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Can he overcome his pain and heartbreak
in time to save the woman he loves?
Life had always come easy to Navy SEAL, Asher Thorne, until a overwhelming loss made him doubt his ability to protect the ones he loved. Devastated, he has no choice but to push on and do his duty.
Eden York’s job as a translator took a dangerous turn when she was asked to work on a highly confidential project in Venezuela. She thought she knew the risks, but with the fate of a nation at stake, they didn’t matter—she had to help.
Eden’s international team of experts is targeted by terrorists, trapping her in an unimaginable situation. When Asher’s team is sent in to rescue them, he wants to believe that this time will be different, this time he can protect someone worth saving, even if he has to sacrifice his own life to do it.
The beginning of this book broke my heart, Asher and his brother are still dealing with their older brother Xavier’s suicide. He was the one they both looked up to, they followed his example into special forces. They don’t understand, Lawson is very angry and Asher feels so much guilt. Neither saw it coming and they don’t understand there was nothing they could have done to stop it.
Now Asher and the Night Storm team is on a mission to extract international financial advisors, they were trying to find a way to help with Argentina’s economy but instead are being targeted. This mission goes FUBAR before it really gets off the ground when their transport hits a landmine. The first impact injures his teammate Leo, his shoulder dislocated. But a second landmine in the front of the plane causes more damage and Asher hits his head, hard. As the team evacuates the plane, two of the team go after the pilots. Their medic Raiden does what he can for them and their new teammate Ezio had already popped Leo’s shoulder back in place. They all have to move, and quickly as Max and Cullen run toward them. The plane was going to blow. The pilots never had a chance.
When they are relatively safe, they find that their ride isn’t coming, the Embassy the security team had been preparing had been attacked. Now they needed much more intel and a way to the city.
Meanwhile, translator Eden York is in one of the armored vehicles transporting the international group. There are three vehicles all being driven by the hired security. They are being attacked and they need somewhere safe and fast. Also in that vehicle is Suzann Azua president of the Banco de la Gente, it’s to that bank with it’s security that they need to reach safely.
With the bank as secure as Suzann can make it, and her injured, it falls to Eden to help the SEALs with information they need. The security company’s personnel are suspect as is one of the bankers.
This is a favorite scene.
“Suzanne slipped me some notes while the men were occupied. She said that Becker was doing some hinky things with his investments. It looked like he might be busy feathering his nest with money from Maduro.”
“Asshole,” Asher breathed.
“What are you talking about?” Cullen said over his shoulder. “That’s one twisted asshole. You’re telling me one of the guys who is supposed to be doing good in the world is actually helping to steal from starving people? There is a special place in hell for that type of motherfucker.”
“You got that right,” Eden said with feeling. Asher cracked a smile. She’s a bloodthirsty little thing. He liked it. “But,” she started, “so far, we only have a theory. Suzanne needs to wake up and fill us in more on what she saw and heard. It would be great if someone could follow that bastard’s money. That is not my forte.”
“But you work for the International Money Fund, aren’t you some kind of accounting genius?” Cullen asked.
“She’s a translator,” Asher answered. “She’s a genius in languages. According to her file, she speaks six different ones fluently.“Seven,” Eden said. “But who’s counting? Look, the other problem we have is Carlson. Suzanne didn’t explain why she didn’t trust him, just that she didn’t. I figure it had to do with his boss leaving us high and dry as he flew off to Aruba. What a pissant.” Her voice dripped with disgust.
“Yeah, the entire Special Operations Forces community has gone batshit crazy over the Nomad situation. They can’t believe that Bradshaw left you hanging like that. Everybody wants to know if the entire Nomad team in Venezuela has been compromised.”
“The Señora only mentioned Carlson, but if he’s under the microscope, I have to assume Patel could be rogue, too,” Eden agreed.
“Lyons, quit with the bullshit and get over here. We need to talk about the intel that Kane just shared,” Max called from across the room.
Cullen rubbed his hands in anticipation and double-timed it over to the small group. Asher turned his attention back to Eden. “You’re right to be wary of Patel. We have someone doing checks on both of them. Now that you gave us Becker’s name, he’ll follow the money.”
“I don’t see how. He’s a banker, for God’s sake. If anybody can hide money, it’s him.”
“You don’t know Kane. Trust me, we’ll know.”
“I’ll believe it when I see it.”
Asher laughed. “Have trust issues much?”
“No, I trust my family implicitly. Anyone else? It takes a little bit more than a minute.”
“Is this going to be a problem with you helping us?” he finally asked.
“Nope. I see you as our best shot out of here. I’d have to be an idiot not to help in our rescue. With that said, don’t think I’m just going to follow orders blindly. You better give me a good reason if something seems stupid.”
Leo rolled his eyes.
“That’s not going to be a problem, Eden. We’re going to have damn good reasons for everything we ask you to do. First thing? Put your phone on vibrate. Second, do you have someplace you can conceal it on your person?”
“Yes, and yes.”
“Third, check your settings, make sure that when you get a text, it only vibrates once. This will be the way we will communicate back and forth. One vibration means you have ten minutes to get back to us. Two immediate vibrations in a row means drop everything and find a way to get us on the phone. Three immediate vibrations in a row means you have one minute to duck and cover.”
“And in one of our many tête-à-têtes, will you have appraised me of the duck and cover potential?” He heard laughter in her voice.
His lip twitched. “If all goes to plan, then yes.”
“So, there is a plan?”
“One is beginning to take shape.”
“That’s what my brothers used to say when they were flying by the seat of their pants,” Eden sighed. “But they always came out alive, so that’s something.”
“Count on it.”
Caitlyn O’Leary. Her Chosen Protector, Night Storm Book Three: ARC Advance Reader Copy – Not For Sale Or Distribution (Kindle Locations 972-1005).
Eden and Asher don’t even meet until the rescue begins. Of course things stay FUBAR too.
The attraction between Asher and Eden is off the charts. However they are not in a position to do much about it.
This is a fast-paced, nail-biting read with sizzling heat and so much more!
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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