by Joan Swan
Series: Phoenix Rising #4
Genre: Romantic Suspense, Paranormal
Release Date: December 31st, 2013
Paperback/Ebook, 352 pages
For seven years, Halina Beloi has been in hiding. But she’s never forgotten Mitch Foster, the long, lean man she had to leave behind. Until, that is, Mitch shows up with a list of questions and a 9mm in his hand.
All Mitch knows is that Halina broke his heart and disappeared. But new information has surfaced implicating her as a player in the deadliest game of Mitch’s life. This time, he’s not letting go without answers. Now terror, danger and heat will fuse them together or shatter the future. . .
Another deep shiver wracked his body, and Mitch Foster clenched his teeth around a growl. “My dick’s turning into an icicle.”
He lowered the night vision binoculars and reached for the thermos of coffee. It was empty. Mitch chucked the container at the floor of the boat, glaring at the darkened house. “Screw this.”
Halina Dubrovsky had turned out the lights over half an hour ago and he couldn’t see shit. Her boyfriend, some dude named Dex, hadn’t shown up for two days. Didn’t matter. Even if the guy did appear, Mitch had enough information on Halina’s daily activities now to confront her without running into him.
When Mitch cornered her, she wasn’t going to have anywhere to turn. Anywhere to run.
Not this time.
He started the motor and crawled toward shore, holding his speed down for silence and warmth. Huddled behind the windshield, he pulled his phone from his pocket and hit the speed dial for Kai Ryder.
“What’s new?” Kai answered.
“Genital hypothermia,” Mitch said. “My nuts are buddying up with my kidneys.”
“You have two? Balls, I mean. I thought you were down at least one.”
“Shut the fuck up. How are Lys and Brady?” he asked, hating himself for missing the birth of his first nephew.
“Great. You’d never know Alyssa had a baby last week, and Brady and I are totally bonding.”
“I hate you.” He was only half-joking in this instance.
Kai laughed, the asshole. “Was it worth it?”
“No.” His teeth were starting to chatter. “No sign of the boyfriend. No friends. No activities. She rows in the morning, works all day, goes to the gym, runs with her dog.”
And played with her dog. And cuddled with her dog. And freaking slept with her dog.
She was so damned sweet to that animal it made his teeth grind. And that was just one of the behaviors he found incongruent with what he’d learned of her over the last few days.
“Mmm,” Kai hummed. “Bet she’s got a killer bod.”
“Ryder…” he warned.
He didn’t need any reminders of how Halina looked. He’d been watching her for two days and she wasn’t particularly discreet when it came to changing clothes. But then, under normal conditions, she wouldn’t need to be. From the street, her home was virtually nondescript, the only entry the front door and one curtained window. Lakeside, the house was nearly all glass, but its orientation and landscaping created a seclusion Mitch could only get around with a boat specifically positioned on the lake and a pair of binoculars.
He hit a dense patch of fog and another tremor gripped him bone-deep. “Shit. I thought I knew fog, but this place is colder than San Francisco. What Intel did you get? I’m going to confront her in the morning before she goes to work.”
“She’s a secretive little thing,” Kai said.
“No shit,” Mitch muttered.
“From what I’ve found, she’s not using her real name for anything. She’s completely dropped it. The alias Heather Raiden goes back seven years, and I still think that whole using your middle name for her last name is…odd. Kinda creepy, actually. I mean, it’s almost like there’s a message there or something.”
Mitch got that feeling, too, though he kept vacillating over its possible meaning. “Like ‘Fuck you, Foster. You’re too stupid to find me even when I’m using your name.’ That kind of message?”
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