Sneak Peek Wednesday: Rum Runner by Tricia Leedom [Giveaway]

Rum Runner
(The Key West Escape, #1)
by Tricia Leedom
Publisher: Ink Monster LLC
Publication date: July 18, 2017
Genres: Adult, Adventure, Romance

English socialite Sophie Davies-Stone has been longing to meet her father since she was a little girl. When he sends her a mysterious medallion and asks her to forward it to him in Miami, she can’t help herself from doing something totally un-Sophie-like. Rather than mailing it as instructed, Sophie hops on a flight to Florida.

But the family reunion never happens. Instead, Sophie is attacked and almost kidnapped by her father’s enemies. Her savior is Jimmy Panama, a cocky and annoyingly handsome former Navy SEAL. Sophie isn’t the only one who’s annoyed. After years of trying to find a way to pay back his CO, Jimmy never thought his debt would get him mixed up with his commander’s uptight, British daughter. He just wants to put her on the next flight home and get back to his low-stress life in Key West, but fate has other plans.

As Sophie and Jimmy embark on a heart-pounding adventure through Key West and the Caribbean, Sophie finds herself falling for the snarky American. Still, her head says Jimmy is all wrong for her, and the more she finds out about him – and her father – the more uncertain she is about who she can trust.

One thing is clear. Sophie is in way over her head, and her greatest adventure might be her last.




“Damn it, where’s Romario with the car?” There were plenty of vehicles to pick from right here. Jimmy moved up the sidewalk, looking for the kid in the parked cars. Maybe he was having trouble getting one wired.“You’re having a child steal an automobile for you? Are you mad?”

“Don’t sound so appalled, Duchess. That child has been hotwiring cars since he was big enough to ride a bicycle without the training wheels. He knows I’ll compensate him for his troubles. If he comes through for me.”

Wade’s posse grew louder as they moved closer. A pair of big police dogs barked frantically. It was true manhunt now. Time was running out.

“Hold the bag, Duchess. Looks like I’m gonna have to do this myself.”

Tires screeched as a Porsche Cayenne skidded around the corner at the end of the long block. The four-door luxury crossover did zero to sixty in the seven seconds it took to reach the Suzuki Swift Jimmy was about to break into. The sleek, silver beauty stopped on a dime and grumbled like a chained tiger eager to burn off some steam. The kid was at the wheel.

“Mek haste, mon. Dehs nuh time!”

The Duchess moved past Jimmy, opened the back door, and climbed inside with the duffel. The first spray of bullets pinged off the Suzuki’s hood motivating Jimmy to dive into the backseat after her.

He slammed the door shut and shouted, “Go, go, go!”

Romario floored the Cayenne throwing Jimmy flat against the Duchess. He shifted his weight so he wasn’t smothering her and cupped her head between his hands. “Are you okay? Were you hit?”

“I’m fine. I wasn’t hit. Were you?”

His heart lurched. He shook his head. “No.”

He studied her face in the flickering light. She was flushed and a little breathless, but otherwise unharmed. He stroked her hair away from her face and fought the urge to kiss her. Why the hell did he still want to kiss her after she’d called him a coward? He was a stupid MF’r.

He shifted away from the Duchess and sat up. Bracing his hand on the driver seat, he leaned forward and said, “You couldn’t swipe a Yugo or Toyota, you had to go for the big guns?”

“Yu naa like de ride, sah?”

“I’m just curious how the hell you got past its high-tech alarm system.”

“De alarm naa worries when yu got de key, mon.”



Meet the author…

TRICIA LEEDOM enjoys traveling to exotic destinations and having torrid love affairs with hot, dangerous men… even if it’s only in her own mind. When she’s not writing romantic adventure novels, she reads voraciously, tweets compulsively, and fangirls over a TV show based on her favorite book series. Tricia earned her BA in Creative Writing from The University of Tampa and her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. Her favorite authors include Diana Gabaldon, J.R. Ward, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Karen Robards, and Johanna Lindsey. She lives in Southwest Florida with two very spoiled dogs.

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8 Thoughts on “Sneak Peek Wednesday: Rum Runner by Tricia Leedom [Giveaway]

  1. SOunds like an interesting one

  2. Thanks for being on the tour! 🙂

  3. Why can’t I ever find a Navy SEAL hanging around when I’m in trouble??? lol

    For What It’s Worth

  4. Oh this looks good. I like a good romantic suspense story.

  5. That was an interesting excerpt.

  6. OMG, I totally love the way this sounds and need to pick it up! Hugs…

  7. This sounds like a really fun read! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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