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Bittersweet Alliance

(Donahue Cousins Series #3)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  21 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Will a snap decision change their lives forever?

Bizarre kidnappings stun the Big Island of Hawaii, pulling Danker Donahue back into the game and forcing him to partner with Jolene Kualoha, the woman who left him seven years ago when his DNA showed up in paternity lawsuit. The prejudice-motivated hate crimes are the wildest anyone has ever seen. Victims are being poisoned t
ebook, 168 pages
Published June 26th 2019 by TirgearrPublishing

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InD'tale Magazine
Rating: 3.5/5.0

Fans of intense women-in-jeopardy excitement will enjoy it.

Read full review in the 2019 September issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Cathy Geha
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bittersweet Alliance by Kathleen Rowland
Donahue Cousins #3

Seven years can be a long time but when two people grew as close as Danker and Jolene did, meet again and find that the chemistry is as hot as it was years before well then the conclusion is a given, right? This was a wonderful second chance romance that I totally believed in. I understood why the two didn’t stay together seven years before and why it worked out for them when they met again. I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with them to
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Kidnapping of wealthy Hawaiians brings Danker back working with the one woman who broke his heart when she left him seven years ago. Not only is the person responsible for kidnapping but also poisoning the victims so once they get their hands on the ransom money, they release the victims who then wind up dead from the poison. Danker teams up with Jolene so he can speak to the locals and track down who’s doing these horrible crimes. Little does Danker realize, an old enemy resurfaces and vows rev ...more
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the first book by Kathleen Rowland that I have read. I purchased an ebook from Amazon.
The name of the main male character was what first caught my attention.
First chapter seemed like small talk. Once the action picked up the book became a fast read.

I really liked the story. However, I recommend reading the first two books in the series before reading this one.
Ingrid Vermeulen-Quakernaat
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Action and love in a fast pace!
This was a book that I found difficult to put away. The combined stories are told side by side and become entangled when the life of Jolene is endangered. It is a second chance in love and a thriller at the same time. Jolene and Danker broke their relationship 7 years ago but are now working on the same case where several women have been abducted and severely ill released. The chemistry between Jolene and Danker is strong, the sparks fly back and forth. Yet Jolene
Tia Lee
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bittersweet Alliance is a suspenseful mystery and romance. In this story, we get POV from Danker an FBI agent, Jolene a helicopter pilot, and one of the villains, Violet. I thought it was interesting to get a POV from the villain because that is not usually done, but it gave the story and extra layer.

Danker and Jolene have a history that was cut short by an unexpected pregnancy by Danker’s ex, but seven years later things have changed and now they are thrown together to figure out a crime that
Jessica Belmont
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I haven’t read a good romantic suspense in a while, so when Bittersweet Alliance was available, I jumped at the chance to read it.

I love how balanced this book is. The suspense and action is not overpowered by the romance and steamy bits, but those have their place too. All of the factors were well written, and though this was a quick read, Kathleen Rowland managed to keep me on the edge of my seat and kept me invested in the characters and relationship.

The Hawaiian setting and culture is immers
D. Peach
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ex-lovers Jolene and Danker team up to solve a series of racially motivated kidnappings and murders in Hawaii. Their attraction is instantaneous and irresistible, but Jolene attempts to guard her heart, knowing their renewed alliance is temporary. Then the villains set their sights on Jolene.

The book is well-balanced with three-quarters suspenseful action and one-quarter romance including plenty of steamy sex. Both are well done. While romantic tropes are firmly in place, the action-based plot
Liz Burke
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a great suspense action romance that will keep you turning the pages as FBI with the help of P.I. Danker Donahue and Jolene Kualoha in Hawaii. Danker and Jolene were involved years before when his name came up in a paternity suit. She ended things at that time but it seems the magic is still there between them. She never got over or forgot him even after moving back to Hawaii nor did he get over her though now he has a four year old daughter with downs. But they have bigger problems righ ...more
Heather W
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this romantic suspense story. Jolene and Danker broke up seven years ago but are now working a case together. The chemistry between them still sizzles. Will they have a second chance at love or will Jolene be the next victim?

This story has great characters who are well developed and very relatable. The storyline flows easily and grabs your attention from the very beginning. There is suspense, intrigue, danger, and steamy scenes, all of which keep your attention throughout the story.

Kit Powers
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I immediately connected with the girl-next-door heroine, Jolene. She's natural and wears her heart on her sleeve but doesn't realize how obvious that is. In this reunion story the hero, Danker Donahue, sees through all the ways she pushes him away out of defensiveness. They face two chilling psychopaths and manage to work together in spite of trying to work out personal issues. Jolene and Danker are different people now compared to seven years before.
The writing is superb and witty. I want to re
Grace Owens
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book brought me back to my lost love of crime novels, but with an erotic twist to it. I didn’t read book one or two, but I still enjoyed it.

Seeing the characters’ love blossom for a second time was lovely and I found myself rooting for them.

I agree with another reviewer that it was really interesting to read from the villain’s perspective. Nothing new, but rarely used so it was nice to see.

Now I’m off to dreaming about Hawaii - an unusual spot for novels I read these days, but amazing an
Jeanne Richardson
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the 1st book I've read written by Kathleen Rowland; she has done a great job at writing a good book; I can’t wait to read more of her books.

The story line caught my attention at the very beginning and kept me interested throughout the entire book.

I loved the chemistry between the characters.

I received a free copy of this book via booksprout and I’m voluntarily leaving a review.
Robinette Waterson
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jolene, helicopter pilot, and Danker, FBI agent, are a smart, sexy couple of characters, getting reacquainted after breaking up many years before, all while struggling to capture a gang of ruthless criminals committing perplexing kidnappings and murders.

I enjoyed the second-chance-at-love part of the story, which is full of snappy dialogue and steamy romancing. The thriller part is innovative and suspenseful, and kept me on the edge of my seat.

A fun and exciting read!

Truly Trendy PR
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bittersweet Alliance is the third book in the Donahue Cousins Series by Kathleen Rowland and is a suspenseful romance novel. A suspense story that will keep you on your toes. The characters are well round and develop at a steady pace as the story progresses. Bittersweet Alliance would make a lovely beach read. * I received a complimentary copy form RABT Book Tours and Kathleen Rowland for an honest and unbiased review.*
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I didn't read book one or two of this series but I have to say that I had a fun time without the first two. I do think that I will go back soon and read those because this book was so good. If you are looking for a steamy, hot, summer romance then check this one out. This book is just over 150 pages long and was very quick. I hope to check out this author's other titles soon. ...more
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Romantic suspense books give you the best of both worlds, and this one is a great one. Adding to the mystery in the story line you have the evident and undeniable chemistry between the characters. A short quick read perfect for your summer reading.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hawaii is known for their friendly life style. So why are kidnappings happen? He will have to.join forces with her to try to solve what is going on. Can they work together? Can they find what is going on? See how they do
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Book Buyers Best finalist Kathleen Rowland is a people person who writes romantic suspense. Her day job as a programmer analyst was never as interesting as observing office politics. On a larger-than-life scale, her heroes and heroines get caught up in downward spirals and external disasters. Something beautiful comes out of suffering. Currently, Kathleen is writing the third book in a series for ...more

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