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Zapata (The Border Series, Book 1) by Harper McDavid


Paperback: 356 pages
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing (September 25, 2019)

When engineer Avery McAndrews is offered a last-minute assignment to the rough and tumble border town of Zapata, Texas, she doesn’t think twice. Used to pushing past stereotypes, she’s sure this project will earn the long-awaited promotion.

Instead, she’s thrown in the crossfire between warring drug cartels and soon discovers that her captor, Javier Ramos, is more than just a power hungry drug lord. He’s crazy.

As lead attorney for the cartel, it’s Alejandro DeLeon’s job to manage Javier. But this time, Javier’s cruelty reaches epic proportions, and Alejandro finds himself wanting to risk everything to save Avery.

Running for their lives with Mexico’s underworld at their heels, Avery and Alejandro discover unintended and intensifying emotions, feelings neither sought and neither seem prepared to control…

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The reader will hit the ground running with this fast-paced suspense thriller. When a feisty female mechanical engineer vying for a promotion is sent down to the “godforsaken border town” of Zapata, Texas, she mouths off to a crazy and dangerous drug lord who kidnaps her and makes her life a living hell.

Avery’s life is in serious danger by the Ramos family cartel and the only man who can save her is the mysterious Alejandro DeLeon, Javier Ramos’ right-hand man. The growing attraction between Avery and Alejandro is an exciting buildup to Avery’s terrifying journey as an innocent woman thrown into a desolate country filled with sleazy murderers and criminals you can’t trust. Avery is a strong and resilient character who learns to survive on her instincts. Alejandro is out for revenge on the very people he is close to, but Avery has made him vulnerable which threatens his mission and their lives.

I loved this enthralling romantic suspense thriller located in the middle of a drug cartel country. It will have any reader waiting on pins and needles to see if Avery and Alejandro make it out of Mexico alive. Another book to add to my 2019 favorite reads.  Recommend highly!

Thank you to Ms. McDavid for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.


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Harper McDavidAs a child, Harper McDavid watched her mother ride the rollercoaster of writing books, swearing she’d never do it herself. But some things are just hardwired, and luckily for Harper the world has moved on beyond typewriters and ten-pound manuscripts.

Harper’s gritty romantic suspense incorporates her own background in science and engineering and work experience along the border. The result is a collection of brainy hard hat-wearing heroines that occasionally swap out their coveralls for the little black dress.

Harper is the mother of three daughters and lives in the foothills of Colorado with her husband, two dogs, and a fat cat. Her free time is spent traveling the world in search of that next story and perusing her local library for funny book covers.

Find out more about Harper at her website, and connect with her on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

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