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Montana Heat: True to You!
A Montana Man risks everything for the woman he loves . . .
Undercover DEA Special Agent Dawson King spent five months in a Montana prison establishing a fake identity to take down a ruthless drug dealer and put him behind bars. Except there’s a wild card . . . the killer’s beloved daughter. Cara Potter may appear to be on the right side of the law, but King has learned the hard way to trust no one—even someone as tantalizing as the coffee shop owner. She’s irresistible . . . but is she also dangerous?
From the moment he enters her life, King makes Cara . . . nervous. The handsome drifter says he wants to get his life together . . . but there is something about him that doesn’t quite ring true. Cara wants to believe in him, yet she holds back despite the way he awakens dormant dreams and leaves her breathless with his sexy smile, steamy kisses, his every touch.
When the explosive truth comes out and she’s betrayed by the ones she loves, Cara must decide—can she trust her heart, or should she listen to her head?
True to You Excerpt #2
He caught Cara by the wrist as she swung to slap him. He tugged and she stumbled forward into his chest. He glared down at her, frustrated and angry she still defaulted to seeing the worst in him and didn’t see what was right in front of her. “Damnit, Cara, I want you. Right here. Right now. Every second of every day. I work beside you day in and day out and all I want to do it touch you. But you know what I want more than that? For you to look at me and believe that I would never hurt you. I would never betray you. I would never lie to you. So hear me when I say this, because it’s the truth and the last time I’ll say it. I do not want Tandy. But I do want to know what she’s up to. If she’s betraying you, I want to know how and why.”
Cara fell against him, her forehead pressed to his chest, her hands gripped tight at his sides. “I’m sorry.”
He gave in to temptation and buried his fingers in her bright, soft hair, then leaned down and kissed the top of her head. “I’m sorry your friend is doing something that goes against everything you believe in.”
“I thought she wanted to turn her life around.”
“I know, sweetheart.”
“She took the opportunity I gave her and threw it in my face. She’s working for my father.”
“Did you mean it when you said you wanted to do everything you could to take your father down?”
She leaned back and stared up at him with watery eyes. “Yes.” It wasn’t easy for her.
“Then don’t say anything to Tandy. Don’t do anything until I figure out exactly what she’s doing.”
“If she’s selling drugs out of the shop, that puts me, my employees, you,” she emphasized, “and my business at risk.”
“I know. The shop is slowing down. Send her home early. You’ve done that before, she won’t suspect anything. I’ll stay. She’ll think it’s because we want to spend time together.”
Cara cocked up one eyebrow.
“It’s to our benefit that she doesn’t suspect we caught her out here doing something she shouldn’t.”
“Maybe now she’ll stop throwing herself at you.”
“The only person I caught in my arms is you.” He hugged her close, making her focus on the fact he did in fact have her in his arms, not Tandy.
“Fine. But how are we going to find out what she’s doing?”
“Not we. Me. I don’t want you involved, especially if this has to do with your father and his business.”
“If this has anything to do with him, then I need to find out before it messes up my life again.”
“That’s exactly why I want you to stay out of it. If I get caught snooping, I can blow it off as nothing more than taking Tandy up on the many offers she’s thrown my way, or that I’m actually interested in working with Iceman and his crew.”
“If the cops get involved, you could find yourself in violation of your parole and end up back in jail.”
“I don’t think it will come to that, but if it does, I’ll handle it. I want you safe and out of it. Your father has ignored your pestering his business. If this turns out to be something he really doesn’t want you to know about, he might have no choice but to make you stay out of it.” He let the underlying threat sink in. “Tandy and that guy have something going tonight. Let me check it out and see what’s what. If she’s doing more than dealing drugs, I’ll find out and make an anonymous call to the cops just like you do. That way you’re clear and so is this place. If that’s all she’s doing, you can fire her tomorrow. If she gets caught in the future, that’s on her.”
Flash would make sure she got caught. He’d set up an undercover buy and bust Tandy for the drugs and for betraying a woman who’d been a damn good friend to her. Maybe the DEA could get some valuable intel out of her.
Cara sighed deeply, her breasts brushing up and down his chest, making him ache.
“Fine. But I’ll meet you at your place tonight. I want to know exactly what you find out.” She gripped his sides tighter and gave him a shake. “I mean it. I want to know everything.”
“I’ll tell you exactly what I find out. I swear.”
If he came back tonight. If Tandy led him to taking down Iceman, he’d have no way back because Cara would discover who he really was and why he came here.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Hunted, McBride, and Montana Men series, writes suspenseful contemporary romances about everyday people who do extraordinary things. Her deeply emotional love stories are filled with high stakes and higher drama, family, friendship, and the happily-ever-after we all hope to find.
Jennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children. When she isn’t writing a book, she’s reading one. Her obsession with both is often revealed in the state of her home, and how late dinner is to the table. When she finally leaves those fictional worlds, you’ll find her in the garden, playing in the dirt and daydreaming about people who live only in her head, until she puts them on paper.