Today's Excerpt is from
Crime & Passion
Written by Chantel Rhondeau
Brandon grabbed her around the waist before she could turn. “At least give me a proper kiss goodnight.”
Madeline shoved him away from her, irritated by his aggression. She had known it was a bad idea to go out with him, but she’d been upset to learn the truth about Donovan and made a rash decision.
“I’m sorry if you expected more, but that’s not happening tonight.”
Footsteps sounded in the hallway behind her. At least the little gossips would be able to spread around the fact that she didn’t let every stray man into her apartment. Though apparently having Donovan there before did enough damage to her reputation.
“Come on,” Brandon begged in a low voice. “Just one little kiss?”
“I think you should leave,” she said. “Goodnight, Brandon.”
Suddenly, Madeline felt a presence behind her as someone loomed over her shoulder. She knew who it was without looking. A delightful shiver passed through her as the heat from his body pressing against her back elevated her pulse.
“I think the lady wants you to leave,” Donovan said, his breath puffing against her neck. “Looks like the date’s over.”
No matter what her betraying body wanted her to do, Madeline refused to melt against Donovan. She stiffened her spine and turned the key in the lock, opening the door and stepping inside. She looked at the two men facing off against one another on her doorstep.
“Why are you here, Donovan?” she asked. “Did you have to leave the restaurant because they didn’t have a sippy cup for your date?”
Brandon laughed. “I think you’re the one who’s not wanted here.”
Donovan glared at Brandon. “I’m here on official business, and I do believe Maddie asked you to leave.”
“My name is Madeline!”
Memories of her father came crashing in. He’d lovingly called her Maddie McFatty her whole life, never knowing how much her weight bothered her, or how it crushed her when he said that. She worked hard to lose the extra weight once she reached adulthood, but the breakup with Cameron had not been easy.
Her mom’s life theory was ‘chocolate cake solves all problems.’ Madeline had solved her problems to the tune of twenty extra pounds and only managed to work ten of those off so far. Did Donovan see a fat girl when he looked at her?
Donovan was staring at her, and Madeline realized he had spoken to her. “What did you say?”
“I need to talk to you about some things. Can I come in?”
Uncertainty gripped her. If he only wanted to scold her again about her dating habits, she didn’t want to deal with that.
“It’s about the case,” he said when she hesitated.
“It’ll have to be quick.” Madeline stepped back and swept her arm toward the living room, indicating he should go there.
“Wait,” Brandon protested. “He gets to come in?”
Donovan stepped past Madeline, a smirk on his face as he headed for the living room.
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About the Author: Chantel Rhondeau
Bestselling Author Chantel Rhondeau once thought a mystery or fantasy book with strong romantic themes was the highest level of reading bliss. After reading her first romantic suspense, she never looked back. Chantel is author of six romantic suspense novels, three Christmas novellas, a sports-themed novella, and the McCallister’s Paradise contemporary romance/family saga series. She lives in the western United States and when she's not writing, she loves playing cards with her family, bowling on leagues, and snuggling with her lazy kitties.
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