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Digital Released: October 2013
ISBN: 9781301864416
ASIN: B00FO94ILY
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Print Released: September 2014
ISBN: 9781910234112
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A CUT-THROAT BUSINESS
Series: A Chastity Flame Adventure, #3
Author: K.A. Laity
Length: Novel
Genre: Erotic Romance
Digital Price: $3.99
Print Price: $6.99

There’s a killer loose in London, protected in high places. Chastity Flame needs to look in the places the police can’t — or won’t — while a rogue colleague dogs her steps, looking for the key to secrets in her past. Can she find the killer before his bloodlust rises again? Will she expose her bitter rival before he targets more innocents? And how will she cope with the most dangerous mission — moving in with her boyfriend, Damien.

Excerpt
Daddy's girl. That's what she'd always been. As she sprinted down the dark street, the phrase kept repeating in her head. Her heart beat a tattoo in her chest and her lungs burned as she raced along. Adrenaline filled her veins as she sought a way out, away from this, but she could still hear his footsteps behind her.

Daddy's girl. He had grinned as he said the words, onto her wavelength, her weakness, in just a few minutes of conversation. She had actually been pleased. He was smarter than they usually were, the men who fluttered around her like moths to a flame. She always found it easy to charm them, to make them desire her.

You'd hardly believe she had once been a plain tomboy. Her well-toned legs might be a legacy of that time, though exercise these days meant helping her maintain the look that turned heads. Right then she wished she'd worked more on pure endurance instead of shapeliness, because his seemingly tireless steps got closer as she grew tired.

She skidded around a corner and her terror exploded. It was a dead end. Panicking, her gaze darted back and forth, looking for some break in the brick walls that lined the narrow lane. With a glance over her shoulder, she stumbled forward into a ragged trot, eyes wild as she hoped there must be a way out of this. Someplace to hide would appear, like it always did in bad dreams, in movies, just when there was no more hope. Then a bin or a box would be there where you hadn't noticed, and behind it a narrow passage that led to freedom.

Her heart raced faster as the sound of his footfalls came closer.

Bricks, bricks, more bricks: up too high, a few windows with broken glass. If she had wings, a rocket, a fiery dragon—her thoughts were getting wild, hysterical. Isn't that the word they always used, the word only for women? She had such contempt for her gender. She had felt hunger and contempt in equal measures for men, those she desired and those who desired her.

He paused at the entrance to the narrow lane, staring at her. Earlier, she had preened as his interest became plain, but now she wished she had never seen him.

"Come to Daddy," he growled, in an obscene parody of the fatherly approval she craved.

There had to be some way out! She ran to the far wall, overly conscious of her own panting breaths. Her fingertips scraped against the bricks in vain, her overheated brain suggesting that there could be some kind of secret exit if she applied the right pressure. What was that movie where the bricks moved and opened, revealing a secret alley? When she realised it was one of the Harry Potter movies, a giggle began in the back of her throat.

This is what it's like to be hysterical.

What the reviewers are saying
Ka-Pow!
K A Laity's latest Chastity Flame adventure is the most hard-hitting yet . . . Fast-paced, funny, smart, international action ensues. Great stuff. ~ Paul D. Brazill, author of Guns of Brixton, Amazon

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Sharp and fast
As clever and ever-so-slightly satirical as its predecessors, A Cut-Throat Business delivers with action like nothing you've read before. (Unless it's the first two books!) ~ Reader, Amazon

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Londoners (and the world) beware! How can you not be drawn into the fire by a beautiful but lethal dame by the name of Chastity Flame? K.A. Laity has been proving for quite some time now that her noir prose ranks right up there with the likes of Meg Abbott, Dorothy B. Hughes, and Sara Paretsky. A Cut-Throat Business only further solidifies her standing as a contemporary master of the genre. ~ Vincent Zandri, bestselling author of The Innocent, Moonlight Rises, and The Remains

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. . . an excellent addition to the series. I very much enjoy K.A. Laity's writing style and humour, and although the book doesn't have the hot sex scenes of the previous two, there's still plenty of sizzling tension. An action-packed thriller that I'd recommend to anyone looking for an exciting read that's a bit different. ~ Lucy Felthouse, SeattlePI

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As with the previous two books in the series, A Cut-Throat Business, is full of action and adventure, and sexy, sexy Chastity. Readers will find such a gripping story they wont want to put the book down until it's done. I love it when I can immerse myself in such a way that everything around me fades away until the last page is turned. It's like a dream where I'm the heroine who must save the world, but to wake up with the alarm clock in the morning to realize I'd only dreamed it. Only with this series, one can return time and time again to relive the experience. ~ Heart of Fiction

 

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