Authors: Catherine Gayle
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Copyright © 2015 by Catherine Gayle
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This one is for all of you who begged me to give Razor a book and who were crushed when he got traded from the Storm, especially Monica and Heather. I admit it. I was wrong.
Razor is totally, one hundred percent hero material.
A special thank you to Gennifer Reiter and Heather Harrison for all your help in sorting out green cards, visas, deportation issues, and the red tape involved.
Desperation changes a person. Leads them to do things they never would have dreamed.
Thanks to his mother, Ray “Razor” Chambers knows what desperation can lead a person to do. But as a defenseman for the Tulsa Thunderbirds, those days are long in the past for both of them. His best buddy is about to get hitched in Vegas when a woman whose eyes are filled with an all-too-familiar haunted look approaches Razor. She makes him a proposition, and he knows he’s witnessing yet another act borne of desperation.
Viktoriya Dubrovskaya knows all about desperation, too. She came to America to study ballet and escape a fate no one should have to bear. She can never go home again. She’s broke and broken, not to mention in survival mode. Viktoriya turned to the only help offered, but in the end it stripped her of everything she was and all she wanted. Now she’s out of time, money, and options…until she sees Razor.
There’s no chance he’ll take her up on what she’s offering, but he suggests a counter-proposal—one involving a ring, a green card, and the chance to reclaim her body. It’s an opportunity she can’t pass up, but for Viktoriya and Razor, learning to live together as husband and wife is as foreign as interpreting Smoke Signals. And where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire.
CONTENT WARNING: contains graphic and potentially disturbing descriptions of abuse, both physical and sexual.
SMOKE SIGNALS is Book 2 in the
hockey romance series, a spin-off from USA Today bestselling author Catherine Gayle’s
Look for Book 3, GHOST DANCE, to release on May 19, 2016. Book 4, RITES OF PASSAGE, will release on November 10, 2016.
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