by Kristine Mason
What do you get when you mix a snake-handling reverend, a necrophiliac, a cop and an ex-con? Something perfectly twisted…
Sound like the start of a bad joke? Not to Shane Monahan. The ex-con and newest recruit to the underground criminal investigation group, A.T.L. or Above the Law, has it bad for Collier County Deputy Beth Price. But ex-cons and cops don’t mix, especially when this particular ex-con is looking at going back to prison for his involvement with A.T.L.
All Beth wants is a fun distraction from the stress of her job and law school. She thinks she's found that when she meets Shane during an airboat tour through the Florida Everglades. But Shane’s a felon, a man who could destroy her career as a deputy, and jeopardize her future as an attorney. She doesn’t know what to do—until dead bodies start showing up around the county.
When three abused corpses are found with snake remains inside them, the discovery brings a murderer out of retirement. The Reverend, as he calls himself, doesn’t like his kills being mimicked, especially by a man who abuses the dead—after all, the Reverend does have a reputation to uphold and a congregation to scam. Now it’s time to teach his copycat a deadly lesson…
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Before Vlad dug himself into a deep hole, Shane touched Beth’s arm and motioned toward the wooden ramp leading to the dock. “Don’t mind Vlad,” he said, once they’d distanced themselves from the Russian.
“It’s kind of hard not to when the man said that you’d like to kiss me on the boat.”
“That’s not what he said.”
She stopped when they reached the dock. “That’s what I heard.”
Damn it. He was going to have to have a serious conversation with his brother about Vlad. “I apologize if Vlad made you uncomfortable. I never told him I wanted to kiss you. Vlad has a thing for the Kiss song Beth. He also does this weird thing with peoples’ names. He calls my brother Captain Ryan, and my future sister-in-law Asian Lola.”
“Why does he call her that?”
“Because she’s Asian.”
Beth laughed. “Isn’t Vlad the master of the obvious? I love it. Okay, so Vlad nicknamed me Kiss Beth and you don’t want to kiss me. Gotcha.”
“I didn’t say that.” Smooth, Monahan. Screw it. He wanted to see her away from the boat shop, take her out to dinner, find out more about her and, yes, kiss her.
When her lips tilted in a sexy smile, he relaxed. She turned and climbed onto the airboat, then settled on the cushioned bench seat. “For the record, I wouldn’t turn down a kiss from you,” she said, and reached for the headphones used to block the loud sound of the airboat.
Maybe not right now, but once Beth found out about his past, she would probably run in the other direction. What woman would want to kiss a convicted murderer?
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Kristine Mason is the bestselling author of the popular romantic suspense trilogies, C.O.R.E. Shadow and Ultimate C.O.R.E. She is currently working on her next trilogy, C.O.R.E. Above the Law, along with a series of Psychic C.O.R.E. novellas.
Although Kristine has published a few contemporary romance novels, she focuses most of her energy on her romantic suspense stories, which she loves for their blend of dark mystery/suspense and sexy romance. She is fascinated with what makes people afraid, and is famous for her depraved villains whose crimes present massive obstacles for her heroes and heroines to overcome.
Kristine has a degree in journalism from Ohio State University and lives in Northeast Ohio with her husband, four kids, and two dogs. If she’s not writing, she’s chauffeuring kids, gardening, or collecting gnomes. Oh, and she makes a mean chocolate chip cookie!
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