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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 snippet — which does contain some profanity — Gage knows who the killer is, but he’s helpless to warn Riley. As this takes place, he’s flying down the interstate in the direction of her home, praying he’s not too late.
Barefoot was a small town like any other; he didn’t need proof to know she was headline news thanks to her connection to him and the two murders. Everyone in town probably wanted to get the story out of her.
But one person wanted much more than a damned story.
And Gage was without a way to protect Riley.
Frustration exploded into bitter shards of helplessness. He hung up on Maverick’s unanswered line and dialed Riley’s house with his thumb, hitting several wrong numbers in the process. Maybe she was there. Maybe she’d answer. Even if she just hung up on him, Gage needed a connection. He needed a way to try.
Her landline rang for several minutes before the phone company kyboshed it with a click. Then silence.
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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.