Title: Final Mend
Author: Angela Smith
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: 23 June 2014
Publisher: Crimson Romance
A recovering alcoholic, Jake Inman has found a new, healthier addiction: training for his successful triathlon career. But when his manager is murdered and beloved goddaughter kidnapped, another obsession takes hold: doing whatever it takes to find Brandon’s killer and keep Amy safe. Jake turns to a private investigator for help in solving the case, and though he finds temptation in her whiskey-colored eyes, he knows he must resist his attraction, or risk losing his heart.
After a devastating case, Winona Wall has turned her back on her skills as a private investigator, preferring a quiet life as a part-time bartender. That is, until Jake storms into the bar, demanding her help in tracking his missing godchild. Unable to resist Jake’s charm, she reluctantly agrees. But even after Amy is found unharmed, Jake insists Amy’s mother was more involved with her kidnapping than the police suspect. When the situation takes a turn for the worse, Winona must trust her instincts in order to save them all - and avoid falling in love.
Excerpt of Jake’s Interview:As Winona watched the interviews of Jake throughout the next few days, her heart broke. Jake was meant to be noticed, not live in the small town of Tanyon, Montana, and swim every day in the small pool at her condominium complex.
Not that Tanyon didn’t offer an array of activities, including slopeside lakes they had lounged in all day, and Jeeping through deep valleys with colors mimicking a crayon box.
The night he was on Live Prime Exclusive, Naomi came over and they popped popcorn. They curled up beside each other on Winona’s couch, and Chayton joined them later with a large bowl of ice cream and three spoons.
“That man is sexy when he wants to be,” Chayton said, creating an uproar of laughter among the two women.
“I knew you had a man-crush on him,” Winona accused.
“What’s not to admire about him?” Chayton licked his spoon and dove in for more chocolate. “I mean, look at his hair.”
“Oh, babe,” Naomi said, stroking Chayton’s hair that stretched to his neck. “You have the world’s most perfect hair.”
He pointed his spoon at the television. “No, that man has the world’s most perfect hair.”
They giggled again and watched as the show displayed a video of Jake carving through the water. Then it flashed to a video of football before returning to Jake.
“So you were going to be a big football player at one time?” Greg Oatman asked Jake, shocking Winona into discovering she didn’t know much about the man she was falling for. “What happened?”
Jake shifted in his seat but didn’t take his eye from his host. Although Greg was funny when he wanted to be, he was known for asking tough questions. Winona’s hand stalled in the popcorn bowl as she anticipated Jake’s response.
“Oh, you know, the usual. I hurt my knee.”
“Then you were going to be a football coach. What happened with that?”
Jake smiled. “Oh, you know. The usual. My parents were killed in a car crash. I got addicted to drugs and alcohol.”
The audience stilled, then laughed at his candor.
“And it was your cousin, Brandon, who pulled you out of that, was it not?”
Jake continued to grin and nodded, but Winona didn’t miss the shadow cross his face.
“And what are you doing now?”
The television converged on his features and she glimpsed his act. He stared into the camera one moment and Winona imagined the whole world, breathless and waiting for his response.
The camera panned out. His left ankle was crossed over his right knee. He rested one hand on his ankle and the other on his knee, and shrugged. “Well, now I’m just taking it day by day.”
“You canceled your meets.”
“Tell me about that.”
“What’s there to say?”
“Why? After all these years? The man who changed your life. Brandon, your manager. Why would you cancel something so important to you when you needed it the most?”
Winona noticed he gripped his ankle tighter, but his smile at the camera never wavered.
“Sometimes you come to a point in your life where you realize the important things in your life aren’t as important as you thought they were.”
Bewilderment crossed Greg’s face, not because he was at a loss for words, but because he hadn’t expected Jake’s admission.
“Don’t get me wrong,” Jake continued. “What I do is my life. It’s very important to me. But I’ve realized there are other things worth breathing for.”
Winona’s heartbeat surged. She knew he didn’t mean her, but she hoped the admission meant she mattered, at least for now.
Greg asked a few more questions, and they chatted amiably back and forth. Naomi started to say something, and Chayton silenced her with a “Shh.”
“Are you single, Jake?”
“I’m seeing someone pretty special right now.”
The world exploded inside Winona’s head. Special. She was special. She wasn’t sure how to feel about that. Shouldn’t she be there beside him? Or at least in the audience, waiting for him? If she were special and all that, he would have asked her to go with him. When he hadn’t asked, she hadn’t pressed it.
They talked more about Brandon and his murder, and when Greg asked his next question, Winona gasped. “Do you believe Matthew Carter killed your cousin?” Jake hesitated. “I trust the cops to do their jobs. I trust the district attorney to do his job.”
“That was no answer.”
Jake shrugged. “I can’t be a judge and jury on live television, sir.”
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About the Author:
During her senior year in high school, Angela Smith was dubbed most likely to write a novel, and that has been her dream ever since her mother read Brer Rabbit to her and her sister so often that they were able to recite it back to each other before actually learning to read. She’s always enjoyed stories about the adventure of love, and getting involved in the legal field developed her love of suspense. A certified paralegal, work gives her perfect fodder for her romantic suspense stories. When not caring for her small farm or spending time with her husband of two decades, she enjoys off-roading, crafting, reading, and dreaming of the places she’ll visit one day.
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