In the secluded guesthouse of a lavish California estate, Whitney Marshall has finally found a refuge...a place to heal after the painful end of her marriage. Until her newfound peace is shattered by the arrival of the property's distractingly handsome heir, Adam Hunter--and she finds herself drawn into a deadly game of danger and desire.
Adam Hunter needs Whitney's help to prove that his uncle--Hunter needs Whitney's help to prove that his uncle--the the estate's original owner--was murdered. But as the two estate's original owner--was murdered. But as the two begin begin to unearth the truth about Cal Hunter's shadowy past, to unearth the truth about Cal Hunter's shadowy past, it's it's Whitney's own life that is suddenly on the line. Because
Whitney's own life that is suddenly on the line. Because someone someone nearby thinks she knows too much...
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December 31, 2006
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Excerpt from Kiss of Death by Meryl Sawyer
ADAM HUNTER, YOU'RE DEAD.
Adam knew he was at death's door and his gut cramped. In less than a split second he realized his life was over.
The other guys hadn't sensed the danger, didn't know death was a heartbeat away. Adam watched--his breath suspended in his lungs--unable to utter a word.
His body didn't seem to belong to him. It was almost as if he were seeing a film, as if this must be happening to someone else--not him. He wasn't meant to die--not now, not here.
Some distant part of his mind still functioned, warning him. Blood coursed through his veins and reality arced through him like a jolt of electricity, spurring him to action. Move! Run! But there wasn't any time to run--nowhere to run--no place to hide.
A garbled sound clawed its way out of his throat. Duck! In an instant his world exploded in all-consuming pain and the bleak darkness of hell.
SHREDS OF BLOODY IMAGES dissolved into the present. His uncle's chauffeur was driving Adam to Calvin Hunter's Greek villa. Adam was still too engulfed in a tide of memories to notice much as the limousine sped along the narrow road. The panicky, trapped feeling returned and surged through his body with vivid reality, then subsided as he realized the danger had passed. By some strange miracle, Adam had survived.
He'd cheated death.