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Peek Inside Alive at 5

When Samantha’s mentor dies while skydiving, she suspects he was murdered. Her investigative instincts lead her to irresistibly gorgeous Zack Hunter. An undercover police officer, Zack is investigating his uncle’s diving death with the same adventure vacation company. He doesn’t want Samantha’s help because he's terrified of being responsible for a partner again. Still, Samantha's persistence is quite a turn-on, and he finds it harder and harder to stay away from her. But when the killer turns his attention to Zack, Samantha could be the only one who can save him.

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Romance. Adventure. Thrills. Murder…

TV news reporter Samantha Steele is one panic attack away from losing her job. Future on the line and cameraman in tow, she follows her mentor on an exhilarating adventure vacation. When he dies while skydiving, her investigative instincts scream “murdered”, and lead her to gorgeous thrill-seeker Zack Hunter.

Zack is an undercover police officer investigating his uncle’s death through the same adventure vacation company. Samantha is a thorn in his side the moment they meet. Not only is she investigating the same case, but the emotionally wounded loner doesn’t want another partner, especially one whose goal is to splash evidence all over the evening news. But Samantha’s persistence is quite a turn-on, and Zack’s overpowering desire makes it harder for him to push her away.

When the killer turns his attention to Zack, Samantha might be the only one who can save him, forcing the anxiety-riddled correspondent to finally face her greatest fear.

Praise

"High octane, packed full of adventure, bodies falling from the sky and rising from the deep—who wouldn’t be gripped?'" Incy Black, author of Hard to Hold

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622667741
Series: Alive at 5, Book 1
Release Date: Jul 14, 2014
Page Count: 309
Imprint: ignite
Genre: law enforcement/firemen, mystery & suspense, romantic suspense
Tropes: forced proximity, opposites attract

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By Debbie June 30, 2015

Wow! Talk about fast paced action and adventure, this book is it! You hit the ground running with this one and never stop until you've reached the end. When the story opens, Samantha, a reporter, is about to be plowed down by Zach, as he's landing after jumping out of a plane. He does his best to... ...more

By Cindy ~ SnS Reviews July 17, 2014

Alive at 5 is the romance suspense debut from Linda Bond who was a television reporter and just so happens that’s what the heroine Samantha Steele is. No time is wasted in throwing you right in the middle of the action. How these two first meet was defiantly a new one. Zack Hunter is a police off... ...more

By Sherry June 28, 2014

Oh My Gosh! I just finished Alive At Five and I am blown away. I can't remember the last time I held my breath in fear while reading a book! THIS book is great! Love, love, loved it! I proof read a lot of books and I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a book more. Linda Bond has written a gre... ...more

By Christine February 15, 2015

I received this book last fall, and I enjoyed it so much that I almost finished it that day. I loved the characters, and how the story drew me in with all the action and suspense. I thought the book was well-researched, and that it felt very authentic.

Zack and Samantha's characters had a great c... ...more

By Vella June 29, 2014

I really enjoyed Alive at 5. Not only is there non-stop action, but the chemistry between Zach(a hunky adrenaline junkie adventure seeker), and the uptight Sam was wonderful. The writing was good. You can’t go wrong with this book. Can’t wait for the next one! ...more

By Mignon July 05, 2015

4.5 / 5 stars
Original posting can be found at mignon mykel : reviews

Samantha and Zack... what can I say about these two...?

What starts out as two people judging the other on what they see, turns into a pretty phenomenal relationship.

When Zack parachutes from a plane and goes in for his landing,... ...more

By Margaret July 14, 2014

Wow – this one was such an action-packed adventure! With lots of heat and steam between Samantha and Zack, and lots of mystery and intrigue around their investigation, this story moved quickly and had me entertained right from the start.

From their first meeting you could just feel the tension and... ...more

By She July 17, 2014

Samantha is following her mentor on his adventure vacation for a story when he is killed. His parachute opened too early as he jumped from a plane. Samantha was on the ground waiting for him after being flattened by another thrill seeker, Zach. He is actually a cop unofficially looking into his u... ...more

By Elle July 23, 2014

Zack is a former ranger, investigating his rich uncle's death. He is in no way looking for romance and he sure as hell doesn't want some reporter tagging along messing up his investigation.

Samantha (Sam) is a reporter in need of a big scoop. When her friend and mentor dies in a mysterious "accid... ...more

By JoAn February 24, 2015

Alive at 5 by Linda Bond may be her debut book but I couldn't tell it. I loved this book and had a hard time putting it down.

Samantha Steele is a news reporter following a friend on an "adventure vacation". She is strong, independent and flawed. Zach Hunter is a cop taking time off from work to t... ...more

By Incy July 14, 2014

High octane, packed full of adventure, bodies falling from the sky and rising from the deep—who wouldn’t be gripped?

The action is non-stop, (maybe too non-stop for those looking for a relaxing read) and the romantic dynamic between Zack and Samantha sizzles as they try to track down the killer re... ...more

By Sara July 16, 2014

This was a fantastic book! You don't often find romance novels that have everything like this one does. You have some humor, lots of action, some steamy moments which let's face it we almost all read these for. This one doesn't't allow the typical romance novel formula which I think is definitely... ...more

By Janet July 15, 2014


I'm always on the look out for a great beach read and this one certainly fits the bill. It was a fast paced, easy read; the perfect amounts of suspense, romance and action. For the most part the suspense and romance aspects were balanced,and made sense in the storyline. The characters were engagi... ...more

By Theresa June 07, 2017

Romantic suspense, thrilling, and breathtaking...

This book is a definite 5 stars. Linda Bond does a really exceptional job with describing the feelings these characters are experiencing. I was really amazed with the F16 flying experience - it shows that the author really did her research. It's re... ...more

By Dísir November 06, 2014



A fun, fun, fun read or a murder mystery involving an unlikely trio of an undercover cop, a reporter and her cameraman, set against a breathlessly exciting backdrop of (extreme) sports. Throw in a parachute failure, sabotage of scuba equipment, tiger sharks and sultry sexual tension and voila...a... ...more

By Bette July 09, 2014

Completely entertaining and intriguing story. Lovers of romantic suspense will want to put this one on the top of the TBR pile! He's an undercover cop chasing a loved ones killer. She's a reporter chasing the story that will save her job. Working together they will track down the killer and hopef... ...more

By Tory August 09, 2014

I absolutely loved this book. The suspense and trying to figure out the who-dun-it and why just kept me reading. I wasn't sure about the book going in (it's the author's debut, I believe), but as usual, Entangled didn't let me down. Definitely worth the read and I WANT MORE!

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By Jodi August 02, 2014

Thrilling, exciting, and packed plum- full of action! I really enjoyed this romantic suspense from debut author Linda Bond. Definitely a must read. ...more

By TJlovestoread July 28, 2014

A fun summer read!!! Sexy, suspenseful and sweet. This is the type of book I call "over-the-counter-romance" those books that are actually products, but it was a an entertaining read! ...more

By Lisa July 21, 2014

Loved this one!

Great feisty heroine and alpha hero who both fight through challenges and come out better and together on the other side. ...more

By Monique September 17, 2014

Outstanding! Intelligent, fast-paced, wonderful characters! A winner all the way! ...more

By Debra February 26, 2016

I love the story and characters. Love the suspense and the love that forms between Zack and Sam. Definitively recommend this book! ...more

By Sparkymom July 16, 2017

Samantha is afraid. A recent family tragedy has left her fearful and hesitant and simply overwhelmed by her responsibilities. If she doesn't pull herself together, her job as a television reporter is at risk. Her current task of following her mentor around on his risky adventure vacation is her l... ...more

By Beatriz May 19, 2017

This was a really good, solid read, and a nice addition to the romantic suspense genre. It didn't capture me the way other series I've read have, but I could find few faults with it. It was a pretty straight-forward mystery, with interesting characters, well-written dialogue, and a fun romantic s... ...more

By Karla May 11, 2017

Wow! This was so good. Filled with so much action. I love suspense romance. Zach and Sam were a team. They had to start trusting each other if they were going to get to the bottom of the mystery of how Zachary uncle and sams mentor died. U has me on the edge of my seat. Loved it. ...more

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Linda Bond

About the author

Linda Bond

Linda Bond is an Emmy award winning journalist by day and an author of romantic adventures by night. She's also the mother of five, four athletes and an adopted son from Cuba. She has a passion for world travel, classic movies, and alpha males. Linda currently lives in Florida, where the sun always shines and the day begins with endless possibilities. You can become a Bond girl and share in her continuing adventures at www.lindabond.com.

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