Circles book #5
Tyler McCall made a mistake that cost him his job, his freedom and everything he’d worked for. Now he’s living in the Black Hills of Wyoming, working two jobs and doing his best to not dwell on what he’s lost.
Linden Bourne is a no-nonsense FBI agent. His hunt for a killer takes him to Wyoming, he has questions for Tyler. Linden quickly realizes Tyler isn’t a suspect, but the next likely victim.
When he and Tyler they become trapped by a blizzard in an empty inn near Devils Tower they discover they’re not alone. The killer has targeted Tyler and won’t let a little detail like an unexpected visit by the FBI stop what they’ve planned to do. Linden is completely out of his element, but he’s sworn to protect and that’s exactly what he plans to do: protect Tyler at all costs.
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Publisher: Elizabeth Noble
Heat Level: 2
Romantic Content: 3
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay
Tropes: Badass Hero, Hurt / Comfort, Rescue, Trapped Together
Word Count: 32,000
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Same Universe / Various Characters
After running back to Tyler, he bent, helped Tyler lean forward, and began wrapping the garment around his shoulders.
“I c-can’t wear—”
“It’ll keep you warm, and she doesn’t need it,” Linden snapped. “Man up and wear the girl clothes.”
Tyler shook his head slightly. “It w-won’t f-fit.” His words were drawn out, as if he’d been drinking heavily. “W-won’t stay on m-me.”READ MORE
“Yeah.” Linden hefted Tyler to his feet, held him with one arm and used his other hand to better adjust the coat. “We’ll make it work. The snowmobile isn’t far and the ranger station is only a few miles from here. We can do this.” He tried to tie the coat sleeves around Tyler’s neck, but because of the slick material, they kept sliding apart. That was nothing more than an exercise in frustration, and frankly Linden didn’t have the patience right now. Grumbling, he tucked the ends of the sleeves into Tyler’s waistband. “Let’s get out of here.”
Tyler nodded. He staggered and tripped over his feet more than he walked. In the end Linden bent his knees and hauled Tyler up and over his shoulders in a fireman’s carry.
“I’m not—” Tyler grumbled and protested.
“You know you’re not exactly in the position to argue with me,” Linden countered. He shifted Tyler’s weight and trudged forward.
“B-but I can—”
“Shush,” Linden said.
They’d gotten about halfway to the snowmobile when the coat slipped from Tyler’s shoulders. “T-told you…w-wouldn’t s-stay on,” Tyler said.
“It was worth a try. The snowmobile is right behind those trees.” He nodded to a small group of pine trees. “No sense taking the time to mess with it anymore. We’ll rig up something else.” Sweat was oozing down Linden’s spine and sides by the time the vehicle was within reach.
Easing Tyler off his shoulders, Linden sat him on the snowmobile. He took Tyler’s hands in his own and put them on the back of the front seat, curling his fingers around the edge. “Hold on to that, just for a second.”
Tyler nodded and Linden could see he was putting all his effort keeping upright. Linden pulled his own coat off. Tyler watched his every move and began shaking his head.
“Don’t even waste the energy trying to argue. You need this more than me. We’ll both be nice and warm soon. I promise,” Linden said in a rush. “Besides this one will fit and stay on you.”COLLAPSE
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Maryann gave 5 stars and calls Bait A TNA Page Turner! She says:This story is a fast read, as are the other books in the series—descriptive, action packed, and well written with nicely developed characters.
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