This excerpt is the second half of the opening scene of the first of the two books in this duology – Brace For Impact – a hot tropical crash romance.
The plane smacked on something. It wasn't the familiar and comforting feel of tires on tarmac. It was more like a crunch, like on a gravel road. The plane rose. Lori's stomach heaved. A nearby passenger wretched. The foul smell floated in the air. Lori gagged and pressed her face against her sleeve, trying to block the stench.
A second time the plane's belly flopped onto the surface.
Lori tilted her head. Water landing? At night. We overshot Caracas? She checked over her shoulders at the emergency exits on her right and left. Running over the procedure gave her calmness; something solid she could grasp. Hope.
The plane shivered, then released a hideous metallic scream. The sounds from the galley behind her resembled a bottle containing stones being violently shaken. An explosive snap made her flinch as the plane groaned in agony. The force jerked Lori to the left. She smashed her shoulder and the side of her face on the bulkhead. Pain tore through her head. Stars filled her eyes. She blinked, then shook her head. She couldn't pass out. She had to get her passengers out of the plane. A fresh sea breeze brushed across her sweat covered face. Something cool touched her foot. She glanced down. Water puddled around her feet. Frowning, she lifted her legs, removing her shoes from the wetness. A newspaper floated by and pressed up against the lavatory door.
Her thigh muscles protested at being held for so long. She lowered her feet. The cold water spilled over the tops of her shoes. Darkness engulfed the plane as the lights failed. The emergency lights flickered on, then off. Then on. Lori heaved a sigh of relief. The lights faded and went out. Damn! Fear oozed out of its hole and seeped into her veins.
She unclicked her seatbelt and pressed her hand on the bulkhead behind her. She stood, blindly feeling her way along the wall. Flashlight. Where is it? Should be right here. Her fingers wrapped around a long plastic cylinder. She tugged at the clasp, and it released from the wall. The water was up to her ankles. Sobs filled her ears. She snapped her head up. They had to get off the plane before it sank.
She clicked the ON switch and waved it about. "Evacuate. Evacuate. This way. See my light." The beam danced across horrified faces framed in bloated, yellow life jackets. "This way. See my…"
A hiss built in volume behind her. It sounded like a massive snake. There weren't any snakes on this plane. She shuddered. What a scary movie that was. The hiss grew. The woman from 37D stood facing Lori. Her mouth open. Her eyes wide with terror. She pointed, releasing a piercing scream.
Something nudged the back of Lori's leg. A shiver of dread filled her. Could there actually be a snake? She'd heard rumours of bizarre things being stowed away on international flights. She turned. Blinked. Gasped.
Time slowed. Lori watched with disbelief at the ridiculous occurrence unfolding before her. Inch by inch, the evacuation slide expanded inside the confined area of the aft galley. The door was still closed. She shone the light on it. Yes, the latch was in the locked position. Why was the chute deploying? Inside.
She bolted across the plane to the opposite door and released the hatch. Water gushed in. She pushed against it to open the door wide enough to let her passengers escape. It wouldn't budge. With a loud grunt, she heaved with all her strength.
36C stood next to her. He leaned his shoulder against the door and slammed his weight against it. It wouldn't move.
"Everybody. Forward to the wings. Walk calmly. Don't push." She held the flashlight high so they could stumble through the darkness with a bit of light showing them the way.
She turned. The edge of the evacuation chute slid off the lavatory door and spat outward.
The horror of the situation flashed through Lori's mind. Move. Move now!
The length of time for a message to go from a brain to a person's feet was less time than it takes for an evacuation chute to smack someone in the chest.
The air ripped from Lori's lungs. Her feet slipped out from underneath her. The cool Caribbean water covered her face, filling her eyes, nose and mouth. She needed air. She tried to inhale. Only water filled her mouth. The weight of the chute pressed against her, pinning her under the water.
This is it. I'm dead. Lights swirled in her head. Her lungs convulsed, trying to drag in air. Tremors ripped through her muscles. Her brain screamed for her to breathe. Black swarmed through her.
Blurb and Buy Links
Some like it hot… others like it HOTTER! Daryl Devoré has done it again, pairing two of her smoking hot romances into one smouldering book.
What could be simpler than a routine plane trip from Toronto, Canada to Caracas, Venezuela for a rookie flight attendant and a sexy R.C.M.P. officer?
But Fate had other intentions.
After leaving a disastrous marriage, Paix Allcot begins a new career as a flight attendant. First time in her dream job, she is no longer a trainee and the passengers in economy class are under her care. Especially the handsome passenger seated in 36C.
Guy Lapierre, undercover officer, is following a vicious human-trafficker. He has little time for relationships. Too many innocent lives are at stake. Stranded on a tropical island, he is forced to work with Paix to survive until he makes a relationship destroying discovery.
Can a pink bra and a hot night on the side of a volcano save the relationship and their lives?
What's a woman to do when a voice follows her home and makes mad, passionate love to her?
Corporate businesswoman, Capricious Gray, is dragged to a sex toy convention by her best friend. After a mysterious disembodied voice helps her with her purchases, it follows her home. Passion ensues, leaving Capri torn between lust for her fantasy lover and the desperate need for reality in her life.
Thall, son of one of the Fates, harbours the irrepressible need to be with the woman he's desired from afar for years. In order to make her his, once and for all, he must help Capri get past her fears, including the fear of what he represents - a fantasy.
Can fantasy become a reality for these two lovers?
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