AN IMPOSSIBLE MEETING!
Vivianne Quinn is staying at her brother’s apartment to recover from a personal tragedy. Her visit is anything but tranquil, for soon a serial killer targets her as the next victim, she has to “babysit” a valuable artifact, and she falls in love with a stranger who is unlike anyone she has ever met. How will Vivianne react when she finds out just how different he really is?
It’s common knowledge that Neanderthals are extinct, vanished from the face of the planet about 30,000 years ago. What remains a mystery is how or why this sudden disappearance occurred. Sometimes, however, common knowledge can be wrong....
An Awe-Struck Release
Award-winning author Susanne Marie Knight specializes in Romance Writing with a Twist! She is multi-published with books, short stories, and articles in such diverse genres as science fiction, Regency, mystery, paranormal, suspense, time-travel, fantasy, and contemporary romance.
Originally from New York, Susanne lives in the Pacific Northwest, by way of Okinawa, Montana, Alabama, and Florida. Along with her husband, daughter, and feisty Siamese cat, she enjoys the area's beautiful ponderosa pine trees and wide, open spaces--a perfect environment for writing. For more information about Susanne, please visit her website at www.susanneknight.com.
"Could Neanderthal's still exist? And if so, would they look just like the rest of us? Susanne Marie Knight takes those questions and runs with them in COMPETITORS and shows us that not everyone is what they appear to be. When readers first meet Vivianne, she is a tormented young woman, who constantly wonders why she didn't also die in the car crash. But as the book progresses, she becomes the strong woman she must have been before the accident. As for Max...Max, Max, Max. What a combination of alpha maleness and intelligence, which this reviewer believes will cause many women to swoon. He's dominating, yet gentle, and treats Vivianne with great respect. There is a secondary plot involving a serial killer, which at first I didn't think was necessary, but Ms. Knight manages to connect all the stories together. Secondary characters include Vivianne's brothers, Davis and Donovan, and Nilda, a friend of Max who is one hell of a woman. They all have their own agendas and personalities, and it's clear the author has more in store for them. An interesting and fun-filled romance, COMPETITORS is the perfect read for those looking for something a little different in their love stories."Courtney Michelle -- Romance Reviews Today
“This was a very creative look at could have happened to the Neanderthals. All the characters provide a full array of personalities that keeps the book interesting. The romance is based on the strong sexual tension and emotional pull between that Max and Vivianne. While the physical aspects are primarily left to the reader’s imagination, their feelings are openly demonstrated. The numerous subplots move the story, and support the romantic plotline. But, the originality of the story impresses me the most. Writers who can successfully finish the “what if” in a logical and fascinating way are few, but Ms. Knight succeeds here. Competitors! is a great book for those who love a good suspense with a romantic twist, and those who enjoy a good romance with a well written paranormal base.”Anya Khan -- Coffee Time Romance
“A fun read I recommend to anyone who enjoys something different, something that offers a new outlook and new background for the characters. This tale fits into many genres and will provide hours of pleasant reading. Talented author Susanne Marie Knight gives us a multi-layered story and a new look at the mystery of the Neanderthal's disappearance. Or did they? Enjoy, I did.”Anne K. Edwards -- Mysteryfiction.net
“If you enjoy books that are beyond the normal, then I would recommend Competitors! It's a fresh, unique romance that is kind of sweet and overwhelmingly passionate.”Janet Davies -- Once Upon A Romance
“Author Susanne Marie Knight has done a convincing job of making the exotic Max as hypnotic and flat-out irresistible as he needs to be, to accomplish everything he is called upon to do. Max isn’t only a sex hunk, he is smooth, educated, and well traveled. He can communicate mentally, and his sense of smell gives new definition to the word “intimate.” Knight will have readers knocking on her door asking where they can get their own Neanderthals…. COMPETITORS! is well thought out. Knight has more than a superficial knowledge about Neanderthals, and she has used it to shape her what-if into a fun, original plot.”Joy Calderwood -- Reviewers-Choice
“Competitors! is a fast paced read, with a very well written cast of characters that support and play up each other. Good attention paid to the details, so one can understand the differences between the characters and the races involved. Susanne Knight has granted her audience fantasy and mystery combined with a science fictional blend along with a romantic edge to satisfy most any readers taste.”RIP -- TCM Reviews
A knock sounded at the door. Her hand still fanning her camisole up and down, Vivianne stepped over to the entrance and opened the door. "Gosh, Fran, that was quick--"
Instead of Fran, over the threshold stood Maximilian Vogelherd, his deeply green eyes taking in the sight of her exposed, bare stomach. "Do you like things slow, then?" He lifted his lips in a deliberate smile, which heated her body's thermostat even further.
"Oh! Oh, hi. I, um, thought you were my neighbor, Fran." Vivianne hastily dropped her camisole top...and her wits, as well.
He filled the weakly lit landing with his massive form--muscular, brawny, solid, and powerful. Still clad in those stonewashed jeans, he'd changed his tee shirt to a ribbed black sweater. In one hand he held a pet carrier and the other gripped a shopping bag probably filled with cat supplies. His eyes seemed illuminated from the faint overhead bulb, and he leisurely swept his gaze from the mane of her ponytail, down to her collarbones, over her now-covered hips, to rest on the coral-pink polish of her toenails. "May I come in?"
Unfreezing her limbs, she fussed with her hair to make sure it covered her scar, then she sprang into action because the unmistakable sounds of the bachelors' door opening rang out into the corridor. If the Pardos had been interested in how she was dressed when Mr. Greenley had called, they'd most likely shake their jowls a-plenty on seeing her scantily clothed with such a virile male visitor.
"Yes, please!" She urged Max inside, then hurriedly shut the door. Outside, the Pardos' door opened, closed, and the men's footsteps shuffled past on the tiled floor. Phew! Just in time.
But now here she was, in close quarters, cramped in her tiny hallway with this colossal hunk of a guy. Her mouth dried, and she swallowed several times before saying, "You're early."
Max took a step closer, which caused her to flatten against the wall. Her body temperature rose even higher. "Eins is impatient to meet you, Vivianne." A "wah" noise came from inside the carrier, as if to confirm.
"Um, why don't you, um, come into the living room and get the cat out while I, um, change." Her brain sluggish again, she started fanning her camisole until she saw the gleam in his darkened eyes.
"Don't bother to change on my account." He set the shopping bag down, then curved his fingers around her bare upper arm. "Come, let me introduce you to Eins."
The touch of his hand actually seared her, only it wasn't an uncomfortable sensation. She almost felt like she'd been branded by some type of sweet embrace.
How foolish of her. She pulled away and, despite the dry heat still baking the apartment, almost ran down the hallway into the living room. "Here, you take the cat out and I'll--"
Somehow, step for step, he managed to keep up with her, which must have been a tricky task for such a large man. He reclaimed her arm, then set the carrier down on the sculpted carpet. "First you make Eins welcome in his new home, ja?"
Torn on what she should do, she bit her lip. True, she was in her pajamas, but everything that should've been covered was covered. However the thin cotton material made her feel like she was wearing next-to-nothing--which she was, for she had relinquished the additional protection of undergarments. Standing next to him, she was aware of her nipples' hardening and a puddling of moisture between her thighs.
"Um, okay, quickly, then I'll--"
Kneeling, Max smoothly eased her down so she was also sitting on her heels by his side. "Here, we open together." He reached over for the latch, his arm inadvertently--or not--brushing against her breast.
Dizziness rocked her and fuzzy words invaded her mind, this time without the usual headache. As erotic tingles danced throughout her body to settle heavily in her feminine core, she licked her lips. His woodsy scent filled her veins and heated her blood even further, while his glowing eyes seemed to promise an endless pool of delights.
What in the world was happening to her? She didn't want this attraction, and yet had no power to stop her body's reactions. "Max?" she whimpered, almost pleading for him to stop the assault on her senses.
"Vivianne," he breathed, turning her face toward him and cupping her chin in his extremely large hand.
It was as if the veneer of civilization had been stripped away and all she had left were primitive, basic emotions. She wanted him to kiss her. And she wanted, needed, even more than that. Her traitorous body eagerly prepared for the age-old union between a man and a woman.
From a distance, she heard a baby's cry. "Wah," it insisted, over and over again.
Vivianne blinked, and as if she had awakened from a spell, turned away from Max to focus on a very large sealpoint Siamese cat rubbing against her hip.
"Wah," Eins persevered, obviously craving her attention. The cat blinked his own large blue eyes at her and purred with contentment.
Omigosh! This cat saved her from making a horrible mistake!