Jack Vaughn is sure his life is over as he tumbles down the wooded hillside onto the deserted two-lane stretch of asphalt. Years of work ended with a single gunshot. Yet, it’s not over.
A good Samaritan stops to help him, despite the danger he poses to her.
Laine Wheeler knows better than to stop for strangers on the rural Montana highway near her home, but her conscience won’t allow her to leave an injured man behind.
What she doesn’t know is the man is an undercover ATF agent tasked with infiltrating a domestic terrorist group. His cover has been blown and helping him will put her life in danger.
Though there is an instant attraction Jack knows that beginning a romantic relationship with Laine would be both unfair and unwise, yet the farther they run the harder it gets to ignore the feelings that are surging between them.
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Jack lifted his gun, but his arm felt weighted down. He closed his eyes briefly and prayed Laine would forgive him for shooting her. He carefully aimed, focusing on the upper right side of her chest below the collarbone. At this distance the shot would probably go right through her and, if he placed the round correctly, hit Calember in the middle of his chest. It might not kill him, but it would most definitely incapacitate him.
Before Jack could fire, Laine dropped her chin and clamped her teeth onto Calember’s forearm. The muscles in her jaw worked as she bit down, hard. Calember screamed and blood rushed down his arm, but with her teeth firmly dug into his wrist he couldn’t draw the knife across her throat. All he could do was release her hair and jerk, the action sending her spinning from him. Jack didn’t wait. He squeezed the trigger and kept firing until the gun was empty. Calember was launched backward by the force of the barrage and hit the window. Jack heard the cracking of glass, and it seemed minutes passed before the clear pane gave way and gravity began to take over. As Calember fell backwards over the sill, Jack saw the gun he pulled from his back. Calember focused on him and fired, then disappeared from sight.
Jack saw the flash and the bullet as it left the muzzle. It was the strangest thing. He could see the air move as the projectile penetrated it. It rippled, as if the air was water and the bullet a pebble. Jack tried to move out of its path, and while his brain was processing information at the normal pace, the hands of time refused to move any faster. It wasn’t until the bullet was only several feet from him that time seemed to return to normal, and by then it was too late.
Leslie McKelvey has been writing since she learned to write. Her mother still stores boxes of handwritten stories in the attic. Leslie read her first romance at 12 and was hooked. When her high school Creative Writing teacher told her she needed to be a novelist, she decided to give it a try. Finally, at the ripe old age of...forty-something...her debut novel, Accidental Affair finally made it into print through Black Velvet Seductions Publishing. The publisher has also contracted two more manuscripts, which will follow Accidental Affair shortly. The next story slated for release is Bear’s, so for all of you who fell in love with Jack Vaughn’s best friend, get ready. The 6’8” FBI agent saves wildlife photographer Beth Drummond’s life and loses his heart to her in the process, a journey that tests the boundaries of loyalty, friendship, and love.
Leslie is a war-veteran who served with the U.S. Navy during the Gulf War, and she was among the first groups of women to work the flight deck of an aircraft carrier. During her five years of service she was stationed at NAS Miramar (yes, Miramar used to belong to the NAVY) and was an F-14 Tomcat mechanic. While in San Diego she spent time on the carriers USS Independence, USS Ranger, USS Lincoln, and the USS Nimitz. The final two years of her enlistment were spent on Guam and her squadron frequently deployed to Japan and the Middle East.
She learned everything she knows about firearms and tactics from her police officer husband, who is a weapons expert and firearms instructor for one of the most highly-respected law-enforcement agencies in the world (and one he wishes her NOT to disclose). He is her biggest supporter and her unpaid consultant on everything law-enforcement and weapons related. She has three boys, the oldest of whom will soon be wearing the uniform of a United States Marine (SEMPER FI!). She spends her off-time (kidding...WHAT off-time?) reading, taking pictures, and sending lead down range (that's shooting, for those who are unfamiliar). One of her favorite scents is the smell of gunpowder in the morning....