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After making an unforgivable mistake that destroys her career as a journalist, Alexandra Jones would do anything to get her reputation back. With only her dog as companion, she’s writing a weekly column under an assumed name and slowly rebuilding her career as a true crime novelist. She’s content with her solitary life until a freaky winter storm throws her into conflict with Lee Taylor, an arrogant, badass cop. She wants nothing to do with the guy—even if he is a goddamn walking wet dream!
About to leave on a dangerous undercover assignment, all Taylor has to offer is one night. When Alex turns him down, he has no choice but to walk away. Eighteen months later in a dark Toronto nightclub, fate throws them together again. With the life of a teenage hooker at stake, they race through the northern wilderness, searching for vital evidence of a hideous crime. Can they ignore their overwhelming hunger for each other while staying one step ahead of the criminal cartel trying to kill them? Will each sacrifice the other to get what they want? Passions ignite, danger explodes, and the hunters become the hunted…
Genre: Romantic SuspensePurchase links: LSB Amazon ARe Kobo B&N
Release Date: March 4, 2013
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
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Of all the nerve! Alex hated self-assured, pushy, arrogant men. Especially if they were cops. And especially if they were hot, and knew it. “What the hell?” she said, her eyes shooting daggers. “Did you follow me here?”
He shrugged. “I saw you come in and decided to grab a bite myself. I hate to eat alone. Do you mind if I join you?”
“Actually, Staff Sergeant Taylor…”
“My friends call me Lee or Taylor.”
Alex leaned back, her menu forgotten. “We’re not friends, Taylor.”
“Perhaps we could be.” He eyed her steadily, barely suppressing a smile.
Alex’s face hardened. “Won’t happen,” she said sharply. “I don’t date cops.”
“Is that a hard and fast rule?” He reached across the table and picked up her menu.
“One of three I don’t break.”
“And the other two would be?”
“I don’t drink and I don’t smoke.”
Taylor dropped the menu, his eyes intent. “We have more in common than I thought.”
She frowned. “Meaning?”
He leaned back, resting his elbows on the arms of his chair. “I don’t smoke, and I drink very little. Oh … and I never date other cops.” He grinned at her and picked up the menu again. “But I do eat, and right now I’m starved. So what do you recommend?”
“I recommend you eat in North Bay.”
Taylor chuckled. “You know, I think I’m in the mood for steak. How about you?”
Alex sighed, and grabbed the menu out of his hand. “What I’m in the mood for could get me arrested.”
She scowled at his suggestive tone. “Give it a rest, Taylor, or I’ll lose what little appetite I have left.”
Grinning, he signaled to the waitress.
“So … what kind of a wussy name is Lee?” she asked, sending a signal of her own.
Alex placed her knife and fork beside the empty T-bone on her plate and then sat back and glanced across at Taylor. For the life of her, she couldn’t understand why he intrigued her so. Perhaps it was the elemental strength he exuded, or his downright sexy body. Whatever it was, he stirred something in her that hadn’t been stirred in a very long time.
His face, with its crooked nose, sharp planes, stubborn chin, and granite jaw, was attractive enough—but not movie-star gorgeous. Perhaps it was his hair. She’d always liked a nice head of hair on a man, and his was a rich mahogany with streaks of bronze shot through it, as if he’d spent a lot of time in the sun. Maybe it was his deep green eyes. Slumbering, bedroom eyes. Or maybe it was his mouth. Enough! Get a grip!
As he added a packet of sweetener to his coffee, he pushed out his full bottom lip and released it. Something he’d done several times in the last few minutes. “Something bothering you?”
He hesitated a moment as if carefully choosing his words. “I really enjoyed being here with you tonight.”
She chuckled. “You’re right. That is a serious problem.”
Taylor picked up the spoon and twirled it between his fingers. “I’m attracted to you, Alex. I was from the moment we met.” He caught the wide-eyed amazement on her face and grinned. “I’m not one to beat around the bush.”
“No kidding.” She cleared her throat and waited, hoping the heat she was feeling wasn’t showing on her face.
He twirled the spoon faster between his fingers. “It’s been a long time since I felt this way. A very long time.” He paused. “In my kind of work, it’s easier to keep things light and loose.”
Alex nodded, knowing exactly what he meant.
“This sucks.” He dropped the spoon and leaned forward, his arms resting on the table. “You’re a fascinating woman, Alexandra Jones. I would love to get to know you better, but it won’t happen. I’m leaving Monday morning for a new placement.”
He frowned. “Sorry, I’m not at liberty to say.”
Alex felt a pang of sharp disappointment, and forced herself to meet his steady gaze. “It doesn’t matter. I don’t date cops—remember?”
Taylor let the silence grow between them for several more seconds. “If you were interested, I’m not doing anything for the rest of tonight.” He looked at her long and hard—and waited.
Alex couldn’t look away. She was tempted, sorely tempted by his implied offer, but knew what her answer had to be. “When I was in college, another man made me almost the same offer.” She leaned back in her chair and crossed her slender arms under her breasts. “It was the worst mistake of my life.” She allowed a slight grin to lift her lips. “As I said before, I don’t date cops, and I don’t sleep with them either.”
Taylor nodded, his eyes never leaving her face. “Probably smart.” He dropped his napkin beside his plate and stood. “I’ll walk you outside.”
Alex opened the door of her truck and pasted a wide smile on her face. “Thank you for an interesting evening, Staff Sergeant Taylor.”
He nodded, his face all sharp angles and shadows as he looked down at her. “I wish things were different, Alex. There’s something strong between us. I think you feel it too.”
She swallowed hard, but said nothing.
He leaned down and very gently brushed her lips with his.
Both reacted as if touched by an electric charge.
“Damn,” he growled. “I was afraid of that.” When he moved closer for another kiss, she took a step back, making her feelings very plain. “You’re right,” he said softly. “Better not tempt fate.” He smiled, and traced the line of her jaw with his finger. “Maybe we’ll meet again in another lifetime, Alexandra Jones.”
“Stranger things have happened.” Alex hesitated a moment and then leaned up and kissed him gently on the cheek. She held his gaze a few seconds longer and then climbed inside her truck.
Taylor watched her drive away and then turned and melted into the shadows.
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