I've been on a romantic suspense kick lately and today I have an excerpt from a new release, "Dangerous Games" by Tess Diamond, and Tess is giving away 2 copies! So grab a drink from the kitchen, get comfy, and enjoy!
Tess Diamond is a romantic suspense addict with a taste for danger - and chocolate cake. She lives in Colorado Springs with her law enforcement husband, two kids, and ferocious Jack Russell guard dog. She always dreamed of being an FBI agent, and now she almost is - if watching 24 reruns and plotting her next novel counts.
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“We need to find Kayla before we discuss extraction—and that’ll be my call, not yours,” she added, just to remind him who was in charge.
He grinned at her, and it made her heart flip. “I know, I know, you’re the touchstone.”
Surprisingly, she liked this, being able to bounce ideas off someone sharp. She liked it a lot, actually. She used to try it with Paul, but their rhythm always seemed to be off. Jake O’Connor seemed to be able to meet her step for step with ease and intelligence. It sent a thrill of excited hope through her. She looked over to Paul, who was frowning at the two of them, and her excitement faded as she realized he wasn’t convinced.
They’d never been on the same wavelength.
Paul reached out and squeezed Maggie’s shoulder. Out of the corner of her eye, Maggie saw Jake shift, his mouth flattening at Paul’s casual touch. “Sorry, Mags, but I’ve got to go after this,” Paul said.
Maggie bit the inside of her lip. Of course he did. Paul would doggedly follow every lead, even if his gut was screaming that it was a dead end. “Do what you have to,” she said with a shrug, and Paul looked disappointed that she wasn’t going to ignore all her common sense and go along with him.
Maggie turned away toward the window as Paul mobilized the cops and several agents, and they headed out to arrest Randy Macomb. It was so frustrating that Paul wouldn’t take her opinion into consideration—and surprising how much it meant to her that Jake not only stood up for her, but that he’d met her as an equal, as someone with opinions to be valued.
She was starting to think she’d been wrong about him. There were hidden depths beneath that handsome face and warrior body. It seemed almost unfair to the women of the world if he had brains behind that brawn.
Maggie shook her head, trying to banish her unbusinesslike distraction. She needed to focus on the case, not think about how Jake O’Connor filled out a suit. Which was hard, because the man in question had just walked over to her place by the window.
“He’s wasting time,” Jake said behind her.
“I know,” Maggie said as she watched the SUVs pull out of the driveway.
“What’s your plan?”
Maggie looked up at him, and the openness in his eyes made her tell the truth. “I’m not sure yet. I feel like I’m missing something.”
“Sometimes I think we’re always missing something,” Jake replied. “Things change fast in situations like these. Once we get the account number, we’ll get a location. I can get her out safe, Kincaid, as long as I have a location. I promise.”
Maggie couldn’t stop the stricken expression that fell across her face. “You shouldn’t promise things like that,” she said in a hushed voice.
His brow furrowed at the brokenness behind her words, and he stepped forward, reaching out. “Maggie—”
She moved away before he could touch her. She still remembered the warmth of his skin against hers from this morning when she bumped into him. She couldn’t have another reminder. “No promises,” she said firmly. “Not in this line of work.”
Before he could say another word, she smoothed out the wrinkles in her skirt and walked briskly over to Jessa.
“Play me the video again,” she ordered.
Maybe this time, she’d see something new.
A thirteen year-old girl has been taken - and Special Agent Maggie Kincaid is the only one who can get her back.
When a Senator’s daughter goes missing, every minute counts. The FBI’s best hostage negotiator, Agent Kincaid, knows what it’s like to be a terrified victim. Kidnapped as a child, those memories haunt her every day - and give her an insight into the evil mind behind this deadly crime.
But the Senator’s family has other plans, and have brought in ex-forces security expert Jake O’Connor to oversee negotiations. He’s got secrets of his own, and doesn’t play by the same rule book. With time running out, Maggie and O’Connor will have to overcome their differences to keep this case from ending in tragedy.
Publisher: Tess Diamond Books
Series: O’Connor & Kincaid #1
Release Date: November 3, 2015
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