#MFRWHooks ~ Knight in Shining Leather (K.A. Raines)

Hi, everyone! I’m currently working on a couple of WIPs, but I’d like to share an excerpt from a romantic suspense novel I’m hard at work on. I’m super excited because it’s quite different from my debut novel. While it deals with serious subject matter, the heroine is spunky and quirky, and there’s going to be plenty of banter + sexual tension (my two favorite things). This work is as-yet untitled, but I’m looking at a released of early next year (if all goes according to plan).

It was nearing midnight as I walked to my car—or, rather, gracelessly plodded through the icy sludge accumulated on the sidewalk, impacted at certain intervals to the point of being dangerously slickened. Especially in these fucking shoes. And where the hell had I parked my damned car, anyway? I was sure I’d left it on the corner, in front of the crappy little all-night cafe where some of the others would fruitlessly attempt to sober up before heading home to their families.

“Elle—hey, wait up—!”

I rolled my eyes and kept walking. I wanted to snap, “It’s Detective Roshan,” but it felt petty, so I ignored him, finally spotting my car crammed between an SUV and a truck so needlessly large it seemed its asshat owner couldn’t not be compensating. Perfect. Just how the hell was I supposed to get out of that spot without ramming one of those monstrosities? “What do you want, Agent West?” I conceded with a sigh as he caught up. Agent Jackass, my mind supplied. A beer didn’t make up for that.

“Easy, there.” He let out what I’m sure he felt was a disarming laugh. “Just wanted to make sure you made it to your car okay.”

I stopped in my tracks, torn between annoyance and…well, annoyance. When I finally turned to face him, I was unprepared for how close he was. It was my stupid, impractical, and absurdly overpriced shoes combined with the beer—so, maybe I’m a lightweight—and most decidedly not his closeness that caused me to stumble and nearly land on my ass on the icy pavement.

When he reached out and grabbed my elbow to steady me, I attempted to yank it back, and all that managed to accomplish was somehow I now had a face-full of very hard chest. A very hard chest that smelled like leather and cologne. Not altogether unappealing, I had to admit. I stiffened as his arms tightened around my waist; I’d say instinctively, but I had a feeling he knew exactly was he was doing. I was just about to demand that he release me when I saw it, just behind his right shoulder as it passed and made a left-hand turn at the intersection: a 1980’s-style station wagon, the kind with the wooden side panels, completely not discreet. I had almost thought it was a joke when two separate eyewitnesses had reported seeing a similar vehicle at two of the murders. It was such a movie stereotype it was laughable—but apparently, no. No joke. This killer either took how-to notes from lame daytime TV or he wanted to get caught.            

At any rate, if it hadn’t been for the alcohol still coursing through my veins—and the fact that I was still flustered from West’s attention, which I hate admitting—I might have noticed that this couldn’t be a coincidence. But I was a big, fat fucking idiot. A slightly intoxicated big, fat fucking idiot.

Thanks for reading! I’d love to hear what you think!


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15 thoughts on “#MFRWHooks ~ Knight in Shining Leather (K.A. Raines)

    • K.A. Raines September 16, 2020 / 12:55 pm

      Thanks so much! I’m glad you liked it!


  1. Brenda Whiteside September 16, 2020 / 10:18 am

    This sounds like a fun read. Good luck and keep those words rolling.


    • K.A. Raines September 16, 2020 / 12:52 pm

      Thanks so much for your encouraging words! I’m glad you enjoyed it!


    • K.A. Raines September 17, 2020 / 6:26 am

      Thanks so much for stopping by! I’m glad you think so!


  2. K.A. Raines September 16, 2020 / 12:50 pm

    Thanks so much!


  3. henhousepublishing September 16, 2020 / 2:27 pm

    This is going to be a fun read. Thank you for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

    • K.A. Raines September 17, 2020 / 6:27 am

      Thank you for stopping by and for commenting! I’m glad you think so! 🙂


  4. deesknight September 16, 2020 / 3:19 pm

    Love banter and this WIP sounds great! Looking forward to its seeing the light of day!

    Liked by 1 person

    • K.A. Raines September 17, 2020 / 6:27 am

      Hi, Dee! I appreciate your kind words! Thank you for stopping by!


  5. Cara Hartley September 17, 2020 / 4:49 pm

    Been there, done that. Only not nearly as glamorously or with nearly as attractive a fellow.
    ~Cie from Naughty Netherworld Press~


    • K.A. Raines September 17, 2020 / 10:33 pm

      Haha right! Ditto. Thanks for stopping by and for your comments!


  6. daryldevore September 17, 2020 / 8:48 pm

    OOh – liked that. A station wagon like that is highly recognizable – so why is it there????


    Liked by 1 person

    • K.A. Raines September 17, 2020 / 10:32 pm

      Thanks! I’m glad you liked it! And I think someone might be hoping to be seen lol – either that or they’re not very bright!


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