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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 this sample, Riley is reflecting on her relationship with her brother Colt, who asked her to stop seeing Gage after a devastating accident for which Gage was blamed. Riley stood up for Gage, effectively keeping him out of jail, but she also asked him to stay out of her life so she could help Colt heal, both physically and emotionally. But when Colt found out she defended Gage, Colt cut all ties with Riley and refused to see her again.
The ache in her heart over her falling out with Colt was an old and profound one. Seeing him again would rip that wound open, and she wasn’t ready to start over. Not unless they reconciled, but walking through the door with Gage—the reason Colt kicked her out of his life to begin with—didn’t leave much room for hope in that regard. She sank lower in the seat, the weight of her sorrow pressing hard on her heart.
“Hey, I really am sorry about what happened between you guys.” Gage’s voice was soft, the change in tone catching her off guard.
“Him throwing me out of his life? His choice.” Bitterness crept into her words, but the anxiety of seeing him—of actually laying eyes on her brother, once her best friend—bubbled close to the surface, hot and hard.
“But it was because of me.”
“No need to be sorry, Gage. I did the right thing. The almighty ‘they’ accused you of something you didn’t do.”
He swore a soft oath she barely heard over the wind through the open windows. Litany aside, he steered into the parking lot of the rehab facility and took a spot in the back, under a large tree. The shade didn’t keep the heat from shimmering in waves off the asphalt, but it was a nice thought.
“What?” she asked.
“I need to tell you something.”
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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.