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SECRET LOVER G-Excerpt #2 mystery romantic/suspense

SECRET LOVER  Harlequin Intrigue mystery romantic/suspense by Shawna Delacorte reissued by Harlequin in ebook

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G-EXCERPT #2 (we have to escape):

“Andi—” He turned his entire body toward her. His whole manner came alive as he aggressively grabbed her shoulders in his strong grip. His alert gaze quickly scanned her features, then settled on her eyes. Distress blanketed his features. “You mentioned the second attempt on his—” The words caught in his throat as a bittersweet smile played with the corners of his mouth. “Correction—the second attempt on my life.” He regained his momentarily assuaged intensity. “How did you know about that?”

His words caught her totally off guard. She blurted out her answer, surprised at the nature of his question. “It was on one of my interview tapes. Why?”

He felt his eyes widen in shock, the same shock that flashed through his body like a bolt of lightning. “You interviewed someone who mentioned the second attempt on my life? Who? I’ve got to know, Andi. Who told you about the second attempt?”

His sudden aggressiveness seemed to bewilder her. “I don’t remember exactly who it was other than the fact that it was one of the federal agents. I don’t recall which agency he worked for. It’s on one of the tapes at my house.” She shook her head. “I don’t understand what’s so important—”

“No one knew about it, Andi. Absolutely no one. I never reported that second attempt. I’ve never mentioned it to another living soul.”

The realization slammed into her. Panic tried to take hold, forcing her to squirm out of his grasp and jump to her feet. “Jim—my agent said someone broke into his office and stole the file with my name and address.”

The shock and confusion completely cleared from her mind. Her thoughts came one after the other with remarkable clarity. “You! Someone thinks I have some kind of information that will lead them to you!” She grabbed his arm and tried to pull him up from the couch. “Come on. We’ve got to contact the authorities. Once you’re safe they can get those guys and put them away.”

“No!” He yanked his arm from her grasp. “Don’t you understand? It was someone connected with the case who sold me out to Buchanan. How else could he have known where they were hiding me? That same person is probably still around, and he might not be the only one. There wasn’t anyone I could trust then, and there isn’t anyone I can trust now. If I turn myself in I’m as good as dead. Until I can identify the person who sold me out and see that he’s put away, I’ll never be able to see that Buchanan is brought to trial.”

“Oh, no! I’ve put your life in danger.” The alarm in her voice said almost as much as her words. “Even though there’s nothing at my house or in my research that says I know who or where you are, I’m sure there are several things in my house that say where I went. Anyone desperate enough to break into my agent’s office then go to my house would not stop there. They would come here looking for me—and they’d find you.” She grabbed his hand and again tried to pull him up from the couch. “Come on! We’ve got to get out of here!”

Her thoughts and realizations were moving at such a fast pace that she was not giving him an opportunity to respond to them. He pulled her back down on the couch, grabbed her by the shoulders and took control of the situation.

“Hold it!” There is no we in this matter. I’m the one they want. If anyone thought there was any tangible connection between us, then you’d be in real danger.”

“There’s no time to debate this issue. Let’s get packed and get out of here. I have a plane reservation late tomorrow afternoon out of Seattle. We’ll get out of here now and drive to Victoria. I made a reservation on the car ferry to Seattle and then—” Suddenly a new thought hit her. “No, wait a minute. Anyone who traced me here in hopes of finding you would surely have the airports covered.”

She pursed her lips for a moment as she thought about what she had just said, then her manner brightened. “We’ll drive all the way. No one would be looking for a couple traveling by car all the way from Canada to San Diego.”

He studied her for a minute. It was an odd turn of events,. She was actually talking about the two of them leaving together. If things were not so deadly serious it would almost have been amusing, the strange way the circumstances had changed. An odd sense of calm settled over him. It felt so good to have someone to talk to, someone to be around without constantly having his guard up while hiding behind a façade. Trust was a luxury he could no longer afford. Did he dare take a chance on her, or was it just wishful thinking?

SECRET LOVER, a Harlequin Intrigue mystery romantic/suspense by Shawna Delacorte, is an ebook reissue 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 

BLURB:

A MYSTERIOUS AND SEXY STRANGER

Andrea Sinclair found herself inexplicably drawn to Jim Richards—mind and body—as if she already knew him. His hair and face were wrong, but there was something about the man… Was he the one she’d been searching for ever since he left the Witness Protection Program with a price on his head?

Jim had been alone for too long—alone and lonely. He couldn’t help fantasizing about Andi, though she represented life-threatening danger to him. She knew everything about him—everything he’d carefully tried to erase. Could he trust her to help him find the killer who pursued him…? He didn’t have a choice. His heart wouldn’t let him leave her.


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