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Excerpt: BEYOND REASON by Kat Martin

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BEYOND REASON

New York Times bestselling author Kat Martin raises chills as danger stalks a woman determined to make it in a man’s world . . . Five weeks ago Carly Drake stood at her grandfather’s grave. Now she’s burying Drake Trucking’s top driver, and the cops have no leads on the hijacking or murder. Faced with bankruptcy, phone threats and the fear of failure, Carly has to team up with the last man she wants to owe—Lincoln Cain. Cain is magnetic, powerful, controlling—and hiding more than one secret. He promised Carly’s granddad he’d protect her. The old man took a chance on him when he was nothing but a kid with a record, and now he’s the multi-millionaire owner of a rival firm. But Linc’s money can’t protect Carly from the men who’ll do anything to shut her down, or the secrets behind Drake Trucking. If she won’t sell out, the only way to keep her safe is to keep her close . . . and fight like hell.

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Genre: Romantic Suspense | Pub Date: May 30, 201 7 | Page count: 400pp | Publisher: Zebra

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from Beyond Reason

“You heard the lady,” he said to Ross. “Take her back to her pickup. You can drive it back to her house and Frank can follow you.” He didn’t mention that once he got there, he’d be staying with Carly while Frank drove Ross back to the ranch.

Ross put the GMC in gear and headed down the road.

A few minutes later, after only a minor protest, Carly was belted into the passenger seat of the truck, Linc back behind the wheel. Ross and Frank followed in the F-150 and Frank’s Chevy Malibu.

The rain picked up again, battering the windshield as he drove back toward Iron Springs. The slap, slap of the wipers filled the quiet inside the cab.

Carly remained silent.

Worried, Linc started talking, telling her how they had found her, hoping his words would somehow make things easier.

“After you left Frank at the market, he decided to stop by your house, make sure you’d gotten home okay. When you didn’t show up, he went back to the Stop and Shop and tracked you from there. He found your pickup on the side of the road, but you weren’t in it so he called Townsend, who’s staying at the ranch. Ross and I went back to your truck and started trying to track you from there.”

She looked up at him. “I’m glad you didn’t call the sheriff. If the cops had shown up...” She let the sentence trail off, went back to staring out the window.

“That’s the reason I didn’t call. I was afraid it would only make things worse for you.”

She leaned back in the seat, kept her eyes fixed on the beads of rain rolling down the glass.

“They took my gun,” she said softly. “I got off a few shots, but there were four of them. They pinned me down and the shots went wild.”

He clamped down on his temper. If she realized how upset he really was, it would only make things worse. “Where did they take you?”

“I don’t know. I was blindfolded. The only thing I know about El Jefe is he wears thousand dollar high-top sneakers and they were at least a size twelve.”

“So you never got a look at him.”

“No. But the guy has kind of a deep raspy voice and he speaks with a Spanish accent. I remember his feet pointed in like he was a slightly pigeon-toed.”

“He hit you?” he asked, making the question sound casual when he was feeling exactly the opposite.

“He slapped me a few times to make his point.”

His hands tightened around the wheel. “Which was?”

“He wants Drake Trucking to start working for him. We’re supposed to haul his goods--whatever they are--take them wherever he wants them taken. No questions asked. In return, he pays me a boatload of money.”

“And if you don’t do it?”

“He didn’t say exactly, but I’m guessing he kills me.”

THE AUTHOR

Bestselling author Kat Martin is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara where she majored in Anthropology and also studied History. Currently residing with her Western-author husband, L. J. Martin, in Missoula, Montana, Kat has written sixty eight Historical and Contemporary Romantic Suspense novels. More than sixteen million copies of her books are in print and she has been published in twenty foreign countries. Her last novel, INTO THE FIRESTORM, took the #7 spot on the New York Times Bestseller list. This will be the 15th novel in a row to be included on that prestigious list. Kat is currently at work on her next Romantic Suspense.

Visit the author at www.katmartin.com and check our her current contest. You can also connect with Kat on Facebook and Twitter.

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