Crush by J.W. Swartz releases Oct. 18th! Series/Book: A Midlife Romantic Suspense Novel (Standalone) Genre: Romantic Suspense Trope: Second Chance Love
Matilda Shriner spent years fading into the background of marriage and motherhood. She’s more than ready to shed her old identity—the one who suffocated under the crushing weight of tragic loss and then divorce—and rediscover the real Matilda. Especially when she shares a sizzling glance with a stranger the very first night her friends talk her into being social. When that same stranger rescues her from an attack hours later, her quest to find herself takes on new meaning. Because he knows way more about her than he should…
Feather Conrad has been watching Matilda from afar for a long time. From the shadows, he saw her endure the worst a parent can face, her resilience in the aftermath of heartbreak, and her determination to follow her own dreams. Through it all, he fell a little bit in love. Now, thanks to some not-so-coincidental timing, his skills as a private investigator and security specialist might be the only thing standing between Matilda, her fractured family, and a dangerous man with a score to settle. But the same threat that gives Feather the chance to get to know Matilda in person—and prove he’s not an unhinged stalker—puts her in close proximity to her ex and all the history they share.
The secrets he uncovers might just give Matilda everything she wants—and break Feather’s heart.
Zachary grabs her phone. “This chick is either tough or stupid. She reminds me of you,” he answers.
Matilda can’t hear Feather’s response. She takes a ragged breath wondering how long she has before he kills her.
“I’ve already got the gun to her head, mongrel. You know I’m a man of my word. It’s time to say goodbye,” he tells Feather over Matilda’s phone.
Matilda flinches against the cold barrel as Zachary presses it back against her head. He puts her phone on the table and presses speaker.
“Go ahead, Mrs. Shriner.” Zachary over emphasizes her name. “Say goodbye to your little boyfriend.”
Matilda presses her lips together. She listens to the clock tick on the wall. She stares straight ahead.
“Zachary,” Feather’s voice carries a granite edge. “If you harm one hair on her head, I will kill you with my bare hands. I will spend every minute of the rest of my days eliminating every member of your blood line. Every. One. I will wipe your line from this earth. I swear to God.”
Zachary grunts beside her.
“I know what you want. You know where to find me. Come and get me. But if you don’t bring her, alive, and safe, you get nothing. The ball’s in your court.”
MEET J.W. Swartz
J.W. Swartz writes contemporary fiction with a little mystery, little romance, and the kind of real characters who will have you rooting for them from the beginning.
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