Paranormal Romantic Suspense written in the tradition of 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom' (with steamy romance)
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Sassy Romances by Maureen Fisher
Deep in the Mexican jungle, tales of prowling were-jaguars increase. Locals blame a remote archaeological dig for releasing an ancient force that stalks its prey on velvet paws.
With her life falling apart, journalist Charley Underhill invades an Oaxacan archaeological dig, determined to unravel rumors of an ancient Olmec curse. She needs a juicy exposé to fund her mother’s life-saving treatment. If it means avoiding hairy, hungry predators or lying to a hot archaeologist with a sexy Scottish accent, brilliant scientific mind, and gaudy Hawaiian shirts, she's more than up for the challenge.
Still smarting from a ruthless betrayal, Dr. Alistair Kincaid is hell-bent on guarding the secrets of his latest discovery, a ruined Olmec city buried deep in the jungle. A premature press leak would destroy his last chance at success. He won’t let a snoopy reporter, even one with a quirky sense of humor, smarts, and a heartwarming smile, ruin his career. Or steal his heart.
Strands from past lives intertwine with the present, drawing Charley and Kincaid into a legacy of danger and murder, shape-shifting and the supernatural, romance and redemption. Torn between saving her mother’s life and betraying the man she loves, Charley must make impossible choices. Is history doomed to repeat itself or is a new path possible?
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Kincaid took care to hide his elation. She'd practically admitted to having feelings for him. He lowered his voice to what he hoped was an enticing rumble. “We can take it slowly, one day at a time.”
“That won’t make the least bit of difference.”
This wasn’t going the way he’d planned, but it was too late to back off now. “I know you don’t trust men, but I promise I will never lie to you.”
Charley’s voice quivered. “I’m not ready for this. Everything’s moving too fast.” She turned her back on him.
“I’ll make you a deal.” He swung her around to face him and clasped her hand in both of his. “I’ve never forced myself on a woman and I don’t intend to start now. I promise I’ll try to keep my hands to myself. The next move will be up to you. I won’t touch you, well, unless I forget, until you tell me you’re ready. Willing and eager would be good too.”
Her eyes flickered, then widened in surprise. "Clever. You’re putting me in the driver’s seat.”
He didn’t feel so clever right now. “Aye. Another of my many virtues,” he said, wishing he could retract his promise.
“Don’t hold your breath waiting for me to change my mind,” she warned with a steely smile.
He hid the queasy feeling behind a forced grin. What had he been thinking? He should have moved in for the kill when he’d sensed that, with a wee bit more convincing on his part, she'd have conceded defeat.
“This doesn’t mean I’m giving up without a fight.” He furrowed his brow to emphasize his next words. “I intend to use my killer wit and fatal charm in every devious manner known to man and beast to convince you to change your mind.”
“Suit yourself.” She clamped her mouth shut in a stubborn line and set off down the dark path toward camp.