(Dallas After Dark)
Publication date: December 18th 2018
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
DESIRE WITH NO LIMITS
Erica Keeley has always been willing to break the rules to catch a criminal, until her unorthodox tactics get her booted from the CIA and betrayed by the man she trusted. Now, gone rogue to stop a terrorist group, she’s working undercover at Dallas’s top male strip and burlesque club, dancing alongside sexy, sculpted men. Not that any of her co-workers give her the adrenaline rush she got from her former life. Erica hits the jackpot when she overhears her targets discussing a homegrown terrorist plot. But her last shot at redemption means getting up close and personal with her traitorous ex.
Control is what CIA officer David Arnell values above all things. Yet he was irresistibly drawn to Erica’s impulsive, uninhibited nature in the field—and in bed—until her bull-headed tactics risked the agency’s mission. Teaming up to stop a deadly attack, he’s falling again for this spontaneous, high-octane woman. And with Erica’s ties to the terrorists proving closer than either of them expected, the riskiest mission of all might be this second chance at love . . .
“A highly entertaining and cohesive suspense novel with an emotionally satisfying romance that will keep readers glued to the page.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars onDangerous Moves
Interview with Karen:
Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a lifelong romance fan who became hooked on love stories when my grandmother began sharing her books with me when I was a teenager. Unfortunately, my mother didn’t approve of “bodice-rippers” as she called them which, of course, didn’t deter my grandmother from sneaking me weekly doses of Happily-Ever-Afters in brown paper bags! When I’m writing, I always have my grandmother in mind, wondering, “Grammy, would you like this?” and then I turn up the heat some more since she liked her books spicy- lol. My grandmother was a beautiful, classy, and sassy woman and those qualities always appear in my heroines who more than hold their own against my strong, tender and passionate heroes.
In addition to penning romances, I teach writing at my local university. There’s something truly magical about helping students unlock their writing potential. I’m also a mother to my daughter Danielle, a wife of twenty-five years to Greg and a pet mom to my dogs Zoey and Leia as well as a recent addition, a stray cat we’ve given a home to, Yin. In my down time, I love playing with my pets, baking, watching romantic-comedies (especially if they star Ryan Reynolds!) and reading.
How do you celebrate when you complete a new manuscript?
Chocolate! And usually a day off binge-watching old episodes of Outlander or Downton Abby.
What inspired this book?
I love shows that involve the FBI or CSI, like Homeland, Quantico and Criminal Minds. I wanted to write a suspense novel with the same level of action and danger and couple it with lots of passion and romance.
What do you like most about your hero (or heroine)?
That’s really difficult! I love them both so much. While I adore Ryan Arnell, my tough, experienced CIA agent, Erica Keely is one of my favorite heroines of all time. She’s just as tough as Ryan and very good at her former job as a CIA agent. However, she can be impulsive and her instinct to act first, think later got her fired while pursuing an al-Qaeda terrorist cell in the aftermath of a deadly American Embassy bombing. Rather than give up, however, she went rogue and has been hunting this group ever since, determined to get the terrorists before they strike again, this time on American soil. Erica is sarcastic, great at disguising herself, a fierce street fighter and a wily interrogator who’s brave, cunning, and doggedly determined to make the world a safer place. She risks her life in this book to capture the terrorists and thwart a deadly attack that, if carried out, would kills thousands. She’s a real hero and I couldn’t be prouder to write such a strong heroine.
What’s next for you?
I’m currently writing TO CATCH A COWBOY (Rocky Mountain Cowboys, Book Seven) with Harlequin Heartwarming which will be out 11/19. In the meantime, look for WINNING THE COWBOY’S HEART (Rocky Mountain Cowboys, Book 5), out in 2/19 and A RANCHER TO REMEMBER (Rocky Mountain Cowboys, Book 6). Thanks so much for having me!
Award-winning author Karen Rock is both sweet & spicy—at least when it comes to her writing! The author of YA and adult contemporary books writes spicy suspense and small-town romances. A big believer in Happily-Ever-After, Karen loves creating unforgettable stories that leave her readers smiling. Karen is an avid reader and baker who loves having the Adirondack Park as her backyard, where she lives with her husband and daughter who make her life complete.
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