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.
Gina’s eyes narrowed as she followed his gaze to her friend and then shot back to him. “Oh, no. You stay away, Ash.”
“What?” He pretended hurt innocence.
“She’s a good friend of mine, a really good friend—practically family. You stay away from her.”
“Hello, friend,” he said smoothly and held his palm out. “I’m Ash.”
She glanced at Gina’s stormy countenance but smiled and placed her hand in his. “Hello, Ash.”
His fingers closed around her much smaller ones, cradling the softness and vulnerability of fragile bones and soft skin. A wave of protectiveness—of possessiveness—rose sudden and unexpected. He jerked back and rubbed his hand on his thigh.
“See, now.” Recovering instantly, he curled his mouth into a practiced, seductive grin. “I introduce myself, and you’re supposed to do the same. I say, ‘I’m Ash,’ and you say, ‘I’m…?’ ”
She leaned forward in a conspiratorial manner. “I don’t think Gina wants me to tell you my name.”
He closed the distance between them, until his lips brushed her ear. “Do you do everything Gina wants?”
“No.” She brought her head back to look him in the eye, and a sly smile curved her mouth. “But I’ll do whatever you want. Ash.”
Holy hell. A laugh burst from him, and he grabbed her hand. “Your name, sweetheart. I want your name.”
“Liz.” The smug expression on her face faded as he brought her hand to his mouth and kissed her fingers. “I’m…Liz.”
He smiled over the tops her knuckles. A shiver moved through her—slight, almost imperceptible, but unmistakable.
“Liz,” he murmured, drawing out her name. A little charm worked every time. “How nice to meet you.”
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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