by: Jackie Ashenden
Series: Nine Circles
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: November 1, 2016
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperback
A man with everything on the line…
Known to the underworld only as Jericho, billionaire Theo Fitzgerald is one of the most powerful men in the world. But his plan is to tear down the criminal empire his father created from the inside out—unless someone else does it for him. He suspects a bold, seductive woman named Temple Cross might be trying to take him out with it—but for the chance to burn in the heat she gives off, he’s not sure if he minds…
A hired hit woman, Temple has been waiting to get close to Jericho her whole life. The man who destroyed her family is worth looking in the eye before she kills him—but when she’s finally alone with Jericho, he’s nothing like the ruthless barbarian she imagined. Her reaction to his touch is explosively sexual—and their emotional connection is too powerful for her to ignore. Is she his shot at redemption? Or will he have to risk losing her love to save her life?
She’d never thought this man would be different from all the rest. She’d never thought his focus would be her. Because why should it? When every single other man she’d been with had been completely selfish about their own pleasure. They weren’t curious about her, they didn’t care whether she got off or not. They weren’t interested.
But he was.
It had never bothered her before since with all those other men, sex had only been a means to an end.
Yet . . . it bothered her now.
Which left her with only one option. If she wanted to take control of this and still win, she had to turn his focus. Make him selfish. Make him desperate. Make him intent on nothing but his own pleasure.
Difficult when she didn’t know much about him. Then again, she’d picked up a few things during the past couple of hours. She had an inkling about what would get him panting for her.
He liked control, but even more than that, she suspected he liked a challenge.
Time to be that challenge.
“I think you like it,” she murmured. “I think you like me pulling away. It gets you hot, makes you want to come after me. In fact, I bet that’s what you’re waiting for now. Why you’re holding back.”
His gaze roved over her. “What makes you think I’m holding back?”
“You’re a man who takes what he wants and you haven’t taken me yet.” She gathered herself, shifting her weight onto the balls of her feet, ready to move, stripper shoes be damned. “Because you’re waiting for me to run.”
And sure enough, something ignited in his expression, a flare of intensity that had her already fast heartbeat accelerating.
“Ah.” The word was soft, quiet. A mere exhalation of breath. “So what are you waiting for then?” There was something savage in his smile now. “Run, kitten. Run.”
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Jackie has been writing fiction since she was eleven years old. Mild mannered fantasy/SF/pseudo-literary writer by day, obsessive romance writer by night, she used to balance her writing with the more serious job of librarianship until a chance meeting with another romance writer prompted her to throw off the shackles of her day job and devote herself to the true love of her heart – writing romance. She particularly likes to write dark, emotional stories with alpha heroes who've just got the world to their liking only to have it blown wide apart by their kick-ass heroines.
She lives in Auckland, New Zealand with her husband, the inimitable Dr Jax, two kids, two cats and some guppies (possibly dead guppies by the time you read this). When she's not torturing alpha males and their stroppy heroines, she can be found drinking chocolate martinis, reading anything she can lay her hands on, posting random crap on her blog, or being forced to go mountain biking with her husband.
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