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30 Seconds

(30 Seconds #1)

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  19 reviews
*30 Seconds is a novella.*

When Officer Blake Herro agreed to go undercover in the Mob, he thought he understood the risks. But he's made mistakes and now an innocent woman has become their target. He's determined to protect her at all costs.

The Mob's death threat turns Dr. Dani Hart's life upside down, but there is one danger she doesn’t anticipate. As she's dodging bullet
Kindle Edition, 111 pages
Published September 10th 2014 by The Wild Rose Press
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Chrys Fey
Jun 26, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I set 30 Seconds in Cleveland, Ohio after I took a trip to Michigan and had a layover in the Cleveland airport. I didn’t get to explore the city, but the bitter cold that cut through me straight to the marrow in my bones made a big impact. It was after I was back in Florida when I thought of the opening scene of 30 Seconds. I could clearly see Dr. Dani Hart coming home with the bottom of her scrubs wet from the fresh snow, and right then I knew I had a new story idea.

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Sherry Fundin
Terror, being chased, running, hiding the beginning.

Dani Hart literally bumped into Blake and her life took a turn…for the worse or for the better? You decide.

Their pasts had shaped their future and fate had brought them together.

Even as evil tears the place apart all around Dani, Chrys manages to slip a little humor into the story.

She makes a stupid mistake answering a call, and, well…

Dani is so darn cute, but fierce too.

I love that Blake is always cooking, so maybe the way to a woman’s heart
T.B. Markinson
Sep 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, thriller
This romantic suspense novella kept me turning the pages. Even though the story is short, there’s plenty of twists and turns and one big surprise that I didn’t see coming. Seriously, had to read the big surprise twice for it to sink in. I love it when that happens. Fun and sexy read.
Toi Thomas
I really enjoyed this book. I read it in one day. It's the perfect length with the perfect amount of action and suspense for an intense and satisfying read.

A deadly case of mistaken identity finds a doctor on the run for her life while the guilt-ridden cop responsible vows to protect her with his life. I love that from the start, it was clear that Dani was a fighter. She may not be a kick-butt heroine, but she is feisty and determined. She's a doctor and doesn't even let the mob stop her from s
Patricia Lynne
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a fun, short read. The pacing was nice and I enjoyed the characters. I did find it weird that Blake didn't yell more at Dani the time she snuck off to the hospital. The mob is after her and it was irresponsible (even if she did save someone's life.) The tension of waiting for the mob to find her really kept the story going. I liked the romance, but wanted to smack Dani a few times because it was obvious Blake liked her and was struggling to keep a professional distance and she kept thin ...more
InD'tale Magazine
“30 Seconds” is a fast paced, unique tale full of twists that are coiled for an adrenaline rush!

Read full review in the 2015 May issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Tony Parsons
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Cleveland, OH. At Dr. Dani Hart’s (Danielle, Elle) apartment Officer Blake Herro (Cleveland P/D, aka Hottie) had come to warn her Tony London (criminal) & Red (mob leader, criminal) were going to kill her.
They hid in her apartment & avoided this mishap.
He took her into Protective custody.

Why does the mob want her whacked?

What will happen between Dr. Dani Hart & Officer Blake Herro?

That song brought back some memories. I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing (Aerosmith).

Warning: This book is for adults on
Beverly McClure
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes people are simply at the wrong place at the wrong time. Or perhaps it’s the right place at the wrong time or the wrong place at the right time. Are you confused? If so, you might be able to relate to Dr. Dani Hart, who faces such a situation, in Author Chrys Fey’s novella 30 SECONDS.

All Dr. Hart wants to do is go home to her apartment after an all-nighter at the E.R. and relax. Instead, she runs into Blake Herro, a cop (yes, literally runs into him), six armed men break into her apart
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Chrys Fey delivers, yet again, another thrilling hit! I have been a big fan of hers since her debut novella, Hurricane Crimes, and this time, she has really captivated my reading attention!

From beginning to end, this book had nonstop action and was packed with the kind of thrill one can only anticipate when reading one of Fey's books. The first chapter hooked me in right away. The author's use of descriptive language enabled me to envision Dr. Dani Hart coming into dangerous contact with Blake,
Christine Rains
Jun 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Dr. Dani Hart is exhausted from working in the ER. All she wants is to curl up in bed with a pint of her favorite ice cream. But before she can even step through her door, her life changes forever. Officer Blake Herro saves her from being killed by the mob, but they're determined to find her. He takes her into protective custody, and Dani can't stop herself from falling for him. Yet the threat of the mob is still hanging over her. Will she survive to find out if Blake loves her in return?

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Laura Strickland
Mar 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I like books that grab me right from the start and this one did, when the heroine literally bumped into the hero on the way to her apartment. The pace of this romantic thriller never let up from there, taking the heroine, Danielle, on a wild ride from her life as an E. R. doctor through a terrifying flight from the Mob. The hero’s not only a hero, he’s Blake Herro, a cop. But why, I asked myself, was he in Dani’s life? What was he doing in Dani’s building in the first place?

The answer to that qu
Susan Swiderski
Oct 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, thriller
I haven't read many (if any) romantic thrillers before, but judging by this one, they're kinda neat. Hot lead flying, bad guys in pursuit, and some nice hot kissing... and more... in between.

The kissing... and more... occurs between Dani, a surgical resident, and Blake, a police officer. When a nasty bunch of cop-killers are chasing Blake, Dani just happens to get in the way, and getting in the way means the cop-killers are now after her, too. So into protective custody she goes... at Blake's r
Paula Ratcliffe
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
This book starts out with Dani Hart heading home after work looking forward to sinking her teeth into some ice cream. What she didn't count on was Officer Blake Herro putting Dani into danger and having to take her away from her home and to somewhere safe from guys that want him dead convinced he's a Dr. Hart.

This book was alot of fun between the romance brewing between Dani Hart and Blake Herro, running from the bad guys and learning about each other it was definitely a great ride. I think anyo
Medeia Sharif
Aug 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Officer Blake Herro has the Mob after him, and he accidentally involves innocent Dr. Dani Hart in their hunt for him. Now the Mob is pursuing the both of them. While he protects her, the two fall for each other. There’s ambivalence, but the attraction can't be ignored.

The Mob parts were bloody and suspenseful, while the romance between Blake and Dani was sweet and sensuous. I liked the cold, winter setting of Cleveland. There was also a nice touch with Dani’s muddled memories from a car accident
Sherry Ellis
Nov 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Dani Hart is a doctor whose world gets turned upside down when members of the mob try to kill her. Blake Herro is the officer who's there to protect her. It's a whirlwind ride as they try to outrun the mob and discover love in the process. Thirty Seconds is an action-packed romance that keeps readers turning pages from the beginning. The chemistry between Dani and Blake is well-developed, and the unexpected twist at the end is a nice surprise. Recommended for Young Adult readers who enjoy romanc ...more
Elizabeth Seckman
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So many good things in this story...even the title is heart warming once it's explained in the story. It's a tale of love, action, and suspense with a sweet twist I never saw coming. And the heroine is far from cookie cutter. She's a doctor with a bit of edge with her tattoos and love of rock. And the hero, Blake, is swoon worthy...and he will cook. ...more
Sandra Dailey
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
30 Seconds Delivers!
Imagine you’re on your way to your apartment after a long day at work. You innocently run into a stranger. Now you’re a target, running for your life.
The way Chrys Faye tells it, it could happen.
The characters are believable. The story is fast paced. She had me completely enthralled by the time I left the trunk.
You may call it a short story, I think of it as compact.
Lisa Thomson
Dec 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
It only took 30 seconds…for a life to change, be taken or a heart to be swept away. This crime/romance novella will have you at page one. Action packed and romance filled it is a delightful read. I couldn’t help thinking this would make a great movie. Well done, Chrys Fey. I look forward to reading more of her crime romance stories.
Diane Burton
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Tense thriller. Excellent characterizations and plot twists.
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