Harlequin.com FREE Online Read: Rules in Revenge by Nichole Severn

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Bennett Spencer spent the past year searching for his sister. Now the Blackhawk Security investigator is out of leads, out of time and out of hope. Until he opens his door to find Autumn Staver, his sister’s best friend, who claims she just escaped the same abductor. Bennett and Autumn must join forces to hunt a brutal adversary, but they’re treading dangerous ground. Now, they’re in the crosshairs of someone desperate to keep a lethal secret buried.


Another minute gone. Another missed chance to find her alive.

Heat worked up Bennett Spencer’s neck and into his face. He wasn’t worthy to be Blackhawk Security’s newest investigator. He swept the files off the coffee table. Pictures and papers of ugly data flew into chaos.

He should’ve found her by now. Should’ve uncovered another lead.

He stood, swiping his hand down his face. Facial hair bristled against his palm as rain pounded hard against the front window of his apartment, almost in rhythm with the hard beat of his heart in his chest. No leads over the past year. He’d been a criminal investigator for the army before his dishonorable discharge. He’d solved dozens of cases over the course of his military career. Why couldn’t he find his sister?

Tension strained between his neck and shoulders. Bennett stared at the sprawl of papers on the floor, handwritten notes stark against white backgrounds. He was out of leads. Out of time. Out of hope. “Where the hell are you, Bella?”

Three hard pounds on the front door sucked him back into the moment. Bennett circled the coffee table, wrapped his hand around his Glock’s grip and unholstered the weapon from his shoulder holster slung over the back of the couch. He’d been discharged less than two weeks ago from the army. Blackhawk Security, Anchorage’s premier security firm, had only given him his fist case yesterday. No name on the apartment. No way for his old life to track him down. No reason someone should be pounding on his front door this late at night.

Bennett heel-toed it to the door, gun in hand, and twisted the doorknob.

A wall of freezing Alaska air hit him hard as bright blue eyes locked on his. Five-five, maybe five-six, short blond hair, perfect girl-next-door features. Sweet enough to eat from the looks of her. Autumn Staver, his sister’s best friend before she’d disappeared.

His finger tightened over the trigger as he scanned the vehicles in the parking lot. Same as before. Three SUVs, one pickup truck—his—and four sedans. All with Alaska license plates. So how’d she get here? “I thought I made it clear, cupcake. Anything that’d happened between us is done. You made sure of that the night Bella went missing.”

“Bennett.” Her voice shook, and it was only then Bennett noted her clothing had been soaked through. Hell, it was the middle of December. Her slight body would drop straight into hypothermia if she was exposed any longer. Darker stains bloomed across her midsection, and he lifted his gaze to hers. Blood. “I need your help.”

Damn it.

“You’re bleeding.” Bennett swung the door open wider. Her attention locked on the gun in his hand. “What’d you get yourself into this time?”

She took a step back, fear evident in her expression. “I was kidnapped.”

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