A Boxed Set feat. Silent Echoes and Silent Obsession
by Melissa Bourbon
Genre: Romantic Suspense
National Bestselling author Melissa Bourbon brings dark twists to two Latin-American urban legends guaranteed to keep you up into the wee hours. With riveting suspense, sigh-worthy romances with heart-stopping heroes, beautiful writing, and characters that jump off the page, these thrilling romantic suspense novels will have you believing in curses and ghosts.
For the first time, Silent Echoes and Silent Obsession are together in this boxed set. Get ready for a thrill-ride…
Something deadly waits in the shadows…
On a Texas night twelve years ago, Vic Vargas kissed Delaney West so deeply that she almost came apart. Later that same night, evil crept into Delaney’s room as she slept – and everything in their world fell apart. Now Vic is a rancher living a half-empty life punctuated by one-night stands and a strained relationship with his 11-year-old son.
Then Delaney returns to San Julio, and the past comes rushing back… along with the silent echoes of that night so long ago. Livestock are dying. Some say coyote, but others whisper another darker word. Chupacabra. Bloodsucker.
The past hasn’t disappeared – nor has the instinctive desire that snaps and crackles between Delaney and Vic. And as those emotions ignite, so does the evil that hibernated for the last twelve years. The evil that waited for Delaney to return to San Julio… and to Vic Vargas.
Johanna Rios is a woman whose past has come back to haunt her.
The ghost of la Llorona is said to haunt the riverbanks, always searching for her drowned child. She also haunts high school teacher Johanna Rios, whose own mother believed so deeply in the legend she tried to drown her daughters. And now the ghost has become real, a young woman murdered, and the safe world Jo created is falling apart.
Since returning home from his last tour of duty to become a school principal, Ray Vargas has fought his attraction for his employee, the sensual woman who’d once been the girl next door. But the Llorona Killer will not stop until he claims his final victim—Johanna—and Ray will do anything to protect the woman he’s come to love.
With a serial killer out to prove the curse is real, will Ray and Johanna’s future be drowned in the ghostly waters of the past? Or will the power of their love give them the strength to stop a killer…and heal their wounded hearts…?
San Julio River, Texas
Ray Vargas stood at the front of the small crowd, his face numb as he watched his longtime friend, Deputy Sheriff Derek Braido, bury his boots in the sludge of the San Julio River. Together, they stared at the dead woman floating in the river.
Correction. A dead girl, not a dead woman. Braido had called early, woken him up just as the sun rose, saying they had an unidentified drowning victim on the banks of the river. A female, possibly a teenager, with a San Julio High class ring on her finger. No one had called in a missing person’s report, so the ring was all they had to go by. But Braido had thought Ray might be able to ID the victim. As the principal of the only high school within fifty miles, this wasn’t the first time Ray had been asked to ID a kid. That was the main reason Braido had made him a reserve deputy.
Usually Braido called him to identify some kid trying to pull one over on the deputies, using an older brother’s driver’s license to buy booze. But not this time. This time a girl had been murdered.
What a way to start the day.
Ray peered down the embankment at the girl. Dark hair covered her face, fanned out around her head. River water muddied her white peasant dress. Her body was lodged in a mound of rocks, keeping her from floating away. Only her bare feet drifted back and forth in the swiftly moving current.
The current shifted, sweeping her hair off her face.
Breath rushed out of him and his mouth went bone-dust dry. Oh, shit. Oh, God, no. He knew her. Marianne Sandoval.
His daughter’s friend.
Melissa Bourbon, the author of the Magical Dressmaking Mysteries (A Seamless Murder, A Killing Notion, A Custom-Fit Crime, Deadly Patterns), sometimes answers to her Latina-by-marriage name, Misa Ramirez. She gave up teaching middle and high school kids in northern California to write full-time amid horses and Longhorns in north Texas. She fantasizes about spending summers writing in quaint, cozy locales, has a love-hate relationship with yoga and chocolate, is devoted to her family, and can’t believe she’s lucky enough to be living the life of her dreams.
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