Final Strike



Final Strike

by Vanessa M. Knight

Romantic Suspense

Julie Connolly thought she had perfected the art of emotional eating, but ever since she learned of her father's passing, she's taken it to new heights. The bastard has figured out how to destroy her life from the grave.

Her father's proposal—abandon her son Cody, so someone else can raise him, or lose her inheritance. The outrageous condition doesn’t deserve a response but the lawyer her father hired demands an answer. Before she can tell the ambulance-chaser exactly where he can shove his demands, her worst fears come alive: Cody is kidnapped. Her only hope comes from Ben Mooring, a man she hates nearly as much as her father.

Though Ben Mooring lost his chance with Julie years ago, she and Cody still mean the world to him. He practically raised the kid for years when he was with Julie. When Cody goes missing, Ben drops everything to search for him. He might never win a spot in Julie's life again, but he can't rest while Cody is in danger and Julie needs him.

Julie and Ben join forces to find Cody, but they have to work quickly. If she doesn't find him soon, she might lose her son forever.


It had been ten hours. Ten hours since she’d last seen her son. Ten hours since he’d said “I love you” in his little voice. His arms had wrapped around her waist. His blond hair had been ruffled, and had smelled of his blueberry shampoo.

She wanted to smell that scent again. She wanted to feel that ruffled mess of hair.

Every minute he wasn’t found was a knife to her heart. Every minute she didn’t know where he was killed her. Who would take a child? What kind of evil monster would just disappear with a mother’s son.

Was Cody being treated well? Was he scared? What did they want?

Whatever it was, she’d gladly give it. If they wanted her arm, her leg, her heart, her life… anything. Just call. Send in the order. She’d hand over everything she owned to get him back.

About the Author:

Who is Vanessa M. Knight? Well, I’m an author. Wow. After years and years of wanting to use those words, that is fun to say. It’s almost as fun as supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Did I spell that right?

I write contemporary romantic suspense.

I live in Chicagoland with my family and menagerie of four-legged friends. In my mind, these lovely animals do everything as they should. I’m the alpha, keeping peace and harmony amongst my humble servants. In real life, they own me. I’m the maid, here for their feeding pleasure. Well, that and to clean up their messes.

When not catering to the needs of adorably-furry faces, I slug through the nine to five grind and head home so I can write. Of course, that’s after I make dinner and clean the house and all the other tasks that go into family life. So really, I work, cater to animals and my family… and then, if I don’t fall face first into bed, I write. I love putting my characters into crazy situations and watching how they react. I hope you love reading about them.

I love to hear from fans. I can be found on Facebook at VanessaMKnight and at





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  1. Julie sounds like a realistic character who faces many obstacles. Maybe Ben will help her overcome them.

  2. Wow! What a horrible choice... but it really isn't a choice is it? And then her son gets kidnapped? OMG! This book sounds like a scary adrenaline rush! Thanks for sharing an excerpt!

    1. Elizabeth - Thank you so much. Life is all about the choices. : }

  3. Thank you so much for having me here today. I’m so excited to share a part of my née book.I hope you like it.

  4. It's nice to learn about your book.

    1. Calvin - Thank you for taking time to read about it.

  5. Thanks for the great excerpt! Love the cover!

  6. I just can't get enough of the romantic suspense genre right now and this gorgeous cover as well as the intriguing synopsis and excerpt have bumped this book to the top of my TBR pile! Thank you for sharing the book and author's details

    1. Bea - I'm so glad you like it. I hope you enjoy all the drama and the craziness. Thank you.

  7. Her father sounded like a real piece of ..........

    1. Mary - Her father is a special kind of a real piece of... : }

  8. Woah, what a horrible thing to put in your will. He father sounds like he was quite the dick.

  9. This sounds very intriguing. The excerpt definitely leaves me wanting more.

  10. Nasty, but interesting concept. Makes me wonder if that could be challenged in court!

  11. The excerpt is amazing and Interesting.


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