First Chapters: Outlawed Love by J.M. Krumbine

First Chapters

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Outlawed Love Outlawed Love

By J.M. Krumbine

One Stray Word (August 2 2010)

Romantic Suspense

Chapter 1


Kaitlyn Sharpe was falling.

She dropped through the air like a lead weight. Her mother would have a field day with that.

The airplane above her was slowly shrinking in the distance as it remained at its cruising altitude of 45,000 feet.

The wind stung her eyes and her vision blurred as they began to water. The sound of air rushing past her was deafening. She tumbled through the clear blue sky, not a cloud in sight, the sun beating at her back.

Kate fell and she was not alone.

Between her arms was a man. A man who she was supposed to protect.

The irony did not escape her.

She could feel his muscular physique tense as they tumbled through the air. When was the last time she had been this close to a man? She couldn’t remember. Despite their peril, she couldn’t deny the electric exhilaration of being so close to such an attractive man.

On the plus side, at least she couldn’t smell him anymore. It wasn’t a cologne, she was sure of that. But whatever it was, he smelled good.

“I don’t mean to alarm you,” he shouted over the sound of the rushing air as he twisted in her grip. Even now his voice still had that smooth, inviting charm to it. It was the voice of an unflappable man. He couldn’t point, his hands were still cuffed, so he tried to nod over her shoulder, “but that last bullet tore up the parachute!”

Kate looked over her shoulder and sure enough, the parachute was trailing behind them limply. It flapped about uselessly, at the mercy of Mother Nature.

“Don’t worry!” she looked past the parachute at the black man who had jumped after them. His arms were pressed firmly to his sides as he angled himself like a human bullet. His face was set with a determined look. He had a job to do and he aimed to finish it. “I have a plan!”