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New Orleans Detectives Book Four: Beloved Captive -- EPUB

  • A troubled detective takes a beautiful doctor hostage in order to clear his name—and finds himself dealing with a wildcat he can't tame.
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Release Date:
October 1, 2010
Cover Artist:
Jenifer Ranieri

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Dr. Rebecca Daniels is a well-known child psychologist who has overcome her own troubled childhood to help children who cannot help themselves. After meeting with a judge about one of her young patients, she witnesses the judge's murder and is knocked unconscious by the man who invaded his chambers. The judge's assailant then kidnaps her and whisks her away to parts unknown, and she finds herself in a fight for her life.

Detective Kevin Jacobs believes integrity is the most important trait a detective can possess. For the past ten years, he's been an honest, hard working cop with an innate ability to root out evil. His case closure rate is one of the highest in the department.

Then a man he thought was a loyal friend frames him for murder, and he's forced to take a beautiful doctor hostage in order to clear his good name.


He gritted his teeth. "We're going to get up together and you won't make a sound. Got that?"

She didn't answer. Didn't move, didn't breathe. Silence filled the space around them so completely Kevin forgot to breathe, too. When he did, he drew in the bitter tang of blood. The coppery scent caught in his throat.

He gripped the back of her neck and squeezed, careful to keep his fingernails from digging into her tender skin. "You hear me?"

She nodded slowly, and a lone tear dripped down her cheek. Her pulse skittered wildly beneath his hand.

He tamped down the urge to be gentle with her slender, quivering body. He needed her to fear him so she wouldn't cause a commotion as they left the courthouse. How he'd get away without leaving a trail of blood, he didn't know. But he had to try, and she was his best hope.

"Get up." He rose and pulled her with him.

She held herself rigid. He turned her around. The light hit her face and he reeled from the animosity written there. Her eyes were the color of a clear summer sky. They snapped with rage.

"You killed Judge Boykin." Her sharp words made him blanch.

He tightened his grip on her arm. "It wasn't me."

"Oh, no? I saw you." Her accusing gaze slid down his black-clad body and he suddenly realized he and Fowler could be mistaken for twins -- except for the blood now soaking his clothes.

She tried to wriggle free, but he held her fast.

"I can't let you go. I need your help."

"Are you crazy?" She gaped at him.

He fought off a wave of dizziness. "I have to get out of here. I'm losing blood fast."

She looked at his side and her eyes widened. "Oh, my God."

"He stabbed me."

"Who did?" Her gaze jerked to his. "The judge?"

"No." There wasn't time to explain further. He eyed the window.

"There's no way out," she said "except the door."

"We'll see about that." He lifted the Glock to her head. "Walk over to the window. Now."

"Surely you're not planning to--"

He looked at her.

"You are." The blood drained from her face.

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  1. Heart Pounding Suspense 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Feb 2013

    Dr. Rebecca Daniels is a dedicated child psychologist tasked with helping young Meg Jacobs after the deaths of her parents. However when she witnesses a murder and is kidnapped by handsome police officer, Kevin Jacobs, she realizes her life will never be the same again.

    Rebecca Daniels is having a bad day. After witnessing Judge Boyton get shot she falls unconscious. When she wakes up, she sees two men struggling. One gets away. One kidnaps her – Officer Kevin Jacobs.

    Kevin has been framed. He's been on the lam trying to prove his innocence, but he realizes he can't let Rebecca go free. She might rat him out. Instead, Kevin kidnaps her. Rebecca is reluctant. Kevin takes her to his brother's house and Rebecca realizes that Kevin is Meg's niece. Soon Rebecca comes to believe that Kevin is being framed and decides to help him.

    Rebecca reaches out to an old friend and former law enforcement officer, Gruber. However, she and Kevin quickly learn that Gruber is the cause for all of Kevin's troubles.

    Rebecca reaches out to an old friend and former law enforcement officer, Gruber. However, she and Kevin quickly learn that Gruber is the cause for all of Kevin's troubles.

    Kevin reaches out his old buddy, JT Romano, who puts Kevin and Rebecca in a safe location. Will Kevin and Rebecca give into the chemistry between them, or does Gruber have a few surprises up his sleeve?

    Atkins' writing is sharp, grabbing the reader right away and plunging them into the action immediately. Atkins is a master of suspense, heightening the tension with each scene. The dialogue is crisp. Atkins uses a good economy of words to paint vivid descriptions in the reader's mind. Her knowledge of New Orleans gives the setting a rich authenticity.

    Atkins' characters are intriguing. Kevin is a cop on the edge, on the run, and frustrated that he can't get a break. When Rebecca makes a choice to stay with him, it gives him the push and resolve he needs to stay the course he's set himself on.

    Rebecca has always been on the run, or at least that's how it feels to her. She's in the Witness Protection Program. Kevin's resolve to prove his innocence no matter what teaches Rebecca that she doesn't have to run anymore. She has a life she can claim if she's brave enough to face her demons.

    The story is sophisticated for romance readers. Atkins' love scenes are sensual and full of emotion. "Beloved Captive" is an exciting addition to the New Orleans Detective Series.

    A fast-paced read that you can't put down.

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