August 24, 2017 by Valerie Ullmer
Book Spotlight and Character Interview – Luke’s Redemption by Anni Fife
Anni says: I’m often asked who my favorite romance character is and why? I always find myself choosing Luke Hunter, the hero from my debut steamy romantic suspense, Luke’s Redemption. It’s not only because he’s my first alpha hero that I’ve created, but also because he’s hot, fallible, and unashamedly brought to his knees by the woman he loves. Admittedly, I created Luke in the image of Chris Hemsworth’s Thor character so what’s not to love? Besides panty-melting looks, he’s also a man who feels deeply and loves with an all-consuming intensity. The abuse and loss he suffers in his early years shapes the man he becomes. He has a singular focus which made him a superior sniper in the military, and his protective instincts are through the roof. Luke is potently sexy and has no problem using this to his benefit, but when he is confronted with Katya’s pain and fears, we discover he has a depth of emotional intelligence that will bring you to tears. Well, it still brings me to tears every time I read it!
An Interview with Luke Hunter
Things you want to know that aren’t in the book!
Describe yourself in three words.
Protective. Focused. A great lover to the woman I love. (Sorry, that’s more than three words!)
What is your greatest fear?
What was the overriding lesson you learned from being a sniper?
Do you have any regrets or guilt?
About being a sniper? No. But I do carry immense guilt over the death of my mother. You see, I used to pray for a miracle to change my life. I didn’t pray for my mother to die, but her death when I was twelve did bring about a miracle. It delivered me from the terrifying reality of my young life. When my uncles in New Jersey moved me in with them, they saved me. I think a lot of my focus and drive to succeed, protect my own family and team, is a way for me to pay penance for not being able to help my mom more. For feeling a kind of relief when she died.
Did you always want to join the marines?
No. I wanted to be a cop. Drugs ruined my mom, and I wanted to do something about that. I finished a degree in justice at the University of Phoenix and was accepted as a cadet for the NJ State Police Academy. I had to wait until I turned twenty-one to start and that was when 9/11 happened. I never felt like I had any choice but to join up and do what I could to defend our country.
Is there anything you can’t do?
Sing! I sound like an ally cat. My daughter, Lily, keeps on at me to sing with her, and the other day I finally gave in. I was so bad she cracked up laughing. It cost me a mint in sweets and nail polish to stop her from telling her mother.
Do you have any hobbies?
I love photography. I find it a challenge to capture a moment, a mood. There’s nothing like sitting still and waiting for that perfect instant to click. That discipline comes from sniper training. I like that something beautiful can come from that. I don’t sell them or anything. If I think a photo is good enough I might frame it and put it on my wall. Or gift it to somebody who matters to me.
Do you have a favorite photograph?
The first photo I took of Katya. It was in New Orleans when I was following her. She was jogging in the early morning light. A little boy ran out and she nearly knocked him over. She bent over to talk with him and then she smiled. Fuck me. She looked so goddamn beautiful. Innocent. Sad but warm and touchable at the same time. In that one moment, I could see so much. I think I fell in love with her without ever meeting her.
So that was when you fell in love with Katya?
Maybe. But I know I fell like a ton of bricks the first time I got a taste of her. You’ll have to read our story to learn more about that …
If you have any questions you want to ask Luke, leave them in the comments below and I’ll make sure to get his replies. Anni xx
LUKE’s Redemption by Anni Fife
Book 1, King Security Series
Heat Level: Steaming!
Chased by her criminal kingpin father, Katya Dalca runs to New Orleans and straight into the arms of Luke Hunter. Sucked into the carnal world of the French Quarter, she succumbs to Luke’s potent sexuality. He not only steals her breath, he steals her heart and the only leverage she has against her father. She is left with no choice except to pick up the pieces and rebuild her life alone.
Undercover DEA agent Luke Hunter thought his newest assignment—recover a stolen flash drive to gain the trust of the Russian mob—was like any other. But his target brings him to his knees, and after one taste of her intoxicating beauty, he’s in too deep. Doing his job means walking away, leaving his heart behind with nothing but a promise to reunite. It’s a promise he can’t keep.
When Katya’s past reaches out and her world unravels, her only hope is the one man she is most vulnerable to—Luke.
This novel has no cliffhangers.
I snuggled deeper into the cozy bedding, lazy and heavy-limbed. Shifting slightly, warmth spread through me as the slight stickiness between my legs brought with it delicious memories of the night before. I never dreamed that I could be so wanton, so wildly desperate for one man’s touch.
And boy, did he touch! His potency evident in every aching muscle in my body.
Mmmm. Heat flickered as his musky scent infused my senses.
I loved his voice. Especially when he said my name, so deep, rich like dark molasses.
I forced my lids open. And drowned in sensual, male beauty. “Hi,” I purred. And it was a purr. I sounded like a sated cat. Inching a hand out from under the covers, I reached up, hungry to stroke his rough morning stubble.
He reared back as if stung.
My hand hovered midair as he lowered himself to a chair that was pulled up close to the bedside.
How did that chair get there? Was he watching me sleep?
Sluggish, I looked at the window. The curtains were drawn together but didn’t quite meet. Faint light trickled in. It was barely morning. I looked back at Michael and cold started to seep in. Shit. He was fully clothed, he was even wearing his jacket. Only his hair looked out of place. He obviously couldn’t find the cord that I’d enthusiastically pulled from it like a wild woman, and now it hung loose to his shoulders. Bed-hair. Do men get bed-hair?
He was still. Hands clasped together, elbows resting on his knees. Here, but not here. Only his eyes flickered as they roamed intensely over my face. Such wickedly, beautiful eyes. After he came inside me they had turned an inky-blue, almost black.
Now, they were deep shards of navy. And they sent ice cascading through me.
I was still naked and he was fully clothed. I jerked upright and pulled the covers to my chin. My stomach quivered, only it wasn’t in a sexy way.
MORE EXCERPTS AVAILABLE ON ANNI’S WEBSITE – http://annifife.com/
PRAISE for Luke’s Redemption
“Ms. Fife’s writing is breathtaking.” – Harlie’s Books
“Anni Fife’s Luke’s Redemption smolders across the pages.” – Tomb Tender Book Blog
“Luke’s Redemption has Alpha males in spades! … fans of this genre will not be disappointed.” – InDtale Magazine
“It’s not easy writing good, sexy scenes yet Anni Fife nails it.” – Liz Gavin’s Book Blog
“Anni Fife has scored a homerun.” – Read Your Writes Blog
AWARDS for Luke’s Redemption
Winner: Book of the Week in Cover Wars – http://authorshout.com/
Finalist: 2017 RONE Awards, Steamy Contemporary (Winners announced in Oct.)
Amazon.com – http://a.co/9Kh0nOl
Amazon.uk – http://amzn.eu/izKSxv8
ANNI FIFE BIO
Anni Fife is an exciting new contemporary romance author who has already made an indelible mark in the popular genre of steamy romance. Her debut novel, Luke’s Redemption, has been highly acclaimed by critics and readers and is a Finalist in the 2017 RONE Awards. Anni credits Kristen Ashley as her guiding inspiration, and strives to make her characters equally as heart-wrenching and unforgettable. Anni is currently completing the finishing touches to Book 2 in her King Security Series, GRAY’s Promise, (read Blurb and Excerpt HERE) and has started work on Book 3, EVA’s Peace.
Anni closed the door on a successful career in television production to fulfill her lifelong passion, writing. In the space of a month, she shut her business, packed up her city life, and moved to a small seaside village. When she’s not writing, she can be found on the beach searching for pansy shells, or drinking red wine and gabbing with her gal posse.
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