In Chemical Attraction by Christina Thompson, FBI Agent Joe Roberts wants that instant chemistry with a woman. After years of searching, he finds it with Dr. Madeline Pierce. The Problem—she’s his contact on a dangerous case.
When Madeline discovers an extensive operation of meth production and distribution within her medical research facility in West Michigan, Joe goes undercover as her boyfriend to determine the degree of company involvement. They determine the meth is financing a volatile nano-drug.
The small farming town is in turmoil over horrific animal attacks. Someone is experimenting outside the laboratory. Are human test subjects next? Joe and Madeline hunt for this new biological nano-weapon and struggle to stay professional. Will they give in to temptation? She thinks he’s playing her like the men from her past. He needs to convince her otherwise.
Excerpt from Chemical Attraction
“Depending on how long this has been going on, we’re talking about millions if not billions of dollars.” Joe stood and paced at the foot of his bed in the Blue Room at the B & B. “Well, the proof would be with materials management, right?”
Leaning against his headboard, Madeline nodded. “They would have the master supply list and shipping manifests. Getting those would be a start. The supply list would show the bulk chemicals ordered and the manifest would show the delivery of those actual items.”
“What’s their security like?” he asked, impressed by her knowledge and instincts.
She reached for her iced tea with her left hand and used her right to wipe the condensed wetness off the tabletop. She took a mouthful, swallowed, and sighed. “They have cameras all over the place. The front desk has four screens that they flip through to any area, but security has a room with monitors for every camera.”
He continued to walk the six steps from one side of the room to the other. “They have cameras in materials management?”
“That department has three. If it weren’t for the cameras, I’d walk down there and make copies of the lists. They hang on a clipboard out in the open. There’s even a copier in an alcove next to it,” she said, crunching her ice.
“Where are the cameras placed?” he asked, clenching his jaw at her distractions.
She grinned. “One picks up the clipboard and the hallway. There’s one at the gated door, overlooking the supply room, and the other is directly across from the copier. I have no idea how to get to it by myself.”
He looked at everything in the room, but Madeline stretched out on his bed. He struggled against temptation. “A lot of people work in that area?”
“Four guys are in and out of the department throughout the day except for lunch. Between noon and one, they eat in the cafeteria and leer at women.”
He moved the blue lace curtain to the side and looked at the empty street. In the window’s reflection, he watched Madeline position herself across the bed onto her abdomen. She bent her knees, putting her feet in the air. He turned back around as she propped her head on her hands. He kicked his shoe across the room and watched it thump into the door. Frustrated, he plopped into the chair, folded his arms, and stared at her.
“Why are you doing that?” he finally asked.
She smiled. “Are you mad at me? Your body language says you are.”
“You want fun, huh?” She squealed as he leapt across the bed toward her. When she tried to roll away, he pinned her beneath him. As he hovered over her, he gently moved a strand of her hair away from her face. “I told you. You are too damn tempting.”
Lowering his head, he kissed her. The bolt of lightning shot through him again and, God, he liked it. She squeezed his biceps, making him instantly hard. Her kisses seared his lips. He was definitely playing with fire. As he slowly lowered his body, they heard pounding on the ceiling.
“I better go,” Madeline whispered as she tried to catch her breath.
Suddenly aware of his position, he scrambled to get up. “God, I’m sorry. I’ll walk you home.”
Damn, how could he be so irresponsible? He had worked with many women over the years and had always kept it strictly professional. Now, he was compromising not only his mission and career but her life as well.
ISBN # 978-1-937546-11-3
Sex, Drugs, and Nanotechnology—Throw in murder, and you have the ingredients for Chemical Attraction.
Scientists don’t fully understand how nano-drugs affect the body’s chemical and physiological processes. It’s fascinating and terrifying. What if these small particles invaded our body without our knowledge? What if someone could tap into our brain to control our actions? Who would have the courage to stop it?
REVIEWS of Chemical Attraction
Chemical Attraction Review by Elizabeth Guizzetti, author of Other Systems.
I thoroughly enjoyed Chemical Attraction by Christina Thompson. While this book is categorized as a romance, it’s really a thriller with strong romantic subplots as well as a strong science component about nanotech to fulfill the geek in me.
The descriptions of a small Midwest town were excellent. Thompson enveloped me into the world she created and her pacing was excellent. I loved the opening scenes as they moved between all the characters and showed how they were interconnected.
Dr. Madeline Pierce and FBI Agent Joe Roberts have great chemistry as does the other couple Police officer Matt and his wife Eva (who is also Joe’s sister.) My only real criticism is I got more emotionally involved in the relationship between Matt and Eva than the one between the protagonists. In a way, their romance seemed more real.
Chemical Attraction Amazon Review by Weslyn
The book was so good I could not put it down and the story had many twists and turns. I was glad the book ended with an opening for a second book. I hope it comes out soon.
Chemical Attraction Amazon Review by Angie C.
Mystery and drama in small town America, hooks you from the beginning and leaves you wanting to join in on the next assignment! Can’t wait for book number two!
Christina Thompson, a practicing acupuncturist, enjoys writing about the physical science, the emotional workings of our mind and heart, and the spiritual energy that taps into our passions. Her degree in biology from Nazareth College in Kalamazoo gave her a love of science and a background into the physical realm of the body. Her diploma in Traditional Chinese acupuncture from Midwest College of Oriental Medicine taught her that the mind and spirit affect the body in powerful ways. She currently resides with her husband, Kraig, in West Michigan.