Amazon Heat

Amazon Heat

by Melinda Leigh, Rayna Vause

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ISBN-13: 9781426893025
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 01/09/2012
Sold by: HARLEQUIN
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 400,667
File size: 625 KB

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Two years ago

Dr. Elizabeth DeMarco struggled to loosen the cord that bound her wrists. Overhead, the jungle canopy was too thick for moonlight to penetrate. Hot, damp darkness pressed down on her as she trekked deeper into the Amazon rainforest, away from camp, away from the other scientists and graduate students, away from help. Her eyes focused on the thin flashlight beams that illuminated the narrow trail.

"Move," one of her mercenary captors growled from behind her. He gave her a hard shove. She stumbled but managed to right herself before she face-planted on the muddy earth.

"My team will find me, you know. When I didn't return to camp, I'm sure they started a search and notified the police. Just let me go. Do you really want the attention my disappearance will bring to your boss's illegal logging enterprise?"

The man she'd labeled "pretty boy" just laughed. His dark, amused chuckle lifted the hair on Elizabeth's nape. "We do not fear the police, but it'd be quite inconvenient if they discovered our routes through the jungle."

She swallowed and tried a different tack. "Look, even if I did go to the police, which I wouldn't, you'd be long gone by the time anyone ever considered investigating. Think about it. I don't know your names. I can't produce any drugs. Kidnapping me is more trouble than it's worth."

He snorted. "Do not worry. The search for you will be short. Your body will be found quickly. Many bad things can happen to a woman alone in the jungle. There are predators everywhere."

Panic pounded in Elizabeth's chest as the threat hovered.

How the hell was she going to get out of this?

She shouldn't have wandered away from the expedition team. But, as usual, her excitement over the variety of plant species she'd collected had gotten the best of her good judgment. Maybe for the final time. Her chances weren't looking good.

Her gut clenched. She'd never see Logan again. And with the way they'd left things between them....

Regrets could wait. She studied her rugged band of captors. Thank God she'd sent her assistant back to unload the samples. If she hadn't, these mercenaries would have two hostages instead of one. Stumbling through the dark, she tugged at the knots binding her wrists. If only I could loosen the ropes.

She shook her face to dislodge a mosquito. How long had they been marching? From the thirst and the aches in her legs, it seemed like many hours. Elizabeth's eyes and ears strained, listening for the sound of help, searching for a chance to escape. Deep inside she knew she was on her own; well and truly trapped. Even if she managed to elude these mercenaries, she had no supplies, no navigational equipment. She'd never find her way back to the camp site. This deep in the Brazilian interior, she could wander the rainforest for days and never encounter another human being.

They entered a clearing. Moonlight burst through the trees, and the mercenaries stopped.

She felt the man behind her step forward, press against her. "We camp here for the night. After we set up camp we have some fun. Yes?"

"Never." Bravado aside, Elizabeth's insides turned icy. They both knew there wasn't much she could do to prevent the men from doing whatever they wanted to her. Eleven to one weren't good odds. "I'd rather die."

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Amazon Heat 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
BooksnKisses More than 1 year ago
This was a very short story so I will keep my review short.  I liked this story it was pretty good.  Very different from Melinda’s other books.  But still good.  My only complain would be that because it was so short I felt like there were some things missing.  Some questions left unanswered.  But Melinda did leave the story open to continue in this world. Disclaimer:  I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review. 
JC888 More than 1 year ago
There is unfinished business between Dr. Elizabeth DeMarco and Professor Logan Spencer. That is where <i>Amazon Heat</i> begins. From there the reader is taken on an exciting journey through the mysterious and magical terrain of the Brazilian Amazon as lovelorn Logan searches tirelessly for the woman that left him behind. This is the perfect lazy Sunday afternoon read. The unshakeable bond between Logan and Liz will warm your heart and the action scenes will have your eyes glued to the page, wondering what will happen next. The first short story in a series, I only wish it had been longer and offered the reader more details of the protagonists' backgrounds and past relationship. That aside, a recommended read for those lovers of love stories with eyebrow-raising intrigue! :)