NY Times & USA Today Bestselling Author
Hot Delta Force Cowboy and sexy female Army Ranger
plan a wedding to trap a saboteur
Dallas Hayes muscled her way through Army Ranger training only to be considered a curse on her all-male unit in an operation in Syria. When half the team is killed, she’s left Injured, losing the lower portion of her leg and is medically discharged from the life she loved in the Army. A fight with her physical therapist at Walter Reed lands her at the Brighter Days Rehab Ranch in Montana with an offer to join the Brotherhood Protectors.
Retired Delta Force soldier, Vince “Viper” Van Cleave, did his time in the Army but hasn’t managed to fit into the civilian world. What can an expert sniper do with his life when not shooting at enemy combatants? A widower, his first assignment is to masquerade as the groom of a former Army Ranger female and stage a wedding to smoke out a wedding saboteur. Together, they make a formidable team that might just make it to the altar intact.
Vince ‘Viper’ Van Cleeve’s first assignment for the Brotherhood Protectors seems like a piece of cake, provide escort to Hannah and Taz as they head to the airport to fly to their honeymoon destination. With Chuck driving the limo, everything seems to be going right on schedule, until it isn’t. A close call that leads to a very interesting assignment.
Dallas Hayes is a former Ranger, having lost part of her leg in combat she is now at Brighter Days Rehab Ranch to figure out what her life will be going forward. Hank Patterson has been looking forward to the day that he can ask her to join his Brotherhood Protectors and now he has the perfect reason. He needs Dallas to be Viper’s bride to catch whoever is sabotaging weddings in the area, more important now that Taz and Hannah had been targeted.
This is a favorite scene as they accept this mission.
“Well, since you two are officially on board, I’ll get back to the ranch and have my computer guy dig into all the backgrounds of anyone we can come up with who might have it out for one of our lucky couples.”
“Start with people having anything to do with the planning and setup,” Viper said.
“You might also check on anyone local who could have been jilted or stood up before the ceremony,” Dallas said.
Viper gave half a smile. “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned?”
“Or a man,” Dallas added. “Men can be just as cranky about being left at the altar as women.”
“You know this from experience?”
Dallas’s green eyes flashed. “I read.”
Viper chuckled. “I’m betting you don’t indulge in bride magazines.”
“Never.” Grimacing, Dallas shook her head. “My tastes lean toward news and crime fiction.”
“So, you know all the best places to hide the bodies,” Hank said.
Viper raised his eyebrows. “Should I be worried?”
“Only if you scorn me.” Dallas’s lips quirked.
If Viper wasn’t mistaken, Dallas almost smiled. He liked the sparkle in her green eyes, so different from Emily’s blue-gray eyes. And the fiery auburn hair was a stark contrast to Emily’s golden blond. And Dallas was taller, stronger and less ladylike than Emily. All of her physical traits made Viper’s agreement to the charade easier.
If Dallas had looked at all like Emily, Viper would have politely declined the assignment and asked for someone else to take his place. Having a blond-haired, blue-eyed partner would have been a constant reminder of what he’d lost and that he hadn’t been there for Emily to keep her from dying.
Dallas was as different from Emily as night from day. He could treat her like one of the guys. No sweat.
As long as he ignored the little spark of electricity that shot through him every time he touched her. Why that happened, he wasn’t sure. From what Viper gathered, Dallas was all Army Ranger. She was one kickass soldier, and she’d rather shoot a man than kiss him.
As much as he didn’t want to admit the fact, the shine of her fiery, auburn hair and the flash of her green eyes were sexy as hell. Not his type, but definitely sexy. His type had been Emily…blond and blue.
Now…he didn’t know what his type was.
His gaze swept over Dallas’s shiny auburn hair, her athletic figure and the way she wore her jeans. Having a prosthetic device in place of her lower leg did nothing to detract from her raw sexuality. And the kicker was, she didn’t know just how sexy she was.
James, Elle. Montana Ranger’s Wedding Vow (Brotherhood Protectors Book 8) (pp. 38-40). Twisted Page Inc.. Kindle Edition.
Who knew that planning a fake wedding could lead to romance. I loved the way Viper broke through Dallas’ insecurities. The descriptions of his kisses will have you wanting to sample one yourself.
No matter what Dallas does, she can’t deny the fact that when Viper kisses her she wants more. However she doesn’t feel she deserves any of it. I loved her fumbling with the wedding planning, her balking over wearing a dress, and her realizing she really wished it was all for real.
Several hair-raising incidents, very few clues and a surprise twist will have you turning the pages.
Now I need to see what’s next in this series.
5 Contented Purrs for Elle!
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Award-winning author Elle James grew up as an air force military brat. She received her work ethic from her rock-solid father, her creative streak from her artistic mother and inspiration from her writing partner and sister, Delilah Devlin.
As a former member of the army reserves and a current member of the air force reserves, she’s traveled across the United States and to Germany, managed a full-time job, and raised three wonderful children. She and her husband have even tried their hands at ranching exotic birds (ostriches, emus and rheas) in the Texas hill country. Ask her, and she’ll tell you what it’s like to go toe-to-toe with an angry three-hundred-and-fifty-pound bird and live to tell about it!
Her adventures in the army and air force reserves, and the wild antics of her life on a small ranch in Texas give her fodder for mystery, suspense and humor in her writing. Elle writes gothic, paranormal mystery for the Harlequin Intrigue line and paranormal romantic comedy for Dorchester Publishing. A former manager of computer programming and project management professionals, Elle is happy she now has the opportunity to pursue her writing full time.