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He’s determined to protect her.
She’s determined to tempt him.
Together, things get RILED up.
It’s a job,
Only a job.
I’m doing a favor for the Queen,
But watching over this young, sexy, and incorrigible woman is frustrating,
As she parades around half-naked without a care in the world.
My mind and body won’t agree.
But when her life is threatened,
My sixth sense kicks in.
Saving her is my only mission.
But everything about her has me all RILED up.
I’m nearly drowning in this life I’m trapped in.
But when he comes in to watch over me,
Things are definitely looking up.
He’s sexy and rugged as Hell.
Tempting him becomes my favorite hobby.
Something’s holding him back,
Something haunts him, or is it someone?
I’m determined to help him get rid of his pain,
Let go of his demons.
After all, this man’s got me all RILED up.
Cortez ‘Rile’ DeLéon has a very interesting background and I’m not talking about his time with SIS. This story opens with a very interesting conversation with Rile and the Queen of England who happens to be his second cousin once removed. She wants his help to find Kensington her great-great niece. It needs to be done under the table to avoid any unnecessary press.
Rile gets in touch with Grinder who is still in London and the two of them begin their search for Kensington. Apparently she’s been keeping company with Konstantine von Habsburg, heir to the former Austro-Hungarian throne and she was last sighted in Budapest.
After extracting her from the clutches of Konstantine, arrangements are made for her to her mother Kiki’s home in America. Unfortunately it isn’t long before Kensington hears a conversation between her mother and Konstantine. In a panic she calls Cortez and arrangements are made to get her out of there. Arrangements that have her meeting up with one of her best friends Teagan ‘Angel’ Evans who is now part of her security. As they begin the journey back to England, plans change a word reaches them of an attempt on Konstantine’s cousin Otto’s life.
This is a favorite scene.
The reports out of Budapest were sketchy. Some said Otto von Habsburg was dead, others said he was still alive, but on life support. No one was reporting what had happened that left him in either state.
“When did this occur?” I asked Decker, who had been the one to alert me.
“Do the authorities have any leads?”
“Only that they believe he knew his assailant.”
My every instinct told me Konstantine had something to do with his cousin’s attack, but what would his motive be?
“Where are you now?” Decker asked.
“Teterboro Airport, about to leave for London. Teagon Evans and Kensington Whitby are traveling with me.”
“I remember reading in the brief they were friends.”
“I’ve made arrangements with Z for Angel to cover Kensington’s detail indefinitely.”
He didn’t respond.
“Do you have another suggestion?”
“Somewhere more remote.”
“You can’t be suggesting…”
“She’d be safer there, Rile.”
Once on the plane, I excused myself to the stateroom to give Kensington and Angel privacy to talk. Or that’s what I told myself.
When I heard the chime indicating we were at cruising altitude, I pulled out the bunk and stretched out on my back. With my hands behind my head, I stared at the ceiling above me, wondering if bringing someone under my protection into my home was a mistake. It certainly wasn’t wise.
I’d just let my eyes drift closed when I heard a knock at the door. “Come in.”
Kensington stuck her head in. “Hi.”
I sat up. “Hi.”
“The co-pilot came out a few minutes ago and said we were on our way to Spain, not England.”
“Why?” I motioned for her to come closer, and she sat beside me.
“Angel informed you of the attack on Otto von Habsburg?”
“Where we’re going affords more… security.”
“Where are we going, Cortez?”
“To my home on the island of Mallorca.”
She turned her head away. “I feel like such a bother.”
I reached out and put my fingertips on her chin. “Look at me, Kensington.” Staring into her amber eyes, I was transfixed. I longed to touch her lips with mine, but I couldn’t let myself.
“Your safety is all that matters.”
“Who are you protecting me from? Konstantine? I know it was stupid of me to go to Budapest with him. I would never put myself in a position of being alone with him again. It’s why I couldn’t stay at Kiki’s.”
“And what if he comes to you in London?”
“Security would keep him away.”
“Of course. It’s what they do.”
“Would you feel comfortable leaving your home? Going to the market? Out for dinner or to the pub?”
Her eyes bored into mine, questioning. “How long will this last?”
“Until we have a better understanding of what Konstantine is up to.”
“I should let you get some rest.”
She smiled. “Yes?”
“I wish I were younger.”
“I don’t.” She kissed my cheek, stood, and walked out.
Heather Slade. Riled (Kindle Locations 741-773). The Invincibles Book Four.
This is the beginning of a very interesting romance. Being on Mallorca opens the door to some facts about Cortez that few know and Kensington discovers she wants a lot more than security from him.
Full of twists, turns, suspense, intrigue and sizzling heat, I couldn’t put this book down.
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