My life is finally perfect. My dreams
have all come true. I'm where I want to be with the bureau; having the career
I've been planning since I did my stint in the military. I'm married to the one
and only woman I've ever loved; my heart beats for her alone. Together we've
made beautiful babies that I adore. I'm thirty-three years old and I'm
Then one day, it all changes. Slate
recruits me for a temporary assignment that is underneath the radar for a
reason. The bureau hasn't sanctioned it as a priority, but Slate feels it is
because of who is involved: Sue Ellen Reynard. Yeah, remember her?
Our lives were perfect. Taz and I had
everything we'd ever hoped for: family, careers and an everlasting devotion to
one another. Suddenly nothing is the same. In a single moment, my biggest fear
is realized by one phone call from Slate: an 'agent is missing'.
My agent; my Taz . . .
This is just the beginning of our long
journey. Will things ever be the same again?
gave me the silent treatment on the way over to Ralston's office. "How did
you know where I was? I asked.
"Hey, I said I was sorry. We're not all that
late," I pointed out to her.
"It's rude to keep Dr. Ralston waiting, Trace. I don't
do rude. I thought this counseling was important to you, apparently I was
I stopped instantly and grabbed her by the arm, pulling her
around to face me. "What the fuck, Lindsey? What's up your ass at the
She gave me a glare. "It just seems to me that you
might find more productive ways to spend your time when you're here other than
flirting your ass off with the resident skank," she snapped, jerking her
arm free and turning her back on me.
Fuck to the no!
"Wait one damn minute," I growled, spinning her
back around to face me. "It just so happens I went to the shooting range
because I've been trying to qualify to the new standards. It's a requirement
for all agents to recertify. Diana's job is to ensure that they do."
"Hmmph," she snorted derisively, "It looked
pretty cozy to me, but that's neither here nor there because it sounds to me as
if you plan on continuing your career with the Bureau once you're
"And why shouldn't I? It's the career I've had for
years, what do you expect?" I was getting angrier by the second, and her
eyes were flashing pure pissed green at the moment.
Time for a showdown.
"I don't know why I would expect any less," she
snapped, "It's always been about the FBI, right? It's never been about me
and the kids, has it?"
That did it.
I totally lost it when she flung those words at me. No
matter how much I still didn't remember, one thing that I knew, with every
fiber of my being, was that what she'd just said had no truth to it. And what
really burned my ass was that she knew it too!
I grabbed her shoulders and pulled her up against me. My
eyes bored into hers and without thinking, I lowered my mouth to hers and
kissed her with a vengeance. It was the first time my lips had touched hers
since I'd been back. There was no tenderness; it was my way of claiming her and
taking possession of what was mine. She would not deny me this.
Her fists pushed against my chest, and then she attempted to
pull away, but her efforts were no match for my strength and determination. My
lips worked hers, and my tongue invaded her mouth and possessed it.
"Stop," I growled pulling back briefly to look down at her,
"Don't resist me."
It was something I might've said to a perp that was resisting
arrest, but at this moment, I was saying it to my wife.
The woman that I loved more than life itself.
And suddenly the realization that this was the truth
overwhelmed me. My tempo slowed, morphing from anger to affection; and from
frustration to need.
Lindsey felt the change and stopped struggling against me.
Her arms looped around my neck, and her lips started responding to mine. It was
familiar, and as my tongue once again found hers, we struck a rhythm that was
ours. I could feel her anger and bitterness dissipate. It was replaced with a
soft sweetness that I remembered, and that I could totally bury myself into if
only she would let me.
"Taz," she moaned softly, finally pulling back a
"Lindsey," I breathed against her soft lips, my
heart pounding in my chest.
"Come on, we've got to make our appointment," she
And we did.
It was the first joint session that we'd had where Lindsey
took her place next to me on the leather sofa, instead of her usual chair in
the corner. Ralston didn't miss it either, quirking an eyebrow as his eyes met
mine with just a hint of amusement.
It was a fucking start.
took a shower and dressed for bed. Part of me hoped that Taz would tap on my
door and suggest we continue what we'd started earlier, but the other part of
me prayed he wouldn't.
would that serve?
into our huge bed and, for some reason, it felt emptier than it had over the
past couple of months.
and turned for a few minutes, punching my pillow several times to get it just
right and then squeezing my eyes shut, trying to force sleep to descend upon
that would erase the vision of my husband's face, his eyes closed, calling
Talia "baby girl" as she fucked him, that had now become etched in my
He was my
He was my
belonged to me, not her. By denying him what I desperately wanted every bit as
much as he did, I was allowing that bitch to fuck me over!
I am not
a weak person.
I claim what's always been mine.
I threw the covers off of me and traipsed down
the carpeted hallway to his room, not bothering to knock on the door.
him by surprise as I threw the door open, and saw him standing in front of the
tall dresser, rooting around for something to wear. He was fresh out of the
shower; a white towel slung low on his hips.
around as he heard my intrusion. I didn't pause in my mission, making my intent
perfectly clear as I closed the distance between us, and with quick swipe of my
hand, yanked the towel from his body.
miss the quirk of his brow as my eyes perused his body, loving every inch of
it, and knowing it was meant for my enjoyment alone. It was my playground; my
turf, and I sure as hell was claiming it again.
the bed, Taz," I said, meaning business. "I'm the only one that rides
sexy smile graced his lips The rugged appearance he now rocked as a result of
his beard and dark, spiky hair caused me to take a deep breath as his arms
reached for me.
I was born and raised in southern Ohio, and with the
exception of a brief stint in Dallas, TX, have been an Ohioan most of my life.
My dream has always been to write a novel, and back in the early eighties I
tried to do just that, having been influenced by authors such as Kathleen
Woodiwiss, Johanna Lindsey, Rosemary Rogers and Laurie McBain. I remember
writing to all of them through their listed publishers, and the only response I
received was from Johanna Lindsey (who lived in Hawaii at the time.
Ms. Lindsey advised me to continue with my dream; and to
submit to various publishers again and again. Of course, at that time,
publishing e-books yourself was not on the horizon; there were vanity
publishing houses of course, but she advised me to avoid those.
So my dream was put on the back-burner for more than 25
years until June of 2012 when suddenly I no longer had a reason not to write a
novel. My sons were grown; I found myself without a career (blessedly) and the
creative juices flowed once again.
I finished my first novel, "Maybe Baby" in
September of 2012; the next two books in the "Baby Series" titled
"Baby Love" and "Be My Baby" were published in early 2013.
I learned a lot in my first endeavor with self-publishing. I've made so many
friends as a result that it is over-whelming.
In the spring of 2013, I had an idea for a different type of
Alpha, and wrote Book #1 of the "G-Man" Series, titled "Diamond
Girl." This book was well-received, and I followed it with Book #2,
"Love Plus One." These are stand-alone books.
I am finally doing what I love and I sincerely appreciate
the wonderful readers who provide feedback and take the time to comment. I hope
that with each book, my writing has grown and improved as I strive to publish