Marriage is completely over-rated, especially after Reese Templeton’s quadratic failure. She’d rather settle down to a solitary life of owning a bakery—after she tracks down the man responsible for her husband’s death and making her a human Taser full of enough electricity to short out a city block or send a man into cardiac arrest with just one kiss.
But alluring P.I. Griffin Chase is stirring up those feelings of need again. Only this time, her desire to be in his arms has nothing to do with her fear of loneliness and everything to do with the current charging through her body every time he looks at her…touches her.
Griffin hasn’t remained at Reese’s side just because of the spark that has nothing to do with her super-human talents. He’s willing to compromise his rock-solid principles so she can find closure. But before they can move on, he must help her catch her late husband’s killer, staying on track before she has a chance to exact her revenge. Because leading Reese to jail in handcuffs may just break his heart for the final time.
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Length: 250 pages
Release Date: November 25, 2013
Griff smiled, and Reese’s stomach did a whole flippin’ somersault.
“I had meetings at the office in Boston and was headed back to DC. I thought I’d stop in and see how you’re doing.”
She grabbed a towel to wipe off her ice-cream-sticky hands. “Crestview is not on the way to DC from Boston.”
He shrugged and pointed at the butter croissants in the bakery display case. “Close enough.”
With a pair of tongs, she selected the biggest croissant and put it on a plate. “Coffee?”
“Of course.” He leaned against the counter and folded his arms. “You have anything for me to check out?”
She shook her head. “Not at the moment.”
“What about him?” He jerked his head toward the sidewalk outside, where Andrew Laine stood talking to the couple who owned the hardware store. “He giving you any trouble?”
“Not anymore. I told him I was married.”
She cursed herself as soon as the words were out of her mouth. Griff’s gray-blue eyes darkened, his rock-solid chin tightening. He’d obviously meant “trouble” because of Reese breaking the law, not because the chief of police had asked her out.
“You’re not thinking—”
“No!” She grabbed the towel again and swept it over the few crumbs and coffee drips on the counter, scrubbing vigorously at one dried spot. “I didn’t want to shove him too far away, that’s all. As long as he had an interest, I could keep track of what he knew.” Even if it kept her on edge and fried her equipment. “Anyway, he knows now. It’s fine. You don’t have to worry.”
“You pay me to worry.”
That wasn’t strictly true. Griff was co-owner of a multi-city private detective firm. He ran Chase Investigations in Washington, DC, where Reese had lived before the plane crash. Reese had hired him to help her track down clues about whoever had tried to kill her. But they’d become friends. He’d helped her through physical therapy, been a sounding board while she dealt with her new reality, and was the only person on earth who knew what that lightning strike had done to her body.
“I’m paying you to do research,” she reminded him. “You choose to worry.”
He grinned and shook back his shaggy dark-blond hair. “You make it hard not to.”
Another group came in, and he retreated to a table with his breakfast. Reese saw Kimmie eyeing him, and the young woman flushed at his greeting. Reese couldn’t blame her. He had the classic “hunk” build, with a broad chest, narrow waist, and shoulders shown off by a tight gray T-shirt. His gray-blue eyes were nothing special at first glance, but they sparkled at everyone and made his charming smile even brighter. No doubt that smile was what pinned Kimmie in place now, wearing a slightly stunned expression.
Reese wasn’t immune, but her friendship with Griff had become one of the most important things in her life. It was something she’d never had before, and she was going to treasure it as long as it lasted.
When you come to the end of a blog tour, you start fishing for topics. I was reading past posts here at Romance Me and came across one that mentioned TV shows. I LOVE TV shows! And so many of them now are doing things similar to what I do in A Kiss of Revenge and my other paranormal books. They take some extraordinary element and frame it in today’s world.
There are varying degrees of this. Supernatural has done it for 9 years, bringing urban legends to life, tackling all the old legends and folklore with weapons and ceremonies adapted to modern society. Like packing shotgun rounds with rock salt to deal with ghosts or playing exorcisms over the loudspeaker to banish demons. Of course, all the dying and coming back to life and easy healing are way outside of what you’ll find next door. J
Revolution is another one. Dystopian, because there is no power in this 15-years-from-now world, but the characters originated today and have had to adapt. And the technology they used to shut off the power has adapted, as well, so now we’ve got a great juxtaposition of last-century living with next-century influence.
Almost Human shows us a near future not too different from today, with cool technology and an age-old debate about the blurred lines between technology and humanity.
The show that might come closest to what I do in A Kiss of Revenge is Intelligence. This show won’t premiere until January, but you might have seen the promotions for it. A chip has been planted into Sawyer’s…wait, I mean Gabriel-played-by-Josh-Holloway’s head so that he has become the tech. He’s the only one who can do this, and it’s set in today’s world. Similarly (though on a much smaller, more personal scale), my heroine, Reese Templeton, has developed the ability to collect, harness, and conduct electricity. Instead of trying to save the world, she uses it on her personal revenge quest.
(I think it would be cool to have power at your fingertips 24/7. So that’s why I’m giving away a portable battery on this tour. Charge any USB device without being tethered to an outlet!)
So are you watching any shows that have that “otherness” factor? Sleepy Hollow, The Tomorrow People, even Arrow are other examples. Let me know how what your favorites are, and why!
Natalie J. Damschroder is an award-winning author of contemporary and paranormal romance—Love with a Shot of Adrenaline. She sold her first book in 1999, and 2014 will see the publication of her 15th novel. She grew up in Massachusetts and loves the New England Patriots more than anything. (Except her family. And writing and reading. And popcorn.) When she’s not writing, revising, proofreading, or promoting her work, she does freelance editing and works part time as a chiropractic assistant. She and her husband have two daughters she’s dubbed “the anti-teenagers,” one of whom is also a novelist. (The other one prefers math. Smart kid. Practical.) You can learn more about her and her books at www.nataliedamschroder.com.
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