Just 2 days until Awakenings releases! This is the 2nd book in my “In the Arms of the Law” series.
Though this story deals with the aftermath for Alicia (with what happened to her in book 1, Illusions), there is also another central point of the story that broke my heart.
Roger — the young boy missing, who spoke to me a lot through the story. He had scenes as well that stood out.
This is a never before seen excerpt.
Hope you enjoy!!
In the Arms of the Law, Book 2
Available Sept 12 at Decadent Publishing
Contemporary Erotic Romance/Romantic Suspense
With her old flame back in her life, and on the trail of a killer, Detective Alicia Knowles is forced to face the past as she tries to make decisions about her future…
Detective Alicia Knowles once believed there was good in everyone. Not anymore. After a harrowing experience, her life had changed and she was a very different woman. Now more dangerous, she moves through the darkness of her once sunny world, unsure what to do with her pent up feelings of fear and anger.
Even her new boss, Cole Douglass, makes her feel out of control. One night, years ago, he made her feel things she’d never felt with any other man. This time it can only be business between them.
With her latest case, however, temperatures flare.
Their passion is rekindled as the search is on for a missing child and a murderer on the run. Can Alicia protect her heart from the most dangerous power of all…love?
© Kacey Hammell
Fear swept up along Roger’s spine, causing his body to twitch. He lay on his side and fought sleep. The batteries had died on one of the flashlights not too long ago. Wanting to save the power on the second one, he only used it when he had to. He’d begun to hate the dark. Time didn’t matter anymore. It already felt like he’d been huddled in his hideaway for months.
Tired, hungry, and needing to use the bathroom again, he’d sneaked through his apartment a couple times before, only when he was sure he heard nothing, sure it was safe. After he used the bathroom, he’d grabbed a couple more water bottles and crackers from the kitchen as fast as he could. He wished he’d found more, but stored what he could find.
Scared, more terrified than any other time in his life, Roger couldn’t stop the nerves that seized his body.
His mother was dead, he was all alone now, and would be next if his so-called father got his hands on him.
Roger had seen him hurt his mother over and over again, but he never thought he’d kill her. Even after living through sleepless nights of his father’s loud voice, and knowing he didn’t really care about them, Roger had never thought he’d make either of them disappear.
His hands, cupped under his chin, coiled into fists. The second time he’d left safety and grabbed more water—even though it was the last thing he needed or he’d have to make more bathroom trips—he’d noticed a small, white card on the kitchen table.
It had been too dark for him to see what was on it, but the white of it stood out and drew his attention. He couldn’t turn on any lights in case he was seen, but he’d snatched it, only to realize there were two. Clutching them and his water, he made his way back to his cubbyhole. Once there, he’d immediately grabbed the still-usable flashlight and read the cards.
Available at Decadent Publishingon Wednesday Sept 12!!!
Book One, ILLUSIONS, is Currently available at Decadent Publishing