Excerpt & Giveaway for Take the Key and Lock Her Up by Lena Diaz


Take the Key and Lock Her Up
A Deadly Games Thriller
By: Lena Diaz
Releasing August 5th, 2014
Avon Romance
Lena Diaz returns with another sexy, thrilling Deadly Games novel and the darkest question of all: What do you do when your freedom could cost you your life?

Detective Emily O'Malley just stumbled upon a killer's lair—and the remains of a woman he kept locked away for years. But this killer isn't done yet. More women are missing, and all clues point to Devlin Buchanan—the man who seems to know just a little too much. Emily's instincts are rarely wrong, and now they're telling her this sexy, mysterious man is hiding something big …
As a trained assassin for EXIT Inc—a top-secret mercenary group posing as an international tour company—Devlin "Devil" Buchanan isn't afraid to take justice into his own hands. But when the hot new detective on his trail gets too close to the organization and a contract is placed on her life, Devlin does the only thing he can: he turns rogue agent and kidnaps her to save her life.

With EXIT Inc closing in and passions running hot between them, Emily and Devlin must work together to find the missing women and clear both their names before time runs out … and the key to freedom is thrown away.
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Her gaze followed his movements. She saw the two holes in his shirt, only now acknowledging what her subconscious had registered earlier. He’d taken a bullet for her. Two bullets. Bullets that would have ripped through her body if he hadn’t covered her with his own. The Kevlar vest he wore had saved him. But she knew he must have paid for his chivalry with some deep, painful bruises and sore or cracked ribs. If the shooter had aimed for his head, Devlin would be dead right now. All because he’d tried to save her. Had saved her. Twice in the span of ten minutes, from two different men. Her hands started to shake. She let go of the phone and allowed him to put it back on its hook. “You’re right,” she said. She drew a deep breath to steady herself. “I don’t get it. But what I do get is that you were almost killed tonight because you were protecting me. I’ll hold off on that call until you explain. What is it that I don’t get? What’s going on?” He shook his head, clearly exasperated. “Do you have a Kevlar vest?” he asked. “Yes.” “Get it.” “It’s at the office. I’m a detective now. I don’t need to wear it every day like I used to. Why?” “We’ll get you one at our next stop.” “Our next . . . what?” “Where are your keys?” She shook her head. “No, no, no, no, no. You are not taking my car. You’re not going anywhere. I have a million questions for you, like how you knew those men were coming after me. And how you all managed to get inside my house without tripping my alarm. And why didn’t you call the police or warn me that you expected intruders instead of going all commando and almost getting yourself killed?” She pointed to the couch. “Sit down. I’ll call for a CSI team. I’ll take your statement at the station.”
Author Info:

Originally from Kentucky, romantic suspense author Lena Diaz also lived in California and Louisiana before settling in Northeast Florida with her husband, two children, and a Shetland Sheepdog named Sparky. A Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® finalist, she's won the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense and has been a finalist for the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award. She loves to watch action movies, garden, and hike in the beautiful Tennessee Smoky Mountains.

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