“You want hot? I’ll give you hot.” In one swift motion she picked up a mug off the table and whipped it towards him, a perfect strike.
Lucky for him he still held his jacket in his hand. He swept it up like a toreador in front of his face. The coat took the brunt of the hit, but hot liquid splattered on his hands.
“Ouch. Damn. Stop it.” He dropped the wet coat on the floor. His hands burned and he wiped them on his thighs to stop the heat. It had the opposite effect on his arousal.
She batted her eyes around, apparently for something else to throw at him and tugged at the pillow on the back of the sofa. When it didn’t give, she hopped up on the seat cushion and tugged at it harder. If she realized how seductive she looked, she’d stop doing that. A glimpse of lace panties made him groan.
“Honey, add a sorority sister and a little water on the front of your T-shirt and you have everyman’s wet dream. You’re killing me here.”
The fury mounted on her face and he laughed.
She stepped down from the couch and stormed off to the kitchen.
“I’m sorry. I’m not laughing at you.” No response from the kitchen.
Gathering together the launched items, he stacked the books and magazines on the coffee table and tucked her shoes beneath. He kicked off his shoes and placed them in a neat pair next to hers before settling on the couch.
It’s fun to goad her. “While you’re in there could you grab me a beer?”
Realizing a little too late why she had marched to the kitchen, a plate swished past inches from his ear and crashed against the bookcase.
“Damn.” The next plate hit him in the shoulder. “What is wrong with you? Stop it.”
“What is wrong with me? With me? You take off. Leave me here alone to face the home inspection. And you are stupid enough to ask me what is wrong with me?” Each sentence was punctuated with the crash of a dish around him.
Hands empty, she disappeared again, surely on her way to stock up on ammo.
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"This compelling novel has a liberal amount of sexual tension, interesting characters and covert ops. But Bobbie and Joe's real challenge begins when their undercover assignment is over. " ~4 STARS, RT BOOK Reviews / Donna M. Brown
"Beyond the Code of Conduct by K.M. Daughters -- Book Review Looking for romance? Looking for suspense? Looking for an outstanding book with tons of conflict and complex characters? You'll find all that and more in Beyond the Code of Conduct, the second book in the Sullivan Boys series by the sister writing team known as K.M. Daughters.
A vicious attack on Bobbie Leighton's life destroyed her relationship with Joe Sullvian and left Joe permanently impaired. Now an FBI agent working in New York, Bobbie returns to Chicago to discuss the possibility that a baby trafficking case she is working on may have a connection to Joe's brother's murder.
Joe is determined to find out why Jimmy died and to bring his killer to justice. Joe and Bobbie go undercover as a rich cattle rancher and his arm candy wife looking to adopt a baby from a slick Park Avenue lawyer. Forced to live with one another day by day, Joe and Bobbie struggle to resist their feelings for one another. Can they overcome their past? And can they bring a murderer to justice before they become the next target on a killer's victims list?
Romantic suspense just doesn't get any better than this! I had not read the first installment of the Sullivan Boys series by K.M. Daughters, but as soon as I finished Beyond the Code of Conduct, I begged the authors to send me that book, titled Against Doctor's Orders. I can't wait to read it because if it is anything like Beyond the Code of Conduct, I will instantly love it.
Beyond the Code of Conduct opens with Bobbie showing up at Jimmy Sullivan's funeral and getting an icy reception from Joe. The authors immediately draw you right into the conflict and it doesn't stop until the very end. These characters are pushed beyond their limits every step of the way. You feel that pull between Joe and Bobbie, that fine line they walk between just working together and resisting the temptation to be together in a more meaningful way. You witness how much of an obstacle their past remains. And you want them to nab the bad guy as much as they do.
I've now read the last chapter three times and each time it gets better, is more touching and even more satisfying than the first.
While the strength of this book is definitely its complex characters, the gripping story keeps you turning page after page. I couldn't put the book down. I read it cover to cover in one night. At 180 pages, it's the perfect book to take on vacation or to read on a long car ride.
Beyond the Code of Conduct is romantic, it's filled with suspense, and it's one book that I would love to read again.
" ~ The Book Connection, Cheryl
"Beyond the Code of Conduct is actually the second in the Sullivan Boys Series. Though I have not been lucky enough to read the first in this series, I was still able to greatly enjoy this book. At no time did I feel lost or as though I had missed out on anything from the previous novel. However, I do have to admit that I desperately want to read the first in the series, Against Doctor's Orders, after being exposed to this great writing talent of K.M. Daughters.
What could be worse than baby trafficking and what could be greater than the desire to put a stop to it? In Beyond the Code of Conduct, Special Agent Bobbie Leighton and Homicide Detective Joe Sullivan are paired together to go undercover as a wealthy cattleman and his slightly airhead, but gorgeous wife. Under normal circumstances, this may not be such a hardship, however with the history between these two, sparks of every kind fly. The big question is whether or not they can hold it together long enough to expose this heinous crime before anymore victims are claimed.
I loved the writing style of K.M. Daughters - it is very smooth, engrossing and the characters honestly pop from the pages in vivid clarity. I greatly enjoyed the tension between the main characters of Bobbie and Joe and each one's personality and candor. Beyond the Code of Conduct holds suspense, thrills, romance and a twinge of the paranormal. In other words, this story has a bit of something for everyone.
Though short in length - 180 pages - it is not short on structure, plot, character development or it's ability to draw the reader in. I truly recommend this story to anyone looking for a great read that is quick and leaves the reader satisfied. I cannot wait to get my hands on other works by this author (or should I say authors)."
~ Cafe of Dreams, 4.5 stars
"FBI Agency brass and Sullivan family connections force Special Agent Bobbie Leighton into an undercover operation with inactive Homicide Detective Joe Sullivan. Posing as a wealthy Texas cattleman and his arm-candy wife the two are assigned to infiltrate Bradley Sterling’s black-market operation. Suspected of baby trafficking, Sterling may be connected with Jimmy Sullivan’s murder. How do Bobbie and Joe adhere to their professional code of conduct living under the same roof? Can they forget their personal history, ignore their volatile feelings for each other and ensnare their target when they might be next on Sterling’s victims list?
Ms. Daughters has done it again with a classic romantic suspense read! This story is hot hot hot! It’s the second book in the Sullivan brother’s series and it’s incredible. It stands on its own, so if you haven’t read the first book, don’t worry you will be able to go along with the story, but I assure you, you want to read the first book as well. It’s an intriguing plot and the author is able to write the characters to where they seem like real people. You are able to connect with them and feel what they are going through and see what they are seeing. I couldn’t have asked for a better read from K.M. Daughters, she has a reputation with her books and she has gone beyond expectations with Beyond the Code of Conduct." ~ Tonya, You Gotta Read Reviews
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