Exclusive Excerpt from The Keeper, by Sharon Saracino
Olivia froze when she saw the Sex-in-a-Suit following close on Jack’s heels. Dark hair waved back from a high forehead, sculpted cheekbones, and a long, straight nose. Broad shoulders strained the seams of his suit jacket, and his crisp shirt glowed snowy white against the smooth, olive skin of his throat. His golden brown gaze drew her in like iron filings to a magnet. Her chin rose as the two men drew level with her. The corners of the stranger’s full, well-formed lips curled slightly. Shifter? Definitely. But, who and what was he?
“Hey, Liv.” Jack swept off his police cap and tucked it under his arm. “Wanted to introduce you to the new guy since, as Medical Examiner, your paths are bound to cross. This is Detective Nick Alexios. Nick, this is Dr. Olivia Duncan.”
“Doctor.” The stranger’s faint accent made her simple professional title sound like a proposition. He flashed a blinding white smile and stuck out a hand. “A pleasure.”
“Detective.” Olivia took his hand, and her mouth went oddly dry when he bowed over it and raised it to his lips in lieu of the expected handshake. A spark of heat ignited low in her belly and spread, raising the fine hairs on the back of her neck. “Alexios. That’s Greek, yes? You’re a long way from home.”
“Indeed. But, what one seeks is sometimes found in the most unexpected places.”
Olivia glanced at their joined hands. “I can’t imagine what anyone hopes to find in a place as small and remote as Cedar Creek.”
“Can’t you?” Alexios arched a dark brow, squeezed her fingers, and then released them.
He reached to tug the cuff of his shirt over his wrist, but not before Olivia caught a glimpse of the ink on its inner surface, a crown clutched in a wicked looking talon. The design of the tattoo exactly matched the birthmark on her hip. She swallowed a gasp, and her gaze flew to his. His smile stretched even wider.
Who in hell was this guy?