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A Dark and Stormy Night? Actually it was a foggy slate-gray rainy afternoon…when hubs and I took advantage of our membership in our small town’s art gallery to attend a seminar on hosting and hanging traveling art exhibits. We were treated to a complete behind-the-scenes tour of the process, from how they find and obtain traveling exhibits to display, how the art is delivered, where they store it, what’s involved in unloading it and storing it until the exhibit hangs, and yes, how they keep the artwork safe.
Had we previously planned to use that information for nefarious purposes? Well, no – we love art, we often include art in our fiction, and we were merely curious. But by the time we walked back outside into the rain that afternoon, we had our theme and our plot, and The Heist was born.
A special-order art theft? Tedious, but seamless – until small town museum director Kara Daniels calls in the experts. Furious her favorite trio of priceless impressionist paintings has been stolen from its traveling exhibit on her watch, Kara is determined to save not only the paintings, but her future in the art world. She’ll stop at nothing to entrap the thief.
Ted Springs knows the underbelly of the criminal world a little closer than he might like—but he’s turned it to good advantage, first as a police officer, and now as detective for the Upper Midwest Arts Council. His job? To guarantee the security of the valuable paintings in the Council’s traveling exhibits.
Heat sizzles when Ted and Kara collide—can they work together, before it’s too late?
Setup: Ted’s been sent to investigate a break-in, and Kara’s just picked him up at the airport.
Ted matched Kara stride for stride. “I seem to remember you bumping into me once. Pleasantly so.”
“I’m sure you do. The drive should give me an opportunity to answer any general questions you may have about the museum. I trust you had an opportunity to read all the material we faxed and e-mailed to you yesterday.”
“That and much more.” He gasped as the parking garage heat hit them. “It must’ve been quite a shock discovering the museum’s security was breached.”
Kara scowled at him as she popped the trunk of her sporty car open and watched him plop his stuff in. “I guess that’s technical jargon for breaking and entering.”
He slid into the passenger seat and admired how Kara’s dress worked halfway up her thigh. She must’ve seen him staring, because she yanked it down without commenting. He waited until she’d paid the parking fee and they were away from the airport before adding, “Didn’t sound like the police were treating what happened yesterday as breaking and entering.”
Shaking her head, Kara didn’t take her eyes off the road. She gripped the steering wheel as if it was in danger of falling off.
He smiled. Was it only the break-in that had her uptight? “We can call it a break-in, if you like. But you were breached—that’s what led to someone strolling uninvited through your entrance.”
Winner of the 2014 Bisexual Book Award for erotic fiction, author Adriana Kraft is a married couple writing Sizzling Romantic Suspense and Erotic Romance for Two, Three, or More. With backgrounds in criminology and counseling, we combine our expertise in the criminal mind, trauma, healing and human nature with a passion for robust sexuality and life-long vitality.
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