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(Holly Woods Files #1)
(Holly Woods Files #1)
|Release Date: June 11, 2015|
~ Synopsis ~
I’m an Italian-Texan woman in a family full of cops. I’m passionate and shoot before I think. You only f*ck with me if you’re stupid.
Photograph cheating spouses. Hand over the evidence. Cash my check.
That was my plan when I returned home to Holly Woods, Texas, and became a private investigator.
Finding the dead body in my dumpster? Yeah… Given the choice, I think I would have opted out of that little discovery, especially since all three of my brothers are cops. And my Italian grandmother is sure the reason I’m single is because of my job.
Of course, my connection to the victim is entirely coincidental. Until I’m hired by her husband to investigate her murder and shoved bang-smack into the path of Detective Drake Nash.
My nemesis, a persistent pain in my ass, and one hell of a sexy son of a bitch.
Shame he still holds a grudge from that time I shot him in the foot twelve years ago, or we could have something. In another life.
So now all I have to do is avoid my nonna’s blind dates, try not to blackmail my brothers into giving me confidential police files, and absolutely do not point my gun at Drake Nash. Or kiss him. Or jump his bones.
All while I hunt down the killer.
Sounds totally simple—until a second body proves that sometimes things that start as coincidences don’t always end up that way…
(Twisted Bond is book one of the Holly Woods Files series and while it does not end in a cliffhanger, it is not a standalone.)
~ Excerpt ~
“Why are you here?”
He pulls his ear defenders down. “Out here?”
“Here.” I yank off my ear defenders. “At my parents’ for family dinner. Out here, bugging me. Take your pick. I’ll take a reason for either.”
“Your nonna appears to have taken a real good likin’ to me. If I didn’t know better, I’d say she’s tryna set us up.”
“Clearly, she’s losin’ her mind,” I snap, reloading my gun again before tucking it back into my boot. I fold my arms and meet his eyes. “And out here? Why are you here?”
Nothing. Just silence. Just those goddamned beautiful eyes boring into mine.
“No? Okay.” I walk past him, pushing hair from my face.
“Don’t go out with him again.” His arm shoots out to stop me, and his words hit me hard. “Gio.”
“Since when has it been any of your business what I do?” I face him, narrowing my eyes as our gazes collide. “Last I checked, I’m a single, grown woman, and if I want to go out with someone, I will.”
“He’s not the kind of guy you need.”
“Neither are you,” I reply, running my eyes down his white shirt, which is untucked over his dark-blue jeans. The bottom of his shirt is gaping, allowing me a view of a triangle of tan skin with a smattering of dark hair. I linger there for a moment before pulling my gaze back up. “Yet here we are, having this conversation, you thinkin’ you know what’s best for me.”
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~ Review ~
I’ve got to be honest, when I saw the blurb for this book I wasn’t sure it was a read for me, but then I remembered who the author was and I figured I had to give it a chance. Well, holy hell I am sooooo glad I did. This sinfully seductive new series from Emma Hard embodies enough suspense and sizzle to keep you up past your bedtime.
Noelle and Drake had chemistry beyond compare and their cat and mouse game had me all sorts of hot and bothered. Who doesn’t enjoy quick witted banter between a strong female and a devilishly handsome authoritative man?
Noelle was all sorts of fire and ice. A former cop turned private investigator with an overbearing grandmother and feisty family. Her focus is always on her next case and bringing the cheaters to justice. But when her business becomes the center of an investigation in Holly Woods, she has to contend with Detective Drake Nash.
Swoon now…..Drake was all domineering, authoritative, sexy and playful. Determined to get under Noelle’s skin and keep her in line, he kept a close eye on her while investigating. But somewhere along the way, keeping her close became more than his job.
As their investigation heats up, they begin to spend more time together. Since he works for the dept. it should be no surprise that he would know her family. But when Det. Nash makes an appearance at a family dinner all hell breaks loose and more fun ensues.
The storys focus is solving the recent murders in the quiet town of Holly Woods with enough suspense to keep you guessing throughout. The relationship between Drake and Noelle plays second fiddle but is in no way diminished. This book is different from Emma’s other works. There will not be a plethora of sexy love scenes. We get more foreplay in this book but oh….. anticipation always makes it better.
If you are new to Emma’s work…#1click! If you are a die-hard Emma fan, like me….#1click! Drake and Noelle are engaging and make this a very enjoyable read. Can’t wait to see what’s next for them in the next installment in the Holly Woods Series.
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~ About the Author ~
By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to two beautiful little monsters. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of whatever she fancies - usually wine - and writes books.
Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.
She likes to be busy - unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.
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