Monday, February 4, 2019

Title: Changed By You
Author: Kristin Mayer
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: February 4, 2019


I'm in over my head, and Teale Delaney is the reason why.

She's beautiful, sassy, and I can't stop thinking about her. 

If I let myself, I could fall in love. 

But I can’t. I won’t. 

It’s to protect her, not me. 

Someone out there wants vengeance. If I allow them to see my true feelings for
Teale, they’ll stop at nothing to take her away. 

I’m lying to everyone around me to protect the only woman who can bring me to
my knees. 

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“Fuck, it’s
too cold for this shit.” I slammed the door of my truck before clomping up the
snow-covered stairs. Skagway was having one of the coldest winters in history.
We were getting so much damn snow, and no one could keep up with it.
I glared at
the door of the cabin my friend Butch had rented out. He’d asked if I could
help the tenant with any problems while he was away. Of course, there would be
problems with some stupid city slicker renting it out. Butch owed me big.
I’d gotten
twenty text messages that the heater wasn’t working. Twenty damn text messages.
Who sends that many? I had just as many voicemails but hadn’t listened to one.
I’d gotten the picture from one text. No need for twenty.
And it was
some guy named Teske. What kind of name is that? I would have bet this guy wore
some shiny-ass loafers with his fancy-ass business suit.
It was the
middle of January. Normally, this was my chance to get away from all these
jokers and recharge for the hunting season. Instead, I was here, dealing with a
heating issue. Teske probably couldn’t find the pilot light to save his life.
I have too
much shit to do.
The FBI was
on my ass to find a potential serial killer. There had been a wave of unsolved
murders all throughout Alaska. The last one had been in Juneau, which was too
fucking close for comfort. In exchange for my help, the FBI agreed to leave
Kory and Hayden alone. No more questions about all the shit that had happened.
No more bothering them, period. They weren’t supposed to even look Kory and
Hayden’s direction.
So far, the
feds had been true to their word.
But now
they wanted me to pull a rabbit out of my ass and make a murderer appear out of
thin air.
flash—rabbits aren’t found in people’s asses. At least not in mine.
I needed a
fresh crime scene to track. The ones I’d been brought to so far were already
tainted. In some cases, it had been four months since the murder. The Juneau
incident was four weeks previous. By the time they brought me on board, the
crime scene had been ruined. Even worse, the pictures they’d taken were shit.
The whole case was a disaster. And they had no idea who was behind it.
The agents
had nicknamed him “Lumberjack Killer.” Talk about being original and unique. It
was hard to even say the name with a straight face.
What the
fuck ever.
I pounded
on the door of Butch’s cabin. In the next second, it shot open.
“Oh, thank
goodness you’re here! I’m about to become a Popsicle.”
For a
second, I was frozen in shock. I hadn’t been expecting a woman to answer the
door. Butch had said there was only one occupant, and I’d assumed it was a guy.
She had on so much fur it was hard to see anything else. Whatever was on her
head looked like what Hollis, our local town doctor who’d relocated from New
York, considered a Paul Bunyan hat on steroids. Time and time again, I’d tried
to tell Hollis that Paul Bunyan wore a beanie, but Hollis was Hollis, and he
stuck to his beliefs.
looking for Teske,” I said.
“Teske.” I
took a deep breath; my patience was growing thin. “That’s what the text said.”
laughed. “No, that was supposed to say Teale. But my hands were so cold my
fingers probably slipped. And I can’t see much with all this fur. I’m
I stepped
inside the cabin and was disappointed to find it just as cold inside as it was
outside. That wasn’t good. “Why didn’t you start a fire?”
The poor
girl was shivering. “Umm… I couldn’t find the remote.”
The what?
“Uhh… yeah.
At home, I push a button and voilĂ … let there be fire. There wasn’t a remote or
button to push.”
Well, shit.
I wanted to
laugh, but I kept a straight face. A remote? Is she serious? Even Hollis would
have been able to figure out the fireplace needed wood and matches.
“Let me
check out the heater.”
I walked to
the back of the cabin and found the furnace tucked away in a closet.
The thing
was old as dirt. It looked like a rusted tin bucket. What the hell? Butch
should have known better than to rent out his cabin without a properly working
heater. I screwed around with it for a few minutes, but the damn thing was
completely shot. We needed to come up with a Plan B.
I walked
into the living room where Teale sat with another blanket wrapped around her.
There was a hell of a lot of luggage stacked at the door. Maybe she hadn’t had
time to unpack. I thought she’d been here for a week or two already. Oh well. I
couldn’t concern myself with that.
“Well, the
heater is shot. Let me see if I can find some space heaters. Then we can get a
fire going. You should be good to go until I can get the parts to fix it.”
I went to
search the different closets, and I heard the front door open and close. When I
walked back into the living room, Teale was gone. From the window, I saw her
heaving one of her suitcases into the bed of my truck.
No. No. No.
This isn’t going to happen.
I opened
the door and yelled, “What are you doing?”
She folded
her arms over her chest. The damn fur obscured her face even more. “I’m going
anywhere but here. I’ll freeze to death here. You do not want my death on your
conscience. I’ll come back to haunt you. I can be very scary.”
For the
second time that day, I’d wanted to laugh, but I refused to allow it. Me
laughing out loud in front of strangers never happened. She wasn’t coming with
me. No way. “No, we’ll start a fire and get you a space heater.”
She opened
the passenger door. “Hey, puppy. Don’t bite me. I just don’t want to freeze to
death.” Mariah looked at me, her big blue husky eyes asking what was going on.
I closed my fist to my side to let her know it was okay. I’d trained Mariah
personally, and she was the best damn dog I’d ever had.
“Teale, be
“Nope. I’m
going with you.”
This was
getting us nowhere. I just had to get her back in the cabin and show her how
warm I could make it. Calmly, I walked toward the truck. As I reached the door,
the locks engaged.
She yelled
through the window, “I need you to get the rest of my luggage first. Then I’ll
let you in the truck.”
“Teale, get
out of my truck.” This was ridiculous, and I was tired of playing games.
Sorry. Luggage first. I’m coming with you.”
“Teale, I
will get the cabin warm again.”
She cocked
her head to the side and smiled at me. “Will you please get my luggage, Mr.
Foster? Then you can take me into town. The one thing I do know is that I’m not
staying in this cabin a second longer.”
I’d known
her for five minutes, but this woman was going to be the death of me. Fine. I’d
take her to the hotel and be done with this shit. The roads out to my cabin and
Butch’s were still terrible. It had taken me nearly ninety minutes to make it
out there. Normally it was only about a twenty-five-minute drive. I gritted my
teeth and hoped the main road into town had been cleared enough for me to
manage it. However, I knew I would be stuck in town for a minimum of a few
days. From my cabin, it was still a thirty-minute drive to my parents’ on a
good day. If I had to, I could stay with Mom and Dad. Butch, you owe me.
I pulled
out my phone and texted Dad. My parents’ house was only about ten minutes or so
from town.
Me: Heard
anything about the roads in town?
Dad: If
you’re thinking about coming into town, I wouldn’t. They’re still bad. One of
the plow trucks broke down and the other needs a new blade.
Just my
luck. Skagway had two plows and both were out of commission.
Me: Okay,
Dad: Everything
Me: Yep.
Just had a few errands to run.
If my
brothers got wind of this… well, it wouldn’t be good. I had to talk sense into
this woman. “Teale, let’s talk.”
She shook
her head and pointed at the cabin. This woman was so damn stubborn. I grabbed
all fifty million suitcases and threw them into the back of my truck.
Who the
hell packs this much?
When the
last bag was loaded, the locks disengaged, and I climbed in.
pulled back her fur hat and looked at me. I was stunned momentarily in the deep
dark pools of her eyes. They were gorgeous.
Well, fuck
I was in
way over my head.

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Books by Kristin Mayer

The Trust Series
Trust Me
Love Me
Promise Me

Full-length novels in the TRUST series are also available in audio from Tantor Media. 

An Exposed Heart Series
Intoxicated By You
Changed For You
Wrecked By You

Full-length novels in the Exposed Heart Series are also available in audio from Audible. 

The Effect Series
Ripple Effect
Domino Effect

The Twisted Fate Series
White Lies
Black Truth

Timeless Love Series
Untouched Perfection
Flawless Perfection
Tempting Perfection

Stand Alone Novels
Whispered Promises
Predestined Hearts (co-written with Kelly Elliott)

Coming Soon
Unexpected Love – Coming May 2019
Play Me – Joint Collaboration with Kelly Elliott – Coming March of 2019
Complicated Love – Coming Fall of 2019

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