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The first book in a breathtaking new romantic
suspense series that will appeal to fans of New York Times bestsellers Maya
Banks, Lisa Gardner, and Lisa Jackson.
Under siege. That's how Ryker Jones feels.
The Lost Bastards Investigative Agency he opened up with his blood brothers has
lost a client in a brutal way. The past he can't outrun is resurfacing,
threatening to drag him down in the undertow. And the beautiful woman he's been
trying to keep at arm's length is in danger...and he'll destroy anything and
anyone to keep her safe.
Paralegal Zara Remington is in over her head.
She's making risky moves at work by day and indulging in an affair with a
darkly dangerous PI by night. There's a lot Ryker isn't telling her and the
more she uncovers, the less she wants to know. But when all hell breaks loose,
Ryker may be the only one to save her. If his past doesn't catch up to them
Full of twists and turns you won't see
coming, DEADLY SILENCE is New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Zanetti at
her suspenseful best.
**THE PRINT EDITION CONTAINS EXTRA BONUS
SCENES NOT AVAILABLE ANYWHERE ELSE!** Excerpt:
Heat from his body washed over
her, but she lifted her head to meet his gaze. “We don’t have a relationship.”
He smiled then, and the curve of
his lips held more determination than amusement. “I’m not letting you run, and
I’m certainly not letting you hide, baby. Although neither of us has been in
this for the long haul, I’m staying in Wyoming for the moment. The first thing that’s
going to happen is I’m going to figure out who dared put a hand on you and make
sure it doesn’t happen again.”
For the first time, she saw a
side of him that gave her true pause. In the long haul, he’d be unbearably possessive.
Why did that give her an intriguing sense of safety? “Knock it off,” she
snapped in his face. “Get out of my business.”
That quickly, she found her back
against the door and her front pinned by hard male. His hands planted on either
side of her neck, his thumbs at her jaw, forcing her to look at him. “Something
you need to understand and pretty damn quick is that your business is my
business right now.” His thumb swept up and over the offensive bruise on her
“Step back.” Her voice trembled.
He ignored the very calm order.
“No. You don’t want to tell me who did this? Fine. I’ll find out on my own, and
I’ll have the name by the time I pick you up for supper. What you don’t want to
do is deal with him or his case until I have that name. Kicking him in the
balls might’ve just pissed him off more, and now you’ve let a bully stew on it
for a while, which might be dangerous for you. Got it?”
“You have no right to
interfere,” she whispered.
“Baby, I’ve been fuckin’ you for
months. That gives me every right.” Anger glowed dark in his eyes.
“We’re done. Get out.”
His eyes softened. “You
shouldn’t make statements you can’t back up.”
She shoved against his ripped
He didn’t move a millimeter.
And then he did.
His head dipped, and his mouth
found her neck and wandered up to her ear. His teeth scraped, and then his
tongue licked the slight wound.
Of its own volition, her body
did a full tremble.
He leaned back. “That.”
Her mind fuzzed.
His mouth slammed down on hers.
She knew his kiss—often dreamed about it. Not soft and sweet . . . not even
lustful. It was dangerous. From day one, she’d tasted danger on his tongue, and
it burned her hotter than she’d ever been.
Never had she dated a bad boy,
but after living her desired routine-driven life for years, she’d craved adventure,
and he filled that need. He drew out a wildness she hadn’t realized she
He held her flush against the
door, kissing her hard, sending a craving along her nerves that almost hurt.
His tongue went to work, his left hand keeping her jaw open for him. His right
hand found her hip and dragged her against the obvious bulge in his jeans. By
the time he released her, she’d stopped thinking completely.
“What time are you finished
today?” he asked, his breath heating her face.
“Fi-five,” she stuttered.
He leaned back and gently put
her to the side. “Stay in the office until I come for you at five, Zara.” He
ran his thumb across her bottom lip. “Cross me on this, baby, and I ain’t gonna
be gentle.” He had already shut the door behind himself before she could take a
She blinked several times, her
fingers going to her still-tingling mouth. What had just happened?
Rebecca Zanetti is the author of over
twenty-five romantic suspense, dark paranormal, and contemporary romances, and
her books have appeared multiple times on the New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon bestseller lists. She has
received a Publisher's Weekly Starred
Review for Wicked Edge, Romantic Times Reviewer Choice Nominations for
Forgotten Sins and Sweet Revenge, and RT Top Picks for several of her
novels.She lives in the wilds of
the Pacific Northwest with her own alpha hero, two kids, a couple of dogs, a
crazy cat...and a huge extended family.She believes strongly in luck, karma, and working her butt off...and she
thinks one of the best things about being an author, unlike the lawyer she used
to be, is that she can let the crazy out.