Pay Dirt

Pay Dirt
by Moira Reid
Cobblestone Press

Elle Parsons wins $15 million in the Texas Two-Step Lottery and her life immediately changes…and not for the better.

First someone steals her purse containing the ticket. Then, she unwittingly mucks up a police undercover operation to catch the Houston Marauder, a psychopath who has already abducted, raped and murdered three women.

Then things turn much worse.

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“Elle is feisty, self assured, and unwilling to just sit back and let the world pound on her. She has fought tooth and nail to drag herself up to where she is barely above the water and then the lottery win seems like the answer to her prayers, or is it? Elle has to decide if money makes the woman or if money is just a handy tool. Nick Damato is one hot detective and the chemistry between him and Elle is blistering. But Elle also brings out his stubborn, protective nature too. I enjoyed the interaction between these two strong personalities and watching them struggle to figure out what is going on and who is after Elle. The action starts right at the beginning and the suspense builds right up to the conclusion of the story. Are you looking for an entertaining romantic suspense with strong characters, a murderous bad guy, and lots of chemistry? Then you’ll like Pay Dirt.” Steph B., Romance Studio, 4 Hearts

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“The mystery is solved with a few unique twists, and the erotic scenes are extremely well written. Author Reid keeps the reader interested and involved as she spins this riveting tale.” Sphinx Minx, Literary Nymphs, 4 Nymphs

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Elle is so not having a good day.  She is hit on again by the little slime of a boss, and when she refuses him, he fires her. But as someone who always buys a lottery ticket, she pauses to see the winning numbers on a TV display while leaving the mall.  Holy crap, she won the lottery!  But as she is leaving the mall, some low life steals her purse. Her day goes to crap again.  But a homeless blind man helps to save her purse and she is so thankful she offers to split the winnings with him, is insistent, in fact.  Even after finding out he is not blind, nor is he homeless.

Nick is supposed to be on a forced vacation.  He is determined that, whether he is on duty or on vacation, he is going to find the “Houston Marauder”, a psychopath who has abducted, raped and killed a number of Houston women, including his sister.  The difference is that his sister was not murdered, though she is in an almost non-responsive state.  No matter what he won’t let crime happen before his face and has to stop the purse snatcher, even if it will muck up his undercover operation.

When he comes face to face with the women he saved the purse for, he knows instantly she will be someone he will be seeing a lot of, and soon.  So he plays along with her offer for dinner.  But will he tell her everything about himself in time, or will she feel yet another man has deceived her?  Especially when it appears she is to be the  “Houston Marauders” next intended victim.

What a hoot!  I love the fact that in Pay Dirt what is possibly the worse day of Elle’s life might turn out to be the best.  But, at the same time, Ms. Reid has done a wonderful job in keeping Elle grounded in her beliefs and what getting the monies will do to her.  While I did find Nick to be a bit of a jerk, and a little too secretive for his own good, I didn’t feel that it detracted too much from the story.  I overall enjoyed Pay Dirt, finding the suspense and erotic scenes well written. –Joyfully Reviewed

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Elle Parson loses her job and wins $10 million in the Texas Two-Step Lottery. Someone tries to snatch her purse, then she kisses a blind man and it turns out to be the best kiss of her life. She’s shot at, drugged, and falls hopelessly in love – all in a couple of action-packed days.

The homeless blind guy turns out to be an undercover cop, after the Houston Marauder. He’s not blind at all and he likes what he sees in Elle. There have been three abductions and two women are dead. Nick’s sister Toni McCray was victim number two and, although she has come out of her coma, she has not really returned to the living. She has a husband and child and Nick is sure apprehending her abductor will bring Toni back to normal.

Always living on the financial brink, Elle earned some needed cash at a gentleman’s club just over a year ago. She met some sleazeball guys and some women customers who admired the Chippendale dancers. She isn’t proud of her stint as a stripper.

Elle fantasizes about how ten million could change her life. Detective Nick Damato is not impressed with money, but then he does have quite a bit of it. He hides his own wealth from Elle and most of the world.

Elle’s ex-boss, Jeremy Sharmiah, is a real jerk who hit on her and threatened to reveal her past when she spurned him. Nick’s partners on the force are down-to-earth guys trying to solve the crime. The killer and the methods used are unusual, to say the least. The story is engrossing and action-packed, if not totally believable.

The mystery is solved with a few unique twists, and the erotic scenes are extremely well written. Author Reid keeps the reader interested and involved as she spins this riveting tale. –Literary Nymphs, 4 Nymphs

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