In the Arms of a Stranger, A Spotlight, Review, Interview and Giveaway



“A perfect blend of action, romance, and heart-pounding suspense.” –New York Times Best-selling Author Cynthia Eden

A dangerous man on the run…

Wounded and accused of treason, CIA operative JP Blackmon is on the run from his own agency and desperate to clear his name. When he finds out his old partner is dead, he’ll do anything to get to the truth…including using his partner’s widow.

A vulnerable woman looking for answers…

Abby Price wanted nothing more than a family and a safe home. But her late husband kept big secrets from her—secrets that got him killed and have government agents watching her every move. Fearing for her life, it seems the only man who can help her is a mysterious stranger who suddenly appears out of nowhere. But can she trust him?

Together they discover a passion worth dying for.

As danger stalks them at every turn, unexpected passion flares between JP and Abby. But the last thing either wants or needs is more complications. Romance? No. Way. That would involve trust—something neither is willing or able to do. But in the end, sharing their deadly secrets is their only hope for survival…their only hope to hold onto the love they’ve just begun to share…


“I don’t understand why you insist on leaving me behind. Why—”

JP stopped her with a brush of his finger across the wetness of a tear that had somehow escaped her control. He tilted her face toward him, and she saw what she should have seen in the bar.

The role he’d played for the waitress was more than just a role. The simple physical attraction he’d felt for had become something more. In his eyes shone the light of pure desire.

When his hand cupped her cheek and his thumb tenderly pulled her lower lip down the tiniest bit, she took a trembling breath. One he stopped with the pressure of his mouth.

Whatever sort of kiss he’d intended for show earlier had been nothing. This kiss blotted everything else from her mind. She stood there, her arms limp at her sides, and tried to form one rational thought.

But there was nothing except JP Blackmon and the sensations rioting through her.

Tenderness and heat and passion. All of it wrapped in the sheer masculinity of him. She had to reach out, had to touch. Her arms, unresponsive only seconds ago, obeyed her confused command to move. She reached up, her hands clutching his wrists, moving up the strength of his arms, to feel the rough silk of his hair at the back of his head. He dropped his hands from her neck and pulled her against him, but it wasn’t enough. She rose up on tiptoes, leaned into him. And her fingers felt the smooth ridges of the scars beneath his hair.

Shocked at her own reaction, at her awakening desire, she pulled away, attempted to turn from him so he wouldn’t see her face, but he held her firmly, gently, and stopped her. She looked first at his chest, then up at his face.

“I won’t say I didn’t mean to do that, because it wouldn’t be true,” he said, releasing her, but holding her with his eyes. “I just didn’t mean to do it here, like this.”

She shook her head, her thoughts tumbling around for some sort of response while her heart raced.

He gazed down at her, his face unreadable. “And that’s why you can’t go with me.”

My Review:

JP claims to be innocent but the government that he had worked for has labeled him a traitor. JP has been on the run from the government, JP is trying to clear him name but will he succeed…

Edge of your suspense read, that you will need to take your time to read. Overall an interesting action pack story to read.

I received this book for an honest review, thank you. I can honestly say that this is a solid four stars.


“Is JP your real name?”

He smiled, and she realized she hadn’t seen one of his real smiles before. This one lit up his face, made his eyes laugh. There was devilment in the smile. “I don’t know you well enough to tell you that yet.”


The look of him, the timbre of his voice, as if he really would know her well enough to—

Her breath caught. She couldn’t look away. That well?

She wanted to frown, to be outraged. But his eyes… Good heavens, his eyes. Everything about him, from his short dark hair, to his smile, to his broad shoulders, he was all captivating male.

Instead, she laughed. It was a totally unexpected reaction. She’d never reacted to anyone the way she did to JP. If that was his name…

And what came out of her mouth next was a total surprise. “When do you think you will?”

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Interview of the Author:

What was your muse for this book?

JP, the hero of IN THE ARMS OF A STRANGER, kept me moving forward, even if in fits and starts. I so badly wanted him to find what he needed to make his life safe and complete—but not boring. 🙂
Out of the books that you have written so far, which was the one you enjoyed writing the most and which was the hardest for you to write? Why?

The hardest book to write was my first. It’s hidden under the bed never to see the light of day 🙂 I just couldn’t make it work. The most enjoyable to write was my novella, DANCING IN THE DARK. I suspect it was because it ties in with JP’s story, so they played off of each other, making it somewhat easier to write.
What type of writer are you organic or organized?

Very organic. Way too organic. Way, way, way too organic.

Did you listen to any music when you wrote your book and if so what?

I can’t listen to music while I write or work. However, I did hear Sarah McLaughlin’s “In the Arms of the Angles” on the radio one day when I was struggling to find a title. The more I thought about it, the more I realized I had my title with the “in the arms” part. Of course, every time I see the commercial on television that features the song, I cry.

(In case your unfamiliar with the song, I have added a link bottom of the post)
Do you have anything you want to add or say to your fans or newbies to your books?

I hope they’ll enjoy the story, and if they do, that they’ll drop me a note and let me know.

Virginia Kelly Bio:

An RWA Golden Heart® finalist, Virginia Kelly’s first book was published as To the Limit and finaled in several contests such as the Holt Medallion, The Golden Quill and The Aspen Gold.

Virginia has always loved adventure novels, but romance is at the core of her stories—romance with the adrenalin rush of danger. Against the Wind, a full-length novel, and Dancing in the Dark, the prequel novella to In the Arms of a Stranger, are about dangerous men and the adventurous women willing to take a chance on them.

Traveling is a passion that came early in life. Her first airplane ride was a trip over the Andes Mountains in Peru at the ripe old age of two months. Her travels provide the settings for her novels, whether it’s a fictitious Latin American country based on Peru, the country of her birth, or Florida and the American South where she now lives.

A graduate of the University of Alabama with a master’s degree in Library Science, Virginia is an academic librarian. She tries to include a librarian in all of her books as either the heroine or as a minor character. Having taught high school and college, she has a great appreciation for teachers and often uses that as the profession for her heroines.

Author Links:

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