That was my plan when I returned home to Holly Woods, Texas, and became a private investigator.
Finding the dead body in my dumpster? Yeahâ¦ Given the choice, I think I would have opted out of that little discovery, especially since all three of my brothers are cops. And my Italian grandmother is sure the reason Iâm single is because of my job.
Of course, my connection to the victim is entirely coincidental. Until Iâm hired by her husband to investigate her murder and shoved bang-smack into the path of Detective Drake Nash.
My nemesis, a persistent pain in my ass, and one hell of a sexy son of a bitch.
Shame he still holds a grudge from that time I shot him in the foot twelve years ago, or we could have something. In another life.
So now all I have to do is avoid my nonnaâs blind dates, try not to blackmail my brothers into giving me confidential police files, and absolutely do not point my gun at Drake Nash. Or kiss him. Or jump his bones.
All while I hunt down the killer.
Sounds totally simpleâuntil a second body proves that sometimes things that start as coincidences donât always end up that wayâ¦
(Twisted Bond is book one of the Holly Woods Files series and while it does not end in a cliffhanger, it is not a standalone.)
âWhy are you here?â
He pulls his ear defenders down. âOut here?â
âHere.â I yank off my ear defenders. âAt my parentsâ for family dinner. Out here, bugging me. Take your pick. Iâll take a reason for either.â
âYour nonna appears to have taken a real good likinâ to me. If I didnât know better, Iâd say sheâs tryna set us up.â
âClearly, sheâs losinâ her mind,â I snap, reloading my gun again before tucking it back into my boot. I fold my arms and meet his eyes. âAnd out here? Why are you here?â
Nothing. Just silence. Just those goddamned beautiful eyes boring into mine.
âNo? Okay.â I walk past him, pushing hair from my face.
âDonât go out with him again.â His arm shoots out to stop me, and his words hit me hard. âGio.â
âSince when has it been any of your business what I do?â I face him, narrowing my eyes as our gazes collide. âLast I checked, Iâm a single, grown woman, and if I want to go out with someone, I will.â
âHeâs not the kind of guy you need.â
âNeither are you,â I reply, running my eyes down his white shirt, which is untucked over his dark-blue jeans. The bottom of his shirt is gaping, allowing me a view of a triangle of tan skin with a smattering of dark hair. I linger there for a moment before pulling my gaze back up. âYet here we are, having this conversation, you thinkinâ you know whatâs best for me.â
By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to two beautiful little monsters. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of whatever she fancies - usually wine - and writes books.
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