A Love Restrained #AuthorInterview #excerpt #newrelease @BeckyFlade


by Becky Flade

Tirgearr Publishing

Philadelphia police officer Kylee Parker is dedicated to protecting and serving. She sees the work in absolutes: right and wrong, black and white, good guys and bad guys. That is, until she chases a drug dealer into a dead-end alley and finds the bad boy she had a painful crush on throughout her teen years has turned into a more dangerous and more attractive man.

Jayson Donovan knows he doesn’t deserve someone as good as Kylee Parker. As the right hand man to a local drug-pushing mobster, he’s solidly on the wrong side of Kylee’s moral compass. But he can’t help reaching for her time and again when he knows he shouldn’t.

Even when his secrets threaten them both.

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 Enjoy the following excerpt from A Love Restrained:

 Spring in the city brought people out of winter hibernation like a siren song, but as the temperature rose, so in turn, did the crime rate. Cops had  to be sharp as they walked the streets of Philadelphia. In her ten years on the force, on these streets, she’d seen a lot of crazy and often stupid  criminals do a lot of crazy and often stupid things. But to be so brazen,  or so plain dumb, as to do a hand-to-hand drug buy right in front of two uniformed officers rode high on her list of top ten.

“Tell me you saw that?”

“Saw what?” Hunks of half chewed soft pretzel fell from Sherman’s mouth.

Pete Sherman’s not a bad cop, just not an observant one whose paunch  portrayed his love of all things fried and his reupholstered recliner. He hadn’t seen a thing in the last six months. But he took direction well, despite the fact he had seniority.

“There, across the street.” She pointed. “The junkie walking east just scored off the guy in the leather bomber heading west. I swear the dealer looked right at us before the exchange. Call it in, Pete, and grab the junkie. I’m going after the dealer.”

Sherman didn’t argue. She took off into a quick lope, kept her footsteps light so as to not alert the man she pursued. The spring day had drawn people out and the complaints of the pedestrians she weaved through grew loud. The guy glanced over his shoulder, and the edge of his mouth tipped into a grin before he sprinted around the corner.

“Cocky jerk.” She turned the corner, and shouted, “Stop! Police.”

She ran clean and fast, closing the distance between them with little effort. The dealer ducked into an alley she knew to be a dead end. She slowed and put one hand on the butt of her service pistol as she approached. He had his back to her, his hands on his hips as he stared at the brick wall in front of him.

“Philly PD, you’re under arrest. Slowly put your hands above your head and against the wall to your left.” She closed the few feet between them, using her free hand to release the handcuffs from her belt, the other remaining on her weapon. She cuffed him, with practiced efficiency, and then read him his rights before leading him out of the alley, preferring to do the pat down with her partner present.

“Kylee Parker, I’ll admit I daydreamed a time or two about you cuffing me, but it was never in this context.”

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Home is where the heart is and I make mine with my very own knight in slightly tarnished armor in southeastern Pennsylvania. When I’m not busy living my own happily ever after, I’m writing about someone else’s.

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Interview with Becky Flade

What inspired you to write this novel? Where did the idea come from?
I’d been toying with the basic premise for a long time: she’s a cop, he’s a crook.
Probably because of my sheer unadulterated love for Eve & Roarke (JD Robb’s In
Death series) but I didn’t want to steal their story so I sat on the urge until I had my
own people, with their own love story to tell, something my husband had a big hand in.
Do you have a dream cast for your characters? If so, who?
Yes! Sam Homan as my hero, Jayson “JD” Donovan and Alyssa Milano for my heroine,
Kylee Parker.
Did you bond more with a particular character? Who was it and why?
Jayson, he’s often equal parts tragic and brave; trying to so hard to deserve the good
things he wants in life and fearing he never will. I’m not sure if it was bonding per se or
if I fell a tiny bit in love with him.
If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I want to travel and have a long list of places in the world I yearn to see. But first on my
list is Ireland. I think that’s probably one of the few places in the world where real
magic still exists.
When you’re not writing, what do you like to do?
I love to watch television; go to the movies; and reading of course. I’ve yet to meet an
author who doesn’t love to read. And I am no exception.
Have you learned anything from your readers? Or had a response that especially touched you?
One of my readers asked me to write more about the couple from my Fated Souls and
the cabin in the woods that played a big part in their love story. That request led to two
more books, and the fourth/final novel that I’m writing now.

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