Tuesday, January 25, 2022

BLOG TOUR - Little Girl Gone


Nothing matters more to her when a child's life is at stake. 

Special agent Thea Lamb returns to her hometown to search for a child whose disappearance echoes a twenty-eight-year-old cold case—her twin sister's abduction. Working with her former partner, Jake Stillwell, Thea must overcome the pain, doubt and guilt that have tormented her for years and denied her a meaningful relationship. For both Thea and Jake, the job always came first…until now.

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Title:   Little Girl Gone
Author:  Amanda Stevens
Series:  Procedural Crime #1
Publisher:  Harlequin Intrigue
Genre:   Romantic Suspense
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   256
Date of Publication:   December 28, 2021
My Rating:   5 Stars

Thea Lamb is a Cold Case Agent who never leaves a stone unturned. Her most recent case involves the abduction of an infant, but it also mirrors a case she herself was involved in when she was a young child. It has been twenty-eight years since her sister was abducted and Thea feels that the past and the present are connected. Thea will be working alongside FBI Special Agent Jake Stillwell. 

As things start to evolve, Thea has more than a personal connection to the case so due to conflict has to stand on the sidelines. More than that, Thea and Jake have a history so that ratchets up the drama and intrigue involved when it comes to finding the misssing infant. More than that, perhaps Thea will find closure as to what could have happened to her sister. 

What an excellent start to a new series! Exciting from beginning to end, this book was a one-sitting read. I am really interested in the next book, John Doe Cold Case, available now. 

Many thanks to Harlequin Intrigue and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

Please enjoy the following excerpt:
Excerpt, LITTLE GIRL GONE by Amanda Stevens

“While I was trying to fish the doll out of the pool, someone came from behind and hit me over the head hard enough to daze me. Next thing I know, I’m caught in a whirlpool several feet below the surface. I lost my flashlight, so I was spun around underwater in complete darkness. No up, no down.” He paused. “For a while there, I wasn’t sure how I’d get out.”

Thea watched his expression as he spoke. He still seemed shaken from the experience. She’d never seen him like that. “I knew something bad must have happened.”

He summoned a brief smile. “I know what you’re thinking. I even thought so myself at the time. So much for my keen instincts. Someone came up behind me and I never sensed a thing.”

“That’s not what I’m thinking.”


“I’m thinking you could have died down there and I would never have known what happened to you.”

“Thea.” He said her name so softly she might have thought the tender missive was nothing more than a breeze sighing through the treetops.

The sun bearing down on them was hot and relentless, but Thea felt a little shiver go through her. It hit her anew how much she’d missed that tender glint in his eyes as their gazes locked. How much she’d missed his husky whispers in the dark. The glide of his hand along her bare skin, the tease of his lips and tongue against her mouth. The way he had held her afterward, as if he never wanted to let her go. But he had let her go and she’d done nothing to stop him.

She drew a shaky breath. “Don’t ever do that to me again.”

“Get caught in a whirlpool? I’ll do my best.”

She scowled at him. “Don’t make light. You know what I mean.”

“I’m fine, Thea.” He seemed on the verge of saying something else, but he held back. Maybe he thought she wanted his restraint. She did, didn’t she? They were in a precarious situation. Adrenaline and attraction could be a dangerous combination. Throw in unresolved issues and they were asking for trouble.


Amanda Stevens is an award-winning author of over fifty novels. Born and raised in the rural south, she now resides in Houston, Texas.

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