Everyone hates her, everyone except Jason Altarez, an
ambitious and resilient reporter with his sights locked on Leigh.
He chases her with oozing charm and romance, but does he
really want her or is he after his next story?
Leigh’s life soon spirals out of control when the police recruit her
for an undercover assignment. They want her to go back to the
life of her troubled teenage years, back into the drugs, and help
them to bring the local drug supplier to conviction. It may be
Leigh’s only chance to redeem herself with her family and
friends. If she can complete this one assignment, the town will
forgive her. The only problem is that she needs to figure out how
to stay alive in the process…
“I’ve got to find her. She could be in danger,” Emma mumbled and turned to leave.
“No, Emma, listen to me. You have to stay out of the middle of this!”
She glared at him. “She doesn’t have anyone, Shawn.”
He groaned loudly, and cursed again. Emma needed to stay away! Why was he
always unable to say no to this woman?
“Okay,” he said. “I’ll come with you.”
He had to convince her to try Jason’s house before going after Freddie Garrett like
the crazy woman had a mind to do. He thought she was unreasonable and
overemotional and impossible to please, but he also knew he was madly in love
with her. “I’m pretty sure she’s with Ice. She took off the earrings earlier, but the
team said they were sure she was with a guy.”
It didn’t take them long to make the trip. A Lexus pulled up behind them in the
driveway. It was Jason. “What are you guys doing here? What’s wrong?”
Emma answered. “We’re looking for Leigh.”
Jason swallowed back the panic that those words immediately caused. Leigh was
probably just inside. Why the hell hadn’t he come straight home like he’d wanted
to? Because Nate said he needed your help and you couldn’t say no, and you
convinced yourself that she was smart enough to wait for you. “I just got home. Let’
s see if she’s here,” he said calmly.
No one expected to see the house in shambles or Leigh on her knees in Jason’s
living room when they walked in. Slick stood in front of her where it looked as if he’
d just pushed her there. The air of the house grew thick with expectation as Slick
pointed a gun at the three in the doorway. “Come in and shut the door,” he said.
They did as they were told. Instinct directed everyone’s hands up in the air. Leigh
was staring at the floor, her face hidden behind her thick, black hair.
Shawn took a step closer, but made no move to draw his own weapon. No one
spoke at first, afraid to disrupt the scene or upset the man with the gun.
Slick directed his attention to Jason. “I did a little redecorating. Hope you don’t
mind, Ice.” Then, he looked to Shawn. “Just the man I’m looking for. My boss would
like to see you, Shawn.”
Emma gasped. Jason’s eyes remained glued to Leigh. Shawn said, “Let my sister
The look in Slick’s eyes never wavered. He continued to look Shawn in the eye
when he suddenly backhanded Leigh across the face so hard that a noise echoed
in the room as if he’d hit a wall.
Leigh moaned softly. She still did not look at anyone, eyes shut and head bent to
Jason reacted without thinking when he charged Slick. He was brought up short
when the gun redirected to point be-tween his eyes. “Don’t be a hero,” Slick’s
velvety voice murmured.
The emotion could be seen surging through Jason as veins popped from his neck.
“Stop this!” he roared.
Slick kicked Leigh in the side and repeated, “My boss would like to offer you a job,
Emma began to cry.
Shawn only stared.
Leigh took another kick that made her scream in pain.
Shawn broke his silence. “What do you want from me?”
“You’re a pretty smart guy. I’m sure you can figure out what it means to be on
Slick jerked Leigh back to her knees and punched her. “I need an answer, Shawn.”
Emma cried out, “Please, stop this!”
Shawn stepped forward. Tears glistened in his eyes. “Okay, okay, I’ll do it.”
Slick withdrew a wad of cash from his right pocket and threw it on the floor. “That
will get you started. Freddie will expect to see you at the club to confirm that
answer. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that I’ll be back to finish this if you don’t
cooperate, and I mean soon.”
As soon as the man was gone, Jason was by Leigh’s side. “Leigh, talk to me,
She was unconscious.
"This was an action packed romance novel. I
loved the interaction of the characters. I am
looking forward to the next book." -Nancy M.
"While the bad guy is known early, the reasons
are worth waiting for. Leigh's interaction with
the villain and the police require a logic jump,
but this is a very interesting book." -Anya,
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More
"The book keep me wanting to come back for
more. It was very hard to put down.Very
exciting and excellent to read. The author is
great. I hope to see more of her books."
"I loved this story from beginning to end as well
as everything in between. The characters were
well developed and I could see and feel
everything that they were seeing and feeling."
-Carol Langstroth, Manager, Mind Fog Reviews
"I couldn't put this book down from the very first
page until the very last word. Fantastic read! I
loved it!" -D. Rickman
"One friend bought the book to take on
vacation for a "beach read" but couldn't wait
after she read the first page and read the
whole book before even leaving for
vacation...said she just couldn't put the book
down. Good work Destiny." -Becky Booze
"For a short book there was a jam pack
excitement and thriller." -smd_5696
"This book was such a good read. It was
difficult putting it down." -hpeewife
"Altered Beginnings begins strong and keeps
the reader until the end, delivering a satisfying
conclusion. Don't miss out on this wonderful
story. A+ job, Ms. Booze." -J. Thomas, The
Long and the Short Of It Reviews
"All in all, I would definitely recommend it, and I
can't wait to read the next book in this series."
"I read this book about 2 months ago and I
truly enjoyed it. Leigh was a trooper
throughtout the whole book. Overall the book
was good." -jazzylady007
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