*Fire on the Moon is the 19th book in the Decorah Security Series. Each book can be read as a standalone in the series.
FIRE ON THE MOON Excerpt:
Francesca has escaped from her uncle’s killers and the fire they set in his house. Now she’s running down the beach, trying to get away.
“Wait, I saw what happened. I want to help you.”
Saw what? The fire? The gun? The dog? Still afraid to trust anyone, she looked toward the houses that ran along the shoreline, wondering if she could slip between them and get away. The movement slowed her and the man who had called out put a hand on her shoulder.
The hand sent a zing of reaction through her, but she simply couldn’t give in to it, not after everything that had happened. When she tried to wrench herself away, she stumbled. She would have landed in the sand, but the man caught her, pulling her against his body. He felt solid and well built, well muscled without being a weight lifter type, and his arms around her were reassuring in a way she couldn’t articulate. He could have easily locked her in his grasp, but he wasn’t holding her tightly. The knowledge that she was free to step away from him kept her standing in his embrace, comforted by the sturdy feel of him.
As his hands soothed over her shoulders and down her arms, she struggled to stop trembling.
“It’s okay. I can help,” Zane said again, hearing the thick quality of his voice. His natural impulse had been to help a victim. Yet as he cradled this woman in his arms, he was feeling a lot more than the need to offer aid.
She didn’t answer, and he understood why she couldn’t rely on him, or anybody else right now. She’d escaped from a burning building, only to see two men try to capture her. They’d been taken down by what looked like a large dog that had appeared out of nowhere. She didn’t know the dog was a wolf, and the wolf was him. And he couldn’t tell her he was the one who had rescued her. He wouldn’t give away that information to anyone he didn’t trust implicitly.
He’d left the men rolling on the ground, bleeding and nursing major bites. And he’d made sure some of those bites were in their hands so that firing a gun would have been almost impossible. As a wolf, that had been the best he could do to disable the thugs without killing them. Then he’d found his running shorts, shirt and shoes where he’d left them in the bushes and changed back to human form, pushing through the transformation before taking off after the woman.
She raised her head, looking dazed, and maybe that gave him his best chance.
“Let me help you.”
She focused on his face, and he knew she was trying to get a sense of him beyond the superficial exterior of a lean, fit guy in his early thirties who had come dashing down the sand after her when nobody else had turned away from the fire.
He tried to project honesty and calm.
“Who are you?” she asked in a shaky voice.
Your life mate. The answer leaped into his mind, stunning him. Yet he pushed the crazy notion down into the depths of his soul as soon as it had surfaced.
She spoke while he was still feeling dizzy with the possibility of truth.
“Why would you help me? What’s this to you?” Her question only reinforced the emotions clanging through him.
By an effort of will, he kept his gaze steady. He couldn’t deal with the life-changing idea that had slapped him in the face, but he knew he had to cope with the immediate situation.
“It’s my job. My name is Zane Marshall. I’m a private detective. I work for an agency called Decorah Security.”
A New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly best-selling and award-winning author, Rebecca has written over 145 books and novellas. In 2011 she became the dozenth author to receive the Romance Writers of America Centennial Award for having written 100 romantic novels. Her Killing Moon was a launch title for Berkley’s Sensation imprint in June 2003. Five more books in the series have followed.
Rebecca has authored or co-authored over 65 romantic thrillers, many for Harlequin Intrigue’s very popular 43 Light Street series, set in Baltimore, and many with paranormal elements.
Her many awards include two Rita finalist books. She has two Career Achievement awards from Romantic Times: for Series Romantic Suspense and for Series Romantic Mystery. And her Peregrine Connection series won a Lifetime Achievement Award for Romantic Suspense Series.
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