With: Lucy Farago
There are some secrets even Las Vegas's 24/7 glitter can't hide. Lucy Farago's dazzling new series ups the ante as a fiery stripper fights to protect an elite detective from danger--and both their killer pasts…
Living in the red-hot now is how Rhonda Deagan survives. Onstage, this sexy Goth stripper always stays on top, no matter how much her real-life dreams shatter. So why not risk a scorching fling with a gorgeous groomsman after her best friend's wedding? Too bad Blake Cameron is in someone's lethal sights. And saving this cool-headed investigator's life just put Rhonda on the run with him--and on his personal, oh-so-seductive hit list…
For Blake, figuring out who doesn't want him dead is easier than keeping his new raven-haired friend safe. The only way he can buy time to out-think their pursuers is to hide them both in the aristocratic world he thought he'd escaped. But there's no escaping the incendiary attraction between him and Rhonda. Walking the knife-edge between desire, lies, and naked truth may be their best chance to live--if it doesn't cut too deep to survive…
“I’m sorry about your week,” she said, surprising him.
“What happened to the ball-buster, me, myself and I, who just put me in my place?” He kind of liked her. There weren’t many women who stood up to him. Most were either sickly sweet or cloyingly offensive, scheming to get him into bed.
“She’s done her job. Maggie said you were flying in last minute from a tough case. Is that why you needed the drinks?” she asked, sounding sympathetic.
“No, I…I mean yes.” He scrubbed a hand over his face, regretting the last Scotch he’d downed. “Yes to flying and yes to the case, but it’s more of a family matter that’s ruined my mood. You know how it is. They want, they need, to hell with you. You love them. You hate them. They screw with your life etcetera, etcetera.”
From her odd expression, she either understood exactly what he was talking about or she thought him too drunk to make any sense. He quit while he was ahead. “Would you like to dance?”
“Only if I get to lead.”
“I like my toes, and if I let you lead I predict they’ll get stomped.”
He looked down at the silver-painted toes peeking through her shoes. “And very pretty toes they are, but I’m not that drunk.”
She quirked an eyebrow, not buying his bullshit. He liked her more and more.
“Fine, what the hell. A smart man knows when he’s beat.”
“A smart man wouldn’t consume fifteen ounces of alcohol in less time than it took the bartender to pour them.”
“Touché. Be gentle with me.” He took her hand and lead her toward the dance floor. “It would appear I’m drunk.”
Rhonda stayed still while the most beautiful man in the world circled an arm around her waist and drew her in far closer than needed for a slow dance between two almost strangers. But she figured, What the hell? When in her lifetime would this happen again? Never. She didn’t meet men like this and men like this certainly didn’t date strippers. When he smiled down at her, her silly knees forgot that fact and nearly gave out.
She’d never have gotten the nerve to talk to him if he hadn’t been in danger of drinking himself stupid. She recognized a man on a mission to numb himself. She’d not only seen it at the club, but in her home. And yes, she’d done it for Maggie, stopped him from doing something that might embarrass the bride, but Rhonda had done it for him too. She certainly hadn’t been on a mission to save anyone. Hell, she was done with that part of her life. But standing by and watching him do something that pathetic was a sin. Alcohol solved nothing and ruined everything.
About the Author:
Lucy Farago knows there is nothing like a happy sigh at the end of a good book. With the encouragement of her loving husband, she wrote her first manuscript. An unpublished historical, it sits in a file on her computer, there to remind her how much fun she had learning the craft and becoming part of an industry whose books make you believe anything is possible. A big fan of Agatha Christie, she set out to write her first romantic suspense novel. Thrilled to be a published author, Lucy also teaches yoga, enjoys cooking, and saying what other people are thinking. In her fantasy world, her beautiful Siberian husky, Loki, doesn’t shed and her three kids clean up after themselves. Alas, that fantasy will never see fruition.
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