A love this hot knows no rules ...
A High-Stakes Lesson ...
Charleston Times reporter Sharon MacCabe has worked hard to move from intern to full-fledged journalist. So when a series of arson fires across the city turns into a string of murders, she’s ready to investigate. But her excitement soon turns to disappointment when her boss gives the assignment to a senator’s nephew. Determined to prove herself, Sharon decides to probe the case on her own. But first she’ll have to gain the trust of Charleston’s new fire captain ...
... In Love And Trust
Matthew Payton has reason to be wary of reporters. As a firefighter in Pittsburgh, the press falsely accused him of arson in a blaze that killed his sister. Now he’s trying to bury that painful chapter and start over. When Sharon insists on collaborating, Matthew is suspicious yet also attracted to this lovely, tenacious young woman – and the feeling is mutual. As the two work closely together, Matthew finds his defenses breaking down, and his heart opening up. But their growing intimacy is about to be threatened when they discover they are pawns in a corrupt political game, one that may cost them their love – and their lives …
Matthew sighed. “I understand you have a job to do. But so do I. And your work was beginning to disrupt my department. I needed to do something to make you back off.”
Sharon’s eyes widened. “So you slandered me by accusing me of misquoting you?”
Matthew fought the guilt. “The way you wrote the article made me sound as though I don’t know what’s going on in my own department.”
“You called my editor? You couldn’t just talk to me?”
Matthew raised a hand, palm out. He could feel the vibrations of Sharon’s anger ramming at him. “There’s no point in arguing about this. We’re never going to agree.”
“Fine,” she bit off. “What do you know about the photos?”
Matthew still couldn’t believe someone had photographed them. Where had the photographer been?
And why would anyone want to photograph them? Was Sharon right? Did someone want her off the fire department beat? Her theory sounded paranoid to him. Why would anyone care whether she covered the fire department? Matthew took another look at the photos, disconcerted by the intimacy they conveyed.
“I don’t know anything about them,” he answered. “I didn’t send them, if that’s what you’re asking.”
“Do you have any idea who would have sent them?”
“Have you asked your boyfriend?”
Sharon tapped her index finger on the Formica tabletop. “Great deduction, Sherlock, but I don’t have a boyfriend.”
“Well, that blows that theory,” Matthew said, ignoring the hard thump in the region of his heart. Why should he care whether the news hound had a boyfriend?
“Which leaves mine: Someone in your department wanted me removed from the beat. I want to know who, and I want to know why.”
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