New Free Online Read: A Colton Encounter by Addison Fox
In need of an extra read this weekend? Luckily for you, a new FREE online read from Harlequin Romantic Suspense started last week on Harlequin.com, and you can read five chapters already! When Lizzie Conner reunites with her teen crush, cowboy Ethan Colton, at the local Texas rodeo, sparks fly and danger looms in “A Colton Encounter” by Addison Fox. Read a snippet below and click here to read more.
As the son of a serial killer, cowboy Ethan Colton has lived under a shadow all his life. When he receives some shocking news about his dad, Ethan’s thrown into emotional turmoil. And running into his childhood friend Lizzie Conner at the local rodeo doesn’t help, as she’s all grown-up—and all too tempting…
Lizzie is thrilled to see Ethan again. If anything, he’s gotten even sexier over the years, though his family’s tragic past clearly still haunts him. But Lizzie’s sure about one thing: she’s going to lasso herself a cowboy, even if it means getting involved in the deadly drama surrounding the Colton clan…
“The devil’s finally decided to claim his due,” Trevor Colton said, resignation layering each syllable. “Our old man’s got cancer.”
Ethan leaned an elbow on the pitchfork he used to shovel hay into his horse stalls and stared at the eldest child of Matthew and Saralee Colton. When had Trev taken the weight of the world onto his broad and capable shoulders? His brother had a big job, Ethan well knew, as lead profiler for their Texas branch of the FBI, but the weight of his personality was steeped in far more.
Their father was one of Texas’s more notorious serial killers, terrorizing their small corner of the world for a brief span of time twenty years before, until he was caught and put away on Ethan’s own testimony.
Testimony recounting his discovery of their mother, Matthew’s final victim.
And now their father would die himself. Matthew had narrowly escaped the death penalty, a series of mismanaged juries and good old-fashioned Texas politics ensuring he stayed off death row and in prison. But no one escaped death in the end, no matter how it was served up.
“Thanks for telling me, Trev. But dear old Dad’s been dead to me for nearly two decades.” Ethan reached for another forkful of hay. “The devil can have his rotten soul and the sooner the better, as far as I’m concerned.”
“He wants to see each of us.”
With an imprisoned serial killer for a father, rancher Ethan Colton never planned on continuing the tainted family name. But six months after a night of passion with a woman from his past, Ethan discovers he’s about to be a dad. Beautiful, independent Lizzie Conner turns up at his Texas ranch expecting nothing but protection from the guarded cowboy. A stalker is fast on her trail, leaving creepy gifts and notes threatening her and the baby. Now all that matters to Ethan is keeping his unexpected family safe—and out of a killer’s clutches.