IT Specialist Karen Harkness didn’t realize the depth of the conspiracy she uncovered until someone blew up her car. When the police want her in protective custody, it shoves her in the path of U.S. Marshal Ethan James—the first man she ever loved.
Ethan James has been considering a change of employment, so he isn’t adverse to the potential job offer from the Omega Team. When he’s called in on the case of Karen Harkness, however—the girl who got away—he won’t let anything stop him from keeping her safe.
An Omega Team/Dark Rowan Novella
The last place Karen thought she’d run into Ethan was the Marshall’s office. She was anxious and fear radiated through her as she chats with her cat Luther through the carrier door. She was just doing her job, perhaps a bit too thoroughly.
When Marshall Ethan James sees that Karen is truly HIS Karen, he is determined to keep her safe. So much so that he disappears right off the grid with only the Omega team knowing where they are. His first priority is to keep her safe and the fact that he still loves her makes it hard to keep everything professional.
Anyone who has a cat can appreciate these two little snippets that are favorites of mine. These come from the journey to the safe house.
His phone buzzed, and he checked the message from Grey. Two words, On it. Since the man offered him a potential job and told him about the Omega Team, he’d called in a favor and texted him about Karen’s situation. Sliding the phone away, he spared another glance for his silent passenger. Her cat in the carrier in the back seat was as silent as the woman herself. He’d checked twice, just to make sure the animal was actually in there. No cat he knew had ever been that quiet in a carrier.
“Are you sure that’s a real cat?” It wasn’t the best attempt at starting a conversation, but maybe it would distract her.
“Hmm?” She twisted in the seat and looked at the carrier in the back then at him. “Luthor’s not a social creature. Well, he is, but only on his terms. I think he’s plotting my demise, since he’s been subjected to one indignity after another.”
The Omega Team: Keeping Karen (Kindle Worlds Novella) (Kindle Locations 312-318). Kindle Worlds. Kindle Edition.
And then this:
Luthor let out the most pathetic little sound that was more ‘ow’ than ‘meow’ and she twisted to look back at him. Two minutes later, Ethan opened the back door and then nudged open the door to the carrier. He slid in a can of food and a small dish of water.
“Poor guy’s been stuck in here all day and he hasn’t made a mess yet but I figured he was hungry.” To her shock, Luthor let Ethan run a hand over his head and released a rumbling purr. He clicked the door shut again, then glanced at her.
“Do you need anything to drink?”
They were at a gas station of some kind.
“Water would be nice.”
“Okay, stay here.” He shut the door and the locks engaged. He put gas in the tank then he walked back inside. When he returned, he had a litter box, a small bag of litter, and some bottles of water. He put the first bits in the back, then finished up with refueling the car before sliding into the driver’s seat. Half-expecting him to be exhausted, she found his lack of coffee surprising. “Water.” The bottle was ice cold, and she twisted it open to gulp it down.
The Omega Team: Keeping Karen (Kindle Worlds Novella) (Kindle Locations 388-395). Kindle Worlds. Kindle Edition.
A quick and satisfying read. You can feel their frustration of an investigation going slowly and Karen’s growing compulsion to assist. The love and sexual tension coming through right to the end.
I am truly loving the Omega Team and their new recruits.
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National bestselling author, Heather Long, likes long walks in the park, science fiction, superheroes, Marines, and men who aren’t douche bags. Her books are filled with heroes and heroines tangled in romance as hot as Texas in the summertime.
From paranormal historical westerns to contemporary military romance, Heather might switch genres, but one thing is true in all of her stories–her characters drive the books.
When she’s not wrangling her menagerie of animals, she devotes her time to family and friends she considers family. She believes if you like your heroes so real you could lick the grit off their chest, and your heroines so likable, you’re sure you’ve been friends with women just like them, you’ll enjoy her worlds as much as she does.