Protective Custody

Protective Custody

by Wynter Daniels

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Witness to a murder, but no one will believe her…

Shocked by the brutal crime she witnesses through the window of her small office, Megan Jackson calls the police and is devastated when they question the truth of her story. With no body and no evidence of a crime, she’s written off as a nutcase.

Megan suspects the killer saw her face. Terrified, she calls the only person she can trust—her ex-boyfriend and former police officer, Will McCoy.

Despite a devastating breakup, Will jumps at the chance to help the woman who broke his heart. When the killer ramps up the stakes, Will is forced to take her into hiding—where the passion they once shared reignites, deeper and hotter than ever. But can Will keep Megan alive long enough to win back her heart?

56,000 words

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426891595
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 05/09/2011
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 284,703
File size: 262 KB

About the Author

Wynter Daniels lives in Florida with her husband of more than twenty years and their two college age children. After careers in marketing and the salon industry, Wynter’s wicked prose begged to be set free. She has authored more than two dozen books for several publishers. You can find her at


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"Watch out for ghosts and goblins. It's awfully dark out there." Megan's new client tipped his chin toward the glass door in the reception area. "I'll wait for you. I don't mind."

Megan glanced at the clock and inwardly groaned. Almost 9:00 p.m., no sense holding him up any longer. "Go home. I'll be fine, thanks. I bet your kids are still up and want to show you all the loot they got trick-or-treating."

She shook his hand and waved as he left. With the onset of snowbird season just around the corner, extended workdays were becoming the norm. She'd been at the office nearly twelve hours, finalizing leases, taking calls, showing property and writing up this last-minute listing, and she still had to shut down the computers and the copy machine.

Her growling stomach reminded her she'd worked through lunch, so she snatched a few pieces of candy corn from the bowl on her secretary's desk. Maybe the shot of sugar would give her the jolt she needed to finish up. The sooner she got home, the sooner she could grab dinner and put her feet up.

After shutting off the electronics and the lights, she entered her office and reached for the pull cord on the miniblinds, mindful of the paper skeleton hanging from it, but movement in the storefront across the street stilled her hand. The building had been vacant for months, since the gift shop had moved to the mall, but there were definitely two people in the display window—a man and woman. She leaned closer for a better look, and her breath fogged the glass.

The woman was young, maybe the man's daughter. No, her skin was darker than his, perhaps Asian. He had thick dark hair and was tall and bulky. His back was to her, but there was no disguising the vicious slap he dealt the woman's face or the brute force he used to yank her long dark hair, jerking her head sideways. The woman backed away, shaking her head. He smacked her again, and she stumbled backward, covering her face.

Bastard. Megan gritted her teeth. She should march over there and stop him, but getting in the middle of a lovers' quarrel or family spat could be dangerous. Her ex-boyfriend had the battle scars to prove that interrupting a domestic assault could be dicey, even for professionals. No, she should call the police. Will would know what to do.

She turned and picked up the phone on her desk but stopped when the man closed his hands around the woman's neck, strangling her. The woman cowered and struggled to escape.

Megan banged on the glass. Oh God, no. Couldn't be.

The woman punched and pummeled him, but her slim frame was no match for his bulky strength and broad shoulders. Her strikes didn't faze him.

Megan pressed closer to the window, unable to look away, transfixed by the terror in the woman's dark eyes.

The woman shook violently, flailing her arms, fighting for her life.

Oh my God! I have to help her.

Megan's hands trembled, and she dropped the handset. She couldn't tear herself away from the gruesome spectacle.

The woman's movements slowed, and her head leaned at an unnatural angle to her shoulder. He must have broken her neck. She went limp, slumped against him, then slid down the man's side and dropped to the floor, out of sight.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Megan Jackson, is a successful business woman who witnesses a murder on Halloween. The murderer saw her watching him and knows she has witnessed it. The police find no body or evidence so they assume it was a Halloween prank. The murderer is now terrorizing her, so she turns to the only person she trusts. Her ex-boyfriend Will McCoy, who she is still in love with, and who is an ex-cop and now works for a Security firm. Since they are an interracial couple, there was disapproval from both families (Will didn't know his mother told Megan the relationship wouldn't work, and so did Megan's grandmother who raised her, and that she should leave Will. Megan broke up the relationship. Will McCoy is still in love with Megan and believes her about the murder. He agrees to help her. Between the two of them will they find the answers to the murder and find out who the murderer is? Against all odds will their rekindled romance survive this time? There's hot steamy sex, action and plot twists that keep you guessing. A great story and has you engrossed from the beginning to the end. A must read and I'm so glad I did. (BO)
booknooknuts More than 1 year ago
I totally loved this book.  Adult 18+ Readers !!! We have Megan and Will. These two people dated for a long time and Will got his heart totally broken by Megan and had no idea of the real reasons why Megan up and dumped him. Megan witnesses a murder and  no one in the town believes her even the cops think she is crazy or seeing things.  She calls Will she thinks he  is still a cop and knows he will help her. Well they get led on one HELL of a ride. This story takes us on so many thrilling action packed scenes. Megan also realizes she still loves Will very much and finally tells the truth about why she walked out of his life. Can this couple over come the many obstacles ahead of them? They have to overcome not just a Murderer but Racist family members as well. Can Will be the one to save Megan and himself?  Hot , Steamy, Passion and Total Suspense !!! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very sensual love scenes, good suspense throughout, well drawn characters. If you love IR Romance, this is a really well done one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good IR romance. Lots of heat, good characters, evil villain. I liked this author's Game of Smoke and Mirrors better, but this one was worth the read.
lambrewatt More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. It was a good romance but also included some of the hardships interracial couples go through and suspenseful all at the same time. Definitely a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mmm mmmm mmmm good! Wish there was more to the ending or a epilogue,but I really enjoy the book over 400 pages looking forward to y B
ChambersGirl More than 1 year ago
Warning: This is a read for a cold winter night!!! The writing and chemistry in Protective Custody will have readers blazing with carnal need!!! If read during the hot summer months, this book could result in readers spontaneously combusting!!!! It's Halloween and Megan just finished a long day at work. Eager to leave her office, grab a bite to eat and head home, she begins to close up shop for the night. As she reaches for her office window blinds, she catches sight of a brutal murder. She stands in frozen shock until she hears heavy footfalls entering her office. Jump started into action, Megan flees her office and escapes into the night... As soon as she's able, she phones the police to report the crime. The police dutifully answer the call, but can find no evidence that a crime was committed: no body, no forced entry, no witnesses other than Megan. Ultimately, her claims are dismissed and Megan finds herself alone and scared with a feeling that this nightmare is far from over. In her desperate time, Megan reaches out to Will, her ex-boyfriend who is happens to be a detective in the sheriff's office. The sparks soon fly and both Megan and WIll try everything to keep one another safe - safe from the murderer and safe from each other. How will it all end? Is there hope for the murderer to be brought to justice? Is there any hope of a future for Will and Megan? You'll just have to read to find out... The absolute gem of this book? The prose. Ms. Daniels has a superb gift for words; her carefully crafted selections pump life into the lyrics! I cannot bring justice to the beautiful verses on my own, so I here are a few delectable excerpts: "A sickening chill slithered down her spine" "The area was as silent as a secret." "Memories climbed into the cab and settled in." "His every touch felt warmer than the sun's kiss." "A tsunami of yearning flooded her veins." Overall - three and a half stars. My scoring for Protective Custody: Story line/Plot - 3 stars Action - 3 stars Writing/Prose - 5 stars Chemistry between Megan and Will - 4 stars The sex/love scenes - 5 stars between Megan and Will, 3 stars for secondary characters Secondary or supporting characters (and their sub or side stories) - 2 stars
divas_lioness More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent read full of passion, mystery, intrigue and overall sizzle. Megan and Will are a great couple. This read is well told with well-developed characters that are easy to relate to. I really became involved in the character interaction and once I started reading, couldn't put it down. I was up all night trying to finish this read. There were hot scenes, a very strong plot and the chemistry was off the charts. I highly recommend this book and any book by her. Wynter Daniels has a unique writing style that includes books with awesome plot twists and compelling stories. A am a huge fan of the author and know that you would feel the same after reading her work. Tasha, Divas of the Serengeti Book Club
Babsygirl More than 1 year ago
This book had me on the edge of my seat. If you like mystery, intrigue and steamy love scenes this is the book for you. Wynter Daniels never fails to bring everything to her books. Megan has witnessed a murder across from her place of work on Halloween. The police think it is a false alarm, maybe a prank or an over active imagination. The only person she can turn to is her ex-boyfriend Will, a former police officer. When it appears the murderer is after Megan now, she and Will are thrown together all the time. The nearness reminds them of the love they had before both their hearts were broken, but certain circumstances still keeps Megan at a distance. Yet she finds it is hard to not touch him. As the situations start to become more dangerous for Megan, Will turns to help. Yet, the troubles in people's lives don't always make them reliable. I was completely pulled right into this story of Megan and Will. Feeling their heartache, Megan's fear and anger at characters in the story, so much I would shake my head, be frustrated and actually wish I could smack them. I loved this. I want to go on the journey with this characters and Wynter Daniel's writing takes you on one. I highly recommend this book, Read it today!!
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MJHughes12 More than 1 year ago
This was a great read that had just the right mix of romance and suspense. What I loved most about this book was that just when I thought I had everything worked out, another twist or turn happened that added another layer to the story. Will and Megan were hot together, and although it was frustrating at times watching both of them rationalize why they shouldn’t be together, it was hard not to root for them finding their HEA. The mystery of the book had me turning the pages as fast as possible to find out what was going to happen next, but since there were so many characters and inter-connected story lines, I found myself slowing down to make sure I didn’t miss anything. I just love second chance love stories, so it was easy for me to get sucked in to Will and Megan’s romance. It was heartbreaking watching Megan struggle with her love for her grandmother, her only family left, and her love for Will. It was frustrating to learn of the prejudices that existed from not only Megan’s grandmother, but Will’s family, and the impact they had on Will & Megan’s relationship. It was so clear that these two belonged together – I just wanted to yell at both of them to listen to their hearts! This was an action packed story that took off right from the beginning and never slowed down. Another great read from Wynter Daniels! I was given a copy of this book by the author for an honest review.
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