Enter into the violent world of the Cartel, Camorra, Belial's MC and Prydain where death and romance go hand in hand. AJ Adams novels are all self-standing and although some feature the same families, you need not read them all - although it would be awesome if you did!
can skate faster than you can fall," Jack whispered, and Maddie closed her
eyes against the shiver that enveloped her body…
Hockey. Strong coffee. His infant son, Duncan. Three things Jack McKenzie could
not do without. Now he was about to add a fourth. Beautiful, green-eyed Madelyn
Cross has reappeared in his life with a load of baggage and a history riddled
with emotional landmines.
almost hooked up in high school, but their fathers had different ideas. Now,
years later, their paths cross in a beautiful Southern California park. Each
has a son, and each has an unhappy past; both share a need for love, passion
and devotion. But can Jack solve the mysteries in Maddie's past, overcome the
specter of her dead lover and still come out the hero?
I'm the author of seven published novels, including mystery, romance,
paranormal, alternative romance and even a pair of middle grade readers. As for
the personal stuff, I'm a Virgo, a procrastinator, like warm better than cold
and drink neither Coke nor Pepsi. I was born in the Midwest but migrated to
California as a child. My hobbies include doll collecting, lighthouses, photo
restoration and writing, of course. My favorite sport is ice hockey, my
favorite TV shows include Elementary, Person of Interest, NCIS, Downton Abbey,
The Blacklist, and Grey's Anatomy. I am married to my hero of 30+ years and
have 3 great kids!
“You can do this.
I want you to skate alone around the rest of the way.”
“No, I’m scared.”
“Trust me, Maddie.
You’ve got to trust me. I’ll be right behind you.”
“What if I fall?”
“I can skate
faster than you can fall,” he whispered, and Maddie closed her eyes against the
shiver that enveloped her body. He gave her a little push and she began to
skate, dreading the moment he would let go. And of course, he did let go,
hanging back to give her room to skate ahead.
The girls at the
window were rapt, whispering and giggling quietly as they watched their hero
skate with his new girlfriend. Even some of his teammates stopped near the
locker room door to watch the arena and the attention Jack was paying to the
pretty girl in the pink sweater.
God, I have to
do this. Trust Jack. Don’t let me fall!
Maddie took the curve at the far end of the oval rink, concentrating on looking
smooth and capable. She didn’t dare wonder if Jack was still behind her, or how
far away he was. She kept her eyes on the exit door. She was doing fine until
the sound of an engine, a loud sound akin to that of a giant lawnmower,
pervaded the rink and startled Maddie from her ice exhibition. Abruptly she
turned her head in the direction of the sound, and the break in concentration
disrupted her momentum, making her off-balance and wobbly.
looked down at her skates, trying to get back into rhythm, but it was too late.
She tried to remember how to drag the toe of her skate to brake, and in doing
so made herself even more insecure. Terror filled her head.Oh no, I’m going down!
The thought did
not even fully cross her mind and Jack was with her, his arms not merely
grasping her waist but wrapped fully around her, the heat of his chest warming
her back and shoulders. Looking forward, Maddie realized they were only a few
feet away from the rink door.
They slowed to a
stop, but still he held her, his lips close to her ear.
“Now, is there
anything more I can do to earn your trust?” he whispered before kissing her
neck briefly. He waited patiently for her to catch her breath, to calm down
from her scare.
Maddie closed her
eyes. Jack’s show of affection was not lost on her, but she hesitated to
acknowledge it for fear that she was over-reacting. Perhaps it was only in
sympathy, a consolation for her pathetic performance. Taking a deep breath, she
mentally forced aside the exhilarating feel of his lips against her skin. But
she could not begin to slow the wild flutter in her chest.
“Just tell me, whoisSam Bony, and what is that awful