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The Crime (Paperback)

The Crime (Paperback)

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Mr. Dimples, I don’t want you to be a gentleman…

On the first night of my vacation, I threw my “no more men” out the window without even thinking about it.

Fellow New Yorker Jack Stevens doesn’t do relationships.

Since I’m fresh out of a six-year bad relationship, it’s perfect. I need to figure out who I am.

But Jack wants more. And I don’t just want him.

I need him.

We soon discover we share more in common than friends.

Turns out, our pasts connect us to the same horrific crime.

And it quickly comes back to try and take our safety, freedom, and each other away.

The Crime-Prologue

Jack Stevens 

Covered in sweat, filled with terror, I woke up as the visions of what I had seen were still fresh in my mind. 

Women and children wept; tears streamed out of their fear-filled eyes. My ears rang with the echo of their cries and the sinister laughs that mocked them.

Nausea overcame me, and I ran to the bathroom and violently threw up. As I hugged the toilet, a cold sweat rushed through my body. I closed my eyes as the tears flowed out, and I began to sob.

I had wanted to help them, I really did, but the gun pointed at them suggested that if I tried, I would have been shot. So I chose the coward's way out.

After telling the men in charge, that it wasn't my scene, I left as fast as I could. 

Those sick assholes are my business partners. The thought sent my stomach pitching again.

I must have been in shock because my mind was a black hole. Somehow, I had arrived back at the hotel even though I didn’t remember the drive. When the valet opened my car door, it had snapped me back into reality.

I had felt like a zombie as I walked to the elevator and pushed the button to my penthouse suite. I'm not sure how long I sat on the chair and stared out into the black night. My body shook (probably from shock), as their faces played on repeat in my mind.

At some point, I must have dozed off. When I woke up from the nightmare, the sun peeked out over the bay. The water sparkled and glistened with different-colored blues as if everything was right in the world. 

Would anything ever be right again?

In the morning light, it became clear what I needed to do. It didn't matter if they were connected to me. If I was held responsible for their crime then so be it, but they needed to be stopped. 

I picked up my phone and googled the number.

The phone rang a few times. "FBI," a woman's voice answered.

"I need to report a crime..."

She was sweet and innocent but wild and uninhibited, to my surprise. I couldn’t get enough of her, and I wanted to keep pleasing her. 

Once outside, I jumped in the water, and my body took delight in the cool temperature. I swam laps, back and forth, my mind in more motion than my body.

I have to see her again.

My mind raced about how I needed to make sure she wouldn’t go back to her side of the hotel, and that would be it. I wondered if she, like me, wanted to see where this could go.

She was fresh out of a breakup, but she sounded adamant that it had been over for a while. I prayed she wouldn’t make that a reason she couldn’t continue to see me. 

I hadn’t put my heart out there...not since Kelly. There wasn’t anyone I would have even considered seriously dating. But Maddie was like no other woman I knew, and if she slipped through my fingers, I would officially be the biggest idiot on earth. I hardly knew her, but I knew that in my gut.

I don’t deserve her, but I have to have her.

I swam to the wall and dove under, turned, and kicked my feet off of it. My body skimmed through the water, and I rose to the surface to catch a glimpse of her. She sat in the chaise with a robe on and watched me.

Well, she hasn’t left, so that’s a good start.

What is she thinking? I wondered. Will she want to see where this can go or will she only want this to be a one-nighter? She didn’t seem like a one-night-stand type of girl, but who knew. Not that I was judging if she was. Lord knows, I was no saint.

My past. I was such a dick. It would serve me right if she did tell me it was only for one night. 

The more I swam, the more I started spinning out, my demons starting to catch up to me with no amount of exercise to burn them out of my mind. I really didn’t deserve her, but I would fight for her if needed.

Find out what happens next in The Crime

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Wow!!! Thrilling!!! Sizzling!!! Super Sexy!!! A Must Read!!!"-Reviewer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "I immediately fell in love with Jack and Maddie. The characters are well-developed, and you see them evolve throughout the book."-Reviewer


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