Title: Flirting with Fate
Author: Jerrie Alexander
Series: Noble Pass Affaire Novella
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: September 15, 2015
Cover Design: Misty DietzSummary:
There is no such thing as accident; it is fate misnamed. -Napoleon Bonaparte
Elle Reagan isn't about to stand by and let a con-artist get away with stealing her grandmother’s life savings. While the legal system moves at a snail's pace, Elle promises to bring him to justice. She follows him to a ski resort in Colorado, where she hopes to get the evidence needed to put him away for good. But she didn't count on her roommate being a distraction, because he wasn't supposed to be her brother’s best friend.
Detective Logan Ford has denied his desire to take Elle into his arms since they were teenagers, but when his partner asks him to follow her to Castle Alainn to keep her out of trouble, Logan finds himself unable to refuse her. He agrees to help catch a thief instead of convincing her to pack her bags and go home. To make matters worse, he can’t seem to remember why he should keep his distance from the delectable, infuriating, independent Elle.
Elle and Logan surrender to their attraction, but as their passion ignites, her plot is discovered. A killer will do whatever it takes to silence her and destroy a love that was destined to last a lifetime.
Dinner arrived and both fell into silence as they ate. Even well done, her prime rib was tender and moist. Elle sliced off a piece and held out her fork. "Try this."
Logan's gaze met hers as he leaned across the table and slid the piece of meat off her fork into his mouth. Electricity, strong enough to incinerate the Christmas tree in the corner, charged back and forth between them.
"They're right behind you." Elle and Logan pretended to ignore the two couples as they walked past, but she listened closely.
"It's important that you act now," said Brandon. "I have other investors waiting in line for this deal."
Logan placed his fork on his plate and leaned back. "Typical fraud talk. Try to convince the mark that they're going to miss out if they wait too long."
"We have to make sure the Fitzgeralds don't get ripped off." Elle had a lot of faith in Logan. His reputation as a crime solver was well known. "Fate sent you here to save them from disaster."
"Fate's name is Eric."
"So he's the only reason you came?" She was fishing, but she had to seize the moment.
Logan refilled her glass but not his own. "You know better."
"You're not drinking?"
"One of us has to keep a clear head." The corner of his mouth curved upward.
"Why, Mr. Ford," Elle said in her best heavy drawl. "Are you trying to get me drunk so you can take advantage of me?"
Again, Logan laughed. God she loved to hear the slow and sexy sound. She'd never get tired of it. "Don't make me give your pretty head a knuckle rub."
"You wouldn't dare." She joined his laughter.
"And I'd never take advantage of you."
Elle took a sip of wine. She'd barely kept herself from telling him that she wished he would. "I think I'm finished." She pushed the glass to the center of the table.
"Then let's get out of here." He motioned for the check, signed it, and then walked around behind her and held her chair as she stood.
"Thank you. You're such a gentleman."
His eyebrow lifted. "That’s not the way you should think of me."
Before she could challenge his comment, he'd ushered her out into the lobby. His hand rested on her lower back. How would it feel against her bare skin? She pushed away those thoughts while studying his profile. Logan wasn't handsome in a pretty-boy way. His nose was slightly crooked, and a small scar bisected his eyebrow. Both had been the result of falling from a tree house he and Eric had built. His walk, deliberate with a bit of a swagger, exuded a quiet but deadly confidence.
A student of creative writing in her youth, Jerrie set aside her passion when life presented her with a John Wayne husband and two wonderful children. Her love for romantic suspense inspires her to write alpha males and kick-ass women. Her characters weave their way through death and danger to emerge stronger, because of, and on occasion, in spite of, their love for each other. If they’re tough enough, they live happily ever after.
Jerrie lives in Texas, denies having an accent, thrives on sunshine, children’s laughter, sugar (human and granulated), and researching for her heroes and heroines. She loves to hear from her readers. Find a complete list of her books at http://www.jerriealexander.com or contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.