Rogue Alliance by Michelle Bellon – Excerpt
Today we are excited to share with you a special excerpt from Michelle Bellon’s new novel, Rogue Alliance! But before we get to that, we’d like to introduce you to the book itself. Enjoy! =^.^=
Trying to escape a horrific past, Shyla has immersed herself in life as a tough cop in the bustle of LA. When the case of a lifetime takes her back to her hometown of Redding, she is thrown into a world of organized crime, deceit, and bitter reminders of her childhood.
As Shyla’s path crosses that of Brennan, a troubled sidekick to the ringleader she’s intent on taking down, she discovers he has a past even darker than hers and she is forced to re-evaluate everything she believes about herself, her job, and what she knows about right and wrong.
Can she face the demons of her upbringing and learn to trust again? Her life will depend on it.
Steam rolled out when Brennan stepped into the room. He wore only a pair of sweats. Shyla watched his agile form move as he flicked off all lights except the one next to her bedside. Instead of going to his own bed, he walked to the other side of hers and slipped under the covers.
“I reserved a room with two beds for a reason,” she said, rolling towards him.
Leaning up on one elbow, his bare chest still hot from the shower, he reached out and caressed her brow, then ran his finger down the side of her cheek.
“We’ve had a long day, a long week, a long life,” he said, “I don’t think either of us want to sleep alone tonight. I won’t do anything that you don’t want me to, Shyla. I just want to hold on to someone as I go to sleep.”
The thought of being so close to him, sleeping with him, made her heart quicken. “Someone, huh?” She teased, grasping for one last attempt at humor because she was quickly losing her footing as he caressed her skin.
He gave a tired smile. “Not just someone. You.”
The way he looked into her rather than at her, made her feel vulnerable. “Fine. But I hope you don’t snore, or else I’ll put a pillow over your face.” She turned away and reached for the light.
Before she could flip the switch on her lamp, he softly grabbed her arm and turned her back toward him.
“Don’t turn it off,” he said. “Not yet. I want to look at you.”
No wise cracks came to mind. No curt dismissals or funny quips were at the tip of her tongue. She was speechless as his soft green gaze roamed over her face. When he reached around and gently tugged her hair tie loose, she let him. She felt the weight of her hair as it fell around her face but her eyes never left his. She’d never imagined that she would feel so amazing in the presence of a man, so alive and sensual, yet so safe.
Unable to resist, she mimicked his movements and reached up to touch his face. His jaw was rough with fresh stubble and his skin was still warm from the shower.
She thought that he might kiss her but he didn’t. Instead, he reached across her body and turned off the light before pulling her tight against his chest. He held her snug and she felt his muscles slowly relax and his breath grow shallow. She wasn’t sure if she felt relieved or frustrated. Now that he was asleep, she realized how much she had wanted him to kiss her.
About the Author:
Michelle Bellon lives in the Pacific Northwest with her four beautiful children. She earned her Associates Degree in Nursing and fills her moments of free time with her love for writing. She writes in multiple genres, including, YA, romance suspense, women’s fiction, and general fiction.
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