Man of Mystery
by Lorelei Moone
Publication Date: July 6, 2016
Genres: Adult, Romantic Suspense, BBW
What would you do if on your way home from your boring work, all of a sudden a handsome stranger leaps into the back of your car and asks you to drive him to the airport?
Be terrified? Threaten him and hope he gets out and leaves you alone? Those were my first instincts as well.
There was something in his eyes, something in the words he said that made me pause though. What if this beautiful man really did need my help? What if my refusal meant not only that his safety hung in the balance, but that of the entire country? So I drove him to Heathrow Airport, and my adventure began…
What would you say if I told you that there are some very bad people heading to Heathrow right now with a cargo that could destroy the world as we know it?” he says.
“I would ask if you’ve been drinking.” I continue to stare at him, but he’s unfazed by my reaction and smiles again. How is he so calm? This whole thing has got to be a joke.
“And anyway if it’s Heathrow you’re headed for, you’d probably be faster walking at this rate.” I point forward at the traffic to emphasise my point.
“I’m sure you could find a faster route if you put your mind to it,” he responds while pointing at the left turn just ahead.
If I hurry, I can get out of the queue heading to the motorway and make my way through the housing estate until I get to the A30, and then… Wait, why should I help this clown?
“Why should I take you to Heathrow? You could be a lunatic. Or you could in fact be the person taking said terrible cargo to Heathrow yourself. I don’t know you!”
He looks up at me again, his eyes boring into me. There’s something about him that makes me want to trust him, but at the same time the sensible voice in my head insists I’m being an idiot.
“Look, I would show you my badge, but I don’t have it on me. This whole mess unfolded while I was off duty, my unit’s been compromised and time is of the essence.” His face is dead serious now, and I hesitate to argue with him any further, but still, it’s all so surreal I can’t just accept it.
“What unit? You can’t expect to just invade a stranger’s car and commandeer it to take you to the airport. I’ve had a trying day and am just trying to get home, OK? I can’t get involved in some crazy plot…”
“Shh… look straight ahead. We’re probably being watched and I don’t want you drawing attention to me in the back here. If I had another option I wouldn’t have gotten in, but I didn’t.”
I give him one more glance and then look forward while scanning the surroundings from the corner of my eye. I don’t see anyone watching… There’s a guy waiting at the bus stop, but seems to be fiddling with his phone.
“There’s nobody there, just the guy at the bus stop.”
“Is he wearing black commando boots?”
“I don’t know, I can’t see properly from here. Yes. Maybe.” I squint to get a better look, even though he’s still focused on his phone and as such totally harmless.
“There you go. If he’s wearing boots, he’s one of them.” The stranger shuffles around behind me, bumping into my seat.
Although I do my best to stay straight, I can’t see what he’s doing from the mirror and my nerves get the better of me so I turn around real quick anyway. “What the fuck? Is that a real gun?” I turn fully now, shocked at what I’m seeing. “Now what, you’re going to threaten me so I take you to the airport? Hell no, I can’t deal with this today, I just can’t.”
“Shush!” he hisses. “Yes it’s a gun. No, I’m not threatening you, it’s for protection in case the guy spots us. Now if you don’t mind taking that turn and getting the hell out of here, I’d really appreciate it.”
“I… He’s just on the phone… I think you’re overreacting.” I look up again, but the man in the boots is no longer waiting at the bus stop. Panic washes over me at once. Shit, what if this guy is right? I slam the car into first, release the clutch way too quickly, making the car jump and squeal ahead and take the left turn into the residential area. I think I can see that man running after the car in my rear view mirror, but perhaps that’s just my mind playing tricks on me.
What a fun read!
I grew up
obsessing over watching Scarecrow and Mrs. King, so this story was right up my alley. Ordinary girl drawn into the world of espionage by super-hot agent? Yes, please! Terribly realistic? Not really? Insta-lust turning to insta-ish love? Sure. But it’s fun fantasy, so I was willing to go with it every step of the way. I liked both Tess and Liam and enjoyed the breakneck pace of the story. Tess’s work woes were solved in a purely satisfying way as well.
Tempted to go get stuck in rush hour traffic across the pond… 😉
If this is going to be a series, I’d definitely sign up for book two!
Rating: 4 stars / B
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Lorelei Moone is an up-and-coming author of paranormal romance & romantic suspense novels based in London. Her first book, Scottish Werebear: An Unexpected Affair has hit the virtual shelves on Amazon on 25 September 2015, and her second, Scottish Werebear: A Dangerous Business a month later on the 25th of October. A lover of all things sweet, and caffeinated, when she’s not writing about sexy bear shifters and their strong-willed curvaceous love interests, Lorelei can be found baking cookies or cakes for her family.
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