NOTE: THIS IS NIA’S DEBUT WORK. ALSO, THE BOOK IS AVAILABLE FOR FREE ON AMAZON THE WEEK OF THE TOUR ONLY.
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THE LAST STRAW
Ally Tobin left New York after one too many bad dates, determined to rebuild a stable life and career as a private investigator in Silicon Valley. But when the man she knew as one name walks into her office with another, will her curiosity once again lead her to risk her heart?
The last thing Special Agent Jared Green needs is “security risk” stamped on the resume of his latest undercover identity. Especially by the woman his job forced him to leave in New York without any explanation. She may threaten his cover, but it’s his heart on the line.
He’s good at playing a part. She’s good at catching a fake. Can they trust enough to give love another chance?
He sauntered through the door, a white, button- down shirt tucked into belted khakis. When his dark gaze found her, he stopped. Stared. Her throat dried and a rustling motion stirred in her abdomen.
“Hi. I’m Darren Ray.”
Keep your cool, she commanded herself, standing and reaching across the desk. His hand was rough.
She yanked her hand back and waved at the chair. “Please, have a seat.” He waited for her to sit before settling in the visitor’s chair. “So, Darren, according to this, you’re being considered for a programmer position in the IT department. Tell me about your background.”
A professional mask settled over his features. “As you can see on my résumé, I have several years of consulting experience.”
“Tell me something about your experience as a mechanic.” Working on his prized old Mustang had been a favorite hobby.
The corner of his mouth twitched. “What do you mean? That’s not in my résumé.”
“You don’t have the hands of a programmer. More of a mechanic.” Oh, his hands.
“Okay, you got me.” He was going to confess. This should be good. “When I’m not programming computers I’m working on my car.”
“And what were you doing in New York City?”
He reached across her desk for a piece of paper, plucked a pen from its stand and scrawled something. When she took the note their fingers brushed. Meet me for dinner at Pico’s at 7. I’ll explain everything. Can’t talk here.
Yes, I got the book free and read it. I’m a book nerd, I guess. While the book is shortish (around 50 pages), I loved it. The dialogue is crisp, taunt and in some place down right snarky. Ally is my kind of heroine: strong, sexy, intelligent and can put a man in his place without him even knowing it until its too late. 🙂
Jared is all kinds of smexy but he truly is a alpha without a clue when it comes to women. Plus, he actually has a beating heart and it beats for Ally. Plain and simple, he fell in love with her a year ago and not realizing that he would have a second chance with her, he didn’t want to mess it up again.
Again, for such a short story, Ms. Simone packs a punch. Her dialogue is crisp, the story flows like a river and while there is only one smexy scene, she makes great use of all the senses. I’m selfish but I would like see more of Jared and Ally. They have great chemistry and I could see all kinds of possibilites with more adventures between the two of them.
Ms. Simone has written a great debut story and I look forward to reading more from her and you should, too. 🙂
Nia Simone grew up on the side of a ski slope in Squaw Valley, USA. Later, while learning the craft of story writing, she worked in nonprofit and then high-tech.
The best part of working in the computer field was meeting her husband. He took up skiing and she helped him document his computer inventions! They live in “Silicon Valley” in California where their favorite thing to do is cook together for friends. Nia’s specialties are dessert and veggies while her husband’s are entrees and sourdough bread.
Their only pet at the moment is the sourdough starter, which lives in the fridge and requires bi-weekly feeding.
Nia blogs every day about travel, food, writing, books, skiing and photography at niasimoneauthor.com (where she won the Versatile Blogger Award and Inspiring Blogger Award).