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Authors: Heather Long

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Hunt Me (Love Thieves #3)

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Hunt Me

Copyright 2016 by Heather Long

ISBN:
978-1-68361-055-7

Cover art by Mina Carter

 

 

 

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Table of Contents

 

 

 

 

Dear Reader,

 

The search for
The Fortunate Buddha
began in Catch Me and continued in Treasure Me comes to a rollicking conclusion in Hunt Me. I have always loved a good mystery. Even more, I love action adventure. The best part of a romantic suspense is marrying the two together.

 

Kit and Jarod like Sophie and Pietr before them are one of my all time favorite couples. I’ve always found mental challenges to be even sexier than the physical, luckily in Hunt Me, I got to play with both. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

 

 

Heather

 

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Love and Punishment by Sorcha Mowbray

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Undercover Christmas by Gina Wynn

King of Her Heart by TL Reeve

Mr. Hotness by Marci Baun

Catch Me by Heather Long

Rolling in Sin by Kayleigh Malcolm

Craving His Love by Kayleigh Malcolm

What You Want by Landra Graf

Learning Curve by Melissa Kendall

Too Good to Be True by Deanna Wadsworth

So Not a White Knight by Starla Kaye

Treasure Me by Heather Long

 

Also by Heather Long

 

Always a Marine

Series so Far (in order by release)

 

Once Her Man, Always Her Man

Luke & Rebecca

 

Retreat Hell! She Just Got Here

Logan, Jazz & Zach

 

Tell It to the Marine

James & Lauren

Introduction of Matt McCall and Damon Sinclair

Features an appearance of Logan Cavanaugh

 

Proud to Serve Her

Damon & Helena

Matt, James, Lauren, Luke and Rebecca mentioned

 

Her Marine

Brody & Shannon

 

No Regrets, No Surrender

Logan, Jazz & Zach

James featured

 

The Marine Cowboy

A.J. & Sheri

Phone call from Luke

 

The Two and the Proud

Rowdy & Kim

 

A Marine and a Gentleman

Brenden & Liam

Appearances of James, Logan, Jazz, Shannon, Rebecca, Lauren

 

Combat Barbie

Kyle & Mary

Jazz makes an appearance via phone

 

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Joe & Melody

James makes an appearance

 

What Part of Marine Don’t You Understand?

Matt & Naomi

Appearances by James and Logan, Damon is mentioned

 

A Marine Affair

Eli & Rick

 

Marine Ever After

Paul & Lillianna

Multiple appearances at Luke & Rebecca’s wedding

 

Marine in the Wind

Greg & Georgia

Appearances by A.J. & Sheri

 

Marine with Benefits

Derek & Kara

Appearance by Logan

 

A Marine of Plenty

Charlie & Jana

Appearance by Naomi

 

A Candle for a Marine

Isaac & Zehava

Appearances by Zach & Shannon

 

Marine Under the Mistletoe

Kaiden & Rowan

 

Have Yourself a Marine Christmas

Rebel & Noel

Appearances by Derek, Kara, Luke and James

 

Lest Old Marines Be Forgot

Tom & Brenda

Appearances by Luke, James, Logan, and Damon

 

Her Marine Bodyguard

Shannon & Brody

Multiple appearances including Luke, Logan, Zach, Jazz, Mary, Damon & Rowdy

 

 

ROAR Series

Mischief, Mongrels & Mayhem

 

 

 

The Black Hills Wolves

What a Wolf Wants

Wolf in Winter Clothing

Scent of Madness

 

 

The Love Thieves

Catch Me

Treasure Me

Catch Me

Hunt Me

 

Hunt Me

 

One Thief…

 

Wealthy, titled, and very privileged, Lady Katherine Hardwicke successfully eluded some of the best thieves in the world in a quest to obtain the
Fortunate Buddha.
Her time is running out and her enemies are closing in, and one deliciously enigmatic man seems determined to get in her way. Will he save her or end her quest forever?

 

One Hunt…

 

Jarod Parker wears many faces and lies for a living, but when the same thief steals the Buddha out from beneath his agents not once but twice, this handler returns to the field. His target? The last woman anyone would suspect of being the thief. But is he really after the Buddha or has this brilliant woman stolen his heart?

 

One Choice…

 

Their sensuous game of cat and mouse turns deadly when a third player turns up the heat, but can these two liars come clean with each other or will they lose it all?

 

 

 

 

 

Hunt Me

 

The Love Thieves

Book Three

 

By

Heather Long

 

 

 

The value of the
Fortunate Buddha
is not the precious stones or metals, but the legend of good luck it brought to the temple visitors who made a wish and a prayer while rubbing its ruby-studded belly.

 

Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth
. - Buddha

 

Chapter One

 

 

Jarod Parker peeled back the layers of latex and faux skin disguising the shape of his jaw and neck. Next, he removed the addition to his cheeks and ducked his face into the water. In minutes, he washed away the Walter Curry appearance he manufactured when he dealt with his assets. Glancing at the mirror again, he studied his altogether nondescript face. A single scar ran parallel to the underside of his right eye. It wasn’t discernible most of the time, unless someone looked closely. At thirty-five, he could make himself look anywhere from his early twenties to his late fifties.

His cropped close and typically dark hair appeared salt and pepper from dealing with the Kingston situation. A good shampoo would correct the lingering color. With precision, he stripped his button-down shirt and suit pants. He hung everything up, leaving it on the rack for the housekeeper to collect.

Fifteen minutes later, showered and shaved, he strolled through the three-level townhouse in search of the files he’d brought home. Rubbing the back of his neck, he carried his briefcase and its contents back to his bedroom and left the towel slung over a wooden chair back before sprawling on the bed. Phone in hand, he flipped open the information he’d collected.

Reports filed by Anya on her initial issues reclaiming the Buddha in Morocco—including the details about recruiting Max to put the item back. A second statement from Max detailing the theft of the item between the time he returned it to the vault and the meeting with the ambassador a few hours later. Jarod flipped open his phone and dialed a number for the asset he had on site in Morocco.

“Renard, is he planning to attend the auction in Ankara?” If Walter’s brisk manner and clipped tone surprised the man, he said nothing about it.

“No, sir. Not as I can tell. I think the Buddha incident has scared him off. He’s limiting his art acquisitions to proper channels.”

“Keep an eye on him.”

“Yes, sir.”

They rang off, no pleasantries, no catching up, and a call lasting less than thirty seconds much less likely to be traced. So the ambassador was out of the game. The next statements included police reports, text messages, and a handful of news stories from Geneva. No mention of the break-in at Louis duMonde’s corporate building, but plenty of Max slugging the French viscount at the party.

The bagged note of apology to Anya yielded no fingerprints or DNA. It had been printed right there in the office, so no way to trace the computer back to the culprit and the single letter K as the signature.

He stood, stretching, and padded naked back down to the kitchen.

K.

He stared unseeingly at the coffee maker as he reviewed his mental notes from the file. Twice the Buddha had been removed in and around Anya’s actions. She had it in her possession a brief time, they returned it, and it was stolen again.

Louis duMonde’s involvement with the theft from the ambassador’s mansion in Morocco fit the facts. The idea he must have used an accomplice also fit the facts. The coffee hissed into his cup, and the Keurig shut off. Cup in hand, he returned up the stairs. The facts also provided enough to detail to suggest another thief took it from duMonde in Geneva even as Max and Anya tried to reclaim the item.

The second individual clearly didn’t work with duMonde.

In one corner, duMonde and his men, in another, the IAAR—International Art and Antiquities Recovery agency for which Walter ran an entire division of assets—and, in the third corner, a mysterious thief who identified themselves only by the name
K
or
Kit
.

Though Kit could be a pseudonym or stand for something else, he didn’t think so.

Settling back on the bed, he flipped to his notes from the Kingston situation in New York. Somewhere between the Geneva heist and the day of the curator’s shooting in the museum,
The Fortunate Buddha
had made its way there. duMonde’s men stalked one of the art specialists, Sophie Kingston, in a retrieval attempt.

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