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Reviews For INCOGNITO SERIES 1: NO ORDINARY LOVE by Karen Wiesner
If you’ve never read anything before by Karen
Wiesner I truly feel that NO ORDINARY LOVE is an excellent place to
start; but be forewarned, this is the first in a series of books and
from reading other books by Ms. Wiesner I’m here to say that
it’s very hard, if nigh impossible, to just read one.”
This is a page turner, taut, nail-biting thriller interwoven with a poignant, powerful romance. It is truly a book I could not put down. There are some spicy love scenes, but emotions far outweigh lust. My need to learn who actually are the good guys and the bad drove me to turn page after page. Revelations came just often enough to keep me off balance until the end, which is happy in spite of all the angst to get there. My recommendation? Buy it. Read it. Soon!
Reviewed by Alegria, Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance, Reviewer for Karen Find Out About New Books
5 Stars! "This is the first book in the Incognito Series. I found it to be a very solid foundation for what could very well turn out to be one of the best romantic suspense novels of the year. It overflows in action and drama, with just the right amount of romance. Pre-order a copy if you can. Outstanding!" ~Reviewed by Detra Fitch for Huntress Reviews
"NO ORDINARY LOVE is no ordinary book. Vincent and Kira are transcendent
characters, almost larger than life, yet very human in their flaws and
frailties. Love burns bright between them, but for Kira it is tarnished
with fear, and for Vincent intertwined with duty. Can they
5 Beacons! "This first book of the Incognito Series has me hooked! I was completely engrossed with these characters from word one. Page after page, I felt more connected to the story-line and was extremely impressed by how Ms. Wiesner worked in the underground tunnels and "mole people" that inhabit them. What a wonderful piece of originality. Typically a book on secret organizations and espionage can be very predictable and flat, but there was never a time I felt that this book was lacking. Very nicely done!" ~Lighthouse Literary Reviews
"A surprising and outstanding read. NO ORDINARY LOVE is a superbly written story that will keep readers entertained from the first word to the last. This reviewer read the book in one setting. I was just unable to put it down. Ms. Wiesner has given readers a book not to be missed, one that will have readers ready and waiting for book two in the Incognito Series." ~MyShelf.com
"What a fabulous mystery romance NO ORDINARY LOVE is! The author, Karen Wiesner, has created a story to thrill all! The first book in the Incognito Series, NO ORDINARY LOVE, rolls from the crest of a riveting wave of storytelling!" <br>~reviewed by Pamela Faye for Rolling Seas Reviews
"NO ORDINARY LOVE by Karen Wiesner grabs the reader from the first page and never lets go until the last, with fast and spine-chilling action. Vincent is a remarkable hero--tough, dangerous, a killer when he has to be. His only vulnerability--a need for love." ~bestselling author Jane Toombs
"NO ORDINARY LOVE, the first book of the Incognito Series, is a superb romantic suspense thriller that has the audience wondering what is going on from the prologue in which an agent of an unnamed (at that point) group realizes what happened. The exhilarating story line never slows down until the final confrontation as Kira's thirst for her heritage leads her and her champion from relative safety into dangerous situations. The cast--especially the lead duo and the agent searching for them--seems genuine, which in turn makes the conspiratorial cover-up by a clandestine group feel real, too. As always, Karen Wiesner writes a must read for sub-genre fans." ~Harriet Klausner
4 1/2 stars! "Thankfully Karen Wiesner is quite a prolific author. This is the first book I have read by Ms. Wiesner, and now I can look forward to many hours curled up with her wonderful, suspenseful, romantic books! She truly knows how to imagine into existence deep, convoluted, intriguing plot concepts, and then to lead the reader on a twisted, curving path, in and out of present and past. This is one author I feel confident in recommending consistently. May she continue with her writing career for many decades to come!" ~Euro-Reviews
5 Hearts! "This book was much longer and darker than what I usually read, but it was also more fascinating. It's one of the most powerful love and mystery/suspense stories I'll probably ever read. When I started it, I intended to read for a few minutes to fall asleep, but the first time I looked up from the book it was already five a.m. The story is quietly and subtly a thrilling roller coaster ride of suspense and intrigue. Ms. Wiesner proves herself an amazing plot master. The story line and delivery are exquisite. You don't want to miss this one." ~Karen H. for The Romance Studio
3.5 Blue Ribbons! "NO ORDINARY LOVE: that is what Karen Wiesner delivers in this very intense story of a man who gives all to the one he loves. A man who will provide, not only for the now but also for the foreseeable future, and fight to defend his love even at the cost of his own live. One can not help but wish that out there somewhere, there is one who will love us as Vincent loves Kira." ~Romance Junkies
"Award winning author Karen Wiesner has penned another spectacular start to an intriguing series. Ms. Wiesner has a talent for always leaving her audience wanting to know more. I am anxious to read what she does with the character of Piper, who is introduced in this novel. I am also interested to see what happens to Angelo as this series unfolds. Vincent, the alpha male, is strong and capable. His weakness is Kira. She was his Achilles heel and he had coddled her. Just when I wanted to smack Kira upside her head and tell her to listen to Vincent, I realized that once again Ms.Wiesner had done what she does best. She had drawn me into the lives of the characters and I was totally wrapped up in their story. I highly recommend this novel and cannot wait for the next book in this series."~Dawn Myers for Writers Unlimited
A Perfect 10! "NO ORDINARY LOVE centers on two characters that mean everything to each other, practically to the exclusion of anyone else. The first half of the book centers on Kira’s and Vincent’s relationship, while the second half is full of action that takes unusual but exhilarating twists and turns. One particular turn takes readers to a disturbing world underneath the New York subway. There are a few secondary characters; particularly well written are Angelo, Vincent’s old mentor, and Piper, Kira’s dog walker. Vincent and Kira are multi-layered characters, who even after being together day in and out for years, still don’t quite know everything about each other. Their relationship is claustrophobic and obsessive, especially on Vincent’s part. Ms. Wiesner does a good job of explaining why Vincent behaves this way. The lengths that Vincent takes to protect Kira will amaze readers. NO ORDINARY LOVE is the first book in Ms. Wiesner’s Incognito Series, and...in my opinion, it’s a classic. NO ORDINARY LOVE is no ordinary book, which is why I give it a perfect ten." ~Nickole Yarbrough for Romance Reviews Today
4 stars! "Mystery, suspense, and love are intermingled in this exciting story. Karen Wiesner has written an interesting book and I look forward to Book 2 of the Incognito Series." ~Sime-Gen Reviews
4 Hearts! "Karen Wiesner has penned a not so ordinary book in NO ORDINARY LOVE. The book grabbed this reviewer's attention from the very first page. A young woman can not remember anything prior to her 10th year. Vincent has been the only family she has ever known. He has made it his mission in life to be everything and anything she ever needed. He has used means that even she is not aware of until later in the book and when she discovers some of his secrets she is not only very upset, she is also determined to find out what else he has hidden from her all of these years. These characters are well defined and very believable. The prose in NO ORDINARY LOVE flows smoothly and the action keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. This reviewer felt as though she was right in the middle of the action due to Ms. Wiesner's amazing writing ability; kudos to Ms. Wiesner for this wonderful offering. The plot is well thought out and not a single loose thread is left at a very satisfying ending. This reviewer looks forward to the next installment of The Incognito Series." ~Penny for Love Romances
5 angels! "NO ORDINARY LOVE is the first book in the Incognito Series. This fantastic, action packed story is one that I will be keeping in my favorites file. These well described and highly developed characters have such an emotional bond between them that it brought tears to my eyes many times while reading this tale. NO ORDINARY LOVE has a lot going on as it lays the foundation for the series and details the mysterious organization, the Network. This story for me was one that I didn’t want to put down and when I absolutely had to, it kept calling my name until I could get back to it. Karen Wiesner has got herself a new fan with this captivating and enchanting book and I can't wait to read what else she has in store from the Network." ~Fallen Angel Reviews
"As much as I can rave about this
story, I have to say that the HEA is unconventional. It's there, but
Karen wisely has kept it within the reality and confines of The Network.
It may frustrate the reader but... think about it. How must Kirsten
and Ash feel? How intense must the feelings be of love and passion,
repressed emotions, yet filled with the hope that there is more?
5 Angels! "NO ORDINARY LOVE is the first book in the Incognito Series. This fantastic, action packed story is one that I will be keeping in my favorites file. These well described and highly developed characters have such an emotional bond between them that it brought tears to my eyes many times while reading this tale. NO ORDINARY LOVE has a lot going on as it lays the foundation for the series and details the mysterious organization, the Network. This story for me was one that I didn’t want to put down and when I absolutely had to, it kept calling my name until I could get back to it. Karen Wiesner has got herself a new fan with this captivating and enchanting book and I can't wait to read what else she has in store from the Network." ~Fallen Angel Reviews
Sample Chapter For INCOGNITO SERIES 1: NO ORDINARY LOVE by Karen Wiesner
Angelo’s footsteps resounded through the stark corridor of the underground compound as he walked toward the white room where they were keeping the child.
Drop the girl into an orphanage.
That was what Oversight Committee wanted to do with the girl. Angelo grimaced. He rarely agreed with the powers that be, but in their covert organization he did what he was told. This time he knew he had no choice but to allow the lamb to go into the system. She knew far too much. At just ten years old, she’d seen too much as well. She’d been in hiding for so long, running from the threat stalking her family. Only a few hours ago, she’d seen her father gunned down. The girl’s confusion since then had been total, making Angelo wonder if she’d really understood what happened on that dead end street. If she remembered...
Angelo gritted his teeth. Someday the girl would remember. Someday she would figure it out. Angelo couldn’t allow that. Not when he was so close to getting what he needed. The girl’s memory would have to be erased.
When he reached the door of the white room, he hesitated. Much as he wasn’t looking forward to it, he’d have to tell Kyle what they planned to do to keep the organization secure. Better that Kyle hear it from him.
From the first, Angelo had seen that Kyle wasn’t an operative who performed his duty like a well-programmed machine, the way he’d been trained to. He did his job, but he did it his own way. He was an operative worth more than an entire team. But, when Kyle found the girl covered in her father’s blood out there tonight, something had happened to him. The child had gone into his arms—into the arms of a stranger—and refused to accept anyone else’s comfort. From that moment, Angelo understood his prize operative had lost his allegiance to the organization. His loyalty was to the girl. Probably because Kyle had been, for all intents and purposes, abandoned as a child himself.
Kyle wouldn’t agree with what they had to do to contain this leak, Angelo knew. But they had no choice. Focus on the mission. Right now, what mattered was that this girl had seen too much and she would have to be silenced. She would have to disappear. Permanently. It was the only way to maintain structural integrity.
Taking a deep breath, Angelo pushed his card into the scanner and waited for the door to open. By the time Kyle found out, it would be too late for him to change anything.
The white room was the shape of an octagon with flat, brilliant white walls untouched by decoration or places to hide. The bed they’d brought for the girl was empty save for a G.I. Joe action doll and an untouched sandwich. A full glass of milk had been spilled on the floor.
The girl was gone.
Swearing, Angelo turned back and flew down the hall before the doors had even hissed to a close behind him. God only knew what the girl’s parents could have taught her about escape. If she’d somehow gotten out, an alert would have sounded instantly. Unless...
The realization growing in Angelo’s mind seemed impossible. Unthinkable. Even when he had the undeniable proof right in from of him, he couldn’t get himself to believe it.
Kyle had taken the girl. They’d trained him to disappear without a trace, to be a master of disguise and deception. He was one of the best operatives they had. Regardless, he and the girl would be hunted and they would be found.
Kyle had taken her before they could wipe her memory. Sooner or later, those memories would return.
The girl would be alone at some point, Angelo acknowledged while he unconsciously held the action doll in a strangling grip. And then Kyle wouldn’t be able to protect her from her fate.
“You’ve been a tyrant today.” Vincent Carson’s gentle, unmistakable voice floated to her from the doorway of her office much later in the day than she’d expected him to appear. “Welcome back, love.”
Kira couldn’t control her need to look at him, but she could control her rigid expression as she growled, “I leave for a little while, and everyone falls into slovenly habits.”
Vincent shook his head, not commenting on the state of her own cluttered office as he straightened from leaning against the door frame. Kira clenched her jaw to hold back the instinctive moan cramming itself into her throat and begging relentlessly for release. She’d been gone forever...or may as well have been for how good it felt to see him. Her chest felt impossibly tight watching him enter the room in strides that seemed to eat up her resolve along with the distance between them.
The casually sophisticated clothes he wore could have been nothing at all for the reaction she had to it. God, it wasn’t even the clothes Vincent wore so much as the way they flowed against his body with animal-like grace. Though he worked out religiously every day and his muscles were hard as rock, she knew only too well how smooth his skin was. Like steel encased in velvet.
“You’ve been gone three months, Kira.”
Somehow he made that sound even longer than it’d felt to her.
I didn’t even think of him. I told myself I didn’t notice the time. The void I felt without him. I didn’t let myself.
“Everything we needed to get done was done. Profits were up this quarter, as usual,” he said, reminding her what she well knew.
The closer he came, the fiercer the pressure coiled in her chest. She could see him again, smell his spicy cologne, so familiar. At one time, his scent had comforted her. Now it heated her blood and made her heart pound painfully. She could feel him before he’d even touched her. The need to be in his arms hadn’t lessened in the least during their separation.
“Did you find what you were looking for in Rome?” he asked pointedly, and her eyes narrowed as she gazed at him.
He knew. He knew she’d gone to Rome for the important business reason of searching out new fabrics for the upcoming summer line. Kira Gunn Industries always had the newest, the most innovative, the most exciting fashions. He also knew she’d stayed for no reason. No reason outside of her desire...no, not her desire...her need to escape him. He’d known the whole time, but he’d allowed her to go. He hadn’t come after her. For the first time ever, he’d given her freedom from him. In the past, her any suggestion that meant their separation for even twenty-four hours had resulted in him seeking out and unfailingly finding a more efficient way of doing the task so they could be together. Yet he’d consented for them to be apart for three endless months.
When Kira looked into his dark eyes as he stood in front of her desk, her shock turned to shame she didn’t want to feel. She’d hurt him with her need to get away and stay away from him. These past few months had been as hard on him as they’d been on her. Why? Why had he let her go? Why hadn’t he come after her? And why had he suffered without her? Why, dammit?
Forcefully shoving away her guilt, Kira turned back to the mess of papers spread out across her desk.
Nothing’s changed. In three months of agony, trying to free myself from this man, I’m right back where I started.
Even as she asked herself what she’d expected, she anticipated his understanding of her feelings now. Vincent was nothing if not empathetic when it came to her. He moved around the desk, put his gentle, tormenting hands on her shoulders, and her frustration mounted even while her willpower crumbled.
Anything she wanted, anything she needed, he would give to her. He wouldn’t think of himself for even a second. As her soul railed in aggravation at those same things, she could soak it all in.
“You need to slow down, Kira,” Vincent whispered, his mouth near her ear. Every nerve ending in her body screamed to vibrant life.
Kira closed her eyes helplessly to the sound. She hadn’t closed her eyes for more than a few hours a day for the past three months. Vincent hadn’t been there to keep back the horrors awaiting her there. Instead of feeling more focused in his absence, she realized now that she felt weak, out of control—things she couldn’t tolerate—and completely lost.
“You’re running your employees ragged. You’re running yourself into the ground, and I won’t let you do it. You should have taken the day off when your flight got in this morning instead of working all day.”
Kira made no effort to fight him nor to fight herself and the vow she’d made to loosen his hold on her life. A hold she’d welcomed for as long as she could remember.
“When’s the last time you slept? Ate?” One of his hands left her shoulder, and Kira heard rather than saw him picking up the wrappers from various junk foods strewn across her desk and the floor around the wastebasket from a long day at work.
She didn’t need to answer. For the past fifteen years—the only years of her life she remembered—Vincent had come to know her better than she knew herself. He seemed to understand exactly what she needed when she needed it...before she understood the need herself. “I take care of you,” he’d said more times than she could count.
Kira squeezed her eyes tighter together when he whispered, “I missed you.” She heard his pain and couldn’t close herself off from it this time.
She was so tired. Vincent would take care of her. She could just close her eyes, lean back and give in.
“Let me call Perry. He can be in your kitchen before we arrive. And then I can watch over you while you sleep.”
She shook her head. “I can’t sleep.”
“You have to. You will. I’ll be there.”
Sighing, she turned her head to look up at him. He wouldn’t relent unless she gave him no choice. And she didn’t think she had it in her tonight. She nodded her assent only once.