Tuesday, November 23, 2010

ECHOES by Judith Rochelle

ECHOES - Book three in Judith Rochelle's The Protectors Series

Just when Alexis Craig thought she'd finally gotten her life on a somewhat even keel, the terrible nightmares returned and then, out of nowhere, a stalker threatened her. First it was notes left at her office, then photos, then faxes and emails. Nick Vanetta, sinfully sexy partner in Guardian Security, thinks there's more behind this than just a simple fixation, and when someone takes a shot at Alexis, he wonders if the answer is buried somewhere in her past. As the two dig deeper into her family history, the chemistry between them heats to boiling. Can they find the stalker before it's too late?



Nick was through the apartment and into the office in seconds.

Alexis stood at her desk, ghost white and shaking uncontrollably. Behind her and to her left cracks spread out from a hole in the glass like a large spider web.

“Down!” he shouted at her. “Now.”

He grabbed her and threw her to the floor, not stopping to be gentle. Yanking his phone from his pocket, he speed-dialed a number.

“Tony? Someone just shot at Alexis from outside. Check with everyone out there, then get your ass over to the hotel next door and see if you can spot anyone carrying something that would conceal a rifle. See if they’ll let you look at their security tapes, too. I’m calling the police. This will definitely get their attention.”

Alexis trembled so badly she could hardly breathe. “Rifle? Did you say rifle? What’s happening?”

“Someone’s using this office for target practice. Stay down.”

“He’s trying to kill me now? My God, Nick! He tried to shoot me.”

Nick lifted his head slightly and peered over the desk. “No, I don’t think so. He carefully aimed wide of where you were standing. He wanted to frighten you and let you know he was still watching. I’d say he accomplished his objective.”


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