She was supposed to be a means to an end…
Redemption Harbor Consulting’s greatest enemy, Alexei Kuznetsov, is in their sights. For RHC cofounder Leighton, toppling the treacherous criminal’s empire is one more small step toward making up for his own past. To destroy Kuznetsov, he’ll go through the Russian’s niece, a woman Leighton suspects may also be guilty of dirty deeds. A woman he doesn’t count on wanting…who boils his blood and makes Leighton want things he doesn’t deserve with someone he can’t have.
Now she’s everything to him…
Despite other prospects, family loyalty has Lucy Carreras running one of her uncle’s prosperous hotels. But the longer she observes its operations, the more she believes the elegant establishment is host to some shady exploits. When her suspicions are confirmed by Leighton—a dangerous man straight out of her fantasies—Lucy’s entire world explodes when she learns just how evil her uncle’s sins are. Now she can’t stand by and let it continue. She and Leighton will take Alexei down together…if they can survive the deadly storm hurtling toward them.
Lucy opened the door to her condo, then shut and locked it behind her before disarming her security system. She was exhausted and cranky. That being an understatement.
She’d tried calling her uncle and he hadn’t answered, so she’d tried Marco again, but that jackass hadn’t answered. The security team had been in a state of frenzy because someone had corrupted their files, and she absolutely understood why. But that wasn’t her area of expertise so she’d let them do their thing. As far as they knew, no crime had been committed, the casino hadn’t been robbed and their data seemed secure. Well, secure-ish, considering their feeds had been hacked. And Spencer Johnson hadn’t done anything illegal. That they knew of anyway.
So she’d finally headed for home—and she’d never felt more useless in her entire life. If she thought it would do any good, she would call the cops. But she had no idea what to tell them at this point. That she suspected potential prostitution at the casino… So what? They would need proof.
Ugh. She needed sleep to clear her mind, and maybe once she was clearheaded, she’d figure out what to do. Heck, maybe her uncle would have called her back by then and he’d know what to do.
She slipped out of her heels and slid off her jacket, hanging it on the hook by the door before striding down the dark hallway. One of her motion-sensor night-lights flicked on as she moved past, illuminating her way. As she stepped into the kitchen she realized the lights were on—and she didn’t remember leaving them on.
Less than a second later, she nearly let out a scream when she saw Spencer sitting there at her island countertop with the woman in the red dress. The woman was wearing a big jacket now and it looked as if she’d washed her face of all the makeup.
“How did you get in here?” Oh my God, who cared? Whatwere they doing here? Preparing to make a break for it, she automatically tensed when Spencer held up his hands, palms outward.
“I hacked your security system then picked the lock. If I wanted to hurt you, I could have done it by now. So I hope you’ll listen to what we have to say before you call the cops.”
She nearly snorted. Because she had a feeling if he wanted to stop her, he could easily stop her from calling anyone. “I’m guessing your name is not Spencer.” Not a question.
He shook his head. “No, it’s not. I work with a group of people who help individuals in need.”Well that wasn’t vague or anything.
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About the Author
Katie Reus is the New York Times, USA Today, and IndieReader bestselling author of the Red Stone Security series, the Moon Shifter series and the Deadly Ops series. She fell in love with romance at a young age thanks to books she pilfered from her mom’s stash. Years later she loves reading romance almost as much as she loves writing it.
However, she didn’t always know she wanted to be a writer. After changing majors many times, she finally graduated summa cum laude with a degree in psychology. Not long after that she discovered a new love. Writing. She now spends her days writing dark paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense. Her book Avenger’s Heat recently won the Georgia RWA Maggie Award for Excellence in the fantasy/paranormal category.