Published by: Kensington
Publication date: February 13th 2018
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
Pounding music. Sculpted men. And a conspiracy that could cost far more than a few dollar bills . . .
Detective Blake Knight has been undercover before. But an assignment to bust a steroid ring running out of Dallas’s elite male strip club means his new cover will be nothing but his own taut muscles and oiled skin. It’s one thing for the tough, by-the-books agent to take down bad guys with his gun. Facing a rowdy crowd in only a G-string is another story . . . especially in front of his new boss, gorgeous, mysterious Reese Landon.
Her father’s club and shady business practices bring back terrible memories for Reese. But when he’s shot and goes into a coma, she vows to protect him the way he never did for her. That means keeping the police at a distance—especially sexy, driven Detective Knight. If she has to give him a cover job, it would be a crime not to put that glorious ass on stage. But no matter how good he looks in a Velcro uniform, she can’t trust him, or give into the undeniable heat between them. They’re both chasing the truth. And it might expose more than either wants to show . . .
“You don’t trust me,” Reese murmured, her voice sounding like a bruise.
“In God we trust; all others, suspect,” Blake muttered.
“What’s that mean?”
“I don’t know anymore,” he admitted, voicing his confusion since seeing fellow officers buying steroids. He’d delayed filing his latest report for no reason except he had doubts, for the first time, about his own squad.
Central command reported their backup for the impound lot’s CCTV files had gone missing, further raising Blake’s unease. Only one group had access to those backup files: law enforcement. He’d had unquestioning faith in his fellow men in blue until recently, and the strange flukes unsettled him.
He didn’t believe in coincidences.
“I may not be”—she made air quotes—“‘official’, but someone tried to kill my father and kidnap me. I have more at stake than you do.”
His hand shook slightly as he smoothed it over her silken hair. “I know. And if anyone tries anything like that again…”
“What? You’ll kill them?”
“Damn right I’ll kill them.” Anger swelled inside him at the thought of anyone hurting Reese. “This isn’t just a job for me. It’s personal, too.”
“How?” The anger in her voice dissipated.
He ducked his head, slid his fingers in hers and studied their twined hands.
“I don’t want anything happening to you.”
In the sudden silence, roosting doves cooed to one another from a nearby tree. “The dance you gave Cherie,” Reese asked. “Was it all just an act?”
She made a strangled noise, snatched her hands away, and whirled, her shoulders hunched.
“I was dancing for someone else.” His words stopped her. He turned her around, forcing her to watch him as he spoke, to see the uncomfortable truth in his eyes.
Award-winning author Karen Rock is both sweet and spicy—at least when it comes to her writing! The author of both YA and adult contemporary books writes sexy suspense novels and small-town romances for Harlequin and Kensington publishing. A strong believer in Happily-Ever-After, Karen loves creating unforgettable stories that leave her readers with a smile. When she’s not writing, Karen is an avid reader who also loves cooking her grandmother’s Italian recipes, baking and having the Adirondack Park wilderness as her backyard, where she lives with her husband, daughter, dog and cat who keep her life interesting and complete. Learn more about her at http://www.karenrock.com or follow her on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/karenrock5.