No One Lives Forever [NOOK Book]

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Nothing Is What It Seems

Born to a childhood pitted by violence, Christian Delacorte is desperate for peace when he embarks on a new life with the woman he loves, Detective Raven Mackenzie. But soon his old life comes calling—in the tempting form of a mysterious woman assassin.

When a Deadly Seductress Comes Calling

Jasmine Lee is determined to collect an old marker from Christian. He owes her—big time—and she...

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Overview

Nothing Is What It Seems

Born to a childhood pitted by violence, Christian Delacorte is desperate for peace when he embarks on a new life with the woman he loves, Detective Raven Mackenzie. But soon his old life comes calling—in the tempting form of a mysterious woman assassin.

When a Deadly Seductress Comes Calling

Jasmine Lee is determined to collect an old marker from Christian. He owes her—big time—and she needs his help freeing her kidnapped lover, Nicholas Charboneau—a powerful mogul linked to Chicago's underworld. Christian doesn't trust her, but Jasmine entices him to leave Raven behind when she reveals his shocking connection to Charboneau.

And a Lethal Race Against Time Begins

Christian has seven days to attempt an impossible rescue of the father he never knew. And when a woman assassin with ulterior motives makes a lousy ally, Christian is alone to face the stark reality that no one lives forever . . . and he might be the next to die.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061736445
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 104,055
  • File size: 763 KB

Meet the Author

Ripped from the headlines, Jordan Dane's gritty suspense plots weave a tapestry of vivid settings, intrigue, and dark humor. A thrilling ride of mystery and suspense–all in the first degree! She's a member of Romance Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and the International Thriller Writers. Jordan and her husband share their Oklahoma residence with an intelligent canine and two cats of highborn lineage.

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No One Lives Forever

Chapter One

Hotel Palma Dourada
Cuiabá, Brazil

Gripping his nine-millimeter Beretta, Nicholas Charboneau peered through the peephole of the penthouse suite, responding to a soft knock. The red and black uniforms of hotel personnel should not have given him any cause for alarm. And yet, the hair at the nape of his neck reacted to a rush of adrenaline. Two men stood by a rolling cart of white linen, covered with food platters and a bottle of Brazilian merlot with a distinctive label.

Compliments of the house . . . or a Trojan horse? The bottle of wine told the tale.

A lazy smile curved his lips. At his age, he relied more on wit and cunning, leaving the chest thumping to younger men. He had no intention of answering the door, making himself vulnerable.

"No way," he scoffed, muttering under his breath. "Nice try, but never would've happened."

"Who is at the door?" The voice of his young bodyguard, Jasmine Lee, drew his attention. Drying her black hair with a towel, she stood near the wet bar dressed only in the white robe of the hotel. "Did you order room service, Nicky?"

He raised his hand and shook his head, silently mouthing the word No.

Her body tensed, dark eyes flared in alert.

The sound of shattered glass from across the room broke his concentration. Jasmine darted from his sight, heading toward the noise.

As he rounded the foyer corner, three men dressed in black paramilitary uniforms burst into the room from the balcony, guns raised. Without hesitation, Jasmine tossed her towel toward the nearest man, a distraction. She punched a fistto his solar plexus, doubling him over. To finish her attacker, she elbowed the back of his head, toppling him to the carpet. Now she faced another, chin down and fists raised in defiance.

One down. White queen takes black knight's pawn, threatening the rook.

Nicholas's body reacted on pure instinct as chess maneuvers ran through his head, a practice in discipline and control. Adrenaline fueled his anger. He raced across the room, Beretta leveled. Unarmed, she wouldn't stand a chance if they started to shoot. He chose a spot to her far right, forcing the men to split their attack. A tactical maneuver.

Nicholas squared off with the man he'd coerced into turning his back on Jasmine. His assailant flinched, fear in his eyes as he faced the Beretta. Not wanting to start any gunplay, Nicholas backhanded him across the jaw, knocking him down.

"Arrgh." Wincing in pain, the man writhed on the floor, holding his jaw. Blood dripped through his fingers.

Two down. White knight to king four, checkmate in two moves.

He smelled victory. With Jasmine at his side, he tilted his head and glared at the final man, his gun aimed dead center between the stranger's eyes. "Who sent you? And you better pray I believe you."

"Mãos ao alto." The stern voice came from behind him.

Clenching his jaw, Nicholas wavered for an instant. He gripped the Beretta, maintaining what little tactical leverage remained. But he had a feeling all that was about to change. Unwilling to lower his weapon until he knew for certain, he shifted his gaze to catch a reflection in the mirror behind the wet bar.

The seductive country of Brazil had beckoned Nicholas to its borders, the fertile ground of corruption awaiting his influence. Now, the reality of that summons had a face. The room service attendant narrowed his eyes in challenge, matching his stare in the mirror.

Despite the night air coming from the open doors to the balcony, he noticed the man had a bead of sweat at his temple. The droplet lingered on the brink of a sun-weathered crease, one of many lines marking his face.

Nicholas did not speak Portuguese, but since the uniformed man held a Kalasnikov assault rifle aimed at his head, understanding the native tongue became a moot point. The universal language of the AK–47 made his meaning perfectly clear. He lowered his weapon, allowing one of the men to take it, then raised his hands in compliance.

He had no option. Given the odds against a semiauto rifle in tight quarters, they were severely outnumbered. And one of the men held a gun on Jasmine. Check. The black bishop had taken his queen out of play. As in the game of chess, he would voluntarily topple his king to concede, not wanting to risk Jasmine's life.

Checkmate. Game over. In an instant everything changed.

Glancing toward Jasmine, Nicholas noticed her dark eyes communicating a clear message. He knew from experience she would fight if he gave her the slightest encouragement. The beautiful woman's unspoken connection to him made words unnecessary. With a subtle shake of his head, he gave his order.

You and I shall live to fight another day, my love. He would not challenge the inevitable. Whatever the purpose of these intruders, he would soon find out.

"I'm sure there's been some kind of mistake." He glared at the menacing faces of the five men. The two who entered through the front door via passkey had wheeled in a large portable table. Aroma from the food wafted in the air, making his stomach grind. "The hotel knows never to send me wine made in Brazil."

Insulting the local wine was his calculated attempt to determine whether these men spoke English. The leader's expression remained deadly focused on him. The man held the rifle tight to his shoulder, clenching the weapon in a taut grip. With no reaction to his first offense, he ventured a second for good measure.

"I hope you realize . . ." Nicholas raised an eyebrow. ". . . there will be no gratuity."

The head honcho had no sense of humor, nor did he apparently speak any English. Nicholas would not be dissuading him with his keen negotiating skills. Without the use of his quick wit, his best weapon would be gone from his arsenal, along with his gun. He churned his brain, considering his limited options.

No One Lives Forever. Copyright © by Jordan Dane. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted May 20, 2012

    Thoroughly enjoyable read!

    Went very quickly. Needed another one of her books real fast.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2012

    Good conclusion to the first book. Storyline was interesting and

    Good conclusion to the first book. Storyline was interesting and characters well defined.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2012

    great read

    This is one of the first books I have read by this author. Quite a page turner, finished it in no time. I hope to read many more of her great books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2012

    Great continuation to previous book!

    For what you pay for this book, it is definitely worth it. The book held my attention and the characters were fun and just the right amount of mystery with a lil bit of romance.

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  • Posted May 5, 2012

    Highly recommened and only 99 cents!

    I have found a new author who keeps you interested from start to finish. On my second book! Will definitely buy more!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2012

    Did not like it

    To appreciate well written books try Sidney Sheldon

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  • Posted April 18, 2012

    Highly recommend

    I thought the book was great. I LOVE a book that makes me want to turn the page and see what happens next..not one that i can just put down and rotate the laundry or what ever. I like the sunspense and it isn't drug out with a lot of nonsense.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2012

    Recommend!

    Nice sequel, but will also stand on its own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2012

    Recommend

    Really enjoyed this book - 2nd for me from this author and I will look for more. Great story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2012

    The best

    Loved it

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  • Posted March 27, 2012

    a must read book... you will not want to put it down

    First time i've read anything written by Jordan Dane...but it will not be my last. This book really will keep you on the edge of your seat. I found the characters very exciting. Couldn't put the book down.

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  • Posted March 26, 2012

    I cannot highly recommend this book.

    If you are looking for an easy read, and a few twists & turns in a book, this one does have a few. I hung with it even through some slow parts. So if you like a mystery story that it doesn't bother you to put down and pick up later, you might like this book. It is definitely not a page turner! I am not sure if I will read other books by the author at this time.

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  • Posted August 16, 2009

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    Disappointed

    Born into violence, Christian Delacorte wants nothing more than a peaceful life with the woman he loves, Detective Raven Mackenzie.
    Then assassin Jasmine Lee shows up to collect a marker he owes her and wants his help to rescue Nicholas Charboneau, her much older lover. Jasmine entices him to leave Raven behind.
    Christian should have told Raven everything about his life before, and should have taken Raven along to begin with, it's not like she was a school teacher; she was a well trained cop!
    Neither Jasmine nor Nicholas deserved to breathe air. They had no redeeming characteristics. Nicolas was a self serving, high end criminal with no concept of love or honor and was responsible for Christian's mother being in prison. Jasmine was a heartless, cold blooded, slutty assassin. She supposedly loved "Nicky" yet she was constantly touching Christian and throwing in sexual innuendos even when Raven was there. She would run a finger down his chest, put her hand on his thigh. In all fairness Christian often let her. She spied on him when he was in the shower and after she drugged him, climbed into his bed, made him think she was Raven and almost had sex until he realized it was Jasmine.

    The story could have been done, and much better, with different characters. I was rooting for both Jasmine and Nicholas being killed in the end. The ending was anti-climatic and the resolution of Christian and Raven
    took place in two pages and he still hadn't told her everything about his past. It was a big letdown of characters I'd come to love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2008

    OMG!

    I have just finished the book before, No one left to Tell, and then I realized that this book finishes out the first. I am so excited to finally get my hands on this book, I have no doubt I will read it all the way through without putting it down. I can't help but wonder what is going to happen between Christain and Raven. Is Christain going to be stray with his father's mistress Jasmine? Or will he stay true to Raven. It is a romance novel, so come on he would have to stay with the woman he loves, right? This is why I wait to have the whole serious before I begin reading it. I have so many questions, and I won't get any answers untill the 27th of May. I can promise I will be at the store bright and early though!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2008

    Dark, rich and complex romantic suspense!

    Combining chilling genetic crime and psychological depth, this novel will appeal to readers who like their suspense dark and their villains wicked with just a twist of empathy. A man so cunning that life and bus Kidnapped from his Brazilian hotel room, he can only think of his beloved, loyal bodyguard, Jasmine Lee, When Jasmine recovers from the attack and receives a ransom note, she must turn to the man who owes her, Christian Delacorte. Not only does he have the financial resources, but she once saved his and Raven Mackenzie's life. Christian Delacorte and Raven Mackenzie love one another, but Christian has a dark side, a place where even Raven's love cannot enter. When Jasmine tells them about Nicolas Charboneau's abduction, Raven feels Christian slipping away. Christian has no other choice but to go with Jasmine into the Brazilian jungle to hunt down the kidnappers and confront his past head on no matter what the physical or personal danger. Will his skills and savvy be enough this time to do his job and get out safely? Raven knows that their love will never grow unless he faces the dark side he hides from her. Will she be able to let him go? Will this journey bring him back to her or forever rupture their love? Will he even make it back? In her delightfully dark tale of romantic suspense set in the jungles of Brazil, ancient voodoo rituals and cutting edge genetic research create an ominous and sometime macabre atmosphere of mystery. Every trail might be a misstep. Law officers shadow the hunt, checking Christian's every move. Perhaps part of the corrupt criminal infrastructure and perhaps not, everyone Christian meets must be seen as a threat. One clue conflicts with another. The trail leads in several directions and to make matters worse, the clock ticks down with little time to spare. As the race quickens, Christian must ask himself what role does Nicholas Charboneau play in the shocking crime uncovered? Does his past even make him worth saving? Jordan Dane takes dark and mysterious to the next level as Christian hunts down the trail of his father, a man known for turning crime into a work of art, a chess game to be played with finesse and minute skill to the final checkmate. Jordan Dane takes the reader into the heart of a man once a victimizer turned victim, allowing the reader to feel this man's agony, the one tender place within him. Jordan Dane peers deep inside the psyche of Jasmine Lee, the mysterious almost super-heroic Asian martial arts bodyguard, allowing the reader to see beyond the ultra-tough girl to the dark attraction that binds her to Nicky. As Jasmine and Christian follow the trail, each is forced to trust one another more than they would like. Each reveals vulnerabilities as the past comes back to strip off the layers of self-protection so carefully built. As the dangers increase and lives are risked with no guarantee of living beyond the moment, Christian and Raven are drawn to each other in ways that will test the very nature of their union, a love that must reach down to the primal depth as love faces the raw uncertainty of death. Crime and psychology combine to create a character portrait that haunts and moves the heart. In NO ONE LIVES FOREVER, Jordan Dane's vision takes the reader to the most intimate level of crime and suspense as hints of genetic research turn to nefarious ends. Christian himself must look to the nucleus of his family. Having found his mother, he must now look into the dark unknown world of his father. Jordan Dane creates a taut edge-walking level of suspense as the external and internal journey meld. A trek to the remote heart of the Brazilian jungle leads to a hunt to the depths of the human soul, a journey just as perilous as the physical one. Jordan Dane takes the reader to the brink of the macabre, looking into the very hearts of her darkest characters, a villain and an assassin, while allowing the reader to see the strength of the human heart in love and facing deat

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    an exhilarating romantic suspense tale

    In Chicago, bodyguard and paid killer Jasmine Lee visits Christian Delacorte to call in the favor he owes her. She needs his help to rescue her boss and lover crime lord Nicholas Charboneau kidnapped in Brazil. Although he wants nothing to do with this woman or her caper as he just wants to be with his beloved Detective Raven Mackenzie, he reluctantly agrees. He knows he owes her and pays his debt.------------ Jasmine also knows that Christian is Nicholas¿ son and informs her shocked new partner who never knew who his dad was. With Raven joining them as she refuses to be left behind, the trio goes to Brazil to rescue his father, but Christian does not trust the hit woman and wonders what Jasmine¿s true agenda is.---------- The third ¿No One¿ thriller (see NO ONE LEFT TO TELL and NO ONE HEARD HER SCREAM) is an exhilarating romantic suspense tale filled with plausible twists especially as Raven and Jasmine wonder who their ally is and who their enemy is no one is quite like they seem. Fans will feel the danger on every page as this strong action-packed tale lives up to its title. Jordan Dane is three for three.--------- Harriet Klausner

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