Under Gemini by Linda Hope Lee
Adult Romantic Suspense
Reeling from the deaths of her ex-husband and their nine-year-old daughter, Meg Evans suspects foul play in the mysterious auto accident. Clues lead her to Gemini Island, where she goes undercover cataloging Northwest Indian artifacts while conducting her own investigation. She doesn't count on having to work with the enigmatic and handsome Eric Richards.
Artifact expert Eric has hidden reasons for coming to Gemini, and he doesn't relish working with anyone who might thwart his search for answers. Will they keep their true identities and their missions hidden? Or can they learn to trust each other and together discover Gemini's terrible secret?
On their way once again, they passed a swimming pool, complete with chaise lounges, umbrella tables, and a cabana. So far, Gemini Island had the appearance of an elegant resort, and Meg idly wondered if as an employee she’d be allowed to take advantage of the amenities.
….They reached the guest cottages, six in all, with three on either side of the road….Wolf House, Laureen had called Meg’s cottage. Looking up at her totem, Meg saw where the name came from. The carving of a wolf’s head topped the pole. Not even the bright sunlight beaming on him could dispel the menacing eyes and razor-edged teeth. She could almost hear him growl and snarl. Was he supposed to scare her? Or protect her? Meg wasn’t sure which.
“So where’s my place?” Eric looked around….
Jones thumbed ahead. “Next door.” Darn. Meg pursed her lips. Not only did they have to work together but also live next door to each other. She didn’t want him to observe her movements during her free time. If she had other reasons for not wanting him near, she refused to acknowledge what those might be….
After Jones and Eric left, Meg explored her new home. The place was surprisingly spacious, with a bar separating the living and kitchen areas. A hallway led to a bathroom and another small room for storage.
Back in the living room, she paced, wondering what to do now. Her bones ached with fatigue, yet she was too keyed up to take a nap. She glanced at her wristwatch. Nearly four-thirty. Still plenty of time before cocktails and dinner with her new boss.
A walk might help to work off her nervous energy, and also familiarize her with the surroundings. She opened the door to the cottage and stepped out into the sunshine.
Linda Hope Lee writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and mysteries. She enjoys traveling especially to small towns in search of story ideas. She's also an artist, specializing in watercolor, pen and ink, and colored pencil. Photography provides inspiration for both her writing and her art. She lives in the Pacific Northwest, where many of her stories are set.