by Rachel Hanna
(This book is part of a series called New Beginnings. Each book is a standalone with new characters but with the recurring theme of new beginnings. Enjoy them in any order!)
A Contemporary Romantic Suspense Novella
A best-selling author, Delaney Dobbins has no idea that her life is about to be turned upside down after the release of her latest crime novel. Little does she know that she has an exceptional gift that she cannot stop from happening. When it lands her in a safe house with a local TV anchor, she cannot imagine how her life is about to change. Jensen Brown is hot, sexy and the only protection she has when everything gets turned upside down. Will she choose to embrace her unusual abilities or will she try to run and ruin the potential for love?
This romantic suspense novella is 23,000 words, and does have some romantic/sexual situations. If you love Barbara Freethy novels, you will love this contemporary romance by Rachel Hanna.
Here is a sample from this gripping love story:
A man in a dark shirt and jeans was towering over her. He had a shaved head with tattoos on it and reeked of cigarette smoke.
“Shut up, lady. Keep your mouth shut and you won't get hurt,” he yelled as he kicked the door shut behind him.
Delaney started backing across the floor on her butt trying to get away. She couldn't get to her feet because as soon as she tried, he straddled her on the floor to hold her down. He grabbed both of her hands, and pinned them on the floor above her head.
“Please, don't.... You can take anything you want.... please don't hurt me....” she whimpered with tears streaming down her face.
“I said shut up!” he slapped Delaney across the face leaving a red mark. “Can't you follow a simple order, idiot?” he yelled as he pinned both of her hands once again.
Delaney continued to wiggle underneath his hips. She was sure he was going to rape her. Her dress had slid up to her thighs when she fell. He was so heavy, there was no way she could escape.
“You got something I want.... Well, you got a lot of stuff I want, but I don't have time for that right now...” he said sliding his hand up her dress and touching her stomach. “You'd like it, though, wouldn't you? Maybe I can tie you up and have a little fun before we get some business handled...”
Delaney spit at him in the face which made him release one of her hands to wipe it away. When he did, she managed to grab the cast iron doorstop that she kept by the bottom stair. She raised it and hit him square on the head as hard as she could. His eyes fixed for a moment before he fell over on top of her. She could barely breathe. She felt for a pulse, and he had one. She knew she had limited time to get him off her and get away.