The hunt for a serial killer just got very personal . . .
“Bailey Jones . . .” Asher said her name softly, as if tasting it on his tongue. “There are a few things you should know about me before we begin.”
There are things you should know about me, too. But I’m not going to tell you . . . or you won’t help me.
“First, you don’t have to fear me. Part of my job at LOST—well, let’s just say Gabe hired me on because he wanted a bit more muscle. Protection is my role. I’ll keep you safe and track down any clues about that missing woman. On my watch, nothing will happen to you.”
She nodded even though—
I don’t believe you. There is no safety. I learned that.
“And second . . . you don’t have to bullshit me.”
Now she blinked in surprise.
He laughed, a deep, rough rumble of sound that Bailey found she liked to hear.
“You think I can’t tell when you’re wearing a mask? You’ve got yourself locked down tight, under careful control, don’t you? But you don’t have to do that with me. I’m not one of the North Carolina deputies. I’m not going to judge you. And I’m not some lame-ass reporter who wants to splash your story all over the world.”
I wear a mask all the time now because something is wrong inside of me. It has been, ever since that fire. That hole. That hell.
“So let’s put a no-bullshit rule in effect,” he murmured.
Her hands curled around the steering wheel. “Liking rules, is that more of a military thing again?”
“Wanting to break rules . . . that’s why I left the SEALs.”
He’d been a SEAL? She turned to look up at him. “Is there a rule number three?”
“We’ll get to that rule later . . .”
She started the vehicle. “I’ll follow you to your place.”
“Do you have any rules for me?”
Don’t hurt me. Don’t judge me. Don’t pity me. Bailey cleared her throat. “I’m sure we can get to those rules later, too.”
He slammed her door shut. Through the window, Bailey watched as he strode away—not to another car, but to a shiny, big monster of a motorcycle. He climbed on, revved the engine moments later, and that rumbling growl filled the parking garage.
Asher slid the helmet over his head—a black helmet with a dark visor that completely obscured his face. Her heart beat faster as she stared at him.
That had been her first thought when she’d seen him in the conference room.
But he was on her side. Not a threat to her. He’d help her.
At least, that was what she hoped. Because if something didn’t change soon, Bailey was afraid that the deputies would be right about her. Her shrink would be right.
I may go crazy.
Danger and constant fear. Bailey has been living her life in this state since she escaped the serial killer known as the Death Angel. She is the only known survivor of this monster but Bailey knows there could be another woman out there, a woman she remembers seeing before she was rescued, a woman who has never been found. Now Bailey must face her fears and help find this woman and hopefully save her but to do so she needs help. The police don’t believe her when she says there was another woman so she turns to LOST (Last Option Search Team) for help.
Asher Young is an ex-navy SEAL who now works for LOST. He has an extremely protective nature due to some of his own ghost and when he is assigned to work on Bailey’s case those instincts immediately kick in along with a powerful attraction to the beautiful and frightened woman. He sees past Bailey’s frightened exterior down to the brave and courageous woman who refuses to let someone else suffer the same tragedies as her.
This book was a fabulous suspenseful read. These two characters are both beautifully broken but through traumatic events they can find love and security in each other. While hard for Bailey to completely trust Asher to protect her and keep her safe she can’t help but to relax and trust in the man she is falling for. A great addition to the series and a great book for anyone who loves romantic suspense novels.
I received an eARC of this book compliments of the publisher in exchange for my honest review and opinion. All ratings and opinions stated re my own.
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About the Author
Award-winning author Cynthia Eden writes dark tales of paranormal romance and romantic suspense. She is a New York Times, USA Today, Digital Book World, and IndieReader bestseller. Cynthia is also a two-time finalist for the RITA® Award (she was a finalist both in the romantic suspense category and in the paranormal romance category).Since she began writing full-time in 2005, Cynthia has written more than thirty novels and novellas. She lives along the Alabama Gulf Coast.