Title: In the Crossfire
Series: Circle of Justice #4
Author: L.P. Dover
Genre: Romantic Suspense/Mafia
Release Date: June 4, 2019
Iâve gotten away with it all, but that wonât last forever.
Iâm Bryce Chandler, FBI agent and member of the Circle of Justice, a covert organization that metes out retribution to those whoâve escaped the system without punishment. For the last year Iâve been deep undercover, doing unspeakable things to secure my place in the mafia world. These days I barely recognize the man in the mirror, but Anthony Corsino is finally in my crosshairs.
Heâs entrusted me with the one thing he loves mostâhis daughter, Layla. She was just another detail of the mission, until she was suddenly so much more. I never meant to fall for the enemy, but I couldnât resist. Iâm in too deep. My brothers are determined to get me out, but I canât let them interfere. Itâs my job to put down the target. However, when I do, Iâll lose the only woman Iâve ever loved and the only good thing left in my life. If I donât, Iâll lose myself.
Rushing out of the media room, I ran through the foyer and up the stairs to Laylaâs room. I knocked hard on the door and listened. There was no sound or movement that I could hear. âLayla, open the door.â Still, there was nothing. When I opened the door, her closet was open, and itâd been cleaned out, along with her dresser. âMotherfucker,â I huffed. âLayla!â
The sound of a door slammed downstairs, so I took off out of her room. How the hell could I not see her on the cameras? I ran down the stairs and out the patio door. There were a line of trees blocking my sight of the driveway, but I could see the top edge of one of the open garage doors. As I drew closer, I could see her tossing her luggage in the back of a silver SUV. Sheâd changed out of her green sundress from earlier into a pair of jeans and a black T-shirt.
âWhere do you think youâre going?â I called out as I stepped away from the trees. Layla jerked around, eyes blazing like fire as she grabbed the gun at her waistband and pointed it straight at me. I stopped and held up my hands. âWhoa. What the hell are you doing?â
âIâm leaving. And if you try to stop me, Iâll blow off your balls.â
Glancing down at her gun, I couldnât help but notice how perfect her stance was. She looked like she knew what she was doing. âI donât doubt it,â I replied cautiously. âWhereâd you get the gun?â
Her eyes narrowed, but she kept the gun pointed at me. âMy uncle.â
Still holding my hands in the air, I slowly took a step forward. âDid he teach you how to shoot as well?â
The muscles in her jaw tightened. âYes. Believe it or not, Iâm not the helpless princess everyone thinks I am.â
âI never said you were, Layla.â I nodded at the video camera just above the garage door. âHow did you get out here without me seeing you?â
She lifted her chin, her lips tilting up in an evil grin. âYouâre not the only one who knows how to manipulate a camera. How else was I supposed to sneak out as a teenager?â
Now I was impressed. âGuess we all have our secrets. Can anyone see us right now?â
She shook her head. âNo.â I took another step closer, and her body tensed. âDammit, Bryce, donât test me. I already know my father told you to stop me. No matter what he says or what you do, I am going to get out of here.â
âAnd go where?â I asked. âTo the city to find out the answers?â
âIf thatâs what it takes. Iâm not returning until he tells me the truth.â
There was nothing but sheer determination in her eyes. The woman was so goddamned stubborn sheâd get herself killed in the process. We were only about six feet apart, with the gun still pointed at my chest. There was only one thing left to do. I wasnât about to underestimate her.
âWhat if I told you what you want to know?â I said, hoping she could see the truth in my eyes.
Her lips pursed. âWhy should I believe you?â
âBecause you said it yourselfâyouâre not going to stop until you find out the answers. This is the only way to keep you safe.â It was also the way to test her. I had to know how far her loyalty went with her father. It might be what I had to do to finish my mission. Anthony would surely try to come after me, but heâd have a hell of a time trying to find me.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author L. P. Dover is a southern belle living in North Carolina with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she began her literary journey she worked in periodontics, enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries.
She loves to write, but she also loves to play golf, go on mountain hikes, and has a passion for singing. Her youngest daughter, who sheâs also written a childrenâs book with, expects a concert each and every night before bedtime, usually Christmas carols.
Dover has written countless novels in several different genres, including a childrenâs book with her youngest daughter, but her favorite to write is romantic suspense. However, she has found a new passion in romantic comedy, especially involving sexy golfers. Who knew the sport could be so dirty and fun to write about.
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