Titanville Police Deputy Dana Birch is entrusted with an
unusual request from the three rich Titan sisters, who, she
dearly loves. Their half-brother Garth Duncan, the
illegitimate son of their father Jed, was abandoned along
with his mother before he was born. At age 14, Garth begged
his father to pay for brain tumor surgery for his mother,
Karen, who's now left with her intellect stolen. Thrown out
on his ear 20 years ago, Garth is now sinfully rich,
successful and determined to destroy his father. Lexi, Skye
and Izzy Titan are also being targeted by Garth to take
revenge on Jed. Their tough, gun-toting best friend Dana is
taking a leave from work to track down Garth in an effort
to stop him.
While Dana pursues Garth in their cat-and-mouse game, she
also ends up "sleeping with the enemy." Threats against
Dana force her to temporarily move in with Garth for
protection. Dana's sensual aftershocks are devastating and
confusing since trust is difficult for her. She grew up in
a poor family with a father who constantly beat her. As the
sisters discover it was Jed rather than Garth who caused
the explosion that nearly killed Izzy, they now want to
include him as part of their family and convince him of
Now it's the Titan sisters, Garth and Dana plotting to take
down Jed. And Dana is terrified at having to walk away from
Garth when her job is done. As evidence accumulates to
convict Jed, all stakes change when Jed kidnaps Karen and
the focus changes.
Susan Mallery has an astounding sense for developing
an exciting and fast-moving plot. Her story is filled with
love among friends and devastating reality. Dana and Garth
are exceptionally smart and strong characters. The ending
has surprises with a twist involving Karen and Jed. I
thoroughly enjoyed this novel and would highly recommend
it. Very good, fun reading.
Dana Birch vowed never to put herself at the mercy of a
powerful man. She became a deputy so that she could take
care of herself, and protect those she loved. Especially her
best friends, the Titan sisters.
Twenty years ago, Garth Duncan swore revenge on Jed Titan
for abandoning Garth and his mother. Now heâs back to
fulfill that promise, even if Jedâs daughters get caught in
the crosshairs. All that stands between him and his goal is
Dana, her gun, and a growing passion that canât be denied...
It had taken four months, calling in every favor ever owed
her, a case of expensive Scotch and a date with a
disgustingly slimy private investigator who had made the
mistake of thinking âdateâ meant âsexâ. A knee to the groin
had cured him of that belief. In the end, Dana Birch had
gotten her man.
Now, as she rode the elevator up to Garth Duncanâs penthouse
condo, she smiled at the paperwork in her hand. Paperwork
that demanded he come talk to the good people at the Dallas
Police Department. Paperwork that said Garth was going to
have a very bad day. She, on the other hand, couldnât be
âRat bastard, weasel dog,â she murmured as she stepped off
the elevator and headed to his front door. âYou thought you
were so smart. You thought you could do whatever you wanted
and get away with it. You thought you could hurt my
If life were perfect, he would resist accompanying her and
she could threaten him with her gun. Maybe even accidentally
shoot him. If only he were the type of guy to cower in the
face of authority, not to mention consequences. In her
fantasies, he would tremble and beg. While it wasnât as good
as watching him bleed, it would be a close second.
Unfortunately Garth was more the type to have a $1000 an
hour attorney who lived to sue police departments. Not that
his high-powered attorney would be much help today.
âYou are so mine, Garth,â she said, then knocked.
In the minute or so it took him to answer, she savored the
victory. Sheâd worked hard to nail Garth and it had been
worth every long hour of digging, following up clues and
waiting for a lucky break. It was his own fault, she thought
cheerfully. Heâd messed with people she cared about. No one
did that without having to face her.
The front door opened. She smiled as she saw Garth was
half-concealed behind the door. Maybe he was afraid, she
thought with a flicker of contempt.
She held out the papers. âGood morning. Weâre going to take
a little ride downtown.â
âAre we?â he asked as he opened the door wider, so she could
see all of him. âAm I allowed to get dressed first?â
An unexpected twist, Dana thought grimly as she took in the
towel draped around his neck, covering his chest, and the
one around his waist. He was dripping, obviously just out of
the shower. His dark hair stood in little spikes, his
expression was far more amused than worried.
âAt least you know Iâm not armed,â he said, his voice thick
âI wouldnât be afraid if you were.â
âThatâs because you donât know what Iâm capable of, Deputy
Birch. So which is it? Are you prepared to parade me naked
through the streets of Dallas or will I be putting on
He sounded confident, as if he knew she wouldnât take him in
a towel, which was true. Damn him. She liked situations
where she was in charge.
âYou can get dressed,â she said grudgingly. âIâll need to be
in the room, though, to make sure you donât try to escape.â
He actually gave her a little wink. âOf course you will.
Thatâs as good an excuse as any.â
Irritation coursed through her. Instinctively she rested her
right hand on her sidearm. âYou wish,â she snapped. âLet me
assure you I have no interested in seeing your bony
backside. Or any other part of you.â
One corner of his mouth turned up. âYou can watch, Dana. I
He was playing with her, trying to mess with her mind. She
focused on the reason she was here.
âJoke all you want,â she told him. âYouâre going to jail.â
âIf only wishing made it so.â
âYouâre not getting out of this,â she snapped. âI have the
proof I need.â
âNo, you donât.â His voice was low and deceptively soft. âIf
you had what you needed, youâd be arresting me, not bringing
me in for questioning. Admit it, Dana. Youâre not even close
to charging me with anything. This is a fishing expedition.â
While she knew in her head that reacting with violence only
weakened her position and proved he was right, she really,
really wanted to hit him.
âIâm officially bored,â she said, dropping her arm to her
side. âLetâs get this over with.â
âThe part where you watch me naked?â
She stepped into his condo and rolled her eyes. âYeah.
Lucky, lucky me. Have you been featured âArrogance Monthlyâ
âIâve been on the cover.â
He shut the door, then led the way through the large
The main room was hugeâshe was guessing she could fit her
apartment and five others just like it in the space. There
were floor-to-ceiling windows with a view of most of Dallas.
Not that she cared about that sort of thing.
She returned her attention to the man in front of her, then
frowned as sunlight caught his back, illuminating the scars
criss-crossing his skin.
A few of them were thin lines, but most were thick and
raised, as if the skin had been cut over and over again. Her
stomach clenched slightly, not that she allowed her
expression to change.
She knew the basic facts about Garth Duncan. He was
richâscary rich, with dozens of companies and money flowing
like water. Heâd started in the oil business and while down
in South America, no doubt raping and pillaging a pristine
part of the world, heâd been captured and held prisoner by
some angry locals. Theyâd kept him and a co-worker
blind-folded in the jungle for a month, torturing them both
Her gaze dropped to his long, muscled legs. She could see
faint scars there, too, but these had come from a surgeon.
Both of Garthâs legs had been broken during his captivity.
His friend had carried him to safety.
If only Garth had died back then, Dana thought, but without
a whole lot of energy. He wouldnât be hurting her friends.
But he hadnât died. Heâd flourished.
She followed a few steps behind as he entered a massive
bedroom, then continued into a bathroom the size of a
grocery store. That led into one of those fancy closets done
in dark wood. All the clothesâmenâs clothesâwere perfectly
organized by color. Shoes were lined up on racks.
She leaned against the doorway, never taking her eyes from
him. âAny time.â
His dark gaze locked with hers. He seemed to be enjoying
himself, which pissed her off. But once the investigation
began, his attitude would change. She was bringing him in.
For now, that was enough.
His smile returned. He pulled the towel off his shoulders
and let it fall to the floor. âIf you donât have to be
anywhere in the next couple of hours, we could take
advantage of my lack of clothes.â
âHours? Oh, please. Youâd be lucky to last six minutes. Quit
playing, Garth. I have a full day ahead of me. Despite what
you think, the world doesnât revolve around you.â