by Rachel Brimble
Published by Harlequin Superromance
Release Date: February 1, 2013
Heat Level: Steamy
Word Count: 85,000
Old friends, new secrets…
Sergeant Cat Forrester lives by her own set of rules. When her childhood friend is murdered, Cat’s world is thrown into chaos. Especially because Jay Garrett-a man from her past-is a suspect, and he needs her help to prove he’s innocent. After all they once shared, how can she say no?
The attraction flares between them, and getting involved with a suspect is a huge risk. But the more time Cat spends with Jay, the stronger the tug on her heart. He is the same caring, irresistible man she remembers. Yet she can’t let her emotions interfere with the case-solving it is top priority. And as she digs deeper, she discovers Jay has secrets that may jeopardize any possible future together.
Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains adult situations and language and may be
considered offensive to some readers.
Defensiveness raged in her eyes like a gathering storm. Any intimacy he thought he saw or felt between them was entirely of his own doing. God, was he that self-involved? Clearly he was, and clearly Cat didn’t see at him as anything more than a mutual friend of Sarah’s, intent on avenging her killing. What the bloody hell did he expect? He hadn’t called her to the Cove expecting anything to happen between them. It wasn’t her fault he wanted to touch her from the minute he saw her.
“Jay, are you listening to me? I said I’ve already made a few discreet enquiries.”
Her voice jerked him from his paralysis and icy-cold fingers tip-tapped up his spine. Cat was intelligent, savvy and determined. He’d undoubtedly destroyed any hope of her believing him innocent given his past. A past it looked as though she knew about all along.
“What did you find out?”
“I found out you and Sarah haven’t spent any time together for over four years.”
He met her questioning gaze but said nothing.
“Why would two friends who’d known each other their entire lives suddenly stop talking unless something major split them apart? Tell me what happened. If you hold things back from me, what am I supposed to think?”
She didn’t know about his drug problems.
Tell her. Damn well tell her. Tell her how you ruined your friendship with Sarah while out of your head on cocaine. Tell her how people now look at you in the Cove.
Heat stole through his gut, burning hot and unwelcome. “I…we…”
She closed her eyes for a moment and when she opened them, her gaze was softer, more concerned than accusatory. “I’m not here to cause you grief…God knows, I’m not even here to relive a time when I felt my whole life would be like a summer holiday forever. All three of us were so young then. I grew up, Sarah grew up. I thought you had too, but the way you’re clamming up now…”
The insult to his maturity struck at his pride like a knife through weakened flesh. He shook his head and gave a wry laugh. “Do you think I’ve had everything given to me on a plate since you left?”
“What? No, I–”
“Dad didn’t give me any different opportunities than he’s given every other employee, Cat. If you think differently, you don’t know him at all.”
She squeezed her eyes shut. “Jay, for crying out loud. This isn’t about you. This is about–”
“I learnt the business from the bottom rung to the top. There were never any shortcuts as far as Dad was concerned and now I understand why. You cannot understand the wants and wishes of people around you unless you’ve walked in their shoes. That’s the bottom line.”
When she opened her eyes again, they blazed fiery green with anger. “Well, you haven’t walked in mine or Sarah’s, so why don’t you cut the crap and tell me what was going on between you and her.”
Jay stared at the two bright red spots of color flaming her cheeks as heat burned in his own. Her breasts rose and fell with each breath and her hands were balled into fists at her sides. Fine. She wanted to know about walking in people’s shoes? He’d damn well tell her.
“If we find out Sarah was involved in drugs, I’ve not just walked in her shoes, I’ve hiked in them. Up until four and half years ago, I was a coke addict. You name it, Cat, I took it.”
About the Author
Rachel lives with her husband and two young daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. She started writing short stories about eight years ago but once her children were at school, she embarked on her first novel. It was published in 2007. Since then, she’s had several books published with small presses as well as securing her first contract with Harlequin Superromance in May 2012.
Represented by US agent Dawn Dowdle of Blue Ridge Literary Agency, Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England. And in the evening? Well, a well-deserved glass of wine is never, ever refused…
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