A Contemporary Romance/Thriller
By Alexandra Richland
When nurse Sara Peters treats celebrity billionaire Trenton Merrick for a mysterious injury to his forehead, she is blindsided by what follows: a passionate exchange in the examination room, followed by an invitation to Trenton's mansion the next night.
Trenton spins a web of deceit and seduction around Sara that both repels and attracts her. One part humanitarian, the other international financial mogul, his professional and public life are a curious contradiction. As Sara journeys deeper into her feelings for Trenton and begins unraveling the mystery behind his injury, she finds herself embroiled in a game of trust and betrayal, where the odds are stacked in Trenton's favor, and the outcome for the loser is too terrifying to conceive.
BONUS CONTENT includes four short stories written exclusively for this release.
"Pleasant But Not Nice" takes a closer look at the friendship between Kelly Sheridan and Denim Jacobson prior to Sara Peters' arrival in New York.
"The Five R's" accompanies Sean Mavis and Christopher Maida on a stakeout and reveals their initial impressions of Kelly and Denim.
"Dust" is an intimate look at Trenton Merrick's relief efforts in Haiti days after the devastating earthquake.
"The Celibate Spy" transports us back to 1968 when Randall Wolverhampton takes on his first mission as a junior agent in MI6, Britain's foreign intelligence agency.
PLUS the first chapter of the upcoming sequel to Frontline coming in 2014.
Mr. Merrick moves closer and drifts his fingertips down my face. I close my eyes and press my cheek against his palm.
“Didn’t you enjoy our kiss last night, Miss Peters?” His voice sounds rough, wanting.
“Yes, I did.”
I whimper as he sweeps his hand around the back of my neck and brings his lips to my ear. “Then come to my estate for dinner this evening.”
As his thumb strokes my nape, I revisit my euphoria from last night in the ER. Except now we’re in my apartment and mere feet from my bed.
I open my eyes and meet his seductive stare. There is no way I can continue to hold back my true feelings. “I find this entire situation very surreal. On top of it all, you’re pushy and arrogant. I have to watch out for myself.”
Mr. Merrick moves his face closer to mine. I hold my breath, thinking he’s going to kiss me. Just before our lips meet, he turns his head and brushes his nose across my cheek. The air rushes out of my lungs.
“I would never hurt you, Sara. You must trust me.”
He sounds sincere and I’m compelled to believe him.
With a sharp hiss, he drops his head to my shoulder and pulls our bodies together. “Tell me you change your mind.”
“I . . . I . . .” Words fail me as he moves my shirt collar aside and grazes his teeth across my skin.
“Tell me you’ll see me tonight.”
As he trails hot kisses down my throat, I throw my head back and melt into his arms, succumbing to the pleasure that radiates throughout my body. I may have let my guard down, but this time I think I know exactly what I’m doing.
“Yes, I’ll have dinner with you tonight.”
Mr. Merrick removes his lips from my neck and plants his hands on my waist.
“You want me, don’t you?” He stares into my eyes, daring me to deny what he already knows.
His fingers dig into my hips. “Say it.”
“Yes, I want you.”
He pulls me in tight. “Then don’t ever lie to me again.”
Mr. Merrick frames my face in his hands and places a firm kiss to my lips before pulling away, leaving me flushed and unsteady.
Alexandra Richland spends rotating twelve-hour shifts working as a registered nurse at a Toronto hospital, indulging in her love of science and medicine, and caring for patients with their own unique tales to tell. When she is not on duty, Alexandra escapes into her own imagination. Therein lies a fantasy world of thrilling adventure, gorgeous men, classic Hollywood glamour, exotic getaways, and a seductive dose of romance. Alexandra captures these stories in her popular novels, The Starlight Trilogy and Frontline, and her short story, Gilded Cage.
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