AVAILABLE AUGUST 1ST 2018 / HQN Books
A bride becomes a target in New York Times bestselling author B.J. Daniels’s latest can’t-miss suspense
Tragedy sent Deidre “Drey” Hunter running from rancher Hawk Cahill and into the arms of a sleek businessman who promised her a new life. But dreams of Manhattan days and cosmopolitan nights shatter when he brings her back to an ultramodern paradise in her hometown of Gilt Edge—and vanishes on their wedding night.
Taunted by seclusion and silence, Drey starts to doubt everything…including her sanity. Only Hawk, the stubborn cowboy from her school days, believes the threats are real and that someone is ready to kill. But is he willing to forgive the past if it means ending her nightmare?
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Still upset, Drey tried to shake off her earlier fear of the future and the house. She’d never had an overactive imagination. Little scared her, but for months now it had felt as if her life was out of her control.
“I thought you would appreciate a man who took care of you,” Ethan had said when she’d mentioned that she felt powerless around him sometimes.
Admittedly it had been nice at first. She could just lie back and enjoy the whirlwind romance as if she was a heroine in a book.
So what had changed?
Nothing. Ethan was still the driven businessman who’d swept her off her feet leaving her breathless and off balance. She’d been taken by surprise by him. The extravagant lifestyle, the way he seemed to cruise through life as if master of his own destiny. Of course that had appealed to her.
And he’d wanted her—and came after her like a man who knew his mind. As he said, when he saw something he wanted, he got it. He’d wanted her and now he had her.
That thought struck her as he opened her door and offered her a hand out of the car. Her wedding dress made it hard to move—let alone get out of the sedan. She always thought she’d be married in a simple sheath wedding dress. Or maybe even jeans and boots, knowing Hawk.
But Ethan had had other ideas. When she’d showed him the dress she’d liked in the bride magazine, he’d said it wouldn’t do. It was too plain for the kind of wedding he had planned for them. So here she was, her dress made of yards of billowing fabric that she’d had to fight into submission to even get into the car.
She’d wanted to change after the reception, but Ethan had pointed out that they would be home in a matter of minutes. She’d relented, even though she was anxious to get out of the dress. Or maybe just anxious, she thought as she looked again at the house looming over them.
“Watch this,” Ethan said and touched his phone. “All I have to do is activate this and from now on, whenever you drive up…” Lights in the house and surrounding landscape suddenly came on, making the property look like a landing strip.
She had to admit, the house looked less scary with the lights on as he led her up the steps to the front door.
“Your thumbprint works, as well,” Ethan reminded her. Back when he’d had a security expert come by the library to put her thumbprint into a small handheld device, she’d had no idea this is what it had been for. Even back then, Ethan had known they would be living in this house—and not in New York.
She felt even more intimidated by the house as she looked at the massive carved wood door. How much of this house operated on her thumbprint? She stared at the carved face of a lion in the middle of the door for a moment as Ethan deactivated the door lock. Even the lion looked displeased to see her as if it knew she was going to fail. The thought made her want to laugh.
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