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About Hot Shade:In the tropical Florida heat, a man with deadly secrets falls for a lovely, inquisitive reporter. *** When an Italian journalist's expose of his country's mafia puts him on the run for his life, he hides out in an exclusive Florida Keys enclave. But his defenses are breached by a reporter searching out the scoop of her life. Can he convince her to trade headlines for the passion growing between them … or will her investigation open the gates to peril from his past? *** After Luca Rossi lost everything to the Italian mafia, he used all his skills to write a stunning expose, and managed to put a key don on trial for his life. But now Luca must hide out on the Florida coast until justice is served in Italy. All is well, until he meets a lovely young American reporter who won't stop asking questions about who he is. Soon he's fighting the urge to hush her with a kiss … and much, much more. Skylar Shaw took a job with a small Florida paper determined to make her mark on the journalistic world. She may spend her days writing up alligator scares and human interest stories, but when she meets a handsome mystery man on the beach, she's not afraid to dig into his past, and the danger stalking him from across the seas. There's just one problem … will her efforts help Luca, or bring danger straight to him? Luca knows all too well the journalistic drive to keep digging. Can he trust his lovely Skylar to keep his secrets, or must he push her away to save both their lives?
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Skylar gazed without blinking into his eyes, captivated by their green-gray color that practically glowed next to his olive skin and dark hair. The setting sun softened the angles and hollows of his face and left behind only languid sensuality. When he stared at her, she thought she would turn to water and wash away into the Gulf of Mexico.
“I just finished. Do you have any news for me?”
He laughed. “What kind of news would you like?”
Skylar couldn’t remember ever being made speechless by a man’s looks, but this guy was different. Her eyes skimmed his chest then went lower. Dark hair trailed in a faint line down his six-pack abdomen, and Skylar quickly raised her gaze to his equally muscular arms. This man was pure peril. Or maybe she had been on Palmira long enough to forget what hot guys really looked like.
She gave the tattoo on his rock-hard bicep a sideways glance. It was one of many delicious details gracing his body, but what did it say? It was a line of words wrapped around the muscle in an old typewriter font. The words weren’t in English. Maybe Spanish? Italian? Latin?
Recalling his question, she grinned, sensing that he was toying with her. “I’m still trying to find the man who helped the plane crash victim.”
“You got some sun today. Your cheeks are pink.”
Her cheeks were hot, but why did he ignore her question? As he reached an arm through the gate and motioned toward her face, she imagined playfully biting his finger.
“I burn easily,” she said. “I think I might be a little dehydrated, too.”
She knew she sounded too serious, but flirting didn’t come easily. At least that’s what James had repeatedly told her. She sobered at the thought, and her smile faded.
“Why don’t you come inside for a glass of water?”
Skylar hesitated. She was thirsty. Maybe if she went, this mystery man might open up and tell her about helping the victim. Give her that exclusive. He didn’t seem like an axe murderer or anyone she should be afraid of. And besides, people like that didn’t exist on Palmira.
“Okay, I will. Thanks.”
The man opened the gate and held it. “See, you don’t have to rip your clothes off this time.”
She paused and ignored his flirtation as best she could, but looking into his eyes sent little waves of excitement through her. “What’s your name, anyway? I generally don’t go to people’s homes unless I know their names.”
He grinned lazily. “Luca.”
He nodded. “Si. Yes. Now come with me.”
Luca. What a beautiful name. Skylar rolled it around in her mind as she followed. Luca.
He led her through a heady-smelling hedge of jasmine vines and through another iron gate. They emerged into a courtyard with a grotto-like pool surrounded by palm trees and bright green tropical plants. An enormous, Mediterranean-style home loomed behind the pool. She breathed in the scent, intoxicated by the fragrance and the obvious luxury.
“Gorgeous,” she murmured.
“Make yourself comfortable. I’ll get some water.”
He gestured to one of four wide rattan chaise seats pointed toward the setting sun. Skylar sank into a white cushion. The diffuse orangey-red light and the sound of the gentle Gulf surf was soothing after covering such a depressing story.
Luca returned and handed her a tall glass with a lemon slice. She tried to be dainty but took two giant gulps. He sat on the edge of the lounger next to her and leaned in her direction, as if he was interested in watching her drink.
“Thank you,” she said. “I guess I was thirsty.”
About Tamara Lush: During the day, Tamara Lush writes news as a journalist with The Associated Press. At night, she writes fictional romance tales about complicated, sexy men and the women who love them. Her first full-length novel, HOT SHADE, was published in September 2015 with Boroughs Publishing Group. INTO THE HEAT is her second full-length novel and it’s also with Boroughs. TELL ME A STORY is Tamara’s first novella. It’s the first episode of The Story Series, a five-novella serial about a bookstore owner who reads erotica to a billionaire during a literary event in Florida. When Tamara isn’t reporting, writing or reading, she’s doing yoga, cooking for her Italian husband or chasing her dogs on a beach on Florida's Gulf Coast. She loves connecting with people on social media.