About COLD HEARTED
Hunting For A Killer...Who Doesn't Play By The Rules.Detective Erin Donovan expects life to quiet down after the arrest and conviction of a serial rapist who terrified her university town last summer. Then two young women are brutally slain and the murders bear all the hallmarks of the campus rapist. Did Erin arrest an innocent man? Now her job is at stake and tensions are high and just when it looks like things can't get worse, her department gets the help it needs to solve the double homicide--in the form of a man Erin has never been able to forget. FBI Agent Darsh Singh has no interest in reliving the past. Three years ago, his feelings for Erin Donovan had him breaking all his rules about getting involved. Now his only interest in the former NYPD detective is figuring out if she screwed up a rape investigation and helped send an innocent man to prison. But being forced to work together rekindles their old attraction, and as Darsh and Erin fall for each other, the campus predator fixates on Erin. The race is on to identify the ruthless killer before he makes Erin his final victim.
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Her mouth turned down at the edges, and he tried to forget
the fact he’d spent hours kissing those lips—and every other inch of her body.
As if reading the direction of his thoughts she glared at him and turned to the
evidence tech she’d been talking to, dismissing Darsh like he was a nobody.
He shoved down a grin. If it hadn’t been the scene of a
double homicide he’d have laughed. He was used to working with women who busted
balls for breakfast. He actually enjoyed the challenge of them. He stood
waiting patiently until she deigned to speak to him. Forty-six seconds later,
she walked across the room to where he’d planted himself beside the door.
“You’re FBI?” She held out her hand for his creds. Took them
and examined them carefully. “Not a Marine then?” she muttered under her
breath, proving she definitely remembered their night together three years ago.
“Once a Marine always a Marine,” he told her truthfully.
“Semper Fi,” she
“Well, that’s my
motto.” He plucked his creds out of her grip, and she flinched.
Up close, those unusual eyes stood out against creamy skin
and thick dark lashes like a wash of color in an otherwise pale complexion.
There were shadows beneath them, bruises of fatigue dappling tender skin,
speaking of a double shift dealing with brutal reality. He told himself it
didn’t matter. All that mattered was helping catch this killer and making sure
the local cops weren’t incompetent hicks.
“This isn’t a federal case.” Irritation frosted her tone.
Hell, snowmen were warmer than this woman appeared on the
surface—except he knew that beneath the icy exterior was a core of molten fire.
“Detective,” she corrected, those sharp eyes of hers
apparently tracking his thoughts. “Detective Erin Donovan.”
“Detective.” He inclined his head, inexplicably relieved she
hadn’t lied about her first name. He’d taken one look at the sexy blonde and
been smitten. At first they hadn’t exchanged surnames or life histories, both
wanting a no-strings hook up. But by the end of the night he’d wanted to know
everything about her—except the one thing he’d discovered. He cleared his
throat. “Your chief requested assistance from the BAU. I’m it.”
Her boss, at the urging of the governor, had indeed called
the FBI for assistance. None of the local cops needed to know the DOJ was also
“BAU? You’re BAU?” Her expression became less antagonistic
now that she knew he wasn’t a field officer who might try to wrest the case
from her. But the question remained in her eyes—why lie about being a Marine
all those years ago? A spark of apparent understanding lit her eyes, but he
couldn’t begin to guess what she was thinking.
“I guess we both lied to get what we wanted,” she said in
barely a whisper.”
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