[Excerpt Tour] BOUND TO DANGER by Katie Reus

Katie Reus
Contemporary Romance
August 5, 2014

At a benefit dinner, community activist Maria Cervantes overhears two men plotting a terrorist attack that could rock Miami to its core. But before she can alert authorities, she’s almost killed in a massive explosion—and wakes up in a hospital with no memory of what happened. As the sole survivor of the attack, she is now a person of interest to the NSA—and especially to Agent Cade O’Reilly. Because Maria is the one woman Cade has never been able to forget.

Years ago, they were closer than either was willing to admit—until Cade disappeared when Maria needed him most. Now he’s sticking by her, whether she likes it or not. Because the memories locked inside her mind could hold vital clues to the next attack. Because terrorists want her dead—and because he never wants to let her go again.

Maria was glad she was sitting down as Cade’s words slammed through her, because the blood drained from her face, leaving her dizzy. She didn’t know what to make of what he’d just said. Or what the hell she was supposed to do about some dead terrorist wanting to kill her. What did it mean? She’d been so convinced she didn’t know anything, but that nagging feeling in the pit of her stomach was growing out of control. Now it was even worse.
“So what happens now? I can’t tell you what I don’t know. I wasn’t lying when I said I don’t remember the explosion or even being at the party. I wish I did, though, believe me. Wait a minute, if the man who was in my room is a known terrorist, then it stands to reason his partner or partners would be in Miami, right? He can’t be working alone, and if some guy was sent to kill me or whatever—”
Halfsmiling, he stepped farther into the room, his posture slightly relaxing. “My guys are already looking into all his known associates, how he got into the country and what he’s been doing since he got here.”
None of which Cade would tell her, she was sure. “Oh.” She still wasn’t certain what that meant for her.
As if he read her mind, he said, “From this moment on, I’m more or less your shadow. I know it’s less than ideal especially with everything you’re dealing with. For that, I’m sorry. You can either fight me and I can tail you twenty-four-seven or you can suck it up and deal with me until we figure out why that terrorist wanted you dead. Because believe me, after reading his file, I have no doubt in my mind you would be if you’d stuck around the hospital. You’re a hell of a lot better off having me as your shadow right now.” There was adark note in his tone she couldn’t read.
It was impossible to believe that someone wanted her dead. But a couple of days ago she would have said it was impossible that someone could get away with such a horrific act of terror in her city, or that her mother would have died in a terrorist attack. When her brother had died in Afghanistan, it was one of the hardest things she’d ever had to deal with. But their family had always known that his death was a possibility. Someone didn’t go to a warzone without that knowledge. The way her mom was killed was too surreal.
And Cade was right. There was no solid reason for a terrorist to be hiding out in her hospital room other than malicious intent. “If you’re my shadow, what does that mean? I have a lot of things to take care of, including dealing with my mom’s funeral.” Her throat tightened at the thought, but at least she didn’t break down into tears again.
“Consider yourself in my protective custody. I’ll basically be your chauffer and bodyguard.” There he went again with that tone she couldn’t read. Everything about him was hard to read. He barely moved when he spoke, keeping his body rigid and under control.
The man in front of her would never be anyone’s chauffer, and something told her he would consider bodyguard duty more like babysitting. But the surprisingly subtle look he raked over her told her he didn’t exactly view being her shadow as a chore. She could tell he liked what he saw, even though he was trying not to show it. For just a brief moment, his green eyes filled with something that looked a lot like desire.
For her.
It was hard to be sure, but she’d been on the receiving end of an appreciative male look enough times to recognize it.Maria was surprised she could feel anything other than grief, but a ribbon of awareness curled through her before his gaze completely shuttered, blocking her out again.
Just as he’d cut her out of his life eight years ago.

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About the Author
Katie Reus is the New York Times, USA Today, & IndieReader bestselling author of the Red Stone Security series, the Moon Shifter series and the Deadly Ops series. She fell in love with romance at a young age thanks to books she pilfered from her mom's stash. Years later she loves reading romance almost as much as she loves writing it. However, she didn't always know she wanted to be a writer. After changing majors many times, she finally graduated with a degree in psychology. Not long after that she discovered a new love. Writing. She now spends her days writing dark paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense.

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