Exchange of Fire, SBG #1
Aug 19, 2014
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Faking her death was easy, living with her past is harder, but nothing is more dangerous than falling in love…
Sandra Walsh was a deadly sniper for the Sweet Briar Group, a covert agency with assassins for hire, until her last mission went horribly wrong, accidentally killing an innocent girl. Knowing she’s a danger to her team, Sandra goes off the grid, becoming a Shade—an agent declared dead but secretly hiding among the living. She intends to honor her vow never to pull another trigger or have contact with the spy world again. Until she meets Casper Grady…
Grady is a former Marine with a troubled past and a debt to pay. His life mission has gone from protecting the nation to helping local children and their families. The moment he meets Sandra, he knows there’s more to her than meets the eye, but he can’t help but be drawn to the mysterious femme fatale. And when Sandra’s past suddenly catches up to her, Grady is determined to protect her at all costs, no matter how dark and dangerous her secrets are.
As the danger increases, so does their intense attraction. But when they’re forced to choose between each other and the people they’ve sworn to protect, their growing love might not be enough to keep them together—or alive…
In the following excerpt, our heroine, Wraith (sniper of Delta Squad), and our hero, Casper Grady (a former Marine), have escaped an assassination attempt and are now in a temporary safe house in the Carolina mountains.
A little background: Wraith faked her death after her last mission went horribly wrong in order to escape SBG (or more accurately its CEO). The CEO got wind that she’s still alive and instead of celebrating, he sent assassins after her to rectify her still breathing status. In order to remain “dead,” she fabricated a new persona, Sandra Walsh, gained employment in Grady’s company, and never breathed a word about her past.
The same tension from the car crept into the room, causing her body temperature to rise with each passing second.
“Spill it,” he finally demanded.
“Spill what?” she asked. Damn, her voice sounded a little on the husky side.
He crossed his arms. “Don’t be coy. The trashed apartment, questioning me on stealth, then the James Bond skulking through the town of Ridge Creek while being shot at.” He waited a beat. “You’re not really from Ohio, are you?”
She stayed mute. Damn. Damn. Damn. She was not ready for this conversation.
“Is anything from your résumé true?”
She licked her lips. “Why would you ask that?”
His crystal-blue eyes narrowed.
Yeah, she was stalling. He wasn’t a dumb jarhead. The man owned a very successful business, for Christsake. She eyed his mutinous stance. Little waves quivered in her stomach at the way the polo hugged his expansive chest and his jeans sat just right on his hips. Shit, even the way he scowled at her now radiated tough masculinity. Her normal “off-limits” pep talk shattered at the sight, never to be recovered again. I’m in trouble.
He dropped his arms and stalked forward. She held her ground. Just watching him move closer felt like foreplay. He stopped inches away, his height looming above her own five-six frame.
Her mind blitzed, totally abandoning her.
“Do you take me for an idiot?” he asked in a low, silky voice.
His addicting scent, now sharper and more vivid since their run, encompassed her, making her even more attuned to his presence. She swallowed and tried to remember why he asked the question. Please lean down and kiss me. What did he ask? Kiss me. She should try to answer. “No?”
His eyebrow raised. “You asking or answering?” He lifted a hand and gently swiped a lock of hair behind her ear. Fire exploded along her skin at the contact. Her eyes flew to his lips and watched in fascination as they continued to form words. Kiss me, damn it. How could he not be affected like she was? Her body was beyond primed for him.
P.A. DePaul is a multi-genre romance author including paranormal fantasy and romantic suspense. She originally hails from Carroll County and Baltimore County, Maryland, but also lived in Macon and Warner Robins, Georgia. She currently resides in a beautiful community just outside Philadelphia. Exchange of Fire is the first novel in the SBG series with the second novel, Shadow of Doubt, releasing April 2015
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