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Chapter 1 Part #4 from BLACK DAWN
No surprise. That was almost the clichéd response. Even though she’d known it was a good patch, hearing potential bidders respond was a boost to her confidence. And here Matt thought she played on her computer for shits and giggles. Nope. She was aiding in cyber spy craft. Too bad sometimes she wasn’t strong enough to protect herself.
She sighed, fidgeting with the long, skinny, metal-and- leather necklaces draped over her chest. “I have a couple more weeks of work. But yeah, let’s start looking at the calendar for Monarch’s auction.” She released the jewelry and took a sip of her drink, noting that Shadow had had the bartender go heavy on the ginger ale in her bourbon soda mix.
“I’ll want you there in person, Silver.”
She nodded. She loved any excuse to get out of the house, but he would expect her to sit on a hard chair all day, bored, just in case there were questions. “Sure.”
“Sure? How about a hell yeah. A sale this big? It’ll move fast, lots of intel flying. It’ll be exciting.”
Placating him, she nodded. “I love in-person, but I love even more that you love handling the business side.”
Shadow stepped even closer and dropped his chin to give her a fatherly stare. “I’m telling you, this one will be off the charts.”
“Off the chart. Got it.” She nodded, giving his stare right back. “I said I’d be there.”
“But you’re not appreciating it, Silver. Fast and furious. Split-second decisions, immediate approval and counters. Exciting stuff.”
Lexi groaned. “Got it. Super exciting. Where are you thinking?”
“Probably DC this time.”
“So close to home.” She chewed the inside of her mouth, wishing she had another excuse to get away. “Couldn’t we do Maui? I heard there are tons of tourists to steal cell signals from.”
He smirked. “Looking for a reason to get out of the house?” Her stomach jumped as he called her out. “No.” “You and Bacon could always come stay with me for a while.”
“Where’s home these days? Canada?” She and Bacon Byte didn’t handle the cold well in Virginia, even with all of Bacon’s padding. “Think we’ll pass.”
“That little roll of pudge would keep you warm. I’ll throw in a couple T-bones, and the pooch would be sitting pretty.”
She tried to hide her grin in her drink. “Aw, leave Bacon alone.”
“Alright.” His face sobered. “If you want to talk….” He shook his head as though he couldn’t believe this conversation was still required. “I get where your head is.”
The base dropped on a new beat, and Lexi embraced the living, breathing energy that pulsed around her. “Ha. You have no idea where my head is, Shadow.”
“I know where you’re from. I know you. But—”
“Enough.” The strobe spun, and she tried to let a streaming jet of red lights blind her. A headache from that would be preferable to making eye contact with Shadow. “Please don’t give me the I’m-worried-about-you conversation.”
“I am.” His voice rose over the beat then dropped along with the bass. “And I’m also worried about this sale.”
“It’s going to be epic. Third-world dictators and freakin’ who knows who else will want it. It’s getting a lot of attention.”
“They always do.”
He sipped his drink slowly and sighed. “Not like Monarch.”
“So… what do we do differently?” Shadow was at her level: elite. There were very few salesmen out there like him, so she trusted his suggestions.
“I might see if we can get eyes and ears on the deal, just as an added layer of security. Someone to watch all the modes of communication for anything sketch.”
“Have anyone in mind?” she asked. She could think of a few contacts he’d use. A couple of them were in the room, and she’d heard one of them once claim SilverChaos’s accomplishments. So not out of ego but more annoyance, she wanted to be part of the decision-making process.
Shadow tilted his head. “Maybe your partner-in-crime?”
Wait… no. Shadow couldn’t mean…? “I don’t know if we’re thinking about the same guy.”
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ABOUT BLACK DAWN
What happens when nothing is as it seems?
Lexi Dare is on a one-woman mission to stay alive. Both at home and at work. Because how did she end up with a ring on her finger and an abuser in bed as she readies to hit the high point in her career? Everything should be perfect. Amazing job. Handsome fiancé. It’s all a disaster.
Parker Black is the brains behind Titan Group, an elite security firm. In his world, everything is ordered and controlled, except what he feels for his buddy’s girl. Something in her eye screams for help, but he has no idea what.
When Lexi disappears, Parker realizes what he should have known. The lines blur between friendships and work, and they must find each other to survive a terror attack that only Lexi can stop.
Black Dawn can be read as a standalone and does not have a cliffhanger.
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ABOUT CRISTIN HARBER
Cristin Harber is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author. She writes sexy, steamy romantic suspense and military romance. Readers voted her onto Amazon’s Top Picks for Debut Romance Authors in 2013, and her debut Titan series was both a #1 romantic suspense and #1 military romance bestseller.