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by Kaylea Cross
Description: A lifetime of regret? After legendary CIA contractor Luke Hutchinson unknowingly trained the man who would become the world's most dangerous terrorist, he has no choice but to hunt him across the globe. Driven to complete that final mission, he fears his enemy has targeted the only woman Luke has ever loved. Unfortunately for him she's his ex-wife, and already facing another deadly threat he can't protect her from. A lifetime of pain? Emily always hoped Luke would find his way back to her, but she's finally given up on that impossible dream. Now that she's fighting her own life and death battle, the last thing she wants is to get entangled with the man who ripped out her heart and left her to raise their son on her own. One final chance at absolution? Undeniable sparks fly when they're forced to share a roof, but unless Luke can get Emily to trust him, they won't get the second chance they've waited over two decades for. And time is running out. The monster Luke created is on the move again, bent on destroying him and anyone who gets in the way.
eBook Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc./Crimson Rose, 2010
eBookwise Release Date: December 2010
4 Reader Ratings:
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [413 KB]
Reading time: 269-376 min.
"Leave me alone!" She whirled to run from the room, but he shot out a hand and grabbed her upper arm, spinning her around. Facing him, her knees began to tremble. This was awful, so awful. It almost hurt to breathe. Part of her wanted to hit him, and it horrified her. She jerked her arm from his grasp and took a step back, panting, on the verge of losing control and scared to death she might.
"I'm not leaving you alone here," he snarled, jaw tensing. "Not this time."
A bitter laugh escaped her. "Is that right? Well that's ironic," she sneered. "Just when I'm finally able to let you go, you decide to barge back into my life and not leave me alone."
He stared at her, a muscle flickering in his lean, bearded cheek. "You think I wanted it this way?"
"Oh, believe me, this is the last thing I think you wanted. But I'm still not going." She was being a complete bitch, but she couldn't help it.
"Don't force my hand, Em," he warned.
She closed her eyes, her stomach so tight she thought she might throw up. She couldn't go overseas. He didn't understand the extent of it. Heartsick, she fought to keep her dignity. "Just go, Luke. Take the others and go to Beirut, but leave me alone and give me what little peace I still have."
"Jesus Christ, listen to yourself!" He threw his hands up in frustration. "Peace? You want to stay here and risk sacrificing yourself for a little comfort? For God's sake, since when have you become a martyr?"
Her eyes flew open. She stared at him, unable to stem the sheen of tears as the knot in her throat threatened to choke her. A tortured sob caught in her chest as she confronted him. "Since I found out I'm dying!"