The Kalista Diamond

The Kalista DiamondThe Mission Always Comes FirstFormer SAS Lieutenant Sam Locke Is On A Mission To Locate An Underworld Figure, Missing For Fifteen Years New Intelligence Reveals He Is Living In The Small Rural Town Of Willaroi Downs, Biding His Time To Steal A Rare DiamondSam Arrives In Willaroi Downs To Discover Not One But Five Men Matching His Target S Description All Have Secrets That If Made Public, Will Rock This Close Knit Community And Then There Is Kallie McNeal, The Owner Of The Diamond And Far Too Tempting For Her Own Good And His Sanity Cynical Where Love Is Concerned, Sam Is Staggered By His Growing Feelings For Kallie, An Impulsive And Vibrant Young Woman With Close Links To All His SuspectsShe Was Seduced The Minute She Looked Into His EyesKallie McNeil S Dream Is To Escape The Heat And Unforgiving Landscape Of Willaroi And The Men Who Only Want Her For Her Land And Precious Diamond Then Sam Locke Walks Into Her Life Within Hours Of Meeting Him She S Convinced This Tall, Rugged Stranger Is The Man She S Been Waiting For Although It Seems He Will Need A Little Persuading Then She Discovers He S After Her Diamond And, Along With Others She S Trusted All Her Life, Has Lied To Her When former SAS Lieutenant Sam Locke drove in to Willaroi Downs, his truck was sporting the fishing rods which would be his cover for as long as it took Undercover and in search of a criminal suspected of hiding out in Willaroi Downs for years, Sam knew this was the team s last chance the dangers were high as were the stakes A rare diamond was the goal of the criminal they were after but it seemed there were a large number of people after this rare gem the owner of the diamond, Kalista M When former SAS Lieutenant Sam Locke drove in to Willaroi Downs, his truck was sporting the fishing rods which would be his cover for as long as it took Undercover and in search of a criminal suspected of hiding out in Willaroi Downs for years, Sam knew this was the team s last chance the dangers were high as were the stakes A rare diamond was the goal of the criminal they were after but it seemed there were a large number of people after this rare gem the owner of the diamond, Kalista McNeal Kallie to her friends was in danger and had no idea Staying out at Kallie s farm meant Sam was able to keep his finger on the pulse of the investigation But Sam was finding Kallie a distraction and Kallie was astounded by this man it seemed he wasn t after her diamond had she finally found a genuine man who stirred her feelings As Sam and his team moved closer to the truth, the secrets surrounding some of the town s residents were shattering Lives would change and Kallie realised no one was who she had thought they were Who could she trust Could she even trust the person who had been closest to her for her whole life And when the first body was discovered, Kallie felt a horror like no other The Kalista Diamond by Aussie author Erin Moira O Hara is a thoroughly exhilarating, fast paced ride from start to finish An intriguing plot, the characters are strong and well crafted, tough as well as gentle I thoroughly enjoyed this romantic suspense novel and have no hesitation in recommending it highly With thanks to the author for this copy to read in exchange for my honest review The Kalista Diamond is the first book in the Steele Ops series by Erin Moira O Hara Kalista McNeil called Kallie was waiting for her birthday to be able to sell her property near the small rural town of Willaroi Downs and beautiful a place to breed purebred stock horses Sam Locke received intel that underworld figure Dominic Marzetti missing for fifteen years was living in Willaroi Downs to steel Kallie s Diamond However, Sam and Kallie s paths crossed and sparks flew The readers of Kalista The Kalista Diamond is the first book in the Steele Ops series by Erin Moira O Hara Kalista McNeil called Kallie was waiting for her birthday to be able to sell her property near the small rural town of Willaroi Downs and beautiful a place to breed purebred stock horses Sam Locke received intel that underworld figure Dominic Marzetti missing for fifteen years was living in Willaroi Downs to steel Kallie s Diamond However, Sam and Kallie s paths crossed and sparks flew The readers of Kalista Diamond will go on a rollercoaster ride with Sam and Kalista to see what happens to the investigation and their blossoming romance The Kalista Diamond was the first book I have read by Erin Moira O Hara, and I loved it Erin Moira O Hare knows how to keep the suspense to ensure that I was glued to my chair from the first chapter of Kalista Diamond I like the way Erin Moira O Hare put the twist in the plot of The Kalista Diamond I love Erin Moira O Hare portrayal of her characters and the way she intertwines then throughout The Kalista Diamond I love Erin Moira O Hara writing style and the way she describes her settings The readers of The Kalista Diamond will learn about the consequences grief can have on a young person Also, The Kalista Diamond highlights what greed does to a person I recommend this book A true Australian bloke meets a gem I have a confession to make I m an Aussie and up until a few weeks ago I avoided reading books by Australian authors It s a sad fact that previous books I have read felt like they were written for overseas customers We know people think we have a weird way of talking, but why emphasise it Crikey, we don t all jabber on while skulling stubbies, with the blokes checking out the sheila s at the barbie on Sat dy arvo We areinclined to have the ladies dri A true Australian bloke meets a gem I have a confession to make I m an Aussie and up until a few weeks ago I avoided reading books by Australian authors It s a sad fact that previous books I have read felt like they were written for overseas customers We know people think we have a weird way of talking, but why emphasise it Crikey, we don t all jabber on while skulling stubbies, with the blokes checking out the sheila s at the barbie on Sat dy arvo We areinclined to have the ladies drinking a glass of Sauvignon Blanc on the back deck and the guys chatting with their mates while having a crownie, cooking a lamb roast in the weber See the slight difference I recently had the pleasure of meeting some lovely Australian ladies who write romance At first I was hesitant to take on the daunting task of reading their work and being objective, but I decided to test my resolves and give them a go Bloody glad I did too.Now, back to the story We are introduced to our tough bloke Sam when he is on a mission to catch a bad guy He with his team of guns for hire, who are all ex SAS Special Air Services military men, track down one of the baddies to a little Aussie town in the middle of whoop whoop In this little Aussie town called Willaroi Downs we find Kallie This young lady has had to battle hard to protect her cattle station and a very expensive diamond gifted to her by her Grandfather Kallie has had men offer to marry her and take away the stress of running her property, but she wants to marry for love When Sam and Kallie meet there is an instant attraction between them This is a mission for Sam, as Kallie is hesitant to put any trust in a man because her previous experience leads her to believe that interest in her is really interest in her property.This story is full of intrigue and mystery I spent the whole story trying to work out the goodies from the baddies There were some obvious suspects, but were they too obvious and maybe the goodies seem too good This kept my interest through the whole story There is definitely some heat and connection between Sam and Kallie, but at times I felt that Kallie s character was a bit too na ve and the narrative a bit too flowery Too many darlings and sweethearts sprouted between a couple who had only known each other a couple of weeks.There will definitely be language needing translations for people outside of Australia, but this story is written in an accurate way Our blokes do talk about skulling knocking back, drinking fast a stubbie beer , but I never felt that it was there for comedic value It really is how some of us talk.Overall, I really enjoyed this story and loved this author s voice This was the first book in the series and I will definitely be interested in hearing aboutblokes in the Steele Ops group.Thank you Ms O Hara for supplying me a copy of your wonderful story to read and review Copy received from the author for an honest review.I met Ms O Hara at a couple of book conventions over the past month, and this series sounded very interesting, so I was very happy to receive a copy of The Kalista Diamond to review.Kallie has had a rough trot in life, and it is not surprising that she is very distrustful of people So many people want things she has land and a precious diamond and will go any way about getting it.Sam is a man on a mission not to get Kallie or the diamond, Copy received from the author for an honest review.I met Ms O Hara at a couple of book conventions over the past month, and this series sounded very interesting, so I was very happy to receive a copy of The Kalista Diamond to review.Kallie has had a rough trot in life, and it is not surprising that she is very distrustful of people So many people want things she has land and a precious diamond and will go any way about getting it.Sam is a man on a mission not to get Kallie or the diamond, but to catch the man who is after those things Well, it starts that way.The minute they catch each other s eyes across a quiet country street, there is that spark of attraction that neither can resist.There is so muchbehind Sam s story than he is letting on, and as much as she wants him and he wants her, she is wary of what he is really there for He needs to keep a cool head around her and doesn t want to get involved.As things start to come out about Sam and the other new men in town, there is a great sense of who are they What do they want Who is the bad guy here And man there is so many people to pick from in the bad guy sweepstakes My heart broke for Kallie as everything she thought about those she loved starts to crumble around herThe suspense about who is who was captured so well, and it wasn t until all other possible suspects were ruled out that we found out who the baddy really was I had suspicions about each and every one of them but when I found out. wow This book was set around areas of Australia that I have been to, so I could picture the small town it was set it, which I loved This is a great start to the Steele Ops series, and I can t wait to get started on book 2 This carries on with characters we have already met in this first book I bought this book about 18 months ago as it sounded good, then promptly forgot about it I found it when checking for my next book to read I really enjoyed it The setting seemed very realistic and there was quite a bit of mystery in the story My only complaint was that the sex scenes left very little to the imagination I didn t feel that quite so much description was required However, I still thoroughly enjoyed the book. Fantastic read by first time author Erin Moira OHara I am now about to buy Precious Gems to read this continuing series Erin Moira O Hara has written an fun romantic suspense set in the sticks of the Australian back country where it s a small town community and everyone knows everyone s business Makes it interesting for a group of spec ops guys to blend in or not Let s start with Kallie because she frustrated the ever loving heck out of me I started off liking her, I really, really did I thought she was cute, if rather naive and somewhat innocent, and then she got annoying She turned into one of those typ Erin Moira O Hara has written an fun romantic suspense set in the sticks of the Australian back country where it s a small town community and everyone knows everyone s business Makes it interesting for a group of spec ops guys to blend in or not Let s start with Kallie because she frustrated the ever loving heck out of me I started off liking her, I really, really did I thought she was cute, if rather naive and somewhat innocent, and then she got annoying She turned into one of those typical blonde bimbo heroines in horror movies where you tell them do not go into the haunted house alone , so what does she do She goes into the haunted house alone, repeatedly, and then needs to be rescued, repeatedly, and puts the investigation the guys are there for in jeopardy, repeatedly It s like she was a perfectly sensible girl, running her own farm, looking after an invalid grandfather, growing a successful business and then Sam comes along, and BAM suddenly all her brains leak out of her head and the only thing she can think of doing is getting in his pants and getting in his way She was fine till about 40% of the book and really, after that, it was all down hill She was pretty much one stupid thing after another, from getting in the way of an investigation to being determined to seduce Sam to finally trying to get away because she eavesdropped on Sam and got the wrong impression of what was happening In her own way, she thinks she is helping but instead she makes a big muddle of things and then not only does she not help the investigation, she goes off and gets herself in a situation where she is the one that needs rescuing and all efforts end up being focused on that instead Ugh Perhaps I m being to harsh on her, my Steve says I have a tendency to be a heroine hater, so I m going to say that many people will probably find Kallie to be sassy, resourceful, tenacious and protective of her family and friends, but frankly for me, all of that falls short of the stunts she pulls every fews pages or so I ll go out on a limb to say that s also probably what Sam sees in her, aside from her being incredibly beautiful which we are told often she is, but sheesh, she drove me bananas I even vented my frustrations on Goodreads.41.0% Well Kallie, I was liking you just fine until you decided to be stupid 45.0% Good thing Sam s quick on his feet 57.0% Oy What is it with these silly heroines 61.0% For crying out loud, how do you think you re helping You re just going to get into trouble and need rescuing 65.0% Rapidly losing patience with Kallie Stupid girl Annoying too 73.0% I think Kallie s brains leaked out of her head at about 40% All she s done so far is one stupid thing after another 75.0% I m so annoyed with Kallie I don t even know if I care enough to read to the end to find out who the bad guy is 76.0% Oh no I m no going to listen to reason I m just going to jump to all sorts of conclusions and make a mess of things 77.0% Ugh Just drown and die 81.0% Of course you re confused It s because you jump to conclusions and don t listen 92.0% Why won t this end 94.0% I m persevering since I ve come this far I want to know who the bad guy is I think I know Or rather, I have my suspicions As for Sam Poor, long suffering, patient Sam I loved Sam He s the kind of slightly broody, slightly sweet, incredibly sexy spec ops type guys I always fall for He s trying to so hard to do the right thing, do his job and not get involved with a silly, naive girl who keeps throwing herself at him, but a man can only take so much before he snaps Of course, he s incredibly attracted to silly little Kallie, but he s trying to be honorable And Kallie is all about putting the kibosh on him being honorable, so poor Sam was bound to cave in eventually I gotta say, for a guy who is constantly pulling Kallie out of scrapes while trying to protect her and keep her safe, and trying to resist her attempts at seduction, I reckon he should be nominated for a sainthood It s really hard for a man to do a job while trying to manage a handful like Kallie Good on him for even trying and falling in love along the way.As for the whole small town community thing, this story is the perfect illustration of why I will not live in a tiny, tiny town, where you can count the number of people who live in the town on your fingers and toes I would go batty with everyone knowing my business and gossip spreading so fast, you can sneeze and the person at the other end of town will know you ve come down with a cold before you even reach home It was however great to see how the whole town came together in the face of the flood It s really a community effort to save the town and to keep everyone safe I did like how everyone helped out and stood by one another to help avert disaster I guess that s the plus side of small town living.For the most part, I like Ms O Hara s writing style which was light and but engaging This story was well written even if I found Kallie annoying I also liked Sam a lot and the guys on the Steele Ops teams I d like to read the other books in the series, but I sincerely hope the other heroines are not like Kallie.Seefrom Deanna s World