At a benefit dinner, community activist Maria Cervantes overhears two men plotting a terrorist attack that could rock Miami to its core. But before she can alert authorities, she’s almost killed in a massive explosion—and wakes up in a hospital with no memory of what happened. As the sole survivor of the attack, she is now a person of interest to the NSA—and especially to Agent Cade O’Reilly. Because Maria is the one woman Cade has never been able to forget.
Years ago, they were closer than either was willing to admit—until Cade disappeared when Maria needed him most. Now he’s sticking by her, whether she likes it or not. Because the memories locked inside her mind could hold vital clues to the next attack. Because terrorists want her dead—and because he never wants to let her go again.
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The conversation was painful and when she finally hung up, she shot Cade an angry look. “So, where are we staying tonight?”
“A safe house or a hotel,” he said almost absently as he slowed down and pulled up to a curb a few houses away from the truck they’d been tracking.
The passenger-side door was open and from what she could tell, it didn’t appear as if anyone was in it.
Swallowing hard, she took in their surroundings. She’d been concentrating on her phone call and hadn’t realized that they’d entered an older, run-down neighborhood with chain-link fences surrounding the front yards of the one-story homes. Each house had bars on the windows. She could hear loud music thumping from one of the houses nearby and there were a few people huddled together, talking over one of the fences, three houses down from where they were parked.
Cade lifted his pant leg and pulled out a small revolver. “You know how to use this?”
Of course she knew how. She was a single woman who lived alone in Miami and worked at a center with kids who often had dangerous relatives pissed at her or her people for trying to give the kids a better life. And pissed often equaled violent. Nodding, she took it even though she didn’t want to. “Yeah.”
“Good. Stay here and keep the doors locked. If something happens to me, get out of here.” Cade didn’t give her a chance to argue before he slid from the SUV like a ghost.
She hadn’t even seen him withdraw his weapon, but she could see it clearly in his hand as he crept up on the back of the truck. Body tense, he moved along the back, then side and hurried to the open passenger door, weapon drawn. Just as quickly, he sheathed it in his shoulder holster and though she couldn’t hear, she saw his mouth move in what looked like an unmistakable curse.
Leaning in, he grabbed a stack of papers from the glove compartment, then headed toward the two men talking to each other by one of the fences. One of the guys saw him, turned, and sprinted away, but the other stayed and talked to him.
After a few minutes, Cade returned to the SUV, his expression grim.
“What happened?” she demanded.
“I got a call from one of our analysts that the vehicle was just reported stolen, and that guy I just spoke to confirmed that three white guys just left it here, then got into a Humvee and split.”
“So you have no clue who was in my house?”
He shook his head, frustration clear in every line. “We’re going to have the locals pick up the truck and dust it for prints and anything else, but . . . no.”
Maria leaned back against the seat, tension still radiating from her body. Tomorrow was her mom’s funeral, some unknown men had broken into her house, and she couldn’t even go home or be with her family. “So, what do we do now?”
Katie Reus Bio:
Katie Reus is the New York Times, USA Today, & IndieReader bestselling author of the Red Stone Security series, the Moon Shifter series and the Deadly Ops series. She fell in love with romance at a young age thanks to books she pilfered from her mom’s stash. Years later she loves reading romance almost as much as she loves writing it. However, she didn’t always know she wanted to be a writer. After changing majors many times, she finally graduated with a degree in psychology. Not long after that she discovered a new love. Writing. She now spends her days writing dark paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense.
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