IN THE ARMS OF A STRANGER
A dangerous man on the run…
Wounded and accused of treason, CIA operative JP Blackmon is on the run from his own agency and desperate to clear his name. When he finds out his old partner is dead, he’ll do anything to get to the truth...including using his partner's widow.
A vulnerable woman looking for answers…
Abby Price wanted nothing more than a family and a safe home. But her late husband kept big secrets from her—secrets that got him killed and have government agents watching her every move. Fearing for her life, it seems the only man who can help her is a mysterious stranger who suddenly appears out of nowhere. But can she trust him?
Together they discover a passion worth dying for.
As danger stalks them at every turn, unexpected passion flares between JP and Abby. But the last thing either wants or needs is more complications. Romance? No. Way. That would involve trust—something neither is willing or able to do. But in the end, sharing their deadly secrets is their only hope for survival…their only hope to hold onto the love they’ve just begun to share…
Second chances can be passionate ... and deadly.
Excerpt from In the Arms of a Stranger
JP stripped off his denim shirt and tossed it onto a chair. His white undershirt came off just as quickly and landed on the shirt. Such typically male moves, that Abby smiled around the rioting emotions she felt. The bandage on his side had come loose during the day. She almost offered to help him, but stopped herself. She really shouldn’t touch him. Not tonight. She was too needy. Too vulnerable. He grabbed his backpack and disappeared into the bathroom.
She turned back the covers of one of the beds, sat down, and clicked on the television, searching for something to distract herself. Several movies were on, ones she hadn’t seen. But she couldn’t concentrate. She tossed aside the remote after finding a spy movie, watching without really seeing. A car chase was unfolding, the hero racing to get away from the bad guys. Shooting. Speed. Danger. Possible death at every turn. Likely death. Her mind stalled at that thought, and—
“It’s not like that, you know,” JP interrupted her spiraling thoughts. He stood at the bathroom door, dressed only in jeans, his hair still wet. “It can be tedious beyond belief.”
She blinked, and replayed what he’d said. She couldn’t picture him bored, putting up with tedium.
“Sometimes it’s a struggle just to stay awake.” He leaned against the doorjamb, his attention back on the movie.
“Then why do it?”
He straightened and met her eyes over the bed between them. “Somebody has to.”
There was more, there had to be. But she would never know. She’d never know him, not really. She could read a million things into the way he looked at her, the way he’d interacted with her son. The way he’d touched her. Might touch her...
But in the end he’d still be a stranger. A stranger who drew her like no one ever had. A sleek but powerfully built man who made his living by risking his life.
He hadn’t bandaged his wound.
She stood up and crossed the room as he bent to put his backpack in the closet. “Let me take a look at your side.”
She’d caught him off guard. He straightened and stepped away. Avoidance.
“I’m sorry,” she said hurriedly, backing off. “I didn’t mean to make you uncomfortable.”
“Abby,” he said, his voice a rich husky baritone, “you make me a hell of a lot more than uncomfortable.”
An RWA Golden Heart® finalist, Virginia Kelly's first book was published as To the Limit and finaled in several contests such as the Holt Medallion, The Golden Quill and The Aspen Gold.
Virginia has always loved adventure novels, but romance is at the core of her stories--romance with the adrenalin rush of danger. Against the Wind, a full-length novel, and Dancing in the Dark, the prequel novella to In the Arms of a Stranger, are about dangerous men and the adventurous women willing to take a chance on them.
Traveling is a passion that came early in life. Her first airplane ride was a trip over the Andes Mountains in Peru at the ripe old age of two months. Her travels provide the settings for her novels, whether it's a fictitious Latin American country based on Peru, the country of her birth, or Florida and the American South where she now lives.
A graduate of the University of Alabama with a master's degree in Library Science, Virginia is an academic librarian. She tries to include a librarian in all of her books as either the heroine or as a minor character. Having taught high school and college, she has a great appreciation for teachers and often uses that as the profession for her heroines.
To learn more about Virginia Kelly and her books, visit her website at http://virginiakelly.net