No Mercy

No Mercy

by Cheyenne McCray

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Overview

Run

Over twenty years ago, when she was just a teenager, Belle ran from everything she knew to escape her abusive stepfather. She left behind the boy she loved and a much-loved circle of friends. Even if Dylan could begin to forgive her, what she has kept hidden from him could still ruin any future she might have with him. The secret hangs over her head while she falls in love with him all over again.

Reunion

Dylan has never gotten over Belle running away all those years ago. When Nate, one of their Circle of Seven childhood friends, is found dead, Belle and Dylan are drawn back together. It’s not long before he realizes he has a second chance to make her his.

Resolve

When a dangerous drug cartel starts targeting the Circle of Seven friends, Dylan must use all his federal law enforcement training and contacts to stay one step ahead of the cartel. He must solve the clues Nate left behind before all of them end up dead.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786511188
Publisher: Totally Entwined Group Ltd
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Series: Deadly Intent , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 226
Sales rank: 268,973
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Cheyenne McCray is an award winning, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who loves to torture characters—whether they’re misbehaving or not—and kill off deserving individuals. She also totally gets off on blowing things up. All fictionally, of course. She’d rather chew glass than write sweet and sugary. Give her a hideous demon or particularly nasty villain to slay any day.

Cheyenne enjoys creating stories of love, suspense, and redemption. She loves building worlds her readers can get lost in. If you would like to find out what odd and unusual things Cheyenne is up to these days, cruise her website any time, take a look at the bizarrely normal yet strange FAQs, and even drop her a line or two.

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Copyright © Cheyenne McCray 2017. All Rights Reserved, Totally Entwined Group Limited, T/A Totally Bound Publishing.

November rain fell from the Arizona sky and thrummed on the tin shed’s roof in a steady rhythm, but Dylan Curtis’ throat felt as dry as a desert.

A special agent with the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Dylan witnessed a lot of bad shit. But seeing one of his closest friends hanging from a noose was one of the worst things he could remember experiencing.

The pain eating at Dylan ripped through him like a chainsaw cutting through his ribcage. He adjusted his Stetson while he surveyed the gut-wrenching scene of police officers cutting down from the rafters the rope around Nate O’Malley’s neck.

After the officers lowered the body, they put the remains into a body bag on the floor of the storage shed. Dylan could barely watch as the officers zipped the body bag until he could no longer see Nate’s corpse.

Corpse. Dylan dragged his hand over his stubbled jaw, trying to digest the fact that he would never talk with Nate again. Never watch a ball game or play one-on-one at the local basketball court with his childhood buddy.

Suicide. No matter how he tried, Dylan couldn’t comprehend Nate taking his own life.

Through the shed’s open door traveled the scent of rain and the sound of water dripping from the eaves. The smell of rain would begin to ease the sickly odor of death.

“I know O’Malley was a good friend of yours.” Lieutenant Liam Marks of the Bisbee Police Department approached and rested his hand on Dylan’s shoulder a moment. “Thanks for coming down to identify the body.”

Dylan said nothing. His heart ached too much to speak.

Marks gave Dylan a sympathetic look, releasing his shoulder and going back to doing his job.

Nate’s face had been swollen and purple, his light blue eyes bloodshot and bulging. There had been enough of a resemblance for Dylan to confirm Nate’s identity.

If it hadn’t been for G.I. Joe, Nate’s German shepherd, barking for hours in his dog run, the neighbors wouldn’t have called the police department to complain. The body likely wouldn’t have been found for days.

Before going into the shed, Dylan had stopped by the dog run to check on Joe. Even though the dog run had a shelter on one end, the German shepherd stood out in the pouring rain. Because he knew Dylan well, Joe had calmed, but Dylan had seen the agitation in the dog. As Dylan had headed to the shed, Joe stood behind the fence, his keen eyes taking in everything happening. Nate had rescued the highly intelligent dog some time ago. Joe had been incredibly loyal to Nate ever since.

It had been two months since Dylan had last seen Nate. Dylan had been working a case undercover and hadn’t been able to communicate with anyone outside of his job. He’d gotten home a few days ago but hadn’t had a chance to get together with his friend.

And now Nate was dead.

Dylan attempted to distance himself emotionally from Nate’s death, as if this wasn’t so damned hard to take. Dylan knew he had to compartmentalize the fact that Nate had been one of his closest friends from the time they’d been in elementary school. He was aware he had to focus on what had happened and why and make some kind of sense of it, if only for his own sake.

Conversation around him faded to background noise as he moved past the overturned bucket Nate had been standing on prior to knocking it out from beneath himself. Dylan wanted to aim one of his boots at the bucket and kick the shit out of it, but he controlled the urge and continued toward his destination.

A suicide note had been scrawled on ledger paper and lay on a workbench. Dylan pulled on a surgical glove, then took the note off the bench to study the writing. Even before becoming a federal agent, he’d always had an eye for detail. He hadn’t seen Nate’s handwriting for a while but he recognized it. Nate had written the note.

The shakiness of the writing was likely from nerves over what he’d been about to do. The ledger paper made sense since he’d been an accountant. Even in this day and age of computer technology, Nate hadn’t completely been able to give up scrawling figures by hand on paper. He’d said it helped him think.

The idea Nate had committed suicide didn’t make sense. He’d been so damned stable. A rock. Lately he’d seemed a little off, but Dylan had attributed it to the fact Nate had been facing a federal tax audit on his business. Had Nate killed himself over the audit? Dylan didn’t believe that for a minute.

Dylan resisted crumpling the note in his hand and the paper shook with the effort it took to restrain himself. He hooked one thumb in the pocket of his Wrangler jeans as he stared at the paper without seeing it.

Out of the Circle of Seven, Nate had been the one Dylan had remained close friends with, even after all this time. Dylan had bumped into Marta De La Paz and Tom Zumsteg in Bisbee at separate times, and they’d filled him in on how Leon Petroski and Christie Simpson-Reyes were doing. Leon owned a water well drilling business and Christie did clerical work in her husband’s office. Marta worked hard as a stay-at-home mom of two. Tom had taken a position as a physician at Copper Queen Community Hospital in Bisbee after working at Tucson Medical Center for a number of years.

Most of them lived in close proximity, yet they never got together.

As for Belle… No one mentioned her to Dylan. Talking about her would be too painful, even with so much time gone by.

Now Dylan would have to call Belle to tell her about Nate. He’d have to reach every one of the Circle, but the thought of speaking to Belle caused his stomach to churn even more. Through his work connections, long after she’d left, he’d kept track of but never contacted her. Still, he hadn’t been able to help himself from checking to make sure nothing happened to her. He knew she worked in the restaurant business but hadn’t delved any deeper.

Twenty-three years ago she’d run away from home…and from him. He had been unable to forgive himself and he still couldn’t forget or put aside what they’d once had, no matter how young they’d been.

The suicide note came into focus as Dylan clenched his jaw and read it once again.

My friends,

Today I take my own life due to my guilt over the many wrongs I have committed against myself and against all of you. I am sorry for any pain I may cause you by my actions.

CoS always,

Nate

“Agent Curtis, does CoS mean anything to you?” a female BPD detective spoke, drawing Dylan’s attention from the note.

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No Mercy 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
booklover- More than 1 year ago
MARVELOUS MIXTURE OF MYSTERY & ROMANCE .................................................They called themselves CoS .... Circle of 7. They had grown up together, this motley crew. All had grown up to be successful in their own right. One has committed suicide; at least that's what everyone is supposed to believe. Dylan Curtis, a special agent with the Department of Homeland Security found his friend Nate hanging. Battling through the pain, Dylan notifies the others that one of them is no more. The last call he makes is to Belle, his high school sweetheart, the one who ran away as a young teenager and has stayed away for 20 years. Nate was involved in something .... and he mailed postcards to each member of the circle before he died. Now it's up to Dylan and Belle to decipher all the clues which point to Nate's killer. There are secrets and lies among the group. One knows much more than the others...and stays silent. Then another member is killed. And although Dylan and Belle are reconnecting, Belle has a secret .. and Dylan may never want to see her again. Who has a grudge against this group and Why are they being murdered, one right after the other? I like a bit of spice and heat when I read Romantic Suspense. The author does a great job of balancing her books with explicit romance and a spellbinding mystery. Both add a great deal to the total storyline. The characters are finely drawn and I enjoy seeing them woven into all 4 books in this particular series. After all, who doesn't like a sexy cop who also happens to be a cowboy? Not me ..................... The author very graciously responded to my stalking, er... following her and supplied a digital ebook copy of the book to read and review. Thank You!
lrhubble More than 1 year ago
A Great Book Contemporary Romantic Suspense Bisbee, Arizona Belle ran away over twenty years ago when she was just a teenager. She ran from everything just to escape her abusive stepfather. Left behind was a circle of friends that were like family and the boy she loved, all of whom she had known since her childhood. Now she is back years later after the death of one of her close friends. It also brings her face to face to the boy she left behind. Only now he is a man and no longer a boy. Dylan never got over Belle leaving years ago. Nate, one of their Circle of Seven friends, dies which draws Belle and Dylan together again. Dylan soon realizes he now has a second chance to make Belle his. Belle had a second reason for leaving Dylan, a reason that just might destroy any chance at a future with him. It is a secret that hangs over her as she falls in love with Dylan all over again. Now a dangerous drug cartel is targeting the Circle of Seven friends. Dylan is going to need to use his contacts and his federal law enforcement training to stay one step ahead of the danger. Nate left behind clues and Dylan needs to solve the puzzle before they all end up dead. This is the second book in a series that is proving to be very addictive. While each book can be read as a standalone readers will find reading them a lot more enjoyable when they are read in order. This one picks up a little while after the first one left off. This proves to be a story that will have readers wondering just how this is going to turn out for everyone. It will also have them wanting to read the next book in the series right away. This is proving to be series that readers will want to read and get addicted to. Received a review copy
Luckylady More than 1 year ago
Loved it!  Loved the first book in this series and that love continued through this one.  Can't wait until the next one comes out.  I won't give anything away but I will say that it catches you from page 1 all the way through to the end.  Enjoy!
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Storyline was decent. Characters were well devenoped, but... and its a BIG but... there was way, way, way too much graphic and gratuitous sex. The author has talent but it was wasted on too much sex... without all the sex, this would have been closer to a short story than a novel
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it was good probably should of read 1st book though. Some steamy scene's suspenseful kept my interest
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story line, predictable though
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the story although it left me feeling rushed. I wasn't able to connect to some of the characters in the book but overall, not bad.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mystery with some romance, not real believable
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keeps you on the edge of your seat.
DebDiem More than 1 year ago
No Mercy by Cheyenne McCray is bit thriller and a bit romance. No Mercy shows no mercy on readers as we go from one emotion to another. Cheyenne McCray has delivered a well written book. Dylan and Belle's story is loaded with drama, action, sizzle and a bit of humor. The characters are well developed and were my favorite part of the book. I enjoyed No Mercy and look forward to reading more from Cheyenne McCray in the future. No Mercy is book 2 in the Lawmen Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.
havasudeb More than 1 year ago
Second book in the series and I'm still hooked. Don't want to give anything away other than I cant wait til the next book comes out.
stanhope3234 More than 1 year ago
3.5* I enjoyed this book and the characters. It's a great second chance love story. I agree with one of the other reviewers that this could be a stand alone book. There was not much mentioned of the previous book but for a couple of names and the bombing of the station.  A group of friends (Circle of Seven) are brought back together after the suicide death of one of the members, Nate. Over the years they've grown apart but the strength of their friendship is still strong. Nate and Dylan have stayed the closest in the last twenty some years and it falls to him to make the calls to the CoS. All come back to town for Nate's memorial including Dylan's long lost love Belle. Who ran away never to return leaving Dylan with a broken heart that's never been mended. Terrible things start to happen to the CoS members and Nate's suicide is looking more and more like murder. Can Dylan and Belle figure out what's going on before all is lost and there won't be a chance for them to be together again?
AMLC More than 1 year ago
Cheyenne makes it easy to fall in love with the characters. Really liked this book and would be interested in reading more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exciting; kept me guessing until the end. Just wish it was longer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
J: Again the romance is too crude, not very sensual. The language of love is too gutter-al, however the story line is pretty suspenseful.
Yaeger More than 1 year ago
I very much enjoyed the 2nd book in this series.  Well written and and an exciting storyline.  While it is part of the Lawman series it could be read on its own. The author does a great job combining more than one storyline that involves both main characters.
britbrat14 More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book, my biggest issue was that it could have been a standalone book. There was no real mention of the characters in Hidden Prey. That being said, this was a wonderful story all on its own. The characters were easy to like and relate to. Cheyenne McCray was able to bring these characters to life. There were parts that made me cry and others were so intense I couldn't put the book down. While I know Cheyenne is considered a romance author, she does not fall short on the action scenes. I can't wait for the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I won't be buying anymore by this person. Sex scenes were extremely graphic (skipped once I saw what was going to take place). It wasn't making love - it was pure porn. Wasted my money.