With: Avery Flynn
One of my favorite parts of writing or reading a romantic suspense is the first time the hero gets his mission and his heart in a tangled up mess—that moment when he has to decide and everything is in conflict. Ugh … the turmoil is just so deliciously awful.
So when it came to picking an excerpt of my latest romantic suspense, Make Me Up (Killer Style 3), I knew exactly what moment to go with.
What do you think? Where does that moment of indecision rank for you?
MAKE ME UP by Avery Flynn
* Excerpt *
“Get down!” In one fluid move, Cam leapt up from the couch and sprinted the six feet to the kitchen.
He wrapped an arm around Drea’s narrow waist, pushed her down, and shoved her into the corner, away from the open window where the bullet had entered. He used his own body as a shield and blocked her in. “Don’t move.”
He readied for whatever came next. Another shot through the window? Forced entry? But either the shooter was lying in wait for a better shot…or he was gone.
He wanted to believe in the latter, but why would an assassin take a shot if he didn’t intend to finish the job?
There was only one way to find out, but he wasn’t risking Drea’s life on a lousy situational read.
“If I say run, do it.” He spared a glance back at her. She looked more pissed off than scared. Good. That would help her keep her head straight if he ended up bleeding out on her kitchen floor. “Don’t wait for me.”
A second later, he was halfway to her front door. How quickly could the shooter hit the street? What was the best place to cut him off?
“Don’t go.” Drea’s words weren’t a plea or an order, but something in-between.
In his old life, it was easy to compartmentalize. The person or thing they were rescuing was a package to be retrieved. There wasn’t any emotion to get in the way of achieving the objective. This time it was different. She hadn’t asked for any of this. Not for the shooter to attack her, and not for Cam to protect her. But they were stuck in this together, at least for now. It was hard enough to walk away from her bed. Like it or not, there was no way in hell he could walk away with her life on the line.
The doorknob felt cool in his overheated grip. “I can catch him.”
He could. He would. And then he’d beat the ever loving shit out of him.
The phone rang in her hand. The sound blared in the quiet room.
She looked down at the receiver as if it were a live grenade.
The call could be a coincidence. He wanted to believe that, but his instincts told a different story. And he trusted his instincts. They were what had kept him alive when everything had gone to shit in Cambodia a few years ago.
“Put the phone on speaker,” he said.
“Do you know who this is?” a voice rasped.
Eyes wide, she shook her head. “No.”
“Don’t worry, I’m sure your protector will fill you in later.”
Cam’s blood curdled. How many times had he heard that voice through the thin walls separating his mother’s bedroom from the living room where he slept? He could be half deaf and he’d still recognize Diamond Tommy Houston’s signature two-pack-a-day wheeze. Tommy had come a long way from enforcer to crime boss since those days, but he was still as deadly as ever.
“You have two choices, Miss Sanford,” Tommy continued. “Get out of town or die.”
MAKE ME UP
Murder, mayhem, and makeup…
Former special ops-turned private-investigator Cam Hardy leaves a trail of broken hearts wherever he goes. He’s all charm and sex appeal, and who can blame him for putting it to good use? Besides, it works damn well on the stunning and tough-as-nails makeup artist Drea Sanford. Only this time, Cam may be in over his head…
Drea is trying to keep her naughty affair with Cam a secret. After all, he’s Harbor City’s version of a Casanova…if Casanova had a motorcycle. When Cam makes their hot little liaison known to the public, however, Drea vows never to have sex with him again. Then one of her clients turns up dead. Now Drea is suspect number one—and she needs Cam’s help. But sleeping with him is one thing…trusting him is quite another.
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