Author Julieanne Reeves is here with us today and she’s sharing an exclusive excerpt from her latest release, Razing Kayne. Welcome to The Book Vixen Julieanne!
Background: Kayne and Jess are on a date. They're driving back to Payson, on a dark stretch of highway that snakes through the mountains, when a vehicle drops in behind them. Having let himself be distracted by the thigh-high slit in Jess's red silk dress, and what might or might not lay beneath, he hadn't realized he was seriously speeding. Only the situation isn't something as simple as being pulled over by a fellow officer. Since there's some spoilers in the first part of this scene, I'm dropping you into the middle. The chase car has been playing cat-and-mouse with them up to this point.
...Kayne shifted gears, he didn’t know what this asshole’s game was, but he wished to hell he was alone. The thought of anything happening to Jess scared the ever-lovin’ shit out of him. “Tell Payson 555 we’re crossing Dealer’s Choice, down to 85 mph.”
“Payson-555 copies,” dispatch replied.
Having divided his attention between the road and the rearview mirror, Kayne saw the other vehicle drop back slightly and edge into the oncoming lane. Then the chase vehicle made its move, swift and merciless, and, in moments, the driver was parallel to Kayne’s back fender, leaving Kayne a split second to recognize the PIT maneuver for what it was and get the fuck out of the way.
“Hold on!” He tapped the gas, and the Vanquish shot forward, just as the other vehicle would have pushed him into a spinout. Not the move of an amateur, which meant the driver had to know at this speed that even a vehicle like the Vanquish was almost guaranteed to roll. Still, the chase vehicle’s front bumper managed to graze his backend, sending him fishtailing.
“We've been hit.” Emotion vanished, and training took over. Kayne steered into the skid, taking them to the very edge of the paved shoulder before attaining the traction he needed to pull them back onto the highway. From the sound of the squealing tires behind him the other vehicle was having a harder time recovering, giving Kayne the extra seconds he needed to gain full control and ensure he stayed well in front. He didn’t dare take his eyes off the car or the road. “You okay, baby?”
“Yes.” Her response was clear and strong. A good sign.
”What’s your 10-20?” dispatch asked.
“We're about to enter Star Valley.”
The second they reached the four-lane highway, the chase car fell way back. Kayne thought they were about to make a U-turn and get the hell out of dodge, making him wonder if they had a scanner and knew there were units waiting. But before he could articulate the thought, the chase car accelerated hard, and Kayne knew they were done fucking around. “Hang on, Jess this might get rough.”
She laughed. Laughed. God love her.
Kayne watched, waited. At the last possible moment, he braked hard-left and slammed on the brakes, hoping to God that he wouldn't flip them himself. He snagged a peripheral glance of the black Mercedes sedan as it sailed past, missing them by mere millimeters.
The Vanquish came to a halt facing north on the east-west highway. Kayne watched the Mercedes skid into a one-eighty and head back toward them. This was no joy rider. That fucker knew how to drive, probably better than he did.
“Get down!” Kayne released his seat belt and threw himself over Jess, covering her with his body...
Julieanne Reeves is a third generation Arizonan with a background in Police-Fire-911 Communications. When she's not spending time spoiling her two wonderful children, she enjoys reading and writing steamy romantic suspense. Having had the privilege of working with some of the finest Law Enforcement Officers in the nation, it's little wonder her heroes carry a firearm and badge. Julieanne currently lives in the Phoenix-Metro area, but hopes to one day return to the mountain town that inspired her Walking A Thin Blue Line series.
For two years, State Trooper Kayne Dobrescu has wanted only one thing: to understand why his wife inexplicably killed their children and then herself. Memories haunt his days and lay siege to his nights, leaving him questioning his reasons for living.
Jessica Hallstatt became a widow and single mother the night her firefighter husband died in a fiery explosion at an accident scene. While her husband may have died a hero, he left Jessica with deep emotional scars that haven't begun to heal.
When Kayne accepted a transfer to the mountain town of Payson, Arizona, he never expected to meet anyone like Jessica. From the moment he pulled her over for speeding, he was drawn in by her whiskey-colored eyes and sassy dimple. He knows she and her children are a forever type package, and he's vowed never to give anyone the power to destroy him again. Yet fate has other ideas, throwing Kayne and Jessica together in a fight against an unknown enemy to save the life of a child—and hopefully one another.
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