Special Sneak Peak of Serial Games: Virginia Justice Book One
Maggie recalled how close Deckker stood next to Brandon when she mentioned the vehicle likely linked to Burrows. Maggie bit her lip. She also recalled how Brandon didn't edge away from her either. He sat in the chair, relaxed, and un-intimidated. Brandon was a hunter and Deckker was a huntress. They would work well together, not only on the job but also in life.
His eyes didn't look at Deckker the way he stared at her now, though. With Deckker, he appeared rather indifferent, perhaps unwilling to show his true intentions. So, if that were the case, why did she feel so cornered? Like she was the prey? Why did the intensity in his gaze evoke a heat from deep within her threatening to override her rationality and force her to him?
Maggie licked her dry lips. The thought of being in his arms in an elevator caused her to blush. She cleared her throat and turned to stare at her reflection in the shiny metal of the elevator console.
For a brief second she considered Doug. Poor guy. He was over the moon for Deckker, but Deckker went out of her way to make it clear she didn't want to know he existed. A smile tugged at the corner of her lips as she remembered how he asserted himself in Brandon's presence. Good for him. She didn't see his campaign for Deckker's affections going anywhere but Doug still had her vote.
Maggie's eyes slowly traveled the width of the elevator door until they found Brandon's reflection in the mirrored panels lining the inside of the car. Broad shoulders rippled down to muscular biceps that contracted with the force he used to grip the rail behind him.
She needed to assert herself now."I'm going to go over some of the documentation the district attorney's office faxed us to see if I might be able to find the missing link enabling Burrows to escape custody."
Brandon's eyes narrowed. Obviously business wasn't what he wanted to hear, and how easily he could read her discomfort troubled her. He had an uncanny knack for interpreting her body language. What did that mean? Whatever it meant, she didn't have the time to analyze it now. She straightened her shoulders. "Knowing who helped him escape can perhaps shed some light on his next move."
Brandon's level stare remained.
Ok, he's not buying it. Regardless, I refuse to fall...
"Do you forgive me?"
"What?" The question about forgiveness startled her. He had apologized but she wasn't interested in discussing it. All she wanted to do was wash the smoke out of her hair and crash. It was going on midnight... or past it; she had lost track of time.
In one stride he was in front of her, one arm around her waist, the other guiding her chin up. His lips were warm and smooth as they glided over hers. He pulled back and disappointment filled Maggie at the loss of his heat. She stared into the dark thunderstorm whirling in his eyes.
"Do you forgive me?" His hoarse voice rumbled through to her inner core.
The elevator bell chimed. Startled, Maggie nearly jumped at the ring. She turned to the console. Her numbered floor illuminated.
"Saved by the bell." He released her.
Maggie couldn't resist looking at him. His eyes were veiled but the confident smirk returned. As the elevator doors opened, Maggie wondered who would be the more difficult challenge to overcome: Burrows or Brandon?
From childhood, bestselling author K. Victoria Chase enjoyed writing stories and plays and reading Christian romance. She received degrees in Criminal Justice and Diplomacy and worked as a federal law enforcement officer for several years before deciding to try her hand at writing a complete novel. Serial Games (Virginia Justice Book One) is the third completed work and the first published by Desert Breeze Publishing. Book two of the series, Marked by the Mob, will be released in November 2012. Rafael, book one in The Santiago Brothers series, was recently published by Astraea Press and made Amazon's Top 100 Multicultural Romance bestseller list. In September 2012, she signed her fifth publishing contract for an interracial romance set in 1963 Alabama to Astraea Press. From Across the Divide will release in early 2013. Today, K. Victoria Chase has numerous projects in the works and continues to enjoy reading a variety of genres including two of her favorites: regency and romantic suspense. Until she can make writing a full-time venture, K. Victoria Chase continues to work in the field of counterterrorism, identifying potential terrorists that threaten the United States and the world. She currently resides in Leesburg, VA and writes both clean and Christian interracial romance. You can visit her website at http://www.kvictoriachase.com.
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