Excerpt Tour & #Giveaway: ☆Bound to Danger☆ by @katiereus

At a benefit dinner, community activist Maria Cervantes overhears two men plotting a terrorist attack that could rock Miami to its core. But before she can alert authorities, she’s almost killed in a massive explosion—and wakes up in a hospital with no memory of what happened. As the sole survivor of the attack, she is now a person of interest to the NSA—and especially to Agent Cade O’Reilly. Because Maria is the one woman Cade has never been able to forget.

Years ago, they were closer than either was willing to admit—until Cade disappeared when Maria needed him most. Now he’s sticking by her, whether she likes it or not. Because the memories locked inside her mind could hold vital clues to the next attack. Because terrorists want her dead—and because he never wants to let her go again.

Apparently Maria knew something or someone thought she did. Or maybe the terrorists just wanted everyone from the party eliminated. Cade wasn’t sure. All he knew was that he had to find this guy before he escaped.

He tapped his earpiece once to activate it. “This is O’Reilly. Unknown man escaping down eastern stairwell of main building, two possible exits. Parking garage or Fourteenth Street. Wearing tan cargo pants, black fatigues, and boots. Dark hair. A little under six feet.” He’d memorized the layout of the hospital and entire surrounding area, never knowing when he might need it. “Need backup. His intent is unknown, but he was hiding in Maria Cervantes’s hospital bathroom. Likely armed.” Whether the man was or not, Cade and everyone he worked with always assumed people had weapons. Their lives depended on that assumption.

He received two affirmatives as he made it to the stairwell door. Slowing his pace, he kicked open the door before carefully sweeping inside with his weapon. Pounding footsteps sounded below him, echoing off the walls.

Cade took off again, his heart rate pounding as he sprinted down the stairs. Fear for Maria raged through him as his legs ate up the distance, a new surge of adrenaline spiking through him. That man had been in her room for a reason, and the way he’d fled told Cade it wasn’t to give his condolences.

A loud slam from below and a flash of light illuminated the stairwell for a moment. Cade looked over the railing of the second floor to see the exit door into the street swinging open. “He’s taken the street exit.”

“On our way. We’re on foot because of the fucking traffic,” Taylor White growled, her normally sweet Southern accent filled with frustration.

Cade didn’t respond as he neared the exit. Once again he slowed his pace in case of an ambush. It was unlikely considering the man was running for his life, but Cade wasn’t going to risk a bullet in the head because of carelessness.

With the relative cover of the stairwell, he scanned the area for others as he spotted the man sprinting down the sidewalk. “He’s running northwest, heading for Bayshore!” They couldn’t let him get that far.

Cars whizzed past them on Mercy Way, but Bayshore Drive was a main street full of vehicles and with the news coverage, there were even more people at the hospital now. The guy could open fire into the crowd or carjack someone. Hell, he could have a bomb strapped onto him. After last night Cade couldn’t take the chance. “Freeze or I shoot!” he shouted, his voice carrying across the nearly thirty-yard gap between them.

The man faltered and stumbled as he looked over his shoulder.

Twenty yards now. Cade’s weapon was raised, aimed right at the guy.

“We’re behind you,” Taylor said, sounding slightly winded.

The guy must have seen the backup, because his eyes widened and he turned around, darting into the street in an attempt to escape. A truck barreled toward him. For a long moment everything seemed to move in slow motion.

Shit. No. Cade reached out as if he could stop him, but an oncoming truck slammed into the man, sending him flying across the pavement as the vehicle screeched to a stop.

He didn’t think it was a suicide attempt; the man had blindly been trying to escape. Weapon drawn, Cade approached the man, who was flat on his back, unmoving. Not even his chest rose and fell. His eyes were open, but Cade had seen enough dead people to guess this man was done for. There was a preternatural stillness only the truly dead possessed.

Out of the corner of his eye, he watched as the driver jumped from the delivery truck. “He just jumped out in front of me! I’m sorry—”

“Sir, step back to your vehicle.” Taylor and two other agents hurried onto the scene. As Taylor guided the civilian away, Cade knelt by the man and checked his pulse. There was Cyrillic writing tattooed on his neck, the ink thick and dark.

As he’d suspected, no heartbeat. He sheathed his weapon when he was sure the guy was dead. After a quick search of the body, Cade came away with two blades. No guns, though. Blood had started to pool around the dead man’s head, and a cloudy film had already started to seep into his eyes as he stared vacantly into space. Just great.

Katie Reus is the New York Times, USA Today, & IndieReader bestselling author of the Red Stone Security series, the Moon Shifter series and the Deadly Ops series. She fell in love with romance at a young age thanks to books she pilfered from her mom’s stash. Years later she loves reading romance almost as much as she loves writing it. However, she didn’t always know she wanted to be a writer. After changing majors many times, she finally graduated with a degree in psychology. Not long after that she discovered a new love. Writing. She now spends her days writing dark paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense.

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