Bridget Donnelly wants to be more than just another Donnelly Devil. For years, she’s worked to save enough money to open her own winery. All she needs is a few more years as the town’s bookie. But when she catches the eye of the sexy new police chief, her dangerous desires put her own future at risk.
Ethan Ford used to spend more time breaking laws than enforcing them. Now, he’s determined to redeem himself by cleaning up Lost Coast Harbor’s police department…but his attraction to the seductive local bookie is tempting him back to his sinful ways…
When a real threat emerges, Ethan will do anything to protect Bridget—but he can’t protect her from herself. Can he look the other way while the woman he loves defies the law he’s sworn to uphold—or will he gamble it all to save her?
Welcome back to Lost Coast Harbor!
The Devil’s Gamble—Chapter One
Bridget Donnelly navigated the dark, uneven parking lot that led to the dive bar. She hated this part of the job, but if Frank was going to dodge her calls, she had no choice.
These visits went much better when she had her brother standing behind her glaring at the client, though. Niall was out of town for the weekend and she couldn’t wait any longer.
The tremor of excitement in her stomach increased as she approached the scarred door to the Vista del Mar and the muffled sounds from inside grew louder. Music from the aged jukebox. Yelling. Crashing. The muted sound of fist meeting flesh.
Bridget stepped aside seconds before the door burst open and two burly men tumbled out, propelled by the rotund bartender/owner/bouncer.
“Not inside!” he yelled, kicking one of the drunken patrons in the ass for emphasis. “You take that shit outside.”
Bridget parked herself in the doorway so Frank couldn’t miss her on his return trip. Hands on hip, feet shoulder-width apart. Her boots had a two-inch heel, low enough to run in if she had to, and giving her just enough extra height that she’d tower over most men. She pulled hers shoulders back, trying to take advantage of the few inches she now had on the bartender.