January 29, 2010
The Wild Rose Press
ISBN 13: 9781601546340
I'm thrilled to announce that I now have a release date for NOT WITHOUT RISK. It will be available to download at The Wild Rose Press as well as available in print on January 29, 2010.
Here's a sneak peak at the book:
Her hand reached out for him, settled lightly against his left side, just below his sidearm. "What about you, Justin? Do you know, too? Is that what happened to you?"
Her words splintered through him. He swore softly and stepped back, forcing her to drop her hand. "That doesn't matter now."
"I think it does," she persisted, her eyes dark and churning with emotion. "I think it matters a great deal."
What could he say to her that wouldn't add to the fear already churning through her? "Paige, please," he said, attempting to turn the conversation around. "We need to discuss getting you out of here."
"I'm not leaving. I won't be driven from my own home."
"You shouldn't be alone."
She lifted her chin, determined to show him strength even while her hands shook. "I'll be fine."
Frustration wound deeper. He rolled his shoulder where his muscles knotted painfully. "Listen to me-"
"You aren't going to tell me are you?"
Justin set his jaw.
Because she mattered to him. Because the truth about what happened to him six months ago would hurt her, push her away and he didn't want that. Not when he ached to draw her back into his arms, ached to have the sweet, potent taste of her swimming through his system again.
Too late he realized his silence had the same effect on her. Already, her eyes were going cold and distant as she pulled her emotions tightly under control. Only this time, it wasn't fear she wanted to keep at bay, but him.
The knowledge stung. It didn't matter that by distancing herself from him - emotionally and physically - she was probably doing him a favor. He'd already spent enough time thinking of her when he should have been concentrating on his job. Recalling the scent of her, the feeling of rightness that filled him when he held her in his arms. When he was supposed to be reestablishing his place in the department.
He needed to remember that any further involvement with her would be a colossal mistake. That he couldn't afford the distraction Paige Conroy represented.
Still, the ache in his chest as she withdrew even further took him by surprise.
"Tempting as your offer is," she said quietly, as she eased across the room. "I won't go home with you. I can't sleep with you, Justin. You say it doesn't have to be that way, but you and I both know that's the way it would be." Her arms slid around her middle. Her gaze met his. "You're a risk I can't afford to take."