Prison Break Hostage Honor Bound Book 5
by Anna J. Stewart
Genre: Romantic Suspense
She’s dedicated to helping others…
Now she’s the one in need of rescue.
As a witness to a prison bus crash, Dr. Ashley McTavish is only concerned with saving lives. But when she’s taken hostage, her own life is threatened. Ashley is undeniably attracted to her sole protector, a convict called Lucky. But when Lucky’s true identity as undercover agent Slade Palmer is revealed, he and Ashley must flee for their lives. Can they protect one another as feelings grow and danger looms?
From Harlequin Romantic Suspense: Danger. Passion. Drama.
“If you’re going to sleep this close to me, can you at least turn off your brain?” Ashley flopped onto her back and nearly caught Sawyer in the face. She didn’t apologize for it. She wasn’t going to apologize for anything. She couldn’t believe he’d dragged her back here. Couldn’t believe he hadn’t let her go. So much for her big plan that relied on his wanting her to be safe.
“No kidding. I can hear the wheels grinding.” She stared up at the ceiling.
“Get some sleep, Ashley.”
She recognized that tone. He was just about at the end of his rope with her. The resignation. The frustration. It was a tone she’d elicited frequently over the years. From her ex-husband especially. “What are you thinking about?”
“Right now? I’m considering locking you in the bathroom so I can figure stuff out.”
She smirked, rolled onto her side and looked at him. Even in the darkness he was a striking figure. In other circumstances she’d have considered him attractive. She didn’t have vast experience when it came to men, she admitted. And her sex life with Adam for the few years they were married had been...adequate. Not adequate enough for him, given he had cheated on her. A lot. So yeah, maybe when it came to men her judgment was a bit off.
That didn’t mean she couldn’t appreciate Lucky—no, Sawyer—from his shaggy, too-long brown hair, to his tight, toned, tattooed body, to his complicated character. Wow, she was starting to lose all common sense, wasn’t she? She tucked her hands under her cheek. “What are you really thinking about?”
“This might have escaped your notice, but this is not a slumber party and I am not a twelve-year-old girl.”
Oh, she knew. Especially the last bit. “Back in the woods. When you held me close. I assume that was to throw Badger off the scent?”
“Clearly it didn’t work.”
“You wanted Badger to think we’d gone out there for something other than to look at the lake?”
“No one thought we were looking at the lake.” He turned his head, his hair rustling on the pillow. Even in the darkness, she knew he was looking at her.
“If Badger had heard me guess about your brother, he’d have done something about it right then and there. You understand me, Ashley?”
She swallowed hard. He was right, of course. “Jack can help you, Lu—Sawyer,” she corrected quickly. “I promise he’ll listen to me. If you help me, I’ll tell him. He can get you a reduced sentence.” The urge to touch him overwhelmed her and she reached out and laid a gentle hand on his chest.
“He’d talk to the judge. Or the DA. I know one in the Sacramento office. Simone would listen to me, too. You don’t have to stay with Valeri. There’s another way.”
While still looking at her, he lifted a hand and covered hers. “There’s not another way for me, Ashley. I’m where I am because I chose it. And while I appreciate the offer of leniency, you can’t promise anything. Because of me, a prison guard is dead. Whatever happens down the road, I’m in for life. And you need to stop seeing me as if I’m some misunderstood victim who is worthy of redemption. I’m not.”
“Everyone’s worthy of—Well, maybe not everyone.” She brushed a hand over his forehead. “I’m sorry I hurt you.”
He took her hand away. “Don’t.”
“Don’t what? Don’t touch you?” But she wanted to. In the worst way. She didn’t even care if it was wrong.
“Don’t go making me out to be something I’m not. I’m not a knight on a white horse. I am not a good man. No matter how much you want to pretend.”
USA Today and national bestselling author Anna J Stewart writes sweet to sexy romances for Harlequin and ARC Manor’s Caezik Romance. Her sweet Heartwarming books include the Butterfly Harbor series as well as the ongoing Blackwell saga. She also writes the Honor Bound series for Harlequin Romantic Suspense and contributes to the bestselling Coltons. A former Golden Heart, Daphne, and National Reader’s Choice finalist, Anna loves writing big community stories where family found is always the theme. Since her first published novella with Harlequin in 2014, Anna has released more than forty novels and novellas and hopes to branch out even more thanks to Caezik Romance. Anna lives in Northern California where (at the best times) she loves going to the movies, attending fan conventions, and heading to Disneyland, her favorite place on earth. When she’s not writing, she is usually binge-watching her newest TV addiction, re-watching her all-time favorite show, Supernatural, and wrangling two monstrous cats named Rosie and Sherlock. You can read more about Anna at her website, www.AuthorAnnaStewart.com.