Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Beneath Broken

Title: Beneath Broken

Series: Imperfect Heroes #2

Author: C.J. Pinard

Release Date: July 5, 2016


He’s a clean-cut cop who loves a good challenge.

She’s a smart executive with no interest in falling in love.

It won’t take long for the flames of desire to scorch them both, forcing them to either

douse the blaze, or succumb to the fire.


I don’t give up easily. My personality and training taught me that failure is not an

option, and getting the attention of the beautiful executive president Harper Mathis

is going to be my biggest challenge yet. But first I’ve got to find out why she’s so

withdrawn. A woman that stunning must have secrets and I’m going to find out

what’s hiding behind those baby blue eyes of hers. She’ll quickly see how much I

love a good game of chase.


I’ve gone through hell and am not ashamed to admit that I’m broken. Damaged

goods. Used up and empty. I want nothing to do with men or love, especially not a

cop and a veteran – one who puts his life in danger every day. I’ve been there, done

that, and my heart has no interest in someone like Detective Mason Oliver. Even if

he's the hottest thing I’ve laid eyes on in a very long time. I get the feeling Mason

always gets what he wants, though. Well, he hasn’t seen my stubborn side.

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I had to tell myself to breathe. To inhale and exhale. To pull in air in order to keep

living. The minute Detective Oliver left my office, I scrubbed my hands over my face

and smoothed the few stray hairs back into my sleek ponytail. I shook my head and

laughed. Someone that hot should not be a cop. He looked like he should have been

an underwear model or some kind of movie star.

I swallowed hard and smiled a little to myself. This was a ridiculous notion, being so

attracted to someone who was obviously not attracted to me, but just doing his job

by interviewing me. Yet, he looked familiar to me somehow. I could swear I had seen

his dark hair and alluring hazel eyes somewhere before. He had a small smear of

dark, sexy stubble on his chin, and the olive colored dress shirt he wore not only

matched his name, but made his eyes gravitate toward the green side of hazel

instead of brown. His colleague, Detective Jenkins, had been checking me out – I

wasn’t stupid and these things rarely went unnoticed by me, but Jenkins wasn’t

someone I would have ever taken interest in. He seemed a little overconfident and

flirtatious, and the gleaming silver wedding band on his left hand was not

overlooked by me.

But Detective Oliver – he radiated a heat and confidence that woke me up a little.

This dead and desperate depression I’d been wallowing in for over a year had taken

its toll on me. Between the under-eye bags and weight loss, I had little confidence

that someone of his hotness and caliber would be remotely interested in me.

I bit back a smile as I thought about how proud my best friend would be of me for

even having these thoughts. Today was Friday, and work emergency or not, I knew

she’d be dragging me out to God knew where, as I had promised her I wouldn’t be

spending another Friday night with a tub of Mint Chocolate Chip and reality TV.

I had to shake off the look of Mr. Oliver’s eyes and the way his dress shirt clung to

his muscled arms and get back to work. Aside from the mountain of paperwork and

endless emails, I now had to deal with police reports and insurance claims, and that

was something that I needed a clear head and a no-nonsense attitude for. There was

no time for lusty thoughts or lip-biting over a super-hot detective who probably had

forgotten about me the minute he had stepped out through my shattered front door.

Author Info:

I'm a California girl living in land-locked Colorado. Lover of red wine, wearer of

fabulous shoes, and a die-hard Niner fan, I'm also an editor at heart. I've written

over a dozen books and short stories that contain both contemporary/new adult

and paranormal romance that are a little bit badass, a little heart-wrenching, and

sorta funny (to me, anyway). Almost all my books usually contain law enforcement

or military undertones, since strong, brave, alpha men and women are my

weaknesses. When I'm not writing, I can be found working at a very strange day job,

which may or may not have some mild influences on my gripping stories - so

strange, in fact, I think I'll write a book about it one day.

I'm also a proud member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA).

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