RECKLESS DECEPTIONS by Karen Rock (Dallas After Dark) ***Excerpt -- Giveaway***

Reckless Deceptions 
Karen Rock
(Dallas After Dark)

Publication date: December 18th 2018
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense


Erica Keeley has always been willing to break the rules to catch a criminal, until her unorthodox tactics get her booted from the CIA and betrayed by the man she trusted. Now, gone rogue to stop a terrorist group, she’s working undercover at Dallas’s top male strip and burlesque club, dancing alongside sexy, sculpted men. Not that any of her co-workers give her the adrenaline rush she got from her former life. Erica hits the jackpot when she overhears her targets discussing a homegrown terrorist plot. But her last shot at redemption means getting up close and personal with her traitorous ex.

Control is what CIA officer David Arnell values above all things. Yet he was irresistibly drawn to Erica’s impulsive, uninhibited nature in the field—and in bed—until her bull-headed tactics risked the agency’s mission. Teaming up to stop a deadly attack, he’s falling again for this spontaneous, high-octane woman. And with Erica’s ties to the terrorists proving closer than either of them expected, the riskiest mission of all might be this second chance at love . . .

“A highly entertaining and cohesive suspense novel with an emotionally satisfying romance that will keep readers glued to the page.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars onDangerous Moves


“Over here!”

At Ryan’s shout, Erica turned and spotted his bent back as he hot-wired a black Alfa 4C Spider convertible. She’d barely slid into the butter-soft leather seat before the engine roared to life. The thinly disguised race car peeled off the curb in a rush, zero to seventy-five in less than ten seconds.

“This is an upgrade,” she shouted around a mouthful of whipping hair.

Ryan nodded grimly but kept his eyes on the black SUV swerving onto a side street a block ahead. “Hold on,” he hollered before yanking the car in a tight stomach-churning turn. Up ahead, the SUV’s taillights flashed then disappeared as it headed onto the LBJ Freeway.

“We’re losing them!” She fumbled for her seat belt, but the rocketing car made her fingers slip off the metal. They veered around a slow-moving truck then cut in front of it, hitting the entrance ramp. Three cabs drove right ahead of them and a whole slew of cars merged onto the interstate despite the hour.

Ryan gunned the engine, and the needle vibrated at ninety-five as he expertly weaved in and out of traffic. Leaning forward in her seat, Erica shoved back her blinding tangle of hair and peered out the windshield. Her heart tripped. The SUV was within range. She raised her Glock and angled slightly out the window, sighting its tires.

“Hold your fire,” Ryan shouted. “Wait until we’re clear of traffic.”

Words of objection bulged her cheeks, and her gun shook slightly at the end of her arm. Ryan and his waiting games! Just then, a toddler waving a teddy bear caught her eye. His curly head bobbed in the rear window of a station wagon cruising beside the SUV. Never mind that the child shouldn’t be up at this hour. Or out of his car seat restraint. The blood drained from her face, and she lowered her Glock. Ryan wanted her to think before she acted; if she’d gone ahead and fired, the van might have careened into the station wagon and killed the little boy.

“They’re going to exit!” She pointed to the upcoming ramp the SUV rocketed toward.

Ryan wrenched the steering wheel right. A horn blared. Tires squealed. He slammed on the brakes, whipping her sideways as he narrowly avoided clipping the back of a delivery truck. A series of quick maneuvers later, only two cars remained between them and the terrorists.

“Call the dispatcher,” Ryan ordered.

She swapped her gun for her cell, dialed the number, and relayed their coordinates, ending with, “We’re in hot pursuit and requesting backup.”

“Roger that. We’ve got eyes in the sky and several units are responding,” the operator assured her.

A second later, they were on the exit ramp, flying down the road. The Spider fishtailed as Ryan hung a quick left, and she shrieked, grabbing the door handle to keep from being ejected. Ryan shot her a quick concerned look before facing forward again, his expression fierce. Then the sleek vehicle bulleted forward as he rammed the gas pedal all the way to the floor. They hit a narrow two-lane stretch of private road at breakneck speed.

In that instant, she knew, knew down deep, Ryan would catch these bastards. That he’d do whatever it took, break whatever law necessary, shred every protocol in his rule book to catch them. He didn’t appear to be thinking at all; in fact, he was responding to the SUV’s every move with blink-fast reactions she doubted she could execute. Unchained, Ryan was a sight to behold. A dark, avenging angel breathing hellfire.

Without warning, the SUV jogged into the left lane, slowed, and opened fire when the Spider drew abreast. Her heart leapt as she ducked, bullets raining down on them. They were fish in a fucking barrel. A scream built in her throat. Her muscles tensed, her body preparing for massive injury or worse.

Like a pro, Ryan cranked the wheel and smashed into the side of the SUV with a head-snapping jolt. The shooter’s gun tumbled from his fingers on impact and spun onto the asphalt. She could have kissed calm, cool, level-headed Ryan right there…if there was time. Which there most definitely wasn’t.

Her eyes met Ryan’s, and in that second, she glimpsed every emotion, every feeling she’d wanted him to speak. He loved her. What were words when a man looked at you the way Ryan did, as if you were all that mattered in the world?

Author Bio:

Award-winning author Karen Rock is both sweet & spicy—at least when it comes to her writing! The author of YA and adult contemporary books writes spicy suspense and small-town romances. A big believer in Happily-Ever-After, Karen loves creating unforgettable stories that leave her readers smiling. Karen is an avid reader and baker who loves having the Adirondack Park as her backyard, where she lives with her husband and daughter who make her life complete.

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  1. Congratulations on your upcoming release Karen the book sounds really good and I've added it to my wish list.

    1. Thanks so much, ShirleyAnn! You'll love it :)

  2. Thanks so much for sharing my excerpt and hosting my blog tour today!

  3. Thanks for being on the tour! :)

  4. This sounds awesome, I can't wait to read this!


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