Futuristic. In the year 2075,
undercover enforcer Evie Marsh is dispatched to spy on the ambitious
prosecutor, Zachary Valetta, only to fall in love and is betrayed by
him as the radical Tiberius Group takes control of the U.S. and turns
women into virtual properties in marriage auctions.
frowned at the nasty insinuation. He didn’t agree. He didn’t want to
marry just anyone. He sought more in a mate.
the DA, my work load will increase. I don’t have time for a wife.”
As a matter of fact,” Reynolds reached in his pocket and pulled out a
tri-fold syntho-page, “here’s a list to help you in your quest.”
“A list of
contenders for the future position of Mrs. Zachary Valetta.”
He took the
list from Reynolds and scanned it quickly. Every female listed was
from a political family and every one of them had gotten the memo on
how to look like a plastic blonde Barbie doll. He’d seen three of them
tonight. None of them did anything to entice him.
wasn’t interested in a plastic wife. He wanted someone to talk to,
someone who understood the law and why he loved it.
about the beautiful siren he’d seen enter the party tonight, he
crumpled the list and handed it back to Reynolds. “I can find my own
wife, thanks all the same.”
grabbed his arm. “Find one quickly or kiss the DA position good-bye.”
nodded and stepped away before he told Reynolds to shove the list up
his ass. He searched the immediate area for his dark-haired beauty and
nearly knocked her to the ground in his zeal to locate her.
sorry.” Her sexy voice caressed him. She took a wobbly step, not
completely finding her balance, and almost fell into his arms.
completely my fault.” Zachary grabbed her elbow to steady her.
She was an
absolutely gorgeous brunette, from the curly locks gracing her lovely
shoulders to her sultry gaze giving him the once over. He stared at
her, unblinking. Her smoky, seductive eyes trapped him for a moment.
Glancing up and down her body once, he noted her curvy shape and long
legs that ended in four-inch stiletto heels.
skin was flawless, not a single freckle or beauty mark on her face. He
paused too long on her lips. Her lush mouth had been crafted for long,
lazy, sensuous kissing. Zachary had a sudden urge to lick her mouth
and quelled it by lifting his ardent gaze to her eyes. He’d never
experienced such a strong pull to a female before.
those exotically dark eyes to his and he was mesmerized. Her focus
dropped to his chest and then to the meager floor space between them.
“Thanks.” She gripped his arm tighter and lifted a foot. “I’m not used
to walking in these heels.”
glanced down. She wiggled one ankle sporting the sexy black
“Impractical perhaps, but very attractive.”
grinned. “Thank you.”
like to dance? I promise to keep you from falling.”
A trill of
laughter escaped, displaying her even white teeth. “Well, as long as
you keep me on my feet, then yes, I’d love to.”
deposited his glass on a nearby table and escorted her through several
couples to the center of the dance floor.
into his arms in a practiced hold, resisting the urge not to crush her
to his chest and inhale the fragrance from her hair, he said, “I’m
meet you.” He swayed and stepped to the music, leading her
effortlessly around the dance floor, completely enthralled by her
exquisite dark eyes.
What do you do, Zachary?”
nodded with interest. “That’s wonderful. My father was a lawman. He
had a lot of respect for the prosecutor’s office. He taught me the
sacrifices you must endure.”
tightened his grip on her waist. “What do you do, Miss Marsh?”
Evie.” She moved a little closer. “I followed in my dad’s footsteps.
I’m a lawman. I work at the
grinned. “Is that so? I can’t believe I haven’t noticed you before.
I’m in and out of the
Center almost every single day.”
expression sobered slightly. “I just moved here recently. My father
passed away in the line of duty…” she paused and took a deep breath,
“…and I guess I needed a fresh start.”
for your loss.” Zachary turned them towards a quieter corner of the
“My dad was
a good guy and a dedicated lawman. I miss him. It was hard to stay
with my old department after he was gone. Too many memories. So I
nodded in understanding. “I’m glad you did.”
she said with a grin, “that’s how I got invited to this party tonight.
Single women in the workforce are thought of as a problem to be
resolved, especially in the ranks of the lawmen.”
you in on a secret.” He leaned closer. “Single men are regarded the
same way no matter where they work.”
laughed, squeezed his hand and hugged him a little closer. They
whirled around the dance floor in perfect step. His hand slipped
further around her back.
doing a marvelous job of dancing, by the way. Even with your
high-heeled handicap, you move very well.”
because I have you to hold on to. Let go of me and I’ll land on my
her gaze, he said in a low tone, “Trust me, I won’t let you go.”
scent wafted past his nose almost with each step they took. Vanilla
and lavender assaulted his senses. He was about to lean in a take a
deep lungful, but a hand clamped down on his shoulder. Zachary turned.
The tall blond man who’d followed Evie into the party attempted to
step between them. Evie clasped him tighter and frowned at the
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his hands out of his pockets to cross his arms. A deadly expression
washed down his face. “I have a new mission parameter to add for you.”
think she would like it. “What?”
“I need you
to seduce Valetta.”
at Derek without blinking for several seconds and tried not to act
shocked. “I’m sorry. Did you just ask me to seduce the most important
Assistant District Attorney in the conservatively and politically rife
haven of Eastlake city? Am I allowed to ask why?”
to be the next DA of this city. He can hold office for ten years
before retiring, just like Alfred Reynolds has, and we already know
what a reprobate he is. There are those who want to ensure Valetta is
the right man for the job. And if he is a monster, they want to know
“I thought I
was sent in because they were worried he was a mole for ‘The
assurance all possibilities are accounted for. Make it clear you will
do absolutely anything to keep him interested…even pre-marital sex.”
her gaze on Derek’s intense stare. “And if he doesn’t succumb to my
charms, what then?”
“Then he’s obviously not corruptible. If he keeps all his ducks in a
row, as expected, he’ll be the next DA…unless you seduce him, thereby
convincing him ‘not’ to wait for a wedding vow.”
remembered Zachary’s delectable kiss from last night and the several
from a few minutes ago. She hoped her lips weren’t swollen from his
ardent attention. “What makes you think I’ll be able to tempt him into
an inappropriate pre-marital sexual relationship?”
two blondes and a redhead his way at various Family First parties with
the same mission. He didn’t give them a second look. You’re the first
brunette we’ve tried. Seeing him practically growl when I asked to cut
in and dance with you last night makes me believe you have the best
chance. Having him sock me in the gut for touching you sealed the
“I told you we didn’t need to go through with the set up by the
bathroom. He was already interested after we danced.”
Forcing him to fight for you increased his level of interest. Take my
word for it. He wants you even more now that he’s fought for you.”
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