and Eddie Marino Series
the Moon & Stars ~ Book 1
the Golden Dream ~ Book 2
Sally J. Smith & Jean Steffens
Stealing the Moon & Stars, A Jordan Welsh and Eddie Marino
Novel by Sally J. Smith and Jean Steffens
Arizona, where the Wild West meets Beverly Hills--home of the rich and famous
as well as the calculating and criminal. PIs Jordan Welsh, maverick heiress,
and Eddie Marino, a graduate from the school of hard knocks, are hired to find
out who’s embezzling from the Moon & Stars Children’s Foundation and stop
him. But the two have stumbled onto an agenda darker and more complicated than
they ever suspected. The bodies are piling up, and there’s no one Jordan can
trust, not even her mysterious partner, Eddie, who’s hotter than a chili pepper
and may be a killer.
said a word since they got in the car. Jordan
silence between them.
couldn’t take it anymore, she turned to him. “You
“No.” It was
very matter-of-fact. “Can’t be mad at you.”
She laid her hand on his thigh. “I just—”
sorry, love.” He gave her hand a gentle squeeze. “It
is what it
is. In the end, it’s all good.”
her head against the headrest and relaxed, letting
haze of the evening’s liquor woo her. Chet Baker
“Someone to Watch Over Me,” his voice low, sexy, and
as a Sunday morning snuggle in bed.
sensation blossomed until it was all around
everywhere. Seduction. The romantic lure of the song,
virile presence so close beside her, the way his hands
smoothly over the wheel, his strong profile in the subdued
tongue moistening his lower lip, and the rhythm of
even breathing. Something stirred inside her and
like a slithering serpent.
car, Eddie. Pull over. Make love to me. Right here.
Right now. She was suddenly so filled with
desire, she caught
you. I can hardly stand it. She couldn’t bring herself
to say it.
Why not? What stopped her? It wasn’t as if she were
Maybe she was expecting too much from sex with
what if he let her down? What if she let him down?
dumb. It would just
be another sexual encounter. Wrong.
Marino, it would never be just another anything.
was afraid of going full throttle. Maybe she was
him. Yes? No? Ah, hell.
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Stealing the Golden
Dream is second in the Jordan Welsh and
Eddie Marino series, which began with Stealing the Moon & Stars.
Scottsdale PIs Jordan Welsh and Eddie
Marino of Shea Investigations are hired to guard the multi-million dollar
Dahlonega Golden Dream Coin Collection. The collection is stolen out from under
them. A loved and trusted colleague is murdered. Eddie is being framed to take
the fall for both crimes. His freedom’s at stake, their business is on the
line, and the lives of their loved ones are in deadly peril.
How far to
the dark side is Jordan Welsh, society girl, willing to go to save Eddie from
his own criminal past? Will the scheme she concocts with family and colleagues
find the golden coins? Restore the reputation of Shea Investigations? And will
she be in time to stop the killer from murdering the man she loves?
Excerpt: Stealing the
The image of
Eddie with Sofia Vercelli was imprinted on her brain. But she had it in mind to
put it aside until Eddie was in better shape. Piling more stress on top of all
he was already dealing with would not only be cruel and insensitive, it would
also be stupid. He was much better at a good rousing argument than she. Better
to wait until things had settled down to bring up the subject—but it was
definitely a matter she intended to learn more about.
her way through the house, opened the patio door, and followed Sadie outside.
She stood by the pool staring at the half-moon mirrored in the inky water.
Jordan shivered in the cool breeze that rippled the reflection. March days in
Scottsdale were perfect—warm, in the upper seventies, low eighties. But the
evenings cooled down to the low fifties. The desert air was clean, seasoned
with the faint scent of mesquite, creosote, and the chlorine in the pool.
her bare arms. Eddie moved up behind her, slipped off his jacket and draped it
around her shoulders.
He put his
arms around her. “You know I wasn’t with her that night.”
she say it if it wasn’t true?”
sure she figures if she does this I might take her back.”
looked up, trying to see his face, but it was cloaked in darkness.
going to happen. I told her I’m with you now. While I don’t want anything to do
with her, if her story gets me off the hook, I’ll run with it. I can’t revenge
Muggs if I’m sitting in a jail cell.”
“You think I
don’t know that?” Jordan said. “She’s willing to lie for you? To the cops?
She must want you back real bad.”
his hands to her shoulders and turned her around. “It’s all one-sided. Don’t
pretend you don’t know that.” He pulled her close and kissed her hard, long,
and smoking hot as Louisiana pepper sauce. It burned all the way to her toes.
man she was born to love. She threw herself into the kiss, and before she
really knew what was happening, they’d made their way into the house and were
pulling at each other’s clothes.
He took hold
of one of her legs behind the knee and lifted it. She wrapped it around him as
he reached under the dress and caught the edge of her panties with the curl of
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Sally J. Smith and Jean
Steffens Author Info
Sally J. Smith and Jean Steffens, are
partners in crime—crime writing, that is. They live in the Valley of the Sun in
Arizona, awesome for eight months out of the year, an inferno the other four.
They write bloody murder, flirty romance, and wicked humor all in one package.
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