Intimate Escape by D.C. Stone

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SKU 978-0-3695-0723-5

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Empire Blue, 4

Juliette Scaglione doesn't think her world can get any worse. Recently dumped by her longtime boyfriend while on a vacation she paid for, she returned home only to find the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) on her heels.

DEA Agent Matt Gonzalez is sent on a task to uncover a mule at the airport, one he discovers is a feisty and beautiful woman whom he can't take his eyes off of.

Problem is, things get out of control for both fairly quickly as they are kidnapped by the cartel and taken to a prison in Mexico. The two have to learn how to rely on one another to escape the clutches of this violent operation. Through their journey across a country far from home, both of them recognize fighting their attraction may not be the only challenge they have to face.



“What do you expect to find in my bags?” she asked.

Agent Gonzalez stared at her, and rather than answer what she thought was a pretty logical question, he threw another softball. “I’ll ask you one more time. Do you give your consent to allow us to search your bags? I’m warning you now that I have a federal judge on standby in the event you say no, so one way or another, I will search these bags today. It’s just a matter of whether this will go quickly or take a few hours. Up to you.”

Her heart pounded against the inside of her chest, wanting to run away. She felt much the same way. Not that she thought he’d find anything. It was the absolute certainty she saw on his face that said he knew he’d find something.

“What’s going on?” she asked, hating the meek sound in her voice.


“Yes! Yes, you can search my bags, my—my body, but you won’t find anything in, or rather, on them.”

Agent Gonzalez unzipped her suitcase.

“After you find nothing, I expect an explanation for what’s going on.” There, that sounded firm. Not shaky, like what her insides were doing.

Agent Watson relieved her of her backpack and purse but placed them on the table and didn’t go through them. Instead, he kept his attention on what Agent Gonzalez was doing, though she knew without a doubt she had his full attention too.

Gonzalez removed her clothing in a systematic fashion, placing items one at a time on the table next to the suitcase. Out came her dirty clothes, which lay on top, jeans, dresses, and her underwear. Her cheeks heated as he continued, his movements slow and thorough.

He got to the bottom, having removed everything from within. Her things were scattered across the table like some bizarre game of Clue.

“See?” she said. “Nothing.”

Agent Watson didn’t move, but Gonzalez sure did. He reached inside her suitcase and felt around the corners, then yanked. The sound of fabric tore.

“Hey! What are you doing?”


Product Reviews

Score: 5 out of 5 (based on 12 ratings)
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This is a exciting and STEAMY book--Love Love Loved This!
Written by Andrea Reed on 1st Dec 2022

I am so impressed with this book--this author delivered on every point that makes a great book. I love mafia/dark romance books because I am a huge fan of "anti-hero types" and this one was amazing. I know I will be re-reading it because it was just a great book.

Written by BecM on 1st Dec 2022

This book had me wanting to find out what was going on. The emotions & strengths of Matt & Jules were heartfelt. Refreshing to see a man who is not all about sex. No unsaid thoughts or feelings between them. Fabulous family.

Very strong characters.
Written by sis_unicorn on 1st Dec 2022

This book has some triggers beware and is full of action! A little bit of heat and strong characters. What happens when you have been arrested for drug smuggling, kidnapped, running from the cartel, almost dying, and the ex-boyfriend framing you? You do it all with the DEA who arrested you and ended up being by your side through it all! Oh yeah, don’t forget you both have feelings for the other. Can you make it happen or is it just a fling?

Such a fantastic, suspenseful, romance book!
Written by marie w on 1st Dec 2022

This book was so good! This book is very suspenseful and had my heart pounding, waiting for what’s next. This book had forced proximity, virgin mmc, and portrayed the tropes greatly! This book got my attention from the beginning and didn’t let go of it! The only issue I have is some parts of this book seemed very unrealistic. Overall, such a fantastic, suspenseful, romance book! Thank you to Evernight Publishing and Netgalley for sending me this ARC! All opinions are my own.

A steamy, mystery read
Written by Rubie C on 27th Nov 2022

Intimate Escape by D.C. Stone is book 4 in the Empire Blue Series and I already have book 1-3 saved on my Kindle! Who doesn't enjoy a hot Drug Enforcement Agent?! I do! Me!

Intimate Escape
Written by Di Ketchup on 24th Nov 2022

I think I held my breath through the whole book. I had go keep reading although I wanted to stop myself! Intimate Escape is an awesome and unforgettable read.

Such excellent writing
Written by Maggie W on 24th Nov 2022


Intimate Escape
Written by Naomi L on 24th Nov 2022

Well this one wasn’t quite what I expected. It’s heavy on the suspense in the romantic suspense genre, and there’s some waiting involved to see the main characters getting up close and personal. Matt is a DEA operative and is due to pick up some crooks and a shipment of drugs through JFK. He doesn’t expect the drug mule to be an attractive woman called Juliette who seeks to have no idea why she’s been picked up. Within ten minutes of meeting, Matt and Juliette have been kidnapped, and find themselves in adjoining cells in Mexico. It’s a question of how they will make it out alive, and whether they can trust one another. As I said, a lot of suspense. Totally unbelievable of course - so it depends what you can tolerate with stories like this. I’d you’re looking for something escapist then this might just do it. There’s some near nirvana experiences post-torture experiences that nearly make up for the trauma. The tension between the two main characters is pretty good, but not quite smouldering enough to be all-in convincing. Juliette is a bit wooden and well Matt - that man is just too darn good to be true! A strong sense of family with Matt, balanced against Juliette who is on her own. Opposite side of the track Forced proximity Protector vibe - alpha male, rescuer Virgin main character Childhood trauma

This one had me hooked
Written by Desiree E on 24th Nov 2022

Liked the story and the concept. I will read more from D.C. Stone. Now i have to find more books. This one had me hooked.

A very suspenseful story
Written by Pat L on 24th Nov 2022

This book I found this to be a quick read and a very suspenseful story. Have to remember that it is a story and not look into all of the details. Once you do that you can get into this book. Julia has arrived back in New York from her vacation with her brother and so-called boyfriend. She arrives alone and after receiving a tip Matt and his partner both DEA agents rush to JFK in order to stop her. After checking her bags and finding the stashed drugs everything goes to s–t the place gets shot up and Matt and Julia end up in Mexico in cells next to each other. After being tortured a day comes when they are able to escape and make their way through the jungle where an Indian tribe that I have actually heard about takes them in. From there the story goes to that they make it back to the U.S. only to have another run-in. The story keeps you going with the suspense and action so overall a good book.

Enjoyed this so much!
Written by kelly c on 24th Nov 2022

Rating: 5/5 Stars Thank you to NetGalley and D.C. Stone for an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I was hooked from start to finish! I really enjoyed the writing style and felt like I was watching a movie in my head. Lived for the chemistry that was burning off the pages. Enjoyed this so much!

Couldn’t put it down
Written by Kelsey G on 24th Nov 2022

This book had me hooked by 10%. I literally couldn’t put it down because I was so curious as to what would happen between a DEA and innocent, wrongly accused woman. Honestly it’s not often I feel so on the edge of my seat wondering if they’ll be caught. DEA Special Agent Matt and Juliette are captured by the cartel and escape back to New York. During these trials, they both have to face their fears in different ways. Ultimately growing closer together as their experiences pan out. This is book 4 in the Empire Blue series, but it is not necessary to read the other 3 to enjoy this book. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a suspenseful romance or crime romance. It was like Blue Bloods with romance added! Thank you to the publisher Evernight and author D.C. Stone for the ARC in exchange for my honest review!