GUILTY: THE PROTECTORS SERIES — BOOK FIVE
The brutal murder of a school teacher appears to be an open and shut case. Despite the overwhelming evidence against homeless drifter James Gaines, public defender Faith Winston makes sure she is assigned to defend him. But Faith has an agenda of her own—even if it means a guilty man will go free.
Chief of Police Ryan Crosby ended his relationship with Faith in a breakup that shattered them both, but he has not stopped loving her. When Faith’s representation of Gaines makes her a target for revenge, Ryan reenters her life to protect her. He finds himself in a battle to find her assailant, and in a battle with Faith herself who will not trust him again with her heart.
But when Gaines escapes from custody, Faith is abducted and Ryan is in a race against time to find her. One woman is already dead and Faith is next.
GUILTY -- Excerpt
Faith was close to losing her composure and that was the last thing she wanted to do right now. Seeing her break down would only upset them both. She swallowed back the emotion choking her. “Ryan, it’s been a long day. I’m tired. I appreciate you thinking of me and coming by but you really need to leave now.”
She thought—feared—he was going to reach out to her and take her in his arms. Worse, she feared her reaction if he did, feared she’d hold him to her and never let go.
There was frustration in his voice now. She could see in his eyes that he recognized her excuse for what it was, but also recognized the futility in pressing the matter further.
“The media is going to continue to hound you.” Ryan’s jaw tightened with unmistakable anger. “I’m worried that all of this attention could stir things up. I’m going to have a patrol car drive by your house regularly. But if you see anything, if you need anything from my office—from me—come to me, Faith. No matter what’s gone on between us, you have to know you can always come to me.”
She did know that. Just as she knew she wouldn’t go to him. Professionally, she would never drag him into what was sure to become a nightmare case with her and personally, no, she could never go back to being just acquaintances again.
GUILTY is available and will be released and delivered to your Kindle on January 10th.
USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR KAREN FENECH writes romantic suspense novels, short works of suspense, and erotic romance. She is the author of the bestselling romantic suspense series, The Protectors and the author of the newly launched erotic romance series, the Surrender series. Karen's novels and short suspense fiction have received critical acclaim. Her novels have been translated into several languages and have been released in audio format. When Karen's not writing or spending time with her family, she loves to shop, watch movies, and just kick back in a comfortable chair and read.
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