Bounty hunter Rafe Montana is a Seer, descended from the fabled Atlanteans. He uses his inherited power to “see” criminals across the globe and track them down, and he’s just started on a new case. Danny Cangialosi is accused of disappearing with a stolen car…but for the first time in his life, when Rafe goes looking, he is unable to “see” him. Instead, his search leads him to Danny’s stubborn, meddling, and verycute stepsister, Cara McGaffigan.
Cara is looking for Danny, too, but not to turn him in. He is her brother, after all, and she’s convinced he has a good heart. If she can just find him before the cops do, she’ll figure out a way to get him out of this. But Cara didn’t count on a scorching-hot bounty hunter getting in her way.
Despite instant chemistry, Rafe and Cara know they’re never going to see eye-to-eye when it comes to Danny. What they don’t know is that Danny didn’t just steal a car—he stole a precious stone, a stone right out of the legends of Atlantis. It holds powers they can only dream of…and its owner wants it back.
He focused on her nose, her chin, anywhere but her eyes. “He’s alive, then.”
“Yes, thank God.” She blew out a huge sigh, then frowned down at her phone display. “He’s alive, but something terrible must have happened to make him run away like this.”
“So you know your stepbrother is okay. That’s good news. Now stay out of the way and let the pros handle the rest.” And don’t get killed.
“Pros like you, Mr. Bounty Hunter?” She got to her feet and glared at him, shoving the phone in the pocket of her jeans and hooking the sunglasses in the neckline of her shirt.
He let out a long breath. “It’s Rafe, and yes.”
“Let’s see this ID you were talking about.” Wordlessly, he pulled out his wallet and displayed his bail enforcement license. “Looks legit, but what do I know?”
“You know I could have hurt you and didn’t.” But someone would, soon.
“Maybe you need me. Maybe you have to pump me for information or something.” She lifted her chin in a clear challenge, her body tense.
Something, indeed. The air between them still hummed with tension.
He shoved his wallet back in his pocket. “You watch too much TV. Did Danny say where he was?”
“See? I knew you needed me for interrogation.”
“For Pete’s sake!” He focused on her shirt, on the sunglasses that could save his sanity. The cotton fabric clung to her curves in a way he couldn’t help but notice. She was no showgirl but had handful- sized breasts and curvy hips that sure packed a punch.
And he had to focus on business. “I need anything you can tell me that will help me find him and bring him back.”
“Maybe I’d tell you if you didn’t stare at my boobs like that.”
“I’m not.” Idiot. Of course he had been. He was so damned shaken up by that vision that he was losing his usual discipline. The Hunter jerked at the leash again, wanting to touch her, taste her.
No way. He didn’t need that complication on top of everything else.
Debra Mullins is the author of thirteen historical romances for Avon Books and one paranormal romance for Tor/Forge. Her books have been translated into several languages and nominated for awards from both the magazine RT Book Reviews and Romance Writers of America and its chapters, including the Golden Heart, the RITA, the Holt Medallion (twice), the Book Buyer’s Best Award, and the National Readers Choice Award. She also won the Golden Leaf Award for Best Historical for her book, A NECESSARY BRIDE.
Debra has spoken at various RWA chapter meetings, as well as the national RWA conference, the Liberty States Fiction Writers conference and the Emerald City Writers’ Conference in Seattle. In August 2009, she gave a full day special event for the Orange County chapter of Romance Writers of America with author Charlotte Carter, where she spoke on the topics of character and conflict.
Born and raised in the New York/New Jersey area, Debra now lives in California and has been actively writing for over twenty years. A language nerd, she could speak four languages by the time she graduated high school. At age 16, she went to France on a student exchange program for a summer. By the time she came home to the U.S., she was dreaming in French.
She is currently finishing a paranormal trilogy for Tor/Forge. The first book, PRODIGAL SON, is due out in October 2013. Debra is a member of Novelists Inc., Liberty States Fiction Writers, and several chapters of RWA. You can find her on Twitter using @debramullins and on the web at http://www.debramullins.com.