At Brodie Operations Security Service, Inc., following your instincts is company policy . . .
M. Cassidy—Luke Brodie had heard the name before, some novice bounty hunter working Seattle, catching tricky skips with more success than a newcomer should expect. But the dark curls, sparkly top, and impressive cleavage were not what Brodie had pictured.
Emma Cassidy is tough and smart and sexy as hell. She’s also popping up a step ahead of him every time he’s close to the capture he wants most . . . and there’s no room for learning on the trail of this monster.
Emma has idolized Luke Brodie, the bounty hunter who can bring anyone in. The big man in the soft shoes, with a face like a fallen angel and a reputation for breaking hearts. Watching him in action is intoxicating. But her fight with Rudy Vance is fiercely personal. If he gets too close, Brodie will find out just how ferocious she can be . . .
INTO THE FIRESTORM
Luke found Emma in the shade of the sycamore tree down the block, next to where he’d parked the Bronco. She was sitting on the lawn, her knees drawn up beneath her chin.
Luke sat down cross-legged on the lawn beside her. Plucking a long stem of grass, he twirled it between his fingers, giving her a little reprieve. But he wasn’t about to wait long.
“What’s going on, Em? What happened in there?”
She pulled a stem just like his, toyed with it. “Nothing happened. I was role-playing, is all. I thought it would give you an opening and it did.”
Luke shook his head. “You’re improvising and it isn’t going to work. If I’m going to partner with someone, I have to trust them. I have to trust you, Emma. Tell me the truth.”
She looked up at him and tears leaked from the corners of her eyes. Luke felt it like a punch in the stomach.
“The girl in the photo…I recognized her. She looks exactly like my niece, Ginny Hodges. Exactly.”
“Ginny Hodges,” he repeated, recognizing the name. “The fourteen-year-old girl Vance raped was your niece?”
Emma wiped away a tear that escaped down her cheek. “Yes.”
With that one word, the puzzle pieces all fell together. “That’s the reason you’re after Vance, the reason you became an agent. You want Ginny safe.”
“Vance went after Ginny two different times. The second time he killed a woman. Now that you’ve seen the photo, you know why he was obsessed with her. You don’t believe she’ll ever be safe until Vance is locked behind bars.”
Something unreadable moved across her features. She released a shaky breath. “He told Ginny he was coming back and I believe him. He won’t give up and I won’t stop until I find him.”
“Where’s Ginny now?”
“She’s in witness protection. Even I don’t know where she and my sister are hiding. I just know I won’t have my family back until this is over. I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure Vance never hurts anyone again.”
He’d known there was a reason she’d put herself through the study, training, and difficult physical conditioning it took to become a successful bail enforcement agent. Now he understood Emma’s determination.
Luke pushed to his feet and reached a hand down to help her up. When Emma placed her smaller hand in his, something fiercely protective moved through him.
“Come on,” he said a little gruffly, hauling her to her feet. “Let’s go.”
As they reached the SUV, she pulled free of his hold. “You aren’t going to work with me anymore, are you?”
He shouldn’t. This was personal for Emma. Being so emotionally involved put both of them in danger. “Whatever I decide to do, you won’t stop, will you?”
“Then I guess I’m stuck with you until we catch Vance.”
Emma blinked as if she hadn’t heard him correctly. “You mean it?”
“Stupid, but yeah–I mean it.”
For the first time, Emma smiled. It made his chest feel tight. “We need to find that house on Whidbey Island.”
“We need to regroup, gather some intel, find the house and surveil it. If Vance is there, we’ll nail him.”
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New York Times bestselling author Kat Martin is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara where she majored in Anthropology and also studied History. She is married to L.J. Martin, author of western, non-fiction, and suspense novels.
Kat has written more than sixty-five novels. Sixteen million copies of her books are in print and she has been published in twenty foreign countries, including Japan, France, Germany, Argentina, Greece, China, Russia, and Spain.
Born in Bakersfield, California, Kat currently resides in Missoula, Montana, on a small ranch in the beautiful Sapphire mountains.
Her last 12 books have hit the prestigious New York Times bestseller list. INTO THE FURY and INTO THE WHIRLWIND her most recent releases, both took top ten spots.
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