About The Book:
I’m an Italian-Texan woman in a family full of cops. I’m passionate and shoot before I think. You only f*ck with me if you’re stupid.
Photograph cheating spouses. Hand over the evidence. Cash my check.
That was my plan when I returned home to Holly Woods, Texas, and became a private investigator.
Finding the dead body in my dumpster? Yeah… Given the choice, I think I would have opted out of that little discovery, especially since all three of my brothers are cops. And my Italian grandmother is sure the reason I’m single is because of my job.
Of course, my connection to the victim is entirely coincidental. Until I’m hired by her husband to investigate her murder and shoved bang-smack into the path of Detective Drake Nash.
My nemesis, a persistent pain in my ass, and one hell of a sexy son of a bitch.
Shame he still holds a grudge from that time I shot him in the foot twelve years ago, or we could have something. In another life.
So now all I have to do is avoid my nonna’s blind dates, try not to blackmail my brothers into giving me confidential police files, and absolutely do not point my gun at Drake Nash. Or kiss him. Or jump his bones.
All while I hunt down the killer.
Sounds totally simple—until a second body proves that sometimes things that start as coincidences don’t always end up that way…
(Twisted Bond is book one of the Holly Woods Files series and while it does not end in a cliffhanger, it is not a standalone.)
“Watch your damn mouth, Noelle Bond,” Drake says low, his tone full of threats and barely restrained anger. “My patience where you’re concerned is just about at the breakin’ point, and when it reaches it, you ain’t gonna like me very much.”
“So save yourself a job and cuff me. See what the hell happens when you do that.”
He stands and turns to me, eclipsing me in height and width. “Are you threatenin’ me, ma’am?”
I take another step toward him despite our size differences. “Fuck yeah, I’m threatenin’ you, sir. Except my threats are closer to promises, so try it and see how well it ends for you.”
The minute distance between our bodies is swallowed by his single step toward me. If I were to reach out just a little, my fingers would brush his inevitably toned stomach.
“You have five seconds to take it back before I make good on my threat, Noelle.”
“You have five seconds to get your ass the hell out of my goddamned office before I break your kneecaps.”
Within two seconds, Drake Nash’s arms are around me and he has both of my wrists secured at the base of my back with one of his hands. The other is pressed between my shoulder blades, an open pair of handcuffs just close enough that I can feel the chill of the metal through the light material of my shirt. He’s so close that I can feel every contour of his body pressing against mine, and the heat of his breath flowing across my skin sends my body temperature up several degrees.
“Do not tempt me,” he whispers hoarsely in my ear. “Do yourself a favor and refund Ryan Perkins his money. Then get your ass out of this investigation. It’s too fucking dangerous for you, Noelle. You have no idea what you’re up against.”
“Don’t ever underestimate me. You may be able to restrain me without trying, but I sure as hell ain’t afraid to fight your fine ass and pin you to the ground,” I grind out. “I’m not the cops who work under you at the station. They might whimper when you so much as glare at them, but you can have those handcuffs at my back, Detective, and I’m still gonna be ready to twist your balls off and hand them to you.”
Twisted Bond by Emma Hart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Twisted Bond by Emma Hart is the first book in her brand new series the Holly Woods Files. Set in the small town of Holly Woods, Texas this first book focuses on Noelle Bond and Drake Nash. While this book completely stands on its own, if I HAD to compare... I would say it's 3 parts Stephanie Plum and 1 part Kay Scarpetta, and of course, 100% awesome.
Noelle is proud owner of her own business. A Private Investigation firm in Holly Woods. She used to be a cop, it was in her blood, her grandfather, father, and brothers... all cops. When she was on the force in Dallas, something went wrong and she decided to return to the small town that was in her veins and put her exemplary cop skills to use as a PI. For Noelle, it's all the investigative fun without any of the takedown and capture drama. Plus she makes enough that she can buy pretty shoes (and cupcakes) and who doesn't want more pretty shoes (and cupcakes)?
Drake Nash is the bane of Noelle's existence. When a dead body shows up in the dumpster behind her building her life begins to go a little off track. Drake is always around, the investigation is too personal (her dumpster, her building...)
This story is fabulous. It is funny, suspenseful, intriguing. The sexual tension between Drake and Noelle just builds and builds... AND BUILDS. It is off the charts in the panty-melting tension department.
I'm very excited to read more in this series and cannot wait to see who's story is next.
About The Author:
By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to two beautiful little monsters. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of whatever she fancies - usually wine - and writes books.
Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.
She likes to be busy - unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.