Ally Tobin left New York after one too many bad dates, determined to rebuild a stable life and career as a private investigator in Silicon Valley. But when the man she knew as one name walks into her office with another, will her curiosity once again lead her to risk her heart?

The last thing Special Agent Jared Green needs is "security risk" stamped on the resume of his latest undercover identity. Especially by the woman his job forced him to leave in New York without any explanation. She may threaten his cover, but it's his heart on the line.

He's good at playing a part. She's good at catching a fake. Can they trust enough to give love another chance?

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He sauntered through the door, a white, button- down shirt tucked into belted khakis. When his dark gaze found her, he stopped. Stared. Her throat dried and a rustling motion stirred in her abdomen. 

“Hi. I’m Darren Ray.” 

Keep your cool, she commanded herself, standing and reaching across the desk. His hand was rough. 

She yanked her hand back and waved at the chair. “Please, have a seat.” He waited for her to sit before settling in the visitor’s chair. “So, Darren, according to this, you’re being considered for a programmer position in the IT department. Tell me about your background.” 

A professional mask settled over his features. “As you can see on my résumé, I have several years of consulting experience.” 

“Tell me something about your experience as a mechanic.” Working on his prized old Mustang had been a favorite hobby. 

The corner of his mouth twitched. “What do you mean? That’s not in my résumé.” 

“You don’t have the hands of a programmer. More of a mechanic.” Oh, his hands. 

“Okay, you got me.” He was going to confess. This should be good. “When I’m not programming computers I’m working on my car.” 

“And what were you doing in New York City?” 

He reached across her desk for a piece of paper, plucked a pen from its stand and scrawled something.  When she took the note their fingers brushed. Meet me for dinner at Pico’s at 7. I’ll explain everything. Can’t talk here. 

About the author:

Nia Simone grew up on the side of a ski slope in Squaw Valley, USA. Later, while learning the craft of story writing, she worked in nonprofit and then high-tech. 

The best part of working in the computer field was meeting her husband. He took up skiing and she helped him document his computer inventions! They live in "Silicon Valley" in California where their favorite thing to do is cook together for friends. Nia’s specialties are dessert and veggies while her husband’s are entrees and sourdough bread. 

Their only pet at the moment is the sourdough starter, which lives in the fridge and requires bi-weekly feeding. 
Nia blogs every day about travel, food, writing, books, skiing and photography.

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sounds like an easy read.

Thank you for the giveaway. Would love to read it

I wish this was longer. I was really getting into it. :)

excerpt sounds great. Thanks for the giveaway too

was an awesome excerpt wish there was more

Sounds like a good story, and thanks for the giveaway

Sounds like a good story, it left me wanting more! Thanks for the giveaway.

That excerpt had me laughing XD defiantly interesting in the long run. Id love to see the full plot.

Sounds so good to read -thanks for the chance

Really need this one.

This sounds like a great read and I would love to read it.

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The Last Straw sounds really good.
Thanks for the excerpt and giveaway!

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weee. fingers crossed :)

Thank you for the giveaway. The blurb sounds great :)
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Sounds like a good book.
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Sounds like a nice read, thank you for the opportunity to win :)
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This sounds like a great steamy story and it has hot FBI agent can´t wait to start reading it :)
Thank you for this great chance to win!

Sounds like a good story, and thanks for the giveaway

Sounds like a good story, and thanks for the giveaway

Thanks for hosting!

Thanks for this great giveaway!

Thanks for the giveaway

A really good storyline, I think this book says read me. Thanks for the chance to win.

thanks for the giveaway! Got book and can't wait to start reading it!

Good morning! First, to Reading in Twilight, thank you for hosting me on your your blog!! Wow, I'm just waking up in California, my hair is sticking up on end, I'm rubbing the sleep out of my eyes, and wammo! Look at all you fabulous readers coming by to say hello. Thank you very much! I hope you enjoy The Last Straw and good luck in the raffle.

Thanks for the great giveaway chance! Love the excerpt and blurb! Sounds great!

Thank you all for your friendly welcome. I have collected all your names for the raffle and will be back again at the end of my tour for any new comments.

I appreciate the support. Happy reading, and good luck with the raffle!

This book sounds interesting! Thanks for the giveaway! :D

Sounds like a very interesting book!

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Sounds like a great read!!
Thanks for the chance to win!
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Yes, you can tell a lot about a person by looking at their hands.

Thanks for the givewaway! My email is

Sounds interesting! thanks for the chance!

forgot my email address

Since I lived in Silicon Valley for a while before getting married, I would be interested in this.

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this sounds like my type of book..romantic with a chance of mysterie and goverment the whole under cover job thing

Thanks all! And good luck in the raffle!

Emi, I am doing more Silicon Valley in my next book too. Enjoy.


i hope i win

This sounds like my kind of read =D

Thank you for the giveaway! I think everyone should read. Reading can take you into an adventure.

Thank you for being so generous.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Thank you, everybody, for your support!! I have captured all your names for the raffle. I will do the raffle on Sunday and post the winner. I'll swing by one more time also, to make sure I have all the names.

Thanks again for a great tour.

Definitely have to read this 1... thanks for the giveaway

This is my random comment :3

how long did it take u to write this book? just wondering

Wow, I'm glad I cycled back to check for more comments. Thank you, Summer and Luz for commenting. I'm glad you came by.

Summer, this version took me about a month for the first draft and about two weeks of revisions after that. However, I had written an earlier version 5 years ago so I already had the characters and plot all figured out. That usually takes me some time to this was a little faster than usual for me. Thanks!

I've captured your names for the raffle. Good luck!!

Excuse me, my answer about how long it took me to write The Last Straw should have been directed to Amanda. Thanks!


I love the first line, He sauntered.... If that doesn't get you interested, nothing will.

Thanks for the giveaway!
mestith at gmail dot com

Congrats to Nia Simone on the release of The Last Straw. That excerpt left me hanging. Fingers crossed to win a full copy. LOL!

Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

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