A cold-blooded murder...
A blinding snowstorm...
A female witness...
Trooper T.J. McGraw assumes foxy green-eyed Fitness Trainer Lanie Delacor is just another victim in a multi-car pileup during a raging blizzard. her claim that someone followed her from a roadside rest stop and forced her from the road falls on skeptical ears, until the next day when Pennsylvania State Police discover two dead bodies at that rest stop, and T.J. discovers protecting Lanie could turn into more than a job assignment.
Hard core drug dealer Jack LeFavor didn't count on a witness, and Lanie's arrival at the rest stop interrupted his well-laid plan. She's the only person who can place Jack at the murder scene and when evidence ties him to the victims, state police ratchet up the investigation in order to snag LeFavor and keep Lanie from becoming his third victim.
She opened her mouth, then closed it and just nodded, and that concerned him. The woman usually had plenty to say. Her dark hair stood up in spikes covered with a fine layer of snow. She began to shake violently and gripped T.J.'s arms with both hands. The EMT who'd found her had been called away, leaving T.J. no choice. He scooped her up and headed for his patrol car.
"Hang on Lanie," he said as she went limp, becoming dead weight. He shifted her compact body in his arms. "You need to get warm."
"I'm fine," she mumbled, slurring her words. Her teeth chattered as she burrowed against him. No sass now. He suspected hypothermia, and the sooner he got her out of this freezing cold, the better. Upon reaching his unit, he managed to open the rear door and slide her onto the seat. As he eased back, she grasped the front of his coat.
"T.J., I need to get my car. I need to get away!"
He halted her pitiful efforts to climb from the car.
"He's after me,” she cried, sobs breaking through.
While he gently pried her hands loose, T.J. scanned the area. Every EMT attended other accident victims, and what little traffic there was had come to a standstill. Damn it. He needed to get back to the scene, but he couldn't leave Lanie. She remained conscious, a good sign, but her clumsiness and confusion set off alarm bells.
Who the hell does she think is after her?
Heat pouring from the state car's heater escaped through the open door, doing little good, so T.J. pushed Lanie over, slid inside with her, and closed the door. He checked in with other troopers at the scene, letting them know his position before turning his attention to Lanie.
He needed to keep her warm, yet protect her exposed skin. Direct heat could damage cold tissue, and her skin felt like ice. She blinked sleepily at him. Gradual warming should help. He pressed his fingers gently to the side of her neck, checked her pulse, and then slid his hand around and cupped her cold face. Her soft, feminine, vulnerability beneath his fingers gave his hormones a hard jolt.
Posted by Author - Petie McCarty on 17th Feb 2013
Deadly Encounter is the final book in the Deadly Triad trilogy, and Nancy Kay has truly saved the best for last! Each book in the trilogy ratchets up the suspense and the romance, and Deadly Encounter is the finale fireworks for the series. I read the book in two nights, and if I hadn't needed sleep, would probably have finished in one. It didn't hurt that Ms. Kay had teased you with T.J. McGraw through the first two books, so that by the third and final book, you were already crazy about this hero. And T.J. didn't disappoint. The story speeds along from one clutch situation to the next, and the heart-pounding finale at the beach will knock your socks off.
You can't go wrong with the Deadly Triad Series. I'm really sad to see it end. Maybe someday, Ms. Kay will find a reason to return to Pine Bluffs and these marvelous characters.