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Title: Crazy on You
Author: Nicole Terry
Publisher: City Owl Press
Print release: January 9, 2018; ebook: January 23, 2018
Genre: light romantic suspense, contemporary romance
Tags: multicultural romance, romantic comedy, action adventure romance
Author comparables: Kristen Ashley, Elise Sax, and Tara Sivec
PRINT ISBN: 9781944728656
EBOOK ISBN: 9781944728663
Diane Thompson wakes up in the backseat of her car, shocked to find she’s acquired a chauffeur. Realizing she’s been inadvertently kidnapped, she swears off tequila—and Chili’s—then dials 9-1-1. But her rescue comes at a cost. Her savior, too-macho-for-words Lt. Cole Anderson, refuses to let Diane out of his sight until her kidnappers are apprehended. He’s already lost one woman he cared about due to his inattention; he’s not letting it happen a second time.
But Diane isn’t a damsel-in-distress type of girl. When it turns out the criminals left a valuable item in her car and they want it back, involving Cole isn’t part of her plan and not only because the criminals have forbidden her from involving the cops. Men are like birds—messy, easily distracted, and only around when there’s something to eat. She’s got this. All she has to do is find and return the item in question to the drug runners threatening her life, survive a high-speed car chase, and keep her vow to never trust a man with her heart.
(from Chapter One opening):
Leave it to me to fall asleep in the back of my car…and wake up kidnapped.
Deep voices blended into the rumble of the engine. It stuttered and shimmied before settling into a whining rest that rocked all the way to the carpeted back seat where I hid.
My eyes scrunched tight and my heart wanted to curl up and sploosh out of my chest like the last vestiges of toothpaste in the tube. Sweat trickled down the valley of my boobs and ended in the dip of my thighs.
Buried under material, each pant of breath seared my nostrils as fresh oxygen was replaced with the sour smell of the good times I’d enjoyed at dinner. Intended as donations for Goodwill, the clothes and blankets would apparently now become my funeral shroud.
Most people could escape a bad dream once they woke up. It was my luck to discover reality was the true nightmare.
A low squeal of tires pitched me forward. Cloth fibers scraped against my cheek and shoved my glasses against my forehead. My stomach swished, a wave of nausea crashing and receding against the back of my throat. Only the grace of God and a large trash bag full of clothes breaking the fall of my face kept me from moaning and drawing the thieves’ attention.
I swallowed, plastic and acid bittersweet on my tongue. Whoever had said the root of all evil was money had never indulged in a bottle of Jose Cuervo.
“This car is trashed.” A male spoke, tone somewhere between a two-packs-a-day habit and the wheezing of a sinus-infected bulldog. A pause. Then, “What’s that smell?” The rough crunch of paper. “Probably whatever’s in this crusty old Burger King bag.” This voice wasn’t as deep and gravelly as the first, but still belonged to a dude.
People were in my car. Strange, judgy people at that. I’d end up an episode of Nancy Grace. Just like Mama had always warned.
Nicole Terry is a southern gal with northern sensibilities or, depending on the day, a northern gal with southern sensibilities, thanks in large part to the unique location of her home. Writing allows her to share the crazy that results from the dichotomy. She believes in the healing power of laughter, Cherry Dr Pepper, Justin Timberlake and, most importantly, happily ever after. Crazy on You is her first book and her homage to her random tendencies, love of alpha heroes, and soft spot for women who find love in the craziest ways. Visit her website for even more crazysauce awesomeness on her blog.