Two Lori Wilde romances together for the first time in print!
When her thrill-seeking twin sister goes missing, Maddie Cooper must come to her rescue-which means teaming up with irritating, arrogant, and altogether way too sexy FBI agent David Marshall. David isn't one to get easily distracted but his new self-proclaimed partner has him completely sidetracked with her delectable curves and knockout smile. His first priority: follow the leads in the case. Then he can go about the all-too-enjoyable task of following his heart . .
PR specialist Cassie Cooper loves the adrenaline rush of a well-planned party. And a masquerade ball at the museum is her best yet. But when a legendary amulet is stolen practically from under her nose, she needs the help of her nemesis, archaeologist Harrison Standish. No-nonsense Harrison has all the intensity of Indiana Jones. Though just when he needs his full attention on their mission, he's having the damnedest time keeping his mind-and his hands-off Cassie . . .
About Lori Wilde
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lori Wilde has written sixty novels. She holds a bachelor's degree in nursing from Texas Christian University and a certificate in forensics. She volunteers as a sexual assault first responder for Freedom House, a shelter for battered women. Lori is a past RITA finalist and has been nominated four times for theRomantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award. She's won the Colorado Award of Excellence, the Wisconsin Write Touch Award, the Lories, the More Than Maggie, the Golden Quill, the Laurel Wreath, and the Best Books of 2006 Book Award. Her books have been translated into twenty-five languages and featured inCosmopolitan, Redbook, Compl
ete Woman, All You,TIME, and Quick and Simple magazines. She lives in Texas with her husband, Bill.
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Charmed and Dangerous
The air in the room seemed miserably hot even though he’d twisted up the controls on the air conditioner whenhe’d walked in. Or maybe it was the heat of his bloodrushing through his veins.
“Nobody likes being intimidated.”
“Don’t be so sure of that. Ever heard of a submissive?”
“I’m not a submissive,” she denied. “Far from it.”
“You sure? You entered a man’s room while he wasgetting undressed.”
“That doesn’t make me submissive. If anything, I’d sayI was dominant.”
“You dominating me?” The notion was so foreign, soutterly ridiculous that David burst out laughing.
His derision incensed her. She stabbed an index fingerin his direction. “Maybe you’re the one who’s longing tobe submissive.”
“Oh yeah?” Swiftly he covered the remaining distancebetween them.
She backpedaled until she ran smack dab into the wall.David grabbed both her wrists, pinned her hands aboveher head and swiftly shoved one knee between her legs,completely hemming her in with no way out.
“This look like submissive to you, darlin’?” hegrowled.
They were both breathing hard, their lips almosttouching.
“For your information I’m a third degree black belt inkarate,” she said.
“Bring it on. I’m fifth degree.”
“You don’t threaten me.” She gulped, belying her ownbravado.
He saw the column of her throat muscles pump hardand he knew he’d succeeded in intimidating her, but stillshe held her ground. She might be scared, but she was too damned proud to run away.
“Uh‑huh?” He hesitated.
“Take this with you.”
But that was as far as he got because Cassie unsnappedher seat belt, leaned across the console, and planted a kisson his scarred cheek.
He was so startled that he jerked his head toward her,and her mouth slipped from his cheek to his lips.
The next thing he knew he was kissing her.
It was hot and wet and moving.
For one endless second Harrison forgot about the FordFocus parked behind him. He forgot about the Minoanhieroglyphics. He forgot about Solen and Kiya. He forgotabout the amulet. He even forgot about Adam.
Whereas before there was danger, now there was nothingbut pleasure. His full attention was focused on onething and one thing alone.
Cassie Cooper’s mouth.
Lush and full and ripe and sweet. She tasted of summer.Throbbing and heated and humid. Filled with lifeand intensity and drama.
He remembered swimming pools and lounging on thebeach, smelled chlorine and suntan lotion. He thought ofthe Fourth of July, heard bottle rockets scream and BlackCats explode. He saw fireflies flickering through pecantrees, and he spied charcoal embers glowing white-hotinthe bottom of a barbecue grill.
It all added up to a glorious wow.