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In this excerpt, Wyatt is talking to Mattie on the beach. He’s only just met her, but she’s already made quite an impression on him. Wyatt has a long-standing rule about harboring attraction for tourists–simply, don’t–but Mattie got under his skin, and fast. The first line is his.
“You make out okay in the storm?”
“I slept through most of it.” She looked past him at water, hugging her arms against her wet chest. “I hate the ocean.”
“Interesting vacation spot for someone who doesn’t like the water.”
“Oh, I love the beach. It’s so laid back and informal. Total opposite of my life. I don’t even mind having my toes in the water, but those big waves . . . .” She trailed off and shuddered.
Wyatt gave mighty resistance to the notion of putting his arms around her. With
a breeze whipping her blonde locks into a whirlwind and her jeans dragging in the sand, she suddenly looked small and vulnerable. He sure wished the wind would dry the wet out of her shirt.
“Anyway,” she said, drawing him out of his trance, “I sort of needed the escape from the real world.”
A tiny bit of cop nudged to his forefront. “Are you in some kind of trouble?” he asked.
“Just the kind stemming from a bad breakup.” She pushed a toe into the sand.
“I’m sorry.” It was all he could say. He watched as she brushed her hair out of her face with her fingers—a losing battle against the wind—and settled her gaze back on him. Those damn eyes of hers made him want to jump character and tell her she was beautiful.
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RUN TO YOU | contemporary romantic suspense
Mattie James can’t pinpoint exactly when she lost control of her life, but the moment she decided to take it back made the front page of the local paper. Desperate to dodge the fallout— and the tabloids—she jumps at the chance to spend an off-season week in a tiny resort community by the sea. Making the trip with her ex-lover is a complication she can live with; coming face to face with a dead woman is not.
The last thing Sheriff Wyatt Reed expected to find on the storm-ravaged beach was a beautiful blonde with a jealous sidekick, but one look at Mattie left him wanting more. Their first date takes an ominous turn when he gets the call that a woman was found murdered. With a killer on the loose and a troubling lack of suspects or motive, Wyatt has to put his feelings aside to focus on the case. But his vow not to become personally involved is shattered when he discovers Mattie’s life is on the line, and this time the truth leaves her with a deadly choice . . . and nowhere to run.