Bait

Circles book #5

by Elizabeth Noble

Tyler McCall was a teacher once. He made the mistake of falling for a young man who was also a student in the school where he taught. That mistake cost him his job, his freedom and everything he’d worked for. Now he lives in the Black Hills of Wyoming working at the Big Rock Inn. Linden Bourne is a no nonsense FBI agent based out of Arizona. When circumstances take Linden to Wyoming to question Tyler they find themselves trapped in the empty inn near Devils Tower by a blizzard. They’ve met before and their attraction to each other begins to grow.

The problem is they aren’t the only people stranded in the Big Rock Inn by the snow and wind. A 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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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.”

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“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.”

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Reviews:Maryann on The Novel Approach wrote:

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.

Circles website on http://elizabeth-noble-circles.weebly.com/bait.html wrote:

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About the Author

Mystery, action, chills, and thrills spiced with romance and desire. ELIZABETH NOBLE started telling stories before she actually knew how to write, and her family was very happy when she learned to put words on a page. Those words turned into books and fan fiction that turned into a genuine love of M/M romance fiction. Being able to share her works with others is really a dream come true. She has a real love for a good mystery complete with murder and twisty plots as well as all things sci-fi, futuristic, and supernatural and a bit of an unnatural interest in a super-volcano in Wyoming.

Elizabeth has three grown children, two grandchildren, and is now happily owned by an adorable mixed-breed canine princess and her sidekick tabby cat. Elizabeth lives in her native northeast Ohio, the perfect place for gardening and winter and summer sports (go Tribe and Cavs!) and stargazing all year long. When she’s not writing, she’s working as a veterinary nurse, so don’t be surprised to see her men with a pet or three who are a very big part of their lives.

Elizabeth has received a number of amateur writing awards. Since being published, several of her novels have received Honorable Mentions in the Rainbow Awards. Jewel Cave was a runner-up in the Gay Mystery/Thriller category in the 2015 Rainbow Awards. Ringed Love was a winner in the Gay Fantasy Romance category of the 2016 Rainbow Awards.


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