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(A Shelby Nichols Adventure Series #8)
by Colleen Helme
Itâs been almost a year since a near-fatal gunshot wound left Shelby Nichols with the ability to read minds. In that time sheâs faced one problem after another. Sheâs been shot at, framed for murder, and targeted by a serial killer, just to name a few. Now sheâs trying to help her lawyer husband win a murder trial that will enable him to become a partner in his law firm. Sounds easy, right? But nothing ever goes as planned when it comes to Shelby Nichols.
When special agent, Blake Beauchaine, shows up to collect a debt from Shelby, things get even more complicated, and Shelby is soon on her way to Paris. A routine meeting with a rogue agent reveals a sinister plot, putting Shelby into the cross-hairs of a known terrorist. Even worse, she doesnât speak French, so it seems her mind-reading abilities wonât help her this time.
Things go from bad to downright dangerous for Shelby, especially since her usual guardians, Uncle Joey, and his hit-man, Ramos, are back in the states. Lost and on her own in the streets of Paris, can Shelby escape the cold-blooded killer in time to stop his devious plans, or will this be the end of the line for Shelby Nichols?
The first day of spring arrived, filling me with an overwhelming sense of freedom. Even though the temperature wasnât real warm, it meant that winter was officially over. Even better, a ride on the motorcycle behind Ramos was now a possibility.
Iâd missed that and Iâd missed him. Heâd been gone for two weeks helping Uncle Joey take care of some out-of-town business. I wasnât exactly sure what that entailed and... believe me, I didnât want to know. Jackie, Uncle Joeyâs secretary and wife, told me they were both due back in the next few days, and deep down where I didnât want to admit it, I could hardly wait to see them again.
That probably made me a bad person, since I worked for Uncle Joey, and he was a mob-boss. Ramos was his hit-man and heâd saved my life a few times. I had to admit, it was a far cry from the first time Iâd met Ramos almost a year ago, when he was thinking he might have to kill me for the big boss.
Iâd had to tell Uncle Joey my secret that I could read minds to stop that from happening. Since then, my skills had come in handy for Uncle Joey, and gotten me into a lot of trouble. But heâd always been there to bail me out, both literally and figuratively.
So now I helped Uncle Joey, not because I was forced into it, but because I wanted to. That was just twisted on so many levels, and he wasnât even my real uncle. But I couldnât seem to stop, so I did my best to keep on the right side of things.
Ramos was another part of that story. He was one hot and swoon-worthy man any woman would fall for. I had to keep reminding myself that I was happily married every time I laid eyes on him. He was the quintessential bad boy and, like a decadent chocolate dessert with whipped cream and a cherry on top, something that I might want in the worst way, but would also be very bad for me.
If I wasnât married with kids... well, who knew what could happen, but I loved my husband and children, and Ramos respected that. Even so, there were still times when my heart seemed to have a mind of its own around him, and Iâd have to rein it in or lose control, which was not an option.
Only a handful of people knew I could read minds, and I liked it that way. I told everyone else I had premonitions, and that mostly worked. I also had my own consulting agency, which included helping the police along with my own clients. Because of that, I managed to get into even more trouble, and that wasnât counting the mob-boss part.
My husband, Chris, had asked for my help on a hard case. He was an associate partner in the prestigious law firm of Cohen, Larsen and Pratt. This case was the single most important event of Chrisâ career, mostly because the partners were looking to replace the Cohen part of the firm, and changing it to Larsen, Pratt and... Nichols.
This was a huge deal, and I wondered if the fact that Chris handled all of Uncle Joeyâs accounts had something to do with it. Probably, but I wasnât touching that with a ten foot pole. This put a lot of pressure on me. Not as much as Chris, but stillâ¦ I didnât want to screw it up for him.
That brought me to my problem. I wasnât sure I wanted to help Chris, mostly because he was defending a woman accused of killing her husband, and ten million dollars from the life insurance policy was in the balance. To complicate matters even more, the husbandâs company was one of Chrisâ biggest clients.
If they won, Chrisâ firm would get a nice, fat share, and also keep the company as a client. But from everything heâd told me, she sounded guilty as sin. If I listened to her thoughts, Iâd know for sure, and that would just ruin everything. It made me realize that sometimes my âgiftâ wasnât so great. Not when I had to use it to get someone off who actually deserved some jail time.
But... wasnât that what I did for Uncle Joey? So how was this any worse?
In fact, Iâd recently made a deal with a government agent to keep Uncle Joey out of prison. In exchange for my help on one of his cases, heâd agreed to make any charges against Uncle Joey disappear. When Uncle Joey found out what Iâd done, he wasnât too happy with me. Especially since he thought Iâd told Blake Beauchaine I could read minds.
Once he knew I hadnât, and Blake just wanted me for what he thought were my mad interrogation skills, heâd calmed down. Still, Uncle Joey told me he could have handled anything Blake might have thrown at him without my deal. To be honest, it kind of hurt my feelings. Then he made me promise to involve him if Blake ever came to collect.
So now on top of everything else, I had Blakeâs phone call to look forward to, and Uncle Joey to involve after that. It was enough to give me an ulcer.
âShelby? Weâre ready for you,â Chris said, poking his head out of the conference room.
The Shelby Nichols Adventure Series
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2/1/2016 07:51:36 am
Ooh! The book sounds fabulous.
2/1/2016 04:30:42 pm
It's a definite thumbs-up!
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