The Art of Love and Murder by Brenda Whiteside ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ BLURB: Lacy Dahl never questioned her past until the deaths of her adoptive parents and her husband. A husband who wasn’t what he seemed. Her research uncovers secrets about the mother she never knew; secrets that dispute the identity of her father and threaten her life. Sheriff Chance Meadowlark is still haunted by the murder of his wife and the revenge he unleashed in the name of justice. When he meets Lacy he is determined not to become involved, but their pasts may make that impossible. As they move closer to the truth, saving Lacy may be his only salvation. Lacy begins to think the present is more important than her past…until Chance’s connection to her mother and a murder spin her deeper into danger and further from love. Will the truth destroy Lacy and Chance or will it be the answer that frees them? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Excerpt : Lacy quickened her pace. The footsteps behind her did the same. As fast as her feet touched the bricks, her heart beat twice that speed. If only she could clear the narrow alley, step onto the lit sidewalk… Like a magnet, the street light pulled her forward, and she lunged out of the darkness. Her hand slammed to her chest. After a hard intake of breath and a fast exhale, she cast a furtive glance over her shoulder. With the strap of her purse in a tight fist against her breast, she whirled around to cover the last block at a trot. She didn’t see him until too late. As if she’d hit a cement wall, she careened off balance, but his hands grabbed her shoulders keeping her upright. She gasped and reared back and out of his arms. Her fisted purse became a weapon as she hurled a defensive blow to his chest. Her knee came up, landing a jab to his thigh. “Ehhh,” she cried out from the pain of contact. “Lady, I’m not going to hurt you.” He held his ground and loomed over her, his hands at his chest fending off the swing of her fist. Her vision filled with the imposing figure, and a chill shivered her body. Run screamed in her head. This time the swing of her purse missed her target when she turned to escape. His hand caught her arm and pulled her close. “Help, help me!” Her voice came high and hysterical. “I am trying to help.” Both hands gripped her shoulders now, and her feet came partly off the ground, forcing her to look into his face. “What’s wrong? Are you in trouble?” Her head swung side to side, but the empty street and sidewalks could have been a ghost town. In the distance, a jazzy tune drifted through the air with voices too far away to help. She gulped. He waited. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Lacy Dahl is just trying to find out about the art that she inherited. Never in her wildest dreams did she realize there was a secret buried so deep that it would put her in danger. When she meets Sheriff Chance Meadowlark it was because she thought someone was following, however she had no idea who he was.
Chance isn’t looking for a relationship, he is still carrying his own weight over the death of his wife years ago. When he meets Lacy though he almost wishes for more. When he realizes Lacy is in danger, everything changes. Mixed signals, heated passion, and uncovering deception from years ago are what makes for a fabulous read.
I liked this story a lot. Lacy is upbeat but trying to figure out the history of the sketches she has. Chance is a man who is attracted to Lacy but doesn’t want to be hurt again. The chemistry between the two is sizzling, another great read from Brenda Whiteside.
AUTHOR Bio and Links: Brenda spends most of her time writing stories of discovery and love. The rest of her time is spent tending vegetables on the small family farm she shares with her husband, son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter. Together, they’ve embraced an age-old lifestyle that has been mostly lost in the United States – multiple generations living under one roof, who share the workload, follow their individual dreams and reap the benefits of combined talents. Although she didn’t start out to write romance, she’s found all good stories involve complicated human relationships. She’s also found no matter a person’s age, a new discovery is right around every corner. Whether humorous or serious, straight contemporary or mystery, all her books revolve around those two facts. Visit Brenda at http://www.brendawhiteside.com. Or on FaceBook: http://www.facebook.com/BrendaWhitesideAuthor Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/brendawhitesid2 She blogs on the 9th and 24th of every month at http://rosesofprose.blogspot.com She blogs about writing and prairie life at http://brendawhiteside.blogspot.com/ Brenda will be awarding a $20 gift card to The Wild Rose Press to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Leave a comment to enter.