In New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards's next searing romantic suspense novel, Hush, Riley Cowan finds her ex-husband, Jeff, swinging from the rafters of his palatial home and immediately suspects foul play. She soon becomes embroiled with the FBI, namely Finn Bradley, a smoldering agent with an agenda of his own. They both have the same goal: find the killer before he strikes again. But will they be able to trust each other enough to succeed?
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She felt as if tongues of flame were licking at her skin.
The feel of him, warm even through his clothes and all solid muscle, was intoxicating. The unyielding firmness of his chest against her breasts, the brush of his long, powerful legs in their suit pants against her nylon-sheathed, much more delicate ones, but most of all the unmistakable evidence of his arousal that was now wedged between them, made her burn, made her quake.
She never even realized her smile was gone until his eyes slid down to fasten on her mouth.
A wave of heat hit her, as tangible as if it had come rolling off a fire. Her heart pounded. Her pulse raced.
The music and darkness swirled around her, blocking out everything except him. Except them.
She watched him looking at her mouth, and her bones turned to water.
Shrouded in the deep purple gloom of the dance floor, with neon shafts of light shooting like meteors through the darkness high above his head, he looked big and dangerous and sexy as hell.
He felt big and dangerous and sexy as hell.
All of a sudden all she could think about was that blistering kiss they had shared.
What she wanted, so much that it surprised her, was for him to kiss her again.
Their eyes met. His were hooded, restless, gleaming. They made her mouth go dry. They made her insides clench. His face was close to hers. It was all she could do not to turn her head so that her mouth brushed his sandpaper cheek.
Wrapped in his arms, with the evidence of how much he wanted her right there between them and the electricity they generated throwing off sparks everywhere, she almost forgot why they were on the dance floor in the first place.
Then his head dipped closer still.
His hand slid between her legs to touch her through her panties. Scorching heat shot through her as he found just the right spot, and she gasped into his mouth. Then his hand was inside her panties and he was stroking the delicate cleft without any barrier at all and somewhere along the way she lost every last inhibition she had. The steely strength of his body against the softness of hers drove her wild.
Clinging to him, kissing him like she'd die if she didn't, she squirmed and moaned in response to those long, knowing fingers, roused to a fever pitch by a man who clearly knew what he was doing, knew his way around a woman's body.
"Finn," she gasped as his mouth left hers to kiss her neck and breasts while his hand still played between her legs. She was on fire, burning up, moving restlessly against his hand, against him, kissing his ear and his bristly jawline and his throat and his broad shoulder. The salty taste of his skin inspired her to lick him, tiny sensuous licks along his shoulder, and then nibble at the firm flesh beneath her mouth. He made a sound and shifted his shoulder and pushed his fingers deeply inside her in sexy retaliation, and that was it: she couldn't stand it anymore. She moaned and reached for that part of him that she could feel lying hot and hard against her thigh. At the same time, he muttered something under his breath and stopped with the petting of her and started yanking her panties down her legs.
Then her hand closed around him.
"Riley." Sounding like he was being strangled, he stiffened and went totally still. She could hear the harsh rasp of his breathing, feel him shuddering against her as he fought to retain control, feel the urgency of his need that rolled off him in waves.
His shaft was hot and smooth and hard and enormous and pulsing in her hand. She squeezed it, then slowly slid her hand up and down.
"I want you," she said, as if what she was doing to him hadn't been enough to make her meaning crystal clear. "Now."
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