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Intimate Fear by D.C. Stone

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Empire Blue, 2  

On the heels of a crime spree in the small town of Nyack, a new threat has arrived…  

Dwayne Gonzalez has always had a thing for Brooke Mason, but she married another man, had a child, and started her life without him. Now, years and a divorce later, he’s still on the sidelines. A drug investigation is about to change all that.  

Dwayne suspects Brooke’s daughter, Hailey, knows more than she’s saying about the drugs being pushed in the halls of Nyack High. When the unthinkable happens and Hailey ends up missing, Dwayne will risk everything to get her back. Dwayne and Brooke set out to find her, and as the threat grows, so does a passion that’s been denied for far too long. Will they find Hailey? And can he convince Brooke that their time is now?

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Excerpt:

Worried about Hailey, exhausted to the bone, and slightly swaying, Brooke clung to Dwayne, took strength from this solid, very real protector. She would have to be dead not to notice his firm body beneath her fingertips, the hardness of his chest pressed to her breasts, and the wicked, clean scent drifting from his skin. While they were no longer hugging, but more her clinging to him, she didn’t want to turn away, couldn’t find the power to do so. How easy would it have been to end up with this man? She’d caught the looks he had given her before. But that had all been in the past, a separate life for them both.

She had become a mother, someone who dedicated her entire being to making sure her daughter was well-rounded, cared for, and knowingly loved. Not only that, but she wasn’t a young pup any longer, and from the few women she’d seen Dwayne with, his type seemed to have a list of traits all very similar: young, perky breasts, tight asses, single, and free of major responsibilities.

His hand tightened on her back and she held her breath, waiting to see if he would push her away.

Just a few more minutes, please.

She needed him, this close contact with another being. It had been so damn long.

Hailey refused to slow down to cuddle on the couch as she had once done as a young girl. Her daughter had her own life now, one currently held in peril, but Brooke had faith they would find her. They had to. Failure wasn’t an option.

Dwayne trailed his hand up her back and pressed a palm to her head, his other arm tightening around her waist. She went with the direction, pressed her face into his warm neck, and breathed. His skin emitted heat rivaling the summer’s sun. She grasped the back of his suit jacket, wishing she could be closer. He shifted their bodies, and her aggravation spun to something else. His lips brushed her temple, and moist air fanned across the side of her face. He hovered there. So close, all she had to do was turn her face and take his mouth. She knew he would let her, too.

So near to him, starved for human contact, she wanted to get lost for a while. She trailed her nose along his neck, took another deep breath, and pressed closer.

He grumbled something unintelligible, the sound coming from his chest more than his mouth. His hand at her waist laid flat on the small of her back and urged her closer still.

The situation was moving fast out of control. Tendrils unraveled, but she was helpless to stop it. This strong male held her as if she were a treasure. He had the power and ability to make her forget everything, to make all the stresses and danger go away.

His hand slipped beneath the back of her shirt and made direct contact with her skin. They both hissed and his breath pushed her hair from her face. His cruel yet sensual mouth continued to drift in a teasing caress across her temple. She turned her head, like molasses on a cold day, up and toward him. Her lips tingled in anticipation, waiting for his kiss. She brushed her mouth across the line of his jaw, a hairsbreadth from his skin.

His heart thudded against hers, a matching hammer between their bodies, telling her he was just as affected. The hand at the back of her head tightened. She trailed the caress over his cheek; his lips were right there, centimeters away.

The rest of their surroundings faded. She didn’t know if it was because of this man drawing her absolute attention, or because of her exhaustion.

She touched the side of her mouth to his and thought she’d be prepared for the rush of desire.

She was so wrong. 

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  1. This series is picking up steam! 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st Jul 2015

    Detective Dwayne Gonzalez became my obsession in the first Empire Blue Book, Intimate Danger, and I could not wait for his book to come out. This book is based on Dwayne’s drug case. We meet Hailey, Brooke’s daughter and someone Dwayne considers a daughter, stuck in the middle of it. I will not lie to you, the beginning of this book was very difficult for me to read. Things happened to 17 year old Hailey that no mother ever wants to happen to their daughter. That being said, about 17% into the book I had to put it down and walk away for a day. But I did pick it back up because I knew there was no way DC wasn’t going to give me a happily ever after. The hunt was on for Hailey, Dwayne and Brooke’s relationship takes a turn and we were introduced to several Gonzalez brothers who come to assist in the hunt for Hailey. At this point I was extremely glad I picked the book back up.

    There were moments in this book I wanted to smack Dwayne in the head and shake the hell out of Brooke. How could she not see how much Dwayne loved her over the past 17 years even with him going through woman like crazy? Once the brothers showed up I literally could not put this book down. Yep, the book I put down after only 17% became the book I could not get enough of!!!

    DC’s characters are intriguing, a bit mysterious and sexy as hell. Luke Gonzalez grabbed my heart from the minute he showed up and has turned into my new obsession. Chris Gonzalez has something mysterious revolving around him and I’m looking forward to reading his book next.

    So … When you pick up this book and you really should, don’t be afraid to get past the 17% read mark. You will not be disappointed.


  2. All the ingredients I crave in a read!! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st Jul 2015

    I loved the first book in D.C. Stone’s Empire Blue series (Intimate Danger) and loved the second book, too. It’s got all the ingredients I crave in a read – deadly intrigues, near-hopeless romance, and sizzling chemistry between sexy, headstrong characters. Oh, and the author being such a good writer, plunging me into the scenes and making me feel everything as if it were happening to me, naturally puts Intimate Fear on this reader’s best-book-of-the-year shelf :)


  3. Intense, emotional, and sexy read. Awesome Story! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st Jul 2015

    Wow, just wow. I'm pretty sure I started my review of the first book in this series like this, and DC does not disappoint with this instalment.
    Dwayne is all kinds of yummy, and seeing him struggle with his feelings for the one woman he's always loved and never had... oh yes.

    Without giving too much away, this book was an intensely emotional read, especially when you're the mother of daughters, like I am. I confess I had to put my Kindle down at times and take a deep breath, because the subject matter fed into all of my worst nightmare scenarios.

    However, DC handles the subject matter with great skill and compassion, and of course this story has a HEA so all's well, but man oh man. It's been a while since a story caused me to shed tears, laugh out loud, and get all gooey all at the same time, but this one has.

    I believe I mentioned how yummy Dwayne is, but I'll do so again. He is just swoon worthy, and there were plenty of times I wanted to strangle the heroine. While I could understand her reservations, I also wanted to give her a good shake and tell her to see what's right under her freaking nose, lol.

    Then there are the supporting characters. Brooke's daughter is a typical teen and seeing the relationship she has with her mother made me smile, and brought with it echoes of home. No doubt why I found reading what happens to her so tough. However, that is also the one thing I really like about DC's writing, the realism.

    It grabs you, hits you between the eyes and makes you root for her characters. And then, there are Dwayne's brothers. Lordy me, I could feel the testosterone leap at me through my e-readers. Again his interaction with his brothers is just perfect, and so realistic, you can't help but smile.

    Sharp dialogue, great descriptions, intense emotions, and hot sex. This story has it all. Read it! Nuff said. I'm looking forward to the next instalment, especially Dwayne's brother Luke's story. We only get to meet him toward the end of the book, but he plays a pivotal role and he stole a piece of my heart. :-)


  4. Awesome read 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 28th Jun 2015

    Wow, just wow. I'm pretty sure I started my review of the first book in this series like this, and DC does not disappoint with this instalment.
    Dwayne is all kinds of yummy, and seeing him struggle with his feelings for the one woman he's always loved and never had... oh yes.

    Without giving too much away, this book was an intensely emotional read, especially when you're the mother of daughters, like I am. I confess I had to put my Kindle down at times and take a deep breath, because the subject matter fed into all of my worst nightmare scenarios.

    However, DC handles the subject matter with great skill and compassion, and of course this story has a HEA so all's well, but man oh man. It's been a while since a story caused me to shed tears, laugh out loud, and get all gooey all at the same time, but this one has.

    I believe I mentioned how yummy Dwayne is, but I'll do so again. He is just swoon worthy, and there were plenty of times I wanted to strangle the heroine. While I could understand her reservations, I also wanted to give her a good shake and tell her to see what's right under her freaking nose, lol.

    Then there are the supporting characters. Brooke's daughter is a typical teen and seeing the relationship she has with her mother made me smile, and brought with it echoes of home. No doubt why I found reading what happens to her so tough. However, that is also the one thing I really like about DC's writing, the realism.

    It grabs you, hits you between the eyes and makes you root for her characters. And then, there are Dwayne's brothers. Lordy me, I could feel the testosterone leap at me through my e-readers. Again his interaction with his brothers is just perfect, and so realistic, you can't help but smile.

    Sharp dialogue, great descriptions, intense emotions, and hot sex. This story has it all. Read it! Nuff said. I'm looking forward to the next instalment, especially Dwayne's brother Luke's story. We only get to meet him toward the end of the book, but he plays a pivotal role and he stole a piece of my heart. :-)


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