IN HIS SAFEKEEPING, Harlequin Intrigue mystery/romantic suspense by Shawna Delacorte reissued by Harlequin in ebook
G-EXCERPT #4: (shot at)
Brad heard the sound of the broken muffler before he saw the car, the same black car with the dark-tinted windows they had done battle with the day before. With a screech of tires and the roar of a powerful engine, the mysterious car leaped forward, rapidly closing the distance to the spot where they stood.
A fraction of a second was all it took. The car window went down. A figure behind the steering wheel dressed entirely in black and wearing a ski mask extended an arm and aimed a gun in their direction.
“Duck!” Brad pushed Tara to the pavement behind a parked car then dived for cover as he reached inside his jacket for his gun. A shot rang out, ricocheting off the concrete with a loud ping. A second shot and then a third followed before the black car sped out of the parking lot and down the street toward the harbor and ferryboat dock.
Brad jumped to his feet, yelling at Tara over his shoulder as he charged across the parking lot. “You stay here.”
He ran out into the street, gun drawn and the safety off. He came to an abrupt halt. A raging frustration coursed through his body as he stood in the middle of the street and watched helplessly as the car disappeared around the corner. A quick glance around told him there weren’t any witnesses to what had happened. Being the off season, the island population had drastically decreased. He holstered his gun and returned to the parking lot…only he didn’t see Tara.
He ran toward the car where he had shoved her out of the way. He froze in his tracks. The acrid taste of fear filled his mouth. She lay on the ground where he had left her, a red smear of blood on her forehead.
IN HIS SAFEKEEPING, Harlequin Intrigue by Shawna Delacorte has been reissued in ebook available at http://ebooks.eharlequin.com (do search for author name Shawna Delacorte). Also available at Barnes and Noble in NookBooks (www.bn.com) and Amazon for Kindle (www.amazon.com). Information and more excerpts available on my website at www.shawnadelacorte.com
One by one the government witnesses who’d testified against a mob associate began to die—and now Tara Ford was the last witness remaining. Suddenly with a killer shadowing her every move, she was forced to rely on the protection of U.S. Deputy Marshal Brad Harrison—a man whose take-charge attitude made her temper flare and whose strong sensuality made her heart race.
Brad never let emotion interfere with duty. But in close proximity with all-too-sexy Tara, he forgot all the rules. His instinct to keep her safe was as basic as his desire for her. And when he held her tenderly, he couldn’t help but wonder who posed the most immediate danger—the killer or Brad’s charge.