovers he’s a bounty hunter like the men who killed her father, she flees…

…only to be nearly kidnapped. In broad daylight. In the French Quarter.

After running to Hal for answers, they’re nearly killed in a fiery car explosion.

Hal’s not about to leave her side, but as the sexual attraction between them heats up, can Annie cast the dice in his favor? Or will they become victims of the deadly forces intent on keeping secrets?

Not to worry. Hal and his brothers have the skills to keep dangerous criminals off the streets and protect the women they love. They don’t need easy.


Annie caught the three books falling off the bookshop shelf at the same time Hal called her name.

She found him in the next aisle folding the mahogany step stool blocking his aisle.

Amazing what a clean T-shirt and washed cargo pants—hip-hugging cargo pants—could do for a man. He smelled clean, and the scent of his shaving cream set her nerves jiggling as she squeezed past him in the aisle.

“The stool is here to remind me which bookcase wobbles.” She handed over the books and reopened the short ladder before tapping the bookcase to her right. “Don’t lean on the shelving.”

“I can fix it so it’s stable.” He loomed over her in all his masculine glory. Not by too much, but hard muscle packed every inch, and he easily crowded the small passage.

“There’s no point in fixing it.” She stiffened against the urge to lean closer. “I’ll have to clear out all these books before I can sell.”

That was something she hadn’t considered when planning this trip to New Orleans. Along with kidnappers and exploding cars.

The overhead light gleamed on the butt of the gun Hal wore in a sling under his arm. She pointed to the pistol, keeping her hand as close to her chest as possible. “Be careful with that.”

His dark brows pulled together. “With what?”

“Your gun.” She grimaced. Simply saying the word caused her stomach to spin. “You need to be extra sure before you make a move that the guy you’re arresting is exactly who you want.”

“Thanks for the advice.” A corner of his mouth quirked.

She ignored his sexy dimple and straightened to her full five feet ten inches. “That was not a joke.”

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What makes your featured book a must-read?

CASTING THE DICE is for lovers of action-packed romantic suspense, band-of-brothers stories and anyone who wants to (re)visit the Big Easy.

Giveaway –

Enter to win a $33 Amazon gift card:

Open Internationally. You must have a valid Amazon US or Amazon Canada account to win.

Runs December 28 – January 4, 2022.

Winner will be drawn on January 5, 2022.

Author Biography:

Sue Ward Drake has written award-winning romantic suspense for Harlequin and Sourcebooks. She uses her experiences living in a farmhouse in Greece and her years in the French Quarter as fuel for her stories as often as possible. To be notified of her next thrilling adventurous romantic suspense, including the next story in her Big Easy Brothers series, sign up for her newsletter and get a free story:

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