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Lori Foster: Excerpt, WHEN YOU DARE

Enjoy this tempting excerpt of New York Times Best Selling Author Lori Foster’s new release, WHEN YOU DARE, book one in her Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series. Lori will join us for a live chat tonight at 6 p.m. Central Time.

Before he answered, he urged her back down in the bed. Her head sank into the soft pillow, and the clean sheets, though cheap and scratchy, smelled good. He stayed close as he all but tucked her in.

She should have been alarmed, having a man over her, especially a man of Dare’s size and obvious strength.

Instead, she felt more at ease than she had since being grabbed and stuffed into the back of an old van right in front of her own apartment building. She doubted the older, quaint community in southern Ohio would ever again feel boring to her.

Dare smoothed the covers over her shoulders. “When I’m on a mission like this, I can’t make plans too far in advance. If anything had gone wrong, if I hadn’t been able to get Alani out of there so easily, or if she’d already been moved, then I’d still be tracking her.”

“You wouldn’t have given up on finding her?”

“Never.”

The unwavering conviction in that one word reassured her. Alani was lucky to have someone like Dare caring for her. “How did you know where to look for her?”

He moved to her side, and when Molly thought he’d leave the bed – leave her – he instead propped his back against the headboard. After stretching out his long, bare legs, he said, “I’ve been in this business a long time.”

“How long? You can’t be much older than me.”

“Thirty-two, so I’ve been at it for more than ten years.”

Fascinating. Molly folded a hand under her cheek and got comfortable.

“You started young.”

With a shrug, he said, “It suits me.”

“Adrenaline junky?” she guessed.

“And a control freak – which means I really understand how you detested being so powerless. I’d have hated it, too.”

But he wouldn’t have been so helpless against them. Somehow, Molly thought Dare would have found a way to not only escape, but to wipe the cretins out for good.

He took her silence for interest, which was okay because she found him intriguing. And listening to him kept her from stewing on her own awful predicament.

“I’m obsessive about details,” he told her. “That’s made me reliable enough to cultivate contacts everywhere, but Mexico is the easiest. For a fee, the Coyotes can usually give me information I can’t uncover otherwise.”

“Coyotes? You mean the people who smuggle illegal aliens into the country?”

Dare nodded. “Yeah, but they’re also useful when you need help getting back out of Tijuana. It’s a sad fact that in many areas human trafficking isn’t that much of a secret, so plenty of people are usually in the loop about new acquisitions.”

She thought of the young Caucasian girl who’d been held in the trailer with her. “Your friend, Alani, had very unique coloring.”

He nodded. “That made it easier for others to remember her, but not that many got to see her. They were saving her for a big sale, I’m sure.”

Wretched, horrible men, to plan such a thing for a young girl. She hated them, all of them.

Now that her eyes had adjusted, Molly could make out Dare’s profile. She remembered that “thunk” right before he’d joined her in the bed.

“You have a gun with you.”

“On the nightstand,” he confirmed. “A Glock 9mm. Does it bother you?”

She shook her head.

When he said, “Good,” she realized that he could see her, too.

“May I see it?”

“You’ve already seen it.”

“I mean… hold it.”

He made a sound that could have passed for humor. “Hell no.”

Well. Molly didn’t know if she should be offended or not. Then she thought of those awful men… “Have you ever shot anyone?”

With no hesitation, Dare said, “Yes.”

Her heart pumped hard. She licked her lips, drew a breath. “Did you… shoot the men who were guarding the trailer?”

He looked at her again. After some consideration, he asked, “Why?”

Her voice sounded more raw than she intended, but Molly was helpless to state things any differently. “They’re brutal beasts who take pleasure in hurting women.”

“In hurting you,” he agreed with quiet sympathy.

Her nose stuffed up. Her throat tightened. “They…”

Oh God, it was almost impossible to talk. Her voice kept breaking, going higher, weaker. But Dare didn’t prompt her, didn’t rush her. He just waited in a sort of supportive silence.

“They wanted to make me cry. They wanted to make me beg.” She sniffed, drew a breath. “Just for sport.”

Without a word, as if they knew each other well, he pulled her up against his chest and put his chin to the top of her head. After a few seconds, he said, “You know, Molly, if I could, I’d kill them for you again.”

She jerked, then whispered in awe, “Again?”

“Yeah.”

Dizziness assailed her. “So you did kill them?”

“Damn right.” He looked down at her. “They needed killing.”

“Yes, they did.” The men were gone; they couldn’t hurt her, or anyone else, ever again. As the tension eased out of her, her heavy eyelids sank down, almost closing.

Great relief came from the knowledge that they were gone forever.
Dawn began to creep through the heavy drapes, and for the first time in days, Molly greeted it with hope. “Dare?”

“Yeah?”

She hugged him tight. “Thank you.”

WHEN YOU DARE is Book One
in the series:
Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor.
Book Two is Trace of Fever and
Book Three is Savor the Danger.

Lori Foster, also writing as L.L. Foster
http://www.lorifoster.com
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7 Responses to “Lori Foster: Excerpt, WHEN YOU DARE”

  1. Excellent!! Looking forward to the chat tonight! woohoo! =)

    carrie

    Posted by Carrie Spencer | May 8, 2011, 11:16 pm
  2. Love Lori’s books–can’t wait to read WHEN YOU DARE, too!

    Posted by Tracey Devlyn | May 8, 2011, 11:17 pm
  3. I love Lori’s books – when I finish reading this one, it’s going on my keeper shelf, cover facing out! Looking forward to Lori’s chat tonight!

    Posted by Becke Martin/Davis | May 8, 2011, 11:18 pm
  4. I’ve been reading Lori’s books for a long time, and possibly read them all. I’m delighted she’ll be here tonight!

    Kelsey

    Posted by Kelsey Browning | May 8, 2011, 11:19 pm
  5. Great article Becke

    I just happen to have my review up on When You Dare, now my biggest problem is convincing my contact at Harlequin that I need to review the other two too 🙂

    http://thereadingfrenzy.blogspot.com/2011/04/review-of-when-you-dare-by-lori-foster.html

    Posted by debbie haupt | May 8, 2011, 11:20 pm
  6. Great Chat! Thanks to Lori and to RU!

    Posted by Robin Covington | May 8, 2011, 11:23 pm
  7. Great chat, Lori. Thanks so much for visiting with us!

    Posted by Kelsey Browning | May 8, 2011, 11:23 pm

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