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He was a force of nature, with piercing dark eyes and muscled flesh honed to strike fast. Daniel Eagle, code name Lightning, was an agent with the Gray Wolf Pack, an elite investigation agency that specialized in difficult cases in the Four Corners area. His assignment: to find Hannah Jones, possible amnesia victim, as well as a large sum of money reported to be stolen. Despite the warnings Daniel was given about her, his gut told him there was more to this case than met the eye. And when Hannah was almost ...
He was a force of nature, with piercing dark eyes and muscled flesh honed to strike fast. Daniel Eagle, code name Lightning, was an agent with the Gray Wolf Pack, an elite investigation agency that specialized in difficult cases in the Four Corners area. His assignment: to find Hannah Jones, possible amnesia victim, as well as a large sum of money reported to be stolen. Despite the warnings Daniel was given about her, his gut told him there was more to this case than met the eye. And when Hannah was almost kidnapped, he was sure of it. Hannah might be a living, breathing temptation, but she was no thief. The only thing she could be guilty of would be stealing Daniel's heart.
A faint ray of sunlight stabbed at her eyes and she shut them, trying to will away the merciless pounding in her head. Gathering her courage, she drew in a deep breath, but regretted it instantly. The smell of cheap cigars that permeated the worn upholstery made her gag and start coughing.
She tried to sit up, but something yanked her arm back hard, pinning her down on the right side. Pain swept across her skull in waves that left her feeling weak and shaky.
Moving more carefully this time, she leaned forward slightly and looked down. Her right wrist was handcuffed to the seat belt bracket that was bolted to the floor of the car beside the door.
Her heart began drumming frantically, one thought paramount in her mind. She had to find a way to get out of the car and escape. Every instinct she possessed screamed that she was in mortal danger.
As she tugged at the handcuff, Hannah became aware of a man's voice nearby. She raised up slightly in her seat and looked out the driver's side window. A tall,disheveled man was standing a dozen or so feet away beside a juniper tree, speaking into a cell phone. Shadows crossed his face, distorting his features, but even without that she knew he was bad news. His beefy hand was wrapped around a can of the area's most popular beer, and he was pacing as he spoke, his steps slightly unsteady.
"Isn't there some other way? You never said I had to kill her."
Terror seized her like a cold, clammy hand squeezing her throat. Desperate to escape, she tugged and twisted the handcuff looking for a weak spot. The bracket was rusted and worn, and the more she tugged, the looser it became.
Putting everything she had into it, Hannah yanked once more and the bracket broke loose, freeing her hand. Though she still had the handcuff on her right wrist, she was now able to move.
Hannah looked over at the driver's side and saw that the key was in the ignition. She had her chance now. She started to slide over when the man turned and looked right at her.
"No you don't!" he growled, lunging toward her through the open window.
Ducking back, she grasped the dangling metal cuff in her right hand, and using it as makeshift brass knuckles, turned and punched him. Hannah heard the sickening crunch that signaled she'd broken his nose.
Her attacker groaned and stumbled back, blood flowing down his face.
In a heartbeat, Hannah slipped behind the wheel, switched on the ignition, then pressed down hard on the accelerator. The tires spewed gravel and the rear end fishtailed on the loose road surface as she raced away. One quick look in the rearview mirror revealed her injured attacker running after the car, but losing ground rapidly.
Hannah spotted the highway ahead of her in a gap between the trees and aimed for daylight. Too afraid to slow down, she swung out onto the pavement, tires squealing, leaving the scent of burning rubber in the air. She knew she was in an old car, and it was dangerous to proceed at this speed for long, but the alternative, falling into the hands of a killer, was not an option.
From the road sign, Hannah realized she was south of Shiprock, heading west up the road that led to Narbona Pass. A cop car suddenly raced past her in the other lane, sirens wailing. She hit the horn, but he kept on going. He probably hadn't heard her over the siren and that meant she was out of luck.
She needed a new plan, and she needed it fast. Remembering that her assailant had been speaking to someone else, and afraid that the other person would show up to help him, she turned off the highway and drove down the first dirt road where she could see a roof among the trees. She needed to get to a phone and call for help, and the roof she'd seen was bound to be attached to a house back here somewhere.
Hannah had only gone about a quarter of a mile when she suddenly heard a dull pop and the steering wheel jerked out of her hands, pulling the car toward the piñon and juniper trees that lined her route. As she wrestled with the wheel, she took her foot off the gas pedal and slowly braked to a stop.
Still fearful of pursuit, Hannah looked up and down the road but, for the moment at least, it appeared deserted. She climbed out, guessing she'd blown a tire, and a quick look proved her right. There was no spare in the trunk. From now on she'd have to travel on foot but first she had to hide the car, in case the man came after her.
Hannah climbed back into the sedan, started the engine, and managed to coax the vehicle down to a low spot among the trees before it got stuck. Here, below the road level, it would be hidden somewhat from her attacker if he came down the road.
Hannah climbed back up to the road and, using the soles of her shoes, smoothed out the tire tracks as best she could that showed where she'd left the road. Then she looked around again carefully, trying to spot the roof she'd seen from the highway. Up ahead was a well-constructed fence, a graded road, and a metal gate with a sign that read Private Property. With luck, she'd find a cabin or someone's house up that road.
The fence was strong and tightly constructed, and it was easy to climb over, but the hike became difficult after that since it was mostly uphill. As she pressed on, she searched her mind for answers. She still didn't know how she'd ended up in that man's car. The last thing she remembered was going to the church where she worked as an accountant part-time to search for her uncle, who was a deacon there.
As Hannah concentrated, willing herself to remember, vague images of out-of-focus faces and the sound of angry voices echoed in her mind, filling her with cold terror. She held on to that fragmented vision, trying to make sense of it all, but answers eluded her.
Focusing on the present again, she looked around, unable to suppress the feeling that danger was still close by. There would be time to remember later, after she'd reached safety. Right now she had to concentrate on finding help.
The road was not graded here, and the going was rough. Hannah jumped as a squirrel darted out in her path. The small, frightened animal froze, stared at her, then raced off into the bushes.
Sympathy filled her heart. Fear was the common denominator that bound all of nature in its daily fight for survival. But, in order to stay alive, she'd have to push back her fears and allow instinct and intelligence to guide her. It would be dark soon and she didn't want to be wandering about then. She was alone and no one, except the wolves, ever spared a thought for those lost and seeking shelter in the night.
Excerpted from When Lightning Strikes by Aimee Thurlo Copyright © 2002 by Harlequin Enterprises Limited
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Posted November 22, 2014
Yeah that'll work! I'm going to go get supper. It's kinda far away, we're in an apartment in the closest town but still in a super rural area, so I have to actually drive into the living world lol. But it's greek food so it's worth it haha!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 17, 2014
Posted November 23, 2014
Sure thing! I didn't even get this book by typing "wolf stripe" anymore. It just gave me no results so I've been typing the title. And interesting! Meet you there! ~ Lilywolf &heartsWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 23, 2014
I like mixed breeds! Hey so can we move this to 'tspi' result one? And then Goldy and Lily can meet in result two there? Thid search only has one book for me now :/ A the books are empty now but it used to be where Phantom and Shadow (the real ones) had Grassclan set up.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 1, 2013
Posted December 9, 2008
Daniel Gray Wolf, code name Lightning, is an operative for Gray Wolf Investigations, a top-notch private detective agency. His latest assignment is to find Hannah Jones and return her to her Uncle Deacon Roberts Jones. He claims that Hannah hit him over the head before absconding with church funds. When Lightning finally finds Hannah two thugs try to abduct her but Gray Wolf halts their attempt. <P>Hannah is grateful to the Navaho warrior for protecting her. She explains to him that she is suffering from amnesia and the last thing she remembers is being handcuffed in a car with a man outside who was going to shoot her. Daniel is not totally sure who is telling him the truth but he knows he¿s not turning over Hannah to anyone until he knows what is going on. The pair work together to uncover the truth and in the process, they fall in love. <P>Though amnesia has been used as a device for a zillion novels and movies, Aimee Thurlo has written an exciting romantic thriller that makes the ploy seem fresh. Most women will adore the hero and want he or his clone at their side; the audience will admire the fortitude of the heroine determined to find out the truth no matter what it costs her personally. The fast paced story line will keep readers turning the pages until all the facts of the who-done-it is revealed. WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES is romantic intrigue at its best. <P>Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 11, 2012
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