Ex-Cop Paxton “Tank” Sokolofski’s life is shattered—first by a bullet, then by a woman. Now he passes his days tracking down cheating spouses. Not his idea of a good time.
When Cori Transue moves in next door, things get a little more interesting. She’s a sultry little firecracker, and the way she looks at him definitely gets his attention.
However, he doesn’t need a woman added to the mix, especially one with even more baggage than he has.
But when he hears her screaming, he finds himself knee-deep in a mystery no cop could ignore…and closer to Cori than he’d like.
Tank’s weathered more than his fair share of broken hearts, broken dreams, and broken noses. But he doesn’t know if he can handle Cori…or the brutal monster who’s stalking her.
Melinda Valentine was born in upstate New York. The youngest of four children (and the only girl) made it easy for her to turn to books as a companion. As a young child she was whisked away to Baltimore, Maryland. She spent her youth reading books such as Nancy Drew, The Chronicles of Narnia and The Little House on the Prairie saga.
However, it wasn’t until she was twelve years old that she read a book (Stephen king’s IT) that made her realize that someday, she would herself be a writer. After that her first (horrible) manuscript came to life. At thirteen she had received her very first rejection letter. Heartbroken, she continued to read even more to learn about the craft of writing.
Today Melinda calls West Virginia home, with her three hilarious children and rambunctious puppy. She works full time as a bank teller and creates characters that she hopes her readers fall in love with as much as she has.