After growing up the laughing stock of the town drunk and humiliated by the hottest guy in school, Kennedy Wolfe planned on never stepping foot in Greece, New York again.
Now a highly decorated agent for the FBI, Kennedy learns of the abduction of her best friend from high school. The news comes just days after the invitation to her class reunion was received and tossed.
Despite her better judgment, she can’t resist the urge to take on a case that would show her classmates once and for all what she’s really made of.
Damon Divine is the unbeatable District Attorney and he’s dead set on finding those responsible for abducting his twin sister. But when the beautiful Agent Wolfe comes to town, he knows the kidnappers won’t be the only ones on her hit list.
After all, standing up a girl on senior prom night is not something she’s likely forgotten.
Her heart thumped against the back of her sternum as she saw him standing in front of the car looking inside at her.
She had the sudden urge to scuttle over into the driver’s seat and speed away from the scene. But a glance at the ignition told her that her partner had tucked the keys in his own pocket before heading inside.
Taking a deep, calming breath, she opened the car door and stepped out into the crisp evening breeze.
Damon walked towards her, stopping just a beat or two away and watching her with those brilliant blue eyes that could still make her hormones rumble after all these years.
“You’re here for the reunion?” He asked in gravelly voice that made her throat constrict.
Why did he have to be so damned sexy?
She cleared her throat before replying, afraid her voice would squeak in a most unattractive manner.
“No, I’m here on Dana’s case.”
His eyebrows shot up in surprise but his face otherwise remained as stoic as ever.
“You’re FBI?” His voice sounded impressed and his head tilted ever so slightly to the left as he seemed to be appraising her body from the starched collar of her blouse down to her sensible pumps beneath grey trousers.
Despite the sudden twinge in her nipples as they pressed against the inside of her bra, her heart sent a twinge of pain through her chest as she realized he hadn’t kept any tabs on her throughout the years. Whereas she knew just about everything there was to know about Damon Divine, the District Attorney of Monroe County with the unbeatable conviction rate.
Perhaps it was just a hazard of her job, that she could do searches on individuals from her life. But she couldn’t help but hope that he would have known what she’d become despite her past.
Straightening her posture further she studied his tired face, the dark circles under his eyes—
evidence of sleepless nights, and the worry lines that creased the corners of his eyelids.
“I’ll be heading up the investigation as soon as we check in with the Greece police. You know this Wiggins character?”
Damon nodded but remained silent for a beat.
“I knew it was you out here. When that guy inside ordered a tuna salad sandwich with extra mayo and extra jalapenos…I could just feel you nearby. It was so strange.”
Kennedy blinked at him. He’d remembered her favorite sandwich and all the particulars of it. He hadn’t written her out of his mind completely. A little of the earlier internal warmth started to flow back inside her.
“That’s my partner. We’ll be staying over in Rochester. It appears that our classmates have already booked up all the rooms at the Inn.”
She motioned behind her with a tilt of her head.
“Ah…I hadn’t thought of that. Guess I should have made arrangements for you when I put in the request for federal help.”
Now it was Kennedy’s turn to be surprised.
“You called in the fed request?”
Damon nodded. He rubbed his hand across his unshaven jawbone and looked at her with palpable pain in his eyes.
“The locals…Wiggins…complete idiots. They are saying she might have just run off but I know Dana and I know she’d never do that. They’re not taking this seriously. Time is wasting and the longer it takes to find a lead, the more chance they’ll never find her.”
Kennedy heard the grief breaking in his voice. Dana and Damon had always been extremely close. Not just because they were twins, but because they’d genuinely liked one another as friends. They had similar interests and were always taking care of each other in an almost parental way.
Perhaps that was why Dana had been such a good friend to Kennedy. She’d had more than her share of love and adoration from her family, more than enough to spread around to friends.
“We’ll find her, Damon.”
He looked into her eyes. He seemed to be searching for answers…hope…something that would put his mind at ease.
The bell over the door of the café chimed as Chi made his way back to the car, balancing bags and Styrofoam cups in his arms.
“We ready?” he asked as he piled the food on the hood of the car and fished for keys in his pocket. He was keeping a close eye on Damon as he spoke.
Kennedy turned away from Damon and started to open the car door but his hand on her arm stopped her cold.
She looked back at him and his eyes were soft, tender, filled with longing.
“Thanks for coming,” he said and a small smile flitted across his face.
Kennedy felt her gut clench. She knew she couldn’t let him see the affect he still held on her after all of these years. It could compromise both her investigation and her heart. So she did what any tough as nails field agent would do. She kept it strictly professional.
“I didn’t come for you. I came here to work the case…just like any other case.”
With that, his eyes seemed to fill with more pain.
Kennedy turned away and sank into the car, closing the door behind her.
Chi backed the car out of the spot and Kennedy kept her eyes averted away from the man named Damon Divine who stood there all alone.
“That was brutal.” Chi said as they sped back out of town.
Not nearly as brutal as what he did to me.