Meet Paul Evans. Mid-30s, market manager of a Five-Star big-box store in California, happily married to Diane. Life is good. Until his boss demands Paul heads down to Mexico for a month to set straight their ailing sister store in Tijuana.

Diane accompanies him. They’ll have a fun weekend together before he begins work.

In Tijuana, while Diane’s shopping in a flea market, Paul sees a local woman standing in the doorway of a botanica store. She goes inside and he follows. It’s a moment of pure lust—a sexual desire he’s never experienced before. Her name is Azul and she wants him too. As they’re embracing in the backroom, Diane walks into the store and discovers them locked together.

Diane flees home, intent on divorce. Paul is stuck in Tijuana, and Azul is a constant temptation he willingly gives into. But Azul has problems of her own. And she needs Paul’s help.

Soon enough, he’s hip deep in the kind of trouble only Tijuana can bring.

Sure, he’s never been so free. But freedom comes at a price…

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Mark Rogers is a writer and artist whose literary heroes include Charles Bukowski, Willy Vlautin, and Charles Portis. He lives in Baja California, Mexico with his Sinaloa-born wife, Sofia. His award-winning travel journalism for USA Today and other media outlets has brought him to 56 countries. His crime novels have been published in the U.S and UK. Uppercut, his memoir of moving to Mexico, is published by Cowboy Jamboree Press. NeoText publishes his Tijuana series and Gray Hunter series.