In the Arms of a Stranger by Virginia Kelly
Genre: Contemporary RS
Release Date: October 2013
About the Book:
A dangerous man on the run…
Wounded and accused of treason, CIA operative JP Blackmon is on the run from his own agency and desperate to clear his name. When he finds out his old partner is dead, he’ll do anything to get to the truth...including using his partner's widow.
A vulnerable woman looking for answers…
Abby Price wanted nothing more than a family and a safe home. But her late husband kept big secrets from her—secrets that got him killed and have government agents watching her every move. Fearing for her life, it seems the only man who can help her is a mysterious stranger who suddenly appears out of nowhere. But can she trust him?
Together they discover a passion worth dying for.
As danger stalks them at every turn, unexpected passion flares between JP and Abby. But the last thing either wants or needs is more complications. Romance? No. Way. That would involve trust—something neither is willing or able to do. But in the end, sharing their deadly secrets is their only hope for survival…their only hope to hold onto the love they’ve just begun to share…
About the Author:
An RWA Golden Heart® finalist, Virginia Kelly’s first book was published as To the Limit and finaled in several contests such as the Holt Medallion, The Golden Quill and The Aspen Gold.
Virginia has always loved adventure novels, but romance is at the core of her stories—romance with the adrenalin rush of danger. Against the Wind, a full-length novel, and Dancing in the Dark, the prequel novella to In the Arms of a Stranger,
are about dangerous men and the adventurous women willing to take a chance on them.
Traveling is a passion that came early in life. Her first airplane ride was a trip over the Andes Mountains in Peru at the ripe old age of two months. Her travels provide the settings for her novels, whether it’s a fictitious Latin American country based on Peru, the country of her birth, or Florida and the American South where she now lives.
A graduate of the University of Alabama with a master’s degree in Library Science, Virginia is an academic librarian. She tries to include a librarian in all of her books as either the heroine or as a minor character. Having taught high school and college, she has a great appreciation for teachers and often uses that as the profession for her heroines.
Excerpt from Chapter 2
He was out cold. But what if he was faking? Abby’s late husband had always told her to be careful, and here she’d let a total stranger into the house. One who’d nearly run her over.
Ready to run and careful not to get too close, she nudged him with her foot. Nothing. He just lay there. She tried again, gingerly using her foot to lift his arm. Again, nothing.
Stop, think, she told herself. He’d almost hit her with his car, but he’d stopped to help. Have a little faith. Not everyone lied.
She waited a minute, barely breathing. He didn’t move.
Still prepared to bolt, she knelt, watching him closely, and shifted until her knees were next to him—John, he’d said. He lay on his back, his legs bent to one side, his head turned to the other, arms at his sides. Reaching with her good arm, she pulled at his wet blue jeans until his legs were reasonably straight. His bare feet rested against one of the end tables.
Now for his head. He had a bruise on his forehead, but he couldn’t have gotten it from hitting the floor. Maybe he’d hit the windshield when he’d gone over the embankment. She took in the days’ growth of beard, his short, disheveled hair, the lines of exhaustion that bracketed his mouth.
He looked like trouble. Rough and disreputable.
More than likely he’d been in a fight. She still had reservations, but she reminded herself that he’d helped her when he could have kept going. And Cole had trusted him, talking easily to him. Abby couldn’t remember the last time her son had done that with a stranger. Especially a man.