A Fine Specimen by Lisa Marie Rice

By Lisa Marie Rice

Lieutenant Alex Cruz eats, sleeps and breathes legislation enforcement. he is difficult and brusque, and police officers and criminals alike tremble sooner than him. and that is the means he likes it. until eventually he meets Caitlin Summers-and comes to a decision he desires her trembling underneath him. the attractive pupil is doing dissertation learn in his cop store, and heavily messing along with his head. His self-imposed sexual abstinence involves a screeching halt in Caitlin's ratty lodge room and dies an everlasting dying in his mattress. . .and his kitchen. . .and his front room. Caitlin is usually clever and humorous, type and beneficiant, her smile a burst of heat in his chilly, austere lifestyles. And that scares the crap out of him. together with his head and center combating a conflict of wills, Alex can slightly pay attention to paintings. and that is too bad-because his risky task and his newfound love are approximately to conflict within the worst method attainable. writer observe: a good Specimen used to be formerly published by means of one other writer lower than the identify Taming Nick.

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We‟re looking for someone,” he found himself saying. ” Philosophically, Alex finally put the fork in his mouth and started chewing. With an inner sigh, he realized that he was going to tell her about Ratso Colby. He didn‟t want to, but he was going to anyway. “He‟s the bookkeeper for the man we really want, a major bad guy. We found out that the bookkeeper had been keeping the bad guy‟s accounts—and I‟m not talking about filing for the IRS here. If we can get this guy we‟re looking for to talk, we can put the mobster away for a long, long time.

The ride took almost forty minutes. Twilight was edging into night by the time Alex pulled up in front of the decayed old hotel which had never seen better days. Across the street from the Carlton was a burned-out apartment building. To the right was a rubble-strewn empty lot and to the left was a boarded-up building which, according to the poster on the splintered door, had been condemned by the city authorities, though no one had cared enough to actually demolish it. The instant they‟d entered Riverhead at the Madison Street turnoff, the change was startling, like day into night.

So now that she was clear on the fact that Alejandro Cruz messed with her mind in a major way, she had to avoid him as much as possible and keep her cool when she couldn‟t. Caitlin had precious few resources in this life. She had little money, no status, no job, with only the possibility of the fellowship. The only real things she could count on were her mind and her reputation. If she wasn‟t careful, Alex Cruz would destroy both. , together with the incoming morning shift, Caitlin had resolved to stay well out of Alex Cruz‟s way.

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