Exclusive Excerpt: Against the Fury by Kat Martin
Kat Martin stops on over to share an exclusive excerpt with you all!
A bodyguard, a bounty hunter, a P.I.--the men of Brodie Operations Security Service, Inc. are down for the job. . .
Sinners, whores, and sluts beware--your time is at hand: a faceless menace is threatening lingerie models on a cross country tour, and Ethan Brodie is there to defend and protect.
Ethan's learned the hard way that beauty is no substitute for character. So even though Valentine Hart is one of the most breathtaking women he's ever seen, he's keeping his hands off and his eyes open. Or that's what he tells himself.
Then one of the models is murdered, and the closer Ethan gets to the answers, the closer he finds himself to Valentine--and the hotter the pressure feels. There's more to Val--more to the other girls--than he could have guessed. But one is keeping a secret that could kill them all.
She couldn’t believe it. He might be handsome, but he was still an over-bearing, macho male. “You’re kidding, right? Now you’re threatening to manhandle me?”
Amusement touched his lips and his hard look softened. “Sorry. I’m a little out of practice dealing with women. I need to keep you safe, Val. I have no idea where the crazy who killed Delilah might turn up next. Until we know more, I need you somewhere I can protect you.”
He had a point. A woman was dead. Val had also received one of those letters. She sighed. “Okay, I see your point. But you had better get me back here in time to get ready.”
She hurried into the bedroom, dragged off her wet Seahawks' tee, pulled on a yellow T-shirt with I heart Seattle on the front, then returned to the living room.
Ethan was occupying himself with a perusal of her apartment. “Nice place,” he said, his gaze going over the antique bookshelves, the overstuffed nutmeg tweed sofa and chair that complimented the flecks of brown in the beige carpet. One of Mom's framed sampler's hung on the wall next to some cute dog and cat prints.
"Homey," he said. She noticed Snoozy had wandered in and was winding his way between Ethan’s long legs. He didn’t seem to mind.
“I would have guessed modern and expensive.”
“Why is that?”
“Because you don’t exactly look the homey type.” He picked up the big gray tom and absently stroked his fur. Val felt the movement of his fingers as if they were touching her instead of the cat.
“I’m saving my money to finish vet school,” she said, shaking off the thought. “Sam told you that. This place is as much as I can afford until I graduate. And if you want to know the truth, I like it--so there.”
His lips twitched. God, the man had a beautiful mouth. Just looking at the way it curved did funny things to the pit of her stomach.
“You live alone?”
“Just me and Snoozy.”
“We’ve met.” Ethan scratched the cat beneath its chin one last time then set him back on his feet. “No boyfriend, then. Sam didn’t say, but I don’t see any sign of one.”
“What, you were prowling around while I was changing?”
“I’m a detective. Prowling is what I do.”
She shook her head. “No boyfriend. I don’t have time.”
She didn’t say more as Ethan opened the front door and she walked out of the apartment, crossed the old-fashioned covered front porch, and made her way along the walkway out to his Jeep--a big black Wrangler four-door hardtop that looked like a smaller version of a hummer and shouted too much testosterone. She couldn’t deny it seemed to fit him.
He opened the door to the passenger side and Val climbed up in the seat. Ethan walked around, slid in on the other side, and cranked the engine.
“How much college do you have left?” he asked as he pulled away from the curb.
“One more year.”
She smiled. “I’ve already had an offer for a job in one of the local animal clinics as soon as I get my degree.”
A dark eyebrow arched in her direction. “You don’t think you’ll miss being a model? Most women would go blind with joy if they could work for La Belle.”
Val laughed. “I’m not most women.”
Ethan flashed her a look that made her stomach lift. “Yeah, I’m beginning to get that.”
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New York Times bestselling author Kat Martin is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara where she majored in Anthropology and also studied History. She is married to L.J. Martin, author of western, non-fiction, and suspense novels.
Kat has written more than sixty-five novels. Sixteen million copies of her books are in print and she has been published in twenty foreign countries, including Japan, France, Germany, Argentina, Greece, China, Russia, and Spain.
Born in Bakersfield, California, Kat currently resides in Missoula, Montana, on a small ranch in the beautiful Sapphire mountains.
Her last 10 books have hit the prestigious New York Times bestseller list. AGAINST THE WILD, AGAINST THE SKY, and AGAINST THE TIDE her latest release, took top ten spots.
Visit Kat's website at www.katmartin.com
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