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Gage and Riley were once lovers, but a deadly twist of fate tore them apart. Now, one year later, they’re thrown together by a murder in which Gage was the intended victim and Riley is wanted for the crime.
In spite of all she’d seen in the last two days, Riley was genuinely surprised when Gage flashed yet another fake ID at the Sunrise Motel just outside of Tehcotah. He’d tucked his shoulder-length hair under a baseball hat to resemble the photo on the driver’s license, but it was probably for naught, as the kid who gave them a room at the low-rent establishment barely glanced in his direction.
“Checkout by eleven. Channel seventeen porn’s on the house. You want the good stuff, it’s extra.” The desk clerk didn’t bother to look up as he slapped a key on the counter. It was attached to a lime green key chain advertising a local tattoo parlor.
“Thanks man.” Gage palmed the key.
Riley wasn’t sure she’d have touched it at all.
The man pointed down the lone hallway. “Room’s that way.”
“Classy,” Riley muttered as soon as they’d put distance between themselves and the front desk.
“Relax. At least I didn’t pay the hourly rate.” Gage laughed, clearly finding more amusement in the idea than she did. “We need to shower somewhere, and it’s here or a truck stop. You can’t go just anywhere this filthy and reeking of smoke.”
Riley stared at the threadbare carpet running the length of the hallway and snorted. “Looks to me like ‘just anywhere’ is exactly where we ended up.”
“Don’t tell me you’ve gone high maintenance on me.” Gage stopped in front of a door featuring chipped paint and the words Room 34. The four hung upside down, but someone had corrected it by drawing in the number right side up with a marker. “This is us.” He opened the door and flipped the light switch.
Riley peered into the room. Both the dark brown carpet and faded floral bedspread boasted stains of questionable origin. The wallpaper—an unfortunate blend of orange and avocado green—had probably been there longer than she’d been alive. Yellow light emanated from a dust-covered lamp, highlighting a Bible on the bedside table. “This is . . . great.”
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Riley Beckett’s past just came back to haunt her . . . and this time, he’s got a gun.
When Gage Lawton finds his brother shot dead on his back porch, every shred of evidence points to one person: Gage’s former lover, Riley. He and she didn’t part ways on good terms, and he’s not planning to rekindle anything now–not when he’s got a revolver pointed at her head and a finger on the trigger.
A year after Riley swore she and Gage were over, he returns in a hail of gunfire. One look into those achingly familiar blue eyes and she knows how wrong she was to let him go, but now far more than their heated past stands in the way. A twist of fate puts them in the crosshairs of a killer, leaving Riley with two slim options: trust her greatest betrayer or face a murderer on her own.