Torn between love and duty . . . .
Former CIA agent and K19 Security Solutions partner, Griffin “Striker” Ellis is lovestruck when he meets the alluring and irresistible Aine McNamara at her sister’s wedding. But when tragedy hits, Striker knows that beginning something with Aine is impossible.
As tensions heighten in South America, Striker is forced to track the Islamic State leader recently exiled to Colombia. With the enemy planning a terrorist attack on American soil, Striker strategizes to protect his fellow Americans at any cost. But when he discovers that Aine’s health is in jeopardy, Striker will do anything for her. Striker finds himself torn between his loyalty to his country and the woman who has stolen his heart. Will one perish while one thrives?
While each book in the K19 Security Solutions Series is a standalone with its own HEA, they may be more enjoyable read in order.
I loved seeing Aine and Striker in Mistletoe, they were so good together. Now something has happened and Striker has called it off.
Aine was heartbroken but has moved on, although she doesn’t believe she will ever love anyone the way she loves Striker.
With a meeting Yachats, Striker is trying to figure out how he can keep away from her. In spite of the fact he ended things, he still loves her and wants her to be happy.
This is a favorite scene.
She watched as Stuart pulled his truck out of the driveway and drove away. She was tired, but she doubted she’d sleep easily. Instead, she walked through the house and out onto the deck. Even though it was getting chillier at night, Aine still tried to end as many days as she could looking out at the ocean she was so fortunate to live with a view of.
It calmed her, grounded her, gave her a sense of peace like nowhere else she’d ever lived. Maybe her mother was right about the money being compensation for her father’s evil deeds. It had paid for the house she never would’ve been able to afford otherwise.
Aine closed her eyes and settled her mind on the sound of the waves crashing on the shore. That, and the smell of the sea, soothed her like a glass of warm milk did for her mother when she couldn’t sleep.
She opened her eyes and turned her head, sensing like she had in the restaurant that Striker was near. There, on the trail right behind her house, he stood with his hands in his pockets.
“Hi,” she said, almost wondering if her imagination was playing tricks on her. How many times had she wished that the person knocking on her door was him? Most often it was her sister, or Stuart.
Striker walked closer.
“Where’s the plumber?” he asked.
“He went home,” she answered. “How did you know… never mind.”
He shrugged. “Word gets around.”
“Mmm hmm. Do you want to come up on the deck?”
“Were you getting ready to go inside?”
“Not yet. I like to spend a few minutes out here before I go to sleep.”
Striker climbed the steps, and she opened the wood gate to let him in.
“Does this work?” he asked, pointing to the gas fire pit that sat in the center of several chairs.
“It does,” she answered, flipping the switch that ignited the flame.
“You don’t mind, do you?”
“Not at all,” she said, sitting in one of chairs and pulling the blanket she’d brought outside over her. “Are you warm enough?”
Striker nodded, holding his hands closer to the fire. “I think so, although I might just be numb.”
“It’s colder here than people think.”
He nodded. “It’s the ocean.” He looked out at it and then back at her. “You like it here.”
“I do, and it’s more than because Ava is here. I’d want to live here anyway.”
“You’re making a life for yourself.”
Aine thought about his words for a minute. “I guess, but lately I’ve been feeling like it’s pretty small.”
“What? This town or your life?”
“My life. As you know, I graduated from college, but haven’t done anything with my degree.”
“Are you still considering continuing your education?”
“I’m not sure. I mean, to get the kind of job we’ve discussed in the past, I’d probably have to get my Ph.D.”
“What’s stopping you?”
“What about the University of Oregon?”
“I looked into their Cognitive, Computational, and Systems Neuroscience Program.”
“They have a good reputation for their behavioral analysis programs.”
“Striker… never mind.”
“Tell me what you were going to say, Aine.”
“It isn’t important.”
“It is to me.”
She stood and flipped the switch to turn off the fire. “It’s getting late.”
She clenched her fists inside her jacket pockets, turned back toward the ocean, and closed her eyes. “Why do you know so much about the University of Oregon’s neuroscience program?” She opened her eyes, turned, and went inside without looking at him or waiting for him to answer.
Aine didn’t care if it was rude. She locked the slider, went straight into her bedroom, and threw herself on the bed.
Heather Slade. Striker (Kindle Locations 346-381). K19 Security Solutions Book Six.
Now all is not well, not with Aine’s new relationship and certainly not with the reason the K19 team is meeting.
I loved the way this story unfolds, the suspense, the drama, the hold your breath waiting. The love between Aine and Striker will face more obstacles and a mission deployment that shouldn’t have happened all add to the intrigue.
I really can’t wait for the next book in this series.
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