Book Title: The Marshal’s PI
Author: Este Holland
Cover Artist: The Write Designer – Lisa Messegee
Release Date: August 29, 2019
Genre/s: Contemporary M/M Romance
Trope/s: Enemies to lovers
Heat Rating: 3.5 flames
Dodging bullets shouldn’t be fun…should it?
It is when the man protecting you is hot as sin.
Kai is a happy-go-lucky guy. At least, he was before the mob came knocking on his door.
He’ll go to any length to protect a secret, even work with US Marshal Gannin West.
The only man who can help.
The only man who drives him crazy.
To figure out how to stop the one who wants Kai erased, he’ll have to cooperate… But will it be too late?
Kai woke when the SUV stopped and turned off. Stretching, he looked around. “Where are we?”
“A new hotel. I checked out of the Four Seasons.”
“Because if Walcott was watching the bank, he may have seen me there. Don’t want to take any chances.”
Kai grabbed his bag and followed Gannin to their room. Apparently, he’d already checked in.
“The Golden Nugget? I haven’t been here in a while. What name did you check-in under?”
“Cliff Williams. It’s one of many names we use for hiding witnesses.”
Kai scrunched his face. “Cliff Williams? Why does that sound familiar?”
“He’s in AC/DC. Famous names throw people off.”
“How? Doesn’t it scream fake?”
“No. The bad guys know we’d know they’d think it’s a fake.”
“Gannin, I just woke up. Why are you giving me riddles?” He rubbed at his face with a knuckle, dizzy from the red-and-orange swirly carpet, then looked around the lobby. “Oh, look!” He smacked Gannin’s arm with the back of his hand and pointed to a sign. “There’s going to be a wedding reception here. We should totally crash it.”
Gannin side-eyed Kai. “Why would we do that?”
Kai stared at him with a puzzled frown. “Free cake.”
Shaking his head, Gannin stalked to the elevator.
Kai had to scramble to keep up. “What?”
“I thought you were going to say something else.”
Kai racked his brain. “You thought I wanted free booze?”
Gannin stared straight ahead. “Never mind.”
“Uh-uh. Nope. You have to tell me, or I will bug the ever-loving shit out of you tonight.”
The elevator stopped on the fifth floor, and Gannin led Kai to the end of the hallway.
“I thought you’d be looking for someone.”
“Someone? Like to hook up with?”
Gannin opened the room door. “That was my first thought.”
“What was your second thought?”
“I don’t know.” Gannin dropped his bag onto the queen-sized bed by the door, leaving the other for Kai. “I guess, I thought, no, he probably wants cake.”
Kai chuckled. “I read somewhere that your first thought is society’s conditioning. Your second, is who you are as a person.” Kai kicked his shoes off and wandered around the room checking out the amenities. The beds were fluffy white clouds he couldn’t wait to sink into.
“Huh, that’s interesting. I’ve never thought about it that way before.” Gannin unzipped his suitcase and took his toiletry bag to the bathroom. “But we aren’t going to that reception. We weren’t invited.”
Kai bounced on his bed and opened his duffle. He grabbed his purple sleep pants and followed Gannin into the bathroom. Kai took off his shirt and tried to turn the water on with his injured hand. “Shit!”
“Let me get it.”
Gannin stood close behind Kai and reached around him to twist the knobs.
“Will you wash my back?” Kai lifted his bandaged hand and stuck his bottom lip out.
Gannin straightened, glanced at Kai’s face, his hand; then a big smile shifted his beard. Straight white teeth contrasted sharply from the black whiskers, and his eyes shone with laughter as he chuckled.
Kai was dumbstruck, lost in a sea of gorgeous smiles, not noticing when Gannin reached forward and unbuttoned his jeans. He snapped out of it when Gannin lowered the zipper, and Kai wiggled until they fell, then kicked them off.
“Go ahead. I’ll watch and make sure you don’t use your hand too much.”
About the Author
Este Holland is a writer and reader of all things romance. She’s also a treasure hunter, a word wizard, a lover, and a fighter. She was born in southern WV, and is a reader and writer. She lives in Virginia now, and works in marketing. Her favorite book is impossible to name. Her favorite movie are Romancing the Stone and Some Like it Hot. She began writing her first novel in 2012 and has practiced and studied ever since to get better.