The Cop Next Door [NOOK Book]

Overview

Victoria Blake had come to Bon Terre searching for answers, but she only found more questions. What had happened that night twenty-five years ago? Why was someone trying to scare her into leaving? And, most of all, what was she going to do about her sexy neighbor, Sheriff Ian Montague? Tori didn't need an enigmatic, controlling man like Ian in her life—even if a part of her yearned for his powerful embrace.

Ian had his own questions. How had the feisty beauty managed to break ...

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Overview

Victoria Blake had come to Bon Terre searching for answers, but she only found more questions. What had happened that night twenty-five years ago? Why was someone trying to scare her into leaving? And, most of all, what was she going to do about her sexy neighbor, Sheriff Ian Montague? Tori didn't need an enigmatic, controlling man like Ian in her life—even if a part of her yearned for his powerful embrace.

Ian had his own questions. How had the feisty beauty managed to break down the stony walls around his heart? And what would it cost him to lose her? The secrets of the past had brought them together, but would the dangerous truths they uncovered now tear them apart?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781459201101
  • Publisher: Silhouette
  • Publication date: 1/17/2011
  • Series: Silhouette Intimate Moments Series , #1181
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,285,473
  • File size: 647 KB

Meet the Author



Jenna grew up in south Louisiana, amidst romantic plantation ruins, haunting swamps, and timeless legends. It's not surprising, then, that she wrote her first romance at the ripe old age of six! Three years later, this librarian's daughter turned to romantic suspense with Jacquie and the Swamp, a harrowing tale of a young woman on the run in the swamp and the dashing hero who helps her find her way home.

Since then her stories have grown in complexity, but her affinity for adventurous women and dangerous men has remained constant. She loves writing about strong characters torn between duty and desire, conscious choice and destiny.

Prior to being published, Jenna was a Golden Heart finalist and a double winner in the Silver Lining and TARA's First Impressions. She also won the prestigious Winning Beginnings, the Marlene, the Laurie, the Heart of the Rockies, Ignite the Flame, and Southern Heat, which brought her in contact with the editor at Silhouette who purchased her work.

When not writing stories brimming with deep emotion, steamy passion, and page-turning suspense, Jenna spends her time with her husband, two cats, two dogs, and a menagerie of plants in their Dallas, Texas home.

Jenna loves to hear from readers!
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The Cop Next Door


By Jenna Mills

Harlequin Enterprises Limited

Copyright © 2002 Harlequin Enterprises Limited
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0373272510


Chapter One

"Killed ... her."

The slurred words stabbed through Victoria LaFleur like a cold knife. She quit shuffling through the file in her lap and looked at her father seated next to her on the old sofa. Agitation flashed in his glassy eyes, a distorted urgency that warned his mind was wandering again.

A chill cut through her, much like the Arctic wind whipping through the trees surrounding the hospice. Not even the heat from the furnace warmed her. Claude LaFleur looked as he always had, tall and broad, the kind of father little girls knew could slay dragons. But Tori knew looks could be deceiving. That big body of her father's concealed a heartbreaking secret, an illness that chipped away at the core of the man he'd been.

"I asked about a house, Papa. A house in Louisiana, a town called Bon Terre." Hoping to jog his memory, she handed him the faded black-and-white photo she'd found in his safety deposit box. With his health failing, she'd taken over his power of attorney, expecting routine paperwork. Instead, she found remnants of a life about which she knew nothing.

"That's you, isn't it?" In the picture, a smiling man and woman held a child in front of a rambling old house. "And Mama?" Which meant the little girl with the blond pigtails and dancing eyeshad to be Tori.

Her father dropped the picture as though the paper had burned his fingers.

"Papa?"

He lifted his gaze to hers, revealing tired blue eyes awash in pain and memories. Tears. "... bad place ... killed her."

"Who, Papa?" she asked, reaching for his cool hands. They were still big and strong, despite the dementia that muddled his mind. Life could be so cruel. "Who killed whom?"

"Corinne."

Tori stiffened. "Mama?" she asked. "Is this where the fire happened?"

"So beautiful ..." Her gaze cut to the tattered picture in her lap. Corinne LaFleur smiled up at her, light and energy frozen forever in that one moment in time. Losing her had devastated Tori's father. He'd never remarried, rarely dated. He had said his heart only had room for Corinne, even if an accident had stolen her from his life a quarter of a century before.

Even now the loss brought an ache to Tori's chest. She had no concrete memories of her mother, only hazy impressions. Love and comfort, security and warmth. Laughter. But that was all. Her father rarely spoke of his wife - all pictures had been destroyed in the fire that shattered their family, leaving a grief-stricken Claude to be both mother and father to his four-year-old little girl.

Now, seeing this glimpse of her parents together, Tori thought she understood why her father kept the one surviving photo locked away. From the tilted eyes to the pale hair, the wide mouth, Tori was a dead ringer for her mother.

"Stubborn," her father muttered. "Like you. Wouldn't listen."

Tori looked up and caught his gaze. She understood why he'd hidden the picture, but the other contents of the box confused her. The deed. The marriage certificate. The unfamiliar name scrawled boldly across both.

A chill seeped deep into her bones. "Who's Russell Bishop?"

"Dead and buried," he muttered. "Can't be resurrected."

"Papa, please," she implored. "Why is Russell Bishop's name with Mama's on the deed to the house? Why is his name next to hers on the marriage certificate?"

For the first time in six months her father's eyes sharpened. "Leave it alone, Victoria."

She sat back on the old floral sofa, startled by the strength of his words. She didn't want to agitate him, but she couldn't do as he asked. She couldn't leave it alone, not when every instinct screamed that she'd stumbled across something important.

What was her father keeping from her? Why had he never mentioned a home in south Louisiana? Who was Russell Bishop, and what was his relationship to Claude LaFleur? Were they one and the same? Had her father changed his name? Assumed a new identity? And most important, why?

Fighting a chill, Tori glanced toward the window. Outside the hospice, snow drifted through the naked branches of the trees, as white as her father's once-dark hair. She looked back and found him rocking, and her throat tightened. She wouldn't cry. Not in front of him. That's not how he'd raised her.

"Papa," she said, trying again. "Tell me about the house in Louisiana. Was that where you and Mama lived?"

He kept rocking. "Killed her. Her and Montague."

Montague? "Are you talking about the fire, Papa?"

"Couldn't stay. Couldn't let them take you from me."

"Who, Papa? Who was going to take me?"

But the moment of lucidity passed as quickly as it came. "... never go back," he said over and over. "Never go back."

(Continues...)



Excerpted from The Cop Next Door by Jenna Mills Copyright © 2002 by Harlequin Enterprises Limited
Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2003

    Chilling Suspense

    THE COP NEXT DOOR by Jenna Mills is spectacular. I love the fantastic mystery and suspense in this book. Just when I thought I had everything figured out, Ms. Mills threw in an amazing twist, that had me reconsidering everything!! The intense, heated and dynamo attraction between Ian and Tori made my heart pick up and hold my breath with anticipation that they would finally come together. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. Ms. Mills masterfully writes fantastic suspense that has readers guessing right to the end of the book. Ms. Mills brings us such a fine, sexy emotionally wounded and intriguing man. Ian is a dynamite hero who will have the readers hooked as soon as they meet him. He had me excited, in chills and enthralled when he said....."Sugar, I am the police!" Tori is an amazing heroine who gives the sexy Sheriff a run for his money. She is independent, smart and the readers know that she will love Ian the way he deserves to be loved. She was my kind of heroine that is the perfect match for this hero. For me, Ms. Mills will have to work hard to top this story. I have read other fabulous books by Jenna Mills but for me she outdid herself with THE COP NEXT DOOR. This book was fast-paced, had dynamo characters and an edge of your seat suspense.....that is my kind of book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2002

    Poignant Tale of Loss and Redemption

    When Tori LaFleur's father reveals a secret from his death bed, she finds her entire life is built on lies and deception ... and whether her father's motivations were from guilt or protection remains in doubt until the very last suspenseful page. Not only does Tori uncover ghosts from her childhood, she also finds her very own protector in the guise of Ian Montague, the cop who just happens to live next door to the old house she inherits in a small Louisiana town. Her quest is to uncover the secrets, only everyone in town seems all too willing to heap the sins of the father upon the daughter, and threats begin almost as soon as she arrives. This story is so rich in the texture and feel of small town Louisiana, from the sweltering heat to the sexy Cajun background of the hero. He's as determined to keep the past buried as Tori is resurect it. If you've liked Jenna Mills's other books, you're going to enjoy this one, too. It's a keeper.

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