Sneak Peek Wednesday: Say No More by Liliana Hart

Say No More
(Gravediggers #3)
by Liliana Hart
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: July 25, 2017
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Sometimes the dead do rise…

Dante Malcolm is a man of refined tastes. He was once a part of Britain’s Elite Intelligence Force, but there was a reason he’d never been able to capture Simon Locke, the notorious thief who always seemed to be one step ahead. That’s because Dante and Simon were one and the same, until Dante’s double life eventually caught up with him and now he belongs to the Gravediggers.

Eva Rothschild is a Detective Inspector with Interpol and is the one responsible for catching MI-6’s most notorious agent in his final heist—except the heist killed him. But something has never felt right about his death, and it’s haunted her for months. It was too easy, and Dante Malcolm was too smart to go down that way.

Dante might belong to the Gravediggers in body, but his heart and soul will always belong to the next job. The rest of the team doesn’t know about his alter ego because he made sure the information went missing from his file. So when the job he’s always waited for seems like a possibility, he sneaks out of the country like a thief in the night, only to run into the only woman who’s ever been able to match him in wit—and passion—for the job. Except they’re standing on opposite sides of the law—and only one of them can walk away with the prize.

 

Excerpt…

 

He’d spent six months planning this heist, and he wouldn’t come away empty-handed, despite the challenges. But there was a small warning that kept flashing in the back of his mind. Liv had always been so close on his heels. And he’d literally brought her into the lion’s den for this one, almost as if he wanted to see how good she really was. Or prove to himself how good he really was.He circled to the other side of the ballroom and then slipped off to a side hall that led to Carmaux’s private office. The narrow hallway was darkened to discourage guests from wandering, with a strategically positioned velvet rope to keep anyone from going too far. There was a secret passage in Carmaux’s office, similar to the one in the library.

The staff knew him here—the upstairs maid and one of the serving staff on an intimate level, though that threesome had been several years before during his wilder days—and while he normally wouldn’t care if they saw him, it was best he stay under the radar tonight.

Carmaux’s office was locked, as he expected, and it took him less than ten seconds to open the door with the pin he’d slipped from Liv’s hair. He slid inside and closed the door behind him. The lights were off, but the large picture window behind the desk admitted a flood of moonlight. There was a stillness about an empty room, a quietness that couldn’t be replicated. Dante paused, his senses on alert. Most people wouldn’t have realized and would’ve walked on by. But he wasn’t most people.

Instead, he strolled casually to the desk and leaned against it so the light was at his back, and crossed his ankles.

“And who might you be?” he asked.

She came out of the shadows like an apparition, but she was flesh and blood and bone. He could appreciate her beauty, much as he would a priceless piece of art, but there was no warmth to her. Her skin gleamed in the moonlight, the black dress she was barely wearing drawing attention to her assets. It plunged low in the front, almost to her navel, giving a glimpse of perfect breasts. And it slit high up the leg so he could see her hip as she walked toward him on metallic stilettos.

Once he got past the body, he moved on to the face. She was of Asian descent, mixed with Anglo features—her bones were delicate, with high cheekbones and almond-shaped eyes that were as black as the dress she wore. Her lips were full and slicked red, and her hair lush and curled over one shoulder, sleek and shiny as a sealskin.

“It’s not important to know who I am,” she said. “What’s important is that I know who you are.”

Dante smiled but felt a cold frisson of fear snake down his spine. “I’m an open book, darling.”

She smiled this time and came closer, passing inches in front of him as she went around the desk and took the seat at the helm. He turned so he faced her, but didn’t sit. He’d already lost ground with her. She propped her feet on the desk, showing off wicked heels and legs that seemed to go all the way to her ears.

“Let’s not play games,” she said. “I believe your time is running short.” She nodded at his watch, but he wouldn’t give her the satisfaction of looking to check the time.

He didn’t know who the hell this woman was, but he was going to make it his life’s mission to find out.

“I’m growing tired of your theatrics,” he said, straightening his cuffs and preparing to leave. “As you’ve said, my time is short. I have much more pleasurable company waiting for me.”

“Don’t worry,” she said, smirking. “Miss Rothschild has had a mishap. I believe someone spilled some champagne on her lovely dress. She’ll be a few minutes late to your meeting.”

“You’re making a very dangerous enemy,” he told her, his eyes narrowing. He was armed, even though he didn’t need a weapon to kill. But leaving a body behind wasn’t part of Simon Locke’s MO, and a murder charge would certainly up the ante.

“I make a habit of that, Lord Malcolm,” she said. “Or do you prefer Agent Malcolm? Or better yet, should I call you Simon Locke?”

“Which government do you work for?”

“Have a seat,” she said. “And listen closely.”

 

 

Meet the author…

Liliana Hart spent five years teaching music in the public education system. She molded America’s youth, busted kids for smoking pot in the restrooms, and broke up illicit affairs behind the stage on a regular basis. (Liliana’s Addison Holmes Mystery Series, about a small town teacher who gets into a whole lot of trouble, is somewhat autobiographical, but she won’t confess to which parts).

Liliana began reading romance novels with all her new found free time, and when she ran out of things to read, she decided to write her own novels. The result was a 150,000 word thriller—a dazzling adventure—where the heroine was a thirty-year-old virgin assassin (Yes, you read that right). She couldn’t imagine why people weren’t knocking down her door to read it, but she persevered and began writing a second book. She finally got the hang of things, and eventually learned that losing one’s virginity wasn’t all that romantic after all. All of her books involve some kind of suspense (she just can’t help herself), laughter, and a lot of steamy sex.

Since the failure of her first attempt, Liliana’s books have won awards such as: The Daphne Du Maurier, The Suzannah, The Linda Howard Award of Excellence, The Maggie, and many others. Her affiliations include Romance Writers of America and Mystery Writers of America.

Liliana loves to cook, and is addicted to reading, Internet Boggle, kickboxing, and Bones. She lives in a big, rambling house in Texas with a couple of cats to keep her company. She loves to get emails from readers.

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7 Thoughts on “Sneak Peek Wednesday: Say No More by Liliana Hart

  1. mmm, sounds really good. Thanks for this giveaway and sneak peek Kristin 🙂

  2. I need to try this series 😀 Thanks!!

  3. Oh this sounds good. I was thinking mystery or suspense, but I’m curious about the romantic part.

  4. Linda Herold on 27 September, 2017 at 10:37 pm said:

    Thanks for giving us a sneak peak of this book!

  5. I have really enjoyed the suspense aspect of this series and the AI is a trip.

  6. Oh that sounds really good.

  7. I have been hearing so many great things about this author!! Thanks for sharing the teaser.

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