Take the Key and Lock Her Up
The Deadly Games Book #4
By: Lena Diaz
Lena Diaz returns with another sexy, thrilling Deadly Games novel and the darkest question of all: What do you do when your freedom could cost you your life?
Detective Emily O’Malley just stumbled upon a killer’s lair—and the remains of a woman he kept locked away for years. But this killer isn’t done yet. More women are missing, and all clues point to Devlin Buchanan—the man who seems to know just a little too much. Emily’s instincts are rarely wrong, and now they’re telling her this sexy, mysterious man is hiding something big …
As a trained assassin for EXIT Inc—a top-secret mercenary group posing as an international tour company—Devlin “Devil” Buchanan isn’t afraid to take justice into his own hands. But when the hot new detective on his trail gets too close to the organization and a contract is placed on her life, Devlin does the only thing he can: he turns rogue agent and kidnaps her to save her life.
With EXIT Inc closing in and passions running hot between them, Emily and Devlin must work together to find the missing women and clear both their names before time runs out … and the key to freedom is thrown away.
Guest Post: You can’t make this stuff up!
Thank you so much for having me on today. With the celebration of my new release, Take the Key and Lock Her Up, I’m reflecting on one of the underlying premises of the story…and the shocking fact that it really does happen. The premise? That someone would kidnap and hold someone hostage for YEARS.
I had already sold this story idea long before the incredible discovery of the three women–Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus–who had been held for a decade in their captor’s basement in Cleveland, Ohio. Thank God they were able to escape and the animal who locked them up can never hurt anyone else ever again. But perhaps more shocking than this discovery is that it’s not unheard of. There have been dozens of cases like this over the years all over the world. It truly is tragic and possibly one of the worst things I can imagine could ever happen to a human being.
If you’re like me, though, I don’t want a depressing, sad read when I read romance–even romantic suspense. So my treatment of this kidnapping subject probably isn’t what you would expect after hearing that it’s part of the premise of my novel. It’s an integral part, but you don’t actually see the torture and kidnapping or experience it through the eyes of any of the characters. It’s more the starting point of the novel and the ensuing investigation.
My goal in writing romantic suspense isn’t to try to shock and horrify my readers. Instead, my goal is to show the hero and heroine beating the odds, winning against the villain or villains no matter how twisted they are. I approach RS as a way of empowerment against the many horrible things that happen in this world. By the end of the story, if I’ve done my job, the reader feels gratification that justice has been done and that it was the power of love that enabled that justice to be accomplished.
About the Author
Originally from Kentucky, romantic suspense author Lena Diaz also lived in California and Louisiana before settling in Northeast Florida with her husband, two children, and a Shetland Sheepdog named Sparky. A Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® finalist, she’s won the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense and has been a finalist for the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award. She loves to watch action movies, garden, and hike in the beautiful Tennessee Smoky Mountains.