One way or another…
Holden Lockwood never suspected the beautiful woman he saved from her ex-boyfriend during a drunken brawl was all a set-up. But he always was a sucker for damsels in distress, and if that means going the extra mile and letting her stay at his house to protect her…Now he’s falling head over combat boots for her and it seems she feels the same. But Holden has secrets, one in particular that rip their new romance apart like a land mine.
She always gets her man.
Undercover FBI agent, Kendall Patton, has orders to get close to Holden Lockwood—whatever it takes. Suspected of stealing a high-tech decryption device, Holden is considered a threat to national security. Little does Kendall know he’s a threat to her heart. The deeper her investigation gets, the deeper her feelings get. But when she’s kicked off the case and Holden is arrested, it will take a SEAL team, a little theft, and a lot of luck to save him.
Can their relationship be saved? Or has trust been tested beyond its limits?
Finally making it to the rehearsal dinner from the church, Chasen and Holden are headed to the private room when Holden hears a threat from a guy at the bar. Excusing himself from Chasen he hears the lady tell the guy she was waiting for someone. Seeing the perfect opening, he takes it and quashes any hopes the guy might have had.
This is a favorite scene as Kendall and Holden get to know each other.
She nodded. “I’m working on my masters in political science at San Diego State. I’ve practically been living in the campus library for the past three weeks working on a project and came in here to unwind. I needed to hang out with people who aren’t buried up to their eyeballs in textbooks.”
Holden got that. Sometimes, after a particularly sucky deployment he’d go to the park or hang out at the beach simply so he could be around people who weren’t trying to kill each other. It was something he did to get his head back to normal, whatever the hell that was.
“I haven’t spent much time in a college library, but I understand what it’s like to get so deep into your work you forget what it’s like to be around other people.”
She regarded him curiously. “What kind of work do you do?”
“I’m in the Navy.” He purposely didn’t mention being in the SEALs. In his experience, he got one of two reactions when he told a woman he was a SEAL. They were either stoked at the idea of being with a guy who had a mysterious, dangerous job, or they immediately shut him down, not interested in getting involved with a guy who had a mysterious, dangerous job. He’d prefer to put off finding out which way Kendall would go once she found out what he really did for a living.
“Do you like it?” she asked. “The Navy, I mean.”
He swigged his beer. “Most of the time. Some days, I love it and can’t imagine doing anything else. Other days, I wonder why the hell I even joined.”
“Which day is today?”
“The one when I love it and can’t imagine doing anything else.” He flashed her a grin. “Luckily, there are way more of these kinds of days.”
That was true enough. He was about to ask Kendall about the political science program she was working on—because he didn’t have a clue what a person did with a degree like that—when her gaze darted to something over his shoulder. He spun, thinking it must be Isaac, only to relax when he saw it was Wes.
“Chasen sent me out check on you,” Wes said, regarding him and Kendall curiously.
“We’re starting to order dinner, and he figured you wouldn’t want to miss out since he’s paying for everything.”
Holden chuckled. Chasen knew him well. Normally, he would have been doing everything he could to spend his chief’s money. But that was before he met Kendall.
“I didn’t realize I was keeping you from your friends,” she said, setting down her half-finished glass of wine. “You should have said something.”
He gave her a sheepish look. “To be honest, after we started talking, I completely forgot about my boss’s rehearsal dinner.”
Holden smiled. “You’re kind of distracting, if you haven’t noticed.”
The compliment seemed to catch Kendall off guard and she stared at him for a moment before blushing and shyly returning his smile. Holden was doing his best not to lean over and kiss her when he heard Wes clear his throat. He glanced at his Teammate to see an amused expression on Wes’s face.
“Earth to Holden,” Wes said. “Standing right here and waiting for an introduction.”
Holden shook his head with a laugh. “Kendall Patton, Wes Marshall. He and I work together.”
“Nice meeting you.” Wes reached out to shake her hand, then glanced at Holden. “You’re going to ask her to have dinner with us, right?”
“Yeah, if you’d let me get a word in.”
Holden glowered at Wes. He’d been going to ask his Teammate to tell Chasen and Hayley that he was going to bail to have dinner with Kendall, knowing they’d understand. But inviting her to the party sounded like an even better idea. He looked at her. “What do you think?”
She shook her head. “I can’t just show up at your boss’s rehearsal dinner. I don’t even know him or his fiancée.”
“Yet,” Holden agreed. “But when you do, you’ll see that they’re really cool. The guys I work with and I are all like family. If you come with me, you’re family, too. You said you came in here to unwind. What better way to do it than at a party?” He grinned. “What do you say?”
Kendall considered that for several long seconds before nodding and giving him another smile. “I say okay. Let’s do this.”
Tyler, Paige. SEAL to the Rescue (SEALs of Coronado Book 6) (Kindle Locations 247-275). Kindle Edition.
When I first saw the word cover, I thought I misread it. They matched up so perfectly.
I really loved the way these to get to know each other, and how Kendall realizes that Holden has too much integrity to have actually stolen this ‘Key’ from the NSA, if he knew what it was.
Issac ‘the ex’ who is actually her handler, was annoying and petty.
I loved seeing Wes and all the guys and the Wedding of Chasen and Hayley was perfect in spite of the delays.
I really love Kyla and her abilities. Now if only Wes would wake-up!
Plenty of hold your breath tension, lots of romance, some tears and lots of sizzle!
I really must remember not to start one of these books at bedtime, I couldn’t put it down until I was done!
5 Contented Purrs for Paige!
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Paige is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of sexy romantic suspense and paranormal romance. She graduated from The University of West Florida with a degree in education in 2000, but decided to pursue a full-time career as a writer in 2004. Since then, she’s written over fifty books in several genres, including paranormal, contemporary, western, sci-fi and erotica. She loves writing about strong, sexy, alpha males and the feisty,independent women who fall for them. From verbal foreplay to sexual heat, her stories of romance, adventure, suspense, passion and true love will leave you breathlessly panting for more.
She and her very own military hero (also known as her husband) live on the beautiful Florida coast with their adorable fur baby (also known as their dog). Paige graduated with a degree in education, but decided to pursue her passion and write books about hunky alpha males and the kick-butt heroines who fall in love with them.
When not working on her latest book, Paige enjoys reading, jogging, P90X, Yoga, Pilates, going to the beach, watching NFL football, watching movies and hanging out with her husband (not necessarily in that order!)