inside the door, knowing she’d be there any second. She would knock, probably
with a firm rap to remind him who had the authority here, and it wasn’t him.
She would expect to come inside, and while he could deny her entrance without a
warrant, he wouldn’t. It would raise too much suspicion.
clenched and unclenched. Again. Again. The press and release of tension
filtered out some of the stiffness from his arms and shoulders. The woman was
striking, her wistful expression had resonated with him, and he had wanted to
look at her. He’d looked long and hard enough that she’d caught him standing in
the doorway like an idiot. Otherwise, he could’ve pretended to be gone and not
answered his door. Now, hiding wasn’t an option.
he needed in his life was a woman. Especially a woman with a badge and a gun.
the sharp knock made his shoulders jerk upward, and his fingers clenched again
into fists. Weapons his body provided to protect itself, to protect him, to
keep everyone away.
you’re in there. I’m Agent Sinclair of Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries.” Her
voice was clear and no-nonsense. He tried to place her accent—she wasn’t from
Terrebonne Parish but didn’t have a typical Southern accent either. “I want to
talk to you about the gator in front of your neighbor Doris’s house. It’ll only
take a minute or two.”
he knew his neighbor’s real name, the Wicked Witch was dead. Now she was Doris.
breath, turned, and opened the door an inch. Maybe two inches.
heavy on the green, and the bill of a dark-green baseball cap came into view,
peering through the crack. A strand of hair that trailed over her forehead from
beneath the cap shone like pure molten fire.
all the way, you know. I don’t bite. I’d like to come inside for a few minutes
and talk, or you can come out on the porch. Having a conversation isn’t
optional, but where we have it is. For now.”
had to admit he was stuck and it was his own damned fault for standing in the
doorway and watching her for so long. He opened the door wide, dread giving way
to curiosity when he finally saw her face up close. She was beautiful but
lightly scarred, more on her cheeks than her forehead, so she’d probably been
hit by flying glass rather than having her head go through a windshield. Fairly
recent too. The spots were still pink, but they were scars and not wounds. Five
or six months old, he’d say. Eventually, they’d fade and, with her fair skin,
would easily cover with makeup. If she hadn’t been so close—not to mention his
fixation on her face—he wouldn’t have noticed them even now.
to let me come inside, or are you coming outside, or do I need to make it an
I absolutely adore this woman. Everything she touches is just amazing, completely captivating and always an adventure. Plus, she's writing about my neighbors here. Literally this is where I live lol. A few miles southwest and you're in my yard. And she does a phenomenal job of getting the right picture of true Louisiana. And I fell in love with Jena in Gentry's book, so now she's getting her own and it's AWESOME!!!
Jena has finally come home. Well, with scars, inside and out, her almost loser brother in tow, and some serious self doubt go follow. She's recovering and struggling but when her new partner finds a dead body, her brother doing drugs, and the FBI trying to get this new drug under control, Jena forgets about her personal drama and throws herself into the job. And then she meets Coleman Ryan. He's got his own serious issues. But they are great for each other. And when Cole finds the gator that killed the man Jena found, it kinda spins from there :)
Both characters are super well written, and not just these two. Mac Jenna's new partner, and the return of Ceelie and Gentry round off some great details too. The plot is awesome. Suspenseful with excellent little parts of romance and adventure as well as some healing of some wounds. And the writing, oh how magnificent it is!! I always love to devour this author's books then I basically cry waiting for her next one!! Lol. So until we get more, I'll just reread them all again!! 5 SPECTACULAR PAWS!!!