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This week's quote: Is from Kidnapped (Formerly Lost in Italy) by Stacey Joy Netzel. This was my very first book by Stacey and what stood out for me was the humor laced in with the danger, suspense, and heat. No matter how many of Stacey’s books I read this one will always have a special place in my heart. It’s just so much fun. Trent and Halli’s back and forth banter even in the middle of a dangerous situation always makes me smile.
He was flirting his ass off.
“Whatever you were going for, knock it off.” Before I throw myself at you and embarrass us both.
She averted her gaze only to see a young couple stop in the middle of the marketplace to do exactly what she’d just imagined doing to Trent. No one batted an eye at the R-rated kiss.
“Sorry.” Trent’s dejected tone and little boy face made her feel bad. His hands dropped to his sides, his smile gone. “It was a stupid idea. I just thought we could have a little fun before the rest of the day takes over.”
When he put it like that, she felt like a total killjoy. Live a little, Halli. He’s being nice. Enjoy your limited time together. She sighed. “No, Trent, I’m sorry. You’re right, again. Any fun on this nightmare vacation would be nice.”
Hopeful, boyish charm did her in the rest of the way. A sheepish smile lifted her lips. “Yeah.”
His hands returned to her hips as he waggled his brows. A tug brought her flush up against him. She gave a nervous laugh, putting a restraining hand against his chest. “I said fun, not sex.”
Trent’s eyebrows arched skyward. “Whoa-ho-ho. Who said anything about sex?”
Not her. No. God, please let me take it back. Her face flamed redder than an over-ripe tomato straight off the vine, and she didn’t need a mirror to know it.
He leaned back, which only served to put his hips in more intimate contact with hers.
“Get your mind out of the gutter, sweetheart, I’m not that easy.”
She fought the urge to bury her face in her hands. “I—”
“Who am I kidding? Yes I am.” He gave her a roguish wink. “And believe me, I can make sex fun.”
This time the action isn't scripted…and the danger is real.
Small town television producer Halli Sanders planned the trip of a lifetime to Italy. Not on her itinerary? The disappearance of her siblings, dodging bullets during a high speed car chase, and being kidnapped by a sexy movie star. And that’s just in the first three hours.
A-lister Trent Tomlin put his career on hold to investigate his brother’s suspicious death. When an American tourist unwittingly films the murder of the retired cop who’s been helping him, Trent has no choice but to abscond with the woman and her dangerous recording. But the killers will do anything to get the incriminating evidence—including hold Halli’s family as collateral.
Thrust into the role of real-life hero, Trent finds himself falling for the Plain Jane whose beauty blossoms with every challenge they face. He needs the evidence to put the murderers behind bars. Halli needs it to rescue her siblings. Their attraction heats up, but unless they can find a way to work together, all the planning in the world won’t guarantee a happy ending.
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