It is my pleasure this week to introduce you to a hot new Christian fiction book. I love a good romance you know right? Well this also has suspense. Make for a very yummy read. Read an excerpt of Under Cover by Rhonda Bowen below…
Title of Book: Under Covers
Author: Rhonda Bowen
Naomi Savoy is five days away from marrying Jordan Lennox, the man of her dreams, when she is faced with her worst nightmare. Her sister is missing. When her search for her sister sets her on a path into her past, she is forced to ask for help from the last person on earth she ever wished to see again – Garth Duhaney – a man she has both loved and hated for most of her life and whose power over her she has never been able to break.
Jordan Lennox knows his wife-to-be is hiding things in her past. But his love for her keeps him believing that one day she will come clean. But when the secrets force him on a trip across the ocean only days before their wedding, he begins to question whether love is really enough.
Will love keep them together or will it all fall apart when everything is uncovered?
The distance from the car to the front doors was short but Naomi could feel eyes on her. She pushed her sunglasses a little further up on her nose and held her head straight as she followed her cousin through the doors into the precinct. She was a foreigner. Despite the fact that she had been born in this country, she had been away too long to be considered one of their own. They knew it. It oozed off her skin like an odor, echoed in the American lilt in her speech. There was nothing she could do to hide it. And that’s why she needed Latoya. Needed Garth. Without them, she would spend the next two days spinning her wheels.
“Ladies, can I help you?”
The desk officer’s question was directed to Latoya, but his eyes were fixed on Naomi. He openly assessed her, wondered what trouble she might cause him on this particular day.
Latoya scowled at the officer. “Yes, I’m looking for Officer Duhaney.”
“That’s Sergeant Duhaney to you.”
His voice was rough. It hit Naomi like the bark of a tree against her bare back. When she turned to look at him, she found that he looked just as wild, the uniform and all it represented did nothing to tame him. Dark eyes, the color of coffee, stood out against nutmeg toned skin. Naomi had thought that officers were required to be clean shaven, but with the deep shadow on his square jawline, Naomi saw that Garth still broke the rules. But the scruffiness didn’t take away from him at all. He was still as handsome as she remembered. That never changed.
“Garth, wow, a uniform,” Latoya said dryly. “Never seen you in one of those before. Does it help you remember that you’re a cop?”
“Nice to see you too, Toya.” His tone was dismissive, partly because there was no love lost between the two of them, but mostly because he was too busy staring Naomi down. And as she stared right back without flinching, Naomi suddenly knew exactly why Natasha and Latoya were concerned. Truthfully, they had every right to be.
Waves of hot and cold rushed over her. Her mouth felt dry. Naomi was sure that at any moment she would start shaking.
This was bad.
She remained rooted in place as he slowly strolled over. Garth closed the distance between them until he was so close, she had to look up at him. Naomi could count the tiny hairs on his week old stubble if she had the time and was so inclined.
“I knew you would come back.”
She took a deep breath and reminded herself that Camille needed her. That she walked through this valley of death for her. Right now, Camille was all that mattered.
“Can we talk?” Naomi asked.
Garth’s lips slowly spread into a smile that made Naomi’s gut tighten. “Sure, sweetheart. We can talk anytime you want.”
“Maybe somewhere less…crowded,” Naomi glanced around.
He nodded and the two women followed him through the precinct, down a hall and into a small office. Garth sat in the battered office chair on one side of the dinosaur of a desk while Naomi and Latoya took the two hard plastic chairs on the other side of it. An overhead fan spun lazily above them. It did nothing to cool the room or help with the sweat that trickled down Naomi’s spine.
Rhonda Bowen knew she would be a writer as early as eighth grade when she wrote her first novel with a classmate in a dollar notebook. While waiting for the day to come she completed a degree in Communications and spent a few years working in Public Relations and Event Planning. Throughout this time however, her desire to write stayed alive. She eventually completed her first novel, Man Enough for Me, which was released under Kensington Books’ Dafina imprint in February 2011.
Several years, a stint in Asia and a career change to youth work finds her still writing. She has written four romance novels and her books have been featured in PUBLISHERS WEEKLY and LIBRARY JOURNAL. When not writing or engaging her youth, she enjoys spending time with her family, trying on shoes she can’t afford and enjoying the great outdoors. Visit her online at http://www.rhondabowen.com , http://www.facebook.com/RhondaBowenBooks or drop her a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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