Genre: Adult Romantic Suspense
Title: THE WAGER
Word Count: 83,000
Song: “Every Breath You Take” by The Police
Kate finally finds a man she can trust just as someone evil finds her. Kate’s unaware she’s the subject of a sick wager that will test her trust, and may wind up costing her life.
Kate weaved through the crowded bar, ducking between tables to avoid servers loaded down with trays of sloshing beer. The bass thumped in her head and chest, matching her quick pulse. She paused halfway to the raised platform where the band was finishing a song. If she couldn’t get the singer’s attention, she’d look like an idiot. Or worse, he could ignore her. At least it was dark, which would hide her reddening face.
She needed to get a grip. It’s not like the guy was Bon Jovi, though he might think so the way he swaggered around the small stage. She took a deep breath and pushed through the crowd to get closer.
The lanky lead singer, who’d be challenged to find enough flesh left to poke another piercing through, paused between songs for a drink. When he leaned down to put his cup back, she stood on her tiptoes and waved to get his attention.
He cocked his head and bent over his guitar.
“Do you guys take requests?” Kate yelled over the buzz of the amplifier.
“Depends what it is.” He hitched an eyebrow and leaned a little closer.
Oh, God. She hadn’t seen that coming. Her face grew warm. “Can you play a song for my friend, Meghan? It’s her birthday.”
“Sure. What song?”
She told him, and he nodded in an I’m-so-cool way and smiled.
“You got it.” His fingers fiddled with the strings of the guitar as his eyes traveled up and down her body.
Reblogged this on lynnvroman and commented:
Writing contests help aspiring writers get to that next level. These contests are tough, with stiff competition, and to make it through the preliminary rounds is something to celebrate. So, please help me celebrate with my very first critique partner, Diane Holiday! Her romantic suspense novel is so, so good and it deserves a home.
You had me, at “…he leaned down…”
***** Five Stars
Reminiscent of Janet Evanovich’s style. Love it.