by Melissa Fox
Infiltrating an international drug cartel is the dangerous chance of a lifetime for Asher Beaulieu of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Falling in love while running the op isn’t part of the plan, but he never had much use for plans anyway. Shrouded in deception and surrounded by temptation, his charmed life explodes in betrayal and tragedy.
Ash rises from the flames a guarded, wary shadow of his former self. His past comes to revisit him, along with an annoying American DEA agent, who forces Ash to reclaim his courage and character before facing another chance at love—and an even deadlier threat.
DEA Special Agent Emmaline Justice is determined to be recognized for her work, not her sex. She doesn’t have time for an intriguing, wounded RCMP inspector. When the contacts she cultivated over long months of an international undercover investigation keep showing up dead, Emma must use her instincts as both an agent and a woman to determine Beaulieu’s role in the case and in her life.
One woman tore him apart. Another is brave enough to put him back together—if his past doesn’t kill him first.
“There’s a guest room.” He gestured down the hall. “Has an attached bath. I can give you clean sweats and a shirt that should fit well enough until I get you home.”
“Okay. Thanks. It’ll be good to get clean. Get the mud off, I mean. Not that I mind being dirty. Dirty’s okay sometimes, but—” With great willpower, she forced herself to stop babbling and walked resolutely in the direction he’d indicated. She didn’t have anything to be nervous about, just because she was about to strip down in his house, and, presumably, he was, too. Nope, no reason for nerves, imagining that long, luscious body naked with water sluicing over skin, trickling over sculpted muscle…
A smile curved his perfectly shaped mouth. He followed her to the spare room and paused at the open door. “Use whatever you need, and let me know if there’s something I can do to you.”
She glanced up sharply at the innuendo, wondering if she’d misheard, knowing she hadn’t. He gave her a bland stare and almost pulled the innocent act off, but the amusement in his eyes gave him away.
“For you, I mean. Let me know if there’s anything else I can do for you.”
Not trusting herself to speak, she nodded. After ogling his back until he disappeared down the hall, she stumbled into the well-appointed guest room and fanned her face. Mind. Gutter. Out.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
After being rationed books by my parents like most kids get rationed candy, I turned to writing to tide me over between fixes. I love to get lost in a captivating, exhilarating story, whether reading or writing. Nothing is better than being drawn into a story so deeply you don’t realize you’re turning a page until you’ve reached the end, and the characters live on in your heart and mind long after the cover has been closed.
Having lived in the suburbs of the Mid-West, desert of the Southwest, and foothills of the Rocky Mountains, I’m now on an island in the Puget Sound with my husband and dogs.
Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/Melissa-Fox/e/B009YC0ERO
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