A Thousand Steps

A Thousand Steps
A Thousand Steps by T. Jefferson Parker

Thursday, June 19, 2014





Gráinne has moved back to Dublin to get her life straightened out. She dreams of college and a better life. She’s working, but the money isn’t enough to support herself and pay tuition. Moonlighting at The Klub! as an exotic dancer seems to be her answer to fast money.

John ‘JD’ Desmond is a detective working undercover in the Blues Tavern. The Klub!, owned by Jimmy Malloy, is being used as a drug front, headed by the notorious Taylor Wade. JD had intended to get Gráinne to snitch for him, but when he falls in love with her, things get complicated.

When Gráinne witnesses Jimmy’s murder, she and JD are forced to go on the run until Wade can be apprehended. Wade lives up to his nickname, The Hunter, and JD and Gráinne quickly find themselves at the end of a gun and running for their lives.

His heart ached as he forced himself to goad her.

The look she shot him would have incinerated the average man, but he wasn’t average. He was a man with a mission, and Gráinne was the only one who could help him.

"By that look, I’d say I’ve hit the nail on the head."

"So, what of it."

"Why haven’t you told Kieran?" he asked, trying to keep his voice calm.

"I somehow doubt he’d understand why I’m . . . moonlighting."

JD chuckled lightly. "Moonlighting? Is that what they’re calling it these days?"

"Just stop. What do you want from me? Not that it’s any of your business what I do on my own time."

"I need your help."

A single brow arched over her eye. "With what? Wait, let me guess," she seethed, throwing her hands on her hips. "You want a private show. Or you want me to entertain some friends. And you’re going to use this," she fingered the bra he still held in his hand, "as a bribe to get me to do it for free."

"Not quite. While I wouldn’t mind a private show, it’s not entertainment I’m looking for."

"What’s this?" Kieran suddenly appeared behind the bar, startling them both. JD saw Gráinne’s face go pale, and thought she would faint then and there.



Kemberlee is a native Northern Californian who was raised in a community known as Steinbeck Country; home to author John Steinbeck, as well as Jack London, Robert Louis Stevenson, and others. With so much literary influence around her, it's not hard to see why Kemberlee fell in love with the printed word.

It was in 1997 while employed by Clint Eastwood that Kemberlee couldn't pass up the opportunity to spend six month in Ireland. While in Ireland, she met a man who eventually became her husband.

Living in Ireland has allowed Kemberlee to study the country's torrid past and unique culture first hand, and has even picked up a cúpla focal . . . a few Irish words.

In recent years, Kemberlee had published several short stories and novels, including the popular Irish Pride Series.

Kemberlee's current work in progress is a time travel romance called The Diary.

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Shape of My Heart (Irish Pride Series, book 3)Shape of My Heart by Kemberlee Shortland
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Shape of My Heart by Kemberlee Shortland-( Irish Pride Series - book 3) is a 2014 Tirgearr publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Grainne only wanted to better herself by going to college. Becoming an exotic dancer would help pay for her education. But, it never occurred to her that the club she worked for may have some side dealings that could put her in danger. I think Grainne is not the unlike many young ladies who have fallen under the lure of big money. In the right club with the right looks, an exotic dancer can earn cash a lot easier and faster than having an ordinary job. When it comes to college Grainne couldn't wait to save that kind of money. But, it soon becomes apparent she is working for some really bad people and more is expected of her than pole dancing.

J.D. Is with the guard and trying to catch Grainne's boss in the act of committing a crime. He needs someone on the inside to do a little spying. Grainne is of course in the perfect position to help him out, but J.D. Goes about it in the wrong way and the two don't get along so well at first. J.D. knows Grainne doesn't want her brother to know about her moonlighting activities, so J.D. uses that against her to get her to help him out. But, as the two get to know one another better, J.D. Becomes very worried about Grainne working at the club.
When Grainne realizes J.D. Is right and she should cut her losses and get out the club, she finds out her boss isn't about to let her go so easily. Can J.D. keep her safe?

This is a solid romantic suspense novel with an Irish flair. The chemistry between Grainne and J.D. sizzles. The suspense is more on the crime drama arena since we know who the bad guy is and what he's into. It's a matter of trying to keep Grainne from becoming a victim and bringing down a crime syndicate. This was pretty good stuff. I enjoyed the romance, the family ties and I liked the suspense being somewhat gritty. There is also a little bit of a cautionary tale here. It could be someone's honest intention to just temporarily dabble in a certain lifestyle and then find themselves trapped in that life. Working in a “gentleman's club” may earn you lots of cash, but those businesses, no matter how upscale are often seedy and it's not hard to imagine drugs and sex crimes taking place in the background, maybe even human trafficking. Thankfully, Grainne had family and friends and of course J.D. To help her avoid that trap.

J.D. is dreamy! Despite the hard core crime drama they are involved in, Grainne and J.D.'s love story is deeply romantic and sensual. Grainne also learned that her brother's marriage and impending fatherhood didn't mean she was going to be left out of his life and so she had no reason to be jealous. Maybe sometime in the near future Grainne will find herself married too!
This one gets 4 stars.

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  1. Thank you so much for hosting me. And for your wonderful review. I'm glad you liked the story.

  2. Great review, I'm looking forward to reading the book.



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