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Series: Rockers of Storm Crow , Book 3.0
By: Roslyn Hardy Holcomb | Other books by Roslyn Hardy Holcomb
Published By: Roslyn Hardy Holcomb
Published: Jan 28, 2012
ISBN # 9781465856944
Word Count: 60,000
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Categories: Romance>Interracial

Tonya Stephens is a woman who has it all. Not only is her career as the author of a very popular mystery series smoking hot, she also has a thriving business and a robust love life. Then on the night of her greatest triumph a ghost from her past appears; Nate Randolph, the man who left her long ago with nothing but a web of lies as a memento. His reappearance is particularly devastating as he comes bearing tales even more preposterous than the ones he told before. Before she can say Raymond Chandler Tonya finds herself on a South Pacific island knee-deep in a Byzantine intrigue too bizarre to be fiction. As a pawn in a chess match of murder for fun and profit she has to put her trust in a man who subjected her to the worst betrayal. This time there’s far more at risk than a broken heart. Will she survive this high stakes game, or will he let her down again, costing her life?
Reader Rating:  starstarstarstar (21 Ratings)
Sensuality Rating:   lipliplip
Tonya awakened slowly. Aware only of an incredibly deep thirst and a head that throbbed incessantly, she reached for the carafe of water she kept on her bedside table and quickly realized she wasn’t at home. That’s when she noticed the voices. Nate and Deringer were talking just a few feet from where she lay.
“Why in the hell did you do that?” asked Nate. “She’s going to hate me forever for this,” he said.
“Hate to break it to you man, she already hates you. We didn’t have time to squabble with her all night. She’s pissed with you and would’ve fought you even if you’d been offering her the Hope diamond. It was pointless. She was heading toward hysteria and would probably have jumped out the car and ran the first chance she got. After cutting your throat.” Deringer said.
Try as she might to focus, Tonya’s overriding thirst distracted her. “Water,” she said though it really sounded more like a croak. “Could I have something to drink?”
Nate rushed over to the bed. “Of course, little sister. Anything you need.” He walked over to the table on the other side of the room where there was an ice bucket filled with beverages and returned with an ice-cold bottle of water.
Tonya tried to sit up, but quickly realized that she was too weak to support her own weight. Her entire body felt rubbery and insubstantial with no muscle function at all. . .what the hell? Had she been sick? She felt as though she had the flu.
Nate helped her sit up. After propping a few pillows behind her for comfort, he handed her the bottle of water. He took it back when he realized that she lacked the strength to even unscrew the cap. Tonya took the bottle again and turned it up. Her throat was so parched she almost drained it. Now that she felt almost human again -- aside from the throbbing headache -- she turned to Nate who had remained beside the bed.
“Not to sound melodramatic, but where am I? What is going on? Did I hit my head on something? Man have I got a beast of a headache.” She looked around the room as she spoke. It was tastefully decorated and she was pretty sure it wasn’t a hotel room. Though English cottage style wasn’t really her taste, she could appreciate the soft pink and green floral design, and the casually mismatched furniture. It wasn’t overdone and the antique oak four-poster was lovely with a patina of age that no designer could create. The cost of the furniture alone was enough to confirm that this was probably a private home, but whose and why was she here?
“Do you remember the conversation we had before in the car?”
Tonya frowned, straining to recall. All she remembered was Nate and a strange man showing up in her hotel room. She shook her head, but regretted it immediately as the motion sent exquisite shards of pain slicing through her skull.
Nate gave her a sympathetic look. “Sorry about that. It’s typical for the drug. That’s why I don’t like using it.” He glared at Deringer. “Fortunately it’s only temporary and your memory will return.”
“Wait a minute. You drugged me?” Tonya asked, struggling to think clearly.
Nate exhaled heavily as he pulled up a ladder back chair from the desk on the other side of the room. After sitting down he succinctly recited the events that had occurred over the past few hours. Tonya closed her eyes as the memories flooded back. Despite the death threats and mind-numbing fear, the shock of seeing Nate had somehow had more impact than the threat of being kidnapped by some international badass who wanted to kill her.
“Are you sure about all this? It just seems like it has to be some big misunderstanding. Or maybe it’s some crazy trick you’re playing on me,” she said grasping at anything to make sense of the bizarre circumstances.
“Do you really think I would make up something like that, Onion? I mean seriously. I know you’re pissed at me, and you have good reason to be, but I’d have to be one sick bastard to do something like that,” he said.
“Stop calling me that,” she snapped. The nickname brought back too many sweet memories.
“Why? Your ass is still so gorgeous it makes me want to cry.”
Vintage Nate, part courtier, part good old boy. “Personally I wouldn’t believe you if you had your tongue notarized.”
“I might lie about few things, okay, a lot of things, but I’d never lie about your ass. Some things are sacred.”
“I’m not talking about my ass. I’m talking about this nutty situation you’ve dragged me into,” she said.
“I admit to being dishonest with you in the past, but you have to believe I wouldn’t risk your life for any reason,” he said.
Tonya sucked her teeth, then took the water bottle up to finish it. The situation was totally Looney Tunes, but for some reason she did believe him. More fool her. “Can we start with simple questions? Where am I and what do you plan to do with me?”
For the first time, Deringer addressed her directly. “You’re in a safe house. We plan to take you to another safe house where we can hide you until the danger is over.”
“So you’ve kidnapped me.”
Nate sighed. “More or less.”
“Oh, my God. Mama will be out of her mind.”
“Yeah, probably. We had no choice. Trust me, I wouldn’t choose to piss that lady off if there was any other way.”
Tonya acknowledged the truth in that. Nate adored her mother and they got on like a house on fire. But like everyone else he was scared to death of her. “How long do you plan to keep me? I can’t disappear indefinitely. I have a book coming out. A promotion tour. Contracts.”
“Yeah, I know. Those IHOP books are pretty good.”
“They’re not IHOP books. They’re Waffle House books.” What was wrong with people? Waffle House was clearly superior.
“Yeah, who’d have thought a bunch of books about Waffle Houses would be best sellers?”
“They’re not about Waffle House. They’re about a waitress who solves murder mysteries and works in a Waffle House.” Tonya put a hand to her head. “May I please have an aspirin? What on earth did you two give me, hemlock? I feel like hot fried hell.”
“I didn’t give you anything. Dare did,” Nate said and then shrugged as though to acknowledge that he was splitting hairs. “The headache is an unfortunate side-effect of the drug. It’s fast acting but packs a kick like a Georgia mule. Fortunately, it’s not available to the public.”
“Well, thank God for that!” she said.
“For our purposes it can be delivered swiftly without breaking the skin. That’s safer for us, but yeah, it’s a nasty drug.” Nate got up and walked over to what she assumed was a bathroom. She heard a cabinet door open and close, then he was back with an aspirin bottle. She took the tablets he offered, and then hesitated. After all he had drugged her before.
Nate spoke up when she paused. “I promise little sister. No matter what, I won’t drug you again.” He took the two aspirin from her hand, tossed them into his mouth and swallowed. Tonya wavered a moment longer, but seeing no ill-effect in him and really wanting to be rid of the headache, she took the open bottle and shook out two more tablets. Deringer offered her a fresh bottle of water and Tonya drank it down after the pills. She lay back against the pillows, suddenly feeling incredibly exhausted. She gave Nate a suspicious glare.
He shook his head. “No, I didn’t drug you again. More side-effects from the knockout drug. Take a little nap and when you wake again you’ll feel fine.”
Tonya struggled to keep her eyes open. She had lots more questions to ask, but she quietly lost the battle. As she drifted off to sleep she realized that she still had no idea where she was.
Reader Reviews (12)
Submitted By: dovi on Jan 31, 2014
I really wanted to like this book but i just could not finish reading it. The story line seemed really nice but i could not get into it. so i am afraid this was not a good read for me
Submitted By: lyjo46 on Jan 25, 2014
I loved loved this book, it has an great story line ,with well developed characters . I loved the chemistry between the hero and heroine. a must read
Submitted By: sarahd on Jan 3, 2014
I found the plot good but it wasn't the best book ever. I had a hard time staying interested in it.
Submitted By: Laters50 on Feb 12, 2013
This book was a great read!
Submitted By: ardent_reader on Jan 29, 2013
Heavy on the plot. Cool that it was a free giveaway.
Submitted By: sra246 on Jan 25, 2013
Good story of love and redemption.
Submitted By: slinkydennis on Jan 25, 2013
This book was amazing. The couple has been thru hell and back. Had each other and lost each other. I love how they find their way back and won't let each other go this time. True love prevails!
Submitted By: merrymink on Jan 25, 2013
Waited for the "big wave" in the story and it took so long coming that I almost gave up on it. Hardly my favourite IR story ever but it's undeniable that effort was put into it. Too bad it wasn't the thrill ride I expected.
Submitted By: sophiarose1816 on Jan 24, 2013
The plot stirred my interest from the beginning. I loved meeting Tonya, Callie and of course Tonya's mother. It was exciting when the book twisted into the intrigue stuff. Meeting, the ghost from Tonya's past and how the relationship played out was the best part of the story for me. The danger was there, but it was secondary to the romance though it did have me flipping pages quickly. Enjoyable read that I wholeheartedly recommend to Romantic Suspense fans.
Submitted By: ksbruce on Jan 18, 2013
an intrigueing and adventure filled read. highly recommend
Submitted By: nverde6 on Jan 12, 2013
I really couldn't enjoy this novel, because I just flat out did not like many of the characters and their history.
Submitted By: BonDarKen on Dec 26, 2012
A very intriging and spell binding tale well worth the read. Worth more than a 5 rating.

Dark Star

By: Roslyn Hardy Holcomb