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He couldn’t forget her.
In a supernova, a star implodes when it exceeds its magnificence. That’s Mallory Kane’s situation right now, and only Galaxy can get her to safety.
She has haunted John ‘Rocket’ Hardin’s dreams ever since their hot celebration of her rescue five years ago. Now her sister, Senator Alicia Kane, books a flight to nowhere on Galaxy’s plane because Mallory is again caught in a hot spot and needs help.
Trapped in the clutches of the Santa Marita cartel, she has no way off the island except for Rocket and Galaxy. The mission turns out to be more complicated than the last one. The vicious leader General Felix Barrera is determined to find Mallory and kill her, meaning Galaxy will need a lot of ingenuity to get her out of there.
The moment Rocket and Mallory reconnect, the passion between them is stronger than they expected. Now Galaxy has to sneak her off the island, which includes a four-hour trek through a jungle and barely escaping death at the top of a very steep cliff.
If she and Rocket can survive all that, how can they not give in to the passion that flares hotter than ever?
Reader advisory: This book contains scenes of violence, death and murder. There are mention of drug trafficking, and of women being drugged and raped.
The first time John ‘Rocket’ Hardin met Mallory Kane it wasn’t a social situation. His SEAL team had been sent in to rescue a journalist from the Taliban. When things went slightly FUBAR Rocket and Mallory ended up spending some time holed up waiting for extraction. Let’s just say they really got to know each other.
It’s five years later and neither Rocket or Mallory have even tried to reach the other. Now Mallory’s sister, Senator Allison Kane, is reaching out to the elite private group Rocket now works for. It seems Mallory, in spite of or maybe because of her bestselling books, is in trouble once again. This time it’s a bit more complicated than the desert.
Mallory’s friend Inez called to ask if she would come to the island she and her parents call home. The island of Santa Marita once a peaceful, agricultural place has been taken over by a drug cartel, it’s boss having taken over completely. The only way to expose it would be through Mallory’s expertise in writing. Although she traveled under a different name she’s roused suspicion and is now in hiding. Her only hope is the man who rescued her years ago, the man she can’t forget no matter how hard she tries.
Alicia calls Mallory to let her know Galaxy has taken on the case and to let her know someone would be calling.
This is a favorite scene.
She was about to slide the phone back into her pocket when it vibrated again. She looked and saw a text on the screen.
It’s Rocket. I’m calling now. It’s okay to answer this number.
She was glad he had sense enough to warn her, knowing she’d be leery of answering an unknown number. It a moment it vibrated again and she pressed Accept.
The moment she heard his voice, the deep timbre of it so reassuring, her jittery nerves she’d been working so hard to control began to settle, and every muscle in her body tightened. She hadn’t heard it for five years, yet it had hung around in her brain all this time, as familiar as if she’d just heard it yesterday. Time disappeared and she was back in that cave, writhing beneath that hard masculine body. And just seconds ago, she’d been immersed in an erotic dream about him, so hot she’d unconsciously been trying to bring herself to orgasm.
She’d been metaphorically holding her breath to see if Alicia had connected with him and if he’d agree to help her. Five years was a long time and anything could have happened. Was he calling to tell her he was sorry he couldn’t do this? Maybe he’d even married and his wife wouldn’t be too happy about him going off to rescue an old… Friend? Hookup? Mission target? How would she even describe herself? No, apparently not, since he’d taken the assignment from Alicia and was already on his way.
She clutched the cell phone so hard she was afraid she’d crack the case.
“Rocket?” She whispered the word.
“It’s me.” His voice still had that very sexy, rough edge to it, deep, the kind she felt in every molecule of her body. “Seems like you got yourself in a tight spot again.”
Suddenly she knew everything would be okay. Whatever happened between them afterwards, he was going to get her out of here.
She swallowed. “Apparently I have a talent for it.”
“Don’t worry. We got you out once. We can do it again.”
“You really are? Going to come here for me?”
“Could I do anything else?”
“Thank you.” She blew out a breath of relief. “Thank you for calling and for agreeing to do this.”
God. If he’d said no, she had no other options.
“There’s no way I’d say no,” he assured her.
“Even after all this time?” She kept her voice at a whisper. “I mean…”
“And that’s my fault, not yours. I’ve kicked myself for it a hundred times. But we can talk about that when we get you out of there. Now listen. I need to ask some things.”
“Okay.” She relaxed a little, or as much as she could under the circumstances. “But let me just say thank you again.”
“Plenty of time for that after we get you out. First. Are you in a safe place where you can stay for a couple more days? Your sister said you’re with your friend Inez. Are you okay there?”
“Sort of.” She was still lying flat on the roof and she didn’t hear anything from the house below her. She had no idea if anyone had discovered her hiding place. She knew nothing. She’d been indulging herself in erotic dreams instead of protecting herself. She had to believe Inez would have found a way to warn her if there was trouble.
“What do you mean?” His voice sharpened.
“Now she’s hiding me in the attic since I came to the attention of Barrera’s thugs.” She lowered her voice until she was nearly whispering. “And Inez told me that Ruben Vidal, Barrera’s top lieutenant, has twice this week had a car full of his so-called soldiers actually drag someone out of their house to arrest them. At least they said arrest, but who knows.”
“Damn. Mallory, I—”
“It’s okay. You wouldn’t believe how hard it would be to find where I’m hiding. The panels are exceptionally well concealed.”
Rocket was silent for a moment. “You can keep your cell charged, right? I promise you my partners and I will have a plan together to get you out of there, but I want to be able to keep in touch with you so you know what’s going on.”
“So you’re really going to try to get me out of this?” she asked again. And didn’t she just sound stupid.
“No, we’re actually going to get you out of this.”
Relief surged through her like a tidal wave. “Thank you, I—”
“You can thank me when you’re away from Santa Marita. Like I said, find a way to keep your cell charged because that’s our only way to contact you.”
“I will. I definitely will.”
“Text me Inez’s address and anything other details you think we need to put this together.”
“I’ll do that as soon as we hang up.”
“Good. Okay, hang tight. I’ll get back to you as soon as I have details for you.” There was an infinitesimal pause. “That’s a promise.”
The call ended and Mallory lay there, her mind whirling. First of all, brutal killers were looking for her and she’d just been lying on the roof having an erotic dream and pleasuring herself? She really was losing her mind. And she was still shocked that John ‘Rocket’ Hardin had actually said yes to Alicia’s request.
Desiree Holt. Supernova (Kindle Locations 880-923). Totally Bound Publishing.
Fortunately for Rocket, one of his team has a friend with many needed connections and much knowledge of the island. Plans are made and lets just say things get a bit hair-raising.
Rocket and Mallory still have that sizzling attraction that is kindle melting in spite of the danger around them.
From the planning each page holds something to cause you to hold your breath as this adventure winds it’s way through a maze of complications.
I have to say Supernova is a very accurate title as this book contains some white hot scenes as only Desiree Holt can write them.
I have to go back now and read the other two books in this series.
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USA Today Bestselling and award winning author Desiree Holt writes everything from romantic suspense and paranormal to erotic, a genre in which she is the oldest living author.
She has been referred to by USA Today as the Nora Roberts of erotic romance, and is a winner of the EPIC E-Book Award, the Holt Medallion and a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice nominee.
She has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and in The Village Voice, The Daily Beast, USA Today, The (London) Daily Mail, The New Delhi Times and numerous other national and international publications.
“Desiree Holt is the most amazing erotica author of our time and each story is more fulfilling then the last.” (Romance Junkies)