Can they work together to stop a serial killer with the past hanging over their heads?
Mackenzie “Mac” Fleming is the chief deputy at the sheriff’s department in Birch Bend, a tiny community in the U.P. of Michigan. When a woman disappears on her way home from work, it is the beginning of unimaginable crimes in a town that has never had a serious crime. After a second woman, an eighteen-year-old high school senior, disappears, Mac knows she needs help in Birch Bend.
Seth Galloway is sent from the FBI to provide that help, but Mac and Seth have a past together and they did not part on good terms. The sparks fly from the beginning and so does the attraction. When a total of four women have gone missing, Seth and Mac work together on the case and soon find their old rhythm of chasing down evidence as a pair. Old feelings resurface as well.
As Mac and Seth realize their past breakup was engineered by a someone else, the evil continues to grow in Birch Bend, throwing the two of them together even more.
Desperate to solve the crimes, the two begin to find leads that take them to a sick and twisted family story. It’s a race against time, knowing that the kidnapping and killing spree will continue until they put a stop to it. Can they do it? Can they turn Birch Bend back into a safe and peaceful place? And will their second chance at a personal relationship survive it all?
Publisher’s Note: This steamy romantic suspense contains graphic scenes and a theme of power exchange.
“Why? Just because you obviously couldn’t resist my kiss? You are mine. Deep down you know it, and before I’m through with you, you’re going to admit it and welcome it.”
“You’re fucking crazy.” Mac spit the words at him.
“Now I’m going to teach you a lesson.” Seth got to his feet and advanced toward her.
Mac jumped up and backed away quickly, putting the table between them. He kept coming and she kept backing away, saying hastily, “Don’t you come one step closer, Seth. You don’t have any right to teach me a lesson. Don’t you dare touch me!”
He laughed and pushed up his sleeves. “I’m so going to enjoy this.” He made a quick grab for her and she turned and ran, almost escaping into the bedroom before he caught her.
“Get your hands off me!” she shouted at him. “I swear, I’m going to knock you to the floor and kick your balls in!”
“Hm, you’ve got a nasty mouth too. Maybe when I’m done spanking you, I need to wash your mouth out with soap.” He snagged her around the waist and lifted her clear off the floor, kicking and yelling.
She fought like a wildcat, kicking, swinging her fists, and twisting to try to bite him, but he just tightened his grip and hauled her over to the bed, where he sat down and dragged her across his lap. He had her wrists pinned at the small of her back with his left hand, and he raised the right one high and brought it down with a hard smack on her behind. He followed it with two more smacks in exactly the same spot, and she squealed with shock and the burning pain.
“Ow! Stop it, that hurts!”
“Oh, honey, this is just the beginning.” He peppered her butt with brutally hard smacks and she squirmed frantically, trying to twist away from him.
When she let out a string of truly impressive curses, he chuckled and pulled down her sweatpants and then her panties. She gasped in shock and then he smacked her bare bottom. There was a moment of shocked silence and then she began to howl in earnest at the sharp, stinging slaps that were pelting her bare ass. Seth’s arm rose and fell with brutal efficiency and her bottom took on a deep red glow as she squirmed. He grinned at the sight and Mac was shocked to feel the heat in her bottom spreading somehow to heat in her groin. The moisture gathered between her thighs and Seth saw the juices trickle down her legs. He intensified the spanking and Mac was carried away on a wave of pain and weirdly intensifying pleasure. She felt her nipples tighten and as his hand peppered her ass, she squirmed harder, rubbing her swollen pussy against his leg.
Then he aimed for the sensitive spot at the top of her thighs, just below the swell of her bottom and she wailed with the intensity of the pain.
“Ow, ow, ow! Please, no more! Oh, God, that hurts!” She was lost in a sea of mingled pain and exquisite pleasure, but the pain increased even more when he spanked her thighs. “Seth! Stop! I’m sorry, I’m sorry. Please stop!”
“You ready to talk?”