Welcome to author SE Jakes and the tour for her brand new release, Running Blind, book two in the Havoc series! We’ve got an exclusive excerpt from the book to share with you today, and also be sure to check out the giveaway details below.
About the Book
An ATF agent who lives for danger finds what he craves from an outlaw biker.
It’s impossible for a one-percenter motorcycle club member to simply walk away—and no one knows that better than undercover agent Bram, who’s almost killed for trying. His cover isn’t blown—yet—but it’s only a matter of time. The Heathens won’t be satisfied until he’s dead, so he decides to lay low and heal.
But when his younger brother’s disappearance throws a wrench into his plan, Bram ends up in Shades Run, a town ruled by the notorious Havoc MC. In less than twenty-four hours, Bram finds himself at the mercy of Sweet, Havoc’s president, as he throws himself into the undercover role of a lifetime: himself. A man who’s never belonged anywhere, and who will do anything to protect his younger brother.
When finding Linc seems impossible, Bram is torn between Sweet, Linc, and revealing his true identities . . . and there appears to be no way out. Once again, he risks it all trying to save it all. Only this time he’s got no backup to save him if he falls.
Running Blind is available from Riptide. || And don’t miss book one in the Havoc series, Running Wild!
While Bram sat on the floor and attacked the mail pile quietly, Sweet cleaned out the fridge and took the garbage outside. By the time he returned, Bram was numb. The envelopes were mostly junk mixed with a few real bills but nothing to give Bram any clue as to where his brother had disappeared to—or why.
“Has he done this before?” Sweet asked finally.
Bram glanced up at him. “Sure. When he went into Basic, he didn’t tell anyone. Skipped out like this. But since then . . . with Rush and Noah . . .”
Rush and Noah—Linc’s best friends and constant companions in troublemaking. They seemed to keep each other on somewhat of an even keel, which Bram was grateful for. Last Bram heard, Rush was hooked up with an XO from Havoc and Noah was hanging out with the Hangmen MC and dating the president’s daughter.
“Rush’s been away for a couple of months,” Sweet explained. “Noah too.”
Bram glanced around and saw a few envelopes that had slid partially under the front mat. One of them was a bank statement, and Bram cursed himself that he hadn’t thought to check up on this before. He scanned it quickly, noted that zero money had moved except for bills set to auto-pay. And a gas station fill up on . . .
Wait. He showed Sweet the date. “Ring a bell?”
“I can’t be sure, but that’s within the week he disappeared,” Sweet agreed.
“Can we narrow it down?”
“I’ll ask Gypsy.”
“Right,” Bram bit out, and for maybe the first time during all of this, his thoughts skittered briefly where he’d fought so hard to not let them—that there was a very goddamned real possibility Linc was in real trouble. Because his brother had never run and left the equivalent of his entire life behind without cleaning up purposefully after himself. Never. And once Bram let that thought break down the door, the possibility of foul play and Linc hurt—or worse—flooded through and threatened to drown him.
“No,” he said out loud. “No. No. No.” And he repeated it until the other thoughts receded and he was able to convince himself to believe Linc was alive. Maybe in a bit of trouble, like always or maybe living a whole new life and enjoying the fuck out of himself.
But Bram pulled his knees up to his chest and rocked, despite the physical pain it caused him. The emotional pain overrode everything else.
He was aware that Sweet was talking him through the panic attack, gently helping him uncurl. After God knew how long, Bram sat, useless, staring out the window, wondering how the hell everything had gotten so fucked.
Finally, he looked Sweet in the eye and admitted, “I was mad at Linc. So goddamned mad that I had to come and deal with the trouble he’d gotten himself into. I never thought . . . if I’d bothered to keep up more, maybe . . .”
“Stop,” Sweet ordered. “None of us thought to worry.”
“I’m his brother. I’m supposed to protect him,” Bram said fiercely.
“Get yourself together. We’ll find him.”
“Why are you doing this, Sweet?” he asked suddenly, the roar between his ears threatening to become a deafening tsunami that would attack anyone and everyone in his path, deserved or not.
“Linc’s been good to Rush. Rush is one of ours,” Sweet said simply. “And Gypsy.”
“Right.” Linc snorted. “Look, I’m fucked up, Sweet. It’s not something I can exactly hide being in such close proximity, but make no mistake, I’ll go to the ends of the earth for my family.”
“Who fucked you up? Tell me who—and why they did it.” It was a gentle demand, coaxing, and Bram almost caved.
Instead, he closed his eyes. “I don’t want to talk about it.”
“Because I should be motherfucking dead,” he practically shouted.
Sweet looked pained, and unsurprised. “I need to know everything.”
“And I need to get the fuck out of here. Why won’t you let me go?”
“Because you’re a fucking danger to yourself right now. You’re in pain and you need to detox from pain meds. You’re drinking too much.”
Bram shook his head. “None of this is your concern. Take this.” He offered Sweet the money order he’d been keeping in his pocket. “And I’m out.”
About the Author
SE Jakes writes m/m romance. She believes in happy endings and fighting for what you want in both fiction and real life. She lives in New York with her family, and most days, she can be found happily writing (in bed). No really…
SE Jakes is the alter ego of New York Times bestselling paranormal and romantic suspense author Stephanie Tyler.
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To celebrate the release of Running Blind, one lucky person will win an ecopy of Running Wild, the first book in the Havoc series! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on September 29, 2018. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following along, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!
4 thoughts on “Exclusive Excerpt and Giveaway: Running Blind by SE Jakes”
Phew: almost 4 years to wait for this one :) But I guess it’ll be great :)
I have not read this series yet, but it sounds really good!
Thank you for the excerpt! Good luck with the release!
Welcome, welcome, welcome, welcome BACK, SE Jakes! Can’t wait to read any and all of your writing.