[Leine Basso 01.0 - 03.0] Box Set by DV Berkom

[Leine Basso 01.0 - 03.0] Box Set by DV Berkom

Author:DV Berkom [Berkom, DV]
Language: eng
Format: epub
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Publisher: DV Berkom
Published: 2015-11-17T07:00:00+00:00

They lay on his bed in the dark, his arms wrapped around her waist as he nuzzled her neck. Leine smiled at the tickling sensation. Would it be such a bad thing to be able to stay here with Santa? Actually let herself be in love again? She sighed at the thought. Her life was too complicated, too fraught with a past that wouldn't stay hidden, no matter what she tried. Santa had cracked open the wall she'd created around her emotions, giving her a glimpse of what her life could have been like had she chosen a different path.

There were so many barriers to a happy ending. Sure, if they succeeded in pinning the murders on Eric, then that would take care of one of the obstacles they faced together. But it would also create more problems than it solved.

Every time they came together, Leine could see her love for him reflected in his eyes. She knew that would never be enough. He'd always know what she'd done and that would affect their relationship. Loving a woman who had killed people for a living was not a good career move for a homicide detective. She'd hate herself if he had to give that up for her. Hell, she wasn't sure she could bring herself to trust another human being like she'd once trusted Carlos. And, last time she'd checked, trust was one of the main facets of a successful relationship.

There were other, more deadly concerns to take into consideration, as well.

“You're pretty quiet,” Santa whispered in her ear. His warm breath skated across her skin. She settled deeper in his arms.

“Am I? This feels so good. I don't want to leave.”

“Yeah. We fit, don't we?”

Leine turned to face him. “We need to talk.”

“Uh-oh. Is this where you tell me it's been fun, but you need to move on?” The smile on his face faltered.

Leine ran her finger over his lips and along his jawline, trying to memorize his face. “You know this isn't going to work, right? That it's too dangerous?”

Santa closed his eyes and rolled onto his back; the absence of his warmth sent a shiver up her spine.

“No. I don't know that, Leine. What I know is I've never been in love, not before I met you.” He opened his eyes and stared at the ceiling. “What I also know is you feel the same way about me, but for some reason you think it can't be. Is it so alien to you to be in love with a cop? Believe me, I've gone back and forth about your old job, and you know what my conclusion was? It's in the past and it doesn't matter.”

“But your job—”

“I'm not gonna get canned for falling in love. Not unless you did those three cold cases and get popped, and I'm not willing to believe you're guilty. Now, maybe that's foolish and I'm looking at you through rose-colored glasses, but I think I'm more cool-headed than all that and can make a decision with my big head.



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