Title: Hard Target (Target #2)
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: February 16, 2016
Ten years ago, Benjamin Romanov left behind a world of violence and intrigue. Now he’s living the dream as the chief technology officer at PharmGen, the world’s largest provider of vaccinations. The perks are amazing—a luxury penthouse, fast car, and his pick of women. The only downside to his job is reporting employees for less than scrupulous e-mail practices, but when he is forced to confront an employee in the lab, he ends up preventing a security guard from killing an innocent woman.
Receptionist Morgan Tanner never meant to get caught in the crosshairs of a deal gone wrong. All she wanted was one night of excitement with the sexy and elusive Benjamin Romanov. But now they’re on the run, and Benjamin thinks she has something to do with why everyone wants to kill them. Only she has no idea what’s going on at all—she was only in the lab to deliver a time-sensitive package.
With time running out, Benjamin must find a way to protect an innocent woman while keeping his distance… and expose PharmGen to the world before the deadly virus is unleashed.
“Are you available for lunch tomorrow?” I ask as she fastens her bra.
She glances over her shoulder at me. Shock is evident in her expression. “What about the fraternization thing?”
“I can be fast.”
Her mouth drops a little, then a glimmer of a smile makes my heart flip in my chest. “Thanks, but I already have plans.”
She’s giving me a way out and I really should take it, but apparently, I can’t stop myself. “If they should change, then let me know.”
After she finishes getting dressed, she grabs her purse and waves her phone at me. “Cab’s already here. Happened to be in the area.”
“Let me walk you down.”
She shuts her eyes, then opens them. “You’re going way beyond the whole nice guy routine and I appreciate it, but at the same time… it feels like a pity thing.”
I take a step back, opening the door for her. “At least text me when you get home.”
“Are you sure?”
I hold out my hand. “Give me your phone.” Quickly, I text myself before she can change her mind. “I have your number and you have mine.”
“Thanks,” she mumbles, then slips out the door.
Rubbing a hand over the back of my neck, I wait until she’s safely in the elevator before closing the door, then I sprint to my office and check the cameras I’ve installed on the perimeter of the building.
Since London is one of the most watched cities in the world, it’s relatively easy to jump on their security system and virtually follow Morgan home. Perhaps that makes me a stalker, but a woman traveling alone at this time of night can be a target.
Marquita Valentine is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Holland Springs and Boys of the South series.
Since first taking the plunge in July of 2012 to self publish, Marquita Valentine has sold over a quarter of a million books around the world. She's appeared on the Top 100 Bestselling Ebooks Lists on iBooks, Amazon Kindle, and Barnes&Noble. She's been called "one of the best new voices in romance" (Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews) and her books have been accused of being "a sexy, fun, and slightly addicting contemporary read" (The Book Queen).
When she's not writing sexy heroes who adore their sassy heroines, she enjoys shopping, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. Married to her high school sweetheart, Marquita lives in a seriously small town in the south with her husband, two kids, and a dog.