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The Legionnaires #3

He can’t outrun himself…

Legionnaire Jamie Armstrong lives in the shadows. A medic haunted by his mistakes, he knows better than to hope for redemption. But his latest mission brings a threat he doesn’t see coming—an attraction as irresistible as it is dangerous. Hacker Samira Desta is a woman he swore to forget, but as a key witness to a deadly conspiracy, Samira is his to protect.

But the woman he rescues might be the one who saves him.

After a year in hiding, Samira’s worst fears come true when her cover is blown and the unlikeliest of allies comes to her aid—the secretive Scot with whom she shared one unforgettable night. Hunted by lethal forces and losing the battle against their desire, Jamie and Samira make a desperate play to take the fight to their enemy—but those at greatest risk of ruin may be themselves…

As a journalist, BRYNN KELLY once spent her days chasing stranger-than-fiction news reports. Now she spends them writing larger-than-life novels, in a happy bubble of fiendish plots and delicious words. 

She's a current RITA® finalist for FORBIDDEN RIVER and RT Book Reviews Reviewer's Choice Awards nominee for EDGE OF TRUTH.

Brynn has a journalism degree and has won several other prestigious writing and journalism awards, including the Koru, Valerie Parv and Pacific Hearts awards. Her debut novel, DECEPTION ISLAND, finaled in the Golden Heart. She’s also a bestselling non-fiction author, in her native New Zealand.

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ANGI: How often do you get lost in a story?
BRYNN: Not often enough! Because I’m a writer, I find it hard to switch off the writer/editor brain—but when it happens, it’s magical. I find that magic usually comes with books outside the romance genre, because I’m not dissecting them to figure out what the author did, or storing away inspiration for my writing.

The last time I was lost was in the gorgeous All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, which had been sitting on my TBR pile for years. I also enjoyed Alyssa Cole’s fascinating historical An Extraordinary Union recently, and was pleased to see it named RT Book of the Year.

ANGI: What’s your favorite thing about your book’s hero?
BRYNN: I like his layers and depths. Jamie’s a wise-cracking Scot who speaks fluent French, a super-smart former surgeon turned medic, and a quick-thinking commando. On the surface he’s a flirt and a charmer but he hides dark secrets and regrets beneath that façade, and Samira has a tough time drawing out the real Jamie. I love how he’s very different from my other heroes in this series—they’re all tortured but they hide their wounds behind unique defense mechanisms.

This line sums Jamie up: “He was ninety-five per cent tease and flirt. It was the five per cent that intrigued her, those flashes of frustration or concern that broke through the façade, like a solitary boom of thunder from a clear sky that left you wondering if you’d imagined it.”

ANGI: What’s your perfect day?
BRYNN: A day spent reading books and drinking tea, with a walk along a beach thrown in, followed by an unhurried evening of eating and drinking wine with friends. Why does that not happen often enough these days?

ANGI: Salad or soup?
BRYNN: I like a busy salad, with a lot going on and a lot of different tastes to discover. Soup can get a bit same-y.

ANGI: Would you put yourself in a Fairy Tale or Action Adventure?
BRYNN: Or maybe a fairy tale action adventure? A kickass princess, a complicated witch, a quest, and an intriguing mix of light and dark.

ANGI: Favorite TV rerun you watch every time you channel surf? 
BRYNN: M.A.S.H. I always find something new to love. It’s amazing how they kept up the quality through so many episodes.

ANGI: Favorite date night…fancy or at home? 
BRYNN: Somewhere in between. I have medium-sized children so it’s a rare treat to go out, but I’d much rather dine at a casual, welcoming neighborhood eatery than a stuffy expensive restaurant. It’s the company that’s important, not the cost, and fancy restaurants don’t have a monopoly on delicious food.

ANGI: Champagne or Soda?
BRYNN: Champagne. But only on special occasions—it doesn’t taste as good unless there’s something to celebrate.

ANGI: The most daring thing you’ve ever done… Care to share?
BRYNN: A parachute jump. It was on a travel trip for journalists, so I didn’t make a conscious decision to do it—it was just on the itinerary so I went along with it. I didn’t really think it through. I was terrified to discover how high 15,000 feet was. Luckily it was a tandem because there’s no way I could have got myself out of that door. I hated the freefall—one minute is a long time to fall—but the gentle float to earth was more my style.

Like any writer, I stored away the experience and used it in a novel—my debut, Deception Island, in which the hero and heroine parachute onto a deserted island in the Indian Ocean. No bad experience is ever wasted when you’re a writer! From the book: “Wind buffeted her jumpsuit, flattening the fabric against her. She didn’t need encouragement to wrap herself into him. If she could nail their bodies together, she would. He’d obviously done this before, and right now the more immediate threat was the deep blue sea—or worse, the land.”

ANGI’s GOTTA ASK:  Where is your favorite writing place & why?
BRYNN’s GOTTA ANSWER: I mix it up a little. Usually I write in my study, but sometimes I need a change of environment to crank up my brain (or get away from the internet!) so I’ll go to a café or a library or write at a window seat in my living room. My all-time favorite spot is on the sofa on my deck, especially on a gloriously sunny and still winter’s day—although sometimes I spend far too much time gazing at the garden, and it’s too easy to get a little sleepy. The one constant is tea. I can’t write without a pot of earl grey.

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BRYNN WANTS TO KNOW: What do you look for in a romantic suspense? 


  1. Simple - Action. Mystery. Romance.

    1. Nice. That's it exactly for me, as a reader. Plus I love diving into worlds I know nothing about.

  2. I loved Edge of Truth!
    Love the mixture of suspense, action and of course romance.
    Love to read the stuff I will probably never be able to write myself. :)

    1. That's like me with historical - I love reading it but (or possibly because) I would never be able to write it. I'd be stuck pondering the etymology of every word! Those authors have my utmost respect.

  3. I love the romance and see how far it goes also the action but a clean romance is perfect! peggy clayton