I’d like to thank Paloma for having me as a guest on Romance Beckons. I hope you enjoy the blurb and excerpt from my romantic suspense novel OUTMANEUVERED. - J.L. Hammer
A missing influential CEO—a handsome, ambitious FBI agent—and a smart-mouthed blonde bombshell—in the end, who will be outmaneuvered?
To FBI Special Agent Cruz Romero the assignment seems cut and dry: shadow Amanda Price, the estranged daughter of a missing high-powered CEO, and find evidence linking her to his disappearance. The last thing Romero expects while on surveillance is for her to strut right up to him, insisting they've met before. Once he gets a good look at this familiar sassy blonde, he knows he’s in trouble. He must throw her off track before the entire investigation is jeopardized. As the evidence stacks against Amanda, Romero brings her in for a round of heated questioning and his suspicion of her guilt deepens with every evasive answer. When a sniper makes an attempt on her life, he is forced to protect her. Plunged into a maze of deceit, Romero fears that his blinding attraction for Amanda might be his fatal downfall.
“Did you know the man who jumped out of the van, or the driver?”
Amanda glared at Romero. She had a headache, and this insensitive jerk wanted to question her. She clamped her mouth shut and turned her head away.
“Miss Price, answer the question,” Romero persisted.
“It’s a stupid question.”
He released her arm and took a slight step back. Youngblood positioned himself on the other side of her. “We can stand here all day—it’s your call,” Romero said.
Her face screwed up with distress. “Yes, yes! I do know the man who tried to snatch me. I just had coffee with my ski-masked friend last week. His name is Mr. X. I try to get closer to him—to love him—but he keeps pushing me away!”
A taut silence followed. The muscle in Romero’s jaw pulsated. His lips pressed into a thin line. Then his expression once again became impassive. “Miss Price, I’m sure you’ll enjoy your visit to the J. Edgar Hoover building.
J.L. Hammer resides in California and enjoys the relaxed pace of small-town life with her husband and two children. She is a member of the International Thriller Writers and Romance Writers of America. Outmaneuvered is her second novel. Visit J.L. Hammer’s website at http://www.JL-Hammer.com.