Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Centre Games Series by Natalie Gayle with Giveaway & Reviews

Finding Trust – Book 1 Centre Games Series

Brayden and Rihanna

He’s hot, sexy, and leads a double life. Sometimes in the limelight, mostly in the shadows. Brayden James holds fast to a secret that’s more than his to share.

She’s a singularly focused veterinarian out for a rare night of fun with friends, at a New Year’s Eve rock concert. Going home with the lead guitarist was furthest thing from Rihanna Mason’s mind when the night began.

When Rihanna inadvertently becomes the target of a deadly terrorist plot using the Hendra virus as a biological weapon, Brayden is forced to reveal his other life. His job is to keep her safe and together they must stop the terrorists before it’s too late. But what happens when she becomes more to him than just the assignment?

Will the secret he cannot disclose ultimately prove too much for Rihanna’s fragile trust in relationships? Or will he finally break through the double brick walls around her heart, where every other man has failed?

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My Review: 4 1/2 stars
This is the first book in the Centre Games Series, and it certainly lays the foundation very well for this book and all that come after. It's a mix of just a little bit of everything, quite unexpected, but very well done. I enjoyed learning about this world that Natalie has created and look forward to more. This book is about Rhianna and Brayden. Brayden meets Rhianna at a concert where he is performing in the band, Steel. Neither one of them expect the attraction that hits them. They both keep thing from the other, while working toward a real relationship, not a one-night thing. Rhianna is shocked that her and her father have been targeted because of the work they're doing with the Hendra virus. Brayden had to keep Rhianna safe while maintaining his secret about the Centre. There is a lot of action, suspense and quite the romance for Rhianna and Brayden. Very well written with excellent characters all around. Natalie has laid the ground work for what looks to be a very successful series to come. More, please.

Finding Judgement - Centre Games Book 2

Rory and TJ

Rory Southall’s dreams have been haunted by the beautiful blonde pixie he’d helped three months ago. Imagine his surprise when his next assignment is to investigate none other than the very same woman.

TJ Walsh is holding on to her family’s trucking company by a thread. For the last two and a half years, she’s been trying to keep the debt-ridden business afloat and her family fed. She’s driven and desperate to make ends meet. But she remembers every detail of a chance meeting three months ago with a handsome stranger.

What happens when a simple supply chain investigation morphs into a deadly web of lies and deceit and TJ finds herself squarely in the middle of it? It seems that very same handsome stranger has rescued her again, but how could that be? And how exactly does the illegal genetically modified products he’s investigating have anything to do with her?

How will she cope with knowing the danger is much closer to home than she thought? When everyone seems to be gunning for them, can she find love and salvation with Rory before it’s too late?

What People are Saying

Heather – Goodreads and Amazon

No Sophomore Slump Here!
Ms. Gayle has done it again. I just finished reading Finding Judgement and I loved it so very much. The first book in the series Finding Trust was great but there was an element missing for me and that was the villain. I didn’t get to know them to really get a good hate one..this time POW I got all that and more!!
This is the story of Rory and TJ. We met Rory in the first book and I loved him almost instantly. I am so glad book 2 was his! Rory met TJ briefly in book 1 and they re-connect in this book. The chemistry between them in very believable and not forced at all. The mystery kept me captivated and I lost a lot of sleep to see how everything would play out. The baddies in the book are super bad and I wanted to jump in there and kick a little but! Tom aka The Boss… love him! I hope that he gets a story because I would love to know what is really going on in that brain of his!
I was happy to see the whole cast of characters again and I loved that they had a big part in this story. I truly laughed, sighed and oh yes, I cried! I love a good mystery and I got it, I love a good romance and I got it and I love a great supporting cast that keeps you interested and I most definitely got it!
Thank you Ms. Gayle for putting out another fabulous book! When do I get me some Dylan?

Connie – Goodreads and Amazon

Great Series!
This is such a great series! After reading Finding Trust I have been anxiously waiting for the next book in the series, and it did not disappoint. When reading Finding Trust, I thought Brayden was sexy and hot, however, Rory is awesome. Rory and TJ were a great couple and their chemistry and romance was very believable. Rory was very caring and compassionate and took care of Pixie even when she resisted. There was suspense, romance, humor and action. It was wonderful reading about the characters from the first book and they added depth to the story. I highly recommend these books and can’t wait for the next one.

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My Review: 5 stars
This was a fantastic follow-up to the first book in the series, Finding Trust. I completely love the world that Natalie has made for her characters. They are all unique and fantastic people who are just a little bit different. Rory and TJ are something else!! They are attracted to each other from the minute they meet, but decide not to act on the attraction for different reasons for each of them. TJ is a smart, capable, trusting woman who is just going through a hard time. When Rory is assigned to TJ, he has a second chance to build something with her while protecting her at the same time. Just as in the first book, this is not a one dimensional story. There is romance, yes, but there is also action, it's full of suspense and the humor is great as well. I am loving this series and can't wait for the next one. I love the characters, and the story flows along very well. It kept me on the edge of my seat at times, and was one I didn't want to put down. 

Finding Freedom - Centre Games Book 3

Dylan and Vanessa

Dylan “Ice Dragon” Thompson has suddenly become the hottest thing in MMA. He’s fought all his life for control and inner peace. He focuses on what he excels at—fighting and his work with the Centre. It’s what he knows and what keeps him in balance. His latest assignment has him fighting a war with a partner he doesn’t believe he can trust.

Vanessa Aldridge has grown up in the gym and has seen it all—some good, some bad. But when performance-enhancing drugs threaten her life and her personal sense of worth—enough is enough. The very people closest to her now have her questioning their motives and nobody is as they seem. On top of all this, she’s unwittingly become the number-one pawn in an organised crime game and she’s risking her heart on a guy who wants to fight for everything but them.

Vanessa quickly discovers that Dylan is far from what he appears to be. But what happens when his latest assignment blows his carefully created world wide open? Can Dylan win the most important fight of all—the one for her heart and their future? Or will he retreat back into the one-dimensional existence of working and fighting? Can Vanessa remain steadfast to her principles and just maybe take the ultimate prize? The battle lines are drawn.

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About the Author
I recently discovered those school vocational assessments are really interesting and probably correct! Who would have thought, hey? You see, I clearly remember taking one of those in Year 11 (for my US friends, I think that equates to junior year in high school). Anyway, semantics. Well, the results came back indicating that I should pursue a career in writing and something else. What that something else was I can’t remember but the writing thing stuck in my mind.

Sure, I’d always liked English and had already developed a ravenous appetite for romance novels by the age of sixteen—but who becomes a writer straight out of school? So to cut a long story short, I went to Uni and studied Business and ended up managing large-scale IT projects shortly after.

I can’t complain: it’s been a great career. I’ve done some awesome projects and met some incredible people and I won’t be giving it up anytime soon. Anyway, I’ve messed around with a couple of “secret” novels over the years and I finally decided to get serious and finish one. Hence “Finding Trust” came about. And about twenty years later, I’ve finally proved a vocational assessment correct, because I love writing!

As to some other stuff about me: I live on the Gold Coast, Australia. I love spending time with my family and friends. When I’m not sitting behind a screen playing with IT or writing, you might find me down the beach playing in the waves on a Jet Ski or a bogey board (both are uber cool). When the weather turns a bit cooler (doesn’t really happen on the Gold Coast), we like to head for the snow. I’ve discovered I have two kids who are kamikaze skiers—they must take after their father. He’s always at me to “release the handbrake.” Apparently I’d ski so much better. I call it a healthy understanding of self-preservation and gravity!

I like to think I can fit in a few workouts and martial arts classes each week. This tends to be a figment of my imagination more than reality, unfortunately. I am trying to remedy this, but those damn characters just keep demanding to have their stories told and, well, there’s always another good book to read!
I hope you enjoy mine.

Please drop me a line. I’m active on Facebook, Twitter, and via email I’d love to know what you think of my books and well, let’s be truthful—I love talking about books, whether they’re mine or someone else’s. Fiction is just so much more fun than reality!!!

Happy Reading
Natalie Gayle

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