From multi-award-winning romantic suspense author Amanda McKinney comes the first book in the steamy, edge-of-your-seat, three-part series, Steele Shadows Security…
Hidden deep in the remote mountains of Berry Springs is a private security firm where some go to escape, and others find exactly what they’ve been looking for.
Welcome to Cabin 1, Cabin 2, Cabin 3…
Cocky, reckless, and die-hard playboy were just a few of the names Gage Steele had been called since he and his brothers left the Marines and moved back to the small, southern town of Berry Springs to take over their father’s personal security firm. On the one-year anniversary of his father’s death, Gage had only two things in mind—endless whiskey and endless women, but what he got was a battered, bruised spitfire stumbling through woods in the middle of the night.
Newly-appointed prosecutor and unapologetic workaholic, Niki Avery had spent her life working toward one goal—never to have to depend on anyone but herself… until the day she was brutally attacked on the side of the road. Stripped of her Louis Vuitton and her dignity, the fiercely independent ADA must submit to being under the watchful eye of a former Marine, a loose cannon with a temper as scorching as his ruggedly handsome good looks.
As cracks begin to show in the Steele family, including newly discovered evidence that their father’s death was no accident, Gage wrestles with his growing feelings for his client, knowing not only that Niki is off-limits, but together, they were like gasoline and fire—an explosion he wanted nothing more than to ignite in the bedroom. But when a pair of bloody body parts show up at the compound, it becomes clear that Niki’s attacker hasn’t given up and Gage realizes he’ll do anything to keep her safe… even as his own family is spiraling out of control.
Cabin 1 is the first book in the 3-part Berry Springs spinoff series, STEELE SHADOWS SECURITY—Think of it as Berry Springs’ darker, grittier, steamier, BAD BOY brother. Please note: You do not need to read the Berry Springs Series first.
Moonlight slashed his face like silver warpaint, reflecting in piercing grey-blue eyes like the prelude to a storm that was about to unleash hell on everyone in its path. A storm that was either about to save me, or destroy whatever was left of me.
I was stunned, staring back into the only thing I could see of him—his eyes—my chest heaving, gasping for breath into a stone-cold expressionless man who wasn’t even breathing heavily. I’d think the guy was a statue if not for the warm breath escaping the thin slit in his lips. He was squinting, trying to see me through the darkness, as I was him. The wind shifted, covering his face in shadows reminding me of the masked men who attacked me. I snapped, again, panic ripping through me as I struggled against him, even though he had my body pinned.
The grip around my wrists tightened. A bit more pressure and I had no doubt they’d pop.
“Let me go,” I yelled out against the silence. Then, using every ounce of energy left in me, I thrashed under him like a wild horse, bucking, writhing under his hold. “Let me go!” The panic seized me, the familiar rush of adrenaline shooting through my veins. “I’ll kill you…” I said, and meant it. “Let me go.” The words tumbled out along with my weak attempt to squirm my way out from under his grasp.
“Stop.” The deep voice demanded, booming through the silent night.
And… to my surprise, I did.
I fell limp beneath him as he assessed me like a tiger about to attack its prey. Make it wait, make it a game, or go right for the jugular? I still couldn’t see his full face. Still couldn’t get a full read, and I knew he couldn’t me either. I decided that was to my advantage.
“Get off of me. I’ll kill you…” My voice was embarrassingly weak and un-intimidating as I repeated the only threat that seemed equal to the moment. Hell, it was as if I said it like a question. Asking. Can I even kill you?
His eyebrow cocked and a small smile curved his lips, dispelling an ounce of my terror. Looking back, that was the first hint of the unabating attitude to come.
“Please do.” He responded, his voice smooth, deep, menacing. He pinned me not only with his body but with his gaze now. “Put me out of my goddamn misery, sweetheart.”
I blinked, the response throwing me off.
My wrists were released and although he was still straddling me, he raised up, his massive chest and shoulders evident through the black leather jacket he wore like a second skin. A dark silhouette looming over me like a king looking down on his servant.
He opened his arms—thick, swollen with muscles that only came from hours in the gym—and looked down at me. A black silhouette, his heart and vital organs opened up to me, his groin pressing against mine.
Amanda McKinney is the bestselling and multi-award-winning author of more than ten romantic suspense and mystery novels. She wrote her debut novel, LETHAL LEGACY, in 2017 after walking away from her career to become a writer and stay-at-home mom. Set in small, southern towns, Amanda’s books are page-turning murder mysteries packed with steamy romance.
Her books include the BERRY SPRINGS SERIES and the BLACK ROSE MYSTERY SERIES, with a surprise new series being released later this year.
THE CAVE, the seventh book in the BERRY SPRINGS SERIES, is scheduled to be released August 2019. Text AMANDABOOKS to 66866 to receive Amanda’s newsletter and get the latest on new releases, promos, and freebies!