Emma Ruiz and U.S. Marshal Landon McCabe ratchet up the tension as they fend off drug kingpins and potentially even worse, with McCabe trying to determine just what role, exactly, Emma played in the escape of her father from prison.
But the real tension in Mandy Baxter’s fun romp is the seriously hot attraction between Emma and Landon. As the marshal who initially put her father away, Landon is unable to trust Emma, though he remembers all too well his attraction to her, “her presence trigger(ing) something primal in his subconscious.”
And Emma, too, has reasons to distrust McCabe: She knows he can ferret out her secrets, like what she really knows about her dad’s escape, and her own part in it. What she doesn’t know, though, is that she’s in over her head, and only with Landon’s help is she going to be able to find her way out. But even as she distrusts him initially, she can’t help from being attracted to him:
She leaned out of the doorway to watch him leave, appreciative of the way his designer jeans hugged his ass. Boy was tight. His shoulders rolled as he walked, the precious and grace of every placed step a thing of beauty. Deputy US Marshal Landon McCabe was still the enemy. He was the one who’d arrested her father and the man who was looking to do it again. But, damn, was he ever something to look at.