by Valerie J. Clarizio
Release Date: September 1, 2016
After Alex Polecheck’s police officer husband, Sam, is stabbed in cold blood, she vows to see the murderer brought to justice. Peter, Sam’s best friend, and fellow police officer, seems to be the only member of the Police Department interested in catching the killer.
Peter sets out on a perilous hunt for the killer, while trying to protect Alex, who appears to be next on the murderer’s list.
The mystery begins to unravel when Peter finds a connection between the murder of Sam and two other law enforcement officers, who were all part of an internet crime taskforce. Peter and Alex find themselves alone in the battle for justice and truth when they discover members of the local police department cannot be trusted. Will Peter piece together the puzzle before Alex is silenced? While battling to protect Alex, will he be able to continue to conceal his love for her?
Peter stared at Alex as she stood before him with her hands on her deliciously curved hips. His nerves were shot. They had been since the day Sam was murdered. The more he dug into Sam’s case, the worse it got. He worried about Alex twenty-four seven. Absently, he pressed his hand to his chest. The unease coiled within him for the past several months would be the death of him.
Alex stared at him, obviously waiting for a response. He knew his hands would be full, even before he suggested she stay at his house. That dang stubborn side of her tended to come out at the worst times. But he couldn’t let her stay alone; it was too dangerous. He shifted his gaze to the couch. ”Well then I guess I’ll just sleep here tonight. Tomorrow you’re going to get a security system installed, so I don’t have to worry about you so much.”
“Okay,” Alex replied as she turned and padded off to the hall closet. She returned a moment later with a pillow and blanket and set them on the sofa.
Peter made himself as comfortable as he could on the couch, which was about six inches shy in length to suit his needs. He watched, unable to look away from Alex, as she moved down the hall. She entered the spare bedroom rather than the master. It hurt to see that. It pained him even more that she slept in the next room, and he couldn’t be with her. His heart constricted. He thought about how much he loved her but couldn’t have her. He’d loved her from the first time he laid eyes on her, but from the beginning, her heart had belonged to Sam.
He let out a sigh.
Peter tossed and turned for hours, thinking of Alex in the next room and imagining what he’d be doing to her if he were sharing her bed. He pressed the palm of his hand to his chest. As much as his body ached for her, his heart ached for her more.
Throughout the night, he heard her cry. The first time, he went to check on her. Just as he was about to knock on the door, he heard her mumble Sam’s name. He wanted to cry himself for the agony Sam’s death caused her. He’d give his right arm if her pain would go away. Over and over, he tried to bargain with God, offering anything for Alex to be happy again. No deal.
Valerie Clarizio lives in romantic Door County Wisconsin with her husband and two extremely spoiled cats. She loves to read, write, and spend time at her cabin in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
She’s lived her life surrounded by men, three brothers, a husband, and a male Siamese cat who required his own instruction manual. Keeping up with all the men in her life has turned her into an outdoors enthusiast, of which her favorite activity is hiking in national parks. While out on the trails, she has plenty of time to conjure up irresistible characters and unique storylines for her next romantic suspense or sweet contemporary romance novel.
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