A hot car and a hot guy can get a girl into trouble.
Maybe that’s what Amanda Miller needs. But how much trouble is too much trouble? Dead bodies on the riverbank? A possible kidnapping? Sexy detective Mike Schaeffer might save the day. But who will protect Amanda’s heart?
Alice Orr is known for Delicious Suspense Spiced with a Love Story.
She does it again in A Time of Fear & Loving.
Riverton Road Romantic Suspense Book 5
Mike & Amanda’s Story
Anything that appears too good to be true probably is. Mike Schaeffer had no idea who first said those words but he believed them. Lift even a slight wrinkle at the corner of a too-good surface and see what creeps out. Among those creeps in Riverton were the local police.
They’d been nicknamed the Grays for their precisely tailored gray uniforms with creases so severely pressed they looked like you could cut your fingers on them. Growing up here, Mike had been careful to avoid such cutting encounters.
Eventually, he’d joined the force himself, vowing to be a different shade of Gray. He’d managed to remain true to that pledge until Amanda Miller came along. Now, he was in danger of experiencing how cutting his cop colleagues could be. Still, all he seemed able to think about was how Amanda was cutting into his soul.
“Let go of me.”
Amanda pulled against Mike’s grasp, her teeth gritted with the effort.
“Take it easy,” he said in a modulated voice as if he were disarming an overwrought criminal.
Amanda tugged harder.
“Let go of me this second or I’m going to kick you so hard you won’t know what hit you,” she growled.
She surprised even herself. She wasn’t the kind of person who growled. Mike stepped backward without releasing her wrist. Then he glanced down at her feet and began to laugh.
“If you really intend to kick me, I’m glad those aren’t exactly hobnailed boots you have on,” he said.
Amanda followed his glance and saw what he meant. She’d regretted wearing sandals the minute she stepped outside the hotel this morning and found the weather cool again, even though the sun was mounting steadily in the sky. She’d thought about going back inside to change to more substantial footwear, but she was in a hurry. Besides, part of her had welcomed the brisk morning air because it would help keep her alert for the unaccustomed sleuthing she had in mind. The chance of needing to enlist her foot as deliverer of a well-placed kick hadn’t occurred to her. The narrow leather thong encircling her big toe could hardly be expected to inflict much damage. Coral pink toenail polish made the prospect of Amanda as kick boxer even more ridiculous. She sighed and relaxed her grip on the shears she still clutched in her hand, hoping a sigh would fend off the laugh she felt rising against her will.
“See what I mean?” Mike said.
He, in turn, loosened his grasp on her wrist.
“Yes, I do.”
She shook her head in wonder at her behavior. She not only wasn’t the type of person who growled, she didn’t go around threatening people with bodily harm either. Meanwhile, Mike hadn’t let go of her arm altogether as he eased the shears, very gently, out of her grasp and placed them on a nearby table. What he did next could hardly have surprised her more. He began massaging her wrist where he’d held it so tightly a moment ago.
“I hope I didn’t hurt you,” he said.
He spoke softly, and Amanda understood with some alarm that this was no longer the insistent police professional tone he had used when his purpose was to disarm her. There was something far more personal in his voice now. Meanwhile, the rhythmic stroke of his fingers against the sensitive skin of her wrist, at the exact location of her pulse, threatened to turn her anything but calm.
“I’m sorry I nearly stabbed you,” she said, lightly as she could manage given the turmoil she felt approaching her senses.
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A Time of Fear & Loving is Book 5 of the Riverton Road Romantic Suspense Series set in Riverton, New York featuring the Kalli and Miller families and the Women of West Main who will debut in Book 6. Find out more at www.aliceorrbooks.com.
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