A gruesome murder. Floating body parts found in the Hudson river all before breakfast on a Sunday morning. The Elliot’s got away with it again…
A rich family lineage ruling New York City that deemed themselves untouchable. The golden baton has been passed to the blue-eyed Robert Elliot. He’s the head of the empire now, and he’s been getting away with murder. Or so he thinks… A stone-cold killer with an array of deadly charms. Elliot is used to getting everything he wants and then some.
What he didn’t bank on is the dark horse, Sara Clemens. Clemens is a badass private investigator and she’s set to turn the tables on Elliot in more ways than one. Clemens has her own set of problems to deal with. Like the fact, she has to babysit a bratty supermodel and avoid becoming a pawn in Elliot’s game.
Will she let this dangerously electric attraction between her and Elliot cloud the case? Will she be able to solve the murder in time to avenge the death of her client’s son?
Get prepared for a game of cat and mouse, high wit, unlikely players, forbidden attraction, crazy model behavior, and international espionage.
CheckMate has got it all and is a debut novel for L.R. Starr. This is Book 1 of the series and will keep you guessing. Get ready for a page-turning cliffhanger that you won’t wanna put down!
Targeted Age Group:: Adults
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
My inspiration to write this book was sparked by a creative writing prompt, years ago. It was also inspired by all the mystery detective, and plot-twisting shows I like to watch. I love a good plot twist! Throw in great characters, witty dialogue and forbidden romance and this is how a modern-day romantic suspense series was born!
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
One of the characters came from a magazine cut out in writing class as a visual prompt. The other ones came from my imagination. Hawk for example – who is the assassin in my book came from my interest in Native American spirit animals and mysticism. I wanted the characters to be quite diverse, but linked through this one common goal. That goal being to catch Robert Elliot and they all have their own motivations for doing that.
Let me tell you a little story about when I fell for a bad guy…Yeah, I know right? Pretty cliché, good girl falls for bad guy. Stay with me, because it’s a helluva story and not what you think. Honestly.
I met Evana Herold in a cool, hip downtown bar in New York. The vibe was chilled, the beautiful people were there. You know the type: guys with tailored custom-made suits, polka dot kerchiefs, and black patent loafers. No socks. Side parts slicked back behind their ears. Fresh baby-faced playboys, cocky, full of testosterone, looking to score with a beautiful insecure model with a gap in her teeth. Money was no object and hopefully, her friends didn’t mind a ménage a trois. I rolled my eyes at the thought. I felt like I was in a photoshoot. Sweet melancholic tunes of Lana Del Ray permeated the bar. The irony of the song choice wasn’t lost on me; I smiled wryly as the song ‘Young and Beautiful’ caressed my eardrums.
When I walked in, my simple black dress, work cleavage, and pearl earrings took a backseat to the glamor pusses in the room. My shoulder-length mahogany brown hair sat up in a ponytail with a clip holding it together strategically. Nothing too fancy. Out of my face, the way I liked it. Black pumps, usually quite effective I might add – although it didn’t feel enough that night. I jostled through the Young and Restless cast with cosmos in their hands, scanning the crowd. Evana sat at a table towards the back of the bar. I took in her ruby red nails and elegant slender fingers wrapped around a cigarette. She stared through the crowd with a detached look, not seeming to mind that ash fell on her silver sequin dress. She bit her bottom lip as if she is going to chew straight through it. This couldn’t be the confident Vogue model that everyone kept raving about, could it?
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