February 8th 2017 by The Wild Rose Press, Inc.
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?
Feet planted, apart, Eric stood beside Jones while he steered the boat. “How far’s the island?”
Jones kept his gaze focused on the water. “Not far.”
“You live on the island?”
“Most of the time.”
Eric leaned closer. “You look familiar. Thought maybe I’d seen you somewhere.” Actually, he was fishing to find out whether or not Jones was Nootlinga, as Norrie had been.
“Doubt it.” Jones gripped the wheel and clamped his jaw shut.
Okay, so much for that. . . . He glanced at Megan Evans sitting in the back of the boat. In her early thirties, she had thick, dark brown hair drawn into a ponytail. Large brown eyes and a softly rounded chin gave her a vulnerable look. An air of sadness surrounded her, too. Something bad had happened, and not long ago.
A sharp swerve of the boat caused him to adjust his footing and snapped him to attention. They had reached Gemini and were headed around to the far side, where a wide bay accommodated several docks and half a dozen boats of various sizes. At anchor sat a yacht large enough to navigate the ocean. Yep, old Carl had a few bucks, all right.
Jones cut the engine and eased the Kawanti into an empty spot at one of the docks.
While Eric helped Jones secure the lines, he noticed Meg carefully stepping off the boat. He considered lending a hand again, but decided not to. She appeared to be doing okay on her own. Besides, he’d been all too aware of his pulse spike when he lifted her aboard. He needed to put a lid on that. He was on a mission, and attraction was something he didn’t need.
He refocused on tying up the boat, but the next time he glanced her way, he saw her watching him. Instead of looking away, she lifted her chin and met his gaze, as though issuing a challenge. A challenge to what, he didn’t know, but he’d bet he’d find out soon enough.
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