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WHEN IS THE PRICE FOR LOVE TOO HIGH?
The fate of thousands comes down to one woman. A critical mission in the Middle East demands more than just the skills of the Black Dawn Navy SEAL team, it requires a scientist who can crack the code on a deadly virus.
Navy SEAL, Lieutenant Gray Tyler is fiercely protective of those he loves. When Gray finds out it is his woman who is assigned to one of the most dangerous missions his team has ever undertaken, his protective instincts roar to life, and his inner caveman hits the roof.
Riya Patel is one of the most brilliant scientists on the planet. She’s too smart not to be scared, but that’s not going to stop her from doing her duty. Demolishing this lethal virus is more important than her life. But as the terrorists close in, will Gray be able to save both the cure and Riya?
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This book opens with a bit of a bang, as Gray, Dex and Griff intercept a drunk guy with a gun and prevent him from actually shooting anyone. From there things get even more interesting as Dex’s wife Kenna faces off with a guy on the dance floor and Riya stuns him. This is when Gray finally meets Riya, the woman he has been captivated by all evening.
A dance, a drink away from the party, and a kiss that ends up with an invitation to be her date for the wedding.
This is a favorite scene when he picks her up for the wedding.
Einstein jumped down off the bathroom counter when the doorbell rang.
Einstein meowed back at her with haughty disdain. He hated being called ‘Kitty’. He stalked toward the bathroom door and Riya looked at the makeup, brushes and spilled lotion on the floor.
“I should have capped that properly,” she said.
She heard another meow. The damned cat was agreeing with her. She turned and glared at him, and then he turned around and walked out of the bathroom. She grabbed some tissue and wiped up the mess and the doorbell rang again.
What an auspicious start to the day. Riya tore down the stairs with Einstein trailing behind her.
When she got to the door, she took a deep breath and smoothed down the silk of her blue dress that fell to just above her knee. Opening the door, she was met with miles and miles of chest covered by a blue pinstripe suit and silver tie. Her knees weakened. Riya had to look at least a foot into the air to briefly meet Gray’s clear blue eyes. They matched her dress. Thank God she wasn’t wearing her shoes, or she really would topple over.
The only thing that kept his smile from looking like a toothpaste ad was that he had a little scar that bisected his upper lip. She wanted to lick it. Oh yeah, she had it bad.
Heat suffused her body as the memory of that amazing kiss overloaded her senses.
“If you keep looking at me like that, we’re not going to the wedding.” His voice rumbled like thunder.
Arggh. If she wasn’t careful she’d get drool on her dress. Everything she’d practiced saying to him totally flew out of her mind. She needed to get a handle on this, like yesterday. Still, he was good to look at.
“No can do, sailor. I’m a bridesmaid, I have commitments. Why don’t you come on in and sit down. I still have to get their package wrapped.”
Riya turned and waved him in and shut the door. When she turned back she saw him standing in the middle of her living room with his left eyebrow reaching for his hairline.
“Having trouble making up your mind?” he asked.
She let out a long sigh. “Laugh. Just get it over with. It’s not like I haven’t heard it before.”
“Do you own a craft shop? Does someone in your family own stock in Hallmark?” Gray asked as he bent down and picked up two rolls of wrapping paper and compared them.
“I want to make sure that it’s pretty and conveys the right message,” Riya said as she snatched the rolls from his hand. Gray simply bent down and picked up two more rolls.
“Honey, I’ve seen people with a variety of Christmas wrap, but how many different patterns of wedding wrap do you have here?”
Riya looked at her six large Tupperware bins, five that contained wrap and one that contained ribbon and bows. “Can I say that I don’t know?”
Gray tapped one of the bins with the toe of his high polished shoe. “You’d be lying. I bet you know the entire inventory of your house. How many rolls?”
“Fifteen wedding, seven baby shower, five Hanukkah, thirty-seven Christmas, two Easter, five Valentines, twenty-seven birthday rolls of wrapping paper and one St. Patrick’s day,” she reluctantly admitted.
Gray took a moment, then he gave her a sympathetic smile. “It must kill you to be one roll shy of one hundred.”
Dammit, he was right. It was killing her. She was down a roll since Ethan’s birthday. Gray must have seen he’d been on target because he laughed.
“How can I help?” he asked.
“I just have to get the present wrapped and find my shoes, then we’re good to go.”
“I don’t believe that you can’t find your shoes.”
Neither did she. They were supposed to be right by the couch. She had precisely placed them perpendicular to the sofa right before she brought out the Tupperware containers.
“And if I offered to wrap the present while you found your shoes?” Gray asked. His eyes were sparkling. Again, he knew the answer to his question.
“Ahhhh,” she tried to come up with an answer.
“How about if I pick out a wrapping paper or a ribbon?”
“You’re totally getting a kick out of my obsessive compulsive nature, aren’t you?”
Gray put the rolls of paper back down into the plastic bin and stepped toward her. “I just get a kick out of you. Full stop. The fact that you can laugh at yourself, is just the cherry on top of the sundae.”
Riya tilted her chin up so she could look at him. “Don’t you mean the sprinkle of nuts on the sundae?”
Gray chuckled. “See what I mean?”
That laugh. Those eyes.
Get a grip, girl.
She grabbed at his wrist so she could see his watch.
“The wedding starts in two hours and ten minutes,” he said. “You have fifteen minutes to get your sexy tush in gear and out the door. That way we will be at the church exactly one hour before the ceremony is due to start. According to Griff that’s when the bridesmaids are due to arrive.”
“I can do this. Here’s the deal. I just need to prioritize and delegate.”
“Oh, I get to do something? I’m honored.”
“You’re a SEAL so you get to go on a rescue mission. Find my shoes. Last time I saw them they were exactly by the couch. I was walking around down here making sure I got used to them, since I’d never worn them before. After I made sure I wouldn’t slip, I put them there.” She pointed to where she had last seen them.
“Aye, aye.” He tapped her on the nose and turned to gaze around the first floor of her townhome.
Riya bent down and pulled out the silver wrapping paper with rings and doves on it. She had some great sparkly silver ribbon to go with it, but didn’t have time to mess with it, so it was time to use the big elegant bows that she’d been saving for a time crunch.
She ran to her kitchen, to the drawer that housed her scissors, and then skidded back into the living room in her stockings. Gray was standing there with her white patent leather pumps in his hands. “Are these what you were looking for?”
“Where’d you find those?”
“Your cat helped me find them. They were underneath the loveseat.”
Riya crouched down and saw two shining blue eyes looking at her from beneath the sofa. “He didn’t try to scratch you, did he?”
“Nope, we came to an understanding. What’s his name?” Gray asked.
“Einstein. He’s more temperamental than his namesake.”
“Intelligent though. He saw me looking around and pushed one of the shoes out from under the sofa. It was the damndest thing.”
“He was also the one who shoved them under there in the first place. He loves playing hide ‘n seek.”
Riya knelt down and pulled the first box off of the coffee table.
Gray peered over her shoulder and whispered. “I didn’t see those knives on the gift registry. They’re high-end.”
“Susan loves to cook. My mom swears by this brand. She’s constantly saying that having the right tool for the job makes the meal.”
“That’s right for any mission.” Gray picked up the second box and turned it over. “You also got grilling tools and utensils, another thing not on the wedding registry.”
“I take it you shopped on the registry and had it sent to their house.”
“I don’t have ninety-nine rolls of wrapping paper to choose from.” Gray turned over the corner of the paper she had chosen. “Are you sure this is the right one to use? It might be too much silver.”
Riya blew her bangs out of her face and looked over her shoulder. “I got the impression you wanted to possibly see sunrise. Was I wrong about that?”
Gray held up his hands. “Note to self, no pithy comments on the lady’s taste.”
“Not if you want to live,” she agreed.
“It’s nice you got something for both of them. At least I’m assuming Mike grills.”
“Does a bear poop in the woods?” Riya asked as she measured and cut the paper.
It’s the prettiest paper, isn’t it?
She folded the paper over and went to grab the tape. Gray had already torn pieces of tape and had them ready for her to grab. “You’re prepared.”
“Part of the job, ma’am.”
She quickly had the knives and grill set wrapped with the bows on.
“How much more time?”
“You’ve got enough time to get your shoes on,” Gray smiled.
Caitlyn O’Leary. Her Captivated Hero (Kindle Locations 401-472). Kindle Edition.
From the wedding, these two take it slow, getting to know each other and dating.
Riya gets to know the wives a bit more at a barbeque and that helps a bit when the guys are called up. As does her being called to DC to consult on a viral compound.
Her and Gray’s interactions with Einstein are some typical cat moves and had me giggling.
I loved the teasing the team gives Gray before the first mission. But there is an even bigger mission to come. That’s the one that will make or break Riya and Gray’s relationship, since she’s the one with the knowledge and expertise to create an antidote if needed.
Sweet, romantic, emotional, scary, and plenty of action will have you turning the pages until the book is done.
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Caitlyn O’Leary is an avid reader, and considers herself a fan first and an author second. She reads a wide variety of genres, but finds herself going back to happily-ever-afters. Getting a chance to write, after years in corporate America is a dream come true. She hopes that her stories provide the kind of entertainment and escape that she has found from some of her favorite authors.
Her Series Include:
It’s a bit Paranormal, a bit Sci-Fi and 100% Action/Adventure. The characters have special abilities, that make them targets.
This is focused on a group of Navy Seals. What makes them special is their bond to one another, and the women they come to love.
This is the series that started her career, it is a Menage Series that takes place in Fate Harbor Washington. It focuses on a tight knit community who live and love and care for one another.
She loves to hear from her readers. firstname.lastname@example.org