James “Mickey” MacBride retired from the teams with a solid record of mission accomplished. Now at odds and ends, he accepts the request of his retired Petty Officer grandfather. They want to gather the children of the USS Arizona, the descendants of the 355 survivors for a special event. No problem, how hard can finding one woman named Arizona Kensington be?
Ari King has been on the run for over a year. No matter where she goes, her stalker finds her. She’s changed her name, her hair color, and even gave the job she loved. When Mickey walks into the restaurant and asks for her by the name she surrendered, she takes his order then leaves via the back door, running for her life. Only she can’t shake him.
Securing Arizona was supposed to be a favor, but Mickey soon discovers it’s the mission of his life and the man after her will have to go through this SEAL to get her.
Mickey is on a mission, one set for him by his retired Petty Officer grandfather. A special gathering of survivors and their descendants of the USS Arizona is approaching and there is one person he who hasn’t RSVP’d Arizona Kensington. Not one to question his grandfather, he sets out to find Arizona and get her to the gathering.
Arizona found something she shouldn’t have and before she could decide what to do with it things started happening. Suspicious things that sent her on the run, before more people could be hurt because of her.
This is a favorite scene after she makes the decision to put the end to running.
“I told you it was dangerous…and it was in the papers. But my name wasn’t because I ran. It was chaos that day, and everything in the city was pointed at the event, dealing with the injured.” She swallowed. “The dead.” People who were dead because of her. “I couldn’t take any more risks, I still had the report and I hadn’t made it passed wrestling with my ethics, then it didn’t matter because I wouldn’t stay there to let anyone else pay for my choices.”
“Babe…” The softness returned to his voice.
“I lived. I’m still alive, and I’m going to stick to those bastards.” It was the right thing to say, because the guys raised their coffee cups to her.
“All right Crash,” Flint said. “Let’s all talk about how we’re going to do this. We need every detail—leave nothing out. Not even the facts that might make Mickey boy here cry.”
Biting the inside of her lip was the only thing that kept her from smiling. For his part, Mickey squeezed her hand, and said, “Crash. I like it.”
“I’m not going to ask why you all have nicknames or why I’m getting one.” Don’t ask, don’t invite them to break some confidential status.
“You don’t have to ask, we all served on the teams. Flint and Cannon were ahead of me, and I was on their team during quals. They rotated out a couple of years ago.” Mickey nodded to her. “We’re adopting you. I’d say you’ve got the mental fortitude to get the job done—Crash.”
The smile she’d refused earlier returned in full force. “Is there a story behind how you got your name?”
Mickey shrugged. “I made the mistake of letting them know I considered my job the happiest place on Earth…in my defense it was Hell Week, and I hadn’t slept in four days, but I stand by it.”
She giggled, and it hit her all at once. Happiness, that elusive sensation, it was hers again, even with the task ahead of them.
“Playtime’s over. We’ve got a limited window and a scaled job. If these guys are setting up mass shootings, I want to take them down. Jacko’s already on his part.” Flint’s commanding attitude coupled with the way both Mickey and Cannon deferred to him gave her a deeper look at their command structure. They might have “retired,” but they were still SEALs.
Heather Long. Securing-Arizona (Kindle Locations 756-773). Kindle Edition.
In true Heather Long style this tale takes you on a fast paced adventure, filled with action, fun, and lust and there are tearful moments as well. I couldn’t put it down.
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USA Today 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.