Partway through her third deployment to Bagram, Army nurse Lt. Erin Kelly is burned out and headed for a well-deserved leave back home in Montana. But when a mysterious stranger shows up and unintentionally drags her into harm’s way with him, she suddenly finds herself an unwitting target of the U.S.’s number one high value target: the notorious American-born terrorist known as Rahim. Now stuck in a CIA safe house with the sexy operative, it’s impossible to ignore the explosive attraction between them…or to forget that death is stalking them both.
Are the ones you don’t see coming.
CIA operative Wade Sandberg is a man caught between worlds. He’s spent the past three years living deep undercover amongst the enemy, infiltrating the network of the U.S.’s most wanted terrorist—until the kidnapping of a high-ranking American official forced him to blow his cover. Officially sidelined from the investigation to bring down Rahim, Wade knows he’ll never be able to work in the region again. When he’s sent back stateside with Erin, keeping his hands off her proves to be even harder than making the transition back into western civilization. And when Rahim takes his revenge by unleashing a devastating attack on U.S. soil, Wade will do everything in his power to protect the woman he loves and destroy the man who’d once trusted him with his life.
Erin Kelly is a nurse assigned to one more day. a Bagram’s Craig Joint Theater Hospital. Her job was to service the men and women in the war torn area. Erin is scheduled to return stateside for two weeks of R&R in one day. She is taking care of her patients when she notices a man walking into a restricted area without any ID. When Erin questions him he tells her that he saw her at the hospital with Sergeant Thatcher. She is told to let him in to see Thatcher and that his identity is on a need to know basis.
“Who are you?” “A friend of his.” I don’t think so. “This is a restricted area. How did you get in her?” He gestured behind her with a slight frown. “The front door.”
Wade had served as an undercover CIA operative for the last three years. He had infiltrated and been a trusted right hand man to one of the insurgent leaders, Rahim. His cover was blown when he had to get the Sec Def out of a locked cage in the Pakistani mountains. Wade had successfully rescued the prisoners but his undercover was blown and now he would be a hunted man. He had lived so long undercover that he was unsure how he would be able to adjust back into the American way of life. He was amazed at how it felt to just speak English and have a woman look him in the eyes when he spoke to her. Wade knew that he had no choice but he was still nervous about going back home.
“…her bright green gaze met his unflinchingly, which was a shock in itself. Aside from Maya, he couldn’t remember the last time a woman had looked him dead in the eye like this, but he was pretty sure it must have been before he’d gone undercover. Muslim women were forbidden from making eye contact with men outside their family.”
Wade is surprised when he finds that Erin is being transported to the airport with him in the same vehicle. He knows that he must be vigilant because Rahim will pull out all stops to get him for betraying him to the CIA. So when they are stopped at one of the check points he knows that they are in trouble. The only thing that he can do is run with the other occupants of the Hummer. He takes them into the hills where they will have to fight off the enemy.
“Wade swore under his breath in Pashto. There was no way they could make a run for it and escape now. They’d have to stay and fight.”
In order to save their lives Wade made some decisions that enabled him to get them back to base. During debriefing one of those things was to say that she was his wife to protect her from Rahim and it had backfired in a big way. Wade and Erin are being sent to Langley to a safe house until the danger can be eliminated.
Will Wade and Rachel find a way to stay safe? Can Wade transition back into the world of civilized people? What about the attraction between Erin and Wade?
“Transitioning back into civilian life was going to be hard enough for him, let alone while in the same house with a woman who couldn’t stand the sight of him.”
Hero –Agent Wade Sandberg: 4 stars
Heroine –Lieutenant Erin Kelly: 4 stars
Steam: 4 stars
Plot: 4 stars
Would I recommend this book: Yes! This author really has the heartbeat of the American Solider when she writes her novels. Love the way she honors their service and makes them human at the same time. Once again love does conquer all!
Would I read other books by this author: Yes! Will enjoy reading the next in Bagram Special Ops Series!