Thrill Me

By: Susan Mallery


Meet the Mitchell brothers of Fool’s Gold, California—five gorgeous men who’ve left a trail of broken hearts in their wake...

Maya Farlow learned the hard way to depend only on herself, so when she fell too deeply for the bad-boy charms of Del Mitchell, she did the only thing she could—she ran. Stunned, Del left Fool’s Gold to make his name and fortune in extreme sports.

Now ten years later, Maya’s been hired to promote her hometown’s new slogan, The Destination for Romance. The celebrity spokesman is none other than Del, the man she dumped but never forgot. Awkward!

Although Del’s not the type to hold a grudge, he’s determined to avoid falling a second time for the woman who broke his heart. He’s a daredevil, not an idiot. Trouble is, in all his adventures, he never found a rush as exhilarating as Maya’s kiss. Maybe risking his heart will prove to be the biggest thrill of all...







Being the “mom” of an adorable, spoiled little dog, I know     the joy that pets can bring to our lives. Animal welfare is a cause I have long     supported. For me that means giving to Seattle Humane. At their 2014 Tuxes and     Tails fund-raiser, I once again offered “Your Pet in a Romance Novel” as a     prize.

In this book you will meet a wonderful beagle named Sophie.     Her parents gave generously at the auction to have their adorable, inventive,     sweet girl in this book.

One of the things that makes writing special is interacting     in different ways with people. Some I talk to for research. Some are readers who     want to talk characters and story lines, and some are fabulous pet parents.     Sophie’s mom was so generous with her time. She told me stories about her girl,     sent me a hysterically funny DVD and made her Sophie come alive. I hope I’ve     done her justice in this book.

My thanks to Sophie and her parents and to the amazing people     at Seattle Humane (SeattleHumane.org). Because every pet deserves a loving     family.

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A special thank-you to Dani Warner from Pixel Dust Productions     for her technical help. Any mistakes on the “movie making front” are mine.






CHAPTER ONE

MAYA FARLOW TOLD herself there was a perfectly good explanation for the mayor of Fool’s Gold to have a picture of a man’s naked butt on her computer screen. At least she really hoped there was. She’d always liked Mayor Marsha and didn’t want to find out something more than a little icky about the woman who was now her boss.

Mayor Marsha sighed heavily and pointed to the screen. “You’re not going to believe this,” she said, and tapped a key. The picture moved as the video played and the audio started up.

“The contest closes on Friday at noon. Text your guess to this number.”

Maya stared at the computer. When the picture stopped again, she studied the phone number on-screen, the seventy-something female host frozen midgesture and the picture of the naked butt behind her. The naked, male butt, Maya corrected mentally, not sure the gender mattered as much as the nakedness.

“Okay,” Maya said slowly, knowing that she would be expected to say something else. Possibly something, you know, intelligent. But honestly, she couldn’t think of what that could be. How on earth was she supposed to make an old lady in a tracksuit talking about a naked butt contest make sense? Of course, that was a much happier concern than finding out Mayor Marsha watched porn.

Mayor Marsha pushed a couple of buttons on her computer and the image disappeared. “You can see the problem we’re having with Eddie and Gladys’s cable access show.”

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