A dead body...
A female suspect...
A detective on vacation.
Can he separate duty from desire? Can she trust his mind-blowing kisses? Or will her unknown past end their future together?
When homicide detective Nick McGraw encounters upscale spa owner Cassi Burke standing over a dead body gripping a bloody knife, Nick's much-needed vacation slams to a halt. Instincts tell the seasoned officer she didn't kill the man at her feet, but he's duty bound to deliver her to local police never suspecting Cassi's brief moment of fame will make her a target.
Cassi denies involvement with the murder, and Nick strives to distance himself from the case, but sizzling attraction between the detective and the suspect escalates, putting their feeling for one another, the ongoing investigation, and the threat to Cassi's life on a collision course.
Enter: Nick McGraw: Vacationing police detective.
Perspiration trickled down Nick's spine, and a steady breeze molded his tee shirt to his damp skin. Swirling up from the bog were smells he'd almost forgotten.
Moisture laden peat, thick as plush carpet, and an underlying hint of decay.
Then the wind shifted, and an all too familiar stench permeated the air around him. The hair on the back of Nick's neck rose and out of habit, he reached for his Walther PPK.
Enter: Cassandra Burke: An innocent bystander, maybe....
She swiped a hand across her eyes, crouched low, and peered into the surrounding shadows.
What is that smell?
Rufus lurched away, disappearing into the gloom.
"That's it." She scrambled after him. As she pushed through dense foliage, the swampy ground gave beneath her feet and seeped between her toes. Finally, frustrated and spitting mad, she caught sight of the retriever's golden coat.
"Rufus, come here."
He spared her the flick of one ear. He'd heard her, but he made no move to obey. Instead, he crept forward, heading straight for a pile of sticks, leaves, and God knows what else. Something reeked to high heaven, and the hum of insects droned in her ears.
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