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Riley Beckett’s past just came back to haunt her … and this time he’s got a gun. UNFORGIVEN … click image.

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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.

After learning of Gage’s lie, Riley took off in his truck, leaving him alone to question her brother Colt. In this snippet, Riley goes home.

The trip home from Tehcotah took less than an hour, and the more distance Riley put between herself and Gage, the worse she felt. She maintained her right to be angry he kept the truth from her—learning her own father helped with the lie stung even more—but she also knew she was holding onto something they’d long since left behind. She’d forgiven everything else—even the accident. Not that Gage could have changed anything. He just happened to be the guy behind the wheel when her world was ripped apart. He hadn’t deserved to shoulder blame alone.

Her anger back then had come at an immeasurable cost to them both.

Riley’s house slipped into view. She steered Maverick’s truck into her drive and parked next to her car, surprised it hadn’t been towed in light of her recent involvement in a crime spree. Dawson’s patrol car was gone, but the shattered front window of her home and a strand of crime scene tape offered reminder enough.

She sat in the truck, absent-mindedly watching the yellow ribbon waver in the breeze and fighting the urge to turn around and drive right back to Gage. Unease washed over her in the form of a full body shiver when she realized she didn’t have his phone number, and she couldn’t find Maverick’s place again if her life depended on it. The sun was getting low, and the dimming light took her right back to the night Gage walked back into her life, weapon drawn, and changed everything all over again.

She knew she’d see him again. She just didn’t know what he’d come after: her or the truck.


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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.