IN HIS SAFEKEEPING, Harlequin Intrigue mystery/romantic suspense by Shawna Delacorte reissued by Harlequin in ebook
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Tara squirmed awkwardly in her chair trying to find a more comfortable position. She didn’t know what to say, or more accurately how to say it. She should have told him, but it had been a long time ago. It hadn’t seemed relevant—until now. “Uh…well, I guess I know Danny pretty well. I was, well, I was engaged to him for a while.”
She saw the shock dart through his eyes. She hastened to offer an explanation before he had an opportunity to say something. “But it’s been over for a long time. I broke off the engagement about three years ago, shortly after he went on the company payroll, and haven’t had any personal connection with him since that time…just the strictly business situations when he was in the office.” She scrunched up her mouth, not sure how much she should say. The words came out softly, almost as a whisper. “Until a few days ago.”
“A few days ago?” He tried not to show any personal reaction to this startling piece of new information, but hadn’t been able to keep the edge out of his voice. “What happened a few days ago?” He now had something he didn’t have before and that something was a motive for considering Tara a suspect. A sick feeling swept through him as he considered the reality. Once she knew there was a deputy marshal interested in what was happening, she could have easily worked with Danny to stage the bombing of her car in an attempt to throw him off the track. He didn’t like where his thoughts were going, but he had to reluctantly admit that her involvement was now a real possibility.
“I hadn’t seen Danny or heard from him since the day I quit Green Valley Construction, the same day I agreed to testify against John. Then a few days ago I got a phone call from him.”
“Did he say why, after all that time, he had suddenly decided to give you a call?”
“He said it had taken him all that time to track me down and get my unlisted phone number. I asked him if he was the one who had been following me and making anonymous phone calls—”
Brad’s words spilled out along with his surprise, irritation and even a hint of anger. “What anonymous phone calls?” He fixed her with a hard stare. “Why didn’t you mention any of this when I asked you about strange occurrences?” He fought to keep the skepticism out of his voice, but knew he was not very successful. “You didn’t consider anonymous phone calls as being anything unusual?”
IN HIS SAFEKEEPING, Harlequin Intrigue mystery romantic/suspense 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.