By Tina Whittle

The puppy days of summer season have arrived, and Tai Randolph is feeling the warmth. operating her uncle's gun store is extra challenging than she ever imagined. Her ally Rico is competing for a countrywide slam poetry identify. And Atlanta is overrun with enormous quantities of fame-hungry functionality poets clogging all of the sturdy bars.
She's additionally received her brand-new courting with company safety agent Trey Seaver to house. SWAT-trained and rule-obsessed, Trey has a mind geared for information and circulate charts, now not romance. And whereas Tai unearths him irresistibly attention-grabbing, courting a human lie detector who can kill along with his naked palms is a a bit precarious pastime.
after which simply while she thinks she may well get a deal with on issues, considered one of Rico's fellow poets is murdered . . . and Rico turns into the top suspect.
Tai pushes up her sleeves and springs to his security with each trick in her booklet a bit mendacity the following, a bit snooping there. Trey wishes her off the case instantly. So does Rico. each poet in Atlanta has a mystery, it sort of feels, and considered one of them is prepared to kill to maintain theirs quiet. yet another person wishes her at the activity, an individual losing nameless clues and clandestine tip-offs her approach. an individual with an schedule that is taking a look both definitely heroic . . . or downright lethal.
Will Tai's courting with Trey live on one other foray into novice sleuthing? or even extra importantly, will she?

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This is often how issues paintings at Trey’s, I reminded myself. I had one drawer within the toilet and drawers within the bed room and precisely thirty-six inches of closet area. Even my toothbrush had its personal cup, black ceramic to check his. something I left mendacity round will be positioned away in no matter what Trey deemed the right kind position. whilst I received again, he was once sitting up in mattress, looking forward to me. He seemed as a lot part of the room as any of the furnishings, as darkish and smooth because the leather-based chair, as subtle because the four-hundred-thread-count ivory sheets. many of the décor used to be featured within the two-year-old GQ journal dwelling in his table drawer. It were his blueprint for placing his existence again jointly after the accident—a precious and definitely smart reaction to the identification crash that his cognitive rearrangement—but occasionally i discovered the complete thing…unsettling. And but while I climbed into mattress subsequent to him, these sheets have been undeniably sumptuous opposed to my pores and skin. And Trey himself was once undeniably genuine, no longer made up in any respect. I leaned opposed to him, shoulder to shoulder. “So no noticeable criminals lurking approximately this night? ” “No. That doesn’t suggest there weren’t any, in basic terms that I didn’t see them. ” “No knives? ” “No. ” “Guns? ” “Not at the males. girls have a better time wearing discreetly, in fact. ” He nodded towards the pocketbook I stored my . 38 revolver in. It used to be a trendy cognac-colored leather-based quantity designed for hid carry—roomy as a saddlebag, lockable, with a no-snag harness that wouldn’t journey a hammer by chance. “All I observed this night have been teeny-tiny Barbie doll handbags just like the one I had. not going to hide a firearm. ” I positioned my head on his shoulder, and he leaned his head opposed to mine. i used to be consistently shocked on the tenderness beneath the angles and planes, the curious yielding softness scaffolded by means of such a lot of ideas and addendums to principles. It have been the main spectacular factor approximately our first time together—after my abrupt U-turn, after that nail-bitingly gradual elevator trip to his door—to locate such depth tempered with such gentleness, so inextricable, in a single guy. I whispered opposed to his neck. “Trey? ” “Yes? ” “This is all very demanding to maintain directly. ” “I comprehend. ” I appeared up at him. “Help me make a circulation chart? ” “Now? ” I nodded. He blinked as soon as, then two times. Then he rolled over and obtained a yellow pad and a pen from his bedside desk. bankruptcy 9 “Okay, so here’s Lex within the middle. ” I wrote his identify and drew an immense circle round it. “And we’ll positioned Rico the following. ” I drew a satellite tv for pc circle and hooked up then with a line. “This isn’t a circulation chart. It’s a bubble map. ” “Whatever. What do I do subsequent? ” “Next you illustrate the opposite connections. ” Trey wrote his identify down, turned around it, then drew a line from himself to Rico, and strains from himself to Lex. “But you didn’t be aware of Lex. ” “I spoke with him within the car parking zone, so that’s one connection. Plus I secured the scene when you advised me he was once useless. ” He tapped the paper.

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