Rum Runner by Tricia Leedom

Rum Runner
Tricia Leedom
Published by: Ink Monster LLC
Publication date: July 18th 2017
Genres: Adult, Adventure, Romance

Perfect for fans of Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Janet Evanovich, this action-packed debut from a fresh voice in contemporary romance offers a sexy and comedic take on love, adventure, and what it means to trust your heart.

English socialite Sophie Davies-Stone has been longing to meet her father since she was a little girl. When he sends her a mysterious medallion and asks her to forward it to him in Miami, she can’t help herself from doing something totally un-Sophie-like. Rather than mailing it as instructed, Sophie hops on a flight to Florida.

But the family reunion never happens. Instead, Sophie is attacked and almost kidnapped by her father’s enemies. Her savior is Jimmy Panama, a cocky and annoyingly handsome former Navy SEAL. Sophie isn’t the only one who’s annoyed. After years of trying to find a way to pay back his CO, Jimmy never thought his debt would get him mixed up with his commander’s uptight, British daughter. He just wants to put her on the next flight home and get back to his low-stress life in Key West, but fate has other plans.

As Sophie and Jimmy embark on a heart-pounding adventure through Key West and the Caribbean, Sophie finds herself falling for the snarky American. Still, her head says Jimmy is all wrong for her, and the more she finds out about him – and her father – the more uncertain she is about who she can trust.

One thing is clear. Sophie is in way over her head, and her greatest adventure might be her last.

The Key West Escape Series
1. Rum Runner – Releases July 18, 2017!
2. Bahama Mama – Coming January 2018!

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Author Bio:

TRICIA LEEDOM enjoys traveling to exotic destinations and having torrid love affairs with hot, dangerous men… even if it’s only in her own mind. When she’s not writing romantic adventure novels, she reads voraciously, tweets compulsively, and fangirls over a TV show based on her favorite book series. Tricia earned her BA in Creative Writing from The University of Tampa and her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. Her favorite authors include Diana Gabaldon, J.R. Ward, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Karen Robards, and Johanna Lindsey. She lives in Southwest Florida with two very spoiled dogs. Follow Tricia on Twitter and Instagram @tricialeedom

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~ Excerpt ~ 

“Were those men hit men?” Sophie couldn’t help the rising note of panic in her voice. “Are there hit men after me? That’s just lovely.”

“Calm down, we don’t know nothing yet. That’s just assuming the worst.”

She shook her head. “I don’t want to go to the police. The last time I sought their help they tossed me in jail. I just want to get off this bloody island!”

After a few beats of silence where nothing passed between them but their mingled breaths, Jimmy said, “You didn’t answer my question.”

“I told you, I don’t know who would have hired those men except for Bautista.”

“That’s not what I meant. I asked you what you were thinking about a few moments ago and you didn’t answer me.”

She kept her gaze trained past his shoulder. She refused to meet his eyes for fear she’d give her thoughts away.

Jimmy shifted, moving closer until his naked torso brushed the front of her dress.

Dear God, he smelled good, an earthy mix of musk and spices that made her want to curl up on top of him and bury her face in his neck.

The men chasing them moved back toward the front entrance.

“I think they’re leaving.” She touched Jimmy’s stomach meaning to urge him back a step, but he didn’t budge. She looked up at him and found his gaze inscrutable in the low light. “They’ve gone,” she said feebly. “We should go too before they realize we’ve tricked them and come back.” When she realized her fingers were lingering over the hard ridges of his abdomen, she pulled her hand away.

“You’re breathing heavy,” he said.

“Forgive me if I get a little breathless when I’m running for my life. Move out of my way.”

He didn’t budge. The grim line of his mouth quirked into a devastating half-smile. “I think you like me.”

Now that was an alarming thought. “I fancy you about as much as a gazelle fancies a cuddle with a lion.”

He let out a bark of laughter.

She tried to move past him, but his arm slid around her waist and hauled her forward. Her breasts crushed against his chest. Heated skin. Hard muscle. Smooth flesh. Her brain had no chance to form a coherent thought before his free hand cupped the back of her head and he pressed a long, firm kiss to her lips.

Sparks ignited where they touched, zinging through her body like a live wire. Her hands belonged to someone else as they drifted upward to slip around his neck. She pressed against him with a desperation she’d never felt before, eager to absorb his strength, his heat, his hardness. He tilted his head to change the angle of the kiss and suckled her lower lip. He was too much. Too close. Too sexy. Too potent.

She groaned low in her throat and stiffened when the sound registered in her brain.

Had she lost her mind? Jimmy Panama was not the sort of man she would ever have any interest in romantically. He might have fine abs, but he was inappropriate on every other level.

So why was she still kissing him?

She tore her mouth away from his and seethed, “Get off me! You…You…”

“What’s the matter? Lose your tongue down my throat?

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