EXCERPT – Miami Beat II: Dilemmas by Frederica P. Burden

The warm, salty, sea air of Miami blows in change for everyone that Sidney holds dear to her heart. After years of hard work and dedication, Sidney Stevens’ dreams have finally manifested to reality. The Academy extended an offer of a lifetime, and she is prepared to invest everything she has into her future, everything EXCEPT her heart.

Sidney’s heart belongs to one man, Major Marcus Mystic.

Major Mystic has demons of his own to put to rest. His wife Vondra is on a misguided pursuit of the love she once had with her husband. She will stop at nothing to get her husband and their relationship back to how it was, and she is willing to kill anyone who stands in the way. With his wife on the hunt for blood, Mystic faces dilemmas of his own. Mystic is forced to choose between his deranged wife, Sidney, and the promotion that he so desperately covets. Afraid to lose it all, he can’t imagine selecting just one.

Which will Mystic choose?

As long as Vondra is alive, Sidney’s life is in danger, and everyone she loves is at risk. Luckily, Sidney has her closest friend to protect her, but unbeknownst to her, he has dilemmas of his own to conquer.

After a night of passion that he can barely recall, Spencer has found himself on the wrong side of the law. Spencer only has Artie Garcia in his corner, and he’s petrified that Artie’s affiliation with the Department could shake his resolve.

Will Spencer trust his lover with his life?


The characters from Miami Beat: The Secret Society have returned with drama so hot it will have you sweating. As the body count increases, everyone is left wondering, who will be next?

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Chapter 7  Miami Beat II: Dilemmas

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Spencer drove to Artie’s house with a one-track mind. He didn’t realize that someone was following closely behind. When he parked in the driveway and exited his car, Steven drove by the house making a note of the address. Oblivious to Steven’s presence Spencer knocked on Artie’s door and held his breath waiting for him to open the door. He needed to be in Artie’s arms.

Spencer nearly collapsed when Officer Arturo Garcia wrapped his muscular arms around him. Arturo, or Artie as Spencer liked to refer to him, was a handsome man with the complexion of butterscotch and the body of an Adonis. Artie was also Spencer’s lover and protector. He never wavered in his duties, either. Spencer knew that Artie would have done anything to make sure that he was safe. Artie was heading to meet Spencer when he heard the fear in his voice over the phone. He had his keys in his hands and was prepared to drive to wherever Spencer was to save him.

Artie and Spencer became friends several years prior when Spencer offered him personal training services at the local gym. The attraction between the two was immediate and intense. Spencer was a bronzed, physically fit, hazel eyed dream-come-true. He used the gym that he managed as his proverbial hunting ground for men, not because he wanted to, but, “spontaneity” is Spencer’s middle name, and he had no trouble drawing men to him.

Artie tried to play it cool when they first met, but Spencer could tell by the way Artie looked at him that he wanted him. His hazel eyes burned with fire. A fire that Artie was ready and willing to stoke. What they initially thought would be a hot one night stand grew into something more profound. Although Artie loved beautiful women, Spencer held a special place in his heart.

Spencer helped Artie grow. He taught Artie to let go of his inhibitions and be free. Artie felt like he owed Spencer for helping him accept himself for who he was, a bi-sexual man. Artie promised Spencer that he would take care of him and he meant it. Hearing the fear in Spencer’s voice over the phone Artie instinctively grabbed his gun and keys. He was going to drive to wherever Spencer was to rescue him. Instead, Spencer instructed Artie to wait, he was on his way to his house.

Artie was on pins and needles when Spencer arrived. Spencer tried to maintain his composure as Artie closed his front door and allowed his friend to have a seat. He didn’t want Artie’s neighbors witnessing his mental breakdown.

“Are you alright?” Artie asked, his face showing fear and concern as he surveyed Spencer’s wrinkled clothing. “Is that blood?” Artie questioned as he scanned Spencer for wounds. “What happened to you?” he asked, staring into Spencer’s eyes.

“I don’t know what happened,” Spencer offered absently shaking his head in confusion. “One minute we were partying… and the next…” he gasped trying to fight back the tears as images of Linda’s bloody body flooded his mind.

Artie embraced Spencer, rocking back and forth as he tried to console his friend. Spencer cried like a baby on Artie’s shoulder. Artie tried to get more information out of Spencer, but Spencer refused to say anything. Artie planted a reassuring kiss on Spencer’s forehead and whispered, “I’m right here with you. Get it all out,” he affirmed. He held Spencer in his arms and let him cry, knowing that whatever the situation was, he would be there for Spencer.

“I think I killed someone,” Spencer finally blurted out as Artie’s mouth dropped in surprise.

( Continued…  )

 

Purchase Miami Beat II: Dilemmas by Frederica Burden
Psychological Thriller » Erotic Suspense » Crime Thriller
Books can be found on Amazon and Barnes&Noble. Available in Paperback and Kindle Unlimited eBook format.

 

About the Author 
Frederica Paremore Burden graduated from Barry University (Miami Shores, Florida) with a Bachelors Degree in Nursing, and a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from St. Thomas University (Miami Gardens, Florida).

She worked for 28 years with the City of Miami Police Department, in various units throughout the department, including undercover details. Frederica was also a calendar model for the Police Department. She has three (3) sons and currently works as an adjunct professor at Miami Dade College School of Justice.

Her debut novel Miami Beat: The Secret Society was published spring 2018. Miami Beat II: Dilemmas is her follow-up erotic suspense novel. You can learn more about upcoming releases in the series at: http://www.FredericaBurden.com

Photo from Frederica’s November, 2018 book launch party. Celebrating with her children.

 

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