Thursday, September 17, 2015

Review, Excerpt & Giveaway - The Frailty of Things by Tamsen Schultz


The Frailty of Things

by Tamsen Schultz 



Independence. Kit Forrester is a woman who wears her independence like armor. Despite keeping secrets and hiding her past, she’s built a life she loves and is accountable to no one. Until, that is, one of the world’s most wanted war criminals sets his sights on her and she must weigh the risk to one against the chance of justice and closure for many—a decision Kit couldn't make on her own even if she wanted to.

Certainty. As a man who makes his living in the shadows of governments and wars, certainty isn’t a part of Garret Cantona’s vocabulary, and he’s just fine with that. But when Kit walks into his life, he realizes he’s never before been so sure about anything or anyone. Suddenly, he finds he’s looking at the world, his world, in a different light. And now that he is, he’s determined to protect it, and her, in whatever ways he can.

Frailty. No one knows better than Kit and Garret that an appreciation for what is, or what was, or what might be, can be born from the uncertainty and fragility of life. But when a hunt for a killer leaves Garret no choice but to throw Kit back into her broken and damaged past, even his unshakable faith in what they have together might not be enough to keep it from shattering into a million pieces.



“Tell me,” Kit said. “And you have five minutes to decide because after that, I’m going to bed. And after that, you’ll be leaving.” 

Doubt flickered across Caleb’s face. He didn’t believe her. Fine. 

She rose from her seat and headed toward the sink. 

“You don’t want to know, Kit,” Caleb said.  

She turned back and didn’t bother to bite back the harsh laugh that escaped her. “I don’t want to know? How could you possibly know what I want or don’t want, Caleb? Do you have any idea what my life was like after you left? Do you have any idea what I know and what I’ve seen? Oh, I know you think you have the corner on life’s horrors, Caleb, but you need to get over that. Now, either tell me why you want to know or get out and leave me alone.” 

She saw doubt flicker across his face and mentally she started counting down from ten. If he didn’t speak by the time she reached zero, she was done. 

“It’s about Dad,” he said. Finally. 

If he had expected to shock her, he fell far short. She let out another not-so-nice laugh. “Dad?” she said.  

He gave a hesitant nod.  

“Just what is it you think you can’t tell me about our father, Caleb?”  

She paused and spared a glance at Garret who was standing, arms crossed, watching them. 

“Do you honestly think anything you have to tell me about our father is going to shock me?”



Kit Forrester is the daughter of a wealthy, now deceased, businessman.  She is also very well-off financially as she is an award winning author.  40 year old Drew Carmichal is a business tycoon who has a secret life as a CIA agent.  Carmichal's longtime friend, Jonathan, works for the British MI6, their version of the CIA.  He has been fingered as the  possible leak to "the bad guys", therefore compromising the identities of other operatives working undercover.  Because of this leak, agents are dropping like flies.  Drew enlists the aid of Kit in delivering highly classified information to Jonathan which can be used to prove his innocence.  This information can also cause Drew to blow his cover and may get him arrested for treason.  Kit is not afraid for herself but for Drew.

This book is full of interwoven plots and complex characters, all this in just the first chapter.  Although I usually don't read spy, secret agent stories, this one had all the twists and turns that drew me into the book.  There was enough breathless action that readers will be drawn in as well.  This book both held my interest and entertained me and for that it earns 3.2 stars. ~JoEllen


AUTHOR Bio and Links: 

Tamsen Schultz is the author of several romantic suspense novels and American Kin (a short story published in Line Zero Magazine). In addition to being a writer, she has a background in the field of international conflict resolution, has co-founded a non-profit, and currently works in corporate America. Like most lawyers, she spends a disproportionate amount of time thinking (and writing) about what it might be like to do something else. She lives in Northern California in a house full of males including her husband, two sons, four cats, a dog, and a gender-neutral, but well-stocked, wine rack. 

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  1. For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?

  2. Thank you for reading and reviewing today! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

  3. This sounds like an exciting book~I like the premise! Thank you for sharing!

  4. Sounds like a good book, thanks for sharing it and your review!