One treasure map; a pair of priceless emeralds; two very keen hunters — only one can win, but who says that competition can’t be a little fun?
When sweet, pretty Ariana Noonan knocks out treasure hunter Luke Donahue with a champagne bottle and steals his treasure map, he vows to get his map back, find the missing priceless emeralds…and exact a fitting revenge.
When Luke finally discovers Ariana in a dingy hotel on a remote tropical island, she’s in desperate straits and he finally gains the upper hand. Of course he will rescue her. His price? They act on the attraction that’s been simmering between them from the very beginning.
But all is not as it seems, and Luke’s sexy bargain turns up not only an unbelievable secret, but Ariana’s reasons for wanting the emerald. Suddenly, nothing is clear-cut anymore, and map or no map, Luke and Ariana are sailing into uncharted territory.
After taking a final gulp of champagne, Ariana placed her empty glass down on a table. Staring at her prey, who was clearly unconscious of his fate, she willed her stomach to settle. The milling, elegantly dressed crowd between them became extras in a play. Time for her entrance.
Thankful she’d road-tested her six-inch silver sandals all day yesterday, she neatly avoided the chubby man in the too-tight suit who swayed toward her. Only a short distance to go. Full of outward confidence, she sashayed closer to the man she was intending to seduce, drug and steal from. Only three giggling eighteen-year-olds, gossiping in a tight cluster, stood in her way. Their formidable combined perfumes and high-pitched voices distracted her. She hesitated, staring at her feet. Her heart thumped in her chest.
Jason’s haunted face flashed into her mind. Oh heck. She took a deep breath and faced her foe.
The old lady had left. Luke Donahue had turned his head toward her. Their eyes met. She gulped. Those stern, piercing eyes were cold chips from a glacier. Blue. Ice blue. Mr Charming had left the room, and Mr Intimidating was back.
But, goodness gracious, said a stupid, tiny corner of her brain, isn’t he good looking?
Ariana licked her lips, then smiled a huge ‘Well Aren’t You Wonderful!’ smile, and hoped it was sexy. It was the best he was going to get.
V.K. Black is from Queensland, Australia. She loves tropical islands, snorkeling on the Barrier Reef, good wine and hot spicy food. Amazingly, all of these appear in Unexpected Places (published by Escape Publishing). Sadly, treasure maps and priceless emeralds have been in short supply in her real life, so she has written a story about them.
As well as her action/adventure contemporary, Unexpected Places, V.K. Black has written an erotic fantasy/sci fi called Heavenly Revenge (published by Secret Cravings) and a World War Two historical called Lies and Seduction (published by Cobblestone Press.) There is a unifying theme. They are all fun sexy romances, with a handsome hero and a lovely heroine.
Buy link: http://www.escapepublishing.com.au/product/9780857991980