I am the thing that goes bump in the night. I am a liar, a protector…a killer…I am Noah Blake.
And now that she knows my secret, she hates me.
The guilt and shame I carry around is bad enough…But seeing the distrust in her eyes, that will kill me before my enemies do…
“You can give me that sourpuss expression all you want, I’m not leaving you.”
She whipped around to glare at him. “You have a whole team. You can’t send one of the others?”
He shrugged, “Sorry, princess. My guys have actual work to do. Looping you into protection detail actually puts strain on them.”
“Oh, I have an idea. Why don’t you stop?”
Noah took a step forward, crowding her. She had no choice but to take a step back. When he didn’t stop, she backed straight into a wall. With Noah looming over her, his heat enveloped her. She made the mistake of inhaling deep. The scent of sandalwood and something spicy injected her bloodstream with lust.
She immediately started remembering everything about him that she was trying to forget. The tenderness of how she felt in his arms. The way he whispered her name softly when they made love. The way he held her tight, his hands tracing over every inch of her skin. She whimpered.
He leaned close and whispered, “Because I’m not going to let anything happen to you.” He straightened and took a deliberate step away from her before adding, “You can be rid of me when we get back to your apartment.”
“I can’t wait,” she ground out.
Every cell in her body hated him. Loathed him even. Liar. She should hate him. But she didn’t. She loved him. Still. Even knowing what he had done. That he’d betrayed Rafe, betrayed her, and betrayed her whole family. God, the lies he’d fed her over the years. So many lies.
But despite that, she still freaking loved him. And she missed him with a bone-deep ache. The kind that had her crying herself to sleep every night. She wished she could pretend it was the sex she missed. The comfort of his body. No. It was his laugh and his teasing. And the way he always made her feel safe.
Before that night, she’d never had any reason to fear him. But once she’d touched that scar, pulled the layers back on his secrets, she knew the truth. He was that thing that went bump in the night. He was her worst nightmare. And there was no coming back from that knowledge.
Noah tossed his hands up in the air. “Lucia, I hope you know we can do this forever as far as I’m concerned. No way am I letting anything happen to you. So, I know you’re mad and you have a right to be, but you need to understand your safety supersedes everything else. You don’t like it? Tough. But I’m here to stay.”
She glared up at him. There had to be another way because if she spent another day in Noah Blake’s company, she was going to turn into the murderer.
NYT & USA Today bestselling author M. Malone lives in the Washington, DC metro area with her husband and their two sons. She holds a master’s degree in Business from a prestigious college that would no doubt be scandalized by how she’s using her expensive education.
Independently published, she has sold more than 1/2 million ebooks in her two series, THE ALEXANDERS and BLUE-COLLAR BILLIONAIRES. Since starting her indie journey in 2011 with the runaway bestselling novella “Teasing Trent,” her work has appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than a dozen times.
She’s now a full-time writer and spends 99.8% of her time in her pajamas.
USA Today bestselling author Nana Malone’s love of all things romance and adventure started with a tattered romantic suspense novel she “borrowed” from her cousin.
It was a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana, and Nana was a precocious thirteen. She’s been in love with kick-butt heroines ever since. With her overactive imagination constantly channeling her inner Buffy, it was only a matter a time before she started creating her own characters.
While she waits for her chance at a job as a ninja assassin, Nana works out her drama, passion and sass with fictional characters every bit as brazen and kick-butt as she thinks she is.
Book two picks up right where book one left us hanging. Some truths have been exposed, and Lucia is struggling to come to terms with everything. Noah remains his tortured self but knows if he and Lucia are to have a chance he is going to have to let her see all his demons.
I enjoyed this one a smidge less than I did book one. Same great writing and fast pace but this one felt a bit like a filler book. We don’t really get much forward movement on the story until right near the end. I also found some parts a bit repetitive. That said I am still really intrigued where this one in headed especially with that tease right at the end. I am also really liking the secondary characters, and I hope these guys get books of their own. Now I wait ever so patiently for book three.