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Deadly Games by Karen Rock

Deadly Games
Karen Rock
(Dallas After Dark)
Publication date: July 17th 2018
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense

ONE NIGHT ONLY
Special Agent Katherine Bowden doesn’t do girls’ nights out. She doesn’t do blazing hot dances with male strippers or unbelievable, uninhibited one-night-stands. If you ask her ex, all she does is work: study evidence, profile criminals, track them down. And now Katherine’s back home in Dallas, with a new set of all-male colleagues second-guessing her every move, and a possible serial killer hunting women just like her. But just this once, Katherine is going to try all those things she doesn’t do . . .

Growing up on the Reservation led Nash Hawkins down paths he’d rather forget. When his dream of joining the police force was crushed, he turned his hard body and wicked imagination into a meal ticket. His chemistry with Katherine is like nothing he’s ever felt. And though he’s sure a woman like her won’t want to get seriously involved with him, Nash knows things—things that might help catch a killer.

Nash and Katherine can save lives, if they put aside the desire that torments them both. But the closer they get, the more they have to lose . . .

“A highly entertaining and cohesive suspense novel with an emotionally satisfying romance that will keep readers glued to the page.”
RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars on Dangerous Moves

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Excerpt

Nash leapt across a gap and climbed onto the ledge. Perilously slick. His shoes had decent grip, but he’d have to watch his step. The rain now poured from the sky, plastering his hair to his face, blurring his vision. A lightning bolt struck the top of a distant pine. Gunfire echoed in the woods.

His heart stopped.

Where was Katherine?

He peered down and saw he’d passed her, but she was still on her feet, not injured. His breath whistled between his clenched teeth as he tore across the shale, clambering up its steep angle, barely holding on. Jax vanished into a thick green bramble just as Nash’s cliffside path ended.

No!

His chest surged. He did a quick sweep of his surroundings. The next ledge was over ten feet away. Could he make such a long jump? To protect Katherine, he’d have to try. A rapid round of shots rang out. Katherine ducked behind a tree, then popped out and returned fire in the direction where Jax had vanished. Had she cornered him?

Nothing was deadlier than a cornered animal.

And this one was a monster.

Nash leapt to a lower stretch of the cliff and continued sprinting without breaking pace. His muscles were hot, his lungs bursting. A flare in his ankle alerted him to an injury, but he had to keep going. Fight or flight. Run or die.

Below, Katherine burst from her hiding spot, gun blazing, moving to her next cover as swift and fluid as water, forcing Jax to retreat to the rocky ledge.

Adrenaline streaked through Nash’s veins. His legs pumped, and the rain thrashed at his eyes. As he built up speed, nervous exhilaration numbed the fire in his ankle. Just ahead, the cliff ended again and a three-story drop spread out to meet him. From this height, he spotted Jax below, behind a boulder, sighting Katherine down his gun barrel as she burst from her hiding spot.

Amafo’s voice rang in Nash’s ears, urging him on as he had on their survival lessons long ago: Knees toward your chest. Eyes on your landing spot. It was now or never. Nash pushed off his toes and launched himself over the precipice.

His body slammed into Jax’s just as his gun blasted. The bullet, intended for Katherine, flew skyward. Nash gripped Jax, whose limbs flailed with unexpected strength. They grappled on the muddy ground, rolling over and over, crashing through brush and puddles.

“Move again and this bullet goes through your brain!” Katherine hollered. Jax froze. Nash hauled back and punched Jax hard across the jaw with every bit of strength left in him.

Jax’s eyes rolled shut, and his head flopped to the ground. Knockout.

“Nice work,” gasped Katherine, grabbing Jax’s gun before cuffing him.

“Nice?! You could have been killed.”

“So could you.”

“I had the higher ground.”

“Which made you more exposed.”

Huh. He hadn’t thought of that since he’d only been thinking of Katherine. Speaking of which…

He hauled her against him, reveling in the feel, the knowledge that she was safe and in one piece. Still bulletproof. “You’re the bravest woman I’ve ever met,” he whispered against her mouth.

“Thanks for backing me up.” Her glowing eyes were nearly ultraviolet. She smoothed a trembling hand over his wet cheek and relaxed in his arms briefly. After giving herself a little shake, she backed away.

“On your feet, Jax.”

At Nash’s command, Jax’s eyes fluttered open. A minute later, he was upright and lurching back to his cabin, swearing a streak as Katherine read him his rights. She grasped Jax by the elbow, in charge right until the end. Add courageous to the long list of traits he’d come to appreciate about Special Agent Katherine Bowden.

What a woman.

But was she the woman for him?

Author Bio:

Award-winning author Karen Rock is both sweet & spicy—at least when it comes to her writing! The author of YA and adult contemporary books writes spicy suspense and small-town romances. A big believer in Happily-Ever-After, Karen loves creating unforgettable stories that leave her readers smiling. Karen is an avid reader and baker who loves having the Adirondack Park as her backyard, where she lives with her husband and daughter who make her life complete.

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About Kristine

As an aspiring author, avid bookworm, fitness fanatic and dedicated mother, there just aren't enough hours in the day. I write or post about things I'm passionate about and spend my time trying to make the most of every day. Life may be a tough journey, but I have my ruby red slippers and am content on skipping along this yellow brick road until the end of the line.

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