LOVER UNKNOWN Harlequin Intrigue mystery romantic/suspense by Shawna Delacorte reissued by Harlequin in ebook
G-EXCERPT #2: (testing his disguise)
Lauren and Kyle were only half a mile from the tearoom. He studied her profile as she drove. The nervousness twitched across her features. She had a tighter grip on the steering wheel than necessary. He reached over and brushed his fingertips across her knuckles. “If you don’t relax your grip you’re liable to break that steering wheel in two.” A slight sigh of exasperation escaped his throat. “It’s not too late for you to change your mind.”
She gave a quick sidelong glance in his direction then returned her eyes to the road. “I won’t change my mind. This is the only way it will work, and you know it, even if you don’t like it.”
He focused his gaze out the front window. “You’ve got that one right—I don’t like it.” He turned in the seat until he half faced her. “I want you to promise me that you’ll do exactly as I say without trying to second-guess me. Both of our lives might depend on that fraction-of-a-second edge. And when I tell you it’s time for you to get out, I want you as far away from here as quickly as you can go. Do you understand that?”
She tried to lighten his mood and ease the tension that filled the air. “You’re such a nag. For the millionth time, I understand that.”
“Stop it, Lauren!” He snapped out the words, making no effort to hide his annoyance. “Also for the millionth time, this isn’t a game. You’ve already shown me how clever and resourceful you are. Against everything that’s logical and rational I’m reluctantly allowing you a limited amount of involvement in this, but I don’t want to end up with someone praising your sterling qualities to the towns folk at your funeral.” He knew the words were harsh and he made no effort to soften them.
She pulled the car to the side of the road and braked to a halt almost within sight of their destination. She turned to face him. “And I don’t want to be telling people how you swept into my life one misty morning only to be taken away far too soon by a bullet with your name on it. I know that sounds like a corny cliché, but it’s the way I feel.” She quickly turned toward the road when she felt the tears begin to well in her eyes. She put the car in gear, making sure he could not see how much the thought truly upset her. She had already lost one man to a bullet and had no intention of it happening again.
His exasperation came across loud and clear. “Can we at least go over today’s plan one more time?”
Lauren flipped on the turn signal then pulled into the parking lot. She recited the plan as if it was an oft-repeated litany. “We arrive with a flourish. I introduce you to Milly. We see what her response is. If she buys it we go to Billy Washburn’s funeral so you can listen, snoop, and with luck get a chance for an innocent little conversation with Billy’s father.”
She pulled the car around back and turned off the engine. He took her hand in his, stopping her from opening the car door. “Lauren…” The words were difficult for him. “I’m not sure what I’m trying to say here. I want you to know—”
“Whatever it is, I suggest you say it with an Irish accent because it’s show time!” She had to cut him off. She did not want to hear anything that might indicate he was going to change his mind. They would do this together or die trying. A little tremor of anxiety rippled across her skin. She hoped those words were not as prophetic as they sounded. She swallowed her trepidation and reached for the door handle.
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?