by J.L. Lora
Publication Date: March 6, 2017
Genres: Adult, Romantic Suspense, Cartel, Organized Crime
Determined to avoid the violence that claimed her family and friends, Carissa Elliott flees her hometown with a dangerous plan. She has proof that Calum DeMateo killed her father—now she just has to catch him. To do so, she’ll have to transform herself from small-town ingénue to New York crime boss.
When her path crosses with Alec McLean, the sexy stranger with whom she once shared a steamy nightclub kiss, things take an unexpected turn. Alec heads his family’s criminal organization, the kind of made man Carissa should want nothing to do with. But he also has a plan to take down Calum, and the flames that flicker between them are irresistible.
Will their vengeful quests jeopardize their chance at lasting love?
When she looked up, their eyes met again, and there was no teasing in his. No, he looked at her like he’d zoomed a lens and magnified her. He reached for her chin, his long fingers settling on her jaw. “I love your eyes.” His voice dropped to a hoarse whisper, his thumb brushing over her lower lip.
Carissa’s pulse galloped in her chest and chased away her breath, his touch leaving a ball of need in its wake. Indulging was not an option. Not when she’d just put her mother in the ground, not when a fake Michael Corleone back home was trying to get in her pants, not when she was so vulnerable she couldn’t trust her judgment.
She leaned into his touch anyway.
“They’re just regular.”
“No, I don’t think anything about you is just regular.” His voice was a silk rustle. “I don’t kiss
fictional characters. Tell me your name.”
She couldn’t let him kiss her. She told herself to get up and go but couldn’t stop staring at his full lips and wondering what they would feel like pressed against her own. “Carissa,” she heard someone say, not recognizing her own voice.
A smile bloomed on his lips, spread into his eyes. “Carissa.” His voice rasped over her name in a
lazy stroke. “I’m Alec.”
“Alec,” she repeated, drowning in his eyes. His mouth descended toward hers, and her lips parted, protests dying in her throat.
He captured her mouth, no hesitation or uncertainty. She tasted bourbon and something else that made her knees go weak. One hand slid over her jaw, all the way to the back of her neck. Heat seared her skin wherever he touched. His tongue flicked over hers, causing the blood to rush in her veins. Carissa moaned low and responded in kind.
J. L. Lora was born in the Dominican Republic and came to the United States just at the age of 13. Her goal in life was always to be a writer. As a child, she told stories to her family and friends and wrote fiction about historic figures. Today, her stories explore the dark side of good characters, people living in the gray areas of life and how they cope with the cards life has dealt them. She loves strong heroines and their equally powerful love interests. She currently lives in Maryland while pursuing her dream of writing compelling, sexy, can’t-put-down stories about empowered, badass alpha heroines and take-your-breath-away alpha heroes.
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