THIRST TRAP, an all-new suspenseful romance from Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling Author, Lani Lynn Vale, is available now!

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He tried to stay away from her. But the heart wants what the heart wants…



Toxic: very harmful or unpleasant in an invasive or sinister way.

One word. Two consonants. Five letters. Two people.

Quinn James Carter met Solei Shayne Rodriguez his senior year of high school.

At first, he tried to stay away from her. But the heart wants what the heart wants, and if there were two people in this world who were meant to be together, it was Shayne and him.

Sadly, life doesn’t work out like you plan.

A single, brash, knee-jerk reaction has them both deciding that their relationship is never going to work. A cop and a notorious criminal’s sister can’t have a happily ever after, can they?

Consequently, they go their separate ways.

They live their lives.

And time after time, they come right back to each other, giving the term ‘toxic relationship’ a new meaning.

Anger, jealousy, hurt, and pain run hand in hand with their persistent need to stay in each other’s lives, no matter if it’s in a healthy way or not.

But eventually, time catches up to them.

Fate decides their path for them, and one of them has to wind up nearly dead for them to admit that they can make it work if they want to. They only have to try.




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I clocked her the moment she walked in the room.

“Who. Is. That?” I said to no one in particular.

The table holding my brothers collectively turned to look at who I was talking about, and a few of them drew in deep breaths upon the sight of her.

“That’s Shayne Rodriguez,” Quincy announced as he turned around.

“That’s the girl Ande’s been talking about for ages.”

It was second semester of my senior year.

Our sisters, Addison and Ande, were three years younger than us.

Though, technically, they were more like two-and-three-quarter years younger than us, but three was easier to say.

“That’s the gang leader’s sister?” I felt my stomach drop.

Out of all the people who could’ve walked into this place and caught my eye, I had to be intrigued by the gang leader’s sister?

My mom was going to kill me.

My mom and dad were both cops for Dallas Police Department.

My grandfathers were, too.

If there was a single person in this school I didn’t need to be hanging out with, it would be her.

My mom had already had a serious talk with Ande as she spoke to her about the dangers of being associated with Shayne but Ande hadn’t listened.

Apparently, they were soul mate best friends, and it didn’t matter what we said to her. They would remain best friends because that was just how it was going to be now. No matter who she had to piss off in the process.

“How do you know who she is?” my brother, Auden, asked.

Auden was younger, but didn’t look it.

We were all the same size and build, though that was likely due to our parents’ inability to allow us any free time. When we weren’t playing sports, we were outside working. When we weren’t doing chores, we were actually working.

Speaking of work…

“Hey, Quincy, can you take my shift today at the video store?” I asked.

“I have a paper due.”

“I’ll take it if you write mine, too.” Quincy shrugged.

“Deal,” I said as I gathered my trash and headed toward the exit.

After dropping the remnants of my lunch off into the trash can by the door, I left, only looking once over my shoulder as I did.

My eyes connected with those of the newcomer.

Momentarily, I was stunned by her light gray eyes.

They were something out of a magazine, or a freakin’ movie.

They looked almost unreal.

And her hair.

It was long, black, thick, and straight, coming to a stop somewhere right above her hips.

Hips that went on for days.

She gave the perfect example of pear-shaped.

Great breasts, curvy legs and ass.

She was the epitome of pin-up model perfection.

But she looked at me like I was a new and interesting bug that she hadn’t quite figured out yet.

I hesitated in the doorway, staring at her, temporarily forgetting my parents’ warnings. However, just as I had the thought of going back inside, she turned away from me and gave me her back.

Maybe I’d imagined everything…




About Lani Lynn Vale:

Lani Lynn Vale is an American author of humorous romantic suspense novels. Born in the Great State of Texas, she has lived the majority of her adult life in East Texas where most of her novels are based. She’s married to her high school sweetheart whom her readers refer to as “LLV’s Bearded Half.” She published her first novel, Boomtown, in the summer of 2013 after the birth of her third child. She’s gone on to publish over 100 novels, with most of them going on to become USA Today Bestsellers.

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