TITLE: Breathing in Darkness
GENRE: Adult romance
He had plenty of practice invading other people’s lives, slipping under their skin to hear the pace of their heart, the cadence of their breathing, their lies shaped as truth. Surveillance was an act so personal it forced Kane to face only one conclusion: he couldn’t stand women like her.
Kane Raithby stretched his long legs as far as he could in the confines of his Land Rover, a sweat trail working its way down his spine. Tired of the smell of cheap coffee and stale air and even staler recriminations, he opened a window. It didn’t help. Dry African air, heavy with dust and exhaust fumes, snuck into the car. And on a blistering Friday afternoon in December, a typical summer’s day in Johannesburg, hot air was the last thing he needed. He had enough of that just looking at Amy Hutchinson.
Kane had spent most of this week bored out of his mind while following Amy into boutiques whose names he couldn’t pronounce and watching her eat at restaurants whose prices he refused to pay.
He knew that tomorrow was going to be pretty much the same routine. He knew because he’d been watching her for three weeks. It was his job to understand as much about Amy as he could: what she liked, hoped for, dreamed of. What she feared.
Shifting in his seat, he scratched at the beard he’d forced himself to grow.