January 6th, 2015
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Fans of Linda Howard will love Dangerous, the story of a driven female cop who teams up with an irresistible ex-con to bring a killer to justice—and discovers that breaking the rules is hotter on the wrong side of the law.
Chicago homicide detective Camille Martell will stop at nothing to track down “Angel,” a sexual predator who has already butchered two young victims—even after her off-the-books investigation leads to her suspension. But when her relentless attempts to contact Angel online puts her teenage neighbor in mortal danger, Camille’s worst fears are realized. Panicked and overwhelmed with guilt, Camille needs help—even if it comes from the one man she swore she’d do anything to forget.
After serving time for a trumped-up charge, private investigator Drago Nance doesn’t trust cops. Nothing will change that, not even the steamy weekend with Camille that burned itself into his memory. But with an innocent girl’s life at stake, Drago can’t ignore the need in Camille’s eyes, or the heated promise in her touch. He agrees to help—if she’s willing to play by his rules. He just never suspected that seducing his partner could be just as thrilling as chasing a madman.
© 2015 Patricia Rosemoor
Drago Nance stood just inside the office door. His rugged features, countered by dark hair, were all too familiar. She knew every inch of him. She’d slept with him, had spent a whole weekend with him, mostly in bed, telling herself it was just sex, no big deal. A weekend fling, which was so uncharacteristic of herself, as she never had another after Drago—and that had been four years ago, so why was the memory as sharp as if it had been four days ago?
As incredible as he’d appeared then, he looked even better now. He’d always topped six feet, but he’d been trimmer, less intimidating. The tan T-shirt he wore fit him like a second skin, accentuating every muscle. His unruly hair was longer now, spilling over his forehead, framing those deep blue eyes that had set her heart racing the first time she’d met him . . .
She enters the bar looking for Justus to talk about a case, and this hunk gives her an appreciative once-over that curls her toes. “Looking for me?” he asks in a whiskey-smooth voice.
“Looking for Nance.” Though her eyes roam the area, her pulse rushes. She’s fully aware of being studied.
“You found him,” he says. “Drago Nance.”
Justus’s brother. Their gazes lock and she can’t turn away. For the first time in her life, she feels an instant connection . . .
Her heart was racing just remembering.
Trying to dispel his unwanted effect, she choked out, “So you’re a private investigator now?”
“I have a license and everything. All shiny and new.”
Camille clenched inside. “Your brother must have some influence.” She didn’t add after what happened four years ago, just let the inference hang between them.
“Justus always has influence. When he chooses to use it.”
She didn’t miss the puzzling barb.
Justus backed his younger brother. “Drago served his time.”
“Did he?” Thinking back to what she knew about him, Camille wasn’t so sure that six months in Cook County Jail had been enough.
“He’s been working for me for three years now to get that PI license,” he clarified. “He’s good, you can trust him.”
Trust Drago Nance? Camille thought not. At least not personally. And she wasn’t sure about the case, either. The weekend they’d shared had been all-consuming, so much so that she’d thought they would have more time together. Then she’d never heard from him again.
With 90 novels and more than seven million books in print, Patricia Rosemoor is fascinated with "dangerous love" – combining romance with danger. She has written various forms of romantic and paranormal romantic thrillers, even romantic horror, bringing a different mix of thrills and chills to her stories.
Patricia has won a Golden Heart from Romance Writers of America and two Reviewers Choice and two Career Achievement Awards from RT BOOKreviews, and in her other life, she teaches Popular Fiction and Suspense-Thriller Writing, credit courses at Columbia College Chicago. Three of her Columbia grad students and two students from other venues are now published in novel-length fiction.