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Sex, Lies and Surveillance

Sex, Lies and Surveillance

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by Stephanie Julian

Janey DeMarco would love to have a sex life—and she has a serious crush on the new guy in her office. As manager for her family's P.I. firm, she knows an office romance would end in disaster. Not only are her parents former spies, but her older brothers are tall, dark and overly protective. Still, a little sex would go a long way to reducing her stress levels,


Janey DeMarco would love to have a sex life—and she has a serious crush on the new guy in her office. As manager for her family's P.I. firm, she knows an office romance would end in disaster. Not only are her parents former spies, but her older brothers are tall, dark and overly protective. Still, a little sex would go a long way to reducing her stress levels, and the man is hot...

NSA operative Mal Laughlin has been sent undercover to find a link between the DeMarcos and the gun smugglers who killed his partner. Unfortunately, the only evidence points to the woman who's making him hot, hard and ready—Janey.

Convinced Mal is hiding something, Janey's determined to find out what. Can she do that while keeping her own secrets? Janey and Mal plot a course of seduction to uncover the truth about each other but when they're thrown together on a dangerous assignment, sensual meltdown is imminent and secrets are about to be revealed.

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The woman's voice wrapped around Malcolm Laughlin like humidity on a ninety-degree day, making him unseasonably warm for a cool April morning.

From the adjoining office, Janey DeMarco's husky tone soothed. "No, don't panic. I can talk you through this. You have to slide off the cover on the tower to remove the hard drive."

He had no idea who she was talking to. Didn't matter. Her voice mesmerized—calm, logical, competent. Mal stifled a groan. Sexy as hell.

With a rising sense of dread, he stared blindly into the monitor in front of him. He tried to shut her out, to imagine himself anywhere but the Philadelphia offices of DeMarco Investigations.

A nice arctic oil field or Mount Everest, maybe.

"No. Not the modem. Don't mess with the cards. I need you to pull the hard drive." She paused. "What do you mean, should you unplug the machine first?" Now her voice showed the slightest hint of agitation. "Oh for—Damn it, Nic, haven't I taught you anything?"

Her brother. She was talking to her brother.

"You can't just—no, don't—Stop! Just stop."

She laughed then, a rich, melodic sound that completely erased the irritation.

Goddamn, she had a great laugh. Gave him a hard-on every damn time. Luckily for him, in the month he'd been here, she hadn't had much to laugh about.

Mal used his forearm to sweep a clear spot on his desk. Ignoring the pile of discs that fell to the floor, he doubled over, resting his forehead on the cool, polished wood.

"Yes, I know you don't normally do this, but—No! You can't just pull the plug! You have to shut it down first." She paused again, as if to take a deep breath. "Nic, work with me here. I need that hard drive."

Ah, hell. Another groan twisted his insides into knots.

Gallagher had said three weeks, in and out. No problem.

Well, he'd been here four, and he hadn't found a damn thing. This case was not as cut and dried as he'd been led to believe.

"Damn it, Nic. I can't believe you let it go this far. You should've called me earlier—"

And the DeMarcos were not what he'd expected. He'd imagined The Sopranos. Instead, he got Ozzie and Harriet with a little La Femme Nikita thrown in for flavor.

It was confusing as hell, and confusion generally pissed him off. He liked to have all his facts in a row. Who the players were. What their roles were.

These damn DeMarcos wouldn't stay in their boxes. Whenever he thought he had them figured out, they threw something new at him.

"No, you can't do that. No... You could wipe the disc."

Mal knew his limits. Knew his strengths and weaknesses. He was controlled, meticulous. He could be a cold-blooded son of a bitch who didn't take shit from anybody. And he never, ever, let his libido dictate his actions.

"All right, put her on," Janey said. "Toni, honey, it's going to be okay. You'll have your term paper by the end of the week, even if we have to make Nic rewrite it. I swear, everything will be fine."

A goddamn term paper. Jesus. He was screwed.

Still, if she told him the sky was green and the ocean pink right now, he'd believe her. If she told him to hide under his desk because the sky was falling, he'd do it in a heartbeat.

And if she ordered him to strip naked and lie on his desk for her pleasure...well, shit, he'd think he'd died and gone to heaven.

Christ Almighty, didn't he have enough problems without lusting after the suspects' daughter?

Meet the Author

Stephanie Julian has been a daily news reporter, a freelance feature writer and a movie, theater and music critic but what she loves most is writing sexy, hot romance. She’s happily married to a Springsteen fanatic and is the mother of two sons.

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Sex, Lies and Surveillance 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I munch through fiction novels like chocolate chip cookies, and this is my favorite of 2015. The first two chapters are so strong and the characters so well developed. The problem? You won't sleep! You will pick it up and it will be so vivid and smooth it will be a movie in your head with no hope of stopping until you let out that breath you have been holding to see who makes it through. Whew! Thanks for the ride ladies!
Bekina32 More than 1 year ago
AN ok read.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Posted on Romancing the Book's blog Reviewed by Marissa Review Copy Provided by Netgalley Judging by the title of this book I expected there to be mystery, I expected suspense, I expected lots of sex. Well, there is a lot of sex. And a few lies. The only real problem I had with the book is that it is typical of so many other romance novels out there. There is nothing to set it apart. Janey and Malcolm are attracted to each other but, as in any good romance novel, they deny the electricity charging between them. They also suspect each other – Janey questions whether or not Malcolm is who (and what) he says he is; Malcolm is trying to determine if Janey and her family are the traitorous spies they have been accused of being. But thanks to a match-making mother, the two are thrown together to solve one of the investigations they are working on. This is not an intensive read. It is, however, an enjoyable read. If you are looking for a light, sex-filled beach read, this is the book. The next book in the DeMarco Investigations series (His to Keep) is Nic’s story. Personally, I can’t wait for Jimmy’s. I loved Jimmy. There’s just something about a geek…
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SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
My Review: This book starts out so funny and sweet with the hero of the story, Mal, slowly going insane with lust while he listens to the object of his desire, Janey, move around the office. His inner dialogue...I just loved it, especially his inner-lectures from his dead father!! But while this style started off really cute, there was a point at about 35%-50% into the book, where I was tired of it and wanted the story to really start moving forward. That did finally happen and I fell in love with the book again. There was just that section in the middle of reading it where I got a little worn down by the repetitive emotions and seemingly never-ending sexual tension. Overall this was a really fun read. Mal was a fabulous character although, at times, I had a hard time understanding his actions. In my defense, there were times when HE had a hard time understanding his actions too. I couldn't decide if the conflict was the way that he was written or if it was because he was working undercover and would let his real persona slide through. He is normally an undercover agent, but is working at the PI agency as a geeky computer guy with a shy persona. Unfortunately, it's hard for him to control his inner alpha when Janey is involved. Add to that, she throws him off-balance a lot of the time, and it's hard for him to stay in character...either of them and I honestly think that she brings out his inner-ditz sometimes too. I would consider this book light romantic suspense. While there were elements of suspense and action, they fell within the realm of a really fun and entertaining contemporary romance. This story was definitely more character and romance driven than your typical romantic suspense. As such, it would be great for readers that are just dipping into the suspense genre or for romantic suspense fans who are just getting into general contemporary romance. I really enjoyed the family dynamic of the DeMarco family. All of their stories were so well-developed. I love the fact that they all work in the family PI agency started by the parents, who just happen to be world-renowned spies with LOTS of influence in the political realm. I really hope that there are more books coming featuring this family. Janey has two gorgeous older brothers, Nic- who is the tough-guy agent of the family business, and Jimmy- who is the brains behind the inventions of the family business. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it!