LOVER UNKNOWN Harlequin Intrigue mystery romantic/suspense by Shawna Delacorte reissued by Harlequin in ebook
G-EXCERPT #1: (opening-Lauren’s vision)
The vision had been very real, jerking Lauren Jamison out of a sound sleep. It had lasted only a few seconds but left a vivid impression. A man, she could not see his face, lurching off the cliff into the blackness of night—falling toward the crashing waves below. Who was he? Why had he fallen from the cliff? Was it a mystery from the past or a portent of things to come? She did not know. The ability was there, but she had never learned to command it or properly use it. The visions seemed to come from nowhere of their own volition. She closed her eyes for a second and tried to force the vision from her mind.
She glanced at the clock. It was almost time to get up anyway. She forced herself to think of other things as she took her shower, slipped into a warm robe and padded barefoot to the small kitchen.
She carried the mug from her living quarters in the back of the building to the front area which housed her business, a combination bookstore and gift shop on one side of the entrance parlor and a tearoom on the other side. She built a fire in the fireplace of the parlor, then sat in her favorite chair sipping her herbal tea and staring at the flames. She occasionally looked out the window. The early-morning drizzle obscured most of the dawn light.
Try as she might, she had not been able to shake the disturbing vision from her mind. She sensed something very powerful in the works—dramatic changes hovered on the horizon. She tried to collect her thoughts and focus her energy and concentration.
The Siamese cat jumped from his favorite perch atop the large antique Hoosier cabinet. The small gold bell around his neck jingled softly as he darted across the parlor then jumped into her lap. A tremor of expectancy caused her to shiver. She closed her eyes as she stroked the cat’s fur. “I think, Ty-Ty, that we’re about to become involved in an exciting adventure.”
She held the cat a moment before shooing him from her lap. She carried her empty mug into the kitchen and refilled it. A loud buzzing at the front of the building startled her. As soon as she stepped through the connecting door into the business section of the building she saw the dark silhouette of a large man, his hands cupped around his face as he pressed against the front window. Again, the tremor of expectancy darted through her. Whatever was going to happen somehow involved this stranger who had mysteriously appeared out of the early-morning mist.
She crossed the parlor and opened the front door, tilting her head to one side as she looked at him. “Yes? May I help you?”
The smooth, masculine voice had an almost seductive quality about it. “I’m sorry to disturb you so early in the morning, but I saw your lights and—”
LOVER UNKNOWN, a Harlequin Intrigue mystery romantic/suspense by Shawna Delacorte, is a Harlequin reissue in ebook, available at http://ebooks.eharlequin.com (do search for author name Shawna Delacorte). Also available at Barnes and Noble in NookBooks www.bn.com and Amazon for Kindle www.amazon.com Information is available on my website www.shawnadelacorte.com
Lauren Jamison sensed danger and secrets when Kyle Delaney entered her waterfront store. Not for a moment did she believe the dark stranger was an ordinary man. Instinctively she knew he lived on the edge, belonged to a world of deception. But unable to resist him, she became a prisoner of passion.
Then one stormy night her world shattered when she found his body in the moonlight—shot and delirious from pain. Before he collapsed, he told her to follow his instructions or they’d both wind up dead. Just who was Kyle Delaney? And should Lauren risk her heart—and her life—for a man who might be on the wrong side of the law?