Big Crime in a Small Town…

Abandoned in an airport thousands of miles from home with no way to get back, Emmy finds herself dependent on an officer from the Highway Patrol to get her there. She’s stubborn, sassy, and determined to do it alone but he gives her little choice; she can accept a ride with him and get home safely, or she can sit in the airport all night with him and wait until someone comes to get her.

Jackson Collins has been called on for a transfer to Pike’s Bluff to do some investigating. Human trafficking is taking place there, and girls are disappearing from the local hospital. He doesn’t expect that this young lady will be involved. Incredibly drawn to her, he realizes he’s fallen deeply for her before he even gets her home. Love at first sight, just like his own parents?

Is she at risk? Or is she involved in the scheme? What do the FBI and the HP want with her?Will their worlds collide, or will they come apart?

Publisher’s Note: This action-packed, steamy contemporary romance contains themes of power exchange.


He turned to face her. “Do you still have your phone so you can call someone? You can’t

stay here all night.”

“Of course, I have my phone.” Her voice had an irritated ring to it, and he stopped in the

middle of the hall.

“Then call. Where are your parents?”

She tilted her head. “My parents? Just how old do you think I am?”

“Eighteen, nineteen. I don’t know. Too young to be alone in a place like this. I’m not leaving you here until you get hold of someone and they actually come and get you.”

She laughed. “I’m twenty-three.”

He frowned. “I don’t believe you.”

Her response was to pull her bag from his hand and reach inside for her clutch. Pulling out. her license, she held it up in front of him. “See?”

“How do I know it’s not a fake ID?”

Exasperated, she shook her head and dumped it back into the bag. “It’s none of your business, anyway,” she muttered.

“You should be flattered. I could have said you look thirty-five.”

She glared at him and began lifting the bag. Instantly, he took it from her again.

“Calm down, Emma Grace Reece. Nice name, by the way.”

She rolled her eyes. “It’s my bag. Give it to me.”

“I’ll give it to you when we’ve reached the baggage claim and someone picks you up. Get on the phone and call. Now.”

Sending him a withering glance, Emmy pulled her cell from the side pocket of her bag and stopped, trying to figure out who to call. She’d already been through her list of friends and come up empty. When she looked up, he had his head cocked to one side, waiting.

“Well?” he said.

“It’s just, they’re either working, or they have children. They wouldn’t be able to come all the way up here to pick me up right now.”

“Where do you live? I have a car here. I’ll take you.”

She met his eyes, feeling as if she might cry.

“Emmy? Either you tell me, or we’ll sit here the rest of the night, until your friends are

available. Do you hear me? I’m not leaving you here alone.” When she hesitated, he added, “You

do realize I saw your address on your license.”

Her gaze lowered to the floor, and she sighed. “All right then. I live in Pike’s Bluff.”

He was silent, and when she finally had the courage to meet his eyes, he was glaring at her.

“And you heard me say I would be driving there tonight.” It was an accusation. “And yet you were so stubborn, you refused to accept a ride, and you were willing to take a chance with your own life by hitchhiking?”

“I wasn’t serious about the hitchhiking. I’m sorry.”

“You should be. All right, young lady. You have a choice. You can call one of the hotels and let me see you into their shuttle, or you can ride with me, and I’ll take you home. All the way to your front door. Make up your mind.”

When she hesitated, he dragged her over to a seat and plopped her down into it with a thud. Sitting down beside her, he leaned back, continuing to stare. “I’m waiting.”

About the Author

​An assignment by my elegant and sweet fifth grade teacher was what started it all. The assignment? To write a short story and read it aloud to the class.

     Enter a story about a group of fifth grade kids camping in the woods who were attacked by a Grizzly; add body parts everywhere and kids being mauled to death one by one, and pile on top one horrified teacher (Poor Mrs. J!). The kids thought it was cool, however, and I was hooked.

     Writing continued throughout Junior and Senior High, in the form of space stories, then spy stories, and by the time I reached high school, had turned into romances!  Every year ​when spring fever hit, I would take my notebook outside at lunchtime, and soak up the sun, and write. Then I would take it home and type it up on onionskin paper, on an old Underwood typewriter (Yes, I know I’m old!)

   One day a few years ago while cleaning, I came upon a tote containing a wad of onionskin paper, rolled up. I was delighted to find a story that I had written when I was about eighteen, and thought, “Hmm, I wonder what would happen if I sat down and re-wrote this? And submitted it?”

     My favorite Heroine?    One with intelligence, integrity, courage, and firm determination. I love to have the heroine and hero ‘make a difference’ in the surroundings and lives of others in the story.

And needless to say, my favorite hero is an “Alpha male” who loves his woman to distraction, but is smart (yes, in my opinion, smart is extremely sexy!) stern, and willing to be as strict as necessary to protect her from danger, even danger from herself.

Please email me! I’d love to hear from you!

~Pippa Greathouse  

Other Books by Pippa Greathouse:

Double-Takes, Book One in the Pike’s Bluff Series

The Strasburg Chronicles:

Angelica’s Rescuer, Book One

Merrie’s Hero, Book Two

Cinderella’s Lawman, Book Three

The Return of Lucy Grace, Book Four

Miriam’s Rebirth, Book Five

Strasburg, The New Generation

Judging Cicely:

Katie’s Maverick:

Also :(Not part of a series)

Macie’s War

Time for Change:

Emerald Christmas as part of 12 Naughty Days of Christmas Anthology:

Books written with Ruby Caine:

Conquered by the Captain:

Conquered by the Commander:

Conquered by the Ghost:

Being Obedient (Book One in the “Unsettling of Golden River” series:

And soon to be released: “Daring Daniella”

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