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GIVEAWAY | EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT: Abandoned by Rhonda Pollero

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There is nothing more dangerous than desire…

Emma McKinley is a bright young lawyer with a very dark secret: She’s the daughter of an assassin.  Twenty years ago, her father shot and killed the president and Emma has been desperate to understand why ever since.  She’s changed her name, moved around…but the past keeps hunting her down.  First came an irresistible job offer, luring her back where the assassination occurred.  And now Emma is receiving mysterious newspaper clippings about the shooting as a terrible reminder—and a deadly threat…

Sheriff Conner Kavanaugh has been burned before.  But from the moment he meets Emma, there’s something about her he can’t resist.  Something is haunting her—that much is clear.  And as the threats against her mount, he’ll do anything to protect her and win her trust.  If the past doesn’t catch up to them first.   


A week had passed since Emma had last seen Conner. Well, that wasn’t exactly true: They’d passed one another at the courthouse a few times but he’d done little more than tip his hat in her direction.

Of course she couldn’t decipher a hat tip. Did that mean great kiss or that kiss was so bad I’ve decided to join the clergy? Still, she understood avoidance and Conner was definitely avoiding her. And she was returning the favor. Emma stayed late at the office every night, ensuring she’d miss Conner when he came to pick up Sam after her tutoring sessions.

She sighed heavily and went back to the pile of folders on her desk. Thanks to the long hours, she was completely caught up and was considering going out for a bite for dinner when she heard a noise.

Looking up, she saw Conner standing in her doorway. Hatless, he wore his uniform and a broad grin. “Evening,” he greeted her.

“Hi.” It suddenly seemed difficult for her to breathe normally, so the word came out sounding sultry and embarrassingly alluring.

His answer started with a sexy half-smile. “I’m here on a mission.”

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