Excerpt from UNMASKED:
Though he was doing a good job concentrating on the task at hand, his thoughts once again betrayed him, by sending him right back to the Bank of Philadelphia. But this time, it wasn’t the meetings before or the actions afterward, it was right at the point when he and Tom retrieved the diamonds. They each had one of the two keys required to open the safety deposit box, and Liam thought about how as they unlocked the box, he was oblivious to Remi being in the vault with them. He was so focused on the diamonds that to him, she didn’t exist. Of course, she soon became very real when right before they were about to exit, Tom asked what they should do with her. Those dark blue eyes, he thought. It was as if those eyes could see directly into his soul. Liam remembered telling Tom just to leave her. Never realizing that it was at that exact moment, he began protecting Remi. Even with his own empty threats against her, looking back, he had to laugh at the irony. Other than knowing she was one of the tellers, she was a stranger to him and knew little about her but yet he was still compelled to risk it all for her. “You identified with your hostage, that’s a big no-no.” Remi’s own words certainly rang true, in more ways than one.
He gazed up at the full moon then started smiling. “No regrets, no emotions, no involvement…blah blah blah,” he uttered. Those words sounded so false now. While inside the vault, Remi asked who he was trying to convince, after his cold declaration that hostages were just part of the job. She didn’t believe him, and at the time, he thought she was dead wrong, but now knew she was right. It took someone like her to make him face reality. And face it, he did. The longer he laid there, the more he realized that not only did he want to go back to Philly, but he needed to go back. – Chapter 5