Exclusive Excerpt from Julie Ann Walker’s TOO HARD TO HANDLE
Dan supposed he shouldn’t be all that surprised his friends and teammates had jumped to send Penni his way. Until ten minutes ago, he hadn’t been up to much—to his everlasting dismay. And all those assholes back home had been pushing him to start living life again, to start seeing women again. They probably thought Penni’s arrival on their doorstep was a gift sent straight from heaven. A sign that maybe all their good-natured ribbing and nudging and heart-to-hearts had finally paid off.
In his mind’s eye, it all became clear. He saw them hustling her onto a jumbo jet headed to the Southern Hemisphere before she could pack an extra bag or think twice or—
“Dan,” she whispered, laying a hand on his wrist. The muscles beneath her touch jumped, and it took everything he had not to press her back against the wall and claim her mouth in a kiss he knew would leave them both breathless. It seemed almost unnatural… this attraction he had for her. Or maybe it was the most natural thing in the world, because it was instinctive and intrinsic. “I…”
She hesitated. Was it because, despite his best efforts, a low growl sounded at the back of his throat? He played it off with a cough. Like he’d had a tickle on one of his tonsils.
What is it, Penni?” She lifted her hand from his wrist and opened her mouth. Then she closed it again, frowning.
Her uncertainty had him relenting. “I think I know what it is,” he said.
She blinked up at him, her soft brown eyes huge and sparkling in the setting sun shining over the mountain peaks and between the buildings. “You do?”
“It wasn’t just adrenaline and lust and…and whatever back in Kuala Lumpur, was it?”
Her mouth fell open, an invitation that was almost impossible to resist. She shook her head slowly, searching his face.
“You told me then you’d decided you had to stop letting the job be your life. That you were looking to start making real, human connections,” he continued, watching her watch him, trying to see if what he was saying was on target or if he’d missed the mark by a mile. “You and me”—he wagged a finger between them—“we made a connection, didn’t we? A real one.”
“Yes,” she hissed, a whisper of sound that held so much meaning.
“And you came all this way to see…what? If I felt it too? If I thought so too?”
She snapped her mouth closed and nodded, so much hope shining in her eyes that he didn’t dare tell her about all his doubts, all his misgivings. He was a bad bet when it came to relationships. For many, many reasons. But she’d find all that out for herself. Eventually. For now, he gave her the simple truth. “I felt it, Penni. I still feel it.” She bit her lip and took a step toward him, her gaze focused on his mouth.
About the Book
Title: Too Hard To Handle
Author: Julie Ann Walker
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Romantic Suspense
"The Man" is back
Dan "The Man" Currington is back in fighting form with a mission that takes him four thousand miles south of BKI headquarters, high in the Andes Mountains of Peru. He's hot on the trail of a rogue CIA agent selling classified government secrets to the highest bidder, when Penni DePaul arrives on the scene. Suddenly the stakes are higher, and keeping Penni safe becomes Dan's number one priority.
And this time she's ready
A lot has changed since former Secret Service Agent Penni DePaul last saw Dan. Now a civilian, she's excited about what the future might hold. But before she can grab onto that future with both hands, she has to tie up some loose ends-namely, Dan Currington, the man she just can't forget. And a secret that's going to change both their lives-if they can stay alive, that is.
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Julie Ann Walker is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling Author of the Black Knights Inc. romantic suspense series. She is prone to spouting movie quotes and song lyrics. She'll never say no to sharing a glass of wine or going for a long walk. She prefers impromptu travel over the scheduled kind, and she takes her coffee with milk. You can find her on her bicycle along the lake shore in Chicago or blasting away at her keyboard, trying to wrangle her capricious imagination into submission. For more information, please visit www.julieannwalker.com or follow her on Facebook www.facebook.com/jawalkerauthor and/or Twitter @JAWalkerAuthor.
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