Series: An Unlikely Hero #2
Published by Entangled Publishing on October 24th, 2016
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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People keep dying around Harper MacLain. Try as she might, she canÔÇÖt stop bad things from happening to those she loves. When her closely guarded secret lands her in the middle of her ex-boyfriendÔÇÖs investigation, sheÔÇÖs in over her head. She hates that Detective Lucas Sullivan is in her life again, tempting her to fall back into bad habitsÔÇªand his bed.
When Harper left him, Lucas tried not to care, burying himself in his job instead. Then Harper became the job. Now theyÔÇÖre on the run, and all he can think about is keeping her safeÔÇªand his hands off her. Lucas knows she's the key to solving his case, if he can keep them alive long enough to do it. And that's the trick...because falling in love can kill you.
Tempted by a Touch by Kris Rafferty is a great story if you are ever in need of a great romantic suspense novel which will keep you on the edge of your seat from page one. Sizzling, gripping, sexyÔÇöTempted by a Touch is everything an Entangled book promises to deliver.
Harper MacLain has not had an easy year. After the hell her brother and his family went through, she expected the nightmare to finally be overÔÇöthe perpetrator in jail. She needed it to be over, to forget what happened, to move on, but unfortunately life is not always that easy. And when plans fail and dangers lurk in the shadows ready to drag everyoneÔÇÖs secrets out in the open, Detective Lucas Sullivan is the only one ready and willing to protect herÔÇöthe only man she ever loved but canÔÇÖt have. But can they overcome their past in order to have a future? Or is it too late and they will be destroyed by their secrets?
Tempted by a Touch is a well-written suspense novel that will have you guess and second-guessing what will happen. I did like Harper and Lucas as a couple, they were head-strong and stayed true to themselves, mostly. But sometimes I got a little annoying and predictable. The suspense aspect of this book was probably my favorite aspect about it. It did keep me mostly guessing as to what will happen.
Overall, this was a pleasant read for a rainy Sunday afternoon. I did have some issues, but those are mostly personalÔÇöI just couldnÔÇÖt quite connect to the characters and I needed more emotions to be conveyed. I still liked the story and probably will read more by this author.
~Review by Anja
If any of HarperÔÇÖs guesses were right, odds were good theyÔÇÖd be questioned and then killed. Her limbs grew heavy at the thought, and suddenly it felt as if she were walking through deep water. Her heart raced, and all she could hear was blood thundering past her eardrums.
ÔÇ£What the hell?ÔÇØ Lucas said.
Harper turned to see what in particular he found disturbing, because to her mind, this whole place warranted a big, enthusiastic what the hell. Then she saw it and stopped cold. TheyÔÇÖd been led to the red cargo container and a guard was motioning them inside.
ÔÇ£No,ÔÇØ she said.┬á┬á Lucas nudged her with his body, urging her forward, but she was having none of it. ÔÇ£IÔÇÖm not getting in there.ÔÇØ
Marnie told her how sheÔÇÖd had Joe put ÔÇ£on iceÔÇØ in a shipping container, that there were two types of going away. One where money was exchanged and you came back, and one where you didnÔÇÖt. There was no way to know if money had been exchanged, so no way to know if their going away was the murdering kind. Prepare for the worst, hope for the best. She wasnÔÇÖt getting in there.
A muzzle pressed against her lower back. ÔÇ£Move.ÔÇØ The guard at the container came at her.┬á Lucas stepped between them, indicating his cuffed hands behind his back.
The guard shook his head, looking around Lucas at Harper.┬á Then someone directed one of the halogen lights directly on them, blinding Harper.┬á She pressed her forehead to LucasÔÇÖs back, gripping his waist, so afraid she could barely breathe.
ÔÇ£In. Now,ÔÇØ the guard said.
ÔÇ£No.ÔÇØ She shook her head, eyes shut tightly.┬á She was absolutely unable to do as she was told.┬á She couldnÔÇÖt. She couldnÔÇÖt step inside.
ÔÇ£Uncuff me and IÔÇÖll get her inside,ÔÇØ Lucas said.
Harper stepped away from Lucas, squinting against the bright light.┬á ÔÇ£No, Lucas.┬á No.ÔÇØ┬á She broke into a full-on sweat, and her throat seized in panic.
The guard seemed to be weighing his options.┬á She could tell the moment he decided to make her LucasÔÇÖs problem. Pressing her hand to her mouth, Harper concentrated on not screaming.
The guard approached Lucas, who lifted his wrists, bending forward a little to accommodate the man. ÔÇ£ItÔÇÖs okay,ÔÇØ Lucas said.┬á The cuffs came off.┬á ÔÇ£Harper, IÔÇÖm here.ÔÇØ┬á He reached for her, his intent clear.
She stepped back.┬á ÔÇ£You donÔÇÖt understand.ÔÇØ Marnie had told her about these things.┬á They were going to die.
Lucas pounced, hauling her to his side, guiding her toward the container.┬á Harper struggled, desperate to put as much distance as possible between her and the container. The guard stood by the open red door, and though the light illuminated the surroundings, it put the interior of the container into shadow.
Lucas pressed his lips to her ear.┬á ÔÇ£Harper, stop.┬á This is not helping.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£In.ÔÇØ The guards waved his gun, indicating heÔÇÖd lost patience.
Lucas nodded, placating. ÔÇ£WeÔÇÖre going.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£No.ÔÇØ Harper spoke through her hand, continuing to struggle away from him. If she was going to die, it wouldnÔÇÖt be locked away in a container, someoneÔÇÖs plaything, or worse…starvation, torture. She kicked and slapped.
ÔÇ£Dammit, Harper!ÔÇØ He threw her over his shoulder, and the impact on her belly forced air from her lungs, so when her feet hit the metal flooring she was lightheaded and dazed. The guard aimed a powerful flashlight inside, blinding them.
ÔÇ£Why are you doing this?ÔÇØ Lucas held a hand up, protecting his eyes. Harper turned her back to the guard, blinking past tears. ÔÇ£What is this about?ÔÇØ he said.
The container door slammed shut on his last syllable, and then they were alone, in the dark.