With: Janie Crouch
MAJOR CRIMES, my new stand-alone romantic suspense part of the Omega Sector: Under Siege series, is available in stores now!
This book is one of my personal favorite stories that I’ve ever written (and believe me, I don’t say that about all my books :D ).
I’ve read some books where the hero arrested the heroine and the charges ended up being false. That led me to the thought: what if the hero arrested the woman he loved and she was actually GUILTY of the crime? The book flew from there…some heartbreaking (and redemptive!) happenings that made for a gripping tale.
“Why are you here, Cain?”
Cain could feel a muscle tightening in his jaw. “I’m here on business.”
He could see her visibly tense. “I haven’t done anything that violates my parole. Haven’t broken any laws.”
Of course that was why she would think he was here. Why wouldn’t she? “No. When I said I was here on business I didn’t mean to arrest you or anything like that. You’re not in any trouble.”
She still didn’t relax. “Fine. Then what did you need to talk to me about? I need to get back to work, Cain. Some of us get paid by the hour.”
“And how many hours a week do you have to work here to make ends meet? You look tired.” He touched her hand lying on the table before he could think better of it.
She snatched it away as if she’d been burned.
“No.” Her voice was hoarse. “You don’t get to be concerned about me. Ever. You gave up that right four years ago.”
“When I had you arrested? You were guilty, Hayley. Guilty of using your computer skills for hacking.”
She laughed, but the sound held no amusement whatsoever. “You know what? I’ve had a long time to think about this. To categorize and figure out exactly how I felt about everything that happened with my arrest and incarceration. You were a federal agent, I was a criminal. It was your job to catch me—I’ve never blamed you for that.”
She slid to the edge of the booth. “When those cops barged into my apartment to arrest me, I wasn’t surprised. I think I’d always known I would eventually get caught.”
Cain wanted to feel relief that she didn’t blame him. That she understood he’d been doing his job. But he knew there was more.
She stared at him. He almost wished it was with fury rather than the exhaustion that seemed to blanket both her body and spirit. “Then I saw you. Realized you were the one in charge of the investigation. Realized you had deliberately used the feelings we had for each other, the connection we’d always had, to get close to me.”
He started to interrupt, but she held out a hand to stop whatever he might say.
“You seduced me in order to arrest me, Cain. And it nearly cost me everything.” Hayley stood. “So whatever business it is you want to talk to me about? Forget it. We have nothing to say to each other.”
I hope you’ll check out MAJOR CRIMES today!
If he wanted her help catching a killer… he probably shouldn’t have seduced her then thrown her in prison.
Hayley Green never wanted to see Omega special agent Cain Bennett again. Ever. He seduced her, then sent her to prison for hacking, and Hayley’s only just started piecing her life back together. Except now Cain needs Hayley’s help to catch a murderer. Their past is colliding with their still-smoldering attraction…and the only thing more dangerous than the killer is the secrets Hayley’s been keeping.
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USA TODAY bestselling and award-winning author JANIE CROUCH writes what she loves to read: passionate romantic suspense. She recently relocated from Virginia to an American military base in Stuttgart, Germany with her hubby and four kids. She loves engaging in all sorts of adventures, travelling, and movies of all kinds.
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