Falling for the enemy never felt so good.
K19 Security Specialist Gunner Godet is so deep undercover that nobody on his team knows where he is or what he’s signed up for. And now that he’s vowed to help a sexy and mysterious woman from the dirtiest Russian organization in all of Eastern Europe, his only chance at survival lies in her hands—and arms. Luckily, Gunner refuses to give his heart to a woman ever again. Otherwise, he’d be in more danger than he ever imagined.
Zaryana “Raketa” Ivashov wants out—out of the game. But pulling out of this “political party” means defecting and trusting an enemy. As Gunner and Raketa journey for safety, their attraction grows stronger, their passion undeniable. But can two sworn enemies find happiness in a world of danger and betrayal?
I have to say when the guys of K19 fall in love it’s not easy by any definition.
Gunner knew Zaryana ‘Raketa’ Ivashov was the one for him when she didn’t shoot him on a mission. She works for United Russia and wants to defect. She couldn’t carry out her last mission, so returning would be suicide.
While helping protect Razor’s now wife Ava she ended up kidnapped by Petrov. Now Gunner needs to find her as well as get the five million dollar bounty off her head.
Once Gunner has her he takes her into protection on his island. It’s here we get insight into Raketa’s life.
This is a favorite scene.
There were many forms of torture; she herself had an arsenal she’d used to get…information. However, the form Gunner was using wasn’t intentional. Or was it?
There he stood, sweat glistening from a body almost too perfect to be anything but sculpted from stone, wearing nothing but workout shorts and shoes. It was all she could do not to run at him, knock him on the ground, and trail her tongue over the hard outline of his every muscle.
Instead, she turned, went back into the house, and stomped in the direction of the bedroom he’d deposited her in the night before.
She could hear his footfalls and prayed he wouldn’t open the door she’d slammed shut.
When he didn’t, Raketa’s disappointment far outweighed her relief.
She looked in the closet, shocked to find clothes that weren’t her own, but close enough to what she usually traveled with that they could’ve been. She found the same when she opened the drawers to the dresser.
“Who do these belong to?” she demanded when she stalked out to the kitchen with a few pieces of clothing in her hand.
“You,” he answered without looking up at her.
This time he looked, raised an eyebrow, but didn’t answer.
“I need a shower.”
Gunner pointed toward the hallway. “Second door on the right.”
She stalked back into the bedroom, rummaged through the clothes he’d provided, and then opened the door he’d indicated.
“This isn’t a lavatory,” she said, coming back into the hallway.
“Keep going,” he said, again not looking up at her.
She turned to go farther down the hallway.
“Into the room,” she heard him say.
Gunner came toward her and opened the door she’d initially gone through. He stepped aside and motioned for her to go around him.
“This is your bedroom,” she said when she stepped inside.
“And if you go through that doorway, you’ll be in my bathroom.”
Raketa turned around and looked at him. “Don’t you have another?”
Gunner shook his head and closed the door behind him, leaving her standing alone in a room that was vastly different than the rest of what she’d seen of the house.
Instead of the cool and neutral tones that had been used in the bedroom she’d slept in, this one was done in rich dark brown and black. She never would’ve predicted it of him, but now that she was seeing it, the decor suited Gunner perfectly.
The wall the headboard of the bed rested against was covered with rough wood, with an outlined map of the globe etched into it. A ledge ran the entire distance of the wall where photos and other trinkets of memorabilia sat. Another of the walls was covered with rough and old-looking brick. There was a fireplace holding several wood logs built into the center of it.
It was the stuff sitting on the ledge that threw Raketa the most. She never would’ve expected Gunner to be at all sentimental. The fact that he was, was almost shocking and, for some reason, made her sad.
Photos, trinkets, even memories, had never been a part of her life. Raketa was essentially an orphan, or had always believed herself to be.
When her parents died, she’d been sent to Moscow, alone, and had been met by a stern man who smelled horribly and didn’t seem to understand Azeri, the only language she spoke at the time.
He’d driven her to a “home” that housed both girls and boys, orphans like she was.
She’d lived there until she turned seventeen, when another man came
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She remembered being one of the two in their group of eight who hadn’t wept in fear, and thus, hadn’t incurred the wrath of the man who came for them. Instead, she’d stayed quiet, hoping to make herself seem as small and insignificant as possible. When that hadn’t worked, the only other girl who hadn’t wept with the others, got between her and the man who likely would’ve raped her. She’d taken a beating, but spared Raketa, who had been far smaller than her.
From that day on, that girl became her protector. They’d learned that the eight of them had been chosen because of their “better-than-average looks,” in order to train them to work for Russian intelligence.
Both Raketa and the other woman had risen further than the others, eventually becoming operatives and assassins. She had been the one who’d first called her Raketa—the rocket. In turn, she’d called her Losha, for she was strong as a horse but could run like the wind.
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So many twists and turns as K19 works to figure out who the woman was Raketa saw and what her real relationship to Petrov is.
Edge of your seat suspense, hold your breath action and lots sizzle make this a page turning read.
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