The Dangerous Thief Chapter Two

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James Weston glanced over at Willa out of the corner of his eye. She was trying to sleep but he could tell from the tension in her body that she was still awake. He didn’t really know what to make of the socialite next to him.

She would talk nonstop if he let her, so he tried his damnedest not to encourage her. He was well aware that he came off as a dick, but he wasn’t worried about her liking him. He was being tasked to keep her alive and help take down Jadon Belli, not make friends.

And he had a feeling a girl like that would never be friends with a guy like him. There were just too many rungs on the social ladder separating the two of them. She probably had a cell phone full of contacts who were all friends of some sort. She didn’t need to add him to that list.

They were just passing over the edge of his property line and it would only be a few minutes until they reached the house. James had a good setup here. Nothing fancy like the high-rise apartments she was used to, but it served his purposes.

The borders were set up with motion sensor cameras to let him know when someone entered the area, and he had stashes of supplies set up at various locations all within walking distance of the main compound. Well, walking distance for him at least.

But if Willa was running from something and wanted to stay off the grid for a while, this was the best place for her. He knew of a few safe houses he could’ve taken her to, but this would also make it harder for her to change her mind.

There were no cab or car companies that would venture this far out in the middle of nowhere. If Willa decided to bail, the only option she’d have would be walking off, and she probably wouldn’t survive the trek.

Because he’d lied to her. Yes, he was going to keep her safe and help her go after her father, but that wasn’t the true target. Jadon Belli was the last puzzle piece that needed to be solved before he found his true target. Sterling. The man who had orchestrated Isobel Murray’s murder and Melody’s kidnapping.

He was tasked with retrieving Melody, and not only had he failed to get her out, but Isobel had died in the process. Even if Melody wasn’t paying him, he owed their family, and that meant he was going to help them bring down Sterling, no matter what.

So if Willa could provide them with leverage to get Jadon Belli to flip on Sterling, he’d consider his mission accomplished. And he liked to accomplish missions, no matter what.

As they left the paved road and started to bounce along the gravel, Willa opened her eyes, giving up her attempts to sleep. “Are you sure you know where we’re going?”

He wasn’t sure whether that was a rhetorical question or not, so he kept quiet. She would see the house any second now and that would answer her question.

Sure enough, they turned a corner and there was the main house. His hundred-and-fifty-acre property had a few buildings on it, but only one was livable. The old ranch house wasn’t much, but it served his purpose.

The house was rather square. There wasn’t fancy architecture or anything. The white vinyl siding had turned beige with age and the porch had an old rocking chair that had been there since he bought the place and which he’d never used.

Willa looked the place up and down and James couldn’t figure out what was going through her head. Strange, considering he was pretty good at getting a read on people. During the twenty-six-hour drive there, he’d gotten a mixture of fear and annoyance from her, but at the moment it was blank.

He ran through the few facts he’d been given about his newest assignment. Willa Belli. Twenty-four. Daughter of Jadon Belli, COO of Cordon Enterprises, a consulting firm based out of Chicago. Education level: high school. Job: none. Talks: nonstop.

He’d pretty much nipped the talking down, but he’d have to make sure she would stay out of his hair for the time being while he figured out how to proceed.

“Come on.” He started inside, leaving Willa to pull her own bag out. It might not be polite, but the few second head start he had was enough for him to immediately confirm that no one was in the house waiting for them. The motion sensors on the property were rigged to send a warning to his computer set up in the home and the app on his phone, but he’d be damned before he put a hundred percent of his faith in technology over his own senses.

“So are we just staying here for a few hours?” Willa brought her one designer bag inside.

“We’ll be here as long as we need to. Stay here.” James didn’t look at her to make sure she was following his orders, but he didn’t hear the familiar creak of the fifth board after the door to signal that she’d moved. He ran through the house quickly, flipping on lights and verifying that no one was in the shadows.

When he came back, Willa was exactly where he’d left her. “It’s clear,” he said. “Pick whichever room you want and bunker down.”

Her dark eyes bounced around the place, still not really giving anything away. “Where are you going to sleep?”

James shrugged. “My room.”

Finally she showed some emotion. Surprise. “Wait. You live here?”

“It might not be as big as you’re used to, but it keeps the elements out,” he said dryly, not used to having to defend his lifestyle to anyone.

Her eyes widened as she glanced around the place once more. “This place isn’t small. It’s empty. There’s not even a TV. How do you live like this?”

“There’s a TV in my room.”

Her mouth opened but no words came out. She tilted her head and considered him for a moment. Then she ran her fingers through her hair and sighed. “It doesn’t matter. Where’s my room?”

He pointed down the only hallway. “Like I said, any one you want. My room is the last door on the right, so anywhere but there. I need to eat some real food and then I’m going to crash.” He didn’t have time to socialite-proof the place right now, but after the long trip, she was probably ready to pass out for a bit too. Which was good. The more she stayed out of his way, the better.

He might need her to take down Jonathan Sterling, but he already knew what kind of person she was. And he didn’t have time for a spoiled socialite who had gotten in over her head.


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    Mallory Crowe
    May 9, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    My favorite strong, silent book boyfriend is Wren from Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Unleash The Night, and John Wick is my favorite movie boyfriend ( from the John Wick movies <3 )!

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      May 25, 2017 at 7:28 am

      Oooo, John Wick! I haven’t watched the second movie yet. 😍

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      Diana Fahrenbruck
      May 25, 2017 at 2:58 pm

      Love me some John Wick- no nonsense gorgeous, tough guy with a soft side.

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    Rikki Noel-Williams
    May 10, 2017 at 1:23 am

    I can’t think of my favorite strong silent book boyfriend…too many! My favorite tv/movie boyfriend would have to be Jasob Momoa in Game of Thrones, Red Road, Carhartt commercial, haha!!!

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      Rikki Noel-Williams
      May 10, 2017 at 1:23 am

      I misspelled his name!!!! Jason Momoa

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    May 10, 2017 at 1:23 am

    Clint Eastwood in his early spaghetti westerns is my favorite strong silent movie guy.

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    Nicole Ortiz
    May 10, 2017 at 1:33 am

    Luke Craven from the NSB series. I also love John Wick and Daryl from The Walking Dead!

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    Kathleen Bylsma
    May 10, 2017 at 1:35 am

    Ranger from Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evonovich.

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    Corie Craig
    May 10, 2017 at 2:03 am

    My two favorite movie strong, sexy, silent types are Henry Cavill as Superman and Chris Hemsworth as the Huntsman in Snow White. In books, I would have to choose James Bond as my favorite strong, sexy, silent type. By the way, I loved your dream and yes you should try to incorporate it into a book. I think it could lead to a very interesting relationship between characters!

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    May 10, 2017 at 2:27 am

    Definitely Ranger!!

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    May 10, 2017 at 3:43 am

    Mark Harmon ias Gibbs in NCIS, Sean Connery as James Bond, Clint Eastwood, Hugh Jackman and I could keep going but this will do😀

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    Tanja Dancy
    May 10, 2017 at 5:31 am

    Derek Morgan from the television show Criminal Minds.

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    Michelle Caruso
    May 10, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    My favorite book boyfriend is Rhys from the Sinner Saints series by Adrienne Bell and my movie one is Ryan Gosling in Drive.
    Sooo scrumptious

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    Mel K.
    May 10, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Brad Pitt in “Legends of the Fall” and Vinnie Jones in the movie “Snatch”. I think there are a lot of strong silent types in Historical romance. That’s one reason I enjoy them. Yes! to Clint Eastwood. 🙂

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    Athena Kelly
    May 10, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    Favorite strong silent book boyfriends are Colin and Anthony from drew sera fragile and series

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      Mallory Crowe
      June 6, 2017 at 9:16 pm

      I’m super excited to let you know that you’re the winner! I just shot you an email about how you can get your signed paperback, so please check your inbox!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    Catherine Reimer
    May 10, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    yes Ranger is hot

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    Janice Von Seggern
    May 10, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    Alan Ladd in movie Shane.

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    Karen Markuson
    May 11, 2017 at 3:45 am

    My favorite silent, sexy type from a movie is John Wayne in “The Quiet Man.”

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    Lisa Angus
    May 12, 2017 at 1:25 am

    My very first thought when I read the question was Rafe…. from Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold Series. I can think of others, but they always say go with your first thought/choice 🙂

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    May 15, 2017 at 2:02 am

    Classic John Wayne, he said little and got the job done

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    Sue MacKenzie
    May 15, 2017 at 9:07 am

    Jason Statham, but then he tends to use the rest of his body instead of just talking lol

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    A Hunter
    May 17, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    I love Barrons (Karen Marie Moning – Faefever books). He is silent, mysterious, and oh so powerful. And sexy. Don’t forget drop-dead sexy.

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    Sandy Sch
    May 25, 2017 at 4:07 am

    Zhadist from JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood…such a tortured soul? As for TV /movies etc…..Jon Snow…GOT….

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    May 25, 2017 at 4:18 am

    One of my favorite strong, silent type characters from movies is Pierce Brosnan’s James Bond and Gregory Peck’s Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird. Favorite in a book is James Weston! 😀

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    Jana Kick
    May 25, 2017 at 4:30 am

    Ignazio Vitale in The Monster in her eyes trilogy would be my silent broody book boyfriend as for tv/ movies I’m going with Johnny Depp in any movie

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    Heather Ambrose
    May 25, 2017 at 5:59 am

    Barrons from Karen Marie Moning’s Faefever series! I love that he can convey so much by facial expressions and very few words!! Sexy man beast!!

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    May 25, 2017 at 7:30 am

    I also like Chris Hemsworth as the huntsman, as well as Daniel Craig as Bond, that is if they count as the “strong, silent type” because I truly have too many to name.

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    Mirele Dourado Pauly
    May 25, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    at this moment, my favorite is Gabriel Miller from The Endgame Series by Skye Warren.

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    Judy Wagner
    May 25, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    I thought Keanu was great in Constantine. So strong and reserved. The actor from The Hitman was perfect too. From books, any of Shannon McKenna’s McCloud brothers are the total package!

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