Dark Alliance, #2
by Kate SeRine
Release Date: March 28th 2017
Genre: Romantic Suspense
As the only female initiate of the elite undercover society, the Dark Alliance, former FBI agent Madeleine Blake has a lot to prove—especially to her former lover, Alliance operative Jack Grayson. Ever since joining Jack’s team, Maddie’s been keeping her distance, trying not to relive every moment they shared during their brief but passionate affair. Yet when a mission ends in tragedy, Maddie’s ready to walk away from the Alliance—and Jack—forever. That is, until Jack’s cover is blown, putting his life in danger and making it impossible for Maddie to deny her true feelings…
Before he met Maddie, Jack Grayson thought happiness was impossible for a man like him. After all, he has a price on his head that requires him to live in the shadows, concealed from everyone and everything he cares about. But now that they’re on the run for their lives and Jack has Maddie in his arms again, he realizes their love is the only thing in his life that’s real. And this time, there’s no way in hell he’s letting it slip away…
. . .from Chapter 4 of Concealed (Dark Alliance #2)
“Maddie,” he whispered, his breath warm against her neck, bringing goose bumps to her skin. When she hesitated, he added, “Please look at me. I’m not the enemy.”
She swallowed hard, trying to control her breathing and not give away how having him standing so close affected her, how having his body crowding hers, his grasp on her hand loose as his thumb smoothed against her skin, made her head spin with deliciously decadent thoughts.
She turned to face him, immediately realizing that was a mistake when she averted her gaze only to find herself staring at his lips. “Jack, we just need to get through this mission. Then we’ll figure things out, some way to work together without . . .”
He lifted her chin with the edge of his hand, his attempt at his usual sexy, crooked grin now tinged with sorrow. “Without dredging up old memories? Not possible.”
“Then what the hell are we supposed to do?” she demanded, her frustration and confusion nosing toward max capacity. “We can’t ignore the past, but we have to move forward, Jack. Period.”
Jack nodded solemnly. “You’re right. I think we just need to get something out of the way.” Before she could ask what he meant, he took her face in his hands and pressed a hard kiss to her mouth. She was so startled by the suddenness of it that every muscle in her body went stiff. Then the blissful warmth she’d always experienced with Jack flooded her veins, and she melted into him, her hands drifting up to rest against his chest, where she could feel his heart pounding in time with her own.
But the moment his lips softened and he sank into the kiss, he broke away, setting her at arm’s length. “There,” he said, his voice gruff. “Awkward moments of not talking about the colossally large elephant in the room are over. Now we can move on.”
She heard the doubt in his voice that was no doubt reflected in her weak, “Yep.”
He studied her for a moment longer, his brows coming together briefly in a troubled frown before he regained his composure and strolled toward the door of the bedroom, every step dignified and purposeful. The man commanded a room even when there wasn’t really an audience.
“You should read over the file on Claire Davenport,” he called over his shoulder, breaking into her thoughts. “Get a sense of this woman before we pay her a visit at her apartment this evening.”
She watched him go, then as soon as she heard the suite door close, sank down onto the edge of the bed, her head spinning.
What the hell just happened?
If Jack had meant his kiss to put their past behind them and allow them to move on, he’d miscalculated big-time. If anything, it was a reminder of how much she loved the taste of him, how just the sweep of his mouth over hers was enough to make her want to pull him down onto the bed and lose herself in the desire that had always simmered between them . . .
Kate SeRine (pronounced “serene”) is a hopeless romantic who firmly believes in true love that lasts forever. So it's no surprise that when she began writing her own stories, Kate vowed her characters would always have a happily ever after. She's the author of the award-winning TRANSPLANTED TALES series, the PROTECT AND SERVE series, and the DARK ALLIANCE series.
Kate is a member of Romance Writers of America and of Indiana RWA and has been a finalist in the Fire and Ice Contest (2010), the Finally a Bride Contest (2010), and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence (2013), and is the recipient of The Emily (2012) and the National Readers Choice Award (2012). She is represented by Nicole Resciniti with the Seymour Agency.
Kate lives in a smallish, quintessentially Midwestern town with her husband and two sons, who share her love of storytelling. She never tires of creating new worlds to share and is even now working on her next project--probably while consuming way too much coffee.