Driving down the coast to the cabin, Michelle’s thoughts tumbled around. I couldn’t let him come. What if the place is trashed? How would I explain that? How would I get the diamonds? No, I had to do that. Dominic, darling sweet Dominic, I’m sorry …
She entered the track to the cabin and pulled up alongside it as usual. Driven by the need to get back to Dominic and make things right, Michelle grabbed the cabin key, and left her purse on the floor. She left the car keys in the dash and ran around to the door of the cabin. This will only take a couple of minutes.
Michelle unlocked the door and dashed into the cabin. She came to a stop as she registered the disarray, then walked rapidly into the kitchen. Things were moved around, but it didn’t look as if the intruder had opened the freezer. A chair was tipped over, saucepans and crockery were out of the cupboards, but not broken. They’d been placed on the work surfaces. Michelle was about to check the freezer when she was grabbed from behind.
Strong arms gripped her, keeping her arms clamped to her sides. She bucked backwards trying to break the hold. Her attacker left one arm around her, and grabbed her around the throat with the other hand. He jerked her head back and talked in her ear.
“Stop struggling. I don’t want to hurt you. Where’s the guy who lives here?”
Michelle winced as he grabbed her hair and pulled hard. “That hurts. I don’t know... I-I was just renting the place for a vacation.”
The man bundled her against the wall and thrust his knee between her legs. He pushed her head against the wall. Her face was squashed against the cool white plaster. His forearm trapped her as he pressed it onto the middle of her back.
He doesn’t want me to see him.
“I’m serious. It will get nasty if you keep lying. I saw you together. It was obvious you knew each other well. Where are the diamonds and the painting?” He knocked her head against the wall with considerable force.
Pain shot across her forehead. She muttered. “I have no idea what he did with the stuff.”
She heard a gruff sound close by her ear. The man’s aftershave was potent and she felt nauseated.
“We’ll see what you mean to him, shall we?”
He turned her in one violent move, grabbed her hands, slapped on handcuffs, and pulled her by the hair to sit on the nearest upright chair. He wound her hair around one hand and with the other he brought a cell phone out of his jacket pocket and used his thumb to call someone.
Michelle waited, her gaze fixed on his face. It’s the assistant, Probert’s assistant, the other client … Johnson. If he’s trying to call Connor, the burner’s destroyed … hell. She squirmed under the punishing sting as the man yanked at her hair.
©Elodie Parkes Evernight Publishing November 2015
New from Evernight Publishing, erotic romance, suspense, intrigue, and a gorgeous love story
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At thirty-two Dominic Carr thinks it’s time he met a girl he could love. He’s tired and jaded from his high power job, and hoping that this summer’s vacation will be refreshing. When he sees Michelle Vega in the art gallery of a harbor town he visits, her long legs in pink couture shorts grab his attention.
Michelle Vega has everything to hide except her beauty and her instant attraction to Dominic. She’s not on vacation as she visits the gallery—more like on business.
When Michelle’s business takes a dangerous twist Dominic finds he’s pulled into a perilous situation.
Will this be a test of his love or the finish of it?
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